We had the good fortune of connecting with Rodrigo Varandas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rodrigo, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk huh?! Well, I don’t think a person can fully achieve their true potential without risk. I am a tad crazy so I took a step further and made risk part of my life. I left my home country at the age of sixteen and never looked back. After that, I was constantly making big moves in order to remain in the US and/or get a better opportunity in the business.
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 makes Rodrigo Rodrigo? I am in love with myself. Sounds conceded, right? But I do love the fact that there is only one of me in the world. A LOT of people try to make it in the business by following someone’s mold. That is lovely and a lot of people find success through that but what they forget is that talents, skills and abilities can be reached by anyone but there is only ONE of you. No one will ever be you. Embrace the good, the bad, the beautiful and the odd. Be the unapologetic you that you can be. With all of that said, there is always room for hurt and pain when you are presenting yourself in such unmasked manner. Failure and rejection can hurt. But if you know you have done the best you can to get wherever you wanna get and still got a big ol’ no. Maybe the problem is not you, you are probably just in the wrong room. There is a room for all of us. You just have to find that door and open it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am all about fun and desserts. So I would definitely take my friend to Wanderlust Creamery for some ice-cream. They have a few locations in Los Angeles. Then I would take them to Porto’s Bakery. There you will find finger food, meals, desserts… LITERALLY EVERYTHING!!! And all so delicious. Then I would definitely take them mini golfing in Sherman Oaks at this Castle place. And then take them to Thousand Oaks for the biggest indoor trampoline place they have ever been.
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?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to everyone that has seen something in me. I could list a lot of people but I would rather not leave anyone out. So I am dedicating this to everyone that has helped me professionally, personally, emotionally and financially.