We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariel Dale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariel, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve known I wanted to be an actress since I was four years old. I’ve always believed I was meant to perform. When I am on stage I feel like I can do anything and be anyone. I pursued this career for many reasons and none of those involve fame or money. I love this profession because it fulfills and inspires me to be a better person. It has also introduced me to my best friends and created a safe community for me to thrive in. I approach every script and character as an opportunity to learn new perspectives and stories. There is something special about being able to tell hundreds of unique stories to new audiences. I have learned something from every character I have ever played and those characters have changed me for the better. For example, when I played Millie Dilmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, I learned the importance of living a life that makes you happy and to never give up on your dreams. She taught me how to have a positive outlook on life and how to fight for your own happiness. When I studied Francesca in Bridges of Madison County I learned that sometimes you need to sacrifice your own happiness to become a better person. She also taught me to love the people around me ferociously because you never know when it might be your last day with them. Very few careers can provide you with that knowledge and personal growth.
Performing allows me to spread awareness on issues that are not always discussed publicly. Musicals like Next to Normal show the audience the honest struggles of mental illness and how it can affect those around you. It creates a dialogue. I believe theatre changes lives and gives so many people a voice that are not often given the chance. As an actor, I have a rare opportunity to tell these stories and allow audiences to leave the theatre thinking about important issues. In addition, I am able to bring people joy and laughter.
In the future I want to continue to make theatre more accessible and inclusive. I am currently learning ASL so I can help create more Deaf productions across the United States. My dream would be to direct a musical with a Deaf cast. I would also like to make theatre more accessible for those living with a disability or those living in low-income neighborhoods.
Being a performer is the greatest gift in life. It has allowed me to meet amazing people, become a better human being, and spread awareness for issues that matter. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life and am looking forward to the future. .
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.
Getting to this point in my career has not been easy. I have conquered so many obstacles and continue to fight for my place in the industry. I’ve learned how to take criticism and rejection and turn that into success. This career is NOT easy. I’ve been told no so many times and it’s difficult to not take that to heart. However, those moments on stage or on camera make all the rejection worth it. Currently I am working as a series regular on The Original Deadtime Stories as a voice actor. I just wrapped production for my second season with the show and am gearing up for my third. I am making content on TikTok and have over 33,000 followers. I have spent the last year in quarantine working on myself so I can re-enter the industry as my best self.
I want the world to know that their personal happiness is most important. This year has taught us that life is short and you have to live a life that is fulfilling. And most importantly- BE KIND!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many amazing spots in Los Angeles to check out. Some of my favorite places include: 1. Los Angeles Zoo
I love the Zoo! There are so many amazing animals and it’s a great way to spend a day outside.
2. $10 or Less Bookstore in Northridge
My favorite store! They have $1 section and the books are cheap. I love going in the afternoon and spending a hour looking through the bookshelves. They also sell employees art and jewelry!
3. Hollywood Farmers Market
The best way to spend a Sunday morning! Theres lots of fresh veggies, fruit, meats and cheeses for great prices. And there are food trucks to grab lunch at. I recommend finding the stand that sells freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade.
4. Downtown LA Bar Crawl
Pre-Covid my friend and I would go to downtown LA and find new bars and rooftops to explore. There are so many options and it’s easy to find bars with cheap prices. We love ending the night at Cliftons to dance and meet new people.
5. El Tejano in North Hollywood on Tuesday nights
$5 margaritas every Tuesday! I always see celebrities and there are games like corn hole outside.
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?
I am dedicating my shoutout to my best friends and greatest support system. Addison Thompson, Wilson Plonk, Ainsley Seiger, Jacqueline Lodestro-Helgans, Lili Whittier, Richard and Michael Paladin-Fernandez, and Ethan Fox. Thank you for always loving me and supporting my career. I love you all.
Other: TikTok: @arieldale
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