We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Cintron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, how does your business help the community?
Stand Up 4 Your Power is an intersectional, spiritual, self-improvement stand-up comedy class. And that’s exactly how my business helps the world. I’m Puerto Rican so I’m black, white, and indigenous. I’m queer. There’s rarely a room I’m ever truly comfortable in. I’ve learned to code-switch, translate experiences, and alter my behavior. But that’s draining. Comedy was my salvation. Comedy helps ease tension, relieve pain, and talk about dark emotions and tense subjects. After a year of racial unrest, a Pandemic, and the fear, anger, and ton of unprocessed traumas bubbling to the surface after a year alone the world needs to laugh. Stand Up 4 Your Power teaches you something you can do with those feelings. It gives you the tools to fight your inner demons and release all trauma. I truly believe the only way for us all to live in a kind universe is for everyone to be able to speak their truth and stand up 4 their power.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a shapeshifter. I’ve had to change who I am to fit in, to feel safe, and to navigate the world. I’ve been an actor, comedian, writer, puppeteer, drag queen, psychic, and marketing professional. My existence as a queer, Afro-Latinx, two-spirited chubby guy with a loud voice and a big personality is disruptive. But the one thing we have learned from this year is that our systems are broken. They only serve some. Some people and outdated ideas need to be challenged. In my classes and intuitive readings, I create the safe space I never had. I challenge outdated narratives and toxic thoughts. And I break it the eff down. It hasn’t always been easy. And nothing has ever made me popular. But the one thing I do know is that many people’s lives have been changed by my work and mine by them. It’s the imprints we make on others that stay with them the longest. And I strive for the memories I create with people to be uplifting. I want to educate, inspire, heal, and make you laugh. And why can’t you have it all. It’s like I tell my students. When someone says you’re “too” this or that. They are telling you their limitations, not your faults.
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?
My favorite spots in LA are things that you cannot find anywhere else. We’re coastal so you MUST check out the beach when you’re here. I’m a mermaid and I love to bask in the sun. Did you know that bask means to soak up the sun and truly give yourself up to a feeling. That feeling of basking is my favorite part of living in LA. Another must is the Melrose Trading Post. It’s an eclectic bazaar of unique one-of-a-kind treasures. Think of it like a high-end flea market. The best part is afterward you can check out great unique one-of-a-kind shops like Maya for cool jewelry and crystals, Cosmos Glamsquad for high-end costumes, and all the thrift stores you could want.
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 really want to credit The Actor’s Fund. It’s an organization to help creative professionals live sustainable lives. I was able to see a counselor, attend a group for depression and anxiety, and learn to better manage my money. Their Creative Entrepreneurship Program has helped me take a rinky-dink side gig into my new lease on life. And, most importantly, I’ve been able to meet amazing contacts, friends, and network with people who have helped me change how I look at art and creativity. I was in a dark place. I was unemployed, struggling with addiction and depression issues and they offered me a light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s what I do with my business. I help people either turn on the light or at least offer them a light to walk towards.
Photos by: Juan Miguel Moreno