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

Hi Randy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?

From the on hands experience of helping my Father run our Family Business to my Brothers running it after my Father’s passing, my early childhood was school, hobbies and working with my family. After I graduated high school, I tried to do the 9 to 5’er … it wasn’t my thing.

Then an opportunity came along to fill in an overnight radio shift at the #1 Radio Station in West Texas, KEAN 105FM. After 14 years on and off, my Radio Career (DJ-On Air Announcer, Program Director, Music Director, Operations, Production, Media Relations, Sales and working with Non-Profit Organizations) helped me immensely in creating my desire and confidence to move out on my own. What gave me an additional desire and confidence was a small glimpse into local TV. Which branched into still photography, videography, graphic design, artwork, editing, directing and producing my own video vignettes, videos, short films and film. I had so many incredible people that influenced me in both mediums! It’s just too many to list. I would have to credit everyone that I have worked with. I knew this is where I wanted to be. Once I established my first studio out of San Antonio, there was no going back to working for anyone else or company.

With my current Media Arts/Entertainment Business – CMS Studios/DATS ENTMT, being able to work with talented, young people and tapping into their talents is the reason why I do it. I was tired of going into the same place – same time – same routine. In the Media Arts/Entertainment Business, it is always something new and fresh going on. You have to keep up with the changing times or get left behind. Now CMS Studios is my creation and DATS (Dusty Attic Toy Show) I co-own with the Founder, Charlie Maze.

I applied my business ethics with Charlie’s Original Show and created a very reputable Toy Show in the DFW area, the Dusty Attic Toy Show.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Music, Artwork, TV and Film have always been my passion. Comics, Toys, Diecast and Memorabilia has always been my hobbies. I wanted to create a business that I could cross all these boundaries. With my current business, I did just that! I am able to own, run and create with some incredibly talented folks on a daily basis.

Being involved in Radio and TV early in my life, it gave me a desire to build toward a business plan to work with a small crew of people, very talented in their fields, working on their weaknesses and concentrating on their strengths. It created a very balanced and cohesive work environment. You give your creative team that freedom to create. Bring input into each project you encounter and have a final project that everyone has had a hand in… it makes you understand about teamwork. So when I give out solo projects, they know the process and the steps to bring it to a final product. I work more with artist development and fine tuning their POV(Point of View). Getting them to understand that personal art and commercial art are two different items. I work with them to bring those talents together to make business/marketable plans, logos, designs, concepts, etc. There is no more book work here… come in and let’s get to work. Start with a dot and a few lines and make a masterpiece!

Our Dusty Attic Toy Show is done in the same manner. But we are working with Vendors instead of Artists. Don’t let the name fool you. A dusty attic is where items go to get cobwebs, dust and forgotten. But what lies under that are actual treasures! You can find those toy treasures at our show in Vintage and Retro Toy and Collectibles finds! But we have Vendors that bring the full spectrum at our Dusty Attic. The latest in Pop Culture, Anime and Toys can be found … all the way to the vintage toys that started it all. We even have eats, treats and miscellaneous items in the show for all folks.

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?
In our Garland neighborhood, Frankie’s Place is an incredible Mexican cuisine restaurant with cantina. Their staff knows us and treats everyone that comes in like family. Another place we would take them to would be Tender’s BBQ in Frisco. Super friendly staff and delectable BBQ is the standard. The decor is very BBQ traditional. They have an awesome house sauce too. Show them the Hispanic Culture Center downtown. We would have to visit the new Texas Rangers ballpark and Texas LIVE! Most definitely – take a trip out to the Star in Frisco as well. And if they come in for the State Fair of Texas, we would hit that for sure. For some live music, we would see what is available at the Toyota Music Factory or if they love 80s and 90s music then we would have to hit up the The Revel Patio Grill in Frisco.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Through the years of Dusty Attic Toy Show, Charlie Maze, the original owner and founder, let me into his life to create an environment for his Toy Show to grow in a direction that is constantly moving forward. He always had to remind me in the beginning that it is now “our” show. We both met at a Diecast Show in Mesquite, TX and since then we have been family. Our Dusty Attic Toy Show is in its 13th year.  April of 2010 is our anniversary. I have been with Charlie and DATS since 2013.

Ernest Garza Sr. was the first Diecast Collector I met at the pegs in a Walmart in Irving. He was and will always be one of my best friends and brother! His family – daughter and son, Samantha and Ernie – are still a part of our Toy Show Family. I can still hear his voice and laugh at our show. He introduced me to the Toy Show/Diecast Show scene in the DFW area.  Thank you for your service, Ernest passed in 2018.

Chris Walker of Night Stalker Customs was my connection for Transformers, GI Joe’s, Star Wars and anything 80s oriented in collecting. I met him personally at the one and only San Antonio Regionals Hot Wheels Event. I finally got to meet the man that I had been trading with or just geeking out over our toy collections. Over 20 years of friendship and so much respect for his talents and the service during his military career. He passed this year.

Glenn Thompson “The Animal” himself of Abilene, TX – He was my hometown Hot Wheel Buddy and Brother.  We would go on road trips all over Texas hunting Hot Wheels and Toys and going to diecast shows. He and his beautiful family were my first diecast influence. He also passed this year as well.

All of our Staff and Crew: Enrique Garcia, Magan McClain, Victoria Gonzalez, Cindy Peck, Hunter Bryant, Edgar Rosales, Ricardo Belmonte. We couldn’t do the Show without you all doing your parts for the Show.

All of our DATS Vendors Team that sets up monthly! You all bring it once a month! We also couldn’t do it without you all!

Instagram: @dustyattictoyshow

Facebook: facebook.com/dustyattictoyshow

Image Credits
Forever CPR Photography – Instagram @forevercprphotography / Facebook – Forever CPR Photography Cindy Parades Rangel, Francisco Rangel Dusty Attic Toy Show – Randy Castillo

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