Meet Christina Igaraividez


MEET CHRISTINA

CHRISTINA IS AN ACTRESS, COMEDIAN, STORYTELLING TEACHER AND WORKS DAILY TO HELP WOMEN OF COLOR HAVE THEIR STORIES HEARD AND SEEN.
SHE IS THE CO-CREATOR OF LATINAISH TV AS WELL AS THE CO-PRODUCER FOR TEATRO LUNA’S AUDIBLE ORIGINAL: TALKING WHILE FEMALE & OTHER DANGEROUS ACTS.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST DECISION YOU'VE EVER MADE? 
DECIDING TO PURSUE AN ARTISTIC CAREER, EVEN AFTER I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE WITH A MARKETING DEGREE.
WORST DECISION - STAYING IN A FULL TIME CORPORATE CAREER FOR SO LONG (JUST QUIT THIS YEAR - BUT HEY EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON).
WHAT WOMEN INSPIRE YOU AND WHY?
MY AUNT MARYELLEN BECAUSE SHE DECIDED TO BECOME A COMPUTER ENGINEER WHEN TEACHERS TOLD HER SHE WOULD NEVER BE ONE.
AND ALL OF THE BAD ASS WOMEN CURRENTLY IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW, ALL OF THE WOMEN IN NON-PROFITS FIGHTING ON A DAILY BASIS TO UPHOLD OUR RIGHTS. 
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING? 
I WRITE, I ACT, I TEACH STORYTELLING, I DO COMEDY, I'LL WALK YOUR DOG, LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU NEED.
WHAT IS YOUR FAMILY’S BACKGROUND? 
MY MOTHER WAS BORN IN TEXAS AND MY GRANDPARENTS ARE FROM MEXICO.
DID YOU PURSUE A HIGHER EDUCATION? WHY OR WHY NOT? 
YES, I PURSUED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO PURSUE WITHOUT QUESTION AND I KNEW WE COULD MAKE IT HAPPEN EVEN IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY - MY SCHOOL GAVE ME GREAT FINANCIAL AID AND I KNOW I AM FORTUNATE FOR THAT.
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE? 
I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE, MAKING THEM LAUGH, ENTERTAINING, SHOWING THEM THAT THEY ARE NEVER ALONE. I WANT BROWN GIRLS AND WOMEN TO BE SEEN, AND TO SEE THEMSELVES AUTHENTICALLY REPRESENTED, BECAUSE I NEVER DID, AND THEREFORE NEVER KNEW THAT PURSUING AN ARTISTIC CAREER WAS EVEN A CHOICE FOR ME.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN GETTING TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? 
MYSELF. ALLOWING MYSELF TO REALLY GO FOR IT. YOU CAN BLAME YOUR PARENTS, YOUR PARTNERS, OR FRIENDS BUT ULTIMATELY YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON HOLDING YOU BACK FROM WHATEVER IT IS THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. TRULY HAPPY AND FULFILLED. 
WHAT SKILLS DID YOU HAVE TO LEARN AND GAIN THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED? 
I'M CONSTANTLY LEARNING, I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I HAVE ZERO SKILLS, EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I DO, BUT I NEVER REALIZE MY SKILLS UNTIL I FIND PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THINGS THAT I DO! READING AND UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL I HAVE EVER LEARNED. LEARN HOW TO SAY THINGS A CERTAIN WAY TO SOME AND OTHER WAYS TO OTHERS. I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, BUT IT’S NOT HOLDING BACK WHO YOU ARE, IT’S MORE SO LEARNING HOW PEOPLE WILL BE THE MOST RECEPTIVE TO WHAT IT IS YOU HAVE TO SAY AND HOW TO GET THEM ON YOUR SIDE AND QUICKLY AND EASILY AS POSSIBLE. AFTER ALL, WE CAN'T GO FAR WITHOUT THE HELP OF OTHERS. 
WAS NAVIGATING COLLEGE DIFFICULT?
NO, BECAUSE I WAS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO WENT BY THE RULES AND WAS DETERMINED TO SUCCEED. I HATED GETTING BAD GRADES, BREAKING ANY SCHEDULES, RULES OR BOUNDARIES WHEN I WAS YOUNGER SO SCHOOL CAME EASY FOR ME. EVEN IN UNDERGRAD WHEN I WAS IN THE BUSINESS SCHOOL, WHENEVER I HAD TO TAKE THE DIFFICULT MATH, ACCOUNTING OR FINANCE CLASSES I WOULD NOT STOP STUDYING OR READING UNTIL I FIGURED OUT HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM, EVEN IF IT TOOK ME ALL NIGHT. NO ONE WOULD EVER KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO DO MY HOMEWORK, BUT AS LONG AS I MANAGED TO GET AT LEAST A B I WAS HAPPY AND IT DIDN'T MATTER IF I DIDN'T GO OUT THOSE NIGHTS.
YOU GO TO CLASS, YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK, THEN YOU HANG OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND MAYBE MAKE SOME EASY MAC FOR DINNER, WHO KNOWS. 
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO GROWING UP? 
NO ONE GAVE ME THE ADVICE I WANTED WHEN I NEEDED IT, SO I TECHNICALLY DID FOLLOW EVERYONE'S ADVICE. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME TO JOIN THE DRAMA CLUB OR TRY THIS OPEN MIC A LOT SOONER THAN I DID. MY ONLY REGRET IS NOT TRYING THINGS OUT SOONER, BUT I DON’T THINK I'M TOO OLD YET, SO I THINK I'VE DONE OK SO FAR. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD'VE TOLD ME, I COULD MAKE MY OWN LIFE, MY OWN CAREER OUT OF WHATEVER IT IS THAT I LOVE AS LONG AS I WORKED REALLY HARD, MADE CONNECTIONS AND MADE MY OWN LUCK. I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD'VE LISTENED, BUT IT WOULD'VE BEEN INTERESTING TO HEAR. I'M STILL LEARNING HOW TO DO ALL OF THAT NOW AND I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS AND PROGRESS. 
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