Zoe Cerrillo - California Interviewed by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Launa Penza Photography Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Zoe Cerrillo is a consummate professional even at 17, pursuing a major in the medical field. She is responsible, punctual, focused, yet she is quirky, funny and playful. An accomplished guitar player, inspired by her dad. She has an amazing collection of all the guitars she's played since she was 5 years old. She is also involved in student council, instrumental conservatory and an outside volunteer group.
Tell me about playing the guitar. What are some of your favorite songs to play on it? Music is one of my greatest passions and I would not be able to imagine my life without this source of art. During the early stages of my musical journey, I played a lot of radio pop songs; but as I developed as a musician, I was able to define my own sound and style. I draw a lot of inspiration from artists like Lianne La Havas and Daniel Caesar and my favorite songs to play from them are “Ghost” and “Best Part”.
Who taught you how to play the guitar? Why did you start playing? I started playing the guitar and singing almost 11 years ago when I was seven and was taught by my amazing family friend and musical artist Deborah Davis. But the reason that I started playing the guitar was because my dad also played guitar and watching him was always so inspiring to me.
How many guitars do you own? Do you have a preferred guitar to play on? How long did it take you to learn how to play? Currently, I own seven guitars; three electric, two electric-acoustics, and two acoustics, but I would be lying if I said I still play them all! My favorite guitar to play is my newest addition that I received this past Christmas from my parents, which is a limited edition Made in Japan Traditional Series ‘50s Fender Stratocaster. I am a quick learner and it was easy for me to pick up notes, chords, and strumming patterns, but I still have so much more to learn beyond what I already know.
What are you currently doing to be a consummate professional for your future plans in the medical field? In order to reach my goal of attending college and graduating with a Bachelors in Nursing degree, I concentrated on taking extra science related courses throughout high school such as Honors Physics and Kinesiology, which really helped me to get a head start on anatomy.
What volunteer opportunities have you had? Where are some of your favorite places to volunteer at and why? I have been an Assisteens of the Assistance League of Glendale for six years and being a member sparked my passion to help others and become a caregiver. My favorite place to volunteer, however, is at the local hospital, Verdugo Hills Hospital. Here I have met some of the most dedicated volunteers and it is absolutely thrilling to be in a chaotic medical environment where I thrive.
Zoe will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!