feleciacruz: Fighting for the Future
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Cathleen Angelo, better known as feleciacruz, never let others define what success was for her, she defined it for herself.
IXiiV Records prides itself on helping artists find their own path to success and break free of the constraints put upon them by their own 9-5 responsibilities. Throughout their own growth, the Boss Ladies at IXiiV have been fortunate enough to work with others that have taught them a thing or two about leaving their own unique mark on the industry; feleciacruz is one of those people. Which is why it was an easy decision when it came to choosing the first interview for IXiiV’s new section – Spotlight On… – an homage to other entrepreneurs, visionaries, and artists alike who have a story to tell and a lesson to be learned. So now, the spotlight is on. Let’s begin at the beginning…
After earning her degree in Audio Engineering & Production of Music at The Institute of Audio Research in Manhattan, feleciacruz set out to create her own path, stopping every now and then to meet and collaborate with some creative souls she passed in her travels; ultimately her path led her to visit to over 15 different countries.
While feleciacruz has learned and grown from every one of her excursions, it was a fateful trip to Cambodia in 2009 that would become the fuel for her biggest passion project to date, and the closest to her heart.
In February of 2009, after returning from Cambodia, in an area where children like Chanty often get sent to work and their education neglected, she co-founded Fighting For Futures (FFF). As the co-founder, multimedia coordinator, and face of the organization, feleciacruz has helped renovate a learning center and build a community bathroom, all while providing these children with the tools they need to create art and express themselves through music – abilities that have been proven to improve children’s self esteem and encourage learning throughout the rest of their lives. She has done this all while documenting FFF’s endeavors, as well as those whom the organization has helped along the way.
Expanding the organization’s message and reach, feleciacruz currently represents Fighting For Futures’ first official artist, Adrienne Mack-Davis. Both have teamed up with the Bring It Back Tour on the Bring it Back Stage at the 2011 Van’s Warped Tour. Adrienne will be featured in her own set on stage while feleciacruz will act as official photographer of the tour.
The Boss Ladies of IXiiV Records recently sat down with the music maverick and humanitarian to find out the values behind her success and how she’s managed to do it all on her own terms.
What would you say is your most important mission?
Do what I love, tell stories of the silenced, help promote the music and people I believe in, travel as often as possible with as little as possible.
What inspires you?
Pain, struggle, life stories, 35mm lens on my cannon, video, love, doing what I want.
When I say something before thinking about it, I tend to piss people off by accident… Kinda discouraging.
What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Otis Clapp, Adrienne Mack- Davis, Spills Beats & Macklemore
When you do take a break? How do you escape and relax?
Break, escape, relax, it’s kinda all the same when you do exactly what you love without compromise.
What’s been your biggest sacrifice for your craft?
Letting myself fall behind on monies owed.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received about achieving your goals?
Patience and following directions is key, sometimes you have to just shut the f*ck up.
If you could wish one thing for yourself right now, what would it be?
Last week my wish came true, so for right now I’ll wish for more of the same, sustainable travel while doing what I love with Fighting For Futures and my camera.
After all of the ups and downs I’ve experienced while trying to live my dream, I am most thankful for the people who rocked with me through my hardest times, the ones who didn’t give up.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Living my dream, like I’m doing now. It’s not always the easiest way, but I couldn’t see it any other way.
What is the biggest mistake artists make?
What’s one thing you want people to remember you for?
My rogueness aka warrior chicness.
What advice would you offer others trying to do the same thing?
Be patient. If you really want something then it should become your lifestyle NOT just a job or hobby. Money means NOTHING.
What would you change about the music industry?
I’m into a bit more of the genuine; may not always be as appealing but at least you know what you are getting.
Tell us about your best “Damn the Man” experience.
My entire existence.
What’s your next project and why is it important to you?
I leave for Yucatan, Mexico TODAY. I will be implementing a friendship bracelet and photo workshop at the The Maya Foundation In Laakeech. I’ll also be climbing the ruins and sleeping in the jungle!!
My organization, Fighting for Futures, has just partnered with the Bring it Back Tour. Myself and Fighting For Futures’ artist Adrienne Mack-Davis will be hitting the road to rock the Bring it Back Stage of the Vans Warp Tour June 24 – Aug 14. We will be holding a series of songwriting and photography workshops in select cities along the way. In addition, I will be the Bring it Back Stage’s photographer and Adrienne has been allotted a 10 min set on the stage. We will be documenting the entire process for an exclusive 8 part DJBooth TV-sponsored series.
How can people get in touch with you?
@feleciacruz | email@example.com
You can follow feleciacruz’ adventures and Fighting for Futures’ progress in Mexico and on the Bring it Back Tour by subscribing to IXiiV’s blog, where feleciacruz will be the IXiiV guest blogger for the summer. Subscribe today!