We had the good fortune of connecting with Rudi Goblen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rudi, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Deciding to proactively work for myself WAS the single most important decision I made as an independent artist. When I decided to quit the last “job-job” I worked, I had to figure it all out. I had nothing to fall back on or support me, which naturally forced me to diligently pursue my career as a freelance artist/teacher in a different manner; with a persistent rigidity that had yet to catch fire inside me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is only but a piece of the fabric of the universe. It doesn’t set me apart, but rather synchs me in. Into the body of Life’s breath. The voice of Us. The wind of We. I’m here to build those worlds kids do when they play; and rifle through the fields of myths for the questions. This keeps a great flare in my lungs chattering forward for more. I have a rebellious spirit, and a need to honor that. I got here by not thinking it over, whenever that was thought of and befitting for bold beginnings. I got here with a smile and a wave, with my heart turned skyward, and an ever brightening promise that cannot be eclipsed. I’ve learned there’s a good many people prepared to help you if you just ask them to. Stay hungry and don’t eat too much. You slow down or don’t move at all once you’re full. Keep it light. Keep it lit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d definitely take them out for some Nicaraguan cuisine over at Madroño Restaurant in Sweetwater. They serve authentic Nicaraguan comfort-food in an upscale atmosphere. As well as Yambo Restaurant in Little Havana, which is open 24hrs and I’d definitely recommend after a night out over any fast food joint or diner. They have all the Nicaraguan standards with AMPLE portions for the low-low. If they like sandwiches, Le Sandwicherie in Brickell. The one in Miami Beach is too much of a mission to find parking. Use the sauce, trust me. Moshi Moshi on Biscayne if they like sushi. Also, FYI, both of those places are open till 5 am. I’d take them to get an almond croissant and oat milk cortado at Panther coffee; the MiMo district location on Biscayne and 64th. It’s the calmest and quietest location out of all of them I have found. And for some dinner, Lung Yai in Little Havana for the best Thai food in Miami hands down. I suggest everything. Get anything. It’s all delicious. Prepare to stand in line. 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 just got off the phone with him. Michael Yawney. Fat hug and mad love to Michael Yawney. A mentor, a friend, a teacher; family. Yawney is not only a talented writer and director, but an encyclopedia of the arts. And probably the biggest supporter of them that I know in Miami. If you’re a theater artist in South Florida and don’t know him, I promise, he knows you. He has been to your show. He has sat in on the Q & A. He has talked about and/or shared your work with someone already, or plenty of times. Like many others, I have learned and grown so much because of his love, support, and guidance. The South Florida theater community is lucky to have him.
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