Today we’d like to introduce you to Esmeralda Columna.
Esmeralda, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started in my home country Dominican Republic taking ballet lessons at six years old in Ballet Concierto Dominicano under the artistic direction of Carlos Veitía. I spent most of my childhood and teen years rehearsing and performing.
As I grew in the field I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to the arts as a dancer and actress. And that’s how I’ve been doing it since.
When I turned 16 I started working as a dance teacher so I could support my passion without losing focus on what I wanted. I graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE with a BFA in Education. My school Ballet Concierto Dominicano gave me the opportunity to develop my talents not only as a performer but also as a teacher and creative. I arrive in Los Angeles on January 3th of 2017, to start the two-year conservatory program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts as I always wanted to improve my education in the arts. I choose the school because of the history and program.
Since then I made Los Angeles my home.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve always had the support of my family in every decision I’ve made and because of that everything has been very bearable. But it has not been quite easy. Los Angeles is a very expensive and lonely city to live in. And when you are an artist the struggle is real. You are your own business. You need to balance the time wisely in order to go out for auditions, be 100% off book, on time, sometimes on call, be one of the first that applies for a role and on top of that to maintain a regular income.
People always say to me that rejection is the hardest part and that I have to keep going… but let me tell you, I think rejection is the easiest part. To afford this city while you are working to become an actress is the hardest.
But although everything feels like a roller coaster LA is my home and I love this city.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a Dominican actress and dancer in Hollywood and right now I’m focusing my career in film and TV.
I’m focused in doing an exceptional job in every audition I’m getting. But also focused on learning something new about Hollywood industry every day.
I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished since I started in Los Angeles. I’ve worked hard and earn my merits as an actress with discipline. Every time I booked an audition is a goal achieved.
I feel proud every time directors need only one take shot after giving me directions.
I feel proud every time I get a call in by the same director or casting director.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over I would have allowed myself to do professional auditions while I was still in school.
I would have target myself earlier into the roles I wanted it without worrying too much of my ethnicity or accent.
Not to work for free. Just because is Hollywood and I was new in the industry. I came to this industry with experience and that is already valuable.
I’ve learned that you have to move on quickly. To be yourself and unapologetic.
In general I feel that I arrived in Los Angeles at the best moment. When I was ready.
- Website: www.esmeraldaco.com
- Phone: 310-849-0722
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esmeraldacolumnap/
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