Referred to as a "Modern Day Renaissance Woman" by the media, and industry alike Denise Vasquez is Standing UP & BUSTING OUT! She is an artist who creates because it is a part of her being. Born & raised in New York City Denise has been on an adventure, traveling the world and sharing her journey through her art while living in Scotland, London, the US Virgin Islands & now California.
Her talents run the gamut from being an Award Winning activist, artist, author, poet, singer/guitarist/ASCAP performing songwriter & publisher to being a SAG-AFTRA actress, Stand-Up commedienne, writer, producer, host, promotions specialist, designer, motivational speaker, and Founder of WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE™ & WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE™. Denise has a passion for utilizing her skills to help make a difference in a positive light using her words, knowledge & art. Since 1999, Denise has been Volunteering her time and sharing information to help bring awareness to many causes covering topics ranging from peace, cancer, bullies, gangs, the environment, autism, abuse, poverty & more. To date Denise has produced, hosted & performed in 10 Music Festivals (in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, and Arizona), which has brought together many communities, causes, businesses & tons of talent. During live events, Denise has helped the Red Cross acquire blood donors, has acquired donations from Sponsors for charities including a guitar from Daisy Rock Guitars for a contest held by "Peace Thru Music", and has assisted in bringing awareness to numerous Non-Profit Organizations including: Float, The Red Cross, GreenPeace, i2Y, OvarianCancer.Org, The Wish, Relay For Life, Make A Wish Foundation, HepC and many more! The Festivals empowered, informed & entertained while showcasing female musicians, singers, songwriters, bands, dancers, artists, poets & comedians. Denise developed and maintains the online presence for WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE, interacting with people, and sharing information utilizing social media sites.
As an Actress & Stand-Up Comedienne Denise has been part of the live performance scene doing Improv, Sketch Comedy, Acting, Dance, Music, Theater in New York City, US Virgin Islands & now Los Angeles for over 20 years! Denise first took the stage at the age of 4 with Ms. Dorothy's Dance School, and from the moment she stepped on stage, she was in her happy place, felt connected to her creative spirit & knew she was home! Denise continued performing dance, acting, singing & music throughout elementary school, junior High school & College. Denise got her first taste of performing Comedy in the 90's while in High School, when Denise began performing Improv with Joy Newman in the "The Grown Up's Playground" at The New York Comedy Club, and doing Sketch Comedy with Eva Tenuto & Ramona Richardson in The W.E.T. Girls (Women's Experimental Theater Group) catching the eye of Talent Coordinators like Ryan Shiraki from "Saturday Night Live", landing Denise some bit parts on shows like SNL, "House Of Buggin", and "You Wrote It You Watch It". Now Denise is back in the mix and can be seen BUSTING OUT & Standing Up literally in her Stand-Up Comedy covering topics ranging from embracing her womanhood, stereotypes, Sexuality, Relationships, Brands, being a NewYouRican Geek Girl from the Bronx, Dealing with Bullies & much More! Denise has performed Stand-Up Comedy at The Comedy Palace San Diego, The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, The World Famous Comedy Store Hollywood, Flappers Comedy Club Burbank, The Bombay in Ventura, The Cork Lounge Sherman Oaks, Sal's Comedy Hole in Hollywood, The HaHa Cafe Comedy Club Noho, The Silverlake Lounge, Universal Bar & Grill Studio City, J.E.T Studios Noho, The Oyster House & more! Denise Vasquez studied "The Art Of Stand Up Comedy" with Writer/Comedian David Arnold , and has studied with Deryl Carroll at Ivana Chubbuck Studio (LA), at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute (NYC) with Jan Tarrant, Kirk Taylor, Geoffrey Horne, David Gideon, Janet Ward, at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Training Unit (NYC) with Manuel Martin (Master Class), Wendy Dillon (Improv), Dr. Angelo Cruz (Voice)...and has been featured in theatrical productions, Feature Films, TV, Music Videos, Improv shows, industrials & Educational Films for over 20 years. Be sure to view her acting Page & IMDb to view her full Filmography http://www.imdb.me/DeniseVasquez
As a writer, One of Denise’s biggest honor was being invited to be THE FIRST guest blogger on Stan Lee’s sites! Denise began writing monologues, shorts, poetry, plays & songs covering important topics & issues at an early age. Denise is currently BUSTING OUT writing & "Standing Up" literally in her Stand-Up Comedy covering topics ranging from: stereotypes, sexism, racism, Hispanics, Brands, being a NewYouRican Geek Girl from the Bronx, Dealing with Bullies, Relationships & much More! She wrote a Comedic PSA Rap called "Just Say No" & a skit titled "Stereotype This" featured on her Funny Or Die Website, wrote a monologue called “The Broken Bottle” about alcoholism, wrote a poem called “The Washcloth” about abuse, “Man” about the homeless, “I Am America” about neglect and her poem “What Is Love” about self love, WON her the Editors Choice Award from the International Library Of Poetry & they published it in a compilation book of poetry called “Dancing In Light”. Denise wrote & performed in a play about female gangs & bullies called “Sisterhood” which was selected to be presented at a festival at the St. John School Of The Arts in the Virgin Islands. Denise's play & performance received rave reviews from the press! July 2014 marks 4 years for Denise writing for the Examiner.com as their “LA Cultural Events Examiner” doing interviews writing articles about arts, culture, people and events.
