We had the good fortune of connecting with Luciana Faulhaber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luciana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I think about the risks I have taken in my life the old saying “the greater the risk the bigger the pay” proves to be true. Whether or not you let fear stop you from taking a chance is what makes you who you are. Moving to America was probably one of the biggest leaps of faith I’ve taken in my life. I left my family and everything I knew to go to a new country alone where I had to learn a new culture, a new language and having only what I could carry in two suitcases. I was incredibly brave but at the time I just thought ‘why not?’. It has been an incredibly difficult journey and have felt on my own skin racism and prejudice for being an immigrant something I never thought I would. But today I get to be an artist and from gratitude use my experiences to tell stories that others can relate to. It is incredibly rewarding to give voice to the voiceless and I have felt that way many times.
The truth is that we don’t know what life has in store for any of us that is why the Forest Gump box of chocolates metaphor resonates. Risk assessment is part of living a healthy long life otherwise you would live a very short and reckless life. But at the end of the day you need to decide what kind of person you are: the kind that goes for what you want or the kind that prefers to hold on to what you have. For me life is a mix of both; a constant push and pull of choices you need to make without looking back. I consider where I want to go and who I want to come with me when aking my choices because those also affect the people you love. Moving here was hard for my entire family and I cried every time I had to leave them for at leats the first 5 years. But the ones who love you, will take the ride with you no matter how far you go. Life is too short to spend it afraid. You gotta get out there and experience all you can while you can and I think this is one of the biggest lessons learned during this pandemic.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started as an actress and quickly learned that limited the stories I got to tell. As a Latinx woman there is a very narrow type of role that it is written for us. The mainstream media still choses of tell primarily Latinx stories that are primarily crime and low social economic class related and I question the political reason behind it. Those stories also need to be told but at this day in age chosing to tell only those stories to represent us is a disservice to a community that is growing more educated and successful everyday. It is in itself a way of oppression.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am eternally grateful for all the people in my life that are there for me be it in a personal or a professional scope. Whenever I book a role or a project moves forward I make sure to thank everyone that gave me an shot before because if they didn’t take a chance on me then I wouldn’t have this opportunity now and it truly takes a village. So I will use this opportunity to say thank you again to all of you who continue to believe in me and support me over the years. You know who you are. Your kindness is never lost on me. Thank you.
Lola Miche Photo – Main photo
Dave Sarrafian – Gold top pictures
Ben Meredith – Latina top photos
Panel picture – We All Grow Latina