We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Nicole George and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ariana Nicole, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The arts have taught me invaluable lessons and given me so much—friends, confidence, a strong sense of self-worth, and a healthy connection to my inner child. I hope to give back a least a fraction of what this industry has given to me. The best way I can think of doing that is pursuing this career and doing exactly what I love, encouraging others to do the same along the way. I want to be that person a little kid or even a fully grown adult sees on stage or in a TV show and thinks: “I want to do that, too.” I want to show people it’s never the wrong time to follow your dreams!

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 like to consider myself a multi-hyphenate—that’s just a fancy way of saying I have a whole lot of passions. Sometimes too many! A lot of artists find themselves in this position, and I think it’s a wonderful problem to have. We have an endless amount of creativity and we’re almost never bored. I am a performer: whether it is on the stage, behind a screen, or at a public/private event as a mermaid, princess, or wizard. I am a voice-actor: bringing characters born through many different mediums to life in my very own closet. I am a writer: from music to novels to plays, I have so many stories I want to tell. Getting to where I am today wasn’t easy, but I am so lucky to have had endless encouragement from many people in my life. Voice-acting is what I consider to be my main passion. I’m very grateful to young Ariana for seeing that anyone could become a voice-actor on YouTube and deciding to finagle a way to get her foot in that door. With a handheld microphone, a spare pop filter, and a dinosaur of an interface, I started my voice-acting journey. Now, I’m signed with an agent in LA, just built my very own broadcast-quality home studio, and am working towards a professional voice-acting career.
I’ve started out as self-taught in many aspects of my art—from animation to writing to audio/video editing—and I am so proud of myself for wanting something and not letting self-doubt get in the way of figuring out how to do it. I have had my share of road blocks along the way, and over time have taken courses to truly hone my craft, but it all really started for me online, accompanied by endless hours of trial-and-error with auditions, editing programs, etc. But I always went back to this amazing online world I had found of incessantly creative people. Finding a community of artists who are just as passionate as you are sort of does that to a person!
If I could tell the world anything, it would be to not follow the guidelines that society has put in place for you. In the education I pursed in musical theatre, so often we were told “if you want to do anything else, you shouldn’t be here” and encouraged to be a “triple threat”—equally excelling in acting, singing, and dancing. But the truth is, it is incredibly difficult to be an expert at all three, and no person only has one passion. I brand myself as “a different kind of triple threat”—a performer, voice-actor, and writer. And that doesn’t make me any less of a musical theatre actor. In fact, it actually allows me to have a much healthier relationship with musical theatre because I have taught myself how to navigate a career so full of rejection by proving to myself that I am more than that. And we all are, as human beings, more than just one thing! I will always encourage people to reintroduce old passions into their life that they may have had to put on the backburner for their career. It’s important to have balance.

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 actually did exactly this with a friend just before the pandemic. She had never been to LA and wanted to do everything there was to do. We covered the standard itinerary, such as Disney, Universal, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Getty/Getty Villa, but there is so much more to LA than that. I took her for one of my favorite activities—driving along the PCH with the windows down and music echoing in my ears. Sometimes, one of the best things about LA is that you can just get in your car and drive, and you’ll never know what you’ll find! A spot I absolutely adore is Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat café in Hollywood. You can go get a drink and hang out with kitties—who wouldn’t want that? The best part is, all of the cats are up for adoption through a shelter. They also have lots of events, like comedy nights, yoga with kittens, and more.
I also adore escape rooms, so I’d love to take a friend there as well. There are great ones all around the city—I’ve done ones themed around Jumanji, the 1920s, a deserted island… the fun never ends with these! The experience is always different and it’s always such fun to step into a different world and solve some puzzles with your friends.

Otherwise, I’m pretty simple for a local—I like to go get a sweet treat with friends (usually boba or In-N-Out) and watch a sunset on the beach. In 2022, it’s been a goal of mine to go find more places in LA to explore with friends to create more memories!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had so much support from my family and friends in every creative endeavor I have pursed, and I will forever be grateful for that. However, I specifically want to dedicate this shoutout to Maria Nicolacakis. She has been an incredible mentor to me. Aside from actually introducing me to VoyageLA in the first place, she has given me so much guidance as a performer, entrepreneur, and a woman. I was lucky enough to take a directed study with her during my time at Emerson, a curated course which helped me earn a Concentration in Voice-Acting (the very first at Emerson ever!). Maria is an incredible woman and I am infinitely lucky to even have her in my life. Thank you Maria!

Website: https://www.ariananicolegeorge.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ariananicolegeorge/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariana-george-805a74203/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arianangeorge

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ariananicolegeorge/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ariananicolegeorge

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/05pIuhuF8PwLSnBZZJXjsA?si=Nav5oBgQROSsqwHDBnolAQ&nd=1 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ariananicolegeorge?lang=en

Image Credits
Craig Bailey Ever After Storybook Entertainment Nile Scott Studios

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