Heldine Alora Aguiluz

Posts Tagged ‘solo performance

I’ve been busy working on a lot of different things, so I thought that I would take the time to share with you what I have been up to.

– ADR for “Ripe” – I have the fun opportunity to play “Abby” AND play “Abby’s mom” (i.e. do her voice).
– Touring with hereandnow – This weekend, I am heading out to the University of Missouri. Next weekend, I am going to Iowa. Both new places for me, so I am excited because I love touring and traveling!
– Thinking up ideas for Nerdesses, WordKnurds, and a feature-length film
– Applying for different theatre festivals to send my solo performance, “Daze of My Life”
– Working on a video reel
– Dabbling in the production side of things – Right now, I am helping to produce some of the FreddieW videos. It is a lot of fun, and I like learning new things.


LIFE - Solo Performances

This past Saturday was the premiere of the new snippets of my solo performance, “Daze of My Life”.  It was a huge success – we got a standing ovation!  And so many people (most, if not all, strangers!) came up to me during the intermission and after the whole show.  I always appreciate it when people I do not know have the need to tell me about how much they enjoyed my performance.  It speaks volumes to me.  Thank you to everyone who came.  And thank you to SAIPRO and Debra De Liso for the amazing experience.  If you are interested in starting your own solo performance, I highly suggest going through them.

My goal is to tour my solo performance at universities, high schools, organizations, festivals, events, and more.  If anyone is interested in learning more about my piece and having me perform it, please contact me!

Life: An Evening of Solo Performances

This Saturday, I am bringing my solo performance back to the stage.  I will be performing the new snippets of “Daze of My Life”.  Whether or not you have seen my previous performances, I think you will enjoy my piece, along with the pieces of my classmates.  The show is brought to you by SAIPRO.  Check out the Facebook event for more details.  Hope to see you there!


Debra De Liso

I recently signed up for Debra De Liso‘s Solo Performance Workshop.  Our relationship began at USC, where I had the pleasure of taking her solo performance class for a semester.  That class helped me to create my first ever solo performance show called “Daze of My Life”.  As a result of Debra’s training, I was able to perform “Daze of My Life” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, and several other events.  My solo performance is currently 30 minutes long, and I aim to lengthen it to about 45 minutes or 1 hour so that I can tour it around the country and around the world.  With Debra De Liso’s help, I know it is possible.

There are some spaces open for the 8-week intensive class.  So I wanted to let others know about this incredible opportunity.  The class is on Saturdays from 2-5 PM.  It starts on October 20 and ends December 15 (no class on November 24).

For her contact information, you can check out her Yelp page.

I hope to see you in class!

To end this post, here are a few things others have to say about Debra:

Debra De Liso is a woman of extraordinary and multiple talents, she has astonished me with her work as an actress, a director, a choreographer, a movement coach, and most particularly as a human being of spectacular generosity and caring. Over and above her superb professional qualifications, Ms. De Liso has the rare gift of inspiring novices to reach deeply into themselves, to open to one another and to enhance their own skills and perceptions by communal sharing.
~ Leon Katz, Award Winning Playwright, Emeritus Professor, Yale School of Drama

What was it like being under your baton? It was wonderful. You create a very safe and fun place to explore not only the great works of theatre but, more importantly, the depths of one’s soul. You let my work soar out into the world without altering its authenticity. You give each participant equal attention and direction to grow from wherever their starting point is without making one feel inadequate to the task. A true teacher takes you from the place you stand on and extends your path into new directions. You are a master teacher in so many ways. I think that your classes are for all of us not only those who hope to act. In reality you are giving students the opportunity to experience their own capabilities to go beyond what they think is possible. This is a great gift. Often what limits the student’s vision is a narrow expectation. You have an innate ability to match the right script with each student. Literally, showing them that they are capable far more than what they expect. By giving them the opportunity to play another role, see another view, you change their vision of themselves. It was an amazing time together not only at the Carrie Hamilton but in the old church hall. If you can bring life into that space, I imagine you can bring it anywhere.  I highly recommend your classes to anyone that is interested in relearning how to play, how to imagine another way.
~ Rochelle Duffy, Ph.D. Critically acclaimed Playwright/Actor “Prison is Where I Learned to Fly”

My play would never had hit the stage had it not been for Debra. She so clearly understood what I was trying to accomplish and then deftly navigated the waters from idea, into script, and onto stage. She is nurturing, caring, and inspiring, all the things I needed to overcome the fear and doubt I was experiencing with my own words and no other actors for the first time.
~ Jay Sefton Playwright/Actor – Winner Best Solo Play “The Most Mediocre Story never Told” L.A. Weekly Awards

Debra created a nurturing creative atmosphere for me, a non-actor, to develop my material and find the confidence to perform it.  She has unerring instinct of knowing where a performer’s strengths are and how to find them.
~ Hal Ackerman, Winner – Best Solo Play Script- United Solo Festival NYC, Co-Chair, UCLA Screenwriting Program

I have worked with Debra De Liso for the past two years. I have been a student in her acting class, and have also taken her Improvisation workshop twice, and her Solo Writing Workshop (which I plan to take again).  Debra is a very experienced, intelligent, sensitive and compassionate teacher…and human being. I will never stop working with her as long as she will have me. Her classes are fun, safe and revelatory. I cannot quantify how much I have learned from her. And on top of all of this, she is a superb director and actress. Thank you, Debra, for all you have given me.
~ Deborah Berman, Ex Dean San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Colburn School of Music

“I had a great time in Debra’s Improv workshop. She was able to gently escort me out of my comfort zone. The way she can work successfully with different students at different levels is amazing. I’ll definitely return.”
~ Kahlil Nelson, L.A. County High School for the Arts Graduate

