We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronald Katagiri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronald, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always done different forms of art. I started with Traditional painting and transitioned to graphic design. I’ve worked for a TV company for 7 years where I learned a lot about filming, photography, marketing and advertising. Those experiences brought me to my current venture as a hybrid content creator. I believe it is important to never stop chasing the dream to be able to express myself in as many creative ways as possible. And there’s nothing better than getting to do what you love to do for a living.
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.
I have always been a curious person. I love to continuously grow and learn in anything that I do. Like many artists, I discovered my creative gift when I was a child. I love drawing, painting, music and anything else I can do as my creative outlet. That passion for the arts carried through my career as a Creative Marketing professional. I love the balance of analytical and creative thinking that goes with it. My curiosity lead me to practice graphic design, that eventually lead me to do photography and videography. Those skills eventually came in handy during the pandemic. I was pushed to pursue a lifelong dream to do freelancing. And I have enjoyed it ever since.
The hardest part is taking the leap of faith, really. And as cliche as it sounds, the only way to overcome it is to have faith that it can happen. Take every lesson learned along the way and be grateful for each moment.
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.
I love everything touristy in LA. I also like the mountains and different beaches.
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’m always grateful for each and every person I have met in my career and my life. I value the lessons learned and experiences made meeting friends, clients, mentors, loved ones and family.