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EP 206: Zaq Latino (autogenerated)

[00:00:00] Dane Reis: you booked it. Episode 206. Okay, everybody let’s get this started. I am excited to introduce my guest today, Zaq Latino. Are you ready for the sec?

[00:00:17] Zaq Latino: I am so ready and thank you again for having me, Dan. 

[00:00:20] It’s really good. 

[00:00:22] Dane Reis: Absolutely. Thanks for being here on any given day, you can find a Zack reading in French bingeing. All the anime Hulu has to offer geeking out to Indian Hindustani percussion crafting a mean eggplant parmigiana and doing art described as an outstanding musician composer and sound artist.

[00:00:43] Zach is equal parts, composer, theater, director, educator, and arts administrator. They are the founder of. validBodies art project and arts production company dedicated to the mobilization of LGBTQ plus and other underrepresented voices. As a composer, Zach has worked with Jack quartet, our DT quartet, and Divertimento ensemble among others.

[00:01:08] Most recently, Zack was named. Finalist for the American prize in orchestral composition for hidden lakes, a proud non-binary artist, Zach uses both. They them there and he him, his pronouns, Zack, that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done. But why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:01:35] Zaq Latino: Marvelous, thank you for that illustrious introduction. Um, Um, currently, so I, I definitely started out more in the music world. I am a theater kid who transferred to being an orchestra kid, obsessed with classical music who , um, has the trajectory of going to music school. I went to Ithaca college for my bachelor’s in composition and. While growing as a composer also learned how much I missed at the theater having not actually pursued it professionally. And so I think a lot of my work is actually sort of retroactively going back and trying to make the theater fits into my musical trends. I think perhaps beyond that though, I’m certainly an advocate for my community, LGBTQ plus , um, as well as other underserved community that I’ve had the pleasure of working with , um, had the pleasure of touching lives within.

[00:02:19] Um, and so the culmination of my professional experience right now is being the founder and executive director of ballad buddy’s arts project. Thank you for the shout out, which is currently in 5 0 1 C three nonprofit formation. Um, which means that someday we’ll be able to receive donations tax deductible.

[00:02:36] And that particular company is having our first show , uh, released virtually by the end of this summer 2021 called Zachary hates everything. And I can’t wait for everyone. 

[00:02:46] Dane Reis: Aw, fantastic. Very exciting and very cool work you’re doing with valid bodies. I’m excited to get into all of that through the interview, but first let’s get into this section and. Zach look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone

[00:03:03] Zaq Latino: Um, I was super excited when you asked this. So there’s definitely a few that spin in my mind all the time. The one I’m going to talk about today is, is from Jane Fonda. Um, it’s, it’s never , well, she says it’s never too late, never too late to start over. Never too late to be happy. And I think I take that to heart.

[00:03:19] Um, because I’ve sort of been wrestling as an artist, who’s trying to survive in the world in which you need to make money to, to live in this country. Right. Um, and I think that a lot of my more recent work in my recent life is sort of coming back to the things that I love. And I really love that quote because even though I’m in my mid twenties, now, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be young.

[00:03:39] I put a lot of pressure on myself to , uh, sort of be vibrant. And I, and I think sometimes I get. Sad thinking that I’m old. And so that quote, it’s never too late to 

[00:03:47] start over 

[00:03:48] Dane Reis: oh yeah, we’ve not had that on the show, but that is a really, really wonderful quote, wonderful quote. And I love how you’ve tied that into your life. You know what I’m inclined to also very much agree with you. And , um, I feel like, you know, in your shoes, in that same regard, you know, as we get through, you know, there’s life and we get older, and it’s just, it’s an interesting thing to, to notice and kind of reflect on and see how things change and evolve.

[00:04:11] And it’s good and it’s bad and it is what it is and trying to enjoy it as much as possible and being present is what it’s all about.

[00:04:19] Zaq Latino: Right. I, I couldn’t agree more. And I, I think, especially for a lot of your audience , um, people listening, there’s certainly just sort of sort of an ingrained wrestle between the blue sky, right? The dream life and the practical life that we all go through. Um, and sort of, how do you find the perfect avenue in which you can be artistically fulfilled, but you know, you can also eat 21 times a week.

