We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Vergara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Being a creative soul is both a blessing and a curse, which oddly enough is how I always felt about having big boobs. I didn’t get to choose either of those. I just had to learn to live with my physical body and creative intuition and ultimately learn to honor and protect them both.
The creative mind is born with you. You don’t get to choose to be a mathematician or a poet. Our true calling is within ourselves, and depending on our upbringing and environment, it can sometimes be hard to feed that soul. It was extremely hard for me, and the odds were against me in many ways. I took the practical route many times in hopes of fulfillment, but that only led to more unfulfillment.
When you have a gift and feel the need to create, the calling will not let you rest. Not listening to that voice inside will make you tired and angry. Eventually, I got tired of growing tired. I finally accepted what I always knew I needed and wanted: to spend the rest of my life creating.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a producer, creative writer, and performer. What differentiates my work is I like to discuss subjects and perspectives that make us feel and think. I’ve had the opportunity to do so when producing and writing TV and video series and most recently in my first poetry series titled We Are Flowers.
When I decided to write and publish a poetry manuscript I challenged myself to write about painful experiences in my own life. As a writer, performer, and all-around creative, pushing myself to talk about these experiences allowed me to be honest with my words. I learned that being transparent with our struggles is the only way we can encourage others to heal as well. People might see someone on the outside but have no idea what their reality or struggles have been like. Those are the perspectives and angles I want to continue to highlight as I evolve as a writer and keep dabbling in other art forms.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m going to share a part of my frustrated traveling journalist dream here because I love exploring cities and have been saving this LA weekend plan in my brain for a minute. Here it goes:
Start your weekend with a morning hike in the Pacific Palisades. After you hit the top and catch the view, make your way down to Dockweiler Beach for some solid beach time without the tourists. Check out the Santa Monica beach pier for a sweet treat and when you’re feeling hungry, make a late lunch stop at Cha Cha Chicken, the perfect spot to eat a hearty Caribbean meal. Cap the afternoon with a stroll on Venice Beach. For the evening, grab some Leo’s Tacos from the mid-city on your way to West Hollywood for the most colorful nightlife in town.
The next day, hike across Runyon Canyon to enjoy a nice view of the Hollywood sign and spend the rest of the day healing your colorful hangover at Griffith Park. If you’re feeling brave, you can ride a horse. If you’re feeling hungry, take a ride to Porto’s in Burbank for a Cuban sandwich. On your way to enjoying the sunset at Barnsdall Art Park, stop at Coffee Commissary in Burbank for a Cubano and drive through the Hollywood Walk of Fame (get out at your own risk).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to thank all the strong and confident women in my life, including my mother, who encouraged me to embrace myself and pursue my dreams without judgment. I hope to do the same for other women through living by example and expressing the importance of self-love in my work.
Other: We Are Flowers is a multimedia poetry collection pre-order your copy at https://www.dilovesyou.com/weareflowers
Professional Photography by Ashley Balderrama (@MomentsbyAsh)