The Multifaceted Latina Judy Torres

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Queen Of Freestyle Judy Torres

By Dorimar Bonilla

Being in the entertainment business for so many years, I've had the opportunity to meet many people from various backgrounds. At times, a unique character will stand out from the rest for their authenticity and uniqueness. This is the case of Judy Torres, whose talent, work ethic, and resilience make her as memorable as she is lovely.

Judy Torres, the queen of Freestyle, Popular Radio Host on NY WKTU, Actor, life coach, and now an entrepreneur with a new jewelry line. She is known Internationally for hits like "Come into My Arms" and "No Reasons To Cry." I remember these songs growing up, and they will be forever a part of my music collection

Judy has also transitioned into acting, making an appearance in the latest season of the hit tv show "Blue Bloods," enacting as a popular TV Show host. Judy is also a licensed Life Coach- something she has a strong passion for. This week we had the opportunity to catch up with her, and today we share with you the latest projects of this powerful Latina doing incredible things in our community!

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Judy Torres

Q: Would you share with our readers a little about your background?

A: I was born and raised in the Bronx. My mom left my father when I was seven years old due to domestic violence. Despite that, I still maintained a relationship with my father throughout all these years until he finally passed this past October from Covid. So, I was raised by a single mom with four other siblings, and I'm the oldest of four. My father is Cuban, and my mother is Puerto Rican. And I recently discovered through my DNA that I am Portuguese, African, Taíno (Indigenous PR) - I even have a little Italian and Scottish in me as well! Lol.

Q: What was it like hearing your song "Come Into My Arms" on the radio for the first time?

A: Well, No Reason to Cry was actually my first single. And I remember hearing it on the radio for the first time. I was at my friend's house. I was cooking, stirring something in the pan, and suddenly I heard the announcement on the radio. I almost died, lol. I jumped up and down, screamed like crazy, and then tried to call every single person I knew within three minutes to let everybody know to turn on the radio! It is EXACTLY as portrayed in the movies. It's the most exhilarating and validating experience you could ever have as a human being. It's a proud moment because all the hard work, all the free shows, all the hours of singing the same song over and over again in the studio to get it right finally pays off. I will remember that ecstatic feeling for the rest of my life.

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Judy Torres on her Broadway Show No Reason To Cry

Q: You then went on to work on a one-woman show, "No Reason To Cry," that sold out prior to COVID. What inspired this amazing show, and will you be bringing it back?

A: No Reason to Cry, the one-woman show, is an autobiographical musical that I wrote & performed at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater about three years ago in New z york City; what was meant to be one weekend of performances turned into four months of consecutive sold-out shows! Initially, what inspired me to write the story, was that I was about to turn 50, and I wanted to try something that would terrify the heck out of me. Because when you do the thing that scares you, you will find your victory there! It turns out they are writing a one-woman show that absolutely does that. Secondly, the thing that inspired me to show it was that everyone has a story If we all took the time to tell our stories and listen to other people's stories, we would definitely all treat each other a lot better than we already do. I wanted to inspire, empower and encourage people and let them know that no matter what happens in life, no matter how hard it gets, there is no reason to cry. I'm excited to share with you that we are definitely bringing it back; we are currently looking for a theater. If all goes well, it looks like it will be returning fall of 2023. But you never know - it may be sooner.

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Judy Torres on Blue Bloods

Q: You have since expanded your acting into television, making an appearance in "Blue Bloods" as a popular TV Show host. What was that experience like?

A: What a lot of people don't know about me is that I've been acting since I was in high school. I acted in college as well. I loved it so much that the professor told me there were no more, I think, classes to take at the college, LOL. Truth be told, I always thought that I would be acting on stage on Broadway. So, after two years of auditioning for major network television shows and after many callbacks, I finally landed the role of Mimi Martinez on season 12, episode 13 of Blue Bloods. Unfortunately, my character was killed pretty quickly, but who cares!! It was the BEST experience! I wouldn't change a thing. It was an absolutely thrilling ride( the staff, the crew - everyone was incredibly professional. And Donnie Wahlberg even complimented me on my acting! It was a long day of acting, almost 12 hours on set for only two scenes that I was in. But it was amazing, and if I had to do it again, I would do it in a heartbeat. I understand why people love doing it. Performing is very addicting because you grow as a person, and it's FUN! All that work and to finally see it work on television and see how great it looks, it was just amazing.

Q: As an entrepreneur, you just launched your new jewelry line, JuJu Beads by JT. What can you share a little about this new line of jewelry?

A: My new jewelry line JUJUBEADS by Judy Torres, is a very exciting adventure. I simply noticed when I perform, most of the artists are selling merchandise. And it's always a good idea to sell merchandise to promote who you are. However, I just thought, what else can I do in addition to selling T-shirts and hats, etc. And I came up with the idea of juju beads. They are stretchable bracelets made with semi-precious stones with engraved bars in them. The engraved bar has either titles of my songs, lyrics to songs and or things that I say when I'm on the air or on stage. Every bracelet comes in a cute organza bag with a notecard autographed by me, and on the back, the symbolic meaning of the stones. Again same idea: to encourage, inspire and empower. There are fourteen bracelets to choose from for women and men. So far, everyone loves them, and I'm having a ball knowing that people are enjoying it. If you're interested in checking them out or purchasing them, you can go to www.thejudytorres.myshopify.com

Over the years, Judy has managed to transform herself within her career- wearing many hats and staying current as Radio Host, Actor, Singer, Entrepreneur, and Life Coach. She is the ultimate role model for our Latin girls and a testament that perseverance and hard work pay off. This down-to-earth star continues to shine bright and never ceases to amaze us, and we can't wait to see what she's up to next!

Dorimar Bonilla

TV Host/Columnist

The Beautiful Day/ Un Dia Bonito Show

Info@beautifuldayundiabonito.com

www.BeautifulDayUnDiaBonito.com

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