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Meet Myles Juniel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Myles Juniel. 

Hi Myles, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always felt an immense connection to Art and creative expression and when I got the college, I began to explore that a little more. I took my first acting class and fell deeply in love with the craft; my teacher saw so much potential in me. I remember she challenged me to go out and audition for the school play, emphasizing that I’d never really gone out and auditioned before. She said, “OK, well if you get a role, you have to promise me you’ll take it more seriously”. I auditioned and got it and that was kind of all that I needed to believe in the power of expression. From that moment, art and creativity drew to the forefront of my life. And it became blatantly obvious and imperative for me to surround myself with as much ambition, and creativity, and poetry as I possibly could; naturally I found Sam Thompson. I met Sam in that first play in college, and that experience bloomed into a brotherhood propelling growth, and connections, and learning above all. To this point, I have spent my days making friends, and hearing stories, and exploring with one another what we can create, and how we can grow together. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I think one of the most difficult and unforeseen struggles not just in art but in life is not knowing what you need to know until you need to know it; knowledge is infinite, and forever. There is such elaborate technique that goes into delivery of any massage, especially when storytelling. I would definitely say that the biggest challenge for me so far has been my ignorance to my own oblivion, particularly pertaining to delivery. A powerful lesson I’ve learned and continue to learn and relearn through every venture to this day is how not to get in my own way. The base of an idea is beautiful and unique, and life and experience teach us to categorize it before it fully develops. Some expressions are best served cinematically, some are theatrically, or written out, or maybe something completely different. I am consistently learning not to ruin ideas before they’re valid expressions because it is vital that we allow our ideas to be what they need to be to serve their purpose. Funding projects will always present a challenge, as will hiring, marketing, etc. However, the greatest challenge I’ve found lies in that initial struggle of delivery. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a poet, in every sense of the emotion and expression and feeling in which it brings. I’ve written plays and put out a book, but my favorite form of poetry is acting; the most raw and transparent portrayal of life in my opinion by far. To embody the responsibility required to emote is to commit to feeling and dealing with all of the life that presents itself. 

In this time of my life, I am most proud of the emotion I was encouraged to suppress, and what that has developed into. I love words. I love rhythm. I love expression. I continue to learn at the hands of true artistic geniuses when I get to work with the brilliance of Loste Films, and Keep It Moving Productions, Miners Alley Playhouse, etc. And it’s such an honor to be associated with them, and truly what has enabled me to learn as much as I have about emotion. To not only reflect life but to also create it is an extreme responsibility and I think what sets our work apart is the understanding of its importance. All that I am, is reserved for my art. My love, my life, my poetry is will always be for the betterment of all. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
There is such a beautiful effervescence and energy Denver embodies, and I think that we as Coloradans have truly found a wonderful melting pot balance. As a Five Points native, I’ve definitely seen a lot of change. One of my favorite things about this city is the diversity in passion; there are truly hundreds of various subcultures and interests and people surrounding us constantly, making it easier to find areas of comfort. Everyone can find somewhere to fit in here! Naturally, population increase leads to the reconstruction of society, things are changing so quickly it can be hard to keep up with at times. And as much as we want the nice, new stuff, it’ll always be difficult to see memorabilia fade. Either way, the pride I have in Denver is strong; I love this city. 

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