We had the good fortune of connecting with Aurora Vaughan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aurora, how do you define success?
I identify success with feeling proud of the process in which I achieved a goal. I am an avid believer in the idea that if I want to get something, go somewhere, and create, I want to do it ethically, equitably, and inclusively. That being said, those qualities and aspirations must aid me in my goal, not hinder me; this means I have to make informed choices about said goal and how I am going to get there. As an artist, I am inspired but others’ success when I see that they have utilized their resources well and maintained a moral approach. I am not interested in creative processes that harm others’ mental health, sense of importance in the world, or individuality. True success comes from honest work and an honest approach.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art stems from the multidisciplinary artistic upbringing I had. I find my creativity through movement, theatre, writing, visual art, and music. My father is a music teacher and a classical cellist with a degree in symphonic band and orchestral music, while my mother is a Spanish teacher, costume designer, and producer for theatre companies. My sister is an aspiring Broadway dancer and physical therapist student. I was raised to appreciate the intersections of forms and how each one draws influence from others; similarly, my work tends to draw upon multiple mediums of art. I recently just finished a film for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley that involved ten creative team members, thirteen dancers, and one actress. Our creative team was comprised of composers, a text supervisors, choreographers, an editor, and a director of photography, to name a few. I em extremely proud of the work we did together. The film is set to premier in early May.
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?
I’m a pretty low-key person, so a weekend with me during the pandemic would include (trying to add my favorite places plus a couple tourist-y spots):
– drive to Melrose Trading Post for some shopping and walking around
– lunch around the area
– drive to Griffith Observatory for sunset and dinner picnic vibes
– The Ace Downtown has a lovely rooftop bar with good views of the city!
– coffee at Dulce Café
– stop at Trader Joe’s for snacks and lunch
– trip to my favorite beach spot down the PCH….it’s a secret so I can’t tell, but it’s not Santa Monica!
– dinner from 23rd St. Café
– movie night! 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?
I dedicate my shoutout to the myriad artists that came before me, especially the ones of marginalized communities. As a genderqueer, female-bodied person existing in a white patriarchal society, I am in constant admiration of those whose mere existence is a stand against the norm. I dedicate this to my professor and mentor Tiffany Bong, my friends Sidney Chuckas, Zackery Torres, Savannah Harrow, Edina Hiser, Camilo Gonzalez-Sol, my mother Elizabeth Matchett, and my sister Evy Vaughan. You have all taught me so much about the person I want to be, who I am at my core, and how to treat myself and those around me.
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