Artist Interviews: Marlena Fitzpatrick, Writer, Musician, CEO of Editorial Trance by Odilia Rivera-Santos

Artist Interviews: Marlena Fitzpatrick, Writer, Musician, CEO of Editorial Trance by Odilia Rivera-Santos
1- What did you survive and how did you do it?
I survived 3 emergency landings while I was a flight attendant many many many years ago. I did it by being prepared, staying calm and following the manual. That's why I went through an excruciating training for. I also survived unemployment. I invested in this business and made sound financial decisions. More importantly, never lost faith. 
 
2-Five years ago, I thought I...
...would never achieve my dream to study music in a prestigious conservatory and I thought I had found the 9-5 job worth retiring from. Clearly, I was wrong. I got laid off and I study at Mannes.
 
3-What was the inspiration for your current venture?
I got laid off from a job I adored. And the reason I adored it was because I was serving our community's artists. I've explored the actors, musicians, directors and even dancers side, but was yet to explore the publishing side in greater detail. I graduated from my MFA and said to myself: "now what?" Well, where there's a threat, there's opportunity. I always told SAG members "self-create work." It was time for me to walk the walk. My people, my language and our soul was the main inspiration.
 
4- What did you learn at your last job that you are applying to your current CEO position?
I worked for a union as the Industry Relations Manager. PEOPLE COME FIRST! No way around it. That's it. With that, the most important thing is pyramids schemes are a scam for a reason. Executives that are level headed are forgetting that human are not only resources, but assets. Looking at our own in a vertical direction is destructive and unrealistic. We are all in a leveled plain field. I look at people horizontally and make the best effort I can to learn from each and every individual that crosses my path. 
 
5- List 5 dream careers and why you'd want to do them
a- Singer and pianist- It's who I am: music. I love language and music is my native tongue.
b- Political comedy show host- I'd love to be a Bill Maher or a Stephen Colbert. I have the witty personality and I think I'd be great at it.
c- Run a non-profit literature organization to help convicts and ex-convicts to write and express themselves. Pretty much self-explanatory.
d- Travel writer- Imagine, hoping around the world and writing about it. OHHH! The things I'd do.
e- Stand up comedianne- because I'm funny.
 
6-What do you hope to be doing in 5 years?
Surely, I hope to be publishing more and more and more Latino/ bilingual voices and providing a platform for self-expression. I also hope to run around attempting to tame child- or children- of my own. I also would love to be singing more and playing the piano and finally release the symphonic rock album I've been working on with my duet partner, mezzo-soprano, Karolina Cuevas.
 
7-What do you carry in your bag at all times?
My wallet, my mobile, my ipod, my keys, a book, staff paper, a pencil, paper towels and hand sanitizer.
 
8- What did you learn from this year's special winter?
a- NEVER schedule evening events. Wait until March, period.
b- ALWAYS have clothes two sizes bigger that you usually wear. 
 
9- What are the first 3 things you do in the morning?
unplug my mobile, go to the bathroom, brew and drink coffee.
 
10- What's your next big project?
My next big project is the symphonic rock album. Classical compositions are being completed. Once that's finalized, we will start giving it the rock treatment. Meanwhile we're writing lyrics. The other big project is, well, Editorial Trance's line-up. Most of our future authors have innovative multimedia projects. On a personal level, there's a move and a change of heart. 

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