We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriel da Rosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always had a feeling that I didn’t choose to pursue an artistic or creative career, that career pursued me. Somehow I’ve been always surrounded by creative people and situations, and somehow, always ended up doing something creative, I actually consider myself fortunate enough that I don’t even know how to live differently, I don’t even understand how to live without going thru a creative process on a daily basis.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what makes me feel proud or excited is the every day challenge, of course all of us would appreciate if things were a little easier sometimes, but thats the beauty of life. I’m most proud of chances I took and to see how they impact in my life time. The decision of always move forward and pursuit something better its a reason for me to feel proud, If’s not good, why not change. The fact that LA is the 10th city I live in, and USA the third continent, set’s me apart a little from the others, I believe, nothing better, only different, I think the fact that I experienced so many different cultures, ways of thinking and acting that makes me think a little different from other people when I’m facing random situations. The biggest lesson I learned on the way was also something that my mom always told me, that I guess just prove it self to be the truth. “Be good, do good and be happy”. She always thought me that if we are good people, if we do good to other people, if we follow our path without stepping on anyone else heads to make our way up and always being honest and kind, there’s no reason why thing’s won’t work out for you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d definitely take them to the ocean, we have so many beautiful beaches in LA, hidden hike spots all over this town from west to east LA. Also, I’m a big fan of the diversity of cultures in LA, so there’s no lack of great food from all over the world in LA. My favorite places in LA are definitely on the East side, great Latino, Asian, American and European authentic and crossover cultures in so many ways, specially in the cuisine. So many amazing bars and venues with great shows and Dj’s playing. Definitely would take them to Gold Line Bar in Highland Park and Zebulon in Frog Town.
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 think my shout out goes to every type of counter culture that every existed in this world or life time. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Skateboard culture in a very young age, sounds like not a big deal, but, skateboarding in the late 90’s, early 2000’s in the south of Brazil was almost like something from another planet. That’s when I learn about music, punk culture, hip hope, fashion, street life, discipline, not giving up, friendship, companionship and the list goes on. I would definitely not be the same if I haven’t put my feet over a board when I did in a very young age. Also, was the skateboard that broke my leg, put me in a wheel chair and made me realize I needed to start playing guitar. Other than counter cultures and skateboard, definitely my Mom, Maria Luiza Kuhn, without here I wouldn’t have gotten not even close by where I am, or where I’ve been in this life. She’s my mentor in life.
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