where do you get your creative ideas?
Mostly through listening and observing others. Sometimes from watching Dora The Explorer. I think an artist needs a variety of sources from which to feel inspired. I also think having a daily creative practice is absolutely key. For that, I refer you to The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. That book changed my life completely.
why did you make a faq section on your website?
I thought it would be funny and helpful to make this section. As if I were well known enough to have a section that spoke about my own process. Maybe I am, but mostly this is poking fun at myself, even if much of what I share here is sincere and true (i.e. working with Seth).
How can i work with you and what do you do?
I run a communications agency called Haus of Lala. We help people build their personal brands on the internet. Learn more about what we do and our approach here. If you have specific questions or want to set up a call, contact me here.
WHAT'S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
WHAT IS THE BEST ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?
WHAT'S THE SECOND BEST ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?
Where did Juanita come from?
Juanita is part me and part extreme versions of people I know. She's absurd and that's what I love about her. She gives voice to the extreme versions of myself, which makes me laugh. Growing up, I think I always wanted more access to my Latin roots and community. Juanita is the part of me that didn't get fully developed until I was a little bit older. Funnily enough, my Dad wanted to name me Juanita.
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WHO ARE YOU CREATIVE ROLE MODELS? INSPIRATION?
Frida Kahlo. Pablo Picasso. Kevin Hart. Seth Godin. Tina Fey.
what was it like working with seth godin?
Seth is much like his writings and speeches. He's kind, generous, brilliant and a superb teacher. I'm very lucky to call him a friend and mentor. Buy his books and read his work. He's the real deal.
what is one of your favorite topics for stand-up?
Relationships, probably about people I've dated or met. It was only when I began to do stand-up that I realized maybe I was a bit angry at men. I find human interactions fascinating and I have some really funny stories from the people I've dated and loved. Plus, I'm a natural story-teller. Andt he moments between lovers and online dating... it's the epitome of the human condition in a single swipe.
how did you decide to do comedy?
I think I've always been a bit of a wise ass. I love making people laugh and I find the most random things to be humorous. When I was in NYC, everything felt so serious in business. Everyone is trying to be someone and has that TEDx vibe, which is fine. And it can also get old. I felt a huge creative surge within me that wasn't being expressed. I wanted to play with comedy and acting (which I had done before) and give life to the voices and characters within. After doing The Artist's Way and writing, producing, and directing my YouTube show, #AskJuanita, for a year, I knew I wanted to get better at the craft. I signed up for a class at Second City and so the journey began.
YOU TALK ABOUT JESUS A LOT. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?
I think Jesus is hysterical. It's not Jesus I poke fun at so much as the seriousness around him that I find humorous. Or how Juanita as a character often relates crazy hopes and happenings to a biblical figure she actually knows very little about. Like how he's going to help her find love on Tinder. That's hysterical to me. I think it's more a commentary on the absurdity of rigidity and an invitation to laugh at ourselves. While I'm not religious, I like Jesus and am very spiritual.
WHAT BODY PART FREAKS YOU OUT THE MOST?
Noses and feet. I can't stand either. As a kid, I used to draw people without noses. I thought they were gross. Had I invented the human race, I would've totally rethought the whole nose thing.