Carolina

With a lot of love, commitment, and dedication, anything is possible!

This month we are proud to share our first bilingual interview with Carolina, a Woman in Control who believes this is what has made her relationships stronger and her goals more attainable. As February is a month filled with love, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, this lover of life shares her smile and positive message.

On Carolina - Ella Dress

On Carolina - Ella Dress

Tell us about yourself -

I'm a Venezuelan woman who emigrated to the United States two years ago. I feel that this change in my life has marked a new chapter that has challenged me to use all the strength I've had inside me in order to achieve my goals. I've been involved in the arts as a producer or an actress for many years, and now I am also a radio host. I feel that this has been a beautiful opportunity where I have been able to have a voice and share a positive message.  I am filled with optimism, joy and determination, and I've been focusing on sharing good vibes! 


Spanish-

Soy una mujer venezolana que emigró a los Estados Unidos hace dos años. Siento que el emigrar de mi país de origen marcó un reto definitivo en el rumbo de mi vida y que me obligó a sacar todo lo que tenía dentro de mi y potenciarlo para alcanzar las metas planteadas. Desde hace muchos años me dedico a la producción audiovisual y a la actuación, ahora tengo un espacio radial y siento que ha sido una oportunidad hermosa en donde he tenido una voz para compartir un mensaje positivo. Soy una persona llena de optimismo, alegría y empeño, y he estado enfocada en compartir esa buena vibra!

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

What inspired you to chose your career? 

My family, unknowingly, raised me to be a producer. I'm the oldest of three siblings and I've always been very independent. When I decided I wanted to do something I would create all the necessary conditions to make it happen. I started to study acting and theater since I was 7 years old. I  learned that this was my passion in life and there was something special there for me. However, it was when I studied cinematography that I discovered my interest in production.  Everything made sense because I realized that it was what I had always done with my family, from an event, a meeting, a trip, and so on. For me, production is labor of love which I greatly enjoy. It motivates me to be able to undertake new projects that can have a positive impact in the community. This year I had the opportunity to have my own radio show with the 3 Lopez P. It has enabled me to support Latin talent and motivates me to find new challenges every day.


Spanish-

Mi familia, sin saberlo, me crió para ser productora. Desde niña siempre fui muy independiente, y cuando decidía que iba a hacer algo lo hacía, y creaba todas las condiciones necesarias para hacerlo. De pequeña estudié actuación e hice teatro, y siempre supe que mi pasión y lo que movía mi vida estaba allí. Sin embargo, fue cuando estudié cine que descubrí la producción. Todo tuvo sentido porque me di cuenta que era lo que había hecho siempre con mi familia, producir un evento, una reunión, etc. Para mi la producción es una hermosa labor que disfruto enormemente. Me motiva poder emprender proyectos nuevos que puedan tener un impacto positivo en la comunidad. Este año he tenido la oportunidad de tener mi radio show junto a los 3 Lopez P. He podido apoyar al talento latino y me impulsa a encontrar nuevos retos todos los días. 

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

What is 3 Lopez Productions, how did it start?  

3 Lopez Productions was born out of the need to work together with my sister-in-law, Eliana Lopez, and my husband, Alfonso Lopez. Eliana is an actress with many years of experience in film, theater and TV; and Alfonso is a director, writer and composer.  We wanted to join our efforts to present an original play based on a real-life episode that happened to our family, and because of our experience we were able to take that story to the theater in the Bay Area. We started working from Caracas-Venezuela, having online meetings with Eliana, and at some point we realized that we had to be here. So we moved to the US and spent almost 18 months presenting this work in different cities and theater festivals. Throughout the course of all that, we thought we could offer much more, so we developed the video aspect of the company. We saw the need for artistic events in Spanish or bilingual for the Latin community in San Francisco, and that is the niche we are addressing.

