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Meet Vanessa Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Garcia.

Mexican and Filipino. Vanessa Garcia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Vanessa is one of five children to Graceila and John Garcia, a Longshoremen family from the South side of Los Angeles. She is a proud, first-generation Mexican-American whose humble beginnings in South LA, as well as her vibrant cultural roots continuously inform the aesthetic and soul of her acting and art.

Her mother immigrated from Mexico along with her nine siblings, so Vanessa was continuously culturally enriched by her grandparents and extended family. Hailing from a family of five children, her childhood was bittersweet dichotomy of being surrounded by familial traditions and her father’s love of music and film, while also watching her parents struggle to make ends meet and living in section 8 housing for some years. Growing up, she found refuge in self-expression through acting and painting, including the darkest of times when she watched her mother endure years of intense domestic violence. It is from this place of witnessing pain that Vanessa’s resilience and creativity have manifested into the acting and artwork she now births. Vanessa broke into the acting scene landing her first role in the Rob Reiner’s star-studded 8, alongside Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Kevin Bacon.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A SMOOTH ROAD??? Oh GOD NO!

Like EVERYTHING worth going after there are always obstacles. NOTHING comes easy. If it were easy EVERYONE and their MOMS would do it. Being an Actor and Painter as a profession and actually paying your bills that way too are very hard to do!

BUT….. Not impossible.

If YOU have decided that acting or art is the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, make it happen and f**k the people who doubt you. Seriously, F**CK THEM. It’s hard. It would have been easier to graduate at USC with honors and become a doctor! (No Joke) because there is a formula to becoming a doctor. There is no formula to become a succesful artist.

You give up stuff “normal people” have… Like (TIMELINES) you suck at family events, you delay the baby train, you delay the other normalities that you crave like a house, a partner and marriage, BUT if you’re an ARTIST in every which sence… YOU CRAVE THIS MORE.

It’s the moment of TRUTH. The feeling of vulnerability that you dont have to mask when you’re filming. Its those moments like “finally I can take off the mask and fucking breath!” BUT IT’S HARD so don’t beat yourself up because you are not “WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE” It’s different for everyone. Stay hungry, work your ass off, keep going by any means necessary!

Figure out what type of artist YOU are. Stay creative! It’s survival! Last but not least GO FOR THE JUGULAR and ATTACK!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a proud working Sag ACTOR. I have been acting since 2012. I love drama and comedy. The more emotional roles the better. IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4881018/

I am also a professional painter. I have been painting professionally for three years now. I use canvas with acrylic paints and spray cans. My art looks like a drunk five years old painted on canvas. Hahaha. My website is www.VanessaGarciaIAM.com. I am very proud of the work I have done as an artist. http://www.vanessagarciaiam.com

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Every November as a little girl, I would cuddle with my Trick-or-Treat candy and watch GONE WITH THE WIND on TV. I fell madly inlove with that movie. I fell inlove with Scarlet O’hara. I wanted to be her.

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