We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Roa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity. I believe that we live in a world in which it’s becoming harder and harder to trust. People are no longer believing what they hear from the government, academia, even doctors. We want something real. And the truth is that real is often messy. I’m human. I’m not perfect. I have struggled with depression, PTSD from sexual abuse, and many other issues that are incredibly common. In the past, or maybe even now, most PR companies would be telling me not to talk about that stuff. I’d be warned that it would “ruin my image” and I would be advised to keep it to myself. But how is that helping anyone? It is my belief that what people need to see is that you can HAVE those issues and still find a way to love life. You can still figure out how to be happy, no matter what has happened in your past or what sort of obstacles you face.
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.
I never used to think of myself as an artist. I felt like my siblings were the artistic ones and I had been given the logical/scientific mind. And yet here I am with a spoken word poetry album, PERMISSION, that I just released and about to unveil my newest artistic endeavor: pop/hip hop music. It’s kind of crazy for me to think about just how far I’ve come and it excites me to think about how much room I have to grow. It definitely was not an easy journey. I believe that embracing your inner artist means facing off with all of your fears and doubts. Overcoming the stories we may have picked up along the way saying that we can’t do it. But creativity is the purest expression of our soul. It’s an inherent piece of each of us, completely unique to each person. We are all artists. Every single word you speak is your own creation (assuming you aren’t reading them). Yet somewhere along the line we take on this belief that we aren’t artists. Perhaps it was someone telling us we have a terrible singing voice. Maybe it was because we thought we couldn’t earn a living following our hearts. And I want to help people change that story. If I can do it, anyone can.
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?
To be honest, I have two things I love about Los Angeles: the people and the food. I know that L.A. can get a bad wrap for the people, I’ve encountered plenty of the self-centered, wealth-focused stereotypes here as well, but what’s also here is an incredibly conscious community of people who are pursuing their dreams. This city is full of humans who have taken a big risk to say goodbye to wherever they grew up and have chosen to follow their hearts. That energy is so inspiring for me to be around, and there are plenty of events happening every single day that can fill you up. Dancing, live music, and of course, the food. I’ve travelled all over the world and I still feel like Los Angeles blows me away with the incredible assortment of restaurants. I’m a bit of a foodie, and my biggest requirement is high quality ingredients, which is becoming more and more abundant elsewhere, but seems to be a staple in LA. For vegans, places like Sage & Cafe Gratitude are excellent. For an incredible steak you can visit Cut or Bel Campo. Satdha for Thai. Pono for Burgers. And of course, if you have a sweet tooth, Donut Friend & Van Leeuwen Ice Cream will blow your mind.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is a tough one. I feel very blessed to have been supported by so many people over the years, from girlfriends to parents to close friends and mentors. I feel like the answer that is coming to me right now is different than many would expect, but it feels important. My shoutout is to plant medicine. The entheogens that have given me so much insight, awareness, and direction over the years. My journey with various medicines and traditions has been well documented in my podcast “The Deep Dive” and I’d feel fraudulent if I wasn’t acknowledging just how massive of an impact they have made in my life.
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