We had the good fortune of connecting with Daisy Xochitl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daisy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Ever since I was a little girl, I never imagined having a typical job as odd as it sounds. My love for designing and creating runs deep, so it is only right that my career path reflects my passions. I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, and my answer was a designer. The teacher who was interviewing me at the time was perplexed at my simple answer and was shocked that I wanted to leave the word fashion out of it. She asked me twice if that is what I wanted for my answer and I stood by it despite her confusion. I specifically recall leaving out the word to not limit myself to one field of work, even though I adore everything that has to do with the world of fashion and clothes. Creating art has always been natural to me, and is part of one of my core memories. As a baby, I would take a crayon (or any writing utensil I could find) and scribble on a blank white wall behind a piece of furniture that only my little hands and eyes could reach. The feeling of seeing the blank wall turn the color I held in my tiny hands was inexplicable and made me want to do it more. My daily routine ended when my grandmother discovered my passion and explained to me how I should draw in notepads instead. From then on, she made sure I had every color of the rainbow in my art supplies and encouraged me to create whatever my heart desired.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe what sets me apart from others is my desire to create a welcoming community. Western culture is so used to being independent and going through hard times alone, when it should not be that way. I created a second Instagram page in 2016 to find people who were interested in social change, BIPOC cultures, and to escape from the pressures of my adolescence. Within months, I began to find my people by posting about my interests and what was going on in my life at the time. This was a huge shock to me since I was so used to my posts being ignored by people I knew in real life on my original page. I used my new page as a way to show people that it was okay to embrace their culture and to stick up for what is right. By talking about experiences in my own life, I created a space for people to come together and confide in me. I am proud of the community I have created over the years and how far we have all grown despite the harshness of Western society. My brand Besitology was also created during this time. I knew I had the chance to further help people through my business and it brought me joy. I designed shirts that embraced these messages and donated portions of my earnings to mutual aid funds within the community. My journey has been …interesting to say the least. Despite knowing in my gut that I was meant to have a creative career path, I let the pressure from uncreative people get in my head for me to get a “real” job. When I was sixteen, I decided to apply at a fast food place thinking I was not going to get the job, but to my surprise they hired me. My business was then left in the background when it was just getting started. I fell into the loop and pressure of others then started to work many more jobs after that one. It took the pandemic for me to sit down and have a serious talk with myself since I was not working anymore. I realized I should not let society pressure me into what they think I should do with my life and follow my dreams. From then on, I began to tap back into what brings me the most happiness, creating art. My art now consists of paintings, collages, and making clothes. I would like the world to know that it is okay to pursue your passions. Art related jobs have a negative connotation and I think social media has proved this way of thinking to be outdated. There is an audience for everything in this world and I promise there are people who are interested in what you have to say. The first step is to put yourself out there and to believe in yourself despite societal pressures.
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.
I would first take them to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Tipico’s, so they can get a taste of true Tex-Mex. I grew up going here all the time and it is my family’s go to spot when we do not want to cook ourselves, plus they play the best Tejano music. After we would go to the DMA or Dallas Contemporary to check out some art. During the week we would go to Oak Cliff to experience the real side of Dallas and our culture. There are so many local restaurants and businesses to support in the area so we would have somewhere new to go everyday. And of course… they have to try some Plucker’s at one point. During the night, we would probably hit up Deep Ellum or anywhere where there is a beautiful view of the skyline. The possibilities are endless in Dallas, I just have to know what they are mentally prepared to get into that week and I’ll show them a good time.
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?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my loved ones, but more specifically my grandparents. Without them I would not have half of the work ethic I have today and for that I am eternally grateful.