We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Offray & Hannah Q. Glover and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariana Offray &, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Success is a lot like happiness, it tends to be more of a fleeting sensation that occurs when we’ve reached the peak of one goal, just before starting at the bottom of another. We have felt successful many times, and also incredibly frustrated and ambivalent at others. But ultimately, we do have a successful brand in the sense that we are financially supported by our creative business 100% and that we can see a bright future full of upward momentum. To us, our growth is limitless and that potential feels a lot like success. That being said, the most important factor in our success has been authenticity. Our message is about visibility – we create with being seen in mind. And because of that, authenticity is the most important thing because we each individually need to be represented in a way that is genuine. As an interracial lesbian couple, our mission is really to show young queer kids that they can live a happy and fulfilled life. And to do that, we have to live by example. For us, there is no point in having a platform if it isn’t for a documentary purpose. We want to portray an honest reflection of what the life of two creative queer people in love looks like, and that has ultimately been the key to our success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our identity as artists still feels largely unexplored. Our brand is a creative one – we create stories and memories through photography and videography. The Angelinos is a three-year-old experiment in a way, a cumulative portfolio that documents all of our different collaborative efforts. Our style, skills, and medium have fluctuated dramatically over these years, and it is an incredible experience to scroll back through our website and Instagram and relive our intentions with how we have created in the past. That history and inconsistency are probably what we are most proud of. Of course, inconsistency has been a challenge in and of itself. In creative industries, having a ‘brand’ is often synonymous with having a defined style or aesthetic. For us, The Angelinos is a brand that has aesthetically looked very different at different times. Some styles were more successful than others, but even with successful periods of time there is always a moment where we feel we have to switch it up. It’s hard to say if we would be more or less successful if we were more loyal to an aesthetic. But for us, our lesson seems to always be “be yourself”. The need for authenticity is a lesson we learn over and over again in this industry, and now it is something we prioritize over consistency. We both want people to know us. Who we are, what we like, how we think – these are all elements of how we create. In terms of who we are as artists? The answer to that is simply that it is an ongoing discovery. In a few more years, we might have a more concrete answer!
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?
Oh, we miss Los Angeles so much. While our desert lifestyle is an incredible relief at the moment, we can’t wait to get back in LA. Our first stop in the city would have to be at our favorite crepe place in Pasadena. It’s called Crepes de Paris, and it is the quaintest shop on the ground level of Castle Green – one of our favorite landmarks in Pasadena. Since our friends love thrifting as much as we do, we’d have to hit up the bins on the east side of LA. The Goodwill at the Americana in Glendale is pretty good, and we could walk to In n Out afterwards, so that’s definitely making its way on the itinerary. The Pasadena City College, Rose Bowl, and Melrose flea markets would all be on the agenda for a longer trip, and we’d spend so many days walking around the Arts District and Little Tokyo enjoying all of the cafes, restaurants, and creative pockets. And since it’s been so long, we’d have to hang out in Venice eventually. There is an amazing pizza place on Abbott Kinney, and some great plant stores off of the main roads as you drive back east.
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?
Ariana: I have to shout out my parents because they raised me to have an entrepreneurial spirit and to pursue my creative endeavors with my entire self. I also want to shout out our management team at Kensington Grey, they are an incredible agency and co-founder Shannae Ingleton has mentored me since the beginning of The Angelinos. Hannah: I also have to give my parents a shout out for their continuous support and advice. I never intended to pursue a creative path, but even as I pivoted to an unconventional career my parents have always unconditionally supported me. I also want to shout out Ariana for always being my muse and inspiration – her vision is the entire reason for The Angelinos and I am merely a vessel to execute her brilliance.