We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Yune and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, what inspires you?
I have always been inspired by Theatre, Old Hollywood glamour, music and anything that inspires me creatively. Definitely a risk I took pursing this path, however, I am always inspired by having this creative outlet that allows me to separate myself from everyday life and create a world or place on the stage which allows myself and the audience to escape to for a moment in time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a professional performance artist, specializing in Circus, Burlesque and Theatre, known as Veronica Yune. I specialize in what I coined as, Aerial-Burlesque when it began, which combines both practices in Circus Arts and Burlesque- in the air! I am most notably known for fusing the two together having been one of the beginning pioneers in this particular practice to do so, with the exception of a few. Having been a part of the evolution of this ever-evolving art form is something i am most proud of and excited to see what it evolves into for future generations. Although the journey has never been a smooth one, as with any passion, you must do it because you love it, as you will have to commit to it entirely and on the best of days as well as the worst. A word of advice that was once said by Burlesque Legend, Tempest Storm, in an interview that has stuck with me throughout was, “Success is not a destination, it is a journey.” I’ve learned to love the journey, both the struggles as well as the successes, however the lesson I hold most valuable as I navigate through my journey is, “the future is where you’ll spend the rest of your life, don’t let the past poison it” as Tempest Storm put it. I hope this stands out to others as it did with me and inspires them to navigate through their own journey with pride and excitement.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would be so excited to share with others and encourage them to support the arts, i would take them out on a day trip to the record store, next we would head over to the studio where i teach for a lesson in aerial. Next is dinner in Pasadena, and lastly, we would head over to a Burlesque show in Hollywood to support friends performing and later head over to a spot for an evening of dancing. We would repeat this all week!
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?
I am always inspired by other self-made creative artists who are honest in the work they present. In my teens, i grew up inspired by Burlesque legends of the past who paved the way for the newer generations and old Hollywood glamour. Growing up, latin music superstar, Selena was my biggest inspiration to do what i love and still be true to who i am and what i represent. I think that was one of the reasons i’ve always valued honesty and vulnerability in my work and others work as well, i think there’s something very powerful about that. Although never a smooth ride, I am grateful for journey, pursing my passion in Theatre has allowed me to learn and grow from, both professionally and personally.
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Image Credits: Yellow/ Brick Wall/Screen background images watermarked taken by: @withthe.band, Red Background/Triangle Images: Joe Welkie, Purple Spotlight Image: Ari DeAlba, Blue Spotlight Photo: Samuel H. Prudencio