“Never allow yourself externally to portray anything that you have not inwardly experienced.” - Konstantin Stanislavski
What exactly does it mean to be an Actor?
There are so many reasons why a person may be drawn to the art of acting; and for this ethnically ambiguous powerhouse, it all boils down to a deeply personal interest in psychology.
Recognized for her captivating stage presence in cities across the western United States, Ms. Qu'in specializes in Stanislavski's method of metamorphosis and reincarnation. These terms represent an actor's ability to transform themselves into a living vessel for their character. Not to be confused with method acting, reincarnation brings an actor to a natural flow-state; causing them to move, feel, and think like their chosen subject, while still having the presence of mind to sever that connection once the time allocated for performance has ceased.
Featured photography by Philip Pavliger
Featured head shot by Sergei Bidun.
The name's Qu'in. Cecilia Qu'in.
At the core of everything that fuels her spirit, there is nothing more innately fulfilling to Ms. Qu'in than the ability to set aside the ego and surrender oneself to the muse. To sonder so deeply that a person can open their mind and watch the world unfurl through the eyes of another. It is a practice she initially learned through the appreciation of music and musicals; and one which she used to sustain herself through 20 years of isolation and abuse in [redacted cult].
Although she initially chose to try acting as a way to make friends, Cecilia soon found herself turning to the art like a drowning man turns to shore. Fuelled by her ardent love of Shakespeare and psychological thrillers, "acting" allowed her to make sense of her darkest thoughts and allowed her to make use of her 12 years in competitive martial arts. Yet as much as she enjoyed her exploration of the art, Cecilia never forgot the aesthetic bias of the industry. For every one role she earned, there were another 40-50 auditions she attended where she never received a callback. It wasn't rejection itself that perturbed her, but the blatant discrimination that played out on a regular basis.
Actors of color are used to hearing that they are not quite "black/white/brown enough" to fit the director's vision, and Cecilia was not interested in portraying the same stereotypes that were often offered to "exotic" young women. And though she did enjoy some small success featured characters in commercials and more complex characters in theatre, it was during these very years - while auditioning for film and television - that she turned her attention to underground theatre.
And thus, the performing artist was born.
Featured photography by James Courtney.
Qu'in de la Noche - Performing Artist
“Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.” - Nikita Gill
As a seasoned performer with almost a decade of experience in the limelight, Qu'in de la Noche was created as a celebration of the liberated woman. She is a child of the moon. A natural queen creating content to seduce and inspire.
Often entertaining thousands every year as a traveling burlesque performer, Ms. Qu'in earned immediate recognition for her striking, sensual, and sometimes horrifying performance art. Where once she was kept from performing due to her exotic appearance and unusually varied skillset... here, in the underground, she was celebrated for it.
Demo Reel compiled from various performances 2015-2020
Healing Through the Art of Connection
“There’s a difference between wanting to be looked at and wanting to be seen.
When you are looked at, your eyes can be closed. You suck energy, you steal the spotlight.
When you are seen, your eyes must be open, and you are seeing and recognizing your witness.
You accept energy and you generate energy. You create light. One is exhibitionism, the other is connection.
Not everybody wants to be looked at. Everybody wants to be seen.” - Amanda Palmer
Through the confidence she gained as a performing artist, Ms. Qu'in continued to thrive in her day jobs, fell in love, and soon found herself sifting through more invitations to collaborate than she could keep up with. Yet as much as she enjoyed the roar of a faceless audience, Ms. Qu'in never forgot her love of human connection. And as working woman living with C-PSTD and schizophrenia, the ability to be fully present with her scene partners... by fully immersing oneself in the music... by actually seeing the faces in the crowd... the process itself was sacred. Truly. It was healing, thrilling, and more intimate than baring all for one's lover. It was those very moments that inspired her to create "Qu'in de la Noche."
Featured art from various artists in Northern California.
Art Model & Professional Muse
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue
the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” - Maya Angelou
In time, Ms. Qu'in made a business out of her performance persona. Through she enjoyed traveling to perform for a variety of venues, it was the art galleries that truly stole her heart away. Often offering exclusive workshops and modeling packages to the public, there was something truly magical about posing for a room full of artist. In a matter of seconds, she would go from being seen... to watching their soul unfurl before her eyes.
Qu'in de la Noche is not simply a muse. She is a creature of communion.
Equally in love with the artist-at-work as they are of capturing her in the moment.
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Anyone can pose for pictures, but it takes a special creature to use and manipulate their body in such captivating ways. Having worked on both sides of the camera, Ms. Qu'in knows how to be mindful of synthetic and natural light while staying true to her client's primary vision. She is captivating, strong, and a healthy balance of curvy that blends beautifully well with her wild mane of raven hair.
If you like what you see... you'll know what to do.