One Size Fits Y'all
We all know working in the entertainment industry is tough, but what about doing it with someone who looks EXACTLY like you? Luckily, TYPICAL got to pick the brains of the coolest twins in New York to tell us all about it.
Take it away, Ale and Ani!
Photos by Rayneutron
Ani: Our relationship has been one of the most grounding aspects of my life. It is something that I can depend on without question.
Ale: She’s my rock. When I’m with her I feel complete. I always joke that she’s my home slice because she’s my little slice of home. Wherever I am… I could be in Antartica and feel at home if she’s with me.
Ani: You’d still be cold.
Ale: True. You’d hug me though right?
Ale: At the same time though, when things don’t feel right with her, it’s the worst feeling in the world.
Ani: It rarely happens.
Ale: Yeah. We never really fight. But if we do. It’s terrible.
Ale: I LOVE BEING CUBAN!
Ani: Moving to New York has taught me so much about who I am because I am constantly surrounded by people that are different from me. I’m a Cuban American from Miami, so growing up I was surrounded by my people. People who grew up like me.
Ale: Cuban culture is fostered in my Miami in a very special way. We grew up listening to Cuban music, eating Cuban food, hearing stories about Cuba.
Ani: In Miami you can speak Spanish at any store or restaurant you walk in to. I think that’s really special.
Ale: Yeah! You can work and get by in Miami knowing only Spanish. My great grandmother spoke very little english. We used to play dominoes at her house growing up. I wish I would've asked her more questions. I’m interested in the history in a whole new way now. I feel very Cuban even though I’ve never been to Cuba. I also feel very American. This dual cultural identity is so common in Miami and among people who are first or second generation American. I have a lot of friends who feel it.
Ani: Yeah, Miami is a home for a lot of people who don’t feel completely at home anywhere else. I go to New York and people see me as Cuban and if I went to visit Cuba I would be seen as very American. In Miami, there are people like me.
Ale: and in New York, everyone is different. So you find community some other way.
Life in New York:
Ale: New York feels right for us. It’s just right. New York is a hard city in a lot of ways. You almost feel like you need to earn your space here. But that feeling lights a fire in me and pushes me forward. I always want to be creating art when I’m here. New York is inspiring for me as an artist. Just walking down the street you see people in their routines or in difficult situations. You see a couple fighting, a girl crying on the subway, a man collecting bottles on a cart, a woman in a business suit with a brief case. It puts you in constant interaction with the world. If you’re walking around, you almost have no choice but to connect to people from all different walks of life. It’s beautiful. New York brings people together in that way.
Ani: I totally agree. I think the fact that there are so many people around teaches you about human nature on an instinctual level. Which is helpful if you are trying to create art that successfully reflects humanity.
Ani: Our plan for the future is to continue to learn and grow and create, both together and individually.
Ale: We studied acting, but we also love to write and direct. We spend most of our time singing. No matter what we end up doing, we will always be in collaboration.
Ani: I have never worked on a project or a script without going to my sister for feedback. She's like a mirror for me. I can see my work more clearly when we are in conversation about it.
The Mesa Twins