We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Colón and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Get out of your own way!
As a creative in today’s day and age, we can at times put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to be or act a certain way in order to be well-received by the outside world. Social Media expectations can often bring about this sort-of rigidity with Self which can kill off the exploratory nature that a business requires.
At the end of the day, we are creatively expansive individuals. Don’t let the world put you in a box. Embrace ALL that makes you YOU and have your business be a reflection of that.
When we’re able to release the expectations of what we want our business to be, we make ourselves more available to the endless amounts of possibility!
So, get out of your own way. Give yourself permission to grow with the business just as you do. And watch what happens!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
From an early age, I had always been attracted to creating things. Acting, visual art, singing, you name it, I loved it. The creative space gave me this overwhelming sense of freedom that I enjoyed very much.
But, being raised in a traditionally Hispanic household with blue-collar ideals can come at a cost. Some of those early lessons created a barrier between myself and those creative aspirations as they were deemed “unrealistic” by some who raised me. I took those early lessons to heart and entered the workforce straight after high school, locking my creative potential away in the closet and revisiting it in my early 20s when I finally decided to go to Acting School in New York City. This was a game changer for me. Not only did I learn so much about myself, but I was slowly inviting the possibly of making a living as a creative.
When the world came to a halt in 2020, so did acting and and my survival job at the time. Needless to say, the year was challenging on many aspects but it also was one of the most transformational years of my life as I was pushed to explore my creative potential.
Out popped Color Me Crazy with very little planning. It was partly inspired from participating in Inktober, a social media event where you create a piece of visual art every day and post it. People wanted to purchase prints and I thought “oh snap! I could do something with this.” And over time, that vision expanded. CMC is equal parts custom apparel, visual art, tarot & spiritual wisdom, comedy & so much more. Hence the name. I wanted it be a hodgepodge of all the things that me ME. I wanted it to be a space to explore one’s self. A space to encourage others to dig deep and explore all the creative gifts they have to offer and to hopefully bring them to the world because the world at large is hungry for it! And NOW, we get the delicious opportunity to reinvent the wheel.
Trust & believe, the CMC a journey came with its ups and down. I mean, the journey has only just begun. Lately Color Me Crazy has become a platform to document my spiritual journey to share with the world. I recently relocated to Puerto Rico to reconnect with my roots and since then, my brand has morphed. Nevertheless, I’ve notice that the more I follow my spark, the more intentionality I incorporate into my work, the more success I see! Knowing the “what” is one thing. But the “why” is what separates the good from the great!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would go to the beach just footsteps away from my Abuela’s house in Puerto Rico. Watch the sunset, have a couple of Medallas (Puerto Rican beer) and mosey our way back to Abuela’s for some authentic Boricua cooking.
After a nap, we’d venture into the pueblo (city center) for some live music and salsa dancing! Maybe a margarita or two until we’re whisked away to Moongaze for a little while. Maybe a nice bonfire on the beach too. And that’s only Day ONE!
As you can tell, nature is one of my biggest inspirations. I relocated to Puerto Rico recently to reconnect myself to the land. So trust, anytime spent with me will include elements of nature. Give me rainforests, beaches, & mountains and I’m a happy guy!
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?
Wow-wow-wow. Where to begin??
My journey would not be possible without my family and close friend circle. They have provided me with so much encouragement and saw things in me that I didn’t see. Which helped me put myself out there!
To the supporters on my social media handles, thank you so much for your endless love! Being able to create community with y’all has truly made my heart grow exponentially!
Also, as far as books go, shout-out to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho & The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Game changers!
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