• Christina Peña

Create Your Own Work!

As an actor, I have been told NO countless times. It is definitely not the best feeling. Especially when you put work into the role and have already invested your time and energy. 

I started a project recently called the NO JOURNAL. Every time I get a no I take about 5 mins and write about a project I would like to do. Whether it be the job I just got turned down for, or a cabaret, or something I want to write and direct. It gives me an outlet to get the ideas on paper. And eventually I will go back and look at it, when I need inspiration. 

These little seeds are what sparked need to create my own work. 

You don’t need others permission. You get to be your own yes

I have created Solo Cabarets, Developmental Readings, a Dance Video, Trio Cabaret, a Sketch Comedy Group, and the list goes on. 

I know it sounds like a lot but I feel like I have found the most important piece of the puzzle.

You should do it for you. 

When I first produced my solo cabaret, I was scared shitless. I had my first ever panic attack. I thought no one would come. I hated my voice at every rehearsal. I wanted to quit everyday. 

And you know what happened? 

The show was great. A bunch of my friends came out and my family came all the way from California. I spent an hour telling my stories. We drank. They sang along. It was everything I could have asked for.


I liked it so much, I even did it again.


Getting to flex my creative muscle always makes me happy. Truth be told, that’s the reason I am in this business, to make people happy. So why can’t that include myself. 

If you have ever thought about creating your own work, I suggest you do it! 

Call your friends and have them come over to read that play you wrote 2 years ago. 

Produce a staged reading of a  show that means something to you

Direct a solo cabaret. 

If you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of, you know where to find me.

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