We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Rudd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrian, why did you pursue a creative career?
This is the only thing I’m good at that would fulfill me long-term. I knew it would be a challenge, but I was up for the journey if it meant I was doing something that inspired me, gave me energy, and was constantly growing and learning.
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.
My career is kind of all over the place, but in the past year I feel like I’ve finally found my stride in the travel and home industries. With photography I’ve learned that patience is key when it comes to finding where you fit. I recommend trying anything that interests you, and if you find that it’s not your passion then it’s okay to let it go and try something else. The sooner you stop caring what other people think the quicker you will find what it is you’re meant to do. When it gets really tough, lean on your support system, ask for help or guidance, or just have them remind you why you began in the first place. If you don’t have a strong support system, go back to your core values, remind yourself of your goals, and have that push you forward to overcome the challenging times.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are too many great restaurants to visit but some of my favorites are Undergrind Cafe or Lodge Bread Co for breakfast, Mariscos Jaliscos for the best tacos, Mizlala for mediterranean and Mozza for pizza. I’d also definitely go to Redondo, Huntington or Long Beach for a good surf lesson, and for a good hike go to the Pacific Palisades. For drinks I’d go to Shangri la Hotel in Santa Monica for a rooftop view of the beach, or for DTLA vibes I’d go to Perch. Now I just want to have a fun LA day! Ugh.
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?
There are quite a few people who have shared their time, energy, industry knowledge, and lessons with me over the past few years. But I have to say I am extremely grateful and lucky to have parents who gave me their full support when I wanted to move across the country to pursue a creative career at 22 years old. I probably would not have the courage to be on this path if it weren’t for their guidance and unwavering belief in me.
Main photo is taken by Mariangela Quiroga
Model: Kim Vandenberg