[00:04:39] I think sometimes it makes people’s heads spin. Um, but I think. What I’m doing right now is sort of navigating that liminal space in between of maybe my passions are something that I could monetize in a certain way. And I think being able to talk about my nonprofit experience later is a great 

[00:04:55] example. 

[00:04:56] Dane Reis: beautiful. Well, Well, let’s get into this next section here. And Zach, of course you are an entertainment professional. I’m an entertainment professional. And I think that you’d agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest and personally emotional industries in existence. And, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while yes, there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement to being an entertainer. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures.

[00:05:32] We’re going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:05:46] Zaq Latino: I do have one key challenge, but it’s sort of, it sort of opens up another conversation. I think. Key challenge is being absolutely terrified to put myself out there and notice how I say am and not was. Um, I thank you very much for your accolades and for considering me as successful entertainment , um, person , whatever, whatever that might mean for different people.

[00:06:04] Right. But I think that I’m still constantly learning and constantly growing , um, and trying to push outside of my own limitations. Right. So I think the failure is. Consistently battling with the voices in my head that I’m not good.

[00:06:17] enough or that I shouldn’t really be trying this, or even that there’s other people that want this more than me.

[00:06:22] Um, I used to go into auditions because I do have acting experience and I’m getting back into it. And I’m super excited about that, but I would go into audition room. And self reject and I would be like, okay, well maybe I don’t want this as much as other people, I would just be terrified and just be completely overwhelmed , um, just by the whole audition process, et cetera.

[00:06:41] And I think now I am just starting to come out of my shell, my post quarantine shell, so to speak, I’m sort of realizing that everyone is in the same boat together. Even if you’ve acted on Broadway professionally, even if you. Things in the past that are notable. I think coming out of this pandemic, we are all on the same page.

[00:07:01] And so I’m finally ready to not be afraid. And as I mentioned off the record before I just print some audition videos before getting on here and that’s sort of my Hey world, I’m here. Um, I want to get back into acting and I’m going to do it. And I think. Part of part of your question to be better because of it is as I sort of feel like I’m a chicken that has marinated overnight Dane um, , um,although I’m actually a pescatarian but, but I, but I feel like , but, but I, someone who was, had so much experience of not believing in yourself, but now that I’ve come on the other side, I’m so more able to embrace the, the discomforts as well as the excitement of getting back on the 

[00:07:39] horse.

[00:07:39] Again. 

[00:07:40] Dane Reis: for sure. I love how you said, you know,  you know, we’re all in the same boat. We’re all on the same page, regardless of you being a Broadway actor or. Just starting out. Right. We all have to get into that room. We all have to audition. Right. Right. And that’s just part of this entire career. It’s part of doing, doing the gig and we all experienced those nerves.

[00:08:01] And it’s one of those things that the more you do it, the more you put yourself out there, the easier it gets. Sure. But it’s something that we all have to go through and. I think it’s really important to remember that because like you said, it’s really easy to get into that add self-deprecating, uh, mindspace where you just sabotage yourself before you even started.

[00:08:24] And to remember, Hey, we’re all in this together. We’re all there just to perform and do what we do. And that’s it. Leave it there.

[00:08:32] Zaq Latino: Right.

[00:08:32] I completely agree. 

[00:08:33] Dane Reis: Great. Well, Well, let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing in the entertainment industry. Tell us about that.

[00:08:54] Zaq Latino: Sure. Thank you. Thank you for the question. Um, theater has been a part of my. For a really long time. And if I can go backwards a little bit, my very first introduction to the theater was, was the wicked soundtrack as so many , um, gen gen Zs and millennials. I, I guess we I’ve, I’ve known many people with the same similar experience.

[00:09:09] And so growing up with that soundtrack, I, once I knew what it was. Dane, like once I knew that you could professionally act, you could make things like this. I, I know it sounds romantic, but I sincerely was absolutely hooked. And before this moment of knowing that you could act professionally, I was doing magic shows in my friend’s parents’ basement and singing and doing things sort of on my own, whatever, just as a naturally artistic child, I think as a naturally artistic person growing up.

[00:09:41] And then sort of the discovery that you can make. Well, Well, not that you can make money from this. I feel bad that I’m attaching everything to money. I just mean this discovery that you can be a professional at this medium was, was absolutely life-changing. Um, and I actually have. A very fortunate experience that I was able to then see the show with my parents after becoming obsessed with the soundtrack.

