We had the good fortune of connecting with Sotida Arpon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sotida, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is a huge part of my career as an actor and a producer. Whether it be a risky choice for the character that I am auditioning for or taking on a project to produce that I feel strongly about but could be controversial I am faced with different types of risks everyday. We as artists and entrepreneurs alike need to push ourselves beyond our boundaries in order to grow and reach new heights in our artistries and careers.

However, risk taking does not always end in success. It is called a risk for a reason. It does not always pan out and sometimes have disastrous results. Sometimes you take a risk on a project that goes on indefinite hiatus due to the political turmoil of the country it supposed to film in or you bomb an audition because that risky choice ended up not working out and embarrassing you. But at the end of the day, there’s always a lesson to learn that could possibly help inform a better decision in the future.

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 originally came to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. Although, dance will always be a first love, I discovered that I wanted to pursue acting and producing as a career.

As a Thai-American, I struggled to see representation in the entrainment industry. I can name perhaps two Thai people that I see in today’s media. Representation is so important. Growing up in Arizona, I have struggled with the idea of belonging and being seen as a token Asian. I never once saw a single Thai person in any American TV shows or movies that I watched in my adolescent. We exist, we have stories to tell, and I hope to be able to tell them.

As a producer, I am so excited that two films that I produced, “Realationship” and “String of Fate” will soon hit the festival circuits.

As an actress, catch me in the film, Deviant, Love and my voice in the English dubbed version of the popular K-Drama series, “So Not Worth It”, both currently streaming on Netflix.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat so the majority of the spots I am listing will be restaurants.

Places to eat:

Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee – This is a personal fav!
Michelina (The Original Farmers Market) – Amazing French food.
Kang Ho Dong – Can you go wrong with Korean BBQ?
Toca Madera – For drinks + Chicken and Waffles!

Places to visit:
Round 1
Melrose Trading Post
El Matador Beach

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It really takes a village!

I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Hyung-Seok “Dave” Ha, About the Work Actors Studio, Career Activate, and my mother.

Website: www.Sotida.com

Instagram: @SotidaArpon

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/sotida-arpon-b7bb13206

Image Credits
Abigail Gorden

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