Yates, an actress with roots in
"I want to continue working as long as I can. You just have to believe in yourself and surround yourself with the right people," Yates said in a recent interview and during a question-and-answer session at the
She came home to
Yates also has a part in "Inherent Vice," a major motion picture that will be released in December with a star-studded cast that includes Josh Broslin,
Yates' contract does not let her speak about her role before the movie is released, but the credits list her as a character named Luz. The film, adapted from
"For me, it's about continuing to evolve and challenging myself," she said. "I feel fortunate that I continue to work in different genres and different roles."
Earlier this year, Yates was invited to co-emcee a major fundraiser for the
Yates' trajectory in
"I've been surprised by how successful she's become," said Carlos Corral, the owner of MindWarp, an El Paso Web design, video and film production company. "It's great that she can come back here and tell us what it takes not only to be successful but to survive in L.A."
Yates tells aspiring young actors and actresses that it helps to be in a place like
"Like anything else in this business, relationships are very important. You have to treat people right," she said. "The important thing is just to learn as much as you can, whether it's in school or whether you just jump right in."
Yates set out to become a medical doctor. She earned a bachelor's degree in physiological science from the University of
Yates has appeared in "Without Men," a 2011 film starring
"I've been aware of Yvette for the last few years. She's been in a succession of movies, mostly indies. When a mutual friend contacted me about her, I jumped at the chance to bring her back home for the
On the road, Yates often tells her fans that family keeps her grounded. Her father,
"I love that I get to return home and connect with the community," Yates said about the recent film festival gig.
Yates' passion for staying connected to
"For me, it's inspiring to see someone from
Yates will also next appear in "Blood Sucking Bastards," described as an action-packed horror film now in post-production. She also is exploring television work.
So far, she has no regrets about sidestepping a career in medicine and diving into entertainment without an agent or academic credentials in film.
"I've found what I love," she said.
A short list of some of
--"Nina Quebrada" (2008)
--"I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" (2009)
--"Without Men" (2011)
--"El Gringo" (2012)
--"Free Ride" (2013)
--"In The Blood" (2014)
--"Inherent Vice" (2014)
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