We had the good fortune of connecting with Desy Gato and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Desy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am the type of person that fully takes responsibility for what’s going on in my life. I am spiritual but I don’t believe in the universe making things happen for me without me putting in my effort as well. I was in a point in my life where I felt like I was giving 150% of my time, energy, and focus on my job but I was not receiving what I felt was worth everything I was putting in. I didn’t feel fulfilled, I didn’t see as bright a future as I had hoped and I was burnt out all at the same time. I knew I needed a way out so I made a list of things I was passionate about and thought about how I could monetize any of those things. Then, my business was born.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been modeling for about 4 years now. I’ve personally heard multiple times that my personality is very different from what you’d assume based on my images. That shock value has allowed me to build a really loyal and awesome fan-base which helped me grow my business a lot. What I love the most about modeling is all the amazing people that I get to reach using my platform. I love helping others and inspiring them however I can. From the beginning, I’ve always loved to shoot and share something spiritual or motivational with my images. I don’t post random quotes, most of the stuff I write truly comes from my heart and if I share it with everyone, it’s something that really resonated with me. I am still growing and it has not been an easy journey at all but nothing will stop me from moving forward. From hateful messages to being judged and scrutinized by friends and family, I have dealt with quite a lot of difficult challenges to be where I am today. I invested time, money, sweat and tears to my business and that’s something nobody can take from me. I’ve been able to pay my bills, my families bills, and take them on vacation whenever they please. So I would say it’s been worth it ! Although I will note, it’s taught me that not everyone deserves my kindness. Most often, kindness is taken for weakness. It’s taught me how to say no as well. You do a disservice to yourself every time you do something you dont want to do. Dont do things because you feel obligated. Nobody is going to care about your happiness more than you. I want the world to know that they should never give up on their dreams or goals. You’ve heard it a million times before but one thing is knowing it and another is doing it … It gets hard and lonely once you get started. people dont support you or accept you until you’ve made it and they think it happens overnight when in fact nobody notices the 3-4 years you spent alone and hustling and struggling to get that kind of following for your brand. Dont give up, even when the people you love most dont believe in you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was coming to Miami, I would start in Wynwood. We would walk around, have lunch at The Taco Stand and then probably visit a couple cool picture spots. Then I would show her the Biscayne area where the Art and science museum is. On another day I would probably take her to the beach. Not south beach though, maybe Virginia key or Haulover. After a day at the beach, we’d definitely go have dinner at La carreta. Then I would show her around the Doral area, since there’s two huge malls and lots of shopping you can do there. I would spend another day taking her to Viscaya museum. Those are just a couple things.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many books that changed my life starting with Rich Dad, Poor Dad. After that I read every book Robert Kiyosaki came out with and then dived into self development and entrepreneurship books. My favorite book of all time is The Daily Stoic. It has taught me a way of life that has made me the happiest I have ever been. Another great book is the 1% rule. Aside from great reads, I had a great mentor growing up by the name of Frank Carballido. He was very business oriented and not only taught me daily but also motivated me to want to learn something new as often as humanly possible.
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