We had the good fortune of connecting with Rowan Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rowan, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was growing up I was always wildly infatuated with the arts. Whether it was singing, dancing, acting or what have you I was obsessed with it. I honestly don’t remember when I really started having the idea that I wanted to go in to entertainment when I was growing up because It feels like a desire I’ve had since I was born. I remember every year when I’d start a new grade with new classmates and It would be time to go around the room and have all the kids share what they wanted to be when they were older, and I always thought I was weird because I would watch all the other kids answers change each year while mine always stayed the same, “Im going to be a singer” I would say. I pursued an artistic and creative career because it is my passion, it lights a fire in me and keeps me excited. All I want out of this life is to make people happy doing what makes me happy.
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?
I absolutely faced an abundance of challenges and to be honest I’m still facing those challenges. Frankly, I don’t think a day will come where you’re not faced with challenges but whatever it builds character right? In high school I went through some teasing and bullying in regards to my dream of being a singer. I would post covers of me singing on YouTube and kids would make fun of them, stuff like that. Thankfully instead of letting it knock me down all it really did was make me want to get out of there more and start trying to make something of myself. Obviously moving to LA is a bit of a challenge too, I mean its insanely competitive, it’s a million people trying to do what you’re trying to do. I think it’s important to remember just to be kind. I’d rather make no impression on someone than a horrible impression being rude to be honest with you. You never know who you’e going to come across and it’s always worth it to just be a good person, focus on yourself and your work, and help others along the way.
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 wow this is a wonderful question that I feel as though I am trained for. However I must give a disclaimer I love doing “tourist activities” when I have visitors so forgive me. Okay here we go. First of all, we’re going to Aroma in Studio City for breakfast and we’re gonna eat great food and soak in the vibey atmosphere. I’m a sucker for theme parks so yes we are going to hit up Universal City Walk and head into the park for some rides. Most importantly while at Universal though we’re going to ride the studio tour and I am going to nerd out over every set and soundstage we pass (especially Superstore and War Of The Worlds) and on that note we might as well head over to warner brothers and do their tour as well. I always love to drive down Mulholland Drive at sunset but I will be making my good friend/music producer Emily actually do the driving because heights make me anxious. If we’re talking night life you already know you’re finding me at flaming saddles in west hollywood and all the bars around that area. Also always excited to show people No Vacancy in hollywood because it’s such a unique experience. A comedy show is always a must, I like the Hollywood Improv but also have had good times at The Laugh Factory and Flappers. And if it’s a nice Sunday morning we can head over to the studio city farmers market.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I was so blessed growing up with a family who allowed me to be creative. Some of my earliest memories are of me setting up a “stage” in my kitchen and selling tickets made out of construction paper to my mom, dad and brother for them to come see my “show”. With every year that went by it became clearer and clearer to my family that these musical hobbies I had weren’t just a phase. With that they put me in guitar lessons, dance class, musical theatre, voice lessons, anything! And as I grew older and older they did not lose a single ounce of support for me. My mom was always there to listen to the new song I wrote, My dad was always offering me advice and telling me how much he believed in me, and my big brother would help me when I needed an extra hand on a project. I’ve seen talented kids be discouraged by their family to pursue a career in the arts because it’s “not a real job” and it breaks my heart. I feel so incredibly grateful that I have a family who has always and continues to support me and tell me to follow my dreams. Thank you Mom, Dad, and Nolan.
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