If you've seen season 16 of America's Got Talent, then you know the people who are going to make it to the finals weren't kidding. It was a downright brilliant talent.
In fact, there is one creative who has really won over audiences with her wit and relatable attitude of being a Latina from NYC. Yes, we're talking about comedian Gina Brillon, who was born and raised in the Bronx and who uses every opportunity to proudly represent her district. In fact, she moved to the semifinals from her experience as a Latina. Judges Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara looked like pot-bellied laughs throughout the performance. Brillon has already broken a record by becoming the first Latina comedian to reach the finals, but if she wins, she will make history as the first Latina comedian to keep winning AGT. This is important folks!
From aerialists to the World Taekwondo Demo, this season has a hell of a lot of serious talent. The final is divided into two nights. The first part starts tonight, Tuesday September 14th, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on NBC. We'll see how all the acts perform their final routines. At the end of the show, viewers can then vote who would like to win the grand prize of $ 1 million. You can either vote by using the America's Got Talent App on your phone or by logging into NBC.com/agtvote. The results depend solely on the votes of the audience. The jury has no say in this. So if you want to see your favorite win, we recommend you join in.
"I feel like as a culture, especially with women and all the machismo we deal with in our culture, we tend to silence our voices, silence our dreams and make ourselves smaller because we are taught that at a young age, woman does. "
As for Brillon, when it comes to getting this far in the competition – she's more than thrilled. “It feels amazing because I feel like I can be a role model for many younger Latinas of what we can achieve and achieve. In our culture, we tend to silence our voices, silence our dreams and to make ourselves smaller because we are taught at a young age what a woman does, "Brillon told POPSUGAR." We are taught to fear authority, not to ask questions, and not to take risks, and I think so much I Appreciating the old school way I may have grown up, I like to be an example of a new way of being and what is possible for us. You can be respectful and yet question authority. You can be brave and still be a beautiful, wonderful and vulnerable person.
Brillon literally represents all of this, and you can feel it almost immediately after hearing one of her skits. In fact, the performance that took her to the semi-finals captured not only the essence of her personality, but the secret sauce of her humor: her talent for storytelling, relational ability and the natural way of always representing culture. She even pulled out of her 2015 special presented by Gabriel Iglesias, Gina Brillon: Pacific speaking. "You have to tell me," she said and let go of the judges. "I tease, but I love. It's part of the Latino culture. We tease because we love," she added at the end of her performance. She admitted to us that she sometimes used the word “specific” as well as “peaceful”.
Even legendary and iconic comedian Mandel, who serves as one of the four jurors on the jury, has sung Brillon's praises. "It's funny because we didn't meet. Every time I've been to LA, we haven't met. But the first night I got to the quarterfinals, the first night I was here, left I went to a club to perform and Howie was there, "she said. "I went to a show at Supernova, which is pretty close to the hotel. So I went and Howie showed up as their special guest, and he saw me there on my first night when I was getting ready for the quarter-finals, and then he saw I'm there two nights later in the same club that is up the set and doing new things that I wanted to work on and he's a real comic book comic, he loves to see people do the hard work And just knowing that your hard work is so recognized. To have someone like Howie who says, "No, I saw her. She works hard for it," and says, "No, I saw her. She works hard for it." Yes, she takes this really seriously. ""
Brillon shared that part of her rehearsal strategy was to incorporate the two- to three-minute piece into her 15-minute comedy club appearances. She would find a way to fit them in, be it at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a skit, to get a feel for how the audience would perceive them. In other words, it was her way of getting feedback and learning if the material was good enough or if it needed improvement before she brought it up AGT.
"It would be a win … for Puerto Ricans, but also for all Latino artists, because we often come up short and don't see ourselves represented on television."
"This win will not be just for me. This win is for other mothers," said Brillon, who just gave birth to her first child, a son, last year. “I'm not only doing this for culture, but also for women. It would be a win for female performers and a win for my first love – comedy. For the Bronx. For Puerto Ricans, but also for all Latino performers, because we often fall short and don't see ourselves represented on TV, it's just proof that it can be done if we really believe. "
For her final appearance, Brillon goes on the "go hard or go home" model. She intends to really take it, but don't expect her to pull anything from previous skits as she'll be performing entirely new material in the finale. "It's a risk that I take, but I think it's the good kind of risk because the new things are always what you really look forward to," she said. "Stuff you've already done is great and you'll love it because you know the reaction of the crowd. But with new stuff there is this thrill like," thing "that just adds one extra to what you're doing Add a lot of energy. It's like, "I'm glad you're hearing these things that I love right now." "
In terms of what she wants people to take away from their time on the show, whether she wins or not, Brillon said she just wants people to see her finally take a risk for herself, and in the most epic way possible. The comedian initially had concerns about getting on the show after the producers contacted her. She doesn't consider herself a competitive performer and has had some reluctant fears of flopping on a network television show. “So many steps in this whole process were new to me and I have never experienced them before. And what I want to tell people is that I forced myself, even though it was scary, even if it was intimidating. "Except for the plate," she said. "I think sometimes people wait until the time is 'right' to step on the plate. But I don't think it works that way. I think you really have to give yourself that boost to be like I have to work on it. I have to have more confidence in myself. I have to pressure myself to work for what I wanted and be passionate about it … you just have to know that one cannot ascend without accepting the difficulties involved. "
The Bronx-born comic known for its 2019 HBO special, Gina Brillon: Slightly offended, and their Amazon Prime Special 2020, The ground is lavaShe is excited to see what her potential win could mean for future Latina comics. As for other Latina comics she deeply respects and admires these days, Aida Rodriguez is high on her list.
“Aida Rodriguez is literally one of my favorite people on the planet. I absolutely love this woman and I think she's fun on the next level.
“Aida Rodriguez is literally one of my favorite people on the planet. I absolutely love this woman and I think she's fun on the next level. She is so smart and she is so brave and brave with the things she says. ”Called. "And I love Anjelah Johnson too. Anjelah is a wonderful support. She is so funny and so sweet. These two women are shining examples of hard work in the industry. They are just two of my favorite people who I love to watch most because I hard love. " Workers, and the hard work pays off because you watch them and they are really fun. "
And in a culture where so many of us try to find work-life balance while taking the time to be self-sufficient, Brillon wants to make it clear that hard work does not equate to burnout. It's all about self-care, healthy boundaries, and the priority for mental health and general well-being. But she doesn't believe that you should absolutely avoid hard work in order to achieve your goals and desires. "Hard work isn't toxic. It's just hard work. Part of the beauty of hard work is looking back and being like I did this. That was hard, and I did it," she said. "Don't be afraid of hard work. Working hard for something is not a negative thing. The only downside for some of the younger generations is that they are looking for shortcuts to take to the next level." I want to don't work harder, I want to work smarter, "they say. Yes, you can work smarter, but it will still be hard work. There's a difference between overworking yourself and spreading yourself too thin and actually working hard thinking that the line is so blurred for people that they mistake hard work for overwork, and they're not the same thing. "
We could no longer agree. In fact, it was all these years of hard work and dedication that got Brillon where she is today and looking for a possible victory that could literally make history. Check her out tonight, show her some love and don't forget to vote!
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Gina Brillon: AGT's First Latina Comedian Finalist on the Importance of Representation
originally published on POPSUGAR Latina