This week’s welcome to the Insta-hood is on @margaritaagrelomaillofernandez !
- Tell me a little about yourself:
“Most of my drive comes from my upbringing. I’m a first generation American, my family is from Cuba and spent some time in a refugee camp in Guantanamo Bay (where I was actually conceived) before coming to the United States, so that puts a lot of weight on my shoulders to succeed. I’ve always been a performer, always caught up in a theater or playing my violin ever since I could remember.
I became a teacher at nineteen and was just never happy with it. After some time I just snapped and threw myself back into the theater and even went on to pursue a career in dance.”
2. How did the concept of clown dancing come about?
“Haha I’ve always been perceived as “a clown”. I always got the “male comedic relief” role in plays growing up and was just always referred to as “a clown”. I totally owned and since I’ve always been fascinated with them, even came up with the persona of “Pagliacca the Blind Clown”, a play on the old Pagliacci joke, you know, the one with the man who goes to the doctor about being depressed? Anyways, she comes out during Halloween time with a new look every year and wreaks havoc at Haunted Houses and what not. Dancing wasn’t really available to me as a kid (specifically ballet). So now as an adult, for the past two years now, I’ve been intensely training at a local dance studio and have shown enough success to start training en pointe. I hope I can dance for a big show, even a circus, one day as “Pagliacca”.
3. If you had to make a top five Halloween theme movie list. What movies would you pick and why?
“My Halloween theme would definitely have to be anything related to
possessions or ghosts! Unseen forces always freaked me out; can’t really fight back with your dukes, right? I’d start with The Exorcist (1973), then Witchboard (1986), Amityville II: The Possession (1982), “Demons (1985), and last but not least The Omen (1976)! The scores for these films just amp the creepy atmosphere up by the thousands”!
4. Out of all of the things you do in your career what is your favorite thing and why?
“After everything is said and done, performing is by far the most rewarding part. Getting to put all my hard work out there for people to enjoy is just an experience worth reliving over and over again. Becoming someone else and taking on a role are why I wake up every day and strive to outdo myself every time!”
5.Are there any upcoming events or news that you would like to share?
” If all goes well under the current circumstances, the theater I’m collaborating with, “Outcast Theater Collective”, should be putting out a big surprise closer to Halloween and I should be updating our studio’s dance performances on my page as we get closer to showtime!”
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Thank you so much for the interview!
Until next time!