Mandy Del Rio has always had a passion for performing.

 

                                                            Raised in the small coastal town of Pacifica, California located just south of San  

                                                            Francisco, Mandy began dancing, singing and acting as a child.

 

                                                            Mandy first appeared in front of the camera as an extra in Disney’s “Angels in the

                                                            Outfield”, which inspired her at a young age to pursue a career in the entertainment

                                                            industry. As an adult, Mandy has performed vocals with various bands and has

                                                            worked both behind the camera and in front of it on numerous music videos as well

                                                            as the feature film “Infliction.” Her passion for music became her full-time career in

                                                            2010 when she took on various projects, assisting indie musicians in booking tours 

                                                            and helping with their marketing and promotion.

 

                                                            Influenced by her parents’ love of music and movies, Mandy and her four brothers

were exposed to all different genres of film and styles of music. Her mother’s mantra was “Life without music would be a mistake.” Not typical of a child of her generation, Mandy fell in love with the sounds of rock, Motown, classical and soul music. She was influenced at an early age by artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.

 

From the time she was old enough to sit up, Sunday mornings were often spent watching Matinee at the Bijou with her father, where she first learned to appreciate classic black and white cinema. From there, her appreciation and love of film grew dramatically. It became almost impossible for her to watch a movie without dissecting it, paying close attention to the acting, writing and directing. Some of Mandy’s favorite directors include Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, The Coen Brothers, Danny Boyle and Terrance Malick.  Some of her favorite movies include a vast collection of films from Mildred Pierce, Gone with the Wind, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Birds and Dr. Zhivago to American Werewolf in London, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Jaws, The Deer Hunter, Monty Python and the Holy Grail,

The Shining and Goodfellas.  

 

Mandy has brought her love of arts and entertainment full circle as host of the new monthly TV show The Indie Lounge which puts the spotlight on established entertainment professionals, who are involved in independent projects.

 

Photo courtesy of Nick Charalambous