Erin Darling Torralva is a Mexican-American comedian, writer, actor, and self-proclaimed “self-love advocate” from San Jose, CA. In her podcast Hot Pizza Ass, she interviews people while diving into topics like body image, sexual orientation, and other social issues through a comedic lens. We caught up with Erin to shed some light on her life during quarantine.

Musica Roots: Between the success of ‘Border Patrol’ and ‘4/20’, as well as the launch of your podcast ‘Hot Pizza Ass’, the past year has proven to be a busy one for you. What does the future hold?

Erin Darling Torralva: Who knows? If there’s anything we’ve learned this year it’s that nothing is guaranteed and life is unpredictable. I’m just doing my best to work on myself, my writing, my podcast, and continue to create content in isolation for the time being. All we have is today. And today, that’s what I’m doing. I think this period of time will be a great exercise for many people to change their perspectives, and adjust if they’re open to it.

MR: A solid playlist is especially important to stay sane during these quaran-times. What songs are currently on your heavy rotation?

EDT: For happy music I’m liking Rufus du Sol – music that makes me feel like I’m on the beach in Costa Rica. For low key music I’m listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean is never a bad idea.

MR: Your decision to take your mother’s family name reflects the importance of your Mexican heritage. Do you have any advice for aspiring Latinx comedians?

EDT: Go for it. That’s it. You’ll never know if you love the stage until you try. Be prepared for failure, recognize this is just part of the process, and be as fearless as you can. If you want a resource on everything my mentors have taught me on how to improve, check out my comedy class: How to Find Your Voice in Comedy.

Listen to Erin’s podcast Hot Pizza Ass, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.