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

Hi Marlan, do you have a budget? how do you think about personal finances?
When I was younger I was careless with money and it led to me worrying about my finances. After a while though, I sort of picked up that I had to take action and be aware of what is most important to me and how the best version of myself would spend his money. I am still learning everyday on how to invest and also balance it with having fun too. A great book I am reading right now is called The Richest Man in Babylon and offers plenty of insights into how money can flow. I’m learning you need to save part of everything you make. 10% goes a long way! I focus on what I can invest in for my career since that’s what’s most important to me right now.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I first started out, it all seemed so fresh but I had a lot of issues focusing on things that weren’t important to me on a deep level and Im proud I overcame being distracted so much through reading books like Atomic Habits and The Artist’s Way which are both books I felt helped me alot with those challenges. I’m never done learning, I’m not perfect. There’s always going to be things you have to face that might be uncomfortable and sometimes you have to find creative ways to overcome them. Fight to stay inspired!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely a trip to Malibu and Santa Monica! I love the ocean and hiking out there feels so amazing. I’d take them to Uba Tuba in Tarzana because this shop has some of the best acai bowls and vegan empanadas in the city. We would have to get coffee and a slice of pie at the Republic of Pie (ROP) in the North Hollywood Arts District. They have kombucha on tap and there’s live music from local artists every night. I love the creative energy in that part of the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been really fortunate enough to accidentally stumble upon Playhouse West Acting School and Repertory Theatre. I met some of the most inspiring and supportive individuals there and I knew nothing about acting at 20 years old when I first started. I’m so glad I got to build my foundation with those amazing acting teachers who really push you. Seeing the work ethic needed to grow as an actor was easy when you’re surrounded by people who are working so hard for their dreams. We had book groups, shared ideas, and the classes were some of the most terrifying experiences but I felt safe and it was honestly magic. Shout out to Playhouse West!

Website: marlanfarrokhi@gmail.com

Instagram: _marlanfarrokhi

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