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Meet Marisa Maffia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisa Maffia.

Marisa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was introduced to the Aerial world by a friend who was in the same off-broadway show as I was back in 2004. I was a dancer at the time and kind of bored with dancing on the ground. I saw Aerial as a way to dance in the air and I was hooked ever since. I lived in NJ at the time and tried to keep up my training, but it was very hard since Aerial was not easily accessible in NJ. I had obtained a full-time job that was very demanding and my parents both fell ill and ended up passing away between the years of 2007-2014.

During that time, living in Asbury Park, NJ an Aerial Yoga studio opened and I was thrilled to be able to “fly” so close to home. Unfortunately, the studio closed in 2014 and so I was once again feeling lost as an Aerialist. I had always wanted to live in Los Angeles since I was a little kid and my parents had left me some money, which enabled me to afford the move. I had also lost all of my other very close relatives so I had felt nothing was keeping me from staying in NJ. Plus the cold and I never got along. I asked for a transfer with my company and was awarded it. I jumped on the opportunity and within one month was on a plane with my little cat living my dream. Moving to LA turned out to be a great choice. Aerial studios are more accessible, the weather is a definite upgrade and the opportunities to pursue my other loves, which are video production and acting are in abundance. I admit it has been a rough adjustment due to emotionally accepting the loss of my family members. I have been growing through the fact that the life I had in NY/NJ is a closed chapter and my life out here is a brand new chapter in my life’s book.

One of the other things I am working on is a documentary about being adopted from Colombia, growing up as an adopted child and the intense circumstances I am learning about what my adoption may have been and the search process to find my biological mother. I am lucky to be in LA and be inspired by the amazing talented people here.

Has it been a smooth road?
As I’ve mentioned, my life has been touched by enormous loss of loved ones starting at a young age. It has made me question many things in life and has caused many depressive episodes in my life, but I seem to keep fighting and moving forward no matter how much I get pushed back by the trials of life. As long as I have a Creative outlet, I will keep going!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am lucky in that I work in a few different areas. I work in technology mainly, but I freelance as an Aerialist and Actress. I also love to edit video and I am certified in Final Cut Pro. I think we are all individuals with interesting and amazing life stories.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love most about this city is that I can go for a hike in the morning and be on the beach in the afternoon. I love Santa Monica Beach, where I can train for free and meet people all over the world who love to hang upside down too. I’ve met some great people, just “hanging out” there. I also love that I can get the city vibe by going downtown. It’s all here.

Do I even need to mention the dislikes? The traffic! Fortunately, I live near the metro, so I try to take public transportation everywhere. I like to take the Metro as much as possible. Since I lived in NYC for a while, this isn’t much of a big deal for me. I hope the metro expands even further to make commutes easier for all of us and help decrease the pollution of the environment.

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Xavier Rodriguez, Daniel Woods, Melanie Bradshaw, Keki Dexter

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