Meet Joanna Garel, Actress, Artist, & Gallery Owner

TODAY, WE HAVE AN EXTRA SPECIAL GUEST JOINING US. JOANNA GAREL, AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS AUNTIE JO TO KESHIIA, IS AN ACTRESS, A MOTHER, A DIRECTOR, A PRODUCER, AN ARTIST, AND NOW THE FOUNDER AND OWNER OF GAREL FINE ART IN MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA.

SHE GOT AN EARLY START AS A TEEN MOM BEFORE GOING ON TO FIND SUCCESS AS A MODEL AND ACTRESS IN TORONTO AND THEN HOLLYWOOD, WHERE HER CAREER TOOK OFF IN MANY DIRECTIONS.

JOANNA HAS ALWAYS FOUND TIME TO NURTURE HER CREATIVE SPIRIT DESPITE HER BUSTLING CAREER AND FAMILY LIFE. SHE HAS DABBLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIRECTING AND EVEN PRODUCED AN AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM INSPIRED BY HER BROTHER’S COURAGEOUS BATTLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. HER PASSION FOR FINE ART SHINES THROUGH AS SHE CURATES A SPACE THAT CELEBRATES CREATIVITY AND EXPRESSION.

HER JOURNEY IS AS VIBRANT AS SHE IS, AND SHE’S DONE IT ALL WHILE RAISING THREE CHILDREN AND ALWAYS FINDING A WAY TO LEAN INTO HER CREATIVITY, HER HUMOR, AND UPLIFT HER COMMUNITY.

in this episode:

[03:59] JOANNA TELLS US ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE MOVING TO CANADA FROM THE PHILIPPINES AND THE BULLYING SHE RECEIVED BECAUSE OF HER ACCENT.

[07:52] DID MAKING FRIENDS CHALLENGE JOANNA DUE TO THESE EXPERIENCES?

[14:32] DID JOANNA SEEK SOLACE IN CREATIVE PURSUITS OR DID SHE LEAN ON HER BROTHER FOR SUPPORT DURING DIFFICULT TIMES?

[19:24] HOW DID JOANNA NAVIGATE THE EXPERIENCE OF BECOMING PREGNANT AS A TEENAGER?

[24:07] “I DON’T WANT TO GO INTO WELFARE SO MAYBE I’LL GO TALK TO THESE MODELING AGENTS.” – JOANNA

[27:34] DID JOANNA HAVE A CLEAR END GOAL, OR DID SHE SIMPLY ENVISION HERSELF CONTINUING ALONG A PATH TOWARD MODELING?

[32:52] JOANNA TALKS ABOUT HOW SHE SHIFTED GEARS INTO ACTING.

[35:54] WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR JOANNA TRANSITIONING TO HOLLYWOOD, EVEN RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH CELEBRITIES LIKE WILL SMITH?

[44:12] REFLECTING ON PAST RELATIONSHIPS, JOANNA LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF AVOIDING SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS.

[59:52] THE FAST FIVE QUESTIONS.

[01:02:43] LOOKING BACK, WHAT’S ONE QUALITY JOANNA POSSESSED AS A TEEN OR YOUNG WOMAN THAT SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE VALUED THEN BUT NOW APPRECIATES?

about Joanna Garel

JOANNA IS A FILIPINO-CANADIAN ARTIST LIVING IN REDONDO BEACH.

HER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE INFLUENCES HER PAINTINGS AS A SURFER AND CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF LIFEGUARD TOWERS STRONGLY RESTING ON SECLUDED SHORES WITH PLAYFUL VIBRANT DOTTED SKIES. THE UNIQUE STUDIES OF LIFEGUARD TOWERS COME TO LIFE ON WOOD PANELS AND LITHOGRAPHS. AS AN EMERGING ARTIST, GAREL WAS INVITED TO SHOW HER WORKS AT THE HERMOSA BEACH FINE ART FAIR IN 2014.

THE SUBJECT MATTER PROVED TO RESONATE STRONGLY AMONGST ART COLLECTORS WITH HER WORKS NOW IN PRIVATE AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS.

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