We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Chiu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Absolutely. Balance is crucial in any area and stage of life. Family is number one. Everything else is secondary. It sounds cliche but its so true.
With that said if I don’t have my values and morals in place then I’m screwed Balance is an on going acrobatic act and by having my values and morals in place then it acts as a compass. I need that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
You could say I’m a professional goofball. I get paid to talk, walk and dance.
But seriously, I have a lot on my plate. Whether it’s acting, film producing, podcast hosting, music and NFT work, I’m doing my best to keep it all moving. I can get more into detail if anyone wants to contact me about it. 🙂
And being a recovering “Maladaptive Daydreamer” the work really helps keep me from excessive daydreaming.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is the Mecca for multicultural everything. Having moved here from Toronto over 25 years ago, I’ve really enjoyed the hole in the walls the best.
Since my son was born i haven’t really been out much and my cool factor has gone down to negative one. Lol
But, I do have some pretty amazing memories. So if you will, please join me on a trip on memory lane with some of my favorite places in L.A.
1. Candela La Brea. On the weekends they have a “Mexican Night Club”. Full of Rancheros and Corridos music. That coupled with a night of good tequilas. muy bueno.
2. Shibumi. Best sushi and sake selection hands down.
3. These days I’m grocery shopping a lot. And we have the fortune to have so many Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. So that’s def on my list.
4. I love Ethiopian food and I used to hang in Little Ethiopia. But, because of what’s happening in Tigray, I currently don’t support parts of Little Ethiopia because some of the business owners have brutal political views towards Tigray. But, I recently found an Ethiopian community in Inglewood that supports Tigray, so I’ll be going there instead.
5. The beach. Any and all beaches. We frequent the beaches. You can say we’re beach bums and damn proud of it.
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 wife and son. They offer me the opportunities to become a better person.
My family and friends. Solid support group.
My mentor in life Daisaku Ikeda who gives me the philosophy of Buddhism that helps ground me.
And the word Yes, always challenging me to break out of my shell.
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