We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariel Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Hi! Thank you for inviting me to do a shoutout! I pursued an artistic career because I truly believe it is what I was born to do. Many people have incredible talents and everyone has a different journey to realizing them, and I realized at an early age that what I love to do is perform. Growing up, my parents actually enrolled me in a lot of musical theater groups, classes and lessons to encourage me and help me develop my talent. I think a life without creativity is quite boring! There are so many amazing ways to be creative in any profession. I chose a career in the arts specifically because it’s how I best express myself. Performing is an especially wonderful career because I enjoy making other people smile and feel things through music. If I can make someone’s day just a little bit better, it’s all worth it! I think being creative isn’t always easy. It’s especially difficult not to get caught up in society’s views on things or your family and friends’ views on things. But when we are creative we not only come up with new and wonderful ideas, but we are also able to learn more about ourselves. And in doing that, we can help others. I am also a songwriter. It’s another way of expressing myself and I have been doing a lot of that lately. I’m excited to share my new music with everyone later this year! I haven’t told many people this yet, but I’m actually in the process of writing a poetry book! When the pandemic hit, I wasn’t able to perform as much (and I still am taking extra precautions when I do!) but by doing things that were more creative, I discovered that I had a fascination with poetry and writing. I’ll make sure to keep you posted about it when it’s completed! All in all, I think everyone should find some sort of creative outlet to express themselves, whether it’s painting or drawing, baking or playing an instrument, exercising, or just taking some time to think a little more “outside the box.” It’s part of who we are as humans to be creative and it’s what makes life fun! It would mean a lot if you would follow me on my social media to stay posted on my future plans! SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/iamarielrose/ FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/iamarielrose YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/iamarielrosemusic SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2OMbZnOi0LbXtK1OsZaj9D TWITTER: https://twitter.com/iamarielrose WEBSITE: http://www.iamarielrose.com
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been singing for audiences since I was really young–about 6 years old. And it’s always been a huge source of happiness for me. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in music and the arts. I come from a very musical family so the arts were very encouraged in my household. My dad is a classically trained pianist and both of my grandfathers were musicians. So you could say it runs in the family!! I did a lot of musical theater growing up, and when I was 15 I collaborated with a Latin Grammy nominated producer, Juan Vicente Zambrano, to write my first album which was an incredible experience. Being in the studio late at night and seeing how records are made at such a young age really gave me a lot of insight into how this industry works and into how ideas and visions for songs come to life. I actually recorded the album in English and Spanish- although I don’t speak much Spanish. Pero yo canto en español y me encanta! Being from Miami, it’s hard not to fall in love with Latin music and the culture, and it’s always been a huge source of inspiration for my music. Getting here today wasn’t easy. Especially when the pandemic hit, which really took a toll on the entertainment industry. But while I couldn’t perform on stage for audiences, I was lucky to find another creative outlet — writing poetry. And I’ve been working on writing my first book! During the pandemic, I also released my single, “Somebody Loves You,” where I partnered with the United Way of Miami-Dade to raise funds for their Miami Pandemic Response Fund. I am really proud that I was able to give back to others who really needed it. I’ve always been involved with and performed for many charitable organizations such as Relay For Life, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Special Olympics, and many others. It’s something I know I will continue doing throughout the course of my career and life and encourage others to do as well! While I’ve had many amazing experiences like being a lead vocalist in the National Tour of Cirque Dreams “Holidaze,” attending the Latin Grammys, performing for the Latin Grammy Street Party in New York, and being the Official Anthem Singer for the Florida Panthers Hockey Team, I still have so much more I want to accomplish! While the creative aspect of a career is extremely important, I think the business side is equally as important, if not more. Understanding the business of music is different than being an artist. It’s not always easy to think like a “businessperson” when you just want to focus on the art. But in order to be successful, it’s essential to do both. And a major lesson I’ve learned along the way is to understand your vision first. And once you can articulate it, it’s easier for others to understand your artistic vision and help it come to life. One of my favorite experiences that I’m most proud of was performing with Cirque Dreams at the Broward Center! We ended our tour there and it was such an amazing feeling knowing that I was performing on the same stage where I grew up watching some of my favorite performances. It felt pretty surreal and all of my family and friends were there to cheer me on which made it even better! I am really proud of the fact that I have been able to build a career in music and am able to earn a living doing what I love. I am also really proud and excited for the new music I have coming out this year, along with my first poetry book and many new exciting endeavors! I can’t wait to share it all with you! Stay tuned!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting I would take them to have brunch at the Deck at Island Gardens. It’s a gorgeous place and the view of Miami can’t be beat! After that, I would obviously take them to the beach! You can’t do Miami right without going to the beach! After all, that’s why people come here! I’d take them around the Wynwood area, because there really is nothing like it with the boutique shops, artistic murals, and the luxurious Design District. For dinner, I would take them to Brickell to Crazy About You on the water. The Miami skyline at night is breathtaking and it’s nice to walk along the water there. And of course, no good meal is complete without dessert!! I LOVE cookies and I would order in some Night Owl Cookies to top off the night! For the rest of the week, I’d take them to the Frost Science Museum or the Perez Art Museum because both are so beautiful and fun to see! I’d take them to Lagniappe to have some wine and cheese and see some live music. There are so many fun places in Miami!! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my vocal coach, Luis Manuel Diaz! He has been my coach since I was 12 years old and has always been a positive role model for me and encouraged me in all of my musical endeavors. He is a former opera singer from Cuba and he is a big reason why I studied classical voice at the University of Miami. He is amazing!! He actually showed me a book when I was younger called “The Secret.” It was barely known at the time, but talked about the Law of Attraction and how your mindset can change the trajectory of your whole life. That book helped me a lot and I still take lessons from Luis to this very day!!
The featured photo (Photographer: Kike San Martin)