We had the good fortune of connecting with Mon Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mon, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
For as long as I remember, I’ve been a huge fanatic of the horror genre. Growing up, people would frown and tell me that horror is “not for women”. I knew their statement didn’t make sense, but it didn’t stop being painful to hear regardless. The genre is, like the whole film industry, dominated by men.
There have been several great women filmmakers involved in the horror genre, that have been overshadowed by the amount of men. Being a Producer, Debra Hill is one of my biggest inspirations.
My dream is for people to think of me, alongside other brilliant creators, when they think of horror movies. Nobody else should grow up listening that the thing you are passionate about is “just for men”. I want to make the horror community a safer space for all women. We belong here too.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a background of freelancing in multiple departments in the film industry, but ultimately my career goal is to be a Creative Producer. Despite having a lot of experience in Physical Production (and being a HUGE nerd for logistics), I’m more passionate about getting involved in the storytelling and working closely with the creative team. I enjoy writing as well and would love to produce my own scripts.
I am extremely hardworking and hustle a lot. When I’m not working in my own projects, I enjoy volunteering in other sets. The rush of being on set gives me an unexplainable kind of something that makes me wake up in the morning. I have projects lined up constantly, it is never fully quiet for me. My constant involvement and networking make me really proud of myself.
My blind -sometimes called delusional – optimism sets me apart from others. Even in the worst of scenarios, I always manage to find the bright side. I always say that nothing is ever -that- sad to me. I think sadness has some sort of absurdity in it, and I somehow find every obstacle kind of comedic after some time has passed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends and I often have picnics at Barnsdall Art Park and Dockweiler Beach. I LOVE going to drag bingo at Hamburger Mary’s! I also enjoy visiting Cat Cafe Lounge, I adopted my second cat there!
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?
In only a year, my AFI friends and collaborators have become extremely important in my life. We are like a family now.
Pablo Guillen, Sarah Jane Hardt