 

Spanish-
3 Lopez Productions nació por la necesidad de querer trabajar juntos con mi cuñada, Eliana Lopez, y mi esposo, Alfonso Lopez. Eliana es actriz con muchos años de experiencia en cine, teatro y tv; y mi esposo Alfonso es director, escritor y compositor. Queríamos unir nuestros esfuerzos para presentar una obra de teatro original y basada en un episodio de la vida real, y por nuestra experiencia creímos que teníamos las piezas fundamentales para llevar esa historia al teatro en el Área de la Bahía. Empezamos trabajando desde Caracas-Venezuela, haciendo reuniones en línea con Eliana, pero en un punto nos dimos cuenta de que teníamos que estar aquí. Vinimos a los Estados Unidos y estuvimos casi 18 meses presentando la obra en diferentes ciudades y festivales de teatro. En el transcurso de todo eso, pensamos que nosotros podíamos ofrecer algo más, y entonces desarrollamos la parte de video.Por supuesto nos dimos cuenta de la necesidad de ofrecer eventos artísticos en español o bilingües para la comunidad latina en SF y hacia ese nicho nos dirigimos.

 

A Woman in Control..."embraces the changes, every change is a challenge that offers endless opportunities, and we decide if we take the opportunities or not".

 

Tell us more about La Parranda -  

After we started to walk the path with the events, the opportunity to have our own radio show opened up. Without thinking about it twice we took it, and from there our mission has been to promote Latin talent in the Bay Area. We are a window that shows the world how many professionals and artists we have here. It also allows us to give back to the universe and open doors for others in the same way that those doors were opened to us a year ago with our own projects.

 

Spanish-
Luego de que empezáramos a recorrer el camino con los eventos, se dio la oportunidad de tener nuestro propio show en la radio.  Sin pensarlo dos veces lo tomamos y desde allí nuestra misión ha sido impulsar al talento latino en el Área de la Bahía. Somos una ventana para mostrar al mundo la cantidad de profesionales y artistas que tenemos. Nos permite devolver al universo el favor y abrir las puertas de la misma forma en que un año atrás nos la abrieron a nosotros con nuestros proyectos.

On Carolina - Ella Dress

On Carolina - Ella Dress

How is it to work with your sister-in-law and how has your relationship changed throughout the years?

It has been really special and totally amazing because we really work as a team. We have learned to know each other and adjust our duties according to the best that each one can contribute to the project. We have worked together, traveled together and even lived together in the same house, so as any relationship it requires a good communication, trust and work. The most beautiful part is that we share goals and dreams for which we work together!

Spanish-

Ha sido especial y totalmente maravilloso porque realmente trabajamos como equipo. Hemos aprendido a conocernos y ajustar en función de lo mejor que cada uno puede aportar para un proyecto. Nosotros hemos trabajado juntos, viajado juntos e incluso vivido juntos, y como cualquier relación si requiere una buena comunicación, confianza y trabajo. La parte más hermosa es que compartimos metas y sueños por los que trabajamos juntos!

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On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

How has acting and having a voice through radio influenced your life? 

The radio show has been a wonderful experience. This channel of communication has been such a powerful part of our work and we want to share a positive and impactful message with our community.  When we were promoting our first project, there were many people who opened their doors and supported our work. Now we have the opportunity to return the favor and help others through our show.  

 

Spanish-

Hacer radio es una experiencia fenomenal. Este medio de comunicación ha sido una gran parte de nuestro trabajo y queremos transmitir un mensaje positivo e impactante en nuestra comunidad. Cuando nosotros llegamos y estábamos promocionando nuestro primer proyecto, hubo muchísimas personas que nos apoyaron y nos abrieron sus puertas en los medios. Ahora tenemos la oportunidad de devolver el favor abriendo las puertas de nuestro show.

 

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

What does being a woman in control mean to you?

For me, a woman in control is a woman who is empowered by her self-confidence, she is willing to listen to her heart and willing to make her dreams possible. She is confident of her talents and is willing to work to reinforce her weaknesses. She is a woman who embraces the changes, every change is a challenge that offers endless opportunities, and we decide if we take the opportunities or not.

 

Spanish-
Para mi una mujer en control es una mujer empoderada por su confianza en si misma, una mujer dispuesta a escuchar a su corazón y realizar los sueños que se plantea. Ella es segura de sus talentos y dispuesta a trabajar en reforzar sus debilidades. Es una mujer dispuestas a abrazar los cambios, cada cambio es un reto que nos ofrece infinitas oportunidades, y somos nosotros quienes decidimos si tomamos la oportunidad o no.

