We had the good fortune of connecting with Mauricio Arrioja and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mauricio, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It was during Christmas time where I was unemployed and went to visit my Brother in Seattle and started researching about media companies and also about myself. Asking questions like: What are my strengths? What can I do to keep myself growing and learning? What are my passions?
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart, is that I may not be the most talented, or the most educated guy, but I have a lot of persistence, and don’t give up.
I still feel there are many challenges to overcome, this is just the beginning. This journey hasn’t been easy at all. Numerous times I have asked myself if I am making the right decisions?
I keep having this strong core belief, that there is a great light at the end of the tunnel, and that I need to keep pushing. Keep pushing to reach my dream.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LOL, well it all depends who is visiting right?
I will start with a good coffee and breakfast at Farm Table Co. (in the Valley, Van Nuys), order the Breakfast Burrito or the French Toast, or both! yummy.
Then we can drive to Pasadena, and have a good walk at the Botanical Gardens and the Huntington Mansion. Lunch can be at the Terrace with a draft beer or a cocktail, try the Pear Blossom (tequila).
After, that we can head over to the coast, if there’s time we can stop at the US Bank Tower and visit the sky deck to look at the city. Then head over to either Santa Monica or Venice to ride a bicycle or take a spinning class by the beach and watch the Sunset. 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?
The one person and organization I learned a lot is the Red Carpet, Media & Logistics team at the EMMYs. My friends and producers, Neal & Stephen, have been some of the greatest people I worked with, teaching me respect, patience and merit. Also the numerous independent writers & directors that I have worked with have taught me in having a vision to pursue your dreams, your story.
Michael Hirabayashi, Trent Kendrick