Notes From A Native Daughter is a podcast focused on conversations around arts, culture, and society, from the Pan-American experience. Hosted by media and communications professional and producer, Soldanela Rivera, NFAND features a variety of guests from the art and entertainment world. I was particularly inspired by a recent episode featuring writer and producer Maria Nieto:
Maria taught herself how to write in formulas, that’s the Hollywood way, and she takes to it. She’s working on a couple of horror and Sci-Fi scripts. Maria has a whole lot of profound and sensible things to say about being, writing, surviving, the politics of the day, and she’s a good listener. How we got to talking about loss and mourning I’m not sure, but we did, and I thank her for it. The dead live. What a paradox. Indeed, that this should be the week the U.S. Gov in all its mightymight announced axing the arts from federal funding. They may or may not succeed, but one thing is for sure, art will never die. Art lives. #MariaNieto #Latina #Writer #LatinoStories #Woman #ArtLives
What I appreciated most about the interview with Nieto was the discussion around Latino/a representation in the media, and how she’s made her voice heard. I also really liked that she talked about her experience as a first-generation Latina in NY, and how her experiences differ from the immigration narrative that we see so often in Hollywood. This really resonated with me because I’m a first-generation Latina myself (born and raised in Los Angeles) and although immigration is a part of my family history, I don’t necessarily feel compelled to tell that story or have it be the only theme I cover in my writing. It’s liberating to hear another Latina say that they’d rather write a kick-ass sci-fi thriller than another sad border story. Although those stories are important to tell as well, we don’t all necessarily have to be compelled to be a part of that canon. The full interview is below, enjoy!