- Puerto Rican
- A.A.S. in Digital Music, concentration in Sound Engineering. Music Department Honors. CUNY Hostos Community College
- B.A. in Multimedia Journalism, concentration in Broadcast. Magna Cum Laude and Dean’s List. CUNY Lehman College
- Music DJ
- Blog writer
In media everything has a voice. Music, art, writing, photography; it is all trying to give a message. Communication has a variety of forms, and through those methods I want to give my own messages for the world to hear. Music, art, and writing are my biggest passions, and through memorable experiences I have discovered ways to let those who are silent be heard. I first had to find my own method of speaking for myself before helping others.
The journey began in high school. Although I was very social and got along with most of the student body at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, there were days where I could not get my point across in class or with my friends Things changed when I started getting more into art. Freshman year, the school had an afterschool art club that I joined. Like the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” and the ideas that appeared in my mind were soon transferred to sketches and charcoal drawings. I even got to learn some art history and discover more artistic techniques. Through art I was making people see my messages with visual statements. My artistic passion was there since childhood, and the art club help bring that to life, but it was also in high school that my music side came out.
My musician side awoke sophomore year. I have always loved music and have grown up listening to a variety of genres. Around this time, reggaeton was becoming mainstream in the U.S. My cousin took me to a huge concert at Madison Square Garden. The performers were great, but what really caught my attention were the DJs. These people entertained the crowd during intermissions through mixing, scratching, and sick transitions. A year later I started training as a disk jockey with an afterschool mentoring group for young girls. At that moment I knew what I wanted to do with my future; become a radio DJ.
After graduating BCSM, I went to Hostos Community College. By my second semester I had declared myself as a Digital Music major in the Media Design Program to study sound engineering. I fell in love with sound design and enjoyed creating sound effects for films. The program did not have a concentration in radio, but I was learning audio techniques that improved my DJing skills. There I met my DJ partner DJ DLITE and together we became recognized as the campus DJs for parties and events. At Hostos everyone knew who I was. It felt different from high school since I was barely noticed there. When I am DJing I go off on a feedback loop. Whatever the audience is feeling, I play the songs that flow with the mood and mix it in my own way. That to me is a conversation happening between the dance floor and I.
My love for writing came out when the Hostos Media Design Program invited me to a twelve day research trip in North Adams, MA. I was one of two digital music students who got the chance to meet cultural workers and record their interviews. Just hearing these workers stories and transcribing them with sound made me want to do more of them. After interviewing these talented people, the other students and I created an exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art that displayed in an artistic way our research of “what is a cultural worker?” Later in the spring of 2012, I recorded a sound collage of the students experience in MASS MoCA.
The Hostos Community College chapter of my life closed when I graduated, and in January 2013 I got a fresh start at Lehman College. There I took on the challenge of being a Multimedia Journalism major and focus on broadcast. My writing improved drastically as I learned to write articles, news scripts, interview questions, blog posts, proposals, short stories, and business memos. Camera work, photography, photo editing, and video editing were other skills I acquired there. I even decided to improve my other techniques by taking a live sound internship, an art course, and a foreign language course (American Sign Language). Through my two years at Lehman, a new writer was born.
Now here I am combining my three life passions into various projects. Life has really just begun for me. There is nothing better than doing what you love to make a difference in the world.