Meet Briza Covarrubias


BRIZA COVARRUBIAS
BRIZA IS A TRUE TRAILBLAZER WHO MARCHES TO THE BEAT OF HER OWN DRUM. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN HER ROCKING THE MEUNDIES ADS, BEING BODY POSITIVE AF, OR WORKING THE RUNWAY ON THE REAL.
FROM ACTING TO MARKETING, BRIZA MAKES SURE TO BE AN ACTIVIST AND HELP OUT HER FELLOW WOMENHOOD BY USING HER ACTING SKILLS TO HELP HEAL.
SHE INSPIRES US SO MUCH AND WE HOPE SHE INSPIRES YOU TOO!
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST DECISION YOU'VE EVER MADE? 
THE BEST AND WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE WAS QUITTING ACTING. I HAD TO QUIT ACTING IN ORDER TO GO TO COLLEGE AND SATIATE MY PARENTS NEED FOR MY DIPLOMA. HOWEVER IT BECAME THE BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE BECAUSE IT ALLOWED ME TO FINISH A CAREER, LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY GOING TO COLLEGE THREW ME RIGHT INTO ACTING ALL OVER AGAIN WHEN I FOUND A SOCIAL JUSTICE THEATER GROUP. THAT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE SHOWED ME THAT ARTS ISN’T JUST A PASSION BUT A TOOL TO HELP OTHERS AND MYSELF.
WHAT WOMEN INSPIRE YOU AND WHY?
THERE ISN’T A SPECIFIC GROUP OR PEOPLE BUT I THINK THE WOMEN THAT FIRST INSPIRED ME WERE THE MATERNAL MOTHERS I HAD - MAMA, ABUELITA AND BIS-ABUELA. ALL THESE WOMEN TAUGHT ME ONE THING: CHOOSE YOURSELF AND FAMILY ALWAYS. MEANING NO MATTER HOW IN LOVE YOU MIGHT BE, NO MATTER HOW COMFORTABLE LIFE IS…IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY THEN GET UP AND CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS. NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT THAT SEEMS IT IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT DECISION. I HAVE COME TO RESPECT THAT MANTRA AND MYSELF. BECAUSE OF THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FOLLOW MY DREAMS UNAPOLOGETICALLY.
 
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I AM AN ACTOR/ACTIVIST AND MARKETING CONSULTANT. I CURRENTLY WORK WITH FEMALE OWNED VR COMPANY @EMBODIEDLABS AND VERY FORTUNATELY ENOUGH WORK AS AN ACTOR FULL TIME…WHEN THE PROJECT COMES OR ARE CREATED HAHA!
DID YOU PURSUE A HIGHER EDUCATION? WHY OR WHY NOT?
OH I DEFINITELY DID! TWO REASONS: MY PARENTS AND MY PEERS. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A FEW PEERS IN MY COMMUNITY WHO LITERALLY SHOVED ME INTO APPLICATIONS. WITHOUT THEM I WOULD’VE NEVER APPLIED OR UNDERSTOOD WHAT HIGHER EDUCATION MEANS. 

WHAT FIELD DO YOU WORK IN? IS THIS WHAT YOU SAW YOURSELF DOING FOR A LIVING WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I CURRENTLY HUSTLE IN TWO DIFFERENT FIELDS. ONE IS IN VIRTUAL REALITY THE OTHER IS ENTERTAINMENT. DID I SEE MYSELF HERE? I ALWAYS KNEW PERFORMING WOULD ALWAYS BE IN MY LIFE BUT BEING IN THE TECH WORLD WAS NOT! BUT, IT’S FUNNY HOW MY PERFORMING BACKGROUND BROUGHT ME HERE. I WAS A LEAD ACTOR FOR A PROJECT IN THE COMPANY AND NOW I WORK WITH THEM AS AN ACTOR, VO ARTIST, MARKETING AND PROGRAMMING THEIR SOFTWARE....IT’S INSANE. MY BIGGEST TAKE AWAY IS FOLLOW WHAT YOU LOVE AND YOU WILL BE JUST FINE!

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE?
I WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD THROUGH MY WORK. AS AN ACTOR I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TRANSPORT AUDIENCE MEMBERS INTO THE STORY I AM TELLING/CREATING AND TAKE THEM INTO A PACE WHERE THEY CAN BE ENTERTAINED AND FORGET THE REAL WORLD. AS AN ACTIVIST I WANT TO MAKE SURE I DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO CREATE SAFE SPACES FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WOMEN OF COLOR TO HEAL. WE DEAL WITH SO MUCH IN OUR LIFETIMES, RELIEF AND HEALING IS SO IMPORTANT.

