It’s actually hilarious that pretty much every year, a crazy Mi Vida Loca Valentines Day card pops up. Thanks to the awesome Rocky Rivera and Justin Loca, I was tagged on this on both Instagram and Facebook.
Check out these and more from El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards
Or how about this one from AppleSauced?
At some point I guess it will be less surreal to see my face on stuff like this. I know it gets old for me to keep mentioning how amazed I am that this film still gets so much love but it’s true!
I posted this on Facebook one day and I think it fully describes what I mean.
Here again is a piece that I have totally fallen in love with. ! DON’T LET NO ONE GET YOU DOWN ! *Mi Vida Loca* Sad-GirL. This piece comes to us all the way from Italy.
The artist Ste Fania Sè has some amazing renderings on her Facebook page. You can totally feel her love and fascination for Chicano culture.
Here is a bit of the conversation that we had with Allison Anders (director extraordinaire!)
I wanted to post this one, because 20 years later, across the globe, people continue to express love for this film and I am sooo humbled to be a part of that. TWO, I am always reminded that when someone responds to a calling in their SOUL, there is no way to measure the future impact of taking action. Allison, the crew, the producers… all of us, made this film as a way to express our creativity. We gave so much to this project and had NO IDEA that it would become such an iconic representation of that time.
No matter who you are or where you’ve been, YOU can LIVE your DREAM.
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I’m complex but not complicated. I love life, people, spirit, nature and my experience on the planet so far. I also love connection. Online or off. I make my living in social media and I feel lucky to do so. That’s me… WHO ARE YOU?
This post on my Facebook timeline made me cry…
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the idea of having fans. All I know is that I’ve been blessed to be part of a group of misfits, outsiders & artist from all over the world. We’ve met because somewhere in there, our soul called and even though people said we were crazy… we listened. Thank you to Nena and the entire Mi Vida Loca loving family.
Once again… so humbled and honored. Thank you ALL for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for hearing me.
This film was never really just about some girls from the hood. It was a love story and some people never got that. That’s why there are people in Japan, Russia, New Zealand the Midwest and more; there are boys and girls and abuelitas and teens, that know and love these characters.
We didn’t set out to out shine anyone. No one thought a Chola movie was a great idea but somehow we made it and tried to be as true as possible. In the end if we relate it’s likely because we know we never did fit the label given, no matter who gave it or where we come from…
It turned out to be this…
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Tribe Call Quest beat mixed with lyrics that are so CHOLA. It’s a perfect marriage of my EastCoast/WestCoast Life.
There’s something about being an artist… An artist is COMPELLED (often beyond reason) to create. They are often discouraged, underpaid and unappreciated yet the artist continues to produce works that can cause us all to reflect, respond or remember.
From fine-tuning muscular systems to integrating emotion and logic, the arts have important biological value. For their unique contributions to brain development, the arts should take center stage in schools, our homes and our lives.
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Most of us have had a time in our life, professionally, romantically or physically where we thought “Nothing here seems to be working. I want to quit…” We started that great project but now progress is slow, passion evaporates, and everywhere we look the signs seem to be saying “give up.” Do we quit? How do we get up enough desire to keep going? The writer summarizes the top line points to finding inspiration, even when the world is telling you to give up.
The first point is, reconnecting with “why.”
Often called “THE why” or “YOUR why”, it’s really just a way to identify your purpose and get more out of life. The “why”, is why we do what we do, or, why we want to do, what we want to do…
I reflected on this question a bit and I will share with you what I came up with. Years ago, my daughter’s school sponsored an event. It was an awesome opportunity for the kids and parents to physically serve some members of the community. While there, I met a beautiful young lady. She was 16 years old, her mom had two jobs and she was responsible for her five younger siblings (including a set of autistic twins). While this situation would’ve completely overwhelmed many adults, this girl was not bitter, frazzled or jaded. She was extremely alert but with our kids around to entertain her siblings, she began to loosen up and actually enjoy herself. She confessed to being a huge Mi Vida Loca fan and wanted to know all about my experiences as an actress. I shared my stories about, auditions, combating stage fright and traveling around the world. At the end of the evening, she approached me and said “thank you for spending so much time with me,” then she asked, “would be okay for me to dream of doing something like that?”
I was stunned. No one had ever asked me for permission to dream. Until that moment, it had never occurred to me that anyone needed permission to dream. I’ve since discovered that many of us wander the planet looking, waiting, wanting permission not only to dream but to live. Permission based living. This seems to be at the core of my why. I’m a woman who grew up in an odd household and who’s made some odd choices in life. On my journey, I so desperately wanted to be “normal” that I made changes that began to suffocate me. I’m just not ever going to be that iconic 50’s woman I imagined was supposed to be in order to feel “normal.”
When I let my twisted idea of the ’50’s mom’ go, without judgment or blame, I gave myself permission to take all that I learned from my quest to be her and apply it to who I actually am. My nauseating optimism, my love of cooking, my bedtime story routines with my kids, don’t clash with my desire to embrace my sexuality, travel, write, speak or dance, they enhance it. I gave myself permission to be dynamic, bold and perfectly imperfect. I gave myself permission to turn I forgive you into THANK YOU; to turn I couldn’t into ‘why not?’ and to turn belief into POSSIBILITY.
I am humbled and amazed by the loyalty of Mi Vida Loca fans. The fact that the movie is 20 years old and still so popular is, in my opinion, a testimony to how many people can be touched and inspired when a brave few are willing to be true to their WHY. My “why” is about sharing my experience, strength and hope with others. It’s about finding the good of what is and teaching people to give themselves permission to live in it.