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My Podcast HourGlass on the Artist’s Story Is Finally Released


August 7, 2015 – NYC

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My LATEST PAINTING – OIL ON CANVAS COPYRIGHT 2014 BY GIOVANNA AGUILAR

I cannot believe it’s been over two and half years since I wrote on this blog. Wow! HOW quickly time passes by, like sand through the hourglass (sorry can’t help it). OK. maybe not so original right there but I ‘ll share something that truly is, and it’s from my heart, my latest project, HourGlass – Time to Talk, an audio podcast that began as an idea to pay it forward by sharing stories about the artist’s journey—not just the work but the humanity. And while there is a lot of color on each journey, the variations of light and shadow flickering on life’s canvas not only define our individuality but also help connect each one of us to each other. So with that in mind my co-creator and co-producer Maria Torres and I hope to these stories about artists, across all mediums, can inspire each of us to move forward with wit, humor and empowerment.

Please see the release below and click on the audio file below for the first episode. 

Thank you – Giovanna Aguilar

Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar Proudly Present the First Episode of the Podcast HourGlass

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On a winter walk around a frozen lake nearly two years ago, Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar wondered: “How can we pay it forward as artists and create content that matters to us?”

MARIA TORRES Headshot-2We invite our friends to tune in to our answer —HourGlass Time to Talk, a dynamic podcast that shares the artist’s journey with personal stories that define not just the work but also what have shaped the person’s humanity. From the stage to the silver screen to the recording to the writer’s keyboard, HourGlass celebrates the artist’s voice across all mediums.

On the first segment of our episode #1, we introduce our show’s mission then follow up with the highly entertaining segment “Kick, Ball, Change—Keep it Moving with Maria Torres,” spotlighting the mishaps that happen when performing for a live audience and how these are aptly suited as metaphors for recovery after a misstep in real life. On the launch of this highly entertaining segment, Maria Torres talks with Sylvia Roldán Dohi who was a swing on Miss Saigon for 10 years on Broadway.

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes with exciting hot topics from Broadway and Beyond.

HourGlass – Time to Talk is a SAG New Media audio podcast conceived Maria Torres and co-producer Giovanna Aguilar.

HourGlass Team:

Special Guest: Sylvia Roldán Dohi

Recording Studio: Madpan Productions

Music Theme and Sound Mix: Roman Rojas 

Sound Engineering: Peter Scozzari

Interns:

Marion Lozano
Parker Robinson

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On a recent trip to Ecuador, I had the fortune of traveling to El Valle del Chota, a town about 3 hours away from the Andean country’s capital, Quito. I traveled with a small film crew on assignment for a … Continue reading

Pacific Ocean Sunset- Laguna Beach


Taking in the Pacific Ocean’s summer breeze on a warm summer evening from Laguna beach is spectacular.
Nature is always the perfect backdrop to any story. Mine has begun.

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Dusking in the Park

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Summer is in the air and tonight’s sunset is exquisite in North Jersey. On a 2-hour walk around a pond near my home. Every few steps I stop to take in the those moments. You know, those picture-framing worthy life shots … Continue reading

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Not Just Another Writer’s Day

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Today was beautiful. It was a perfect Saturday. The sun warmed me on my hour’s walk to get some sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Nothing like some soul food to fight the numbing sensation of writer’s block that has been brought … Continue reading

The Empire State of Mind



Hello NYC!

Blue skies are upon us and Spring is in the air in NYC. Can’t think of a better way to shake off the winter blues and get mega inspired than by strutting through the colorful, animated and boisterous streets of good ole Manhattan. Yes, nothing like the Empire state of mind to get the energy flowing and recharging the creative channels. How do you get inspired?

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Whose Woods are These Surrounded by Fog?

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Nothing like nature’s reminder of the captivating beauty that surrounds us, everyday. Fog provides a mysterious yet soothing backdrop to the winter-laden forest that has been  blanketed by its moisture, which the slippery ice failed to get.

Nicole Franklin Brings Anne Brown Back to Broadway


Inspiration. Dedication. Passion and Celebration!

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filmmmaker extraordinaire celebrates Anne Brown on Broadway....

On a pretty amazing day this past February, filmmaker Nicole Franklin took a firm step on Broadway upon entering the Richard Rodgers Theater where the musical Porgy & Bess is playing.

With her ‘Gershwin & Bess‘ DVDs in tow, my good friend celebrated a monumental day in her career, in her life for on that day she brought Anne Brown back to Broadway.

To see a talented friend reaching a milestone, someone who continually inspires all of us to move forward in this crazy world of filmmaking, well, it is truly a powerful experience that needs to be shared.

Nicole has been working on her documentary, Meet Bess, for years, and she recently received a purchase order from the theater to sell her short version of her documentary, Gershwin & Bess, in the lobby.

I invite you all to check out Nicole and help spread the word of her DVDs so she can complete her full-length documentary in honor of the late Anne Brown who inspired the role of Bess—she was in the original production of the opera of Porgy & Bess in 1935. Of course, we all hear that Audra McDonald is breathtaking in her rendition. I’ve been her fan since Private Practice. Yes, hard work and patience do pay off…..

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Red, White and Blue to the Taste of Ale – – MADE IN THE USA


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Who would’ve thought that walking into a brewery this past week that my call for THE ‘location’ would be answered. Yes! I found the place. The one and only where my script evolves to the future. With names that include ‘Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale’ and IPA Hopnotic, how could I go wrong for inspiration? Golden gem to find a place where American pride rules, and all is made with passion. Was great to see good ole Ben Franklin too.

Thank you, Cricket Hill Brewery!

Finding Your POV in the Banal


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Frustrating. That is just how it feels when the same words go from my head to the document. Unlike when the magic is there as  the story flows, smoothly. Like a chocolate fondue over the sweetest strawberry. Your heart races as, in between each breath, your muses continue their gem offerings. Exhilarating. If you could only hold on to it… ..But then, there it is that thing. Yes, that, the ordinary. The same old tucking at you, embarrassing you in places  you’d prefer to ignore – – just like gum caught on your sole…. So what to do? You sweat, as you pick at it and pull it off…Then you walk a few paces looking for a place to run your foot hard back-and-forth many times  to get the sticky mess gone. And then, just as you did before, you do it again. You write. This time though your POV starts brewing from the very frustrating place you were in just a few moments ago, okay, for weeks… But there it is, a picture. One seen by all many times but simply left  behind. Oh. You have seen it too, and walked on by in a hurry to catch up and get to – – no where. Now, here you are and  move from side to side looking at different angles and realize the ordinary is truly extraordinary. The magic is in the angle, the POV that is your own. Simple stories, in between the darkness of the wall separating them, can converge and release colors so bright and true. Ahhhhh. You can sit down now, comfortably, in front of your laptop and type away…. If you only trust the process a little more…. Your POV will enliven even the banal, as that is where all the good stuff flows from, anyway.