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

Hi Regina, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?

Art can be made out of the effects of continuing your pursuit or giving it up, so the pressure of change should not be as feared as we make it out to be. In my opinion, driven passion is what makes my gut speak so loudly to keep going. If I am not feeling creatively propelled or desperately needing to reach new bounds, then I know that I should give up. And, I should not hold such a negative connotation to that realization.

It is not just a bad day, an unproductive month, or a needed break, it is an absence of care. Personally, I have a hard time living my artistic and non-artistic life 100% honestly but what I have come to realize is that, caring, at its core, is simply just being truthful. If I am selfish and dishonest to myself or my art then I know I am just faking my way through, and I don’t want my art to represent disgenuiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There are millions of actors in the world and in no way am I an “undeniable, sheer talented, special circumstance”. The only thing that sets me apart is an immense amount of care and unsatisfied passion. I can’t live my life without acting and there is not anything I would not sacrifice for it. That becomes a hard balance especially with the business side of the industry but I know that when I really want something, I will get it. I never want to be neutral or comfortable with my craft, I want to always be curious, vulnerable, and discovering. Of course, that is just a goal and when my bad days come, they come down HARD, but I know that persevering through tough times is a given to any job and any life. As sad as I get sometimes, the biggest lesson I have learned is that the highs and joys I feel could never be so deep and full without the bleakness of the lows and depressions… and from that, my art grows and I have to be grateful.

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?
Besides the necessary burgers from Shake Shack, the excessive amount of sushi from literally anywhere, and the ice cream at Local Ice, my favorite places to take my friends are the high up hiking trails with views to look down at the city from. Heights always promote the best conversations.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To every Asian American artist struggling to make waves in an industry that barely lets us dip our toes in the water… Thank you for the influence you have had on me and the world. Your creativity is never unnoticed and each step you take is a helping hand to everyone who follows after you.

Instagram: @r.egs

Facebook: Regina Valmadrid

Image Credits
Kyra McAllister, Patrick Padilla, Christof Regardez, Thea Valmadrid, Angelica Tovar,

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