We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Simone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I always tell people, at any moment, anything can happen. We are literally put on this earth to live and to die. That’s it. As morbid as it sounds, it brings me comfort knowing that every moment can bring so much fulfillment to my life. While trying to follow the “standard life path” I always felt anxious, stressed out, and worried that I would never amount to anything. We all know how strong of a hold society has on us. Sadly we’ve been shown these unrealistic life standards at a young age, that if we don’t fit into one of those boxes, or if we fail to live by these “mandatory” set of rules, our life will become miserable and any chance at happiness will abruptly end. That mindset made me feel like I wasn’t allowed to look outside the box. Once I took a peak at what my life could look like if I walked a different path, I took that risk and I never looked back. Luckily, my curiosity overcame my fear.
I regret how much I purposely watered down my passions and talents because I was afraid of my own success and what it could possibly look like. I learned that with taking risks, it’s inevitable that we’ll face failure, shame, and pain. That’s life and in those moments when we start to inch towards security, we have to step outside of the frame to see the whole picture. I would be lying if I said I didn’t still struggle with that fear and that I sometimes yearn for security, but with where I’m headed I know I have to keep taking those risks.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s been 3 years since I’ve started this journey and I feel like I have learned so much. The people I’ve met, the life long friends I’ve made, and all of the opportunities I was given make this job feel like it’s not a job. Before I started modeling I was working at a radio station in San Francisco. I was pretty set with where I was headed but I never felt 100%. It wasn’t until I was scouted by my current agency and when I moved to LA I started to realize life had so much more in store for me. For the majority of my modeling career I was always working two (sometimes three jobs) just to get by and help me save up so I could model full time. Was it easy? Hell no, but it was worth it. All of the late nights, the 17 hour work days, all the tears, made me resilient! During the earlier days of my modeling career I felt like I wasn’t allowed to reap the benefits of my hard work because I didn’t “deserve” to live the life that I wanted to. Fortunately, that my worth isn’t based on how hard I work or what I do, I am worthy. Period.
Since moving to LA, my career now consists of modeling, acting, and writing! In the next couple of years I hope to see my writing come to life in the form of a tv show or a book, for my acting activities I will definitely shoot my shot for bigger roles and maybe some background stuff, and as for my modeling career I will probably be traveling across the world for fashion shows and photoshoots! I have no idea how I’m going to do it all, but it’s going to happen! For my fellow creatives and just anyone taking the time out to read this, my biggest message to you all is to always have a teachable spirit, to be present (easier said than done) , and to not be afraid of your success. I’m still figuring everything out, I think that the beauty of my story, I am ever-growing, ever- changing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay if we’re in LA, I would take you to Menotti’s in Culver City, they have the BEST ESPRESSO in LA, as a coffee connoisseur I can proudly say they have the best latte’s around. Their Vegan Spanish Latte is AMAZING *chefs kiss*. If we’re on Pico and Fairfax, I would definitely take us to My Two Cents! Their vegan spaghetti is BOMB and the atmosphere is warm and inviting!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out my family, friends, and my vibe tribe. Without these people I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Bryan Berry, Photographer (Second Photo), Ben Pham, Photographer (Fourth Photo), BABY FILM (Fifth Photo),