We had the good fortune of connecting with Giselle Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giselle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up in the world of musical theatre thanks to my mom, so it was basically a part of me growing up. I always knew that my passion was being in the entertainment world and performing. Something that I have always admired of what I do is the way you can cause an impact and make people feel something. I’ve always said if one person can connect with my music or performance of some sort, then for me that is enough.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer/songwriter & actress. My whole life has consisted of performing and creating art. Ever since I was two years old, all I could ever remember was being on stage, but I think my favorite part about it was being able to see people’s reactions. The way they smile, laugh, cry, etc. That’s what always fascinated me about artists, the way they could transmit a wave of emotions and feelings to other people. That’s what I always hope to do with my music. I am a songwriter so every song I write is about personal experiences or things that I went through. I try to the be the most raw and authentic I can possibly be in my music so when somebody who has been in a similar situation listens to it, they can resonate with it. I think what sets me apart from others is the fact that whatever I am currently feeling in the moment, I write down. Literally every pivotal moment in my life has been turned into a song! Which is a whole lot…..Haha. What I’m most proud of would probably be my Youtube channel. There’s videos on there since I was 9 years old and my mom would film me singing with her camcorder. I think it’s pretty incredible to look back to it and see all of the growth throughout my music videos and see how much things have changed. It’s still my strongest platform and the one I use to this day, which now has over 2 million subscribers.
There have definitely been a lot of obstacles along the way, in no means has it been easy but I think that’s what makes you stronger and be able to appreciate it more when eventually it does lead to success. What I’ve learned is to be patient. I’m used to always wanting things to happen quickly and unfortunately in this business, it most likely never does. So what I do in these situations, is always keep my head up and continue creating art. That is all that you have in your control, the rest is up to whenever time is right. A quote that my mom would always say was “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
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 have had friends visit me before so I definitely have this down! If it were pre-pandemic then Day 1, I would take them to Griffith park and then go to the Griffith Observatory, which is actually one of my favorite places because my favorite movie was shot there (La La Land). Then we’d eat at Lucy’s which is this amazing Mexican restaurant right in front of Paramount studios. The first time I came to LA, my first audition was at Paramount and I went to eat here right after with my mom. (still our fave to this day.) Day 2 would consist of going to Santa Monica Pier and probably eat some pier food. (Esquites and fruit with Chile would be my pick.)
Day 3 would be going to Pinches Tacos on West Hollywood and then going to the UCB to watch an improv show. (When I say that my friends and I would religiously go watch an improv show every weekend pre-pandemic, I mean it.)
Day 4 would be going on a hike in Fryman Canyon and then going to “Joan’s on Third” for lunch, then probably do “La La’s Argentine Grill” for dinner. (You can never have too much food.)
Day 5 would consist of exploring the city and going to DTLA. Here we would go to the Grand Central Market and then hit up “The Last Bookstore” which is incredible.
On day 6 I would probably do something crazy like go to Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farm because I am someone who loves rides and amusement parks and having a friend visit, is a great excuse to go to one.
Day 7 would be going to one of my favorite bakeries “La Monarca” and grabbing some “Molletes” and “pan dulce” and then going to watch a musical at the Pantages theatre on Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my mom, Angelica Torres. If there’s anyone who deserves credit and recognition it’s her. She was the one who introduced this world to me and ever since I was a kid, I always aspired to be like her. She started her own musical theatre company and would put on musicals, in which I grew up being in and not only has she shown me what my passion is, but she also has shown me that it takes a lot of hard work to go after your dreams. Don’t mean to sound cheesy but in all honesty, without her I definitely wouldn’t be pursuing this nor would I be anywhere close where I am right now..
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