We had the good fortune of connecting with Caiya Velasco Teters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caiya, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Choosing my artistic career was an easy decision for me. I was lucky enough to be raised in the industry (since age 3) and have always had a passion for the arts; even as a child. So my answer wouldn’t necessarily be I “chose” to pursue this career, art is who I am, and I know if I pursued anything other than that I would be going back on who I knew my true self to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The beginning of it all was at the age of 3 for me. I began with Classical Ballet which then led into a multitude of things. Growing up I was a homeschooled ballet dancer training in multiple different dance disciplines, plus musical theater!
One of the hardest parts was definitely the negativity I would receive, I would always get picked on by kids for being homeschooled and was always accused of not having any friends and being a shut-in. I didn’t care because I knew that wasn’t who I was. So I kept on training and tried to surround myself with as much positivity as possible.
I started training Circus when I was 17. It was such a crazy and different kind of experience for me that I never imagined myself exploring. I was always known as “the dancer” among people and I think it surprised everyone just as much. After training circus I began performing with a company and loved it! I felt I could implicate all my years of dance and musical theater training. After 3 years I decided to leave the company and start performing on my own. It was a scary new chapter in my life which definitely has had its up and downs but had definitely been worth it! It has led into starting my own Circus Performing and Teaching Company which I could not be more proud of!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do is take them to Agora in Montrose. I love coffee and they have the best Pecan Cold brew ever!
For food, definitely Thai Market in the Heights. They are a mom and pop restaurant doubling as a mini market and it is delightful!
The Houston Arboretum is beautiful and definitely a must see as well.
Thrifting in Houston is always fun as well! Pavement, Leopard Lounge and lo-fi are great spots and all on the same strip!
Drinks at High & Dry bar on Main St. in Downtown are amazing!
And lastly my favorite hang out spot would probably be EQ Coffee in the Heights. The service is superb and the best way to describe the atmosphere is warm.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be the artist I am today if it wasn’t for my Parents and Husband. A career in the arts can be very difficult and disheartening at times. With that being said, I am eternally grateful for their support, love and encouragement.
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