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Life & Work with Veronica Elena Holley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Elena Holley.

Hi Veronica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
When theatre companies started closing around us in 2020, I was called to action. The arts are integral to the human experience. Look at the last two years! Art has helped us through this scary time. So in 2021, I made the wildest decision of my career so far: to start up my own, ensemble-based theatre company!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth? I don’t think anyone who chooses this life could say it was smooth.

Until recently, I struggled a lot with interpersonal relationships and my mental health. I never really felt like I fit in and would get very anxious if I felt like I wasn’t meeting perfection. People seemed to like my work ethic, so I really honed in on that. It helped me find stable work, and build strong connections, but I was still lacking something; I lacked trust and confidence in myself. I took myself too seriously. Oddly enough, the pandemic gave me a beautiful opportunity for introspection! Therapy has been so helpful, and so has learning to lean into my community. I began to ask myself: who has always supported me? Who has kept me accountable? Who can I trust to bounce ideas off of?

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m the Founder and Producing Artistic Director at my startup, ensemble-based theatre company: Unnamed Theatre Company in Irvine (www.unnamedtheater.com). This is a new title, and a fun challenge for me to trust in the process, in others, in myself, and in God.

We’re all multi-hyphenates. Myself? I’m an actor, a stage manager, a poet, and a dancer. I’ve listed myself by what I consider my strengths. I’m known mostly as an organizer. I’m most proud of now being a small business owner. This is what my ancestors came here for, right? The American Dream, Am I doing this right?

I’m grateful. I’m resilient. I’m determined. This is my mantra and this is what sets me apart from others.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Be willing to be taught. Learn. Learn to listen more than you speak. Learn to take care of your physical and mental health. Learn to have fun while you work. We’re in the arts, after all!

I wish I knew to slow down and appreciate what I have. Life is so beautiful and so short. Your brain can be just as addicted to love and beauty as it can be to doom and despair.

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Michael Roud Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Marie Alvarez

    May 3, 2022 at 00:15

    Thank you highlighting this intelligent, talented and passionate young artist! I know her and I know she puts her all into the arts and everything she does.

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