We chatted with Latinx Creator and Actress Jessica Val Ortiz about her career in the digital content space including some her recent projects including Spamilton!

When did you decide that storytelling was something you wanted to do?
Back when YouTube was just becoming huge around 2012, I would watch a ton of vloggers, one being Jenna Marbles. She changed the face of entertainment by just being herself and playing with her dogs online, and because of her uniqueness, she gained a massive following of millions of people. She spoke deeply to me because she was changing so many lives and giving a lot of people a place where they can go to escape, but she didn’t have to perform or try to be something extravagant. I love that she has revolutionized the entertainment world and has become the epitome of an “influencer”. Jenna Marbles helped me discover who I am, and even though I love to act and perform, I think it’s even more important to connect with your audience on a more personal level.

What do you love the most about content creation?
The most fulfilling part of my job is when I read messages from people who watch my content, telling me that I helped them through a hard time in their life, and I was able to help them escape reality for just a few moments by putting a smile on their faces. There is truly nothing more rewarding than being a positive influence in someone else’s life.

What can you tell us about Spamilton?
Spamilton was an awesome experience for me, it was my reintroduction to musical theatre when was shut down for over 2 years during the pandemic. I am no longer with the tour, but I will forever be grateful for that experience of being on the road!

What advice do you have for content creators and storytellers?
Never be fearful to show who you are. I always felt that I couldn’t be myself around my peers growing up because I was too different and goofy, but out there are millions of people who understand who I am, and can connect to my stories and journeys through life! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for trusting and loving who I am.

What was the best advice you were ever given about storytelling?
When you smell a story, make sure to have the intention to make a difference in someone’s life. Stories should be thrilling and exciting, and the best part about the story is the magic that you bring to it. There’s nothing more magical than making a positive difference in someone’s life.

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