We had the good fortune of connecting with Haroula Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haroula, how do you think about risk?
I tend to think that doing something you fear – within reason of course – is generally a sign of growth. So often I will take risks and say yes to something, then figure out how to accomplish it. Even to myself, with things I haven’t tried yet creatively but I want to feel like I am always learning. Taking risks is the way to do that in both minor and major ways.
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.
Working in the arts has many unique challenges, especially because there is no set path on how to move forward. Everyone has a different story, so it’s also what makes it exciting. It’s not easy, but I think that’s also part of what makes it feel worth anything in the end… or at least that’s what I tell myself 🙂 Being so fully in both the music and film worlds, I get asked if I can choose one of the two and I really cannot. They are very complimentary to one another. Films can take so long to get going, but I can pick up my guitar and record songs in a room alone or with a friend or two. I am grateful to have both avenues, I love storytelling in whatever form it takes.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For some nice views I would take em to Griffith Park, Elysian Fields, Topanga Canyon, Malibu. I love the restaurants in my neighborhood like Botanica, Speranza, Blair’s, Night & Market, or Pine & Crane. Fave burgers are Burgers Never Say Die… For low key vibes I love tacos at Mixto or Home State, also grabbin drinks outside at Red Lion or Hyperion Public… for a fancy special dinner I would go to Madeo, Asanebo or Capo. For drinks I would go to Stella, Chateau Marmont, or one of the hotels near the water in Venice or Santa Monica. Downtown art walk and bar/restaurants also are fun, and I love seeing shows. I miss that part of life a lot right now. What makes LA so special is that you can have a great time grabbing a donut or coffee and walking around, whether it’s enjoying nature or going to some place nice for food. There are so many museums too, and then Palm Springs or Joshua Tree aren’t too far out there and the desert is always worth the trip. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest reason I love working in a creative field is because of how collaborative it is. Zac Rae has been a musical collaborator pretty much since I moved to LA. We have worked together on recording songs, co-writing them, and he has composed for the films that I have written or directed. I am really excited always to be sharing ideas, he is very generous and thoughtful about his contributions and creations.
Daniel Klutznick, Julian West, Lauren Ward