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

Hi Arigato, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being openminded, kind, willing to learn, and treating those around you with the utmost respect. I wouldn’t be where I am today in all aspects of my life (even outside of music) without the help and generosity of those around me that cheered me on, walked me through the process, and believed in me. Those are the people that help make your dreams come true and I’ll always be grateful.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When this all started, I had no professional experience at all, so you can imagine how challenging this was at first. I never set foot in a recording studio before, nevertheless a film set, but I just jumped right in. It was complex, exhilarating, but the most fun I’ve ever had. Whenever I approached an obstacle, I just tackled it head on and worked with my colleagues to find the best solution. I learned that sometimes we’re the obstacle in our own success. There were so many moments in my life where I shut myself down before I could even begin. 7 Meats, BTB, and Don’t Call It Asian were all projects I thought would live in my head, but when I threw those mental blocks aside, I realized it was definitely possible with the right people, drive, passion, and support. I feel like that was the most important lesson for me because it applied to, not just music, but everything else in my life that I thought I had obstacles in front of. I still combat this every day, but these projects and the people involved, made me realize that everything was possible.

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?
I feel like since 7 Meats blew up, I’ve become a bit of an Asian Creative tourist attraction if that makes sense. For example, everyone wants to get Korean BBQ with me now – which trust me, I love it, but it also feels like I’m a “must have” stop for visiting friends and fans haha. It’s definitely fun and I don’t mind at all, but it’s interesting to be known for that or have this be a thing people want to enjoy with me. So yeah, if a friend visited, I would definitely take them on a food tour of all my favorite spots, hit up some karaoke bars, and just have a great time! I love to eat at Gooyi, Gui, and Star BBQ in Orange County! And my favorite boba spots are Tisane and Orobae!

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’d love to give a shoutout to Asian Creative Network, Radicchio Films, and Cathay Music for not only being the spark to my projects, but also the door openers for any of these creative projects to come to fruition.

Website: https://www.youtube.com/c/ArigatoGrande/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arigatogrande

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ArigatoGrande/

Image Credits
Cory Wong, Jo Choi, Vincent Tran, Form of Therapy, Sabrina Tan

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