We had the good fortune of connecting with Yukimasa Kondoh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yukimasa, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
People assume that actors, dancers, singers, artists in general, have chosen the easier route in life. However in reality we chose the hardest path. They are unaware that we have to work twice as hard. And even then we don’t have a guarantee we will make it. I’m not saying becoming a lawyer or doctor is easy, it is definitely not. But there is a path they can follow to achieve greatness. In this industry there is no path. There are no set guidelines we can follow to be successful. We need to be able to navigate through the thousands of others who want recognition. One misconception I would like to clear up is that we are not lazy. I don’t want to work a 9-5 achieving someone else’s dream but so will work 60 hours to achieve mine.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actor, songwriter, and creative director, currently based in Los Angeles. It wasn’t an easy journey to get to where I am at today. There were many ups and downs, days where it felt like I didn’t know anyone at all. Even myself. One important lesson I learned along the way is that, it is ok to not have everything figured out. We live in a world where we are forced to do things by a certain age. Graduate high school, go to college, work, find someone to settle down with, buy a house, have children. All by the age of 40. And if you don’t follow that, you get labelled as unstable or crazy.
But who cares if you graduate college at 35, and find someone to settle down at 40. Or you don’t at all. Everyone is different. No one has everything figured out. The only thing we can do is live in the moment and enjoy everything life has to offer. People are going to pretend to know what’s best for you. Just remember it is okay to not know. Enjoy life but don’t take it for granted.
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.
One of my closest friends and I have been planning for him to come to LA for a while. We’ve been talking about it nonstop for the past few years.
Some of the places I would take him would be the Hollywood Sign, Red Maple Cafe, Malibu, Food Truck scene, Melrose, Venice, and many more.
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 would like to thank my mother for everything she has done. Thank you for always believing in me and helping me grind towards my dreams. I honestly have no idea where I would be without you.
I would also like to thank all my friends, classmates, and teachers who helped shape me into who I am today.
Especially babyray, he was with me during some really dark times. We’ve come so far together. I’ll see you at the top.
I won’t forget y’all.