Who is Yamila Guerra
Yamila Guerra is a Cuban singer, dancer, actress and TV host who has always felt a great passion for music from an early age and knew she wanted to devote her life to the world of entertainment. She is the daughter of the famous Cuban duo Rosell y Cary and sister of famous producer, bandleader, arranger, composer, classical guitarist Yalil Guerra, who is a great friend of International Salsa Magazine.
We had the honor of talking with Yamila for a while and know a little more about her both personally and professionally. It was really a pleasure for us to have had her here and to know more about her great career.
Inclination for the arts from an early age and academic background
Yamila reveals that she has always felt very attracted to the art world and started this journey doing impressions of certain Cuban and foreign artists who she saw on TV. Some of them were friends of her parents’or colleagues because they shared the stage with them in all the activities they did in Cuba.
Evidently, the fact that she grew up in an artistic and musical environment included a lot in the inclination she had towards this world, but it was not the only thing that made her dedicate herself to all this. She always felt a natural and organic attraction to the world of entertainment, music and art.
Seeing that her career began at the Cuba’s National Ballet School, it can be said that the first area in which she began to develop was dance. When she took the physical tests, she was admitted to the institution and attended as a listener until she was old enough to be able to participate in the classes. She feels that she had a complete training because, besides studying classical ballet, she learned all the Cuban dances such as contradanza, Cuban son, cha cha chá, danzón, among others.
At the School of Artistic Varieties, she developed in areas such as acting, singing, music and much more. All these disciplines mentioned above helped her a lot with her professional future.
Once in the United States, she studied at Berkley College of Music and took singing lessons in some genres such as blues, jazz, country, ballads, among others. At other schools, she studied art history, marketing, business, sales and other areas that have served her professionally speaking.
Life in Spain
Guerra tells us that she left Spain and moved to Miami because she could not tolerate its cold climate and wanted to be closer to her family in Cuba, but she has many good memories and is thankful to the European country, as it gave her the opportunity to be a TV host on channels such as TVE, Canal Satélite Digital, Antena 3 and Telecinco. Likewise, she was able to take her music to different stages and many parts of Spain. She felt that the Spanish people welcomed her art with open arms.
Once she moved to Miami, she worked on ”Sábado Gigante” as an actress with Don Francisco, whom she thanks for the opportunity his team gave her.
How business, economics and legality have helped her in her career
One of the first pieces of advice Yamila gives to anyone who wants to work in entertainment in the United States is to master the English language. The artist defines herself as an eternal student because she has always liked to learn everything, especially languages. In fact, when she was in Spain, she paid for an English academy once a week to learn that language because she knew it would be very important in her career in terms of negotiation.
She also stresses that it is important to find out about legal and business issues to deal with clients and partners in the best possible way and avoid loopholes that naturally arise in the entertainment world. Yamila believes that it is very important to separate art from business and ”not to be trusted with money”. The Cuban highlights the importance of being pragmatic about making decisions and not allowing the artistic part to prevent people from making the right decisions at the level of business.
The talented performer considers that social networks are a fundamental part of her work and promotion, so she thinks it is important to have a presence on each and every one of them and design a strategy depending on the characteristics of each one. She considers that it is very important to post videos and photographs in order to promote her work, but also use her platforms to talk about other more personal topics such as family, beauty, nutrition, love and other things. That variety of facets is what attracts so many people to her content.
As for her personal tastes, she confesses that she loves Tik Tok because she considers it a very organic and authentic platform. This is where she posts videos of herself acting and giving her opinion about all kinds of topics, something that gives her great exposure.
On this same issue, she stated that social networking has become essential to all types of professions and that we must all be present on them as much as possible because they have become part of our letter of introduction to others.
Yamila had been wanting to make an album fully dedicated to traditional Cuban music, which she considers to be the most flavorful, since it does not need a lot of instrumentation to feel it. It is very old, but it does not lose its flavor and its validity over the years. This is how her latest album ”Tradicional Cubano” came about.
This album includes composers such as Ignacio Piñeiro and Celina González. Guerra wanted to rescue this repertoire that she listened to when she was a child, since it always caught her attention and she was fascinated to be able to portray the Cuban culture and the lives of Cubans.
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