I think Paradoja is always expanding its ways and evolving. That's what makes Paradoja what it is. We can change our ways to fit our emotions towards ourselves and society. The one thing that remains consistent is the amount of fun, at both rehearsal and the show, and the unity between us.
2. What do you consider to be the groups core philosophy, either in the live shows or in preparing/creating the shows.
I'm almost one hundred percent positive we all have different takes on this, but I think it's take control of who you are in the show, and just go out there and share your voice. Paradoja, especially during Exodus Event and Vice Versa, were in many ways a voice for the unvoiced.
3. What do you think is Paradoja's reputation, meaning what do you think people might expect from the shows? Why does the audience not just keep coming back but grow?
Expect every show to be different. While we keep some basics in each show, there will always be changes. Mike has been growing as a writer, while Coonan has been growing as a director. The "maturity" of them has been established from Paradoja: The Grindhouse to present.
I've never been around such a great audience. I think they're ready to hear what we have to offer and while not every single person in the audience likes it, many do. This has them going to their friends and colleagues informing them about the show. So, as this continues, more people will hear about it and want to come. The audience expanding has helped the show expand, and vice versa.
4. What has working on the Paradoja shows taught you?
Paradoja has told me always to question. It's okay if you don't know something or if you're not sure if you should believe in something. You're always allowed to question. I think the best thing about Paradoja is they're not afraid to test the boundaries of our freedoms, especially the First Amendment. Paradoja is a learning process for everyone, and each and every day I'm learning more.
5. What’s the atmosphere like during a rehearsal?
Rehearsal is such a great thing. I once told Mike that I believed his house was like another home to me. It's always great to be surrounded by people you consider another family. We're a crazy group of people and it never gets boring.
6. How has Paradoja allowed you to showcase/explore your individual talent?
I've always feared expressing myself. It's weird, especially since I write, play music, and act, but I've had the worst stage fright ever. Since I was a child, I always feared my emotions are wrong. If you're reading this and you have the same problem, well don't think that anymore. Your emotions are never wrong. That's what Paradoja has helped me showcase and explore. I've been able to perform and be artistically free. Paradoja has helped me very much. It's an honor to perform on stage with them.