We had the good fortune of connecting with Ari Loeb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ari, is there a piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“No matter what, keep at it.” I believe that is a loaded piece of advice. There are many stages to success, and there’s no telling if you’ll flourish in the later parts of the process. Some people grow out of it – whatever they’re passionate about. Some people find that they don’t like the game, or the people playing it. But most commonly, people take discouragement too willingly. You will consistently be advised against doing things, and often times hard work won’t feel like it’s worth the effort. When hard work starts to feel like shifting concrete, it might be time to try something else. The first thing I would advise you to do is quit. Hang up your hat and find another road. You won’t make it on this one. If I can help you to separate the nuances of success and your future goals, what you’re left with is a simple choice: leave, or stay. I say leave. You probably won’t succeed anyways, and I’m going to make it impossible for you, if I can. This is what the world does. It tells you no, and it gives you a bunch of reasons why. You will fail one hundred auditions, and there are people out there who will actually try to hold you back, possibly even throw mud on your reputation. If you take my advice and quit, you are doing yourself a huge favor, because you wouldn’t have made it anyways. Congratulations, you just saved yourself a lot of time. If you don’t take my advice, well, you might have enough ice in your blood to be successful at something.
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?
I’d bring my friend through the canyons into Malibu. We’d eat fish at Neptune’s Net or Malibu Farm Pier Cafe, then chill on a beach. I would also recommend going out to the desert for an air bnb or some camping. Then, when you get back all hungry, you can hit up the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks for some bomb-doggity BBQ.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my friends and mentors: Sean Greene, Moses Pendleton, Ilram Choi, Rory Mitchell, Jun Kuribiyashi, HT Chen, and Meredith Baylis, who held a cigarette lighter under my leg in arabesque, when I was 11 years-old in ballet class. That was her way of saying “leave, or stay.” I learned a lot from her.
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