We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristina Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cristina, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
You got to love what you do. In my case, acting is not an easy path to take. It has ups and downs, but if you really have passion for what you do, you won’t care about the bumpy roads. You will see things in a different way, and nothing or no one will stop you from pursuing your goals. I also remember once my father said that to be successful in any area of life you gotta be persistent and be organized. I am constantly reminding my self about these two and they have helped me grow not only professionally, but also personally. Be open and flexible in any situation. It is good to have a plan B and even a plan C. Ultimately if something is meant to be, it will be. Something very important that I started incorporating in my daily routine is the practice of gratitude and manifestation. It makes things happen. I am constantly creating new projects, reading, learning more about the business, taking classes, networking, observing, staying curious; move energy and create is my advice. Remember that whatever you send out to the universe will be returned to you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think we are all unique and there’s no one like you in this world. We are complex beings. If you think about it, there’s 7.8 billion humans in the world and every single person is different from other. That is crazy! My career has been a long journey with lots of inner and outer work. At this point of my life I am grateful to be who I am and be where I am right now. I am in love with my career and even though it hasn’t been easy, I have learned to love the process. Life is about challenges that we must overcome to become better each day. Throughout my career I have learned to see things in a positive way, to not take things personally and don’t take things for granted. You got to know your self and know what you want.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to Venice beach, visit the area and eat something around there. Then I would take her to see an improv show at UCB and have some sushi at a little place next door called sushi stop. Another day we would go for a hike and at night I would take her to a bar called Break Room 86. We would go to the LACMA, Disneyland, Universal Studios, The Grove, EcoPark, a Mexican restaurant called Salazar, The Old Market, and so many more places. I would introduce her to my community of friends. All from different places, but very nice people. I think we would need more than a week long.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to my parents, because they believed in me when I didn’t; They are the ones who decided to support me in this magical journey. I am grateful to my acting mentors at The Actors Studio drama School, Susan Aston, Jacqueline Knapp and Elizabeth Kemp. They introduced me to myself and taught me how to trust my instrument. I am also grateful to the beautiful book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I truly recommend it not only to artist, but also to any person, ultimately we are all creators.
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