On Carolina - Ella Dress

On Carolina - Ella Dress

any favorite projects you have worked on? 

I have two special projects that comes to mind. “What is the scandal?”  is the first play we did in the US based on a real episode that Eliana lived through a few years ago. She was able to tell her story as an immigrant woman of color and how she had to face many social biases to defend her family. The second one is "The Vagina Monologues"  in Spanish, which is another project with a beautiful message that allowed us to work with incredibly talented women from the Bay Area.  We had the support of various local businesses including Lia Larrea, with wardrobe for our actresses and host,  that joined in the effort to promote Latino theater. 

 

Spanish-
Tengo dos proyectos especiales. "Cuál es el escándalo?" fue la primera obra de teatro que hicimos en los Estados Unidos, basada en un episodio que Eliana vivió hace unos años. Contaba su historia como inmigrante y como se tuvo que enfrentar a muchos prejuicios sociales para defender a su familia. La segunda es "Monólogos de la Vagina", que es otro proyecto con un mensaje bellísimo y que nos permitió trabajar con mujeres increíblemente talentosas del Área de la Bahía.  Tuvimos el apoyo de empresas locales y de
Lia Larrea para vestir a las actrices y presentadora, que se sumaron al esfuerzo de apoyar el teatro latino. 

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

Are there any upcoming projects this year that you would like to share?

Many things! Among them, on February 18th, we are going to host Julio Bevione in San Francisco. He is a well-known communicator, author and motivational speaker from Argentina that is also successful in the United States.  This event excites me because it gives the community tools to be a better person each day.

 

Spanish-

Muchas cosas! Entre ellas, el 18 de Febrero vamos a presentar a Julio Bevione en San Francisco. El es un comunicador, conferencista y autor muy reconocido de Argentina que es exitoso en los Estados Unidos.  Este evento me emociona mucho ya que es otra manera de aportar a la comunidad con herramientas para ser mejor persona cada día.

 
 
On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

What would you say to a young girl encouraging her to be a woman in control?

Listen to your heart and go in search of your dreams, because everything that you believe in your mind is possible. Don't let others influence your courage by the labels or limitations that society places on us, the only limit is in our mind. So go for it with the best smile you have and the world will turn to you with the same smile.

 

Spanish-

Escucha tu corazón y ve en en busca de tus sueños, porque todo lo que crees en tu mente es posible. No dejes que otros influyan tu coraje con etiquetas o limitaciones que la sociedad nos coloca, el único límite está en nuestra mente. Así que anda con tu mejor sonrisa y el mundo regresará a ti con la misma. 

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

On Carolina - Rogue Hat | Niya Tunic | City Jacket

Your husband - how do you manage love and work at the same time in your relationship?  

It hasn't always been easy, but it is also not impossible. I met my husband in college. We are both moved by the same passion for the arts and that is a great advantage, this is my DREAM TEAM! It requires a lot of commitment, love and dedication, as everything in life. It has been a great challenge that we have enjoyed because we have managed a great relationship both professionally and personally. We complement each other, and thanks to excellent communication we have been able to grow and learn together.

 

Spanish-

No ha sido siempre fácil, pero tampoco es imposible. Conocí a mi esposo en la universidad. Los dos tenemos la misma pasión por el arte y eso nos beneficia mucho personalmente y profesionalmente. Este es mi EQUIPO DE SUEÑO! Requiere de mucho compromiso, amor y dedicación, como todo en la vida. Ha sido un gran reto que hemos disfrutado el poder manejar una buena relación tanto en lo profesional como el personal. Nosotros nos complementamos y gracias a una excelente comunicación hemos podido crecer y aprender juntos.

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What are some of your favorite aspects of the LIA LARREA brand?

LIA LARREA is a brand that fits perfectly on every woman, especially for those women who are doing many things at the same time. We want to be comfortable but also feel beautiful. I love that it is a creative brand, offering pieces that can be combined and used in different ways; it is always a plus. If I had to define it in three words: comfort, beauty and quality.

On Carolina - Ella Dress

On Carolina - Ella Dress

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