We had the good fortune of connecting with Marina Lang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk. That’s a term I’ve pretty much accepted as a permanent part of my life just the way food is. Haha. I started my career at the age of 14 and the second I started working I realized there were no guarantees for anything I would do moving forward. I think a part of me enjoys the risks that come with what I do and are also a humbling factor for the times I have successes.
What should our readers know about your business?
So I have three businesses, startups. These include a production company, a a food brand/ ghost kitchen and a tour & events company. Two of these businesses I own and one I’m setting up for. How did I get to this point is a question I think about a little everyday. It’s funny I moved to LA four years ago, I was an established tv actor/ model in India and had no idea I’d be doing the things I am today. A very strange realization I had is, as a person in entertainment you have a lot in common with a person doing business. Here’s why, because with both you never really know what tomorrow holds and those are two things where you could invest everything and never really know what you get in return. Anyways back to my story! I started off rough here, I basically got a gig as a influencer to do walking tours as I had a small following and managed to get popular doing that in a small way. However I realized the company I was working for really needed help growing and expanding, so I put a lot of my focus on that. Followed by which after 3 years I started co owning the company. I simultaneously started developing my own production company as I co1 produced a show with my mother ‘No Worries….Curry’ which led to the ghost kitchen project too. So it’s crazy how it all interconnected and I found myself with 3 businesses, The ghost kitchen – Cloud Diner. Tour & events business – CityGyd. Production company- MMM Productions & Talent. The truth really to see in my story is if you have a vision, have a fighter in you and believe in it, there’s always a way. I came to LA with no connections and basically no idea how anything worked from a successful career. I rebuilt my brand and business from scratch with practically 0 but it was really my desire to fight that built me to what I am now.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s an amazing question, so since one of my businesses is tours I’d like to think I know some nice spots. One week hmmm… we would definitely start with a hike at my favorite trail at Pacific Palisades, drive to Zuma beach. We would visit cool spots like Chinatown, Thai town, Filipino Town. We would check out the arts district. We would definitely grab food at the Seafood Market, Malibu, Thai Patio & get some amazing smoothies at Urth Cafe. There’s also a super good chef menu at Crown of India once a week, we’d definitely stop by for that. For vegan eats, sage is definitely a favorite. In terms of cool people, most of my friends are in entertainment and business. They’re pretty international, cool and fun!
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?
My mother is my inspiration. She’s shaped who I am largely, been a perfect role model for being fearless, kind and always having a dream.