Today we’d like to introduce you to RiRia.
RiRia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is RiRia. I’m a former multi-international award-winning musician from Tokyo, Japan who has turn a Hollywood actor and multi-platform artist.
As a musician, I started my professional career as a classical flutist when I was ten. I made my debut as a soloist to a Japanese orchestra on a national TV then. My recording was used at the Vancouver Olympics by its silver medal-winning figure skater, Mao Asada, during her short program performance. Years go by, I started to realize how I wanted to perform and express my artistry on a much wider scale. I saw much bigger possibilities in me.
In 2012 when I was 17 year old, I move to Los Angeles on my own to further pursue my career in entertainment. When I moved to LA, I had no language to call my own neither friends nor family in the States. All I had was my artistry. And now, I’m the face of many national campaigns includes but not limited to NIKE, ULTA beauty, United Airlines, and Nissan as a life-size influencer/ artist who delivered creations to the world through the eyes of a cutting edge Japanese millennial. My recent work as an actor is my principal role in new power ranger series “I AM” staring with Dough Jones from “Shape of Water”.
Moving to LA at 17 is a bold move. You’ve made a lot of progress since. We’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Can you talk to us about some of the obstacles you had to overcome?
My first big obstacle in life was when I decided to move to LA in 2012. I had many people trying to stop me from pausing my successful music career and start something completely new on a foreign land. Not going to lie, it was one of the toughest decisions I had to make for myself.
Soon after I moved, I faced more difficulties. I had no languages to call my own neither friends nor family in the states. I was only 17 and had to start my new life with having nothing. On top of everything else, just to live in the state as a foreigner was such a struggle. I now have EB-1 green card but I came a long way. But I think life is boring without obstacles and challenges. I used those as my fuel to grow and explore. I only believed in my artistry and formed “RiRia” you see today.
What else should we know about you and your career?
Former multi-international award-winning classical flutist who has turned a multi-platform artist/ performer.
Breaking down of what I do, I am an actor, graphic artist, music producer, and rapper/singer.
My background as a flutist allowed me to travel all over the world at young age. These experiences made my life richer and better artist
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
“The harder you work the luckier you get” is actually my motto.
Luck is so the