[00:10:00] And, and although we had nosebleed seats in the Gershwin, right? The biggest Broadway house in like row H or something, we were mezzanine. I couldn’t see anything. Um, except, you know, one of which flies, I’m sure she’d got above some of the heads. Um, but, but just hearing it and hearing sort of the scope of it, if that makes any sense, seeing how 

[00:10:16] big it is. 

[00:10:18] Dane Reis: Yeah. 

[00:10:18] Zaq Latino: I just knew that I needed to do that. And I think a lot of my life experience sort of goes away from the theater and comes back right. And, and doing classical music stuff, which my, my bio states a lot about, because that’s what I’ve been obsessed with. Most recently, I’ve always been navigating back into the theater because I need it.

[00:10:36] And it really is informed from that earliest of 

[00:10:38] experience. 

[00:10:39] Dane Reis: so good. And I agree. I think my, my first album was rent, so just right before, but then really kind of from there learned and discovered , uh, wicked and everything like this, because I started in this industry quite late, so I can very much , uh, Relate to, to being hooked by hearing those albums and listening to them.

[00:10:57] And just really, I think you said, oh God, you know, I know, I don’t want to keep tying things to money, but I think there is this wonderful moment that you, you have to have, right. Where you, a lot of people will be artistic, like you said, is just naturally, but then there comes a time where you go, oh, this is. Not only do I want to do, but I can do as a profession.

[00:11:18] And just like people go, you know, you know, do people’s taxes every day. I get to go sing and dance. And that is something very cool. And it does take it is a mindset shift for sure to go, oh, now I’m a professional. Now it’s not just a hobby anymore. And you definitely have to cross that bridge at some point. So I think it’s a wonderful realization to make.

[00:11:39] And. I remember that as well. It’s such an exciting 

[00:11:42] time. 

[00:11:43] Zaq Latino: It is, it is. And I actually love what you said because I don’t actually think he made it more about money. Although here I am bringing it up again for the fourth time.

[00:11:49] but, but bring it, but there is a certain level of , um, commitment that comes with the realization that you want to be a professional at this, whatever that looks like.

[00:11:57] Um, and, and the dedication that comes with that commitment. And I think that that’s actually. I fell in love with classical music , um, about , or, or, or the aspect of klezmer music, which I fell in love with is the absolute commitment that some of these performers that my peer composers have to their medium, that they live, breathe and wake up this stuff.

[00:12:17] Right. And talking about classical vocalists, right? Living like monks in all respect, except for your performance at night, right. To really dedicate your body and your mind to this idea of being an artist, I think is. Just the most beautiful thing in the world. I. 

[00:12:33] Dane Reis: yes. Well said, well, let’s piggyback on that real quick and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment? It makes it your favorite book. Did.

[00:12:54] Zaq Latino: Awesome. Thank you. Um, my book, that moment, I’m going to talk about. My auditions for Tommy. I played captain Walker in a production semiprofessional production of Tommy at theater horizons in Norristown, Pennsylvania, anybody, Pennsylvania, shout out , um, The auditions were actually in Philadelphia and my parents where I used to live, right.

[00:13:12] My parents lived half an hour outside, so I was actually staying, some friends were staying with me rather. And we were like, Okay.

[00:13:18] let’s go up in the city for the day. Let’s go up to Philly for the day. And I secretly had signed up for this audition and I hadn’t actually told them. Just because I don’t want to make a big deal about myself, I guess.

[00:13:28] So we all got to the city and we’re walking around and we suddenly, you know, and by suddenly, I mean, I mean, I completely directed us to the theater at which the auditions were supposed to take place. And that was like, Oh, God, I should go in , um, just kind of playing around, even though I totally signed up ahead of time.

[00:13:44] And they were like completely supportive, you know, my two friends were like, yeah, go ahead. And then we’ll go eat and we’ll wait for you. I hope that the story gets. People who are afraid to audition , um, sort of an insight and sort of the second , um, invigoration, I guess, to go to go towards what you want, because I actually walked into the room and did what I kind of said earlier.

[00:14:01] I was so intimidated, intimidated, excuse me, by everybody else that I actually left. Um, I walked into the audition. I like confirmed that I am assigned in and I just walked out the door because I was terrible. And I caught up with my friends and they asked me how it did and I lied. And I said, yeah, it was great.

[00:14:19] You know? Cause I didn’t want that. What was I going to tell my friends? Right. Like, Hey, I actually chickened out, even though this was my idea. So the auditions actually took place over two days and I was, and that was the first day. So I went home and Dan I’m sure, maybe at some point in your life you can relate to this like sinking regret feeling.

[00:14:36] It was just the most. My stomach hurt with regret of not having auditions. And I was like, I was there. I had my song ready. I was, you know, just everything was in place for me to succeed, but I was terrified. So I actually drove back to the city myself on the second day and I resigned in and I sang the song that I should’ve sung the day before.

[00:15:00] And I actually got the part and that was my first professional theater 

[00:15:05] job. 

[00:15:06] Dane Reis: Oh, that’s so 

[00:15:07] good. 

[00:15:08] Zaq Latino: thank you. No, it’s it is so romantic talking about it, right. I’m like, wow. It seems like I stole that from somewhere, but it’s, that’s a really the true story. And I think whenever, even to this day, when I can go into auditions and I question, if I’m good enough, I’m like , well, if you didn’t audition for Tommy, you wouldn’t have gotten it right.

[00:15:23] You, you can’t self reject. Um, and that’s just something I keep with myself to this day. 

[00:15:27] Dane Reis: kudos to you for getting back there the second day and making it happen. Um, it’s really, it’s really. A difficult thing to put yourself out there. Right. Um, but I think what we also need to remember as well, is that. We have no idea what they’re looking for. Yes. There’s the description, you know, the outline of what the characters are meant to be and who they’re looking for, but that’s very vague when you actually get people in front of you and you have people coming into the room and you go, oh, okay.

[00:15:55] That person could be this person. And then other people start coming in and then also there’s a possibility to start happening. And it’s, it’s so far out of our control that we really just have to show up and do it. Yeah.

[00:16:06] Zaq Latino: No, and I love that you said that, right? Because now that I’ve, I’ve directly. Two productions to at this point. And so being at the other end of the table, it’s exactly, as you said it, right, you ha it’s, it’s almost like you go to a restaurant, like you go to a steakhouse and you know that you’re going to get a filet, even though you haven’t seen the menu yet, you know?

[00:16:22] And you’re like, okay, well I want the filet. And then when you actually see the menu, you’re like, oh wait, but the chicken looks really good. You 

[00:16:27] know, it’s like when ever you have a character description, an actor might come in. Maybe does not match that to a T, but you suddenly just make this connection and it’s just cosmic and it’s like, wait, you are that person after.

[00:16:40] All right. So I wouldn’t even, you know, unless they’re really rigid , um, guidelines. I know that some equity calls are super rigid sometimes, but if they’re not, I would just, I would encourage anybody to go for anything and just give it A 

[00:16:53] chance, you know?

[00:16:53] Dane Reis: Yeah. A hundred percent or yeah. Or if it’s a Rockette line and everyone has to be like the same height, you know, that’s 

[00:16:58] Zaq Latino: Oh, of course. No, exactly. 

[00:16:59] Dane Reis: There’s, there’s only, you know, obviously there are situations where there’s specificity and they’re going to follow the specificity because they have to, and they can, but in most cases, give it a go.

[00:17:10] Zaq Latino: exactly. I completely. 

[00:17:12] Dane Reis: Yes. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And we’re coming out of this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:17:27] Zaq Latino: Thank you for the space to talk about some of the things we’re doing. I’m so excited. Um, I can talk first as a composer. I’m actually in. The Divertimento studio summer program at the London school of music at Bard right now. And I am having a premiere on Thursday. It’s a Supremo Viola piano trio. I’m very excited about with texts by edna St. Vincent Millay. Um, and I’m very excited about that. Um, and also in the composition sphere, I do have a chamber album coming out called dollhouse. Um, Um, yeah.

[00:17:54] Thank you very much. Which should be released on all streaming services this summer. Um, I’m working with Carolyn regula is an incredible challenge and friends who , um, we kind of met at Boston and our paths just crossed and we just knew we were not only friends, but meant to work together.

[00:18:08] So. So. Half an hour piece together, showcasing her cello work as well as , um, her duo partner, Dan Dan Chao. Who’s an incredible violinist and the three of us as well as three , um, third people they’re called three non-panel trios Dane because the piano trio is a piano, violin, cello, but all the trios don’t have a piano.

[00:18:25] They have some other third person. So that’s, that’s what that is. Um, so that’s coming out in the summer. Um, I’m also well doing this stuff is we’re formulating the non-profits. Four valid bodies officially incorporating on the federal level. And so our show, as I kinda mentioned before, it’s that great hits, everything will be out virtually.

[00:18:44] I believe we’re using show ticks for you at the end of the summer, which is super exciting. I’m actually still editing, which is a beast. It is a beast to edit. I’m a virtual place shot on iPhones from three different time zones across the country. It’s really an honor. Um, but, Um, but, but it’s so cool.

[00:19:01] to be able to have.

[00:19:02] Um, actors from outside of New York uh, , uh, New York professional space to be in. Right. And I think that’s one of the most rewarding parts of what I’m doing. And in terms of acting, I don’t know yet. Auditioning around, I would love to get back into it. So we’ll sort see if I’m able to persist all three mediums or if I sort of have to cut it back down to two, but either way, I’m very happy and I am doing something.

[00:19:23] Um, in terms of the entertainment industry, I think the virtual platform has been. Incredible in so many ways. And one of them, I sort of sort of touched upon just now, is that people from outside of the immediate New York area can involve themselves in these semiprofessional New York productions, which really helped their resume and really help their experience.

[00:19:39] And I think that that’s a beautiful thing. I could even see virtual theater continuing, even ones live theater. Is re-introduced. And some people, when I say that to them, think that, you know, I’m I’m bonkers because they can’t imagine why anybody would prefer to watch something on zoom, but it’s not about preferring.

[00:19:54] It’s just about, it really adds up a layer of practicality to it. Right. And smaller companies don’t have to pay for venue spaces. They don’t have to pay for rehearsal spaces and being able to do reading on zoom allows you to record it so easily. Right. So I could definitely see zoom actually being a theater tool , uh, for many years to come. 

[00:20:10] Dane Reis: Yeah.

[00:20:11] I agree with you. Um, it’s all about the accessibility, I think. you’re right. There’s not anything you can replace live theater with, but live theater is. Quite expensive , uh, on all fronts from the production to attending it. And not everyone has just the, the financial , uh, accessibility or even the geographical accessibility and having virtual events, I think is amazing.

[00:20:36] Have you , uh, seen people or seen any of the productions that are happening on like Minecraft and Roblox?

[00:20:44] Zaq Latino: I can not particularly the name one, because I haven’t watched them, but I have 

[00:20:47] heard about 

[00:20:48] Dane Reis: Yeah, that there 

[00:20:49] Zaq Latino: I think it’s amazing. 

[00:20:50] Dane Reis: Yeah. It’s very cool. So you’re still able to, it’s still a virtual production, right.And people record and yeah. There are the voices and things and they move their characters around, but it still gives a visual element to it, which is cool. But because , uh, Minecraft and roadblocks are very much user generated, you can create your characters.

[00:21:08] Although, you know, it’s not super high resolution or anything like that, but it allows everything to be creative and unique and custom. It’s very 

[00:21:18] cool. 

[00:21:19] Zaq Latino: Exactly. Exactly. 

[00:21:21] Dane Reis: Yeah, amazing. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening around. Hi him going to ask you a handful of questions.

[00:21:34] I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?

[00:21:40] Zaq Latino: Born. Ready. 

[00:21:42] Dane Reis: All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? 

[00:21:48] Zaq Latino: My own anxiety and insecurity, 

[00:21:51] Dane Reis: second question. What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

[00:21:56] Zaq Latino: never, ever self reject submitted anyway, audition to anyway and let them accept or reject you, but don’t do it too. 

[00:22:03] Dane Reis: Yes. So, good. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now, or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on?

[00:22:14] Zaq Latino: If nobody will hire you, if nobody will cast you, do it yourself, produce your own plays, direct your own players. Find people to work with you and create your 

[00:22:24] own opportunity. 

[00:22:25] Dane Reis: oh, I love that fourth question. What is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or piece of technology you found is helping your career. Right. Right.

[00:22:38] Zaq Latino: I am going to plug someone who does not know that I’m plugging them or someone who has no idea that I know who they are. Um, the work daily, YouTube. Is one of the most incredible resources for applying for jobs and like doing resume and cover letter and interview prep. And even though it is not directly tied to the arts, I think that some of her resources , um, the resources of this YouTube channel are absolutely transferable and imperative for actors and arts professionals.

[00:23:05] I’d like to be able to learn how to talk better about their craft, learn how to give an elevator pitch and learn how to. With each other and I would completely recommend it. It’s called the work at daily 

[00:23:15] Dane Reis: beautiful. Thank you for that resource. Brilliant. I’ve not heard of it. I will have to check it out after we’re done with this. Yeah.

[00:23:22] Zaq Latino: please. No JT O’Donnell runs it And she’s brilliant. Absolutely.

[00:23:26] Dane Reis: beautiful. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:23:42] Zaq Latino: I think I would keep it the same. I, I don’t know how many people have answered that way. Maybe, maybe there’s plenty of that, but I think, I think we can always. Play the hindsight game, right? Hindsight’s 20, 20, whatever. We can always wish that things were different, but I cannot claim that I would be who I am right now in this moment with you or with the list from there right now, if it was not for all the mistakes I made and for all the years not wasted, but which I perceive as having wasted by not taking immediate action on my career, I was marinating as a human. I was preparing myself to be ready. I don’t think I would change anything. And I think I’m very grateful to be able to say that 

[00:24:23] confidently. 

[00:24:24] Dane Reis: I love that answer. Thank you. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry you’d like to leave with our listeners?

[00:24:37] Zaq Latino: Dane I think I’m going to reuse the don’t self reject because I think it’s so powerful and I think it’s something that a lot of people in our industry need to hear that don’t assume that you’re not right for something. Let the casting director make that decision for you. I think that’s, I think it’s really important.

[00:24:54] So I’m gonna use it.

[00:24:55] Dane Reis: I agree. I think that’s very much worth using again and reiterating. So everyone submit your work. Do it, let someone else make the decision. Don’t do it to yourself. And to wrap up this interview, it is time to give your self a plug. 

[00:25:12] Zaq Latino: Yeah.

[00:25:12] Dane Reis: Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you?

[00:25:15] Is there anything you want to promote?

[00:25:18] Zaq Latino: Yes. Thank you for this space. I am releasing dollhouse on all streaming platforms this summer. As I mentioned, you can follow my Instagram at Zach Latino. One word spelled just like my real name. On there. I post every day, at least once a day, sometimes twice, sometimes three times if I’m really, really doing it.

[00:25:35] But most often once a day, I’m just doing career updates wherever I am. So you’ll see a variety of composition, theater, video, editing, whatever. I just give it to you straight, whatever my main task is for the day And sort of let you into my world. Um, but I’m also, I want to open the space up for LGBTQ plus people, especially gender nonconforming.

[00:25:53] Non-binary people like myself who need. Somebody in the industry to sort of be a spearhead for them or to, to be a good influence. Or somebody that they can look up to rather , um,you can message me. You can go to my Instagram and direct message me, and I’ll always answer, even if it’s just some, you know, you know, one-on-one time just to hang out with each other or to get advice.

[00:26:13] Um, anything like that. I do have a website WW, Zach Latino. Well, there’s three, W’s sorry. Www dot Zack, I do have sheet music sales on there. If you’re interested in my classical music world, as well as SoundCloud, you can listen to some of my more. Stuff. I have some reportings coming out at the end of the month and that is about it.

[00:26:32] Dana, other than that, maybe once I start directing slash being in live shows post COVID, I’ll have something to tell you. But as of right now, the world’s still opening up a little slowly, I think. Um, but that’s, that’s everything I’m doing.

[00:26:43] Dane Reis: Beautiful. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything. Zach just said into the description of this episodes, you can easily connect with them. And also be sure to share this podcast with your fellow entertainers, coaches, teachers, arts, and entertainment educators, and anyone, you know, you know, aspiring to create a career in the entertainment industry.

[00:27:08] You booked. It is the number one resource of expertise on how to actually create a successful entity. Career case in point, everything Zach gave us here today on this interview, if you enjoyed this episode, hit that subscribe button. So you don’t miss the next guest. Zack, thank you so much for being here today.

[00:27:28] It’s been wonderful having you on and someone who is from a different part of this industry than really the bulk of this , uh, this podcast. And I think it was such an enlightening podcast, such an enlightening episode. Thank you. So. So.

[00:27:42] Zaq Latino: Thank you very much, Dan. Sincerely, I really appreciate the opportunity And thank you all for listening.