We had the good fortune of connecting with Bia Borin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bia, how does your business help the community?
I am an actress and also co-founder of Brazilian Play and Learn, a cultural initiative that teaches Portuguese as a Heritage Language trough Brazilian Culture. Through working with what we love, we use art as an instrument to help to raise our own Brazilian children abroad, nurturing a deep sense of connection with Brazil.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It is really tough as a Brazilian actress ro be cast here in the US. There is still a lot of confusion about what it means to be Latin, South American and Brazilian. Because we are the only country that doesn’t speak Spanish. But we are South Americans, in an extremely mixed country, which they still the industry doesn’t understand, apparently. So, the only way is to write, produce your own stories and broaden the view of the market and the public. That’s what I’m doing, and some other artists too. That’s why also I founded Brazilian Play and Learn, to teach and encourage our culture to our 1st generation kids. Maybe in the future we will have more roles for us. And tell our stories.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in West LA since I arrived here in 2017. I love SM, Venice, Marina Del Rey… I’d take my friends (who would probably have kids) to a breakfast at the Urth Caffe, then a hiking at Temescal Canyon, then lunch at Tocaya Organica in SM, then SM pier obviously, bike until Venice and watch the beautiful sunset. Obvious simple things outdoors that I love.

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?
BrazilianNites is definitely a partner. Patricia is an amazing event producer and we have a successful partnership on family friendly events such as Carnival, Festa Junina and more.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biaborinn

Other: https://www.instagram.com/brazilianplayandlearn

Image Credits
Alexandre Ormond

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