By James Maher
Name: Jocelyn Francon Saldana
Location: 6th Street Between Avenue A and B
Time: 3:50 on Monday, Sept. 24
I’m an actress and a model. I’ve been doing it since I left home at 18. I’m from Boston but I grew up all over. I graduated from Connecticut and I came right here after.
I’ve lived on this block for about a year. I’ve also lived on 3rd between C and D, 3rd between A and B, and on 2nd and 2nd. Kate’s Joint was around for awhile, that was a big part of my life. I worked there and I’m good friends with Kate. It just closed recently though. I love Sidewalk Cafe and Manitoba’s is good too, but I usually hang out more on the Lower East Side.
Everyone in my life right now I’ve met in the East Village and it’s how I got my start really, doing what I’m doing now. I was sort of running around with this band and modeling for them and doing shows here and there around the area and I met Richie Rich here — he’s a former club kid who has a fashion line called Heatherette. He kind of put me on the map.
I have a one-woman show coming up in December; I’m on my way to that meeting right now. It’s based on Valerie Solanas; she’s the woman who shot Andy Warhol, and she wrote a manifesto about hating men, so that’s who I’m going to play.
I am moving out of the neighborhood this month. I’m kind of wild and there are a lot of older people in my building, and people who weren’t so keen on noise, so I’m moving out to Brooklyn, to South 4th and Bedford.
James Maher is a fine art and studio photographer based in the East Village. Find his website here.