Besides her magical phone fixing abilities, she's also an amazing artist, musician, and also system admin pro. My favorite thing about Jenny is that she is always doing something awesome. It's quite inspiring. I remember when she was fixing my phone she mentioned how she also ran this karaoke business and I was like wait you have a full time gig, you do phone repairs, you play in all these bands, AND you have a side hustle on top of your side hustle?! Bottom line is Jenny is rad and I'm so happy to share this Oblivious Interview with everyone!
Oblivious meets Jenny San Angel
During the day I work as a sysadmin at USC setting up VMware ESX hosts, VDI pools, and making sure servers are up and running.
Outside of "business hours" I have a film production company called JSA Productions, concentrating mainly on live music, or music videos, but we’ve also filmed a couple of weddings here and there.
Last film project I worked on was "For The Love of Unicorns," directed by Erin O’Brien.
On the music end of things, I play keys, drums, guitar, and sing vocals for Band Moto. I also have a guitar duo project with Grace Umali (we’re like the Pinay Indigo Girls). ;) You can listen to some old and new stuff here https://soundcloud.com/jenny-san-angel
Here’s a song recording by Glenn Suravech I was lucky enough to be asked to sing vocals for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gic_IpG7nzU
Here’s a song by Sue Jin I play percussion for https://soundcloud.com/suejin/worthy
"Sorry." I have a bad habit of using that word before a sentences for really lame things. Like someone will say, "darn, we’re out of beer." And I'll say, "Sorry, I should have bought more beer." Or there'll be a potluck and someone will ask if I have balsamic vinaigrette and I'll say, "sorry, I should have went to the store and anticipated that you would need balsamic vinaigrette" - but no, I didn't, and this pot luck is so much less then what it could have been. It is probably a control thing, I like to anticipate a multitude of scenarios that could occur for a given event. Sometimes I just need to LET GO!!
How did you end up doing what you are doing now?
A lot of what I do now is a direct result of the influences of many. When I was a kid, my mom played guitar and sang folks songs, “This land is your land,” “Where have all the Flowers gone” - lots of hippie stuff. That got me into liking the Beatles and learning guitar. My dad is an architect so that’s where I inherited my art skills with graphics design, painting, drawing.
Which member of the Wu-Tang Clan best describes your personality?
I would say Ghostface because he does so much behind the scenes that bring all the members together, and he is involved in so many things aside from Wu-Tang Clan, like acting, storytelling, and writing. He's also an emotional person which I believe I am. Some may say it’s a strength, but then again I can be over sensitive (to a fault).
Dogs or Cats, who wins? Why?
Dogs. I like both, but I'm super allergic to cats. I break out in hives all over and my eyes get bug-
eyed. It ain’t pretty. Although, I’ve been bit by a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull - I will always be a dog person.
What is the best part of any given day for you?
The best part of any given day for me is when I learn something new. I consider myself a work in progress and as much as possible I like to learn new things, especially related to technology, or music. At work, it would be learning a new skill, or at the rehearsal studio, learning a new song.
That’s a hard question.
Celebrity-wise, I think I’d want Doona Bae’s character, Sun Bak from Sense8, because she’s a badass and can break desks in half with her bare hands. Or Hawkeye because he can kill zombies with a bow and arrow and he’s small and fast.
From my friends, I would say, pretty much all my hard-core gaming friends, like Jennifer Kekumu, Josh Livingston, Edren Sumagaysay, especially, the 1st person shooter peeps. Oh and artist, director, bioartist Julia Reodica - she’d be great at making us look and smell like zombies enough to walk right by them. You’d definitely want her on your side. Here’s her website https://eyebeam.org/people/julia-reodica
Oh and my friend Nyssa Wilson, because you do not want to mess with her. If she has your back, you are in good hands.
The download for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. I know, pretty boring.
If you could talk to your high school self, what would say?
High School Self, you're going to worry way too much about what other people think. It’s not going to matter in 10 years what anyone thinks of you, so quit worrying! Also, you’re going grow up to be a “foodie.” You don’t know what it is now, but you will. Believe you me, you will. Warning: This may affect you being able to fit in your clothes. Yep. Sorry about that.
What is the best thing or meal you ever ate?
Mike Jury’s braised short rib lasagna and garlic bread. Heavenly.
What is a memorable project that you are working on or have worked on?
Recently, I got to play drums for a gay wedding. This was shortly after same-sex marriage became legal nationwide on June 26th, 2015. I felt like I was part of history. Also, it was the most fabulous wedding I’ve ever been to, not to mention they hired WAR for the reception band. Also, I got to play drums for one of my favorite musical theater peeps in the universe, Deb Nishimura. She sang “Always” by Irving Berlin and I got goosebumps.
Here’s a pic of my drums I got from Chris Wabich. Probably one of the best drummers in the