We had the good fortune of connecting with Priscilla Alvarez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Priscilla, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
There are many aspects of the film industry that I’m still learning. But what I was totally unaware of- was the struggle and hustle it takes to produce a film. It does not matter if the film is ten minutes or a feature, it is always a grind. Another highlight of this industry is that if one as a creative is a writer, characters are constantly developing in the mind.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This is tricky question- aside from film making, I’m also a proud hospitalian. I have in the service industry for over ten years. Many of my scripts are inspired from people I’ve met there. What a lot of people don’t know is that in the service industry there is a high percentage that the employees are talented with all around. From cooks to servers, everyone has a unique story.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a Native to New York City. So many places to visit! I would start by showing them the neighborhood I grew up in and introduce them to the Chinese food restaurant, eat at the local park if isn’t cold or snowing, do some local site seeing head back home because they might be exhausted from traveling.
The next morning, we will order some bodega “bacon egg and cheeses” eat it on the train as we commute to ground zero.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (I’ve never done that myself)- show them around Dumbo. The next day, we rest and catch a small theater show.
The forth day, take the train to Coney Island and eat Nathalies hot dogs.
Fifth day, to central park and enjoy a carriage ride, walk around the reservior. Have dinner at Rosemary’s and cocktails at Llama San. Uber back home.
sixth day, be hungover and cuddle with the bestie all day. Help them pack and invite some friends over.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Aside from Thanking myself for the self discipline, self motivation (as arrogant as that may sound) and perseverance, I’d like to give a shout out to the professor that pushed me to the limits believing in me, seeing my talent and being the guidance I needed at the time. Also, my sister for just being who she is- supporting me always.

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Image Credits
April Alvarez Blair, my niece.

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