Today we’d like to introduce you to Doray Castillo.
Doray, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I worked in the production of shows for many years in my country Venezuela. Due to the political circumstances, I had to get out of there, after my three children left my country.
I lived for three months in London and I arrived in Houston on October 14, 2017, without knowing that I would continue to work with my passion, the production of shows and the Latin culture.
In December of that same year, I had a conversation with Ernesto Rangel, founder of the Guataca Nights Foundation, and I started working with him, I produced the first concert in Houston, on February 2, 2018, and I was already writing the culture column of the Venezuelan newspaper EV Houston.
Now, I am the International Director of the Foundation (Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Argentina, Dominican Republic), and I have produced 17 concerts in the cities of Houston and Katy. I founded the headquarters of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the United States 10 cities (currently we are 12) and on December 4, we will open the headquarters in the Dominican Republic.
In March of this year, I had the honor of receiving the recognition of the Mayor of Houston from Mayor Sylvester Turner for promoting and enriching Houston’s diversity through Latin American musical initiatives.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth road? No. It is not easy to get off your country and your family and start over.
Learning to live in a country with different cultures, languages, norms, and laws is not easy at all.
It helped me to have experience in my work and apply it here.
It was my turn to knock on many doors and convince people that the product I offered was a portal to good entertainment. So, I not only got sponsors and clients but ended up getting allies and friends who love Latin American music and culture.
My advice is: believe in your abilities and work with care, respect, and passion.
Please tell us about Guataca Nights Foundation.
Guataca Nights is a platform for alternative music in Latin America, for new musicians and for consecrated musicians as well.
I am a producer and advisor of Latin musical shows and known as such.
I feel proud as an organization that promotes music and culture and seeing that people stay until the end of the show and leave with a smile on their face fills me with immense happiness.
I distinguish myself from the fact that I only work with Latin and mostly Venezuelan music, I bet on alternative music and mergers with other musical genres but whenever that fusion includes our idiosyncrasy.
Who have you been inspired by?
Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Detachment from everything to give herself to the needy and fight for them regardless of their own life or security is more than commendable and admirable.
- Website: www.guatacanights.com
- Phone: 832-450-1051
- Email: DORAY.CASTILLO@GMAIL.COM
- Instagram: doraycastillo
- Facebook: Doray Castillo
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