Marguerite Baca was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
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How do you introduce yourself?
Marguerite Baca: Marguerite Baca. In the comedy world, my nickname is Baby Dolly Lama Baca. There’s a funny story behind that. I’ll leave that to an upcoming Youtube post. It’s a funny sounding last name that people like to play with. One musician friend who knows me from my rock singing days calls me Rock-a-Baca. Because of my Buns of Steel video, some people call me Baca Buns. Any excuse to laugh.
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember?
Marguerite Baca: In retrospect I had a rich, varied, fun and sometimes bumpy road. I wouldn’t trade any of the experiences for the world. Our family reunions looked like a United Nations convention. We are multi-ethnic and everybody, aunts and uncles, siblings, cousins married new nationalities, adding to the mix. There’s no room for prejudice in this kind of upbringing. It’s natural for me to love all nationalities and feel we are one race, the human race. I also grew up with diversity across the economic spectrum, from laborers to self-made millionaires, from the housing projects to Malibu property.
We have a history of show business, from my great grandmother who played piano for the silent movies, which trickled down the generations, to a grandmother and grandfather dance team. While not everyone became an entertainer like me, we ALL sang and danced at family reunions. Dad could play music by ear, guitar and harmonica. Dad wanted to teach me harmonica. I tried. It felt too slobbery. I did learn to drive a 5 speed stick shift at age ten, safely off the road. That is hands down, one of my greatest memories.
Mom always had costumes available for us to play characters, some handed down by my grandmother. Our parents always delighted in us kids entertaining them. I discovered meditation at age thirteen and developed a dedicated practice. To this day, meditation is my greatest passion, second to humor. The way I expressed my nature in childhood is very much the same as I do now with my dual life now. I go from stage to solitude. As a child, I used to create sketches and cast kids in the neighborhood for my shows, which included comedy and drama genres.
Then, I would enjoy hours of solitary activities, reading piles of books from the library, writing in my journal, sewing, meditating, even long bike rides alone. The bumpy parts are difficult to pinpoint because I am quite happy with who I am. Perhaps the most difficult time was when my parents divorced, which no matter how amicable, it’s disruptive for children, structures and family rituals turn to chaos. I recall the painful realization that life is full of cycles of letting go. Nothing here lasts forever. Only love is eternal.
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
Marguerite Baca: I used to cause myself a lot of hardship due to being conditioned to give too much power to external influences and societal conditioning. This would result in enduring dysfunctional work conditions or relationships far too long.
What do people usually not know about you?
Marguerite Baca: Because I’m outwardly expressive, love entertaining and being entertained, most people might be surprised that I have a deeply mystical life. My inner world is far more interesting and beautiful to me than anything in this passing show of illusion on earth. I actually researched becoming a nun, because of my immense love of solitude. I learned that nuns basically do two things.
One, they treasure the company of joy that’s found in meditation, and two, they serve with joy. I live like a nun, except that I love cute shoes! Other than that.
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?
Marguerite Baca: I don’t relate much to the word competitors. In yoga, there’s a saying, “Stay on your own mat.” If I admire others’ abilities, I will let them know and I will apply similar success principles to my personal journey that I learn from them. In my experience, this attitude alone sets me apart. The following characteristics feel like advantages, the fact that I often find the funny in situations and through meditation, maintain continuity of peace.
What are your upcoming major events – Unforgettable Moments or products/services that you want to promote/inform?
Marguerite Baca: Living from this mystical realm brings so many undeniable, beautiful synchronicities, too many to count. Life’s countless gifts are here, every day. While I’ve put in the discipline and focus of training in acting, singing, dancing, comedy, yoga, meditation, so many opportunities come from outta the blue. They call it the Law of Attraction now. I’ve been practicing the principles for decades, so I’m prepared to see, accept and enjoy these opportunities.
I know that it’s no coincidence that I was given a dance studio membership, that I worked for the late great comedian Flip Wilson temporarily, sang with bands, in theatre, film work, called by Paramount Studios to create the Buns of Steel Yoga video, published articles, invited to do headline at a comedy club, to present comedy and workshops for three consecutive years at the Sedona Yoga Festival, referred to teach at USD, the military, Scripps hospitals.
The list is long and feels boring to me to recite because I enjoy dwelling in the creative realms of now. Currently, I am enjoying sharing on my platforms and working with a book publisher. I am eager to share these principles and practices that lead to embodying peace, health and fun with others through my book(s) and speaking engagements. I love seeing others express their creativity and bring their soulful contributions to the world. I really love that.
What are your food preferences and body measurements?
Marguerite Baca: What? How could you do this to me? Food preferences? I prefer food! I am a bonafide foodie gourmand. OK, I’ll narrow it down. I prefer food cooked by someone else. I’m a mere 5′ tall. One student calls me a “petite powerhouse.” I seem to fluctuate between 112-15 lbs. I only know from doctor check ups.
Your family and relationships?
Marguerite Baca: I like to keep family and business separate to enjoy a certain level of privacy for them and myself. I do tend to “adopt” non-biologically related people who are loving, kind and fun. I will completely avoid chaos creators, related or not. These types are not allowed into my personal world, OUT!
What expert advice would you like to give?
Marguerite Baca: Conscious breathing brings the greatest R.O.I. of anything you put your energy into. Conscious breathing will penetrate through layers of pain and into calmness. It’s in calmness that you can listen to that beautiful faculty of your soul, your intuition.
Your social media handles and website links?
Youtube, IG, Facebook, LinkedIn are all found with my name, including www.margueritebaca.com