WHEN DID YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR PASSION IN LIFE WAS? HOW? WHAT EVENT LED TO THE DISCOVERY?
I THINK IT STARTED IN THE WOMB MAYBE? HAHA I AM DEAD SERIOUS. MY PARENTS SAID I WOULD MOVE AND KICK WHENEVER I HEARD MY NAME OR A LAUGH! BUT I ALSO JUST REMEMBER BEING A CHILD WHO LOVED MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH OR DANCE. I STARTED DANCE AND THEATER IN GRADE SCHOOL AND NEVER STOPPED. 
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN GETTING TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
MY FINANCIAL STATUS AND MY ON INSECURITY. ITS HARD OUT HERE TO FIND SOME FINANCIAL STABILITY OR HELP. THAT'S WHY I HAD TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE SO EARLY AND NOW HOLD SO MANY JOBS. BUT ABOVE ALL...SOMETIMES MY INSECURITIES GET THE BEST OF ME. I CAN TALK MYSELF OUT OF AN AUDITION OR TRYING SOMETHING NEW AND ITS SO HARD TO REALIZE IT. WE SOMETIMES BECOME OUR OWN WORST ENEMY BY SIMPLY NOT BELIEVING IN OUR SELVES. 
WHAT SKILLS DID YOU HAVE TO LEARN AND GAIN THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED?
FOR SURE I HAVE BETTER COMPUTER SKILLS! I NEEDED THEM FOR MY WORK BUT ALSO AS A MARKETER, IT HAS HELPED ME UNDERSTAND A WHOLE NEW WAY TO USE MEDIUMS TO SPREAD AWARENESS ON SOCIAL ISSUES. BUT THE SKILL I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GAIN AND AM SO GRATEFUL FOR IS BETTER LISTENING SKILLS. I WORKED WITH VARIOUS ORGANIZATION IN SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION, AND AS A VICTIM'S ADVOCATE I HAVE LEARNED WHAT IT IS TO BE AN ACTIVE LISTENER AND ENGAGE IN ORDER TO BECOME MORE EMPATHETIC AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO HELP OTHERS. ASSUMING DOES NOT HELP, LISTENING DOES.

AS A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT, AS NAVIGATING COLLEGE DIFFICULT?
SO. HARD. IF BEING FIRST GENERATION IN THIS COUNTRY WAS HARD, GOING TO COLLEGE WAS WORST. THE BI-CULTURALISM AT HOME WAS OFTEN SEEN AS REJECTION. MY PARENTS THOUGHT I WAS BECOMING MORE AMERICANIZED, BUT IN REALITY I WAS AND STILL AM TRYING TO NAVIGATE OF AND MAKE SENSE BOTH CULTURES. ITS NO JOKE!

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON WHAT RESOURCES TO TAKE A LOOK AT IF A PERSON IS INTERESTED IN DOING SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU DO?
YESS!!! FOR SURE THERE ARE MANY MEDIUMS FOR ACTORS TO SUBMIT (LA CASTING, ACTORSACCESS ETC) AND FOR THE TECH WORLD THERE IS HIGHER EDUCATION AND ALSO ORGANIZATIONS LIKE (GENERAL ASSEMBLY) THAT HELP FOLKS GAIN ACCESS AND EDUCATION FOR A JOB IN THAT WORLD.  BUT MY BEST TIME IS ALWAYS DOING RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN AND TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS. I STUDIED COMMUNICATION AND STATISTICS...NOTHING OF WHAT I AM DOING NOW. BUT WHAT HAS GOTTEN ME HERE IS RESEARCH, SELF TEACHING AND SEEKING HELP. NO SHAME IN DOING SO!

WHAT ADVISE DO YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO GROWING UP?
BE YOURSELF. AS A PEOPLE-PLEASER I WOULD TRY TO FIT IN WITH SEVERAL GROUPS IN SCHOOL AND STILL DO SO AS AN ADULT. BUT BY DOING SO I LOSE SO MUCH TRYING TO CHANGE MYSELF WHEN I CAN JUST BETTER MYSELF FOR ME AND MY FUTURE. WHY TRY TO WALK A WALK THAT ISN'T YOURS WHEN YOU CAN JUST CATWALK TO THE BEAT OF YOUR HEART BABY!

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT THUS FAR? WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
CHOOSING MY DREAMS AND MYSELF FIRST. I NEVER RESISTED MY LOVE FOR PERFORMANCE AND ACTIVISM. AND SURE IT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN ME A BIT LONGER TO GET CLOSER TO WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT I HAVE HAD SUCH AMAZING EXPERIENCES I WOULD HAVE NEVER GOT TO DO HAD I JUST CHOSEN THE 'SAFE-ROUTE'. I HAVE TRAVELED THE WORLD WITH WORK, MOVED TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY AND REALIZED LA IS HOME, HELPED PEOPLE GET RESOURCES FOR HEALING, OBTAINED MY BA DEGREE, AND NOW PROUDLY SAY I AM A WORKING ACTOR. SUCCESS DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A FORMAL CREATE BY OTHERS, YOU CHOOSE THAT FOR YOURSELF.
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