We had the good fortune of connecting with Mick Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mick, what makes you happy? Why?
Definitely being on the stage. Because firstly, before stepping on stage, I must walk on an immersive process; which envolves research that pushes my limits, questioning myself, finding sense on the character’s behavior, with the unique goal to develop a true story. Personally I enjoy more performing live in a theater than in cinema or TV, but I have to admit that each one has its own charm. Live performances in a theater for me are like a ritual that I celebrate with the audience, it’s unique, because each show happens only once and the theater is my temple.
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’m a Mexican actor and writer, I was born in the Mexican border, I grew up always between both cultures, back in those days, I studied Marketing and Business Administration during the day and performing arts in the afternoons. I believe that it’s very important as an artist be involved not only in the creative process, but also in the management of our projects, in order to be financially sustainable and make it a way of living. When I finally worked with all the directors and local theater groups that I wanted in my hometown, I decided to moved to Los Angeles, 10 years ago. It was very challenging to move out of my comfort zone and begin again from the scratch. I started taking acting courses and working with Latin theater groups in LA, films and TV. Suddenly I found that there were a lot of people like me, with powerful stories that deserved to be exposed, people that left their countries pursuing a dream, anxious to tell stories, I noticed that finally I was surrounded by a Latino community that had a lot in common with me, besides the language, we want to communicate and find our place in this wonderful city of stars. It took a while but now It feels like home. I called the community “Architects of dreams” because together we design and make a story a reality that was once a dream. I’m sure that just by myself it’s impossible, but together we can make it happen! I started my own production company “Miriama” alongside my Colombian friend and colleague Elena Rojas, we produce and write our original work, I’m very proud particularly of the piece “Aprender a Caer” (Learning to fall) which has been performed in different venues and festivals in LA, like LATC and Stella Adler, we won the best play award of the Short and Sweet Hollywood Festival, we had the opportunity to perform in Australia, such a dream come true! Our most recent project was during the pandemic, we work with a non profit organization, making live stage readings adaptations of classic children tales in Spanish and streaming online for the families that were on lockdown As a successfully result with the audience we try to explore other ways to reach more people, for that reason we created the YouTube channel “Story time with tia” with the goal of making it more available and encourage the kids to start reading with this project. It’s also available on the streaming platform MOWIES. The lesson that I learned in this journey it’s just don’t wait for the job, I need to create the job if it doesn’t exist, surround myself with people that add their experience and ideas to make it happen and work with what I have on hand, don’t complain of the things that I need, If I really want it, I will make it happen!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For sure I will cook! Lol, all my friends know that for me cooking is like magic, I take all the time to find the right ingredients, like a magic potion, I do the groceries in different places and I’m always planning behind what I will cook. For me sitting on my table must be an experience full of aroma, wine, coffee and good stories. After a good dinner, a good walk. I live in a part of LA that is perfect for a nice walk, it’s my BETA version of Mexico City, which I miss so much, so I will take my friend to the coffee shops, bars, stairs and street art that is all around. I hate crowded places, I prefer to stay away from Hollywood Boulevard or Venice, I prefer to take my friends out to museums, art galleries, hiking or the beach. I appreciate the places that are walking distance, for me a perfect night will be starting with a dinner at the Palermo Restaurant in Los Feliz, watch a movie in the small cinema and walk over to Dresden Bar on one those nights that they are playing Jazz, when you open the door of that bar, I swear that you will travel back in time. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Frida Kahlo Theater (Ruben Amavizca) Alvarado Rey Agency (Nikkolas Alvarado) Miriama (Elena Rojas) Super Hero Latina (Tanya Mordacci) Laloland Pictures (Eduardo Ivan Muñoz) Grupo Ta’yer (Fernando D. Castro) Off The Tracks Theater (Juan Parada) Central Theater Group (Jesus Reyes) Actors Slashers (Vange Tapia) Narices Rojas (Raquel Gendri)
Youtube: Story Time with Tia
Elena Rojas Eduardo Iván Muñoz Central Theater Group