Denise Borraz Trepat
Denise Borraz Trepat
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I'm a passionate person. Passion leads my life, and that is why I could not do anything other than acting. For me, my art is my way of communication with the world. Developing and nourishing my craft is the most important thing; who wouldn't want to better the way they can change things? Being a "student for life," I keep myself open-minded and ready to expand my horizons so I can translate that into my craft. I speak four languages ( Spanish, Catalan, English and French) and have travelled to over 25 countries. To me, this gives me a deep connection to not only the world but also different cultures and ways of socialising. It's one of the biggest tools I have when it comes to preparing and becoming a character, as they always intend to find connections with others. I see acting as a conversation, communication that can lead to change. What makes me unique? I put all my heart in everything I do, my characters and my performances have a soul, they're never the same, and a bit of them always stays in me.
Denise, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Actor?
I've always been ambitious with big aspirations. I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor in some way. After all, I grew up surrounded by art. My parents introduced me to all kind of arts since the moment I was born, and I'm grateful for that. I have vague memories of being a baby and listening to Il Trovatore by Verdi to go to sleep, being 3 and reading Peter Rabbit with my mom or watching the fascinating black and white movies like Casablanca. But the turning point was when my parents took me to the opera when I was just five years old... I remember it as it was yesterday. We went to see Romeo and Juliet, and despite my young age there is nowhere else I would have rather been than that theatre. I may not have understood everything that happened, but all I know is that I was mesmerised by the beauty before my eyes and that something inside me NEEDED to be on that stage. At the age of 8, I put my first foot on stage, and the rest is history. The moment that spotlight hit my face and I delivered my first lines I knew that was where I belonged. It was like finding home in a world was I had always felt out of place. After moving to NYC when I was 17 and recently to LA I want to be able to do what I love the most: Act. Long term, I want to be able to impact people with my acting. I find that every character I have played, no matter how "good" or "bad" they are, have made me a better person. If I can change somebody's perspective on something, or even get a smile out of them, everything I do is worth it. I also have some specific goals in mind for right now like getting my firearm license for film and tv, becoming a fight choreographer and maybe playing a badass superhero that can fight with eight different weapons. That would be cool, huh? *laughs* When it comes to my personal life, I want to keep growing as a person, learning, reading, have time for my big cooking passion, someday have a family and be able to spend time with the people I love.
Who is your inspiration in life Denise? How do you stay inspired as an Actor?
That's a difficult one! I keep myself positive, and I have learned to admire the beauty in every little thing. I find inspiration in the most unexpected places, and that is what keeps me going. But if I have to mention my biggest inspiration in life that would be my parents (because they always believed in me and allowed their only child to cross the world to pursue her dreams), my boyfriend Matt (who is creating his own empire from scratch and gives me endless support) and my teachers and mentors (who have taught me everything I know and make me want to be better for them). Other than that, I find other artists to inspire me all the time. Whether it is music (Muse, Debussy, Hamilton...), a museum, other actors (Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Andrew Scott, Meryl Streep...) or reading a book I find that I'm part of something bigger than myself. Those artists that came before me are the reason why I'm here and why I can be who I am today. Stay aware, stay humble, stay in tune with your surroundings and inspiration will find you.
We all make mistakes Denise; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I wish I could say that there are mistakes I wish I could take back, but that would be denying the fact that we are built from our failures. Don't get me wrong, I have made more mistakes than I can count with my fingers, but they have all brought me to where I am today. I deeply believe that everything happens for a reason, so every stop on the way was necessary to get here living my dream. BUT, if there were one thing I could tell younger Denise it would be "don't be so scared". I sometimes wish I would've been the first one to raise my hand or the first one to speak. I remember when I got to the US I was self-conscious about my accent. I would be so ashamed and scared of speaking that I missed a lot of opportunities because of it. It's something I'm still working on, but if I were to do it again, I would do it better. I learned not to be ashamed of who I am, those little things that make me different make me unique, and there is no reason to apologise for my uniqueness.
Denise, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
Art is a collaboration; the best things I've ever done have come from communicating and working with others. I'm an easy going and hard working person. On the other side, I'm also an independent person who will want to bring her view to the table. I like to work on my own and then put all the ideas together to create something even better. I'm a big fan of trying new things, stepping out of my comfort zone and doing the opposite of what was the original plan. I also consider myself being good at understanding what is asked of me and making sure my ideas and my work align with the director's view.
Please tell us, Denise, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
This is something I have struggled with in the past. There have been times where I have been so focused on the work that I've forgotten about others. I find it to be one of the most difficult parts of being an artist. I love me, and it would be easy for me to bury myself in it, but it's all about listening to myself. I like to write down my priorities for the day, so I can hold myself accountable for what needs to be done. Spending time with my friends and having a social life is necessary for my sanity, so I've been trying to be more mindful of that and plan. I'm thankful that I have supportive family and friends that understand the love for my craft and the sacrifices that sometimes go with it. That gives me peace of mind and strength to be independent and focus on myself while maintaining a strong relationship with my loved ones.
Denise, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Once I was in a production where the director and I didn't see eye to eye when it came to my character. I had a vivid idea in my head that was very different from their point of view. I asked the director to let me try it in rehearsals and, if it didn't work, I would certainly change it. Through my performance in rehearsals, I was able to change the director's mind and perform that character in a different way than anybody expected. You never know something won't work until you try it!
Denise, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as an Actor.
One of my proudest accomplishments was playing Young Woman in a production of Machinal. I remember when I read the script from the first time, and I found it challenging to relate to the character in certain ways. Nobody thinks of themselves as 'bad'; everybody can justify why they did something. Like the actor that was going to embody her, I needed to understand and justify her actions. Through the rehearsal process and with the help of our great director Maggie Lally I was able to understand my character as much as I understood myself. It was one of the proudest moments of my life when I was able to transmit compassion, love and vulnerability in my performance through a character that could have been played negatively. I learned to see the good in the bad and understand that we cannot be quick to judge, and the audience felt that view.
Denise, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I was in a production of Marat/Sade, I was cast as Simonne. This character has only four lines in the whole script but is on stage for the whole length of the play. There is no context or story for her, so I had to create a three-dimensional character from 4 lines. With the help of our wonderful director Jamianne Devlin, I was able to create a backstory, a heart and a soul for Simonne. It was so exciting not to have boundaries, to be able to use my imagination and artistic tools as much as I wanted. I will not deny it was one of the most challenging experiences I've had, but what I learned with total creative freedom was priceless.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as an Actor?
Study, read, explore and keep yourself as the romans would say a "tabula rasa". Be ready to be changed, to be prepared to grow, to be prepared to BE the change, to be prepared to fail (and when you do I hope you fail GLORIOUSLY), to be prepared to fight for your dreams and be ready always to keep learning. Find somebody who loves you and knows you as much as you know yourself (family, friends...) because this business is hard. As an actor, you have to keep yourself grounded, and sometimes it's easy to lose your way. Make sure you have that person by your side that helps you go back home.
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