We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Kleiner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I decided early on that I didn’t want my life to be in service of someone else’s dreams. There was never any motivation for me to do anything except follow my own path. I knew it would be difficult in the beginning. I’ve always loved the old cliche “its better to be at the bottom of a ladder you do want to climb, than half way up one you don’t”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from others is my dedication. I’ve known many people far more talented than myself over the years that aren’t willing to put in the effort. Regardless of my skill level I’ve always known determination would be my biggest asset. People who work with me know me as the guy who gets it done today instead of tomorrow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places in Los Angeles for adventure are the beautiful parks. Griffith, Runyon, Topanga and Malibu all have some amazing hiking trails for exercise and beautiful scenery. I go every chance I get. At night I love going to restaurants and bars on Hollywood’s east side. A perfect night would be Little Pine for dinner followed by wine at Tabula Rasa.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would never be where I am today without the community of other artists in Los Angeles. There’s a spirit that’s shared between the creatives in this city. When I started out I thought of my contemporaries as competition. I learned the benefits of collaboration and inclusion after immersing myself into this city’s artistic circles. Being able to inspire and learn from one another has been invaluable towards getting me where I am today. It feels like being in the center of the creative universe living in Los Angeles.