We had the good fortune of connecting with Exavier Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Exavier, how do you think about risk?
Having a 9-5 job wasn’t me so when I started pursing my photography career it was a huge risk. It was a huge adjustment for my family, my mental health, and also finances. My family 100 percent supports me but it was a weird idea to them at first because its not a normal job. Taking the risk of pursing photography allowed me to grow into a better person and to see how much I am capable of. Another risk I take is sharing my ideas, creativity is a very vulnerable thing to do because you’re opening yourself up for judgment and criticism. I build my sets all alone, I spend money that isn’t sometimes there but I know I’m investing in something bigger in my life, I’m chasing my dreams. You never know unless you take the leap.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I Love to get creative with my art. I have an idea book that whenever an idea pops up in my head I draw it out for future projects. What sets me apart from other creatives is that I build all my sets alone with what I have available to me. I’m not rich and I don’t have a production crew but I make what’s in my head real. I’m just scrapping the surface and I have a long way to go. It hasn’t been an easy process. Nothing good in life comes easy. How I overcome these challenges, I don’t wait for opportunites to happen I make them happen. Failure isn’t an option to me but I do make mistakes and mistakes are part of the process and journey. Lessons I’ve learned was don’t be afraid to ask for help, work with what you got, and always be prepared to adapt. I stay positive and always look forward to meeting other people! You make the most out of every job/opportunity because you know it’s one step closer to where you want to be. Also networking gets you a long way and to believe in what you put out be yourself and don’t be afraid to show your work off. I want people to know about me is that this is only the beginning and my brand is always shifting and evolving.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For the most part I live in Riverside and to be honest their isn’t a whole lot to do over here we got a great night life here in downtown Riverside, nice views, and great food too.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gilberto Ortiz also helped me get contacts with some people I shot with. My family for supporting me and Leo Gonzalez for giving me these opportunities. Also my first film teacher Scott Hernandez for making me believe in myself.

Website: https://castroexavier.wixsite.com/xcastrostudio

Instagram: https://instagram.com/exaviercastro?utm_medium=copy_link

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/exavier-castro-405460151

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/exaviercastro1

Other: Tiktok: xcastrostudio

Image Credits
Zoe, Sarah, Jenny, jd, Gilberto,

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