We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Guzman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julian, why did you pursue a creative career?
Being our own boss has always been the goal for me. Starting a business doesn’t automatically mean it will become your income but, that’s the goal. I wanted to be able to have the ability to become my own boss without having to ask permission for things. I believe some are called to work and build other businesses up and others are called to create new ones.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Before I ever became a business man I was always called to me a creative first. It may ruffle some feathers with different others but by default, we were all called to be creatives. How can you be a teacher and not call yourself a creative? Do you know how challenging it is to quiet down thirty 5-6 year old students in a classroom? It takes a lot of innovation and creativity. From the beginning I wanted my business to exude a lifestyle of purity over all else. What does that look like? Building connection with other rather than focusing about how much profit I’ll making. Having a close relationship with Jesus and not fretting over what other people are creating. It’s not all about competition but fellowship with one another. I’m learning to break the “cut-throat” narrative of the fashion industry. Because at the end of the day are you really helping others or just yourself? Given the recent months my business has been established I feel like I’ve absorbed so much knowledge and wisdom as a new entrepreneur. I have a very long way to go but I’m grateful where I’ve started. I’ve faced many obstacles and had to make very hard executive decisions but it’s only allowed me to grow. My close friend once told me, when we get scared to do something, do it scared instead of not doing it at all. We were never mean to have it right all the time but to learn from the mistakes.

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.
Living in San Diego is actually a dream. When I picture Southern California I picture sunny San Diego with the ocean waves, palm trees and the birds flying in the sky. Anyone who comes to hangout with me knows that one of my favorites spots in the entire world is Sunset Cliffs. Going to the Cliffs is not even a suggestion it’s a requirement on the agenda. Going alone is personally my favorite but having others see the beauty of San Diego hits the spot. During our time we would definitely be visiting Centennial Park located in Coronado. It’s a beautiful park with a spectacular view of Downtown San Diego. If we wanted to get really creative and fun I would rent a golf car at the little shop by the Coronado beach and drive around the island. Riding bikes is also fun if we wanted to get some good excerice in from all the food we’d eat. Scrolling through Seaport Villsge on the electrical scooters would definitely be on the to do list. One of my favorite restaurants in down in Clairemont called Tajima. It’s a Japanese cuisine with very delicious ramen.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I didn’t really activate my creativity until after high school. I was always in love with fashion and wanted to pursue it as a career. I attended a young adults community at my local church that’s where I really developed close friendships with other different creates like my dear friend Melanie Voigt. Her creative eye is intentional for the Lord and has a heart of gold. I’ve attended different creative conferences virtually and in-person with some of my favorite churches that have spoke to my heart the most. The people I’ve meant have marked my life forever.

Website: youandi.store

Instagram: youandi.social

Other: Personal accounts Instagram: juliancguzman

Image Credits
Fall/Winter campaign photoshoot: Instagram: @donavie.photographie

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