Today we’d like to introduce you to Rina Hoshino.
Rina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My dear friend once told me that “they will only see what they see when they see it.”
My artistic passion includes acting, voice-acting, and singing. If I were to describe my creative journey, it has been a series of incremental and tedious steps, interspersed with detours and insane barricades; but looking back there have been many tangible moments in my life where I can really recognize that there was someone or something helping me navigate my way so I don’t fall off the edge or something like how a seemingly insurmountable problem could somehow could somehow be miraculously solved in quite an unexpected way. And there were many friends from all walks of life who supported me along the way, and for that, I’m truly grateful and feel blessed as well.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Growing up, I feel like I’ve always had this controlled eccentricity in me, but I was scared that I’d feel like I don’t belong or I was terrified that I wouldn’t fit in, so I learned to adapt myself to assess the environment and let the light kind of fizzle out than actually take that step out of my comfort zone, and be aware of who I really was and the person I want to become.
I think it’s because sometimes it’s a lot easier to acquiesce or succumb to your own lukewarm fears than to listen and really ask yourself what you want in life.
In that same vein, Acting to me is like listening and revealing a part of you: the innermost, utmost embarrassing part of you that sometimes you don’t want to admit is even there. It’s deeply personal, it’s daunting, it’s daring, it can be excruciating at times, but most of all, it’s fun.
But at the same time, if you’re just having fun on your own, then you’re not really of service to the rest of the production… unless you’re leading a one-man show! After all, teamwork is the quintessential element in creating a story that deserves to be told.
In other words, it’s not really about you, but it’s about servicing the vision of what your team is trying to strive for, and to create something genuine, your talent and skill have to match the quality and the level of the rest of the crew’s speed and artistic sensibilities. And I genuinely love that I get to be a part of that orchestra!
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
In recent years, there has definitely been a tremendous shift; not in the foundation of our art itself, but how we present our art because of the sudden rise of the social media platforms. As much as these platforms provide artists with a way to directly reach their niche or target audience, sometimes algorithms and numbers become the barometer that we use to self-validate and those numbers makes a statement that has no correlation with the importance of your art itself. And if those numbers don’t reach your expected goal, it seems as if those numbers disqualify the value of the message you’re trying to transmit through your art.
I think rather than solely focusing on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) data or things like that, we can kindle a communal spirit that can really foster healthy relationships and strengthen artists to thrive together. I’m always up for creative collaboration since I have this compulsive urge to create art. Don’t ask me why it’s just in my DNA. It’s also fascinating to be inspired by other artists, and since we’re constantly growing and evolving as human beings, I feel like there’s always a need for all of us to explore from your fellow artists’ perspectives and see how they dance in their artistic world.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
If you had a chance to catch Warner Brothers’ “Detective Pikachu” in theaters, I’m grateful to say that I’m voicing a legendary Pokemon called Mewtwo that looks like a hybrid of a flying kangaroo, a grumpy cat and extra-terrestrial, which I think is pretty awesome. It’s quite a heart-warming movie that’ll definitely put a smile on your face, so if you haven’t seen it, Pikachu says that the digital release is on July 23rd, Pika Pika!
I also have two AAA video games lined up, a TV series on Cartoon Network that’s cute & exciting, and I’ll also be singing an Anime mobile-game theme song; but if I were to ever disclose any details about any of those, I would be waking up in The Good Place before I knew it. But uh, I hope you’ll stick around until then!
My social media links are below:
- Website: http://www.rinahoshino.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/officialrinahoshino
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialrinahoshino
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rinahoshino
Kenneth Pulgar-Vidal Photography, San-X, Legendary Entertainment