Luz Castilla

LuzC

LuzC is a dynamic, creative concept photographer and director. 

What is your freelance service?

I am a Director/Photographer. I do Films, Music Videos, and all types of photography through what I enjoy doing is fine art photography which is also known as “concept photography”. I Have started my own show called “The Life of A Creator” which I am working on at the moment. The first episode is out now on IGTV and YouTube @itsluzc.
 

Where are you based?

I am mainly in Alief Houston, Texas, but soon I will be going to NYC and LA.

Briefly share how you became a freelancer.

It started in 2006 when my dad was taken by ICE and my mom was left to raise my two older sisters and me alone. During that time when my dad was incarcerated, I got a hold of my first camera which was his. I would use his cameras and play around with them not thinking much of it. As time went by it just became a part of me. I truly fell in love with it when I got a hold of my first professional camera, for my 16th birthday. I got a Rebel T6i, and that’s when I got more into Self-portraits and picture editing. I would catch myself thinking of a concept and bringing it to life. This made me feel like I could do anything and express myself anyway (that’s why you’ll always expect something new from me). I felt liberated, I was able to show the world who LuzC is, LuzC is a photographer, model, artist, and everything in between. Photography gave me confidence, it set me free from everything that would put me down, even myself, I am my own worst critic. It also helped me learn not to listen to what anyone says or thinks about me, as long as I know I’m straight, I’m good. Also, I want to thank the people who have always supported me by sharing, liking, or commenting it means the world to me to see that people really enjoy what I create.

What has been your biggest win as a freelancer? 

Being able to be free and express myself is truly the best gift and prize, things that people see as “wins” are temporary but Freedom is forever.

What are some of the hurdles you’ve overcome as a freelancer? Do you think these hurdles are indicative of the freelancer profession overall?

My journey has been a wild one, filled with lessons and bad and beautiful experiences. Most of all I am thankful because as of now, I have found myself creatively and as more time goes by I will continue to grow, and I’m looking forward to it. Though a big pill I had to swallow was realizing people won’t always support you and what you love to do, and that’s okay just keep your head up because at the end of the day you know your power and what you can accomplish.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a freelancer?

Never listen to others’ opinions about your work take constructive criticism but never listen to the hate.
 

Let’s say I’m a client that’s looking to hire a freelancer that does what you do. Why should I hire you?

I do more creative photography, and directing it is not just a snap and edit type of thing I will bring new ideas that can change the way people look at you or anything that you choose to hire me for, it’s about creativity and innovation. we will work in a team to effectively bring your ideas to life.

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