Jul 5, 2019
Today we have with us the multi-skilled and trendsetting Elaine Del Valle, whose talents extend to that of being a writer, director, producer, actress and founder of Del Valle Productions, Inc., a full service bilingual film production and casting company whose mission is to infuse entertainment with original programming using diverse talent in front of and behind the camera. In addition to her films appearing at over 50 festivals, and developing and starring in her multiple award-winning, autobiographical one-woman stage play, “Brownsville Bred,” I am proud to say that Elaine is a champion when it comes to advocating for those with special needs. I witnessed first-hand back in 2002 how she created the most unbelievable charitable bike ride across Long Island on the heels of being the driving force in getting local contractors, suppliers and vendors to donate labor and materials to make the dream of twenty-four families to build a state-of-the-art school for children with autism a reality.
At 2:30, Elaine Del Valle reflects on her first job at 12-years-old working at Bargain Mania in Bushwick, Brooklyn. At 3:59, Elaine believes having a work ethic is everything, and notes her love and passion for working. At 5:27, Del Valle touches upon technology, and the pros and cons that exist. At 6:37, she talks about doubt and preparation. At 8:52, Elaine dives into her process of research in writing and creating stories, as well as casting. At 12:10, Del Valle dishes on her having grown up in Section 8 Housing in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as well as making a difference in the community. At 14:43, she shares her love for building films, stories, teams and people. At 16:21, Elaine explains how her award-winning “Brownsville Bred” play changed her career. At 21:07, Del Valle speaks of the impact her optimistic mother and dreamer of a father had on her. At 22:49, she points out what she is truly shameless about. At 25:30, Elaine wholeheartedly believes that optimism is the key to happiness. At 27:31, Del Valle advises that if you’re listening to music, let it affect you, as well as to not let your past hold you back. At 32:15, she notes that she enjoys nothing more than sitting on her balcony overlooking the beach working with her husband by her side. At 33:33, Elaine Del Valle closes the podcast discussing what makes her proud and makes her want to take a bow.