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Meet Vange Tapia of Actors Slash & Connecting Slashers in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vange Tapia.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Vange. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m an Actress, VO talent, TV Host and Producer who initiated her acting career in TV commercials during my teen years in Mexico City where I was born and raised. Having a Spanish and Portuguese background I fit in the ambiguous multi-ethnic characters for films and TV as I’m fluent in English, Spanish & French, plus I speak conversational Italian.

I gained credibility from my first TV commercials for national television in which I delivered a series of ’45 seconds monologues and what became award-winning ads by Cineconcepto (Cinematronics) with Director Francisco Murguía.

In those commercials, I institutionalized the famous phrase “No Inventes” that characterized me as the classic Preppy/Valley Girl (“Fresa”), which gave me critical acclaim and introduced me to the Film, Television and Voice Over industry.

Among other roles, I was booked as female lead for the suspense series for national TV; “Hora Marcada” – Episode: “No Retornable” with both Academy Awards winners Director Alfonso Cuarón and Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Being a people person and a traveler, I got involved in Customer Service and Tourism so I took a break from acting to work as a Concierge. Thanks to my dear friend Marco Milanéz, I organized the first Concierges meeting in Mexico City which was essential for the creation of the Mexican Chapter of “Les Cles D’Or” (Golden crossed keys) with former US Concierge Guild President Marjorie Silverman (rip)as godmother.

Later on I became President for the Baja California region. I also was part of launching an important black credit card for a well known international bank in both Concierge and New Products Development departments.

Achieving clarity of my two passions – being in front of the camera and traveling – I found in on-camera, hosting and writing in Spanish and English for the online Travel Channel for Brand USA/Discover America (Now “Visit the USA”), as well as for Rolling Tworistas, a great opportunity to combine both professions.

I served as a member of the board of directors for a Mexican filmmakers organization of Latinos in general for almost three years with the purpose of connecting people. I was director of communications (social media, database, emails), event planner and liaison between festivals, organizations and studios.

Believing that finding and creating opportunities is a team responsibility, I founded the by-invitation-only “Actors Slash”, a group of international and local talent in Hollywood where actors not only perform but create opportunities by producing, directing and/or writing their own content in collaboration with other fellow creative minds in the entertainment Industry.

I also founded the collective “Connecting Slashers” to bring artists together. I have invited international filmmakers and actors to network and to pitch in major studios, and also to screen their work and to speak in panels for events and International Film and Theater festivals where I have been invited as a Judge and Community Outreach.
I have served as Producer in short films and short plays (some of then written and directed by me.)

I’ve worked in several TV commercials, TV series, films and plays for both Mexico and the US. I’m happily married and live in Los Angeles, CA working back and forth in Mexico City, doing what I like the most.

Has it been a smooth road?
Stereotypes are a big enemy in our society. People give themselves the wrong idea of who you are based on what they were told you should be, according to the way you look or speak. Also, almost as bad is when that is turned around – you look one way but when they learn of your nationality, people box you into a category they were told one should belong.

A big challenge for me when I moved to the US is that I’ve been told that I don’t look Mexican enough to book certain roles (Again, the misconception on how people should look according to what they’ve been told). But then if I have a slight accent in English I can’t play the roles that match my looks. Accents should not be an obstacle. Accents mean that you have an extra skill to communicate in more than one language. This amazing country is what it is based on its rich multi-culture and diversity.

This is another reason why I started to create my own opportunities by producing my own content.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Actors Slash & Connecting Slashers – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
ACTORS SLASH & CONNECTING SLASHERS

Actors Slash (Actors /) – Connects, Promotes + Supports Diverse International Actors who Create their own opportunities by producing, directing, writing content.

CONNECTING SLASHERS
Recognizes and connects International creatives in the entertainment industry in order to support and to produce content together.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love the most about Los Angeles, CA, is the diversity in its people, gastronomy and culture.

Not to mention this is Hollywood!. With an amazing Entertainment and Social life. And on top of that, it’s a cosmopolitan city by the ocean!!! Plus every day more and more people are becoming more green conscious.

What I dislike is the traffic. The city needs more public transportation.

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