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EMAV 10 Bites: Angel Mendoza, Actor

In every neighborhood, there is someone who makes the Arts a part of their life, and our community. You'd be surprised to discover how many different people use the arts to improve the quality of life in our hometown. EAT MORE ART! VEGAS will feature them regularly in our series "10 Bites."

What kinds of art do you enjoy, create, or perform in?

Actor. Currently playing Juror 6 in 12 ANGRY MEN with Poor Richard's Players at The Arts Factory.

Why do you do it?

I am a "people" person. When I research a character and figure out what it will be like, I feel like I connect with other human beings and society a little more. I find a few things here and there as in what makes us tick and I feel it gives me a better understanding on why we act the way we do.

What’s your favorite production/performance experience so far?

I love them all for different reasons but I have to say that my favorite is always the Next one. The process is a challenge and a great learning experience. Not only do I get to develop a character but I get to do it with other Actors Directors, Production Crews... And we bring this idea, this moment, this story to Life! We get to take the audience on a journey and that is a wonderful experience.

The cast of 12 Angry Men are all smiles!

What jobs have you done other than being an artist, or what do you do when you are "at work?"

So many! But to name a few: Boxing Instructor, Film Production [multiple departments], Retail Operations at a Cosmetics Store; yeah, I know a lot about fragrance and make up - don't know how to apply it though, haha!

What is an Arts experience that you will never forget or a memorable response to your work?

I have been told by audience members that they hated my some of my characters and loved others. So I guess I am doing it right, right?

What would you be doing if you weren't performing, creating, or enjoying the Arts in Las Vegas?

Probably teaching. I still Love Boxing and martial arts in general.

Name something you love about Las Vegas, and why.

The options. So many options! Food, for example. We may not have what Out-of-Towners call authentic but we have amazing quality in all types of food. That and the fusions and the variety - we are so spoiled!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

I don't think I can pin point just one because over the years I hear or learn something that changes me. But I will mention a couple: 1) Believe In/Trust Yourself. 2) It is okay not to know.

What superpower would you have and why?

Easy - Fly! Every weekend I'd "Peter Pan" myself over to an Island I haven't been to!

Any future projects or events that you're looking forward to?

Twelve Angry Men runs through 3/24/2019

Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Are you a local artist of any discipline? Do you work with a company as a designer, stagehand or administrative staff? Do you love to experience it as the audience? We'd love to get your 10 Bites to share. Fill out a form here, and you might be featured in a post!


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