We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlotte Ruiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlotte, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Many things make me happy, but I think hanging out with family and friends and experiencing new things are at the top of my list. I’m a total extrovert, I love to socialize. Any chance I have to grab a coffee or a drink with a friend or family member, I take it. I am so glad that the pandemic is finally coming to an end, that I am fully vaccinated, and that I can finally get back to truly living life. I can’t wait to go out and investigate new places I’ve never been to before. Now that summer is almost here, I’m looking forward to exploring some interesting beaches, taking some cool walking tours and hikes, and maybe even signing up to take a surfing lesson.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My name is Charlotte Ruiz. I’m an actress/singer, singing waitress, and substitute teacher. Several years ago, I turned 40. It is definitely a milestone birthday, and some people freak out over turning 40. I could have too. After all, there are things I would have liked to have accomplished by now that I haven’t. Then I thought, how bad could entering my forties really be? The alternative is much worse. I decided instead of getting depressed, maybe I should look upon this time as an exciting opportunity. Maybe I should decide to do forty different things I have never done before and film them. So that’s what I’m doing, with my web series 40 for 40.
This web series, which I like to consider a docu-series, has been a process. Originally, I was going to have friends film it on an iPhone, then I decided I needed to get a real cinematographer. That proved harder than I thought, being that I was on a budget and many people were not willing to work for what I was offering. Also, I know this is going to come as a surprise to many, but people in L.A. are flaky. I ended up working with a wonderful and creative, cinematographer named Kendall Christianson. Now that we have been working together for a while, I feel like we are a good team. He understands my vision and comes up with great ideas, some of which, I would never have thought of for my project. He helps to make 40 for 40 more visually appealing to my audience.
40 for 40 is all about doing things you’ve never done before, having meaningful and interesting experiences, and most importantly having fun! I have done a variety of things from being in a grape stomping competition at a vineyard, to learning how to fire dance, to taking my high school drama teacher out to lunch to thank him for the impact he had on my life. Currently, I am preparing an episode where I get to be a bee keeper for a day. I am going to get to wear the suit, learn what it takes to be a bee keeper, harvest honey, and hopefully not get stung. It will definitely be an adventure. To me experiences are more important than anything else in life because you are left with wonderful memories. Life can be really hard sometimes, so it is important that we make the most of the good times and cherish those memories. I hope that when people watch my web series they are entertained and laugh. I also hope that people are inspired to go out and make their own list of different things to do. They don’t have to be big things just things that hopefully bring them joy!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Of course there are lots of restaurants to go to in the city, but only one restaurant can tout that they are the oldest pizza place in Los Angeles, and that is Miceli’s. Miceli’s opened in 1949 in Hollywood and is still there today. There is also a second location on Cahuenga right near Universal Studios, (another cool place to visit). What makes Miceli’s so worthy of your visit? Well, it is filled with old school charm, delicious food, and it is one of the only places in Los Angeles to have singing servers. I, am lucky enough to call myself one of them. I grew up going there as child. I always wanted to go there on my birthday because of the big deal that was made out of birthdays. Now I get to help make the big deal. I get to help make people’s special occasions special. It’s great. Not to mention, Miceli’s has been the backdrop to countless movies and T.V. shows. Celebrities frequent the restaurant. I have met Gwen Stefani there and have personally served Tim Allen and Diane Keaton there. For anyone visiting Los Angeles it is a must, and if you come in when I’m working please come by to say hi! 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?
My mom has been very supportive of me creating my web series. She’s always asking me what I’m going to be doing in the next episode and when it will be up on my channel. She has even appeared in several episodes!! Those episodes definitely had some funny moments.
Other: on IMDB 40 for 40