Joey Molina is an Actor, Film Producer, Singer, and Writer. He is currently a teaching artist for Teatro Izcalli and the San Diego Opera.
What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on a novel/movie adaptation for a project titled “Julie and Juliet” (inspired by the work of William Shakespeare)
How has the pandemic affected or shifted your practice? I left my home in San Diego California and came to Caldwell Idaho to help out my elderly grandparents. I have been completely isolated on their 30-acre farm, only making the occasional trip into town for supplies. This isolation has been a real silver lining. I have been able to focus on writing and I have done more quality work during the 30 plus days that I have been here than I have done over several months at home.
What has your journey been like as a creative/artist/small business owner? Mine is a unique story with many twists and turns. I started out trying to be a rock and roll singer, but the only success I could find was on musical theater and classical stages. After a number of years of having the wonderful opportunity to travel the world and performing in some of the world’s most renowned venues, I discovered the art of writing. I wrote my first script with a great artistic friend and producer and we were fortunate to have that project made into an actual motion picture. “RutaMadre” is an indie-film that was loosely based on my story. The film itself ended up winning several major awards and was released nationally. During the time between post-production and the film’s final release I was given another wonderful opportunity to teach acting, singing, stage movement, and writing, at the La Maestra Generations after school program and then later at CPMA. These opportunities have given me so much joy and fulfillment and ironically is the inspiration for my current project.
Do you have any tips for up-and-coming, or rising artists/creatives? Look for the silver linings they linger around the stormiest clouds and stay as positive as you can. Also when working on a project make sure you dedicate time every day to getting some, if not all, of it done. This is especially true for writers. If you can manage to get into a routine and even finish a small portion it will still get you closer to your ultimate goal at the end of the day.
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