Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Borraz Trepat.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and grew up in Spain. Since the very beginning I knew I had to be on stage. My first contact with performing arts was when I was 4 and I went to the Opera for the first time. Even if I was a child, I remember being mesmerized by what was happening on stage and wanting to be part of it. Three years after that, my mom took me to see Don Juan Tenorio, a Spanish classical play in verse. At the end of the 3 hours play I turned to my mom and said: “One day I will be Doña Inés” (the female lead of the play). And all I can say is that dreams do come true! At the age of 8 I put my foot on a stage for the first time and at the age of 16 I became Doña Inés for a production of Don Juan Tenorio in Spain. A year later I left everything behind and flew on my own to NYC to study and do what I loved the most: act. After four years of hard work, 4 big productions, an Advanced Actor Combatant Certification and two nominations to the Irene Ryan Awards from the Kennedy Center for the Arts I decided to move to LA and continue my acting adventure on the West Coast!
Please tell us about your art.
I live my life through art. Although I consider myself an actor I love music, painting, drawing, directing and dancing. However, acting for me has been the way to understand things around me and to communicate with the world. As weird as it might sound, I feel more myself when I’m on stage or in front of a camera than in “real” life. Every character I have ever played has changed my life for good and the fact that I can change the way they are viewed and then change somebody’s mind about the world is almost a purifying experience. I want to play characters that are not understood, or maybe understood in the wrong way or not fully. But in the end, isn’t that all of us? That’s what I intent to communicate with my art. We all know the surface of people, we understand the “plot” of life but do we really understand what life is about? Do we really understand the “why” instead of the “how”? I believe in good, and I believe there is no such thing as a character that is completely bad or evil. There are layers to characters as there are layers in people and it’s about playing from those places of love and understanding.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Don’t be scared of who you are. I wasted too many years acting for others and not doing something I truly believed in just because I feared what others would think. As Marianne Williamson said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” The world belongs to the brave ones.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a website where I have a sneak peek of some of my work: www.deniseborraztrepat.com. I’m also really active on Instagram and update and post about all my current work and how people can see it ( @deniseborraztrepat). The best way to support an artist is to care about and share their work!
- Website: www.deniseborraztrepat.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @deniseborraztrepat
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