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MR Raquel

Storyteller passionate about using audio to build/ bolster community, as a step towards transformative/ restorative justice, and to subvert normative narratives.
Member since 2021

Location

  • Oakland, CA

Portfolio

Languages

Spanish
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Scripting
  • Voice
  • Writing
  • Teaching

About MR

Storytelling through audio to build/ bolster community, as a step towards transformative/ restorative justice, and to subvert normative narratives has been central to my life since before I can remember. I was that kid who asked their parents hundreds of questions and spent late nights surfing local college and community radio stations on my mom’s portable yellow Walkman radio. Growing up bilingual, I asked to hear stories from my family in El Salvador and also from my relatives in the states. I thank my grandma Ina for instilling in me a curiosity to learn from the stories of my ancestors, as well as from desconocidos.  

For years I was a line cook in the Bay Area and while chopping and tasting, my coworkers and I shared stories through recipes. Nowadays, I am an audio-storyteller, justice-based producer, and storytelling consultant. Critical to me is the work of de-centering myself as a producer/ interviewer as a white Salvadoran person in this field. For 15 months from 2019-2020, I was a Bilingual Field Producer for StoryCorps.

While I am storyteller, at present I am foremost a story-conduit. This means that my ethos is honoring storytellers and the knowledges that stories behold, to help storytellers share their community narratives when there might not be other opportunities to do so. By handing the microphone to folx in the community, this becomes a reality. My work is then collaborating not just with storytellers but with local media outlets and community archives, and online community platforms to guide these stories into public spheres to make an impact, be celebrated and live on. 

Off the clock, I enjoy the company of loved ones, fermenting veggies, engaging in community aid, and taking trips to the water in my truck. 

Experience

Skills

  • Mixing
  • Translation
  • Story Editing
  • Show Development
  • Research
  • Producing
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Interviewing
  • Hosting
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Booking

Equipment

  • Sound Devices Mix Pre-6, Shure SM7B

Previous Work

  • Bilingual Freelance Audio Producer at StoryCorps
  • Bilingual Field Producer (Facilitator) at StoryCorps (12/31/2020)
  • Bilingual Storytelling Consultant at Temple University (4/15/2021)
  • Podcast Research Consultant at Rococo Punch (5/1/21)
  • Podcast Producer, Editor, and Co-Host at Clamor Media (United Talent Agency) (currently working this position)