We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Valenzuela & Siecuna Yeboah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, Siecuna, how do you think about risk?
Andrea: By taking risks, we learn to speak up for ourselves and others. My life would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for the risks and leaps I continue to make every day. I am a firm believer that we can wield our own destiny. Shape it into the reality of our hopes and dreams. Hard work also goes hand-in-hand.
Siecuna: I been taking risks my whole life. I moved to America at a very young age. Things were hard and everything was new. I had to change the ways I was used to doing everything. Everyday I took risks, made mistakes and learned from them. No one said life was easy but no one said how hard it will be. I am Black and I am a woman every day is a risk. I was raised by a village of wonderful women and they give me wisdoms and lessons that that I will never forget. Those lessons and wisdoms have helped me guide me through every risk past, present, and future.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Andrea: Currently I work for staging and events company Matrix Visual Solutions in Orange County. We cover and array of high-profile events with companies such as: MLB, NBA, NFL, Insomniac, etc.
What sets me apart from others you ask? That would be my tenacity to overcome, well anything! If there is something I want to achieve I set my mind, creative the plan and execute. There’s no other way. You must apply yourself, your whole self, into everything you do.
It’s this exact mindset my makes me proud of the person I am becoming everyday. Challenges and obstacles come in all forms, all I can say is be ready even for the impossible. As for my ever growing brand, stay-tuned! There’s more to come!
Siecuna: Right now, I am Directing a wonderful play called The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. My relationship with The Vagina Monologues started in college. I went to California Start University, Monterey Bay. My first year in college, I was casted in the play. It was a struggle at first because my relationship with myself and sex have not always been positive at the time. These monologues are deep, the stories are real, and it focuses you to truly look into yourself. I was part of TVM every year, until I graduated college. My last two years in college I directed and produced the show.
Years later we’re here! Back to how it all started. Janice Bonello who is performing The Woman Who Loved To Make Vaginas Happy casted me in my first show. Rachel Carter performing In The Room and The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could was the producer my first time directing and Jaya Lynnette who is also in The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could was a cast member my first year directing. Andrea casted me my second time in the TVM. Now she’s my right hard and we’re killing it! Few of my cast members went to Middle School, High School, and College with me.
Now we made it full circle but this sh**t doesn’t end there. We still moving over here!
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?
Andrea: Having grown up in Los Angeles County, I am quite familiar with many places within our city and vicinity. However there is one place that lives rent free in my heart, that place being: Spring St. Los Angeles.
That’s right the infamous Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles is a personal mecca for me because it perfectly displays all of the eccentric beauty that LA has to offer. Spring St. is quite long, so put on your best shoes and strut!
Siecuna: 3333 W 43rd Pl Los Angeles, CA 90008! That’s the full address to my favorite spot in this city. Leimert Park has everything you will ever need in this life. Leimert Park is a feeling, a community like no other in this city. It shows you the power of community and people. It’s a feeling that you need to be there for. Go to Leimert Park and please respect the community and the people. Go there and you will see that love lives in Leimert Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Andrea: Thank you Shoutout LA for showing love to our production The Vagina Monologues Los Angeles!
This shoutout will be dedicated to the women in my life that have shaped the person I am today. Those women being: my Mother Rosa Medina, Valenzuela sisters, Lambda Sigma Gamma sisters, my new/old #TVM sisters, as well my Grandparents, Father and Partner.
Siecuna: This person has been with me all my life. We shared both small and large spaces together. My twin deserves so much recognition in my story. Her energy and heart keeps me going even on the hardest days. Days when giving up was the only option yet she gives me strength to breathe and keep going. Another person is the love of my life. He’s always there supporting me in every way possible. I am so grateful to them both. My friends and my family deserves recognition as well.