Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Duarte.
Sandy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always felt deeply creative and hungry to live as viscerally as possible. I just wanted to live from that. Express from that. Find an art form that thrived on curiosity, empathy and understanding – Acting to me at its highest form, is that. Somehow the world is made better when we can bend the ear and heart of people to the stories that not only entertain but can enlighten humanity.
My love for theatre serendipitously lead me to working with renowned playwright Tom Walmsley on three of his plays, one of which garnered me the Dora Award win for Outstanding Female Performance in the iconic production of “Blood”, my very first ever Dora Nomination and win for a role the playwright himself specifically asked me to perform. “Blood” also garnered three nominations for a production I not only starred in but had also produced.
This propelled me forward towards my desire to expand myself beyond my comfort zone and lead me to live and work in Los Angeles, an ultimate spot for creativity and collaborations.
I’m now thrilled to be embarking on several projects, one of which includes the Los Angeles stage debut of ‘Ruby’s Arms’ written [and to be directed] by Barry Papick, my incredible creative partner. We have also attached illustrious talent such as Efren Ramirez, best known for his cult classic film/character “Pedro” from “Napoleon Dynamite”, Eileen Dietz [The Exorcist] and Emmy Award winner Jeff LaBeau.
I’m currently shopping around a TV Show I co-created, along with my producing partner – Award-winning Screenwriter/Filmmaker Shannonn Kelly (a master storyteller). With its festival wins, touting our Pilot as simply “genius” and “this script is executed so well we can’t wait to watch this week-to-week”. Shannonn and I look forward to collaboration with the perfect company to bring to your TV Screens and VOD a show you’ve never seen before.
And I’m also working with Los Angeles artists outside my direct profession, from photographers to painters, I think creative expression at its best is unconfined by form or title. One of the current collaborations being with up-and-coming brilliant artist Daniel Molina (@iamdanielmolina). His work explores scenes in abstract expressionism, and with his unique touch and twist on portraits, I’m thrilled to be a face on the canvas and his creative mind.
Ultimately, I think getting started is the most important part towards your dream, your life’s journey – taking that first step, fearlessly. Like the old saying goes, “never underestimate the power of small beginnings.” And in terms of where I am now? I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Blissfully happy living my life, my way.
Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest obstacles that I overcame with much perseverance AND an amazing legal team [D’Alessio Law Group] is the ability to legally live and work in the USA. It’s a tough country to crack, and when I got the good news that I got in, I have savored each day ever since.
It’s incredible to live internationally when it comes to my craft. It opens up your mind to new ways of living, thinking and doing. For that I am grateful.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m an idealist. I believe in the power of art. I am hungry for life, and with all that, it grounds my work as an actress and a mere human being. I feel like I have lived many lives and it has all contributed to my work now as an Actress and Producer.
I’m proud of my ability to not only truly relish and embody a character deeply, but to also have the business skills to successfully create projects that I am passionate about. I pinch myself at collaborations made thus far with some remarkably talented people who entrust me with their work both in and outside of LA.
I think in this industry, one has to not only surrender to it but also remember that you don’t live in a bubble. You must create. Do. If you are confident in your talent and skills and lend that to likeminded talents around you, it will push you to grow and to be of service.
In the end, shouldn’t what we do in life, somehow service this planet in one way or another? I bring my heart to all I do. I bring my professionalism. My passion. My truth. And I am attracted to projects and people who dig that. Here I am.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I do not have enough words for my love for Los Angeles. It is a great spot for anything and everything creative. As an Actor/Producer, the opportunities are everywhere you look.
I especially appreciate it, because of the beautiful years of work at my craft in my hometown Toronto, Canada that prepared me. I think LA is a beast, and if you arrive with a strong head on your shoulders, experience, a strong sense of self, an open heart and a tough set of balls, you will do just fine.
Everyone has their own LA story…
…“ the beast” has taught me a lot – plenty of moments of joy and fear, and I embrace it all. I sincerely thank Los Angeles for furthering me as a human and artist.
- Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2892951
- Instagram: @sandy__duarte
- Twitter: @sandyduarte
- Other: https://contactsandyduarte.wixsite.com/rubysarms