We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvin de Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvin, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think the term “give up” has a negative connotation so I like to think of it as “moving on” or graduating onto something different, if not better. In context of professional life, I think that the most important thing to realise is that a career is a living, breathing thing and it will change as we change. And thats OK! If you’re no longer growing, learning, or enjoying what you do, it’s not healthy to box yourself in and limit your possibilities. You can either try to find new ways to be happy again or simply take what experience you’ve gained and sow that into other areas so that you can thrive. I did this when I left my graphic design position to become a full-time choreographer. You’d be surprised how much of your existing design skills can be utilised in other creative roles – such as in dance!
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’m a Choreographer, Dancer and Educator from Melbourne/Sydney Australia who is now based in Los Angeles. We all have dreams about who we want to be when we grow up and for me, a Choreographer was not one of them – simply because I just didn’t know that job existed! My most vivid childhood memories are of dance performances for family and school events. I took this passion further into my teens and young adult life by founding a very a successful dance crew who went on to become Australian champions. Exposure at that level gave the entire team plenty of opportunities and at that point, I finally realised that this could blossom into a professional career for me. One of my biggest challenges was that I was self-taught and I never had any formal training. Fortunately I was able to receive my dance training via scholarships, however I found it difficult as an adult to keep up because some of peers have been training since they could walk. I was different, I couldn’t do what they could do, but in hindsight, my movement quality was unique. I held onto this, and quickly learned that I needed to brand my strengths for greater visibility as an artist. Having my own movement quality is definitely what I’m most proud of. It just goes to show that everyone has a different path (and pace) to success. Stay focused and you will get there!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Eat – Any place that has Korean BBQ in Koreatown…follow the smells! Drink – Bar hopping in WeHo, Start at EP & LP rooftop bar for day drinking then make your way to Santa Monica Blvd.
Visit – Vasquez Rocks, it’s heaven for sci-fi/film/outdoor geeks #IFKYK
Hang out – Melrose on a weekday for the low-key shopping and the cafes. Santa Monica for the sights and the sounds. I’m pretty low-key and my friends are too. Chill vibes only. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Letecia de Castro – My late Mother who never gave up despite loosing her battle cancer.
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