We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Borraz Trepat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The bigger the risk the bigger you might fail. Or the bigger you might win. Which one sounds better? Truth is that whatever happens, it will be worth it. If you fail you will learn something that will teach you about yourself and will make you stronger. If you win, you got what you wanted in the first place. But realistically, the way you’ll win big is by failing many times. As an actor I experience that on a daily basis.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got where I am by giving up a lot, but also gaining in other aspects. I left home when I was only 17, flew across the world from Spain to NYC and was there alone. It wasn’t easy. I wouldn’t have done it any other way, but it was tough. Leaving my family, my friends, my culture, my language. I have learned a lot about myself, my fears, the things I need to work on, what makes me ‘me’. It is ironic that I had to leave behind all I knew and ‘was’ to find the real me. I am still on that journey. I don’t think I will ever get there. I think am always finding myself, evolving. And you need that as an artist. That is what makes you unique. Just being you. Your unique journey, your unique thoughts and your unique experiences will make you connect to the world in a way nobody else can. I love acting, more than anything. Because it makes me connect, it allows me to tell stories that wouldn’t be heard otherwise. It allows me to understand humans. Be empathic. Make others feel. Create community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many things to do in LA. Food is one of the best. I love the LA Farmers Market at The Grove, it has so many food options from all around the world (it even has a French market with French cheeses and products I haven’t seen anywhere else). My two favorite Mexican food places in LA are Sonoritas (their mar y tierra burrito) and Mexicali Tacos. For a drink or a night out I really enjoy No Vacancy, it’s an old mansion transformed into a bar/club with burlesque dancers. Another great place for drinks is the Perch rooftop bar. When it comes to places to visit…I love driving to Malibu. Eating at Malibu Farms and heading for the sunset at Matador Beach. Another beautiful sunset around LA is in Thousand Steps beach in Laguna Beach. If you enjoy museums you can’t miss the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa. And if you are down to go see a Disney movie…El Capitan Theatre is breathtaking. Otherwise you can always take a walk from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach, one of my favorite places in LA.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every single person I have crossed paths with. Being an artist, in my case an actor, your craft and your work is based on who you are. The good and the bad. Everything and everyone that you interact with will shape you in one way or another. But there are people I remember when I need inspiration. All my teachers and mentors in my acting school at Adelphi University played a big role in helping me find my voice artistically and personally. In some way I owe them all the hard work and effort I can put in. They did it for me, now it’s my turn to give back. And of course, my family, my partner and best friends. There are those people who always believe in you, that keep you grounded. Being in such an inconsistent and psychologically challenging field is not easy. You need a rock, someone who believes in you when you have doubts. These people have been that for me.
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