We had the good fortune of connecting with Ralph Laurence Mariano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ralph Laurence, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
To do the right thing whether someone is watching or not is a principle I continue to practice in life. Integrity is one of the bigger attributes that makes me who I am, and what makes my business consistently thrive. I learned that integrity through my mom. Of course like any other mom, they would verbally teach you what it is and why it holds so much value, however I learned it more from observing her. She always did everything slowly, however she did it right and well. These instances stuck to me until today. I believe practicing it builds your character within yourself. Every time I practice Integrity I feel a little better about myself. It just feels right to simply just do the right thing. It may cost you energy, it or it may take a little bit more of your time, but its a different type of peace when you know you did the right thing and you either have nothing to worry about, or feel good that you did something right. With social media and other outlets that help people get noticed however, Integrity has been used or displayed differently. From what I’ve seen, integrity is such a powerful principle that people would fake it, film it and show the internet to get recognized as a good person. I’ve seen this happen many times, and I’d love to use this platform to encourage people to stop chasing attention, and just work on yourself. If Integrity was just practiced by everyone, the world would be a much more organized and peaceful place.

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 am a filmmaker. My goal as a filmmaker, is to create films that evoke emotions to inspire people. Our world is beautiful, however, truthfully, its also filled with hate and negativity. There were many times in my youth where I would make a video and I would either make people laugh happy or inspired, and If I could use my God given talent, and self improved skills to change the world I would. Its not always easy to create a film. You need a budget to work with, people to hire, and a good story to visually create, but I always find a way to get the job done. As cliche as it may sound, as long as you have consistency, persistence and will to achieve your goals, you will.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I may sound bias, but I love Korea Town. Not only that you’re roughly about twenty minutes to everywhere, there are also interesting places you could go to. On Mid-Wilshire, from about Wilshire/Vermont to about Wilshire/Crenshaw there are countless unique restaurants that you could try. There are plenty of Korean BBQ places like Quarters, or Castle KBBQ. There are also Korean Filipino and other types of groceries where you can find some of the most interesting snacks. For food choices consider : BBQ Chicken LA is one of my favorite restaurants in LA, its on the corner of Kenmore and 6th. They have organic fresh chicken every day and they double fry their fried chicken it seems like, so every bite is crunchy even if you choose to add a sauce or not. Its on the same vicinity as Its Boba Time where I would get my boba. (For Vegans, I would recommend Monty’s Good Burger). Across the street from that is Escala Korea Town which is Columbian food that are very authentic, and the restaurant itself has a nice pleasant vibe to it. For activities: I like taking my guests on higher views. So I would get out of Korea Town and take them somewhere in the mountains. The Intercontinental building has a rooftop bar& restaurant that I like to go to from time to time. Im not so sure if thats still part of Korea Town, but its only about 10 minutes away from it. Laguna Beaches are also a must for me to show a visitor as it has I believe one fo the clearest beaches in California.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, who has patiently dealt and taught me values, principle, and manners. My father who has showed me that dreams are possible and taught me to dream big. My mother, who has built a firm foundation of my morals and values and principles. My brother taught me discipline at an early age through the game of basketball and training. My sisters who have been there throughout my childhood raising me and helping me out with school. All of this combined has helped me become who I am today. Jose Quintanilla, a fellow Director that I grew up with has been creating amazing projects and music videos, left and right, even through the Quarantine. We both grew together in this business and to see him succeed gives me more happiness as a brother. To prosper in the film industry is very tough, and we both had encountered some bad apples, but we both always either pushed each other or helped each other out on and off set. Ava, who has helped me prosper as a professional and a person, from organizing paperwork to being efficient with my time and work, she has truly helped me grow to an even more precise businessman, film maker and person. Working on multiple projects at a time. it gets your mind all over the place could get very easy to miss a few frames that have mistakes. Ava would be my second pair of eyes on projects to help me thoroughly complete them and much more. Madeline who I’ve also grew with in this industry has been prospering on her career as well. Back in the day, when certain projects didn’t have enough budget, and I couldn’t hire any more models, she was always more than willing to help me out and vise versa. Florence who is a fitness coach, and an aspiring actress would also do the same for me. They have supported me since the begging as I have and will continue to do so for them.

Website: www.rlmfilms.com
Instagram: @ralphlaurencemariano

Image Credits
Matty – @Matty Jose Quintanilla – Noface_Films Ava – @Ava.TheFire