Josh tells us that "'Hurricane' is Raffaela’s second E.P. [Extended Play]. Her first, 'So What,' was a jury finalist for Best Music Video at the International Family Film Festival, a select into the Dances With Films Festival, a Rahway International Film Festival select, and won Best Song in a Music Video at the Hollywood and Vine Film Festival.
"Raffaelas’s achievements go beyond music." She has "written and starred in the [short film] 'Taking a Chance on Love,'" which was "recently nominated for Best Short Film at Dances With Kidz and received Honorary Mention at the Hollywood and Vine Film Festival."
La Libertad: Where were you born?
Raffaella: Smithtown, New York and raised in Sayville on Long Island. Sayville is a great, small, south shore town most known for being close to Cherry Grove and the Pines on Fire Island.
La Libertad: Where do you currently reside?
Raffaella: Los Angeles, California.
La Libertad: What is your occupation?
Raffaella: Actress, Writer/Songwriter/Singer, AND [I] also work in the food service business.
La Libertad: What do you love most about your work?
Raffaella: I love that it is an opportunity for me to escape to another world, where I have permission to say, do and be whoever or whatever I want.
La Libertad: What talents and hobbies do you have?
Raffaella: I write songs and have written a short film which has won awards. I'm pretty proud of that. Hobbies are mostly about staying fit and balanced. I love to run and train and really enjoy a HOT yoga class when I can fit it in.
La Libertad: What inspires you?
Raffaella: I am inspired mostly by peers (young women) who are making a difference. One woman in particular is Jessica Alba. She is an artist/actress who has used her celebrity to achieve success both in her acting career as well as her company, Honest. I especially admire Jessica because she has achieved
great success in spite of her disability.
La Libertad: [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?] What is the hardest part of your job(s)?
Raffaella: Juggling and finding the balance and time to do it all.
La Libertad: What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?
La Libertad: Where have you traveled?
Raffaella: Across the U.S.A. a couple of times between New York and California - traveled the southern route as well as the northern route. I've visited almost every State excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Also spent a lot of time traveling from New York down the coast to Florida; my family has time share in Disney World - Orlando. And also spent a lot of time in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. My family had a vacation home near Lenox, Massachusetts, and I spent several months training and performing with the Berkshire Theatre Festival. I've also traveled to Italy with my family.
La Libertad: What are your career goals?
Raffaella: To continue accumulating acting credits in Film and TV while simultaneously creating/recording my music. My E.P. with InRage will be completed sometime toward the end of 2017.
La Libertad: What projects are you working on?
Raffaella: ...collaborating with the InRage producers on my second E.P.
La Libertad: What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?
Raffaella: Live performances. I am currently preparing for my live performance and looking to perform at local L.A. venues; Whiskey A Go Go, Troubador are some of the venues on my list.
La Libertad: What links would you like to share?
Cover Song, Creep:
La Libertad: What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?
Raffaella: Follow me on
Reminder for readers to download for free "Hurricane" the song, watch and like "Hurricane" the music video...
THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY! Happy New Year!
Introduction by Josh Mitchell and William Mortensen Vaughan