- Time alone for yourself (meditation, walk in the park, read a book, yoga, mani/pedi, massage, therapist session, etc)
Q: What’s been a personal challenge you’ve had to navigate as a performer?
A: Well you have to learn to grow tough skin. What I mean by that is this industry isn’t easy. It’s a hustle because sometimes the broadway show you’re in closes and then it’s on to the next gig or broadway show and who knows when that will happen. Auditioning is a process too because you’re not going to book everything so you have to learn to let go of that experience and move in to the next and on top of that don’t lose faith in yourself and keep pushing forward.
Q: What is a surprising hack, tool, or practice that keeps you “Fit for Broadway” that people might not expect?
A: I love plants. I have a couple now in my apartment and they truly make a difference to the point of when I wake up to when I get home from a show. They just bring a calmness and welcoming energy. They are like my babies I love seeing them thriving and also nurturing them when they need it.
Also meditating when I wake up. I try to everyday but sometimes I dont get to it but it helps or just have a moment to myself close my eyes and take 3 deep inhales and exhales when I feel like my mind is starting to scatter or diffuse. I also love listening to podcasts to keep me motivated, centered and learning.
Q: What creates the biggest impact on your performance feeling great or not so great?
A: Feeling great if I get a good nights rest and I take my time getting ready before show like stretching and listening to music while I put my makeup on 🙂 Connecting on stage with my cast mates and feeling the audience truly engaged throughout the show.
Not so great is not enough sleep, not a good warm up before the show or if I’m rushing, I hate that!!! Also if I’ve eaten too much in btw shows and my costume feels like it’s going to burst haha.
Q: Top 5 products, companies or brands that are shaping your healthy lifestyle right now.
- Hyper volt
- Pick the brain podcast
- Immure core vitamins
- Emergen C
Q: Fill in the blanks…
A: The best part of working on Broadway is… The community. There is no other community like Broadway. Being surrounded by such talented artists and supporting and performing with one another is truly a dream and you find lifelong friendships.
The most challenging part of working on Broadway is…The schedule isn’t a normal 9-5 and for me personally it gets hard during the holidays because we don’t get much time off to go away which for me is Puerto Rico. But again that’s why the broadway community is so wonderful. You build friendships and sometimes spend holidays with those who are in a show with you and who possibly aren’t with family either or invite you to their family gatherings close by.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: My parents and people who go for what they believe in and don’t look back. Also Jlo and Chita Rivera.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring performers who have their sights set on Broadway?
A: Everyone’s journey is different so don’t compare yourself to any one else. Stay focused and disciplined. Put in the work, face your fears because they only make you grow as an artist and human. Never stop believing in YOURSELF and be kind! There is no need to be mean or rude to others. People in the industry notice those little things.
Photos & Interview by Jane Jourdan.