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

Hi Ariel, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
when after graduating Dental school and getting my Masters degree, I decided to leave it all behind and move to the US to pursue my dream of being an artist

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up in a very musical home, my dad used to be a guitarist in a band when I was a child and I fell in love with music very early in life. However, because of my dad’s struggles, my parents didn’t want me to pursue a music career and wanted me to have a safe stable job instead. So I went to college, graduated in Dentistry and realized that I didn’t want to live my life like that, I wanted to choose my own path and live a life I’m passionate and proud of. So at 24 years old I left it all behind and moved from Brazil to the USA and started giving music my all while serving tables. It was a really rough time and a really difficult decision to make, but I’m happy I did it. Now, 3 years later, I just released my debut EP and I’m working with what I love.

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?
COVID times make it a lot harder, but dreaming of better times, I’d take my friends to have breakfast at the Blu Jam Café and have their amazing french toast and take them for a hike at El Escorpion Park, cuz nothing beats the view from those caves. Honestly, I’d probably take them hiking to different spots a lot during the week, and also to watch the sunset in Malibu and chill at the call beach in El Segundo. Dreaming of non-COVID times, I’d love to bring them to Smorgasborg in Downtown LA, and to play ultimate frisbee at the park with my friends. Also I’d have to get them the enchiladas from Salsa & Beer cuz it’s my absolute favorite place to eat in LA and I’d love to take them for a drink at the Tipsy Cow, where I used to work at, cuz I love the chill environment. Oh, and if the visitor were my mom, I’d definitely take her to shop at World Market after having the shakshuka from Le Pain Quotidien. Definitely lots of hiking and eating good food and driving to watch the sunset. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to AIESEC, an organization I worked at in college that made me realize how big the world is and to never settle

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/arielmancanares

Other: spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6n3kcf0OFqgZSbwEoelfEI?si=KRnX_e3zQzS-6TuTtR6WYg or my beacons if that’s easier, it contains all of my links: https://beacons.page/aryyzona

Image Credits
self portrait

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