The Whitefire Solofest presents “Too Old, Too Short, Too Asian,” written and performed by Pamela Najera.
What a fascinating story. It never ceases to amaze me how varied and challenging people’s lives are and how they can take all the negative twists and turns and make that into something wonderful.
Pamela Najera’s journey has taken her from one side of the world to the other. Growing up in an entitled, comfortable existence in the Philippines, her life was far from happy. Her mother abandoned her, her father was cold and indifferent and had many, many women, and her life was filled with secrets and lies.
Eventually her father brought the family to the US and her life changed dramatically…no more servants and drivers and a safe and closeted world. L.A. in the 80s was the absolute polar opposite.
Pamela went from good girl to Valley girl and embraced the culture of MTV and dance. Although she was firmly on the path her family chose for her, training to be a nurse, once her father threw her out of the house and she moved in with her boyfriend’s family, she finally began to know who she really wanted to be.
Dance was her savior and, although she came to it a little later in life than most, she realized that a career as a professional dancer was really attainable, despite her diminutive stature and her age.
It seems like nothing could stop this fireball and Pamela went on to a long career as a professional dancer for the biggest cruise line in the world. She then parlayed this experience in performing into another career path as a magician’s assistant to Alexander Great….what a legend!
Solo shows are windows into lives so different to our own that they seem almost magical. It’s particularly fitting then that Pamela performs with Alexander on stage during her brilliant show about her truly remarkable life. The magic is wonderful, by the way. But after a life like Pamela’s something very, very special is almost expected.
Pamela is brave, hilarious, a gifted dancer and fiercely talented. But she has even more than that, she has heart. As she dances and shimmies her way through her remarkable story she connects to the audience with her sweetness, her warmth and her inclusive nature.