We had the good fortune of connecting with Keila Solorzano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keila, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up on Lucas Ave, close to the 110 freeway entrance in the depths of Downtown LA. My parents were both from El Salvador and barely knew English. I was an only child and the only “friend” I had was a girl named Jocelyn and calling her a friend is only an understatement. I was alone most of the time since my parents weren’t on the best terms with each other and the apartment I lived with my mom was a studio size apartment. I was bullied constantly throughout those 5 years of elementary school and most of the times I spent during recess and lunch was me walking around the playground in my own mind, in my world with my own imaginary friends. It was a major tough time in my life and mostly the way I would cope was to be immersed in other fictional worlds and places. In addition for my parents being really strict on me, they were also religious and believed in one sole God. I learned what it took to be the best child of the Lord and yet life hit us with poverty and a broken family dynamic. I look back at those years in Los Angeles in comparison to my move to the South Bay and it was honestly a blessing in disguise, that major move. How those times of my adolescence impacted me is just how creative I am now. Whether or not I was saving the world with my favorite characters in Sailor Moon or singing my heart out to Cher or Shakira, I always found myself at home with art and music. I would draw constantly and sing to myself. As much as life hit me and my family a lot, I knew the grass was greener wherever I imagined myself to be in. Also my parents’ influence on me and my spirituality made me have a grander perspective on it now. I advanced further more than I could ever understand once I knew to ask the harder questions in life. No matter how much I wished that I lived a more lavish and privileged life before, I wouldn’t change it for the world because I love who I am now more that I ever had before.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I could say I am a jack of all trades when it comes to art and media. Growing up I was very interested in animating and writing animated series but as time progressed I began to dabble into music and live action film. It was mostly challenging to see how I can satisfy my creative urges to express myself creatively and it still is a challenge today to release all my ideas and creative projects. I try to keep it all in balance in my life and I remind myself that many things take time, and prioritize what is most beneficial to work on first. Some of the things I learned in getting into the industry is that the grind mentality can be detrimental to yourself and your creative flow. Art block is my worst enemy and I try my best to continuously try to stimulate my mind to get new ideas and new ways to express my thoughts. Whether it’s starting on a new series or reading a book or listening to a new podcast, I am constantly feeding my mind more brain food. Even though people can say it can be junk food, I still am able to change that junk into fuel. I would finally say that I would like the world to know about me is my mind, how vast and grand it can be. How versatile I am in all my forms of expressions and finally to be entertained, left with their mind chattering, buzzing. Their souls yearning and wanting more and more…
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As much as I loved LA, moving to the South Bay really opened my eyes to how beautiful these beach cities are and there is a lot of many fun things to do. I would firstly take them to Hermosa Beach, as the sand is the softest there. I would take them to walk around Redondo Beach Pier and look around the local bars and stands. Probably after that I would head to take them to Palos Verdes and take them to the South Coast Botanic Garden. Around some points of driving around Palos Verdes and hike near the coast, I would take them to eat at BCD Tofu House in Torrance. And also I would take them to check out Ding Tea as well since we are nearby. I think its fun to walk around Asian markets since I love Asian food (and stock up on some snacks), I would show them H-Mart and probably Mitsuwa, get some kimbap and bentos to go. Then, I would show them Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro, I always feel a genuine peace overseeing the ocean while standing next to the bell. And we would jump to Del Amo Mall and then to Cerritos Mall! I would take them to Red Palace, a Korean BBQ place in Cerritos. And have some more nightly shenanigans at Pang Pang Karaoke in Hawaiian Gardens. At some point I would take them to Sunken City and if they feel adventurous I would take them to the famous Devil’s Gate in Pasadena. Then after give them the DTLA city experience, go to K-Town, Chinatown, Hollywood and pretty much the rest of Santa Monica as well..
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my film production, KAYDA FILMS! They are my closest friends: Alexis Brown, Daisy Day and Amalia Rodriguez put together so we can create and innovate on many film projects. We jump on creating web series, short films, features, visual eps, and music videos. KAYDA has been the perfect outlet for me to create and produce many projects I am proud of and happy to be a part of. If it weren’t for KAYDA being made I wouldn’t know how to put all my creativity into it all.
Other: KAYDA IG: https://www.instagram.com/kaydafilms/