Luckily it wasn't la calaca, la desnutrida, la guera huesuda, the grim reaper, that is. It was my friend and fellow actress, poet, purveyor of awesomeness in the RGV, Wendy Lara. I met Wendy years ago through cultural/literary events where she performed as Frida in full disguise. She nails it every time. We also worked on a small production by my short-lived acting/theater troupe "Mirco Teatro RPM". We did a variety show in which she, along with several other actresses and myself played skits and conducted something like a Sabado Gigante production live for an audience of older folks and little kids. I still have some footage somewhere. The point is that our friendship goes way back years.
You start to box people into expected roles when you meet them and know what they do. You don't have it at the forefront of the mind that, like yourself, others are capable of changing and evolving. Even if only on the surface level. Wendy, for example, to me was just a great actress and live performer. I never imagined that she was also a writer/poet. It happens a lot, though. I know this. I've seen it before. Since I have been publishing starting in 1998, I've discovered that a lot of people are actually deep thinkers, philosophers, and artists at heart, but shy as hell. So many just write their poems, short stories, and thoughts in journals or what not and store them away never to be seen by anyone. I know how that goes. I used to be one of those people.
I remember I never wanted to call myself a writer when I was in my 20's because I thought it was such a prestigious title, that to just take it and run with it like a name tag on my lapel would somehow be sacrilegious. Now I still think that being a "writer" or more so an "author" is prestigious and lofty, but not unattainable. As a matter of fact, I believe that MOST people are poets, most are also philosophers, some are writers and artists, and some are rare geniuses that can do it all and shine.
Wendy might be one of those geniuses who can do it all, but she would never claim that. But I can assure you that, having worked with her, I know she is a tremendous actor. And now that I have actually heard her read her poetry, I can attest to the fact that she is a tremendous poet. Watch for her. She is working on a manuscript for some time in the future. I think it's going to be pretty good.
You can follow Wendy on Facebook on her page @teatrerawendylara
Fun Times as a Theater Troupe