Today we’d like to introduce you to Yissendy Trinidad.
Yissendy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18, I moved to Boston, MA. and that’s when everything started for me. I taught myself how to speak English working at a Burger King. Due to my drive and determination, six months later, I became a Manager. After I decided to leave Burger King, I worked as a teller in a bank and decided to enroll into college to get my degree.
Despite the language barrier, I finished my degree in Business Arts and became a medical assistant as well. Being an artist is something I always dreamed of. Since I was a little girl, my mom had me in ballet class, playing the violin and solfeo class because I loved singing. Coming to America and living in Boston there wasn’t as much room for the arts. I needed job security and although I did some print modeling here and there how I made a living was working at a popular lounge in town as a bartender. Believe it or not this job was my ticket to finding my passion. My boss at the time, told me about an audition for a movie happening and suggested that I should attend, if interested.
Now, I went to the audition and I was super green. I didn’t know anything about the protocol for auditioning. When I arrived they asked me for a headshot and my response was, “What is a headshot?” I didn’t have one or a resume for that matter. I explained that my boss told me about this movie and I just showed up. The casting team was so gracious and kind. They gave me some sides and after reading through them twice I felt ready. I was not nervous at all, strangely. The producer was so impressed that he stopped the audition and asked me to read with another actor, not knowing it was the lead actor of the film. That evening, I got the news that I booked the part!! My first audition ever, I booked it! The movie went on to get a lot of press all over Boston. Booking this supporting role, I said to myself, “I just found my passion and I’m moving to LA.” Been here for seven years now.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had some struggles along the way. I’ve always been very independent, but not having my family here with me has been hard at times. How I keep myself grounded in an industry that can be very lonely is my faith. I am a very spiritual person. God keeps me going. When I first arrived in LA, everyone kept pointing out my accent. Constantly being suggested to speak/learn the American accent. Some agents would not represent me because I do not have the American accent. I have spent money, time and resources on expensive accent coaches and classes, doing my best to improve my accent. What some people don’t understand is that at the age of 18, I came to America. I did not grow up here and my English is self-taught. I will not allow this to hinder me or stop me from continuing to pursue my dreams. I will remain disciplined in practicing and learning because it is important to me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am known as an actor, writer, motivational speaker and producer. My company, Trinidad Entertainment group was created two years ago. I started creating my own projects because I said to myself I have to create my own opportunities. We do films, tv, podcasts and other forms of original content. I’m always looking to collaborate with other companies as well because united we are stronger. I’m proud that my company specializes in telling truthful stories. I am especially proud to be giving opportunities to Latinos. Giving them a space to learn and grow. I have a team that I work with and each person that I work with, we help each other. My first short film, No Confies is already working the film festival circuit. It was written and produced by me. I am also in post-production for my webseries, “My dating life in LA”, a comedy dropping February 2020. My writing partner, Jeff Hunt and I have created a tv series which we are pitching to networks this year. You can listen to my thoughts and inspirations on my podcast, Unconditionally Yissendy. (available on iTunes, iheartradio, Spotify and SoundCloud)
This year has a lot of good things coming up. We are going to be adding commercials and music videos to our deck. I love to create, so expect to continue to see me creating content.
What were you like growing up?
I remember always smiling. I was a happy little girl. I have an ambivert personality so with the people that I’m comfortable. I am always an extrovert but I do have my moments that I like to be alone and be quiet. I get very shy when I really like someone. When I was a little girl, I was always singing, dancing, watching my favorites show, always being so romantic, my favorite tv show was Dawson’s Creek. I remember writing my own songs, and loving eating cake, I have a sweet tooth, and still like that, eating all the bad because the good for me wasn’t enough lol.
- Website: www.yissendy.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @yissendytrinidad_official
- Facebook: @yissendyTrinidad
- Twitter: @yissendyt
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