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Deena Marie Manzanares  ☾ Boy mom 🧒🏼 ☾ Actor/Model @actorsequity + @talentmg ☾ Freelance TV host/reporter @fox13now ☾ Brand Ambassador @gotbeautydotcom ☾ Bio | Resume| ⬇️

A big lesson I’ve learned over time is that there are always, always, always, options. There’s a Thomas Edison quote that says, “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” Truer words never spoken. I mean this in the deepest sense, and also in the simplest sense. Like when my pool closed for a week, and @sharkbaitjace invited me to her Grandma’s pool! 🤣 Cutest grandma ever. She even brought us snacks and turned the water on for the slide. 👵🏻🙏🏻☀️💦⛱ There’s always a way. And then another. Isn’t that comforting?

In the last 13 months, things happened I never could have imagined I would go through, or could live through. But slowly over time, my heart cracked open once again, and I saw with fresh eyes all the good that waits ahead. A stark contrast to all the bad I left behind. I have survived the impossible too many times to count at this point, and while I once thought it would leave me defeated, I am stronger than ever! I never knew the magnitude of my resilience and optimism. An eternal warrior. And the last couple of months...I’m happy. More than I had been in a long time. Humans are incredible. We break, but we repair. 👊🏻 Life, man! Come at me, bro! I’m ready for you!

“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world - because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” ✨🖤✨ mural by @raychface 🎨

Day off means a @lagoonpark day! ☀️ Thank goodness @suzanne_marie22 is a Lagoon enthusiast like me. We even bought matching Lagoon fanny packs. It’s called fashion sweetie, look it up. 🤣 Insta stories for pics!

A sold out house and a wonderful opening night! Thank you family and friends for being there and celebrating it with me! 🎭 First opening night in three years!

🎭 OPENING NIGHT!!! 🎭 You have plenty of chances to see this show. Tonight at 7, tomorrow at 2 & 7. Next week Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7 and Saturday at 2! The following week Thursday Friday Saturday at 7 and Saturday at 2! 🍎😈 Support local art, artists, and one of the biggest gifts to our community...The Sting and Honey Company! Head to their insta @stingandhoney and click the link in bio for tickets! 🙏🏻

For those of you who know me well, you know that prior to having my son, theatre was the most important thing in my life. It was sacred. I held a reverence and a seriousness in my bones for it. My art, my creation(s), my storytelling let me connect deeply to myself and to others in a way that nothing else did. It reminded me we are all one, we all need the reminder we are not alone, and to dissipate into that whole was everything. I never thought I’d love something more. Enter Charlie. Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey after a three year hiatus of motherhood and a whole bunch of life experience. I am still trying to find the words to explain how it all fits and feels now. But coming back to my scared roots, my first love, has been crucial. I needed to belong again. Thank you to my beloved Sting and Honey Company who always seems to find me when I need you most. Thank you to all friends and family who have made this possible for me again, and who will be there to witness our magic piece.

“It is my one and only cold comfort that I am so surpassing beautiful. Whatever would I do without this face?” - FAND 😈🖤 Come see this strong, fierce, and surprisingly funny villain starting this Friday - through the 30th in Snow White at @ecclestheater black box 🎭 head to @stingandhoney and click the link in bio for tickets!

One year ago my marriage dissolved and I agreed to certain terms of a new life. One thing I didn’t feel was worth fighting over at the time was agreeing not to post my son on social media. While it was never my intention to let baby pictures take over my feed, occasionally I miss being able to show off who I spend the majority of my time with. Who I am thinking about in every moment. But I will always give you my words. My thoughts. My feelings. Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. Charlie came earth-side and my life truly began. He fascinates me. He is smart, athletic, angelic, funny, and wise. He seems connected to something other-worldy and knows just when to give me a message I need to hear. He is so beautiful, you wouldn’t believe it. No doubt in my mind that despite how hard the circumstances became shortly after he came into being, the world needed him to exist at exactly this time. ❤️🧒🏼 My baby. My bestie. My boy. 📸 : @austendiamond

Monday, am I right? 💦 You guys have no idea what went into inflating this swan that @suzanne_marie22 brought over 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 or trying to stuff it in her car after.

“Mirror mirror on the wall...” Hi! I’ve been a little MIA here because mom life + rehearsal! 🎭 Tomorrow we move into our performance space at @ecclestheater black box, and we open Snow White FRIDAY! 😈🍏 This piece is magic, dark, funny, and fantastical. I guarantee you will enjoy. 👏🏻 For tickets, head to @stingandhoney and click the link in bio. PS Who saw the sneak peek of my amazing costume in my insta stories yesterday? 🤯😍

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