We had the good fortune of connecting with Andréa Agosto and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andréa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I love art. I have been in love with art for as long as I can remember. My father would tell me stories before bed, and even hand illustrate some of his stories for me. Watching him paint and play instruments, made me want to do the same. I somehow managed to keep this love despite not always doing the conventional things in elementary school. While mostly misunderstood, which made me feel isolated, I kept creating things that I was proud of. In middle school, I dabbled with illustration, began playing clarinet, and started writing my own stories. In high school, I thought I had it figured out: I would just focus on singing. That of course was due to the folly of youth, and I did not have it figured out. I did choir, theatre, dance, jazz band (picked up the tenor sax), and continued with visual art. I went to college for a Bachelor’s of Communication with an Emphasis in Film and Media Studies. I was able to find ways of incorporating my talents into a career as a Graphic Designer for an advertising company. I then moved to education, and began sharing my love of theatre with others. I can’t let it go. Creativity is my opportunity to be free for a bit. This freedom that I’m talking about is sacred as it feels as though I have to steal it away because it is time, and time is precious; it is my time, and truly feels like mine, and it’s my time to dream wild dreams, splatter paint on a canvas, or capturing moments.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My visual art is a bit all over the place, very much like me. One of my favorite series is my collection of splattered portraits of Black women, creating beauty out of chaos. I essentially use black paint and negative space to create my pieces. As much as I would have loved to have taken art classes, I never really got the change, and my attention span betrays me when it comes to using YouTube as an educational source. Because of this, I really like trying new things and styles. I’ve had my art displayed at 2 places in San Diego, and had my 1st art show in 2019 in San Diego. Currently, I have a Redbubble store and am able to gain a small profit off my art. As far as acting goes, I’m excited to announce I booked my a lead role in a commercial spot for the first time in San Diego! I had an amazing time working on it, and I can’t wait to see it when it comes out. I’m hoping this means more to come because as an actor, the past year has definitely been a challenge. Not having the creative outlet I missed, I began to create TikToks to keep myself busy, one year later, and I’ve gained over 100,000 followers, and have monetized my videos. While I certainly miss the theatre, it has been a joy to create and act again even if it’s just in my room.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a homebody, but there are some great things to see in San Diego. Whenever people come to visit, we go to Mt. Soledad, because it’s beautiful up there. There was one time I went and it was a little foggy the clouds really felt like they were on Mt. Soledad that time. I lovve takingpeople to La Jolla coves, because of the wildlife. It’s a nice enough walk, and there is a smoothie shop, called Dr. Juice, not too far from there I like to go to as well. It’s also imperative to try San Diego staple (if your diet allows): Carne Asada Fries! These things are delicious! Roberto’s and Lolita’s are the places to go. Best brunch spots to me are: Gossip Grill, Baja Betty’s, and Fig Tree Café. When I need some comfort food, I go to Tropical Star and Kola Champagne, tostones and pastelillos de queso!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love thinking about how I got to places, especially as a Dr. Who fan. Since i’ve examined and overthought way too many moments of my past I know that certain people and events had a direct impact on my being the person, the artist, the actor, I am today. My mom’s love of the Hollywood musical rubbed off and infected be with the theatre bug long before I realized it. My dad’s stories and clarinet skills made me write and play clarinet. My high school teachers were the best. I was able to see Jason Cole and J. Warner Bailey (I can use their first names now I that i’m grown ^_^) at 8am to sing. We did solos and choir competitions and I fell even more in love with music, which also fed into my musical theatre love as Jason (oooh!) pushed to me audition for musicals outside of school. And anyone who knows me in real life, know that Roseanne Lawler (then Garbrandt) was one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had. She encouraged and pushed me and coached me. I can’t put into words how thankful I am for her getting me into theatre. And Denise Hastings for coming through with carrying on theatre for us.

Website: www.andreaagosto.com

Instagram: instagram.com/andreariquena

Twitter: https://twitter.com/andreariquena

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andreariquenah

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg4yw63jSno0QV6oYBrGLmg/featured

Other: www.tiktok.com/@andreariquena

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