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One-on-One with Jessica Pimentel: How DOES She Do It?

Join us for a chat with Jessica Pimentel (Orange is the New Black, The Horror of Dolores Roach, Brujeria) as we discuss how following her passions has allowed for her to make her mark successfully across multiple industries that are generally difficult enough to master on their own. We'll cover all aspects of Jessica's impressive career as a musician, actress, spiritualist, and most recently, director and producer. 

We will also be screening, for the first time ever, a very special preview for her newest short film, which she stars in and executive produces, entitled 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧 (Or 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘰 in its original Spanish) and features Jessica co-voicing Satan (yeah, you read that right) as well as a song from Brujeria (Nuclear Blast Records).

Thursday 28. March 15:00 - Room: Central Park


Jessica Pimentel (US/SE)

The Brooklyn-born and -raised native New Yorker is best known as an actress in her role as Maria Ruiz on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black where she received 3 Screen Actors Guild Award wins and 1 nomination. Jessica is currently developing several projects for film and television where she will be incorporating her friendships and experiences in the Metal community as well as her own spiritual traditions and cultural upbringing which she infuses into everything she does.  Featured on both stage and screen, Jessica is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with a degree in Theater Arts, and The High School of Performing Arts (aka “Fame”) where she studied music performance, composition, and theory. She began her musical career at a young age earning a full scholarship to study the Roosa School of Music and is a trained classical violinist as well as a frontwoman, recording guitarist and bassist for the metal band Alekhine’s Gun, Co-Vocalist for Brujeria and Black Heart Sutra and former bassist of Desolate and several notable New York Hardcore bands. She currently splits her time between New York and Sweden.


Mod: Erin Lynch (FlyingFox, SE)

Erin Lynch has been in the music industry in one way or another since 1993. Whether it was music director at her college radio station, working for labels, running her own label, merchandiser, tour manager, production manager, artist liaison, backstage manager, all-around life coordinator, and professional kitten herder, she has probably been there, done that or at the very least, likely helped coordinate and sold you the t-shirt. 


She owns and operates FlyingFox AB, a Band/Artist Management, Production, Tour and Event Management and Consulting Company based in Stockholm, Sweden, managing bands such as Sólstafir, Oranssi Pazuzu and Hamferð as well as known artists Costin Chioreanu and Nick Morte 


In July 2020, during the biggest crisis to ever affect our industry, she started the non-profit company C.R.E.W Coalition (Career Restricted Event Workers) that serves as a community for anyone in the live events industry to get support and assistance in times of crisis.  

Winner WILM (Women in Live Music) 2018 Tour Manager of the Year and 2020 Production Manager of the Year.

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