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Rain Valdez      

Transgender Actress, Filmmaker and Advocate

Rain Valdez is currently in season 2 of TV Land series 'Lopez' playing Coco, a pretty and enigmatic transgender actress. Born in the Philippines and raised in Guam, Valdez moved to Los Angeles at 19 to pursue her dream of working in the entertainment industry. After coming out as transgender, Valdez has worked on Transparent as the Director’s Assistant and Coordinating Producer since 2015. In 2016, Valdez’s rom-com short Ryans, which she starred in and co-created with Natalie Heltzel, screened in over 15 film festivals domestically and internationally after premiering at Outfest and has won the Jury Award for Best North American Short Film at NCGLFF.

Speech Topics

The importance of story telling. How to come from a poverty-stricken village in the Philippines to acting and producing in Hollywood. How to navigate life and the Hollywood industry as an immigrant, Asian American Transgender woman and story teller. The i

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