We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Villegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I moved to New York, my goal was to be an actress and that was it. Over time I stayed true to my word on acting, but other things came into play such as the importance of my own happiness. Pounding the pavement with auditions and classes is great but when I can take time to be with my little family I’ve found, outside, painting, enjoying films and food, I feel like myself. I can be more authentic because I am fulfilling all of my real innermost needs which really boils down to surrounding myself with love and art.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When it comes to what makes me happy, I can’t stick to just one medium. I can’t do the same kind of work. I think what sets me apart is that I do a few things to express myself—maybe that’s what makes me like everyone else at the same time. I like to work with fine art to inspire me, installing with my crew at Authentic Transport. I love to build furniture with my boyfriend to fill our home with custom pieces. I have been acting in plays and independent films for over a decade. I love to paint as a form of therapy. Variety is what keeps me clear headed. Maybe it’s not the best move if I want to be a so-called “expert”, but it’s what makes me happy. I like being a “Jack of all trades”.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first thing I’d do is bring them to a couple of my favorite restaurants in the West Village like Mary’s Fish Camp for top notch seafood, and Bus Stop cafe for that real old school New York diner experience. I’d want to bring them to see some art at the Brooklyn Museum which is conveniently right next to the Botanical Gardens. Then, we would grab some of the best nachos at Guero’s Brooklyn. We would have to go to Williamsberg for some live LGBTQ performances—my friend Charles Quittner always produces magic with the most creative local spaces. In Sunset Park, a spot called Industry City is probably the coolest, most photogenic area in south Brooklyn. There, we would check out the local shops and restaurants while relaxing in one of the courtyards where there is often live music playing. Of course we should go back into Manhattan for some Central Park exploring—you have to see Strawberry Fields, it’s iconic.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom has always been supportive of whatever I did. I feel really lucky to have that. My boyfriend is the first to help me in any way he can as well—he’s usually my reader for auditions, metal fabricator when I build furniture, and critic when I paint. It helps having a partner in life who is also fully immersed in creativity.

Website: www.sarahvillegas.info

Instagram: @sarahvillegas

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-villegas-1ab2611ba

Twitter: @dietlatina

Image Credits
Main photo Brian Florez Rest are taken by friends with my iPhone.

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