Sasha Merci Medina’s El Teteo Events in LA are Taking Over

“Con paciencia y calma se sube un burro a una palma,” is a well-known Dominican saying that interprets to “With persistence and calm, a donkey can climb a palm.” The saying speaks to the resourcefulness of Dominicans. It is about making do with what you’ve got and creating new alternatives for your self when the alternatives aren’t essentially falling in your lap. If there’s one Dominican within the biz who has constructed their profession off creating alternatives for themselves, when the alternatives weren’t coming, it is comic, actress, and author Sasha Merci Medina.

Six years in the past, Medina, who was born and raised within the Bronx, took her first stab at comedy. In 2016, she began off acting at open mics and doing standup. However when the alternatives weren’t knocking on her door, Medina began posting comedy clips to her IG @sashamerci after Instagram added the video function to its platform. Earlier than she knew it, Medina’s web page was taking off with hundreds of followers and several other video clips going viral. Medina began reserving extra standup gigs, in addition to, appearing alternatives together with touchdown roles in 2016’s “Honorable Mike,” as Rita within the 2019 indie movie “De Lo Mio,” alongside fellow Dominican comic and household pal Darlene Demorizi (often known as Dee Nasty on Instagram), and finally touchdown a task within the thriller film “Righteous Thieves.”

Medina and Demorizi additionally began internet hosting their very own comedy present on stage collectively known as “Sancocho,” which led to their Fuse TV half speak present, half comedy skit “Like Share, Dímelo” in 2020, which ran for one season and featured 10 episodes. Lately Medina is doing all of it, from taking up appearing gigs, nonetheless doing her comedy, working alongside author and producer Katherine G. Mendoza on The Medinas on SNAPCHAT, internet hosting and moderating panels, and writing. However after transferring out to Los Angeles to essentially pursue her appearing profession, Medina began to overlook her household and mates in NYC. In an effort to construct group, she was impressed to host and put collectively an enormous get together known as El Teteo, which is a Dominican slang time period for “going out and having enjoyable.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  DJ Kissinmars attends El Teteo: The Hottest Party In LA. Bringing The East Coast West held at The Whitley on May 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Atmosphere at El Teteo: The Hottest Party In LA. Bringing The East Coast West held at The Whitley on May 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“I used to be homesick and drained. Not everybody in Los Angeles that speaks Spanish is Mexican or from Central or South America,” Medina tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. “The inspiration behind El Teteo is to carry the east coast to the west coast and to shine a light-weight on the Caribbean tradition that influenced me. New York Metropolis is a melting pot the place we’re continually experiencing one another’s cultures; in LA, every thing appears so unfold out and segregated. I needed to create a celebration that brings individuals collectively. Each time I’m going to events in LA, nobody dances. Everybody stands round. My mission is to get individuals collectively and dance.”

Medina’s first El Teteo get together kicked off on February 26, 2022, in celebration of Dominican Independence Day, which falls on February 27. Her imaginative and prescient was to throw an authentically Dominican get together that anybody from Los Angeles may expertise. The success of the primary get together clearly confirmed there was a requirement for this in Los Angeles, with roughly 600 individuals turning out. The second get together was on July 30, with a turnout of round 530. How was Medina in a position to pull these events off in such a brief time frame? She tapped into her sources. Earlier than kicking off the primary get together, she put out feelers and wound up patterning with Angela Carrasco, a businesswoman, and realtor in Los Angeles, and Katherine Castro, a movie producer, and actor.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Sasha Merci,  JJ Soria, Katherine Castro and Angela Carrasco attend El Teteo: The Hottest Party In LA. Bringing The East Coast West held at The Whitley on May 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Gadiel Del Orbe and Katherine Castro attend El Teteo: The Hottest Party In LA. Bringing The East Coast West held at The Whitley on May 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Darlene Demorizi and Sasha Merci attend El Teteo: The Hottest Party In LA. Bringing The East Coast West held at The Whitley on May 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“They’ve a podcast collectively known as “Talk Fast Listen Slow.” These Dominican girls moved to Los Angeles to create their alternatives, identical to me. They knew a venue, and we partnered up,” Medina says. “We solely had 19 days to place this occasion collectively. The venue was good and it is known as the Whitley on 1716 Whitley Ave, nearly in the midst of Los Angeles. It is not to this point to get to if you happen to dwell within the Valley or DTLA. So many individuals confirmed up. I used to be shocked individuals from my favourite TV reveals confirmed up. Actors from reveals like “On My Block,” “Station 19,” “Batwoman,” “Insecure” and “Gentefied” had been there. I couldn’t imagine the phrase obtained out round Hollywood so quick! 600 individuals confirmed up, I keep in mind making my rounds within the get together speaking to individuals, they usually instructed me it was the most effective get together they went to. I had a few New Yorkers inform me it felt like a slice of residence, which was my purpose.”

Medina plans on throwing an El Teteo get together each different month with the subsequent one possible taking place this fall and a significant bash for New Yr’s Eve. Whereas Medina did not anticipate the events taking off so shortly, it actually does converse to the facility of what occurs once you cough up the braveness to create the alternatives you are not seeing.

“Bringing extra consciousness to the Dominican tradition opens doorways for me and other people like me.”

“I imagine you possibly can’t obtain success with out figuring out who you’re; that’s the reason id is so necessary,” Medina says. “Each time I’ve walked right into a room with an thought, executives would love me however turn into hesitant in regards to the idea pitched as a result of it is not a demographic they’re aware of. Listening to that typically felt like a slap within the face as a result of it is like saying tens of millions of individuals like me do not exist. Bringing extra consciousness to the Dominican tradition opens doorways for me and other people like me.”

At Medina’s El Teteo events you possibly can count on every thing from hookah to merengue, bachata, reggaeton, and extra enjoying. DJ duo Kissinmars DJ’d the primary get together with DJ Uptown working the July 30th get together. One among Medina’s targets is to rent extra girls DJs at these events and have musical acts sooner or later with artists like Tokischa and dwell merengue and bachata bands. Anthony Arias, the founding father of New York Chopped Cheese, parked his meals truck outdoors the venue the place of us had been in a position to seize a chew and with the entire demand, his meals shortly offered out.

“The psychological profit I obtain from placing these occasions along with Angela and Katherine is pleasure. I like bringing individuals collectively and it is giving me self-confidence in my id,” Medina provides. “After I moved to Los Angeles, I had an id disaster due to how I am seen in America. I am instructed continually that I am not Black sufficient, I am not white sufficient, and I am not Latina sufficient. However the one factor I may discover solace in is that I’m a New Yorker that’s Dominican sufficient.”

Dominican Comic and Actress Sasha Merci Medina is Constructing Neighborhood With Her El Teteo Events 
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