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Meet Mic Diaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mic Diaz.

Hi Mic, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I have always been into visual and performing arts and what catapulted me into fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a presenter of performing arts was my involvement with the SoCal Pinoys Facebook group. Back in July 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, I became an admin of the group. I was responsible for programming ways to engage our now 37,000 strong membership with activities such as virtual classes, interview spotlights and panels, contests, raffles, and most significantly, online concerts. What started out as a Christmas Special virtual concert to celebrate two months of interview panels has now blossomed into a weekly interview panel featuring a slice of SoCal on Thursdays and a virtual concert featuring some of the finest musicians in SoCal on Fridays.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Finding the right, appropriate and ample resources have always been challenging. I have also been a victim of cyberbullying recently, and I have been struggling with the residual effects of bullying. Finding allies and the right people to collaborate with whose goals are aligned to what we do and what we stand for is key.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Mic Diaz Presents is a production company that strives to promote performing arts and its practitioners and uplift our community through entertaining, educational and engaging programs. Mic Diaz Presents delivers creative content that spreads the word about you—your art, your music, your story, your brand and your business—through its various programs. Mic Diaz Presents produces in-person and virtual events such as concerts, podcasts, virtual markets, interview spotlights and panel workshops.

What matters most to you?
Uplifting our community through performing and visual arts matters most to me. Oftentimes, the arts are overlooked in underrepresented communities, and in the same token there is a lack of representation of minorities in both performing and visual arts. The arts, whether we know of it consciously or not, are what keeps us alive. After a long day of work and dealing with the challenges of our daily lives, we listen to music, watch movies, sing, dance and find ways to unleash our creativity. We bond over watching our favorite shows and our favorite music with our family and friends. The arts connect us to our friends, family and other people and they help us sustain our lives.

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