We had the good fortune of connecting with Sanjana Raja and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sanjana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue a career in music as it is my absolute favorite thing in the world. I like to lose myself in songs and obsess over their creation. It is therapeutic to listen to my favorite artists and singing provides a release like no other. I love how a beloved artist can unite people from different backgrounds and cultures. Music with today’s technology can transcend borders and help people through difficult times. I wish to contribute to the world, in a similar way that my music heroes have for me.
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’m a vocalist and work in Digital Services at Sony Music Entertainment. I’ve had help along the way but it hasn’t been easy getting to where I am. I’ve had several job interviews and rejections that have contributed to growth in my career and as a person. At times when I feel frustrated, it helps to put things in perspective from a younger version of myself, who would be happy to be here. Apart from my day to day job, I’m also working towards writing and releasing my own music. I’m used to covering my favorite artist’s songs, and I’m trying to challenge myself to find my own voice as a writer.
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?
I would start with coffee or matcha at my neighborhood coffee shop Sachi LA that also doubles as a plant shop. Some of my go to’s for take out are Pepe’s Tacos for their fish and chicken tacos, Santouka at Mitsuwa Marketplace for their Spicy Miso Ramen, and Ekkamai Thai for their Pad Kee Mao/Drunken Noodles. I would take a friend to downtown Culver to hang out in their outdoor area overlooking the Culver Hotel and Culver Studios.
There are so many interesting and cool places to check out in Los Angeles, but some of my favorites are the Venice Canals,Venice Beach, Sawtelle for the shops and eateries (Millet Crepe is a must try), driving up PCH, Point Dume in Malibu, Grand Central Market and The Last Bookstore in DTLA, the Hollywood Bowl for concerts, Surwan Tofu House and Sushi Ippo in KTown.
I’m coming up on three years living in LA, and have much more to explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to my family starting with my late grandfather. My parents are my biggest support in everything I do. The last couple of years have been tough through the pandemic and they’re always there to help me dust myself off and not lose sight of my goals.
Srishti Biyani, Roshni Daver