Today we’d like to introduce you to Gene Tapia.
Hi Gene, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up in South Texas in a small Mexican based city, where not many people follow a “Dream” or even believe there is an outside world apart from our upbringing. I was always on my own… I always saw my future as an Artist, an influential figure in a world of dreamers. Growing up with a speech impediment, I found strength in silence. Bullied consistently and torn down by the kids around me, to add gay to the picture only made for a tougher day. My sophomore year in high school, I then found a Love for MOVEMENT and every working gear the came along with it. Dance, choreography, Directing, and Acting. Not knowing what only started as a thought and a simple dream manifested into a living career. Being the only boy that danced in a culture of masculinity and as Latinos put it “machismo” asking my dad for tap shoes was not exactly cheered on. I meet a choreographer by the name of Georgio Fagan and in one class, he stood me up and in front of a room full of dancers and said “he has it, he has the potential to do great things” and thats all it took. His influence changed my entire life and I thank him greatly for turning my light on he gave me strength. I attended UTSA in San Antonio, Texas for three years and in the middle of the semester, I made the decision to move to Hollywood. With the common struggles of a first-time LA native, I found love in training and working toward a life of not only music but a life I never thought I could achieve alone. With my last 20 bucks, I would take a bus from north hills to the edge dance academy and take classes from people I could only dream of being around.
People like Tavaris Wilson, havoc Gregory, Sonya Taye, Kevin Maher, Nolan Padilla, and dare I say Mandy Moore. I continued to use all my strength to get to where I needed to be. I later attended MI theater of art acting school, the longest-running acting conservatory in Hollywood. With Ulumnies such as Marilyn Monroe, Olivia de Havilland, James dean. I began studying acting, combat, comedy, and most of finding more gears that I didn’t know I had. I graduated in 2017 and made sure that during my training, I was working my way thru the dance industry. I have been involved with the boys and girls club for a few years and have found so much LIGHT in helping our youth. We don’t realize how many of them need someone to just let them know they can achieve anything they dream to be. And thanks to them, I have become a better man, along with mentors, creative directors, and influencers I have worked with or just have learned so much from such as the legendary Travis Payne, Wade Robson, and still to check off the list Ms. Loreeann Gibson. I’ve been blessed enough to have worked with artists such as Kesha, Vic Mensa, Ty Dollar sign, the beautiful Jody Watley, Keke Palmer, and most recently Doja Cat. So as a small-town Mexican from Brownsville, Texas I know I have a lot more to achieve and conquer, but ill always remember that no matter how far I go, I’ve already achieved a dream.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m sure for most of us we all have a struggle, a story, a path, and most all learning experiences that have ultimately brought us to where we are now. For me, my struggle has been maintaining my self-esteem, my worth and my focus. We live in a place where temptation and anxiety and worry and doubt can take control if we let it. But we all have to remember that without the pain, we can not grow, without our tears to water our creativity and to bloom us into the fire we have burning inside each and every one of us. I have to say that thru times of homelessness, thru heartbreak and thru anxiety, I have found strength in myself to know I can endure a fight. I fight for family, for my dreams and for my future. In 2015, I was in a hospital bed for almost two months suffering from a strong case of pneumonia. I was isolated and not given much hope. So thru my struggle and my story, I’ve made myself a promise to follow a dream, to make sure that I’m lead by God’s path. I am alive because of him and I’m alive because of the things I have overcome.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work in many fields of music industry, I specialize in Choreography, Artist development, Dancer, Actor, and aspiring film and music director. I am most proud of my work with bringing opportunities to my hometown and am in a position to help them get their voice heard or help bring light to their dreams. What sets me apart is my own personal journey, in which brings me courage and most of all as I said the strength to keep pushing my limits. Every time I got scared, I pushed myself one step closer.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up was pretty tough, I was born with a speech impediment and bullied heavily. I grew in a low income family and they did everything they could to bring light to my life. I’ve used my struggles to keep me going. I always felt apart from the crowd. Always an outcast. It wasn’t till later in life I realized that me being the outcast was just a chance to find myself as an artist.
- Email: Eugenetapiatx@gmail.com
- Instagram: @geniusbeatz
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