Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Guadalupe Galindo.
Stephanie Guadalupe, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A cousin of mine fell down one day in Mexico, cut her leg and she started crying. My other cousins helped her up and I started to pretend to fall to make her laugh and it worked. My age then was around four, from then I knew one of my jobs in this life is to help others smile with me. At first, I did not know entertainment was to be my playground in the world. Growing up, I had my eyes set on veterinary school then athletic training. Throughout my academic career, I took classes of theatre and physical movement and that was my true passion…the realization came only until I went to University of Oregon to study Human Physiology. My plan was to attend University to acquire my bachelors of arts then to enroll in a community college for associates in theatre, well that changed when studying for classes in math. I was failing and was not doing so well in the science side. Though I loved the world of science, I was exceeding more in classes that dealt with writing, film and theatre. Taking the risk of dropping out of a University was one of the greatest things I have done so far in this life of mine.
The parents, I have the honor of calling my own, were supportive in this and Mother knew there would be struggle and I agreed with her. I was ready to face what was to come in that struggle and yet find joy within it. I attended East Los Angeles Community College and graduated in 3 years with an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts. I took with that, I was able to be apart of many grand things: Cornerstone Theatre Company’s Magic Fruit, attend classes and workshops in Hollywood Improv schools, be a set painter and assistant set designer, extra on tv shows, become a High school Ambassador for ELAC’s Theatre Department and a Full-Time Drag King. I was granted a fellowship with the Actors Gang. In Culver City and today, I am now apart of the great Theatre Company as An associate Member. I give many Thanks to my family and friends who supported me in this stupid fucking dream.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth roads is like a slip and slide with a giant foam pit at the end of it with a soft landing. I am currently on a rocky road with patches of cloud-like softness in some instances. My knowledge comes from struggling and taking risks and failing to taking risks again. The rejection and struggle has brought me to be grateful in the place I am currently in my career of entertainment. One struggle of mine is my mind. I have this voice that says certain things to bring me down, it’s my own worst critic. I have learned to be friends with myself and love myself to accept everyone is different and I am not in the vision of certain employers that I want to be an employee for them. Another struggle is society’s one view of the same thing. To change a story is to bring a new version of it and some folks do not like that. I may not have experience in some things or a new venue, but I am there to gain experience to be apart of new experiences. EXPERIENCE!!!! Others will have a lot of years of acquaintances and work between them and their friends. I am striving to get the knowledge they have yet I feel sometimes there are those that don’t want to change such story. So from my life of learning to make positivity out of negative situations, I shall create my own story within their story. I am looking forward to join stories for more happiness in my life.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
The business emphasis in my career is Actor/ Drag performer.
I specialize in physical movement and comedy. What I am most known for is my Facial Expressions. The proudest thing for me is I accept myself as more masculine than feminine and I still can portray feminine. My curiosity of nature, the world of constantly learning is what sets me apart from others and going into things that people would normally go into one standard of being.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Sonia, Cesar, Julio Galindo and Stephany Escalante Galindo: My family
Danny Shock: Drama Teacher, Friend
Vanessa Mizzone Pelligrini: Movement/Voice Professor, Mentor, Friend
Nancy Moricette: Mentor, Friend
ELAC Theatre Faculty: Instructors/teachers/directors/professors/mentors
Best Friends, Instructors, teammates, castmates, Drag Family: Rudy Aispuro, Ruben Audrey Myers, Steven Pierce, Stephen F. Rodriguez, Lefty, Chris Magallanes, Daniel Balladares, King Phantom, Rovi Wade, Vik Floyd, ESQS, sCum, Exposure Drag, Queer as Punk, Eat It, Pansy Craze Peep Show, Skynsuit, Storyfilmz, The Actors Gang.
All of these people have helped me in staying in this path of entertainment and have brought me to face new challenges with confidence and patience. Knowledge from everyone of them has increased my love of life. Some have opened a door to let me into new adventures (jobs, gigs, work) and I was the one to pass through the doorway.
- Website: www.stephanieggalindo.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: charliedc4
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.galindo.16
- Twitter: SGalin4
Vanessa Mizzone Pelligrini, Bob Turnton, Sonia Galindo, @the.hellhound