We had the good fortune of connecting with Riki Barker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Riki, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I stopped feeling valued in the job I had, I knew that I had the talent and I decided that it was time to dedicate myself to growing on my own
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Like all entrepreneurship, it has been a difficult road. with many ups and downs, but full of incredible learnings.
I think that something that distinguishes us is the creativity. I have an incredible team that is always looking for how to make each project different than what people would expect. we have managed to carry out our ideas to many parts of the world.
I think that when you put all your passion and heart into what you do, the challenges settle on their own. the secret is not to give up.
I am very proud to say, I have 3 businesses before the age of 30
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA has everything for every taste. So, if my friend was visiting for a week this is how our week would go. Every trip to LA has to have a theme park day. So, depending on my friends taste we would spend a whole day visiting either Disneyland or Universal studios, enjoy some rides, junk food and entertainment. Something chill has to happen next day so I would make it a beach day. Arrive at Santa Monica and walk all the way to Venice beach. Get some sun, some drinks and take awesome pictures. At night we would drive a bit to keep with the beach theme to Dockweiler beach. Make a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and listen to good music. You gotta have a touristy day, go to the walk of fame where the “El Capitan” “Dolby” and “Chinese” theatre are and get some souvenirs for the family. That day we would take the afternoon off to rest because we need some fancy in our trip. Dress well drive through Rodeo Drive and do some shopping, ending the night in Catch LA, one of the fanciest and IT places in LA. Finally, LA has a lot of places you can go hiking. My favorite is climb to Wisdom Tree, take a left at the top ending at the Hollywood sign. Climb down and have a picnic in Griffith Park, visit the observatory and after all this exercise we would’ve earned ourselves some In’n’out double doubles with animal style fries. LA is so diverse that there’s everything for everyone.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people I would like to thank, because thanks to them and their inspiration, I have reached where I am. One of them is Hector Cruzado, owner of Zoe Water; also to Rogelio Torres, owner of Black Box and to all my artist friends, especially Juan Solo, my producer