Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Bourland.
Angelica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a Brazilian-American, I feel grateful to have experienced living in both Brazil and the US. Although I was born in Miami, I went to high school in São Paulo. I grew up as a competitive athlete, winning the AAU National Championships in gymnastics in 2005, and was ranked 16th in Brazil as a member of the Brazilian National Team in pole vaulting.
My passion is telling stories, whether through visuals, music, or guiding meditation. I had a camera in my hand since I was three years old. I would direct my brother and his friends to perform skits or scenes with me on PhotoBooth when I got my MacBook at age 13, and I taught myself how to edit on iMovie. In middle school, my friends and I would make lip-syncing videos to our favorite songs. I had always seen making films as just a fun hobby. It wasn’t until after I got injured in pole vaulting that I started to take film more seriously. When I tore cartilage in both hips, it was a life-altering experience. I was in high school in Brazil at the time getting ready to apply for colleges. Since high-intensity sports were suddenly out of the picture, I decided to take film more seriously. I moved back to Miami my senior year of high school and made a short film called “The Bubble” where I contrasted the fast-paced life in Miami to the grounding experience I had living in Brazil. This film was showcased at the Coral Gables Art Museum and helped me get into Emerson College where I studied Cinematography.
After finishing college with a BFA in three and a half years, I moved to LA to freelance in the film industry. I had found that with the stress of this transition and with so many unknowns in life, I started to feel anxious. It was then that I stumbled across the meditation practice called Breathwork that completely changed my life. I went into my first class thinking I was going to just take deep breaths and “clear my mind,” but after 20 minutes of the active breathing technique I started to laugh, cry, and scream. I was so confused by the end of it, but all I knew was that I felt so much lighter afterwards. I wanted to learn more.
Breathwork is an active meditation practice that over-oxygenates your system to clear out toxic energy, thoughts, and emotions by helping you tune into your own healing needs and abilities. I became so passionate about this practice that I felt called to teach it. I knew that my love for curating playlists would come to fruition one day, and I have found a way to tell stories through the practice of teaching Guided Breathwork Meditation. Through curating music playlists from beginning to end, I am able to take clients on their own healing journey while getting lost in the music.
Has it been a smooth road?
Like everyone, life is filled with many moments of obstacles and challenges. For me, I feel like COVID-19 was one of those moments, and has certainly changed the way people think, the way they run their businesses, and the way they take care of themselves. With the isolation that comes with being in quarantine, mental health has been an important topic for everyone. Since I was spending most of my time quarantined at home, I decided to take my meditation practices to the next level and became certified in Breathwork and Sound Healing. I have been combining my passion for film and meditation by raising awareness and creating content about the importance of meditation and mental health. I developed my own website and content, and have been teaching private sessions almost everyday. I think people are starting to realize just how important it is to feed your mind, body, and soul.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a cinematographer, I specialize in filming music videos and artists on tour, including Hippie Sabotage, Daisy Guttridge, Zolita, and Oliver Francis. Music festivals are exciting to capture as the energy is unmatched. I worked for Rolling Loud as a cinematographer on stage and it was crazy to see some of my favorite artists performing within feet from me.
As a Meditation Teacher, I specialize in Guided Breathwork Meditation, a two-part active breathing technique that releases stagnant energy and lingering trauma from your body. By over-oxygenating your body through this conscious breathing, it stimulates most of the cells in your body, opening up your intuition. Every new and full moon, I offer free virtual Breathwork classes. I have found that setting aside time to do rituals revolving around the phases of the moon can help you find clarity and peace. The moon has the power to move the oceans on the planet. Since we are made up of 60-70% water, there is no doubt that the moon has the power to move the tides within us.
One day I’d love to combine both of my passions, and go on tour with one of my favorite artists as I film their live performances, and then also work as their private Breathwork coach to help them release some of their stress from tour.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is a great place for both wellness and film. There is something about the city that gets you motivated to pursue your passions.
- Virtual private sessions are $222
- New Moon & Full Moon Breathwork classes are free/donations based
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