We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizzeth & Kevin Bastierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lizzeth & Kevin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We believe, that there is no life without risk. We think in life as an adventure, and like any other adventure there is always risk. If we don’t go out of our comfort zone, we don’t really live! If you don’t take risk, there is no chance to win, probably many times it feels like we are losing, but the true is that we are learning, and getting stronger. Maybe it sounds a cliché, but is true: You need to fell many times, to stand up. Our life and journey as entrepreneurs are full of risk taking. We took a risk when we leave our country and move here to the US, we took a risk when we leave our steady jobs, we took a risk every day, be on a path without any secure, sometimes is overwhelming, but it is part of life, part of the adventure, of the passion. Many of the hard moments that we have, probably wouldn’t have it, on a steady job, but also we wouldn’t have the excitement and the adrenalin. Risk is part of the life of any entrepreneur and we are proud to take it and handle it, because, you know, we only live once.
What should our readers know about your business?
Our Firm, Blue Velvet Studio, provides Architectural Design for Residential and Commercial Buildings. We provide affordable Design and construction, we believe that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a great style. We just starting with the construction management and we will like incorporate the sustainability in each building, I (Liz) have a master degree in Sustainability Architecture, and we believe that the construction has to change to be more eco-friendly in any level. We think that we are not where we will like to be, for now, but we are on the way, we still struggle sometimes, we don’t sleep to much, we have stress and pressure , but we think the key is never give up. We always have the goal , the big picture in our minds, that way we can move forward and we maintain the passion, that is how overcome the challenges. We have been learn many lessons, the most important, that we can’t do everything alone, we have to delegate and build a good team, that will be the successful of the business. What we want the world to know about our brand is that we really care about them, about the environment , about our clients. We are not a big company yet, but we personally guide our clients throughout the process. Many of our clients has become friends and family to us, and we’ll like to keep it that way.
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.
We love LA because is very versatile, specially Downtown. Of course we like to see and discover architecture. We recommend The Broad, a contemporary art museum, on the same street, The Disney Concert Hall, it is amazing. around the corner you will find the Cathedral our Lady of the Angels, Beautiful structure, on the same street the old City Hall, on that building you can access to the observation Deck, for free and you can enjoy a 360 degrees view of the city. Also the Griffith observatory, on the south of Mount Hollywood it is Gorgeous, you can discover this building doing hiking, it is more interesting that way, to the other side of the road you can reach the iconic Hollywood Sign. Los Angeles have a lot beautiful spots, hidden gems, besides the beautiful beaches.
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?
Well our Parents has been the most support for us, they always help in any adversity. In my case (Liz) my husband is the strong one. I never imagined that I would find someone who supports me as much as he has in my career. He has been 100% involved with me.
Hill house photos by Tracy Do Realty.
Portraits and other photos has been taken by Lizzeth & Kevin.