Liliana Velasquez

Sep 27, 11 Liliana Velasquez

City you live in:
Bello, Brooklyn.

Occupation and why?
Performance Artist (Actress, dancer, comedian, singer, entertainer) because I follow my soul.

A regular day consists of?
Eating healthy, a dance class or workout, creative writing, phone call to a family member (large family) I only have to speak to one to reach out to all of them and know everything that’s happening. Preparation for the evening’s performance. Every day is different so we still have to be in the moment. Sometimes I have to walk my dirty laundry to the corner… I never thought people did that until I came to NY.

How do you define success?
“Live Love Laugh”. I remind myself to live by this mantra. Success is ever evolving as is satisfaction & desire.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My temper and patience…

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Perseverance, focus focus focus. What you did in the past makes you who you are now, and what you do now, makes you who you will be. Always look forward and remember to give back! Inspire, help, be connected with your community and your surroundings.

What’s on your bucket list?
I haven’t made one yet… enjoy the now. I want to do things because I desire to do them not because they are on some list before I die. I never even heard of a bucket list until that movie came out. I’m sure someday I will think ve mira… I really want to do that before I die, but I still won’t write that list.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I came into the world this way! My heritage and culture are a big influence on who I am.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Flowers and fresh fruits! I also play Toto La Momposina at full volume and on repeat.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
que what throw me down de-estairs mi sombrero que tengo que go… (insert any spanish accent)

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
Caracas in Brooklyn.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
If music is playing we are DANCING!

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Abuelita: “If you take care of your figure you can wear burlap and look fashionable”

Favorite home remedy
Garlic.

Favorite Quote:
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best” – Marilyn Monroe

Career Highlights
:
Tango Performance at the 2010 Cielo Latino Awards, Tribeca Ball 2011 Performance. Comedy and acrobatics thru out NYC.

[fun]♦ I am a collector of: Tattoos, rocks from places I travel to, ribbons, costumes, boxes — I LOVE THE CONTAINER STORE (Cajita Heaven)[/fun]

[career]
La Princessa Mandarina_! _Una Mujer Hecha y Derecha. A WOMAN who asks herself, WHY, WHY NOT, WHY NOT ME, WHY NOT NOW. Exploring many paths she has found positive affirmation & self-love to better her art. The mediums she uses are varied from performance art, street art, acting drama/comedy, painting and dance. Questioning the effects that cultural stereotypes have on women. Uncovering the unconscious force within, that drives what she does and how she feels. Pushing herself beyond dichotomies. Closer to self knowledge and wholeness. Constantly evolving![/career]

[description]Inspire, help, be connected with your community and your surroundings.[/description]

1 Comment

  1. Mary /

    Nicolette, I like what you say about your own sister using (or ratehr abusing) the system and having tattoos etc ratehr than it helping her children. I believe that the welfare system needs an overhaul. There must be a new way of somewhat earning what people receive as welfare type help. It gives them some dignity and also some responsibility, as well as help keep down the outright free-loaders for the sake of being lazy. I do not like that in anyone. I hope for something that will benefit people and also not unnecessarily hamper on those that provide the funding for the help. I feel if someone really does need help they will benefit by being required to do something in return. Volunteer work of some kind maybe to help even more people let the good works flow on. I think everyone has something to offer and it could be done. Anyone unwilling to have some responsibility in earning what they get for welfare probably isn’t in enough true need and shouldn’t get it. Of course there are those that just can’t do anything. Truly disabled and must rely on others for their survival. I would never expect them to be required the same kind of actions to have help but I still feel they have things to offer that would benefit others. Their own friendship, personality, something .I feel it a terrible attitude for anyone to go to any country illegally and expect to be treated as they didn’t do something wrong. It is breaking the law. I do not like that. It is cheating, which is not the way to do things. I wouldn’t expect to be treated nicely if I was a stow away on someone else’s space, car, property or country. I do have compassion and feel badly though too. It could be so much easier for the process if it was updated. Decades to do things right is not a good way. The children of those who came illegally are in a hard spot. It was not their doing that got them here, but it can lead to more illegal things because of lack of social security numbers, paperwork identity theft, etc. Something does need to change but also not make it a slap in the face to those who have been working for so long to come legally. Put those who have been waiting at the front of the list. Rush them first make the process less complicated. Background check If you are a hard criminal, dangerous, drug dealer, etc .great reason to be rejected. For those decent people, get your pass quickly and not have to wish for a visa lottery. Everyone can start paying into the same system that we are supposed to be to help maintain this country, the roads, police, water treatment, etc. For those who came totally illegally (not that they stayed longer than papers were good for), maybe add on some extra things to become legal’. A monetary fine of automatic withholding from paychecks until it is completely paid. Something significant enough to truly be a fine and a punishment, but not totally devastating either. Those coming legally have their huge share of expenses. Any fines shouldn’t be a small percentage compared to what it would have taken doing things properly before any changes in laws.Everyone is equal and does deserve respect as a human. However, it is harder to respect a person at times if they don’t respect themselves enough to follow rules and take the high road like everyone else is expected to. Lying and cheating the system are convenient especially for those who feel trapped. If our system wasn’t so archaic, it wouldn’t be so hard for people to be here legally like it is now and we would have a lot less of the problem we currently do.

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