We had the good fortune of connecting with Yasmin Deliz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yasmin, how does your business help the community?
I like to believe that I influences the higher consciousness of those who access my current publicized work, be it through my webpage, youtube, instagram or soundcloud. My work speaks to the current need society has to SLOW DOWN and stop thinking with our mind. As a matter of fact to think less and feel more. Feel with our hearts. Okay well, then what’s next? Feel with my heart and then what? Then, let go of the pain/fear you are inevitably going to feel. That means quite that little-big voice that wishes to cast non productive thought patterns. That same voice enjoys blaming, throwing shade. It even prefers to pick on the worst perceivable aspect or trait of a situation or person. Imagine how many more friends we could all have (me included). We could all be each others friends, Imagine all the networking and projects we could get off the ground. Imagine how much happier we would all be, and therefore what type of a planet we’d be living in just with that small effort.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I would like the world to know is that it is true, dreams do come true, so never stop dreaming, So much of my life is about art, seeing it, and making it. As an actor I look at the world through the eyes of someone who is brand new to it, letting it surprise me as much as possible everyday. Photography is a medium I use to learn about myself, and to capture a moment only to look back at it once I develop the image or download it, to see what I may have missed while I was in the moment. I call it transpersonal photography after the branch of psychology (transpersonal psychology). As a singer songwriter I make music that is a form of communication between my body, my mind and spirit/soul. With it I try to reach other’s who are also interested in creating a stronger body, mind and spirit connection. Many people ask me, “are you still acting?” I say “I’ve never stopped.” During the pandemic’s quarantine I created an extension of me, a character I call “Crunk Monk” who is essentially an aspect of myself. Crunk Monk is a spiritual enthusiast who dedicates themself to a connection to their higher-being for the purpose of attaining a better quality of life and helping others do the same. I also make educational videos using that alias as well as my persona to share insights on spiritual strengthening. All these occupations and more add layers to my life. They are my way of remaining sane in this mental human experience.
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?
Now that things are getting back to normal we can do more than we could a year ago and I’m thankful for that. My father-in-law is coming into town to visit our newborn for the first time. With a new baby, as you can imagine we are limited on what we can do but if our daughter were a little older We could do all of the following: 1) Dinner in Silver Lake’s best Cuban food joint El Cochinito. Their cuisine is like food for the soul. 2) Thorn Hill Broome beach. There, we’d make a fire, make meals, tell stories and fall asleep to the crashing waves and tumbling rocks in the ocean. 3) Downtown’s public Library. It’s the perfect place to go to to get lost in the world of your choice. 4) Topanga’s pop-up La Chingona for the best tacos in LA. They also happen to be all organic. 5) A hike in the Tuna Canyon Trails of Topanga with one of the best views of the coastline. 6) One final place is the Leica gallery in LA. They always have tasteful shows up showcasing very talented photographers’ work. LA is full of vintage shops, good food, art and lovely people to meet everywhere you go. Just a few of the reasons why my husband and I love it here.
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’ve come to learn through many opportunities that some of the “best” traits a person can demonstrate are loyalty, camaraderie, inclusiveness, perseverance, honesty, intuitive confidence and joy. I remember my first gig on television, it was as a music channel host for NBC Universal’s Mun2. That job was appointed me because one person saw something in me and believed in my natural abilities though I’d had no prior experience. A big shout out to Nick Rodriguez for seeing “something” in me. I have to shout out Benny Boom and the producers of the film Next Day Air for seeing the actor in me and casting me in my first supporting roll as Chita alongside Mos Def, Donald Faison, Omari Hardwick, Cisco Reyes and so many other fantastic actors. To my family: my parents for taking the risk of letting me fly the coup at 16 1/2 years old to come to California to pursue my dreams, and to my beautiful husband and daughter for being the loves of my life and showing true love and support in everything I aspire to do. Lastly to my spirit, for not letting me stray too far from true myself.