Juana has always loved center stage ......as
you can see from the picture on the right taken at a talent show
some years after she arrived in L.A. from her native country of
Guatemala. Even at this young age, a big smile would light up her
face anytime a microphone was close at hand.
Growing up in the "Golden Age" of TV and
Hollywood films, she often dreamt of being on both
the big and small screen.
Her big treat as a little girl was to watch
"Disneyland" on the brand new B&W TV her
Mom had gotten with bonus money. This was
a big deal back in 1952. Her family was the
only one on the block with a TV
Then as a young girl, she would hurry
home to make it in time to watch
"The Mickey Mouse Club" and fantisize about
being Annette Funicello. This gave way in
high school to "American Bandstand" with
Dick Clark and dreams of being on the show
dancing to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis with her
dreamboat guy ..... the envy of millions of
So, it was no surprise that in her mid-20's
she made a vow .... that by age 30 she would
have her own TV show ..... like Oprah. Everyone
told her that was just a pipedream. She would
have to start out in a smaller market, then work
her way back to San Francisco ..... one of the top
5 markets in the country.
kept her sites on her goal and just before her 29th birthday she
was hired to produce and host "El Amanecer" for S.F.'s KBHK's Ch.
44, a weekly, half hour show aimed at the concerns of the Bay Area's
Latino community. Within 2 months, KBHK hired her to also produce
and host Ch. 44's daily, live news & interview show, "News Talk".
While at KBHK, she produced the bi-lingual Public Service Announcement,
"Emergency", for which she won an Emmy. This PSA demonstrated to
primarily Spanish-speaking Latinos how to get help in case of an
emergency. She cast her 92 yr. old great-grandmother, Abuelita, in
the spot who did an award winning job of feigning a heart attack.
For the next five years she hosted and produced
both the weekly "El Amanecer" and the daily, live
"News Talk" shows for KBHK reaching hundreds of
thousands of people with her insightful interviews.
Her goal had been met.
Now Juana has another goal ..... to star in a major
motion picture that enhances, illuminates and brings
a fresh perspective to people's lives by the time she's
60 yrs. old .... and .... continue to do so till she's an
old lady. She won't turn down a Tarantino film.
To this end, she's been honing her acting, improv
and singing skills with teachers like Sue Walden,
Jean Shelton, Anne Brebner, Nancy Berwid and
acting/singing coach Shari Carlson. Currently she is working with Ivana Chubbuck in L.A.
In the past two years she has brought her
improv, acting and singing skills to over 18 films
and several musical showcases.
Her roles have ranged from playing twins in
the short Strangers, to a nosey landlady in her
newly completed feature Between Places. http://betweenplacesmovie.com/
She has been fortunate to be involved in several
award winning films. Notably, the short, The Waves,
produced by SFSU student filmmaker, Yael Braha,
won the Eastman Kodak Grand Prize and was
screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Blessed by the financial genorosity of friends
and family, she was able to travel to Cannes to see
The Waves screen at La Palaise. It was an
exciting time. Michael Moore's "9/11 Farenheit"
won the Palm D'Or and "The Waves" won Grand Prize.
This success was followed by the numerous
awards given her feature film,
In it she plays a restaurant owner in S.F.'s
ethnically diverse Mission District.
Mission Movie's filmmaker, Lise Swenson,
has been honored with two Best Feature awards
at New York's Int'l Film Festival and SFSU's Women's
Film Festival . The 2005 high profile, LA Femme
Film Festival, gave it an Honorable Mention. As a result,
it was picked up for distribution by Foundation Films
It has also won 3rd place at Boston's Film Festival
and won Cinequest's 2005 Viewer's Choice Award.
It will screen in the summer of 2005 at festivals in
the UK and Dominican Republic.
So, 30 years after making that first vow,
Juana is well on her way to making another
pipedream a reality.
Oh baby, baby !
On a more personal note, Juana loves gardening,
is an accomplished photographer having had several
shows of her work, practices yoga & pilates regularly
and especially loves being "Nana" to her two grandsons,
5 yr. old Diego Antonio Sanchez and 18mo. old
Wyatt Durango Massey. Her two beautiful
and talented daughters have brought her tremendous
joy by having blessed her with these amazing children.
The oldest daughter, Marie Massey, mother of Wyatt,
is a talented painter with her works hanging in numerous
galleries throughout the South West. To see all of these
beautys go to MarieMassey.com
This is a shot from Wyatt's first photo shoot.
Another shot of him & his big blue eyes can be seen
by going to the internet stock photo house
of www.gettyimages.com Click on CREATIVE then in
the right hand box type Tanya Constantine.
Her youngest daughter, Sara Sanchez, mother of Diego,
is a research scientist currently working on the hepatitis C
virus. Her son, Diego, is already showing signs of being
a multi-faceted and talented personality. At 4 yrs. old,
he had his first art show of five drawings at a local cafe,
has directed and acted in numerous home videos
and just had his first photo shoot which resulted in his
getting into the internet stock photo house of
www.gettyimages.com. To see him in action painting
in Juana's garden, click on CREATIVE then in the right
hand box type in Tanya Constantine.
Diego's father is a very busy architect who just started
his own architectural firm of , Norman Sanchez Architecture Inc. ,
Wyatt's father, Todd Massey, is a computer genius and
Silicon Valley pioneer who has just started his third computer
company, Privacy Networks. privacynetworks.com
All this makes for a very joyful, lively and blessed life.