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    Prolific writer, stylish, witty actress and intellectual lawyer - Vanessa Verduga is laser focused on creating audacious and phenomenal career opportunities

     

    Whether she is composing a well thought through article covering hot issues including but not limited to gun control or achievement vs. success on websites such as PolicyMic.com, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s blog (founder of DC Comics) or on her personal blog Owning My Inner Amazon Goddess -- no matter what she pens Ms. Verduga always delivers a diverse range of substance.

     

    Today we have the honor of interviewing Vanessa Verduga and through this interview we glean a little more into who she really is and so here she is Vanessa Verduga:

     

    Today we have the honor of interviewing Vanessa Verduga and through this interview we glean a little more into who she really is and so here she is Vanessa Verduga:

     

    “My colleagues tell me that I am laser focused on creating bold and explosive career opportunities for myself via my proficiency as a multi-talented actress, singer and writer.

     

    If I was to describe myself I would agree with their diagnosis of who they say I am. I was born in Los Angeles, California but was raised over three thousand miles away in Bronx, New York and it was in the Bronx area I honed my abilities as a performer.

     

    Today, with some absolute persistence I am consistently striving to make my mark as ‘Justice Woman,’ the lead character in the popular web series I created and launched in 2012.

     

    This web based show has won me an ‘Outstanding Lead Actress’ award at the 2013 Los Angeles Web Festival, and is the first recipient of the ‘Excellence in Multimedia’ award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

     

    Currently in post-production for Season 3, the show has earned positive reviews by NBC Latino and its first two seasons have garnered over 1.4 million views on its dedicated YouTube channel.

     

    Written, produced and directed by myself, ‘Justice Woman’ was inspired in part by my intense passion for superheroes growing up.

     

    The concept is also rooted in the disillusionment I experienced as an attorney. ‘Being a solo practitioner was an eye opening experience as I experienced first-hand how our legal system and the people in charge of it can work for both good and bad under the guise of the law’.

     

    The series follows the story of Sofía Escala, a.k.a. Justice Woman, a spunky Assistant D.A. by day, defender of truth and justice by night. With the help of my office-mate and sidekick Robert (Roberta) Gallion, I fight to right the wrongs committed against the innocent and powerless by a corrupt legal system – and naturally I fall into some tight spots along the way.

     

    A smart, funny, fast-paced series with a touch of risqué business and perhaps the first Latina superhero and gay sidekick duo ever, ‘Justice Woman’ tackles serious issues, but with large doses of campy humor.

     

    As I am always seeking to expand my creative juices further, I wrote a comic book entitled ‘Justice Woman Begins’ and am very excited as I now have designs on eventually translating ‘Justice Woman’ into a musical play.

     

    It is true, that I also produce and star in ‘H.O.M.E.,’ a feature film by award winning director Daniel Maldonado comprised of two character driven stories that reflect on the meaning of being both physically and spiritually lost in NYC. I am also in pre-production for a comedy feature film I wrote entitled, ‘The Implications of Cohabitation.’

     

    As an active blogger who writes about current events and the reasoning behind my many artistic endeavors, I have written articles for….

     

    1) NBC Latino

     

    2) Latin Heat Entertainment

     

    3) PolicyMic

     

    4) Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s blog (founder of DC Comics)

     

    ….to name a few.

     

    My writings have also been praised by fellow Latina actress/producer Eva Longoria.

     

    Most recently, I was named one of the 25 Club Leaders of the Future–New York 2013 by Latino Leaders Magazine.

     

    Destined for a multi-faceted life and career from my earliest days, I started acting, singing and dancing at age four, encouraged by my mother, a trained dancer in Spanish dance whose own mother (my grandmother) would take her every weekend to sing live at the local radio station in her native Ecuador.

     

    Coming from a family that valued the performing arts – but also stressed the importance of a strong education and practical career path – it’s logical that I would eventually find my way back to performing after a lengthy college and law school hiatus.

    A graduate of both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Seton Hall University of Law, I returned to acting during law school when I joined the theater student group there. With a knack for developing strong yet vulnerable characters, I have appeared in numerous theater productions and films since graduating from AADA.

     

    I cultivated into filmmaking as a result of acting and writing. Having done theater throughout New York City, I decided to give film a chance and discovered that I loved it just as much.

     

    Co-writing the award-winning short film “Danny First” – based on the story of my relationship with my brother Tony, who is autistic – had a strong impression upon me about the power of film to move and inspire a much wider audience.

     

    Having traveled and lived abroad, I am grateful to have studied in Paris and Italy, and worked in Milan during my undergrad days as a computer, information systems major at Baruch College which now allows me to bring a much richer multi-perspective to my projects.

     

    Speaking of diversity – I can also translate into Spanish, Italian and/or French, all languages I speak.

     

    Described by my peers as ‘a compassionate fighter with captivating strength and sassy humor,’ I desire to awaken our inner warriors through my art.

     

    Despite my multitude of talents and whirlwind of creative activities, at heart I merely see myself as an actress who is passionate about my work and diverse in the roles I can play.

     

    Acting is what actually put me on the path to search for my inner Amazon Goddess and/or higher creative being.

     

    It is acting that has also been very therapeutic for me as it has further allowed me to experience emotions that I learned to suppress since childhood. As terrifying as it is at times to feel vulnerable, it is also extremely liberating – and never fails to challenge and fascinate.” said, Vanessa Verduga, prolific writer, stylish, witty actress and intellectual lawyer

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