I’ve been taking Debra’s workshops for almost a year and I have had a great experience. She really helps you improve your skills and achieve your goals.  She´s very flexible and open to hear and implement your new ideas. Debra has  always something good to say about your work. She totally transforms your good ideas into a professional product to be performed at theaters and festivals.  She is also very good at motivating and encouraging you to believe in your work and get the best out of it.  I´m so thankful for all the help I have received from her. She has help me to build up confidence for breaking into the industry and now I have successfully been auditioning for commercials and performing some of my original writing in theaters.  I definitely recommend her classes to anyone who is looking for a source of inspiration combine with experience and professionalism.
~ Araceli Cesar, Reporter for the Latino California Newspaper



I produced a show for the hereandnow Theatre Company.  It is called “Days Go By” and involves 4 short pieces.  The show is a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes (approximately).  I will be performing my solo performance “Daze of My Life”.  It would be great if you could attend!  Tickets are only $10.  For more details, check out our Facebook Event Page.


Enter your email address to follow my blog and receive notifications of new posts by email!

Sign up for my monthly newsletter!

Subscribe to my newsletter to get monthly updates on what I'm doing!

Heldine's Instagram

We hurried out the door so quickly after the @secretpoledancestudio show because we were starving and tired that I forgot to get a picture with my support crew! 😣 So thank you to Brandon, Maxwell, @erikameowriko, @hatperson, @karinventures, and @caldwellcrafted for coming to my show! It means so much to me to have had you there with me. 💝 #HeldinePole #HeldineDance #HeldineActs #SecretPoleDanceStudio I had a fun night @SecretPoleDanceStudio's recital! 💃🏽 Here are some clips of my first piece, choreographed by @thesecrettiff. For more, watch my stories and the studio's past live broadcast and stay tuned for my posts. 😘
(📸: @jameelis)
#HeldineDance #HeldineActs #SecretPoleDanceStudio I read 2 things today about the yoga business. So I wanted to share some of my thoughts. .
As much as I would like to get paid to teach yoga, I currently do not make any money teaching yoga. I used to get paid teaching at The Springs, but they closed last year. I'm sure there were many reasons, but one was probably that not enough people were coming to yoga classes. .
I have friends that have told me "yoga should be free because it's good for you". Wouldn't it be great if all the things that were good for us were free? But we have to pay for doctors and food and shelter and clothes. Shouldn't we support our yoga teachers who remind us to breathe through the hard times and help us see and love ourselves for who we really are? We all need to sustain ourselves.
One of my goals this year is to work on getting more money so that I can get out of debt. In order to do that, I need to value my experience, my talents, my education, my energy, myself. I choose what to put on my schedule and what gigs to take.
I am fortunate to have multiple other gigs that pay me so that I can dedicate my time to give FREE YOGA on Saturdays. I could do other things with my weekend or work on trying to make money with yoga, but I am choosing yoga over the business. I want to provide free yoga because everyone deserves to learn it, not just those who can afford it.
If you do have the money to spend on yoga, choose people who truly value yoga. For example, I try to aim buying yoga clothes from sustainable companies and/or those that help other causes. .
Join me for another free yoga class tomorrow from 10:30-11:30 AM. Message me if you're coming! 😊🙏🏽
 #HeldineYoga #FBF to my Lola and me right before her 86th birthday in 2014. I've been thinking about her and wishing she were still around to see my pole show tomorrow because she'd love it. She'd tell me to powder my pussy. And she flashed Brandon once, maybe twice. And when she and my Lolo went missing in Long Beach, they found her at a random Mexican birthday party eating their food while dancing. 😂 I know she'll be there in spirit with my Lolo, being proud and dancing along. Less than 24 hours! 💃🏽 #HeldineFam I woke up crying from a nightmare this morning. I didn't sleep well in general last night, and it probably didn't help that I didn't eat enough yesterday. I had worked 9 hours and then rehearsed for 2.
I'm clearly exhausted. I've never worked my body this hard. Sometimes, timing isn't the best. Right now, it's acting, taxes, and dancing for me.
But maybe the universe brought all of these together because I asked for it. I asked to do more of what I love and to get paid more and to get rid of my debt. I got what I asked, and I need to work on balancing everything and taking care of myself. .
So thank you, universe, for providing and for helping me grow. And thank you, body, for being strong and carrying me. 💝
Today is the deadline for LLC taxes, so I still have work to do today, but I know that I have plenty of time. So I just need to breathe and not stress. It's almost the weekend! 🙌🏽
📸: @aerialista85 (1/14/18)
#TBT #AWishingHeart #NoFilter "The enso ('circle' in Japanese) is a symbol of unity and interconnectedness, but also imperfection and incompleteness - it is a circle in the process of becoming. It represents the community of all life, the 'collective' of all beings, which we embrace when we, as Einstein said, 'widen our circle of compassion'. For us, it also symbolizes the planet - an imperfect circle hanging in the clarity of space."
📸: @tashimannox
📜: @weareplanetary
#PiDay #AWishingHeart #Enough gun violence. Everyone shouldn't be afraid to go to school, a movie, a concert - anywhere! We don't need assault rifles or bump stocks in everyday life. We need proper tools to help us manage stress and everyday life challenges so that we don't lash out in devastating ways. 🙏🏽
#AWishingHeart #HeldineYoga Practicing what I preach. 😘 Last Saturday, we worked on twists. They're great for improving digestion. They're also a great metaphor for life - life offers us all sorts of twists. Can we practice breathing deeply through these twisted yoga poses and apply that practice to the difficult times in life that we experience? 🙏🏽
Join me this Saturday for another free yoga class from 10:30-11:30 AM. Message me if you're coming and if you have suggestions for what you want to work on! 😊
#HeldineYoga #AWishingHeart

Heldine’s Twitter

Blog Stats

  • 12,362 hits