Over the years Denise has created thousands of Official Sketch Cards for numerous Trading card sets including: The Walking Dead Comic Trading Cards Set 2 for Cryptozoic Entertainment, The Art Hustle Series 3, Topps Trading Cards (Star Wars, Mars Attacks, Clone Wars, Terminator Salvation, Indiana Jones), Official Pix (Star Wars), Breygent Marketing (Woodstock), Sadlittles (Femforce, Dreamers Of Darkness, Rantz Angels), and 5 Finity Productions (Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders, Archie Comics). Creating all of these sketch cards led Denise to coming up with the concept & Co-Authoring “Sketch Card Mania” (Impact Books/F&W Media) with Randy Martinez. “Sketch Card Mania is a DIY “How to” art book offering how to draw art lessons, showcases a wonderful variety of styles & artists in each medium, demonstrations on how to make your own personal Sketch Cards, and advice & tips from industry on how to promote yourself, and how to find work in the industry.
As a musical artist, Denise has performed in some of the most legendary venues around the world including: JediCon in Germany,“The Cavern Club” (Home of the Beatles in Liverpool), The Bitter End (NYC), The El Rey Theater (LA), The Roxy (LA), The Dublin Castle (Camden, UK), The NAMM Show (Anaheim), The Cork Lounge (Sherman Oaks, CA), Borders Bookstores (Many locations around Southern California) & lots more! She has self produced 3 albums: "Frame Of Mind", "Live In One Take", and "Fighting Darkness" (available on itunes, cdbaby …), wrote the music, lyrics, sang & played guitar on all of her albums, has been listed on Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 List for 6 consecutive years, won the ASCAP Plus Songwriters Award for 4 years in a row, was recognized by the Recording Academy for Grammy Nominations in 5 Categories for her 3rd Album “Frame Of Mind”, was Nominated by The “Mavric Music Awards in a number of categories & also by The LA Music Awards for Female Vocalist Of The year & Album of the year . Denise proudly endorses & loves working with Daisy Rock Guitars and Audix Microphones.
As an artist & Designer, Denise’s love for creating all things geek have become widely known in the Star Wars Universe & beyond. Denise has created her own original characters over the years (Glowing Skull Art & Designs, Empowerment Mega FanGirl, Zombie Girl, DJ, El Diablo, Skull Angel, Dead Dog, Pepper The Dragon & Friends, Wizzy The Owl, Busy Bee …), but Denise is best known for designing the Day of The Dead syle Vader T-shirt & Day of the Dead style Boba Fett Tank Top for “Her Universe” (also available at Hot Topic). Many might recognize some of the popular 3D art Denise has designed & created including: her “GLOW IN THE DARK FRANKENVADER Helmet that she WON 1ST place for in Halloweencostumes.com Vader Helmet Contest, her GLOW IN THE DARK Star Wars meets Dia De Los Muertos Vader Helmet & vinyl dolls for the “Art From A Galaxy Far Far Away” Gallery show and her AVATAR TROOPER Helmet for the 501st Legion TK Helmet Project auctioned for Make-A-Wish during Star Wars Celebration V.
All of the work Denise has designed & created over the years has gained her a lot of attention worldwide. Denise has received a lot of press & her art has been featured in the media on: Reuters, BBC, CNN.com, Wired, Huffington Post Arts, Slashfilm, MTV Geek, HerUniverse.com, HotTopic.com, StarWars.com, MTV.com, Nerdist News, Patron Of The Arts, Stan Lee’s Websites, The Mary Sue, io9, Edge On The Net, Music Connection Magazine, Arts Avenue, Geek Shirts HQ, Daily Trojan, Comic Attack, Forcecast, Theforce.Net, Galacticbinder, MintinBox.net, ToysREvil, Angry Koala Gear, Following The Nerd, Poparitaville, Girl Gamer, Geek With Curves & more!
