Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Castellanos.
Gina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a writer and actor. Born and raised in Mexico City. At the age of 19, I moved to NYC to peruse a career in Musical Theater. I lived there for about ten years and got into writing while hustling to become an artist. I made my debut in Mamma Mia! (Original Mexican Cast) and kept on working ever since. My passion has always dwell in education for young Latinas. Being Mexican and venturing out to make a career in the performing arts field made me realize I had no resources not to mention, no accessible tools to help me navigate the waters of womanhood at the time.
Later on, after having my break in TV and everything that came along with, I heard my voice for the first time. I knew there where some young girls looking at me and “Comparing” themselves to me on Social Media. That sense of responsibility made me create and develop content that inspire them and hopefully could activate their Latina minds, maybe help them think out of our guilty religious upbringing and break free. I decided I would share all the info that I personally, would’ve loved my mother taught/shared with me when I was a teenager. So I created a podcast called “YO Mujer” and through storytelling, experiences, anecdotes and a bunch of other amazing women; we inspire educate, question and empower Latinas one episode at a time. From menstruation to pleasure, YO Mujer is on its 4th season on iTunes and Spotify. I now live in LA with my guapo husband and scruffy doggie. I work as a writer and an advocate for Women that English is not their first language here in Los Angeles. I am also a Script Consultant for content in Spanish and a Screen Writer.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not smooth, but definitely interesting and so fulfilling.
Mostly I had to break the old self. Who doesn’t? You have to, if you want to meet your true YOU.
Old self included: false relationships, false beliefs and romantic thoughts of life. And those were painful. Specially the ones you really thought you “had” down. I had to set boundaries with family and those were super hard too.
I share information on self development and your message can only be heard if you’ve done the work yourself. And that puts you always on the edge. You gotta walk the talk to inspire and mostly to plant seeds on other women, and activate their minds to make them put in the work themselves. So I guess, it has been hard sitting with myself and embracing pain, struggle and love at the same time. Understanding the differences between religion and spirituality and creating a life that is loyal to me. A soberano sensation, thought, word and mostly action.
Struggle was letting go off everything that didn’t align to what I truly respected, believed and specially wanted. Even if that means your country, your family or what you considered where your values.
Please tell us about YO Mujer.
YO MUJER is a podcast in Spanish that educates young and not so young Latinas through entertainment.
It’s been feature on Apple Podcast Most Notorious of Latinoamérica for Spanish Content in Wellness and Self Development.
I believe in the power of community and this content has brought so many women together and has promoted a sense of “belonging” that these women didn’t have before. They are eager to learn and some of the information they have obtained through YO Mujer, have actually activated their hearts to look out for other resources and start their own journey into self discovery.
What were you like growing up?
I was super extrovert. Always looking for attention. I loved to entertain and be light of the party. My mother is extra catholic so some of those behaviors weren’t understood completely. I found in Theater and the Performing Arts Field my tribe, and a welcoming, loving community. Always enjoyed languages and physical movement. Also I loved eating… always do, always will. #amocomer
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