But there are lots of causes he is hoping you'll.
"¡Americano!" begins with one of the crucial painful moments from Valdovinos' youth -- the day he tried to affix the Marines at his Arizona highschool, however ended up studying he was an undocumented immigrant and could not.
"It's not a show to me. It's actually, truly what happened. And to watch it in person just kind of hurts," Valdovinos says.
Everything modified for him that day. The future he'd dreamed of evaporated immediately. And his life took a number of turns he wasn't anticipating.
Becoming the topic of a musical, Valdovinos says, is simply the most recent instance.
Valdovinos, 31, is a political guide now, and no stranger to sharing his story. But as "¡Americano!" begins its off-Broadway run, he is hopeful new audiences will study from -- and be impressed by -- his experiences.
The coronavirus pandemic delayed the present's New York debut. But Valdovinos says its message is as pressing as ever.
The day he realized he was undocumented marked an finish and a starting
Valdovinos nonetheless remembers the second he requested his mother for the paperwork he'd want to affix the Marines.
He was almost 18, and a army recruiter at his highschool had simply despatched Valdovinos house after studying he was born in Mexico. But Valdovinos had been dreaming of becoming a member of up for years, ever since he noticed the World Trade Center towers collapse on TV, and he was decided to return to the recruiting workplace with paperwork in hand.
"My mom just started to break down. She started crying. ... Her whole demeanor changed. Her energy changed, Her shoulders changed," Valdovinos says. "And she told me the truth."
Valdovinos was born in Colima, Mexico, and dropped at the United States when he was two years previous. Before his mother's revelation the day he tried to affix the Marines, Valdovinos says he had no thought he was undocumented. And after that day, he instantly discovered himself uncertain of his path in life.
That's the place "¡Americano!" begins, however removed from the place the story ends.
The musical goes on to painting Valdovinos' discovery of a brand new mission as a political organizer and finally the founding father of his personal political consulting firm.
Eventually, he landed a job as a subject director throughout Ruben Gallego's run for Congress.
Gallego, now a Democratic Arizona congressman, is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. And as Valdovinos sees it, regardless that he by no means bought to affix the Marines, he did get to serve with one.
"Being told to leave by the Marine Corps was a very big experience. But...meeting a Marine, who taught me how to cut political maps and knock on doors and canvas, was equally as impactful. And I think that's what '¡Americano!' is," Valdovinos says. "It's a story of moving back and forth, but not giving up."
DACA protects him from deportation. But his future is unsure
It's been almost a decade since then.
Year after 12 months, politicians on each side of the aisle have stated they'd help laws that provides Dreamers an opportunity to develop into authorized everlasting residents and finally US residents.
"We feel like professionals in limbo. Literally my whole life has gone past, my whole youth has gone past with me in politics, hoping that we were going to get aid or a policy, and realizing that the country is not focused there anymore," Valdovinos says.
He says he hopes "¡Americano!" "re-sparks that conversation," in Washington and throughout the nation.
They see the present as a brand new avenue for activism
And Valdovinos says he heard viewers members leaving the theater saying they'd had "no idea that Dreamers even existed."
The risk of reaching new audiences was a giant promoting level, Valdovinos says, when a artistic group from the Phoenix Theatre Company pitched the thought of writing a musical based mostly on his life.
The theater approached him, he says, after listening to an interview on NPR about his work knocking on doorways to succeed in Latino voters. He'd by no means imagined his life story might find yourself on stage.
"I sat with them for two hours almost seven years ago, and I gave them my whole life story and my pains, my struggles, things that inspired me, things that happened, things that didn't happen," he says. "And they decided after a week that they wanted to put this into a production."
Years later, "¡Americano!" debuted on that theater's stage, that includes music by singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez.
"I realized, we can knock on doors forever and get chewed out by people who don't support us, or have to beg people to care in the first place," Valdovinos says. "But ultimately, when you watch a movie or a piece of art that resonates with you, I think it's much more impactful."
And Valdovinos is not the one one hoping "¡Americano!" will assist the story of Dreamers like him attain a unique crowd.
That was one of many important issues Max Gonzales says he had in thoughts when his group, Chicanos Por La Causa, determined to speculate $1.75 million to assist fund the present's New York run.
"We really wanted to have a part of the show because of its meaning and how compelling it was," he says.
'I'm an American'
"¡Americano!" formally opened its off-Broadway run at New World Stages on May 1, and the present is scheduled to run till June 19. From there, its backers hope it will likely be Broadway-bound.
No matter what occurs subsequent, Valdovinos says he is excited to see the present's message spreading, even when the performances are too personally painful for him to look at.
In one of many present's numbers, "Dreamer," Valdovinos' character -- performed in Phoenix and now in New York by Sean Ewing -- belts out a ballad of belonging:
This is my house
My coronary heart, my soul
Who is to say this nice nation I vowed to defend is now not my very own?
I'm not alone
My roots are sown
Who's to say this nice nation I vowed to defend is now not my very own?
I'm not alone
My roots are sown
All I've ever recognized is I'm an American
This is my house
It's a message that Valdovinos hopes will resonate past the political area, too.
"I hope that somebody who's anywhere close to at least the mentality I was in at the time where everything looked impossible, to realize that it is possible just by switching a little bit of perspective and having a little bit more courage through your journey, regardless of where it is," he says.
He is aware of how rapidly fortunes can flip. And even when he is not within the viewers, he'll be cheering for "¡Americano!" to succeed.