Since 2007, Denise has customized a number of recognizable vinyl toys for companies, private commissions & celebrities including the Stan Lee Custom Vinyl munny dolls, one of which not only sits on Stan Lee’s mantle, it is featured in Morgan Spurlocks’ Book “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” on page 89 with Stan Lee. MTV Geek invited Denise to paint a celebrity during San Diego Comic Con 2012, so she chose to paint custom vinyl munny dolls of Anthony Bourdain. Two of her Conan O’Brien custom vinyl munny Dolls (Conan O’Brien & His Horny Teddy & The Glow in the Dark Flaming C”) are featured in Conan O’Brien’s “COCO MOCA” Museum Of Conan Art on Team Coco’s website. Denise designed & created the “Steve Sansweet” Mighty Mugg for Lucasfilms’ “The Empire Muggs Back project, which now happily resides in the Rancho Obi Wan Art Gallery with other Star Wars art by Denise & many other amazing artists. Denise’s custom vinyl toys have also been displayed & on consignment at Kidrobot LA, and she has also created custom vinyl toys for many clients including: Comedian Donnell Rawlings, Whoopi Goldberg, DKE Toys/Adfunture (Yoka Tour), Angry Koala Gear, 3Coconutmonkey, Bean Pot Toiz, Vinyl Thoughts 2, Hold Up Art Gallery, Chuck Jones Gallery & more! Denise proudly endorses & loves working with Holbein USA, Sakura USA, Kidrobot LA, & Prismacolor.
As a Host, Denise Vasquez has been speaking on panels, doing demo presentations and hosting events (Both Live & on camera) since 1999. Denise Vasquez proudly Hosts & Presents WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE™ Variety Showcases. Wo+men 4 Applause™ is a Variety Showcase Featuring the top talented WO+MEN™ working in the entertainment industry! Wo+men 4 Applause™ helps shine the light on some of the Best WO+MEN™ Entertainers Performing comedy, music, dance, Spoken Word and more! Twitter http://www.Twitter.com/Women4Applause Facebook http://www.facebook.com/women4applause Denise Vasquez also Hosts & Presents "Music Mondays" a weekly Open Mic night at The Cork Lounge where singers, songwriters, and musicians have the opportunity to shine in the spotlight! Denise Vasquez is the Host, Promoter, Producer, Photographer, Social Media Specialist for these events http://www.facebook.com/musicmondays Over the years Denise has hosted "Ladies Night Music Festivals I-VI" (St. John, US Virgin Islands), "Social Butterfly Night I & II" (Hollywood, CA), WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE (Various events at Various Locations), "VH1 Save The Music" at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. Denise has also been an invited guest to moderate, speak and perform on panels showcasing her knowledge, talents, and specialties including: Organizing & Moderating "Tricks Of The Trade" Panel at San Diego Comic Con & Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, Demonstrating painting techniques on MTV and at Holbein USA during San Diego Comic Con, One on One Live Streamed "How To Session" At San Diego Comic Con on "Being A Professional Artist", "The Art Of Self Promotion" panels at Shevacon (Virginia), DragonCon (Atlanta), Demoing & Performing for Daisy Rock Guitars at The NAMM Show (Anaheim), Demoing and performing for Audix Microphones at The NAMM Show (Anaheim), panels about "Sketch Card Mania" book and more! Other events include: JediCon (Germany), Comicpalooza (Texas), Chicagoland Entertainement Collectors Expo (Chicago).
Denise currently hosts "The Buzzz 4 U" Channel on Youtube. Denise is the creator, producer & Host of “The Buzzz 4 U” on Youtube, "BRINGING YOU THE GOOD NEWS" as always, but here it's happening on video! The BUZZZ 4 U gives you a look on the Brightside of life, from the perspective of modern day Renaissance woman, Denise Vasquez. She lives to share, create & inspire in a positive light & brings you along on her journey. This channel shows you the ART & SOUL of artist Denise Vasquez who hopes to inspire, while sharing information & showing you what drives her day to day. You'll get a behind the scenes look at her discoveries, art projects, creative process, fun events, interviews with some of her favorite artists & spotlights on other people like Denise making a difference in the world utilizing their creative hearts, minds and spirits! Denise is currently working on lots of new projects! Be sure to visit the following sites to keep up with Denise Vasquez:
Name: Denise Vasquez
Lives in: Hollywood, California
Company: WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE
Occupation: Actor, Comedian and Producer
Unique traits: Actress, Comedienne, Writer, Singer, Musician, Host, Improv, Sketch Comedy, Producer, Promoter, Author
Television (Comedy and Romance) Actress Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family. Written by Jwelch5742
The Bronx Bull
Film (Biography, Drama and Sport) Actress Based on the tumultuous real-life experiences of legendary boxing champion Jake LaMotta, THE BRONX BULL chronicles his rise as a world-class boxer and his struggles with life outside of the ring, offering an unflinchingly honest look into the heart of a champion. Written by Momentum Pictures
Television (Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy and 3 More) Actress Scott McCall was just another kid in high school. Until, one night his best friend Stiles brings him to the woods, to look for a dead body, and Scott is bitten by a werewolf. Being a werewolf came with its perks- stronger, faster, new star in the lacrosse team, popularity- but also made it hard to control his anger. Scott has also fallen for the new girl in town, Allison, whose dad is trying to hunt and kill Scott. Scott now has to try and balance his out of control life, figure out how to control his new powers, try not to be killed by the alpha that bit him, and protect Allison- and keep her from finding out his big secret.
Iron Man Three
Film (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Actress Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Written by Jawadjee
Television (Comedy) Actress Show highlights Nick Kroll's incredible ability to transform himself into hilarious characters that pop off the screen while bringing many of his popular short-form favorites along for the ride.
Film (Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Actress For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. Written by Sony Pictures
TV Movie (Drama) Actress Follows the ins-and-outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates - some mothers, some friends-who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.
I'm in the Band
Television (Comedy, Family and Music) Actress A teenager becomes lead guitarist for his favorite washed up rock band trying to make a comeback. They let him be lead guitarist in exchange for letting them live in his house in the suburbs.
TV Movie (Comedy) Actress A past-his-prime professional golfer plays small time tourneys to re-qualify for the PGA.
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress Based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life. Written by Huggo
Law & Order: LA
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress From point of view of the Los Angeles police detectives who investigate crimes and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
United States of Tara
Television (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actress Tara, a professional woman, artist, wife and mother, diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder) stops taking her medication and struggles to unite her "alters" (alternate personalities.) As the seemingly disparate portions of her psyche seek to combine and peaceably co-exist, Tara, her husband, their kids, family and friends deal with the fallout, life and various morons who do not know their schizophrenia from their MPD. Written by LA-Lawyer
Television (Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Actress Brilliant, but socially inept, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC. After consulting for him on a FBI case, she is approached by cocky yet charming Former Army Ranger turned Special Agent, Seeley Booth to help the Bureau solve crimes by identifying human remains that are too far gone for standard FBI forensic investigations. Brennan's empirical, literal view of the world causes friction with Booths emotive, instinctive attitude creating a volatile relationship. However as their case load increases the symbiotic partnership produces results and with the support of Brennan's Squint Squad, murderers, past and present should be on the look out. Written by h_berry
Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress Lilly Rush is a Philadelphia police detective working for the department's homicide squad and being assigned 'cold cases': crimes that were committed many years before and have not been solved. Lilly must try to re-think the crime scenes and interview other people involved with the victims to find a link to solving the cases. Written by Anonymous
Television (Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actress People all over the U.S start to realize they have special abilities, like telekinesis, healing abilities, flying powers, time travel, invisibility, and the ability to absorb other's abilities. One man, known as Sylar, wants to gain all the power of these "heroes" so he can be the most powerful and evolved human of all, and stops at nothing to gruesomely kill these people. In order to protect themselves from him, these people must help one another before Sylar can destroy them all, while they each deal with problems of their own. Written by Patrick Ozzy Lauzier
Television (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actress Officer Carter Shaw and his team go undercover - sometimes too deep, among the criminals of modern-day Los Angeles.
Television (Comedy) Actress A mediocre paper company in the hands of Scranton, PA branch manager Michael Scott. This mockumentary follows the everyday lives of the manager and the employees he "manages." The crew follows the employees around 24/7 and captures their quite humerous and bizarre encounters as they will do what it takes to keep the company thriving. Written by john_regrut
Contemporary Mysteries: Super Brain Kids and Mysterious Dolphins
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Film (Drama, Romance and Thriller) Actress Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees takes him in and finds him medical care. As Dowd recovers in the flat of Tulio and Tulio's sister Monica, he realizes that these Guatemalan exiles share his rebellious principles. When he learns they are planning a political assassination, he offers to help. His attraction to Monica contributes to his willingness to volunteer. However, the cops are closing in on him: can he make the hit, protect his new friends, and escape with Monica? Written by <email@example.com>
House of Buggin'
Television (Comedy) Actress John Leguizamo's edgy sketch comedy show and spiritual sequel to "In Living Color".
Saturday Night Live
Television (Comedy and Music) Actress A late-night comedy show featuring several short skits, parodies of television commercials, a live guest band, and a pop-cultural guest host each week. Many of the SNL players have spun off successful independent comedy and/or movie careers from here. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actress A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. Written by Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You Wrote It, You Watch It
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One Life to Live
Television (Drama and Romance) Actress One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and Rileys, the show was one of the first daytime dramas to depict people from all sorts of backgrounds. The show was the first to depict an interracial relationship, and among the first to explore drug addiction. It has also depicted dissociative identity disorder, cultism, out-of-body experiences, international espionage, time travel, and even underground cities! Written by Anonymous
CUNY Hunter College (New York, NY)
LA Connection Comedy Theater
The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute NYC
Raul Julia PRTT Training Unit NYC
Weist Barron NYC