We had the good fortune of connecting with Dare and Darius Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dare and Darius, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
We believe that life reassures you that you’re doing what you’re supposed to. It also gives you signs when it’s time to move on. We think you should move on in any situation if it causes extended stress and unhappiness. Everything takes time and nothing is easy. But when you take a step back and ask yourself is all this stress and unhappiness going to be worth it in the end? If not then it’s time to move forward immediately. If so then give yourself a realistic deadline. If by the deadline you’re not where you should be you should then move forward or reevaluate your business plan.
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?
It was not easy to get to where we are today. We both attended art schools to further our network and skills. We would strongly suggest everyone to take classes in anything you’re interested in pursuing. It helped us learn to take criticism and become competitive in a healthy way. Criticism and self doubt can be the hardest things to overcome as artists but being in those environments helped prepare us for life in this industry.
We are most excited about our upcoming Dare Dollz comic book release. It’s been a long process and the most challenging thing we’ve done thus far. We definitely dealt with the challenges we mentioned earlier just recently with the comic. It’s so hard not to compare your success to others, especially in the social media age. We had to realize that we can only do what we do. Our style and story is like no other and that is what will always set us apart. Dare Dollz was made to merge the style of fashion dolls and action figures. We wanted our characters to have the look and appeal of a fashionista but the depth and resilience of a hero or villain.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are major foodies so we would definitely take them to some of our favorite restaurants being: Met her at a bar for brunch or lunch. Soulmate if we’re being fancy. Backyard bowls if we’re on the go. We love going to flea markets, that’s probably the best part of living in LA. They’re huge, you meet people and find super rare items. We also love to hike at the Griffith observatory or ride our bikes along the Santa Monica pier.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our parents for sure deserve all the credit for our success and talents. Paula Moreno and Douglas Dozier are both creatives that we look up to and admire. We look for them for inspiration and guidance in the industry because they are both veterans in our fields. So we dedicate our Shoutout to them.
Cover photo by Charles Caesar Other photos by Nick Miller