We had the good fortune of connecting with Camrin Agin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camrin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve been practicing law for about 20 years, and have worked as a movie studio lawyer – at the same company – for over ten of those years. I had this urge to build something of my own, something that I felt needed to be out there, something I’m personally connected with while also being relevant to consumers. I was having issues with back and neck pain, and no doctors were able to treat it successfully, so I turned to holistic healing methods: acupuncture, reiki, meditation. It didn’t take too long for me to recognize a difference – not only physically, but mentally. I started to get into crystal healing, spiritual readings, clearings – things I previously had rolled my eyes at that now were leading to bona fide positive changes in all aspects of my life: in my job, with my family, and maybe most importantly, within myself. I realized there was this white space in the market – a company that offered all these different modalities with a bespoke and concierge approach with best-in-class practitioners. That led to my creation of ALTYR.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our business seeks to bring holistic tools to people who may not otherwise know their benefits. Through services and products, packaged in a familiar way, the unfamiliar can become accessible. I want people to be able to book these services online or on an app just as they would any other service they are used to booking in that manner – hair styling, a car wash, make-up. Demystifying the mystical for the modern-day seeker.
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.
Wow, this friend is really staying for a long time and being super-reliant on me. I kid.
Some things I love to do, in no order of importance: go to the Getty – not just for the amazing art, but for the grounds outside and the views they offer of Los Angeles; head downtown to the Last Bookstore – you can get lost in there, almost literally – and then find some cute restaurant I’ve never found before; take a moderate hike through Runyon Canyon, preferably early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it’s not too hot; stroll down Larchmont for some al fresco dining; hit the Grove for some shopping and a movie; head to Malibu for a few hours of beach time, followed by time at the Country Market and a meal at the Malibu Beach Inn; meander through Griffith Park, especially if the kids are in tow.
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 would like to dedicate this Shoutout to an acupuncturist who helped spark my professional curiosity in the world of mystical services. She also taught me a lot about myself, business and friendship.
And also my husband and my children. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to follow this path, or any path I choose. I love you.
Rachel Madrigal (photo of Camrin) Marni Epstein-Mervis (others)