We had the good fortune of connecting with Anirays Camino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anirays, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
One of the things we, as entrepreneur moms are always mortified about is definitely Balance. Because when you’re so passionate about what you do, your personal life just becomes your business and the rest of the people see you as a workaholic. And let me go deeper on that; I’m a photographer and part of my job, as an artist is editing images. BUT if we go on vacations I will also work on my kid’s beautiful portraits that I just took or work on the light of the landscaping, seeing it as a potential photograph I can hang on my living room.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started doing business when I was at the end of my career as an accountant doing currency exchange between my parent’s business partners, family members, and random people referred to me.
When I had my first baby I had to leave the financial world and totally change my lifestyle and economic independence for a while studying photography and an MVA “Master in visual arts”.
A few years after my second baby was born, I decided to go back to business, but this time, including my creative side and all the tools I learned during this transformation period.
At first, I decided to start working with galleries showcasing my work, organizing, getting involved in curated art exhibitions, and also meeting and working in collaboration with other well-known artists. This is how I founded “Art Living Room” which is the virtual gallery and staging where I’m partnered with Pily Montiel, also an artist and graphic designer. Because of this, I started getting involved in many events, not only for art purposes, but also for charities, kids, dinners with my friends where we all had crazy ideas that end up in beautiful parties, and that’s how WEPAH was born.
To be honest, I just wanted to simplify/automize how the events industry worked by giving transparent quotes and have a catalog where you can pick and choose what you wanted, avoiding the hassle of getting hundreds of quotes, deliveries, and invoices to pay always trying to not forget anything. But I realized it wasn’t that simple at all and still is not, but I have learned a lot in the process and Love it, it’s like a wide-open canvas where there’s so much to create and give life to not only me but to other people’s ideas! I really love it
While developing the WEPAH app and software to plan events, my other 2 brothers and my sister coincidently also wanted to develop their own apps, and that’s when we all decided to create An Incubator of projects to have our own in-house team and grown together. Today my brother and partner “Nicolas Bolivar” is who runs this technology company developing websites, apps, and social media management for other companies worldwide.
It’s all Creatively Connected and techniquely developed.
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?
6:30 am Beach sunrise at South Point (I do this every morning) 9:30 am Breakfast at ABBA TLV Kitchen, they have the best almond milk Latte in town, and it’s such a cozy cute place to go for breakfast or lunch
11:00 am I would take her to my office “Art Living Room” (between the Design District and Midtown) to check out the studio, take some photos, and meet the rest of the team
12:30 am Walk to see all the sculptures & art installation around the design district, eat ice cream, have our second coffee at the rooftop of the Dior Cafe
2:00 pm Lunch at Swan and the “Birthday Party Dessert” with Miso chocolate chip cookies, Vanilla & Caramel ice cream, salted creamy peanut butter cup & pretzel
4:00 pm Pop-up events like the Vang Gogh exhibit, Ice Cream Museum, Wine & Food Fet, Art Basel, or whatever is going on in the city!
8:00 pm Light dinner at Kosushi and cocktails at South Point Tavern to finalize our day with the great company of local neighbors
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?
My Husband, Max! He’s a tough critic and number one FUN who always reminds me of how strong I am and all the impossible things that I’ve made possible. My friends and charities who have supported me in organizing Art Exhibitions to show my artwork and also being there for me to develop all my creative ideas.
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