We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariel Diane King and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ariel Diane, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business has become clearer to me during the pandemic. Having copious amounts of time alone with my thoughts and intentions I can truly say that whereas my thought process used to begin with me being successful in business then giving back in a massive way, during this transition period I have come to understand that starting from a place of giving back and balancing that with my work, gives my work more purpose. It drives me because I know exactly why I’m making certain business choices.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a working print model for most of my career and my focus is on serving the stories others create when I am blessed to be on set for my acting. My art is intense, I do believe you are taxing yourself and wearing your heart on your sleeve, it is not an easy art form but it is so rewarding to see the final work done.

What sets me apart form other artists is why I do what I do, I’m not sure I’d be doing it without the love and nourishment of my parents, they make me keep moving and striving to be better. My family is my world, On the other side of that is how I was brought up and what propels me to win is giving back in some big way before its too late. I’ve always been aware of time since I was a little girl, I’ve always felt like I was racing, sometimes that’s served me and sometimes its been a pitfall.

Well, I can say I am most proud and excited about my non-profit. I’ve finally gotten the IRS to recognize me so that’s a fantastic start! LOL I am working on my first initiative and honestly I think it’s going to rock the world.

I got to where I am now by being kind, seeing the potential in others and encouraging it while striving to really better my work ethic as an artist. That repetition is cycle that comes back to you when you need it most. It is never easy, it gets better once you realize it will never be easy and there are no short cuts, I overcome by working through challenges.

The lessons I’ve learned along the way? Repeat good habits, recognize patterns in your life where you had success and repeat them. This is vital. The quicker you listen to your body about how it really feels about a relationship/friendship/associate etc the better, People can damper your energy and your goals when they really don’t have great intentions for you. Your body can feel it and you must know when you are forcing yourself to tolerate someone or if a person/group really intends good for you and your career.

I want the world to know that my brand is broad and powerful, I’m here to create maximum impact with my non-profit and look forward to partnering with many others to do that. For my brand as a an actress/creator, I’m intense and I’m a giver, I put the story first.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, if my best friend was visiting and I wanted to show her the best time ever? We would first be well rested so a good amount of time spent in onesies, then we would dress up really nice and paint the town with our essence.

An early morning stroll through the Getty Museum
El Matador beach and a picnic, then dinner at Nobu

I’d want to chill it down for her the next day and go to the Hollywood Bowl and hear something amazing from Hans Zimmer or some awesome orchestra.

We would definitely have to road trip, depending on the weather, Angeles National Forest, Mount Whitney, Joshua Trees and Death Valley. There is one hotel in Lone Pine, CA across from Mount Whitney, I’d pair this trip with sound baths and a meditation.

After resting up from a road trip I’d definitely have to introduce her to my other friends and I’d let them take the reigns for a couple of days. “A Hang For Creatives” event would definitely be on the itinerary. It’s started by my buddy Michelle Hindle, Its a curated vibe with fun events for like-minded creatives.

Some volunteer work is on this itinerary, laworks.com has plenty. Then its back to stuffing our faces I’d do Craigs or Yamishiro and if the timing is right! The Magic Castle!..

Depending on how much time is left! A trip to seal beach after a tour of Hearst Castle and a final drink at the Hotel Roosevelt or…Mama’s Shelter which I love. Then back into the onesies we go and I’d whine about her leaving me LOL

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?

Davida Chanel Smith is my talent manager, I’d like to give her a Shoutout for being patient with me and understanding me enough artistically to guide my career. Thank you for the random heart to hearts and being in my corner.

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

Other: imdb.me/arieldking Contact: Davida at Stride Management for inquiries (323) 207-7995

Image Credits
Giulio Meliani John Sutton Taghrid Hodroj

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