Staying True To Her Roots: A Conversation With Burgandi Trejo Phoenix About Her New Netflix Series SPIRIT RANGERS
Los Angeles-based actor, dancer, voice-over artist, singer and writer Burgandi Trejo Phoenix stars in the new Netflix series, 'Spirit Rangers'. The animated series is created, written and performed by an almost entirely Native/Indigenous team. Burgandi, who has Indigenous (Yaqui) Mexican and Spanish roots, uses her voice in the industry to campaign for the accurate representation of Mexican-American women on and off-screen. She’s appeared in Snapchat’s 'Relationship Goals', YouTube’s 'Labeled' (Atlantic Records) and 'Love in the time of Corona'. An accomplished voice artist, Burgandi has brought numerous characters to life on Nickelodeon and Disney+. She’s the brand ambassador for Talentboom, founder of The Actor Toolkit on Clubhouse, and owner of the blog ‘My Feisty Life’.
How did you start working in the film industry?
I've always wanted to be an actor and a meaningful storyteller – I was five years old when the acting bug bit. So, years later, when the company I worked for in my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, closed its doors, I decided to take a major risk. I sold almost everything I owned and drove to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time. After years of training, working in student films, and auditioning in anything and everything I could, I booked my first supporting lead role in an independent film and I’ve been fortunate to work in many areas of the industry ever since.
What’s your favourite type of role to play?
Fun, over-the-top comedic roles (I live to make people laugh), badass femme fatales and complex, flawed, characters where I get to play around with different accents and dialects.
The Spirit Rangers creator/showrunner, Karissa Valencia and team, Joey Clift, Taboo, Cree Summer, Burgandi Trejo Phoenix & more, wish you a Happy Native American Heritage Month!
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