We had the good fortune of connecting with May Nuñez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi May, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
As a young child I was always drawn to telling stories and putting on plays to make my siblings laugh. Unfortunately, as I grew older, it became apparent that I had dyslexia. My dyslexia got so bad by the time I got into high-school, I had lost complete interest in reading and writing. But when I turned about thirty yrs old, I decided that enough is enough, and I forced myself to start reading. It was really hard for me at first, but the more I read, the easier it became. Actually, I became obsessed with reading. Reading opened up my awareness and allowed me to look at life through someone else’s perspective. I loved traveling to new worlds and going on exciting journeys with every new character that I met in my books. I loved it so much, that I decided to write a book.
However, my insecurities with my dyslexia began to creep in and made me doubt myself.
Now, I truly believe the universe will give you what you need if you pay attention, because after eating some fried rice one evening, I opened up my fortune cookie and got Albert Einstein’s quote:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
This quote spoke to me. It made me realize that although yes I have dyslexia, I am unique and special.
We all are. We each have a unique imagination and voice which we can draw from at any time if we are willing to cultivate and listen to it. All great ideas ideas come from those who were willing to imagine.
That quote gave me the nudge I needed to keep going with my writing, and eventually tell my stories and ideas through stop motion, which I too had never done. So the moral of this story is: It’s definitely never too late to try something new!
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.
The one thing that I would love for everyone to take away from my story is that no matter how old you are or where you are in life, if you feel stuck or unhappy, start over, do something you love or try something new and different. Take a risk, because if you don’t try you’ll never know. I remember being in high school and feeling like everybody had it figured out. I took art classes, dance classes, joined the theater and the sign language club, all in hopes I would figure out what my calling was. After I finished high school, I moved to Holland to study martial arts and when that didn’t work out, because I fell from a tree and got injured, I join the military. Yes, I searched high low to figure out exactly what my calling was, but no, it wasn’t the military either. I got injured right before boot camp and was not able go. I also tried horseback riding and fishing, and again both landed me right back in the ER. But it wasn’t until I was signing up to start stunt college that I realized, with the help of my family and friends, that maybe I should try something less physical, I had to face the truth that not only was I dyslexic but I was also clumsy. That’s when I decided to move to New York to study acting. I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and for a while I felt I had finally found my calling. Immediately after college I moved to California, where I met and married my best friend, and husband, Juan. With acting I had some success, booking a few good gigs here and there, but again, I started to feel like there was something else I wanted to do, and I had to admit to myself that acting wasn’t it. So with Juan’s support and encouragement, I decided to explore the production side of the industry. Juan, being the best friend that he is, brought me with him on a small job and taught me how to boom op for him. Unfortunately for the producer, things started to unravel on set, and her project began to fall apart. I immediatelyI jump right in and helped her figured out a solution to complete her project, which she did. One week later she called me and asked if I would go to Pittsburgh with her to produce a film, and of course I said yes. We worked together for five years on commercials and films, but again, I started to feel like there was something else I wanted to do, something else I needed to do. And that’s when Juan and I found out we were going to be become parents. I spent most of my pregnancy on bed rest because of complications, which turned out to be a total blessing in disguise. It made me realize, that one day I was going to tell my child, my little girl, that she could be anything she wanted to be. I will tell her that she should always believe in herself no what, yet here I was, not believing in myself, nor was I following my dream of becoming a writer. That’s when I got the idea to write and produce content made for kids YouTube that would inspire, educate, and entertain. It has also allowed to be there and spend time with my daughter all the while learning how to find my voice. I am also now in the midst of writing 5 children’s books and have a TikTok page dedicated to stop motion pop art. So actually, I would love for you to take away one more thing from my story, and that is; that everything you do in life is part of your journey to get you where you need to be. The art I took in school, has helped me in every aspect of my creative imagery, my adventures gave me experience and perspective to write fun and exciting stories, acting helps me bring all my characters to life, and producing gave me structure and discipline. Life is not a race, just work hard, keep going and I promise you, you will get there.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I have friends come visit, if they are not vegetarian, I always take them straight to In And Out from the airport. Once they are settled in, I like to get the touristy things out of the way, like the Hollywood sign, though I’ll admit, it still gives me a bit nostalgia seeing all the new hopefuls arriving into town, excited to see what this next chapter will bring. Then to see the hand and feet prints at the Chinese Mann Theater, which I always need to mentally prepare myself to stealthily escape from there without a CD or picture with a Chewbacca. Once that is out of the way, Now I’d love to mention a favorite restaurant or bar I’d take them to, but in this day and age if they have a great rooftop with great food ands music I am game. Definitely, I would hit up a great farmers market, like the one in Hollywood off of Selma, or the one in Studio City on Ventura. There is also a great one during the summer time in Down Town by the old American Apparel building, cause they have great DJs and cocktails, too! Hitting up the beach in the summer is a must! my favorite spot is Paradise Cove, where you can catch some rays, eat good food, and have a refreshing cocktail. There are also plenty of great seafood restaurants along the coast to hit up for dinner. In all honesty, there are so many great things to do here in California, so depending on the vibe, we could either go to The Magic Castle for dinner and a show, go wine tasting in Santa Barbara, or Joshua tree and visit the Integratron. A good time is definitely easy to have when you’re visiting L.A.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my husband, Juan Nuñez. He has always had my back since day one. When I first came up with the idea to start a stop motion YouTube channel for kids, he immediately jumped in to helped me figure out the best way to go about it. He learned how to use editing software to help make our videos look professional and stand out and learned the ins and outs of YouTube. Juan, the best husband in the world, did all this while also having a full time job of his own as sound mixer and engineer for T.V. and film, and DJing a live show every Friday on Twitch. He is my best friend, mentor and biggest support. He taught me that everything in life is possible with hard work if you just keep going and never give up!