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Meet Ariel Fahey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Fahey.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Michigan State. I saved up money for a few months and debated whether to relocate to NYC or LA. Finally, packing everything I could fit into my Toyota, I drove from Lansing, Michigan to Los Angeles four months ago. I slept in my car and peed in the woods. I explored trails and national parks along the way and met lovely new humans and dogs. I arrived in the city knowing about one person. Since arriving, I have made some real friends and met some really horrifying characters. The city took a couple months to adjust to, but now feels like home. It’s no easy feat to muster the self-discipline required to be a working artist here. I am constantly fighting my mental blocks- but I’ve learned that is all I have to fight. There are doors open left and right if I am willing to put myself out there and get my foot in one of them.

Though the transition has been tough, I am proud and happy to be here, challenging myself, floundering about in the chaos of a strange monster of an industry. I have modeled for some notable photographers, photographed some amazing models, submitted self-tapes, gotten jobs in art from nude modeling for a sculpture class to teaching painting for paint and sip parties. I’ve been taking my time, adjusting and taking care of my physical and mental health, making sure I’m financially secure and not overwhelming myself by putting too much on my plate right off the bat. I’m excited to start enrolling in a couple of dance and acting classes soon and submitting myself to agencies as an actor as well as a model.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have always been at war with self-doubt. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how powerful and capable I am- sometimes I forget why I chose such a difficult path instead of securing a 9 to 5 in any number of careers I could have excelled in. There are moments when I am creating, where I am reminded why I do it. Sometimes I go a long time without that feeling- but it is worth it for those moments.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
In my acting – I like to refer to my type as a “timeless temptress”. I love dark comedy and making people cry. My favorite characters are seemingly sweet and innocent but revealed to be manipulative and evil. This also crosses over into my modeling work. My red hair, vintage facial features, and curvy body type frequently lend themselves to pin-up style sensuality and range from doll-faced sweetness, to Jessica Rabbit vixen. In my photography – I mostly create ethereal, dreamy, sensual, emotional images.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
It’s important to me that I am able to feed myself and keep a roof over my head. Otherwise, monetary success is not so much the goal, though financial comfort would be nice. I want to create things that influence people and make them think. I want to challenge myself and learn about myself by playing characters. Taking risks feels like success to me. Beating my own mind and not holding myself back is success.

Contact Info:

  • Email: fahey.ariel@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @arielfahey
  • Twitter: @arielfahey

Image Credit:
Khalid Ibrahim, Shelby Alayne Antel, Dan Kitchens

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