23 was a whirlwind of an age. I said goodbye to my childhood home, I released a major body of work exposing every step of my recovery to the world, I showed films of mine at festivals and won some awards, I moved across the country and made new friends and films. I moved back to Chicago and created 4 bodies of work, 3 of which were client projects. I kicked ass and I got my ass kicked. I moved in with a couple of homophobes who were only able to tolerate me for as long as I was able to pay their rent, their utilities, and their drug hobbies. I've come a long way and I've learned a lot of lessons. 23 was a lot about healing, a lot about finding myself and a lot about understanding where the hell I fit in on this planet. I still don't have all the answers but I do know what I want to do for 24.
For 24 I want to immerse myself more into my Puerto Rican roots. I want to develop myself more as a Boricua artist who can cater to more audiences than just white people. It's going to be a challenge, but after the success appeal of my film "Mariposa", I have no excuse not to try. I'm going to dedicate myself to bringing in more Latinx performers into my work and venture into how different the narrative of sexual violence against LGBTQ+ Latinx plays out in the Hispanic framework in contrast to the American framework I've been operating in. This is going to be a challenge, but I'm ready for it. So ready that I've started writing for a new project called "Paloma", which is the story of a latino man fighting to remember parts of his life his PTSD keeps him from remembering. More information on that will be available further down the road, I just hope I can bring on as many Latinx's as I can. So, ayudame crear algo bonito y especial.