Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I consider myself a creator. I was born in Brazil, where I lived until I was 27, and since I was a little kid I had the need to express myself artistically. Growing up and getting out of my bubble made me realize how challenging things can be, and it all starts in our minds. I had the need to be validated all the time, and that made it really hard for me to feel rejected. Because things didn’t happen easily in the way I’d always imagined, I started struggling with pessimistic thoughts.
So I always looked up for ways to improve my skills and survive within the circumstances I couldn’t control. I started studying human development and spirituality. That was my turning point. It started with me translating the Los Angeles bestseller “The Power of the Actor” into Portuguese. It’s an acting technique, which now I am certified to teach, based on the behavior of dynamic people. Its goal is to take the victimization out of the arts to empower the world. That taught me that the obstacles weren’t meant to be played, but overcome.
Thinking this way changed the game for me. The book became a huge success in Brazil and I started investigating other tools about human’s nature and development, such as spirituality. My goal is to empower the world through the Arts, and the way I’ve been doing this is by promoting and creating content and techniques that seek to attend to basic human needs.
For example, I’ve integrated my teaching work with tools from Familiar Constellation (a powerful method of mediation adopted by the justice system in Brazil) and nonviolent communication. My recent projects are the book “Infinite – an Animated Odyssey” based on a real story of a guy that gets stuck in an elevator and needs to face his darkest fears, traumas and memories in order to get out.
The next book is coming out in a few days and it’s called “Mom, what are my emotions for”, with the purpose to help kids learn how to embrace and understand their own emotions. My ultimate goal is to produce films with important narratives such as communication, financial education and self-love but in a fresh entertaining way.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
Being a female from the South of Brazil and then moving to Rio de Janeiro taught me empathy, because it was so hard for me. In my bubble I thought I was protected and somehow special, but everyone is special in their own way.
As an artist, I would say empathy is the tool number one to a great work. Because if we judge the story or the characters, it becomes hard to play them. We need to understand which human needs trigger their behavior and embrace them to generate catharsis to the audience. So it is important to be open to investigate our own nature and not to be afraid to explore our darkest fantasies when creating.
I opened my Pandora box when I started feeling so frustrated even though I had a safe environment to create. Giving in to my feelings and emotions made me realize human’s nature and struggles in a deep and painful way, and truly understand our needs to survive, to feel empowered and loved. So I brought myself to my Art, performing in the unique way that only I could do, and that’s something I’ve learned from the Chubbuck technique.
By not copying or trying to reproduce something but embracing our nature, it already gives us the single gestures and manners that only each individual can reproduce. Then, being able to make bold choices, so we can be creative and innovative. That is something that I always try to bring to my work.
My uniqueness as a Brazilian female with a culture and personal history; my passion for life’s mysteries and development, attaching mediating and spiritual tools to my teaching and creating process; my instinctive writing using an absurd, surrealistic and comic language; my capacity of taking risks and having a deep understanding of human’s need to evolve and succeed and wanting to share it, that’s what I bring to the table.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
I got a call to do a commercial for a big network that same afternoon. I had one hour to arrive at their shooting studio, and thank God I had just taken a shower and washed my hair. I was living in Rio de Janeiro and traffic there can be pretty bad, so I almost rejected it, afraid not to make it in time. I didn’t understand what I was going to do, but I said yes like I was winning the lottery!
When I arrived at the studio, I felt like I was in paradise… That building was so famous and I passed through security, my name was on their list, I was stepping in and becoming part of that, oh my God… oh my God!!! Even though I rushed to get there, I still had to wait long hours in a waiting room with other actors. They gave us a huge text to memorize, so I was busy.
When we finished shooting in this huge studio with a green screen, they called us to shoot another thing with a famous presenter of one of their most watched shows. When I saw him in person I couldn’t believe it. He was so nice… We shared the stage with him just like in a movie with a happy ending. I was so happy that I’d even forgotten how hungry I was!
Because I left my house in a hurry I didn’t have lunch, so by that time I was starving. We had some snacks there, but it wasn’t filling enough. When we were finally done late in the evening, I left the studio to pay for my expensive parking – I forgot to ask for parking – and a huge unexpected traffic was waiting for me.
But I was so happy, I felt like floating among all those cars, the sound of the horns and my starving tummy like a beautiful soundtrack. Everything was just perfect and to make it better a guy passed by selling snacks to those stuck in traffic. I devoured them with the happiness of a child that had just done what it was born to.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
I had to face lots of unhealthy competition, fake job offers and even people stealing the money from my work. But I believe the biggest challenge I had to overcome and still face sometimes is my own mind. I’ve learned so much from it and I’m aware that part of my personal struggles were because of my own expectations.
Now I try to look to each challenge as an opportunity for learning. For so many times at the beginning when I’d wanted things to have happened in a certain way and they didn’t I suffered but didn’t realize I wasn’t truly ready for them. There was something missing, either I had to develop some more skills or didn’t feel emotionally ready.
With the years I’ve been able to understand how every failure brought me to where I am now, a place that I have always wanted to be, which is feeling more confident and happy with myself. Having the need to feel empowered gave me the opportunity to discover amazing methods and even a purpose to live for, because now I want to empower others as well.
I am still in the process of building a positive impact with my creative voice, but my heart has been guiding me to it through beautiful paths that I am so grateful for! The most important of them, knowing thyself.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
Shonda Rhimes – as a female successful showrunner, I believe I could learn so much from her great work and experiences. Because I love creating in many artistic forms and also produce my own content, the showrunner path is very attractive and interesting to me.
Lin-Manuel Miranda – I simply love his work! It is so innovative, creative, and has our Latin roots. It makes me believe in the impossible, I am so grateful! And I have an animated story that I would love for Lin Miranda to produce!
Tim Burton – I had two artist friends reading different stories of mine and both brought up his amazing work as a reference. I love fantasy and surrealism!