Today we’d like to introduce you to Anne Marie Iniguez.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been a creative since I was young. Luckily my mom supported that and helped me build on that when we were living in the Philippines. I took voice lessons, acting and dance classes and it really solidified that I wanted to be a performer when I grew up.
Cut to 2003, my family moved to Los Angeles where my horizons opened up tenfold. A lot of people will tell you that I’m an introvert, but when you see me on stage, I become a whole different person. That’s one of the reasons why I love being on stage, I get to tell so many stories and literally and figuratively put on so many different outfits. I love performing in musicals, straight plays, experimental shows, dance shows and recently, have dabbled in puppeteering. There are so many avenues to share stories and art and I’m so grateful to be living in a city so diverse and open to creativity. Of course, there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of representation, but I’m proud to be part of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely wasn’t a smooth road because this industry is more accommodating to male and white performers. Being an Asian performer, you don’t get a lot of variety in roles and you HAVE to sift through the handful of stereotypical roles that they throw your way. Luckily, in those handful of auditions, I’ve found really great companies and opportunities to show my talent and not focus on the color of my skin.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actor, dancer, singer, puppeteer and occasional ukulele player. I want to bring joy and spread kindness and awareness in my work. I’m proud to be an Asian American working in the industry because I have a unique story to tell and insights to bring to the table.
What were you like growing up?
I was a shy kid, but when the cameras roll, I became a total ham. So it only made sense that I loved being on stage. I was always the kid that learned the dances from music videos on MTV and would teach it to my friends in our driveway. I always looked forward to summers because that’s when singing, dancing and acting workshops happened. My mom always tried to showcase my talents– at parties, restaurants, get togethers, you name it, she always brought my binder full of sheet music and would tell me to sing and although I resented it when I was younger, I think it actually helped me have tougher skin for auditions and the rejections that come with being in the industry.
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