We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Kaufman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariana, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
There is this little demon voice I hear many days. It says, “what are you doing? You aren’t good enough or this or that enough. Give up.” And many times I think, yes you’re right I should give up. There are so many creative people wanting to do the same thing, so just give up. But every single time (after a long tearful battle) I decide to quit this other voice pops up, “NO! THIS-creating, is what you think and dream about daily. You can’t help yourself. You can’t help but make art.” So, even if I did “give up” I would still be expressing myself and making some weird video, even if it’s just for Instagram, where no one will watch it All of this to say, I think someone who really loves art doesn’t care if there is an audience. You will find a away to make your truth-your soul-speak. So if you find yourself thinking about your craft and making your spirit come alive then you can never give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Many would see me and say she didn’t succeed at acting- she barely got her foot in the door, but what I would say is that I am making my own art. I’m studying my craft, and focusing on becoming a more whole human. It’s taken me over a decade to feel this way. Now, I try to find little joys and humor in my world. I’m so thankful for social media that I can make my weird little videos and comedy skits. I finally have a place to express myself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Museum Of Jurassic Technology, My Vegan in Eagle Rock, The Battery, which is a wonderful little book shop. And we would probably take a little drive to the Angeles National Forest for a little hiking.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is a book that has helped me find my voice,
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés