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

Hi Leni, how do you think about risk?
I think that it’s important to take risks especially if we want to have changes in our lives. I feel that changes are always positive and we can see that sooner or later even when we might not be able to understand in the moment. For me the biggest risk was to move to another country, USA. Moving to LA from Spain without knowing anyone here, even renting a room to someone that I met through Craigslist (laughs) who remains one of my best friends to this day.
I had the idea in my mind that if I could move to another city in Spain and make it work, I would be able to do the same in any other place, no matter how big the distance.

Obviously, it was tough for me missing my family and leaving behind the really comfortable life I had in Marbella, Malaga.
That life was too comfortable, I believe,  to be able to follow my purpose of life (which is acting and creating). My decision worked out well, but still it was a big risk.

Even before that, I took other big risk.  For example, crossing some towns by bus and walking to find a TV studio outside of Miami, just to meet a famous comedian without having any appointment. I only had enough money but for a coffee and a couple of buses. It took me hours but I finally got there, and was lucky to meeting him.  I even got the chance to film a comedy sketch that day where I had to play a super tall stutterer. I never got paid for it, nor saw the episode.  I know it was on television. It just made me so happy and learned something about myself: that nothing it would stop me from doing what I love.
I still probably take more risks than most people are used to. Not that it’s all beautiful, but it’s the way of life I choose, as long as I feel alive.

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.
As I mentioned before, I’m a person who really take risks. I sacrifice a lot of time that could be spent relaxing in order to achieve my goals. I was a professional basketball player and I think that helped me to know that we do need to practice to win daily.

Nothing is easy, but it can be if we want it to be, it’s all a mindset.

I have learned not no matter how difficult is a situation, things can change in a blink of an eye if we focus on our goals. I went through a lot of changes, moving to different parts of the city, a lot of ups and downs. We can always overcome this challenges by trusting ourselves and, of course, taking wise actions.

I had a lot of both good and bad experiences in my life.   I studied Tourism in Spain and have worked in many sectors, selling luxury cars…I even had my own clothing store for women.

I worked at the front desk in a hotel, I worked as an entertainer in hotels, I sold insurance, mortgages, and much more. I would say that we all should find our purpose in life. It should be a must to make sure we are happy doing what we love, and others can benefit of that as well. When you are happy, everybody around is happy, or at least, that’s how it should be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That would be fun! I would take them to the beach area, I would ride over the coast and stop by different locations, I would include Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach. Since it would be a few days and I have good memories of the coast driving up to San Francisco, I would take them to Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey.. maybe to a special event in nature.

Of course, hiking close to the emblematic Hollywood sign and my favorite hiking trails in Temescal.

I’m vegan and I would take them to one of my favorite vegan restaurants “Crossroads” on Melrose.  I love Thai food so any regular Thai restaurant. We’d also go to the fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills “Wally’s” that reminds me a little bit of Spain.
I would find if there’s a cool event such as movie screenings to take them to. And maybe going to some friends’ houses where they can experience some live music.

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 would like to give a shoutout to my spiritual teachers, guides and numerologists, who have been with me during the last few years helping me to grow as a person and as an artist. They are Karolina Albarracin and numerologist Manuel Marquez, who just published his book “Tu propósito de vida eres tú” which I highly recommend.

Website: https://www.lenirico.info/

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

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leni-rico-rodriguez-4b9b8713/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lenirico

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Image Credits
Christian Wood

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