You may have heard about Joe Castillo because he was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. He is a storyteller and a sand animation artist.
Until now, people all over the world have seen him live on all seven continents and over 43 countries. He has also performed on NBC, CBS, BBC, Fox, PBS, and ESPN. One of his biggest accomplishments, however, is the fact that he is the creator of SandStory. It is a unique way of storytelling which uses sand art.
We hope we picked your curiosity because we are about to uncover more details about Joe’s background and his shows.
Joe Castillo’s Path
Joe is no stranger to the entertainment world, as we have already established. He has performed for world leaders, including President Bush, President Clinton or Pope Francis.
Castillo was born in Mexico City and is now the world’s premier sand animation performer.
Art peaked his interest from an early age. First, he attended Ringling School of Art and then he graduated from Florida Bible College.
His career began in advertising. After graduating, he started an agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joe’s advertising experience has to lead him towards becoming a motivational performing artist.
Storytelling Through Words and Sand Art
His vision was different than the one other artists had, so he inspired to create a new and unique way to express himself.
Joe Castillo has been a talented storyteller since he was a teenager. Now, he is simply a master of telling stories, not just through sand art, but with words as well.
He came up with creative ways to use his talent as an artist to enhance his storytelling skills. With a whiteboard and a marker, Joe can combine oratory and artistic gifts to inspire or entertain any audience.
He does it in both English and Spanish.
For the sand art, Joe Castillo only needs sand, a light table, and music, which acts as a medium. You may find sand art called different ways, such as Sand Painting, Sand Animation, SandStory.
The scenes he creates using the sand are displayed on a screen so that the audience can see everything that’s happening.
Thanks to the music, the scenes appear fluid, and it leaves the impression that you are sort of watching a movie. Even though the story has been introduced in 35 different languages, his story is told only in one: sand art. It is universal, and everyone seems to understand it.
Joe’s biggest passion, other than sand art, is to perform at corporate events. Banquets, new product launches, grand openings – you name it. He can take any corporate message and make it relatable to the audience that is in front of him.
Back in 2011, Joe achieved a few big accomplishments.
First, he was asked to perform in the closing of the TEDActive Conference with his performance entitled “The Rediscovery of Wonder!”. Then, he also presented at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.
To top it all off, LPB partnered with Joe to create an original sand story for Turning the Tide. It was a documentary about Louisiana’s disappearing coast.
Joe Castillo is quite an inspiring artist. In the end, we will just leave here a short video where he talks about his sand show.
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