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

Hi Ricky, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk taking is a very important thing in life, in getting out of your comfort zone and growing as a person. If it comes to everyday life and in your career. Things are gonna get uncomfortable . Especially in the music industry where people give there heart and soul to the world, and having the gaul to be a risk taker, in any way you think so. It’s shown me that most things aren’t as bad as it seems, or that if it’s a big challenge, to accept that you have the potential to do so. Thats where all successes start, From a risk, hope they are calculated risks however.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m excited about my future project I am in the works of right now. It’s called “Motel Paradise” and I feel it would be one of the most creative things I have done so far. Where I got professionally I feel wasn’t easy at all, nothing worth doing is it seems. Though it made me realize at times I can if you focus and put your mind to the tasks needed to accomplish what you want to do, I overcame these challenges by thinking of my family and what they have gone through, I feel it was way harder than what I am going through in ways. Lessons I have learned are for sure, to be consistent, confident, careful, and appreciative. Learn the business ,and the details of your art and how to get better. I want the world to know they can do whatever they feel they want if they work hard to do so. Focus on the end goal and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That I am just like them in ways, even with me being the unique person I am. That success shouldn’t change you, but just be a way to provide for yourself and the loved ones you have.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man, I would probably say go to Downtown to see the Staples Center, Go drive the Pacific Coast Highway. See the Observatory, and maybe the Hollywood sign. I’m not the best place for people to see good food, but Dino’s for sure. In N Out if they haven’t. Souly Vegan, It’s a soul food restaurant thats vegan made. Hang out at Dodgers Stadium for a game. Go to a couple shows, the Echoplex is a good venue. The Getti museum. Also a lot more things as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I feel like all my friends and family that believe in me deserve a shoutout, my mom and dad. Friends like Alex Vasquez, Alfredo Vidal, Carlos Aragon. Amongst others, I appreciate them and I appreciate everyone who’s tryna live there dream as well.

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Image Credits
Irvin Duarte and Alfredo Vidal

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