We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Hi my name is Amy Castro and I am from South Los Angeles. My life experiences have impacted who I am today. To share a little about my story I am a daughter of immigrant parents, whom came to America in hopes and dreams of living a better life. They made so many sacrifices to raise me and bring food to the table. I’ve seen the money earned with sweat and tears. It just really made me grow faster and have a stronger mentality as I grew older. I learned the value of hard work to get what you want. At a young age I always knew I wanted to have my own business, where I can incorporate my life experiences. It wasn’t until high school where I thought about starting a clothing brand. I began drawing out on sticker paper and selling them for one dollar. Being raised in Los Angeles has definitely impacted who I am today. The art, music, culture, and diversity has inspired my purpose to continue to create. My clothing brand Vital is an expressive brand based on my experiences. It has grown and built a small community of people with similar interests and experiences like mine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Really excited to continue only my creative ventures. I am currently running a clothing brand called Vital, which is inspired by my everyday experiences. It’s really and expressive brand and straight forward there are no restrictions. I am also now a Photo Editor with Disney Channel super exciting gig. I hope that I can continue with that and further expand on my editing skills and venture out to designing movie posters. It has definitely not been an easy ride. Always need to have a side job if you’re just starting a business. Sometimes I would have little to no money. Lessons learned is to always SAVE. INVEST. LEARN NEW THINGS. Life is not an easy ride but don’t give up! Put yourself out there the world is yours!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Vista Hermosa Park in Los Angeles is the best Los Angeles overlook especially at night. But before that we must have some bomb Chile Relleno burrito from La Azteca Tortilleria from East Los Angeles. they specialize in homage tortillas. The Arts District Brewing Company is another of my favorite places with draft beers.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to start the year by giving a shoutout to my parents for being my number one support system and pushing me to not limit myself. To my photography professor from Cal State Los Angeles F. Scott Schafer, thank you for inspiring me to continue photographing and becoming obsessed with color. Jimmy Moss, Cal State Los Angeles Professor of Design, thank you for pushing me and the opportunities. To my friends who are supportive and inspire me everyday.