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

Hi Vasthy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I have always had a special connection with kids. It is in fact the only thing I will ever brag about. I understand the way their brains work and after babysitting and teaching 100’s of them, there is one thing that is clear among all of them: They all want to be seen.

And for so long that was not the case.

I did not grow up seeing a lot of people like me in cartoons, books, or movies. I was shown the same type of people all the time. So when you do not see yourself as a child you assume you are the wrong one and YOU need to change to fit into their world.
What makes us successful is that we make it our goal to make every child feel seen. To show them they are loved and are wonderful just the way they are and that being here is really a miracle.

We interact with them our ragtag team of Blacks, first generations, LBGTQia+, Asain, children on the spectrum, Muslin the list goes on and on and on. And as more marginalized groups shout to be seen, it is our job as adults to lift and amplify their voices, or as the lyrics in Bob Dylan’s ‘Times they are Changin’ says,

“Come, mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don’t criticize

What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’

And if we ride that wave of change with open hearts and minds,I believe the sky will be the limit for us and my heart will feel happy knowing we are helping our beautiful youth.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.: I am a very positive person. I believe in hope and will always try to find the good in people. I am a Jack of all trades master of none, but all of my skills have helped me to get where I am, even though I never understood that I had them. I am excited to keep following my light and rather than set goals just listen to the space around me more and follow that.

How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy?
Started as a Dancer
Moved on to Musical Theater
On Broadway for 10 years
Moved to LA to do the CBS showcase which was a crash course in being in a writers room.
Now doing Theater, TV, FILm voice-over work, and more.
Was not easy was always the underdog but had to work just a little harder.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Have a good tribe around you that are sure to call you out and help keep u in check.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
That we want to teach kids love and empathy. We are happy joy makers and want to keep the art of theater alive to the younger generation.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I just moved there so I do not know sorry!

I can say

Beach calms you
Mountains can make you feel like a dreamer
Desert quiets you

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

As it relates to working with kids it is
LeVar Burton
Mr. Rodgers
and
John Mullany

As with my interaction with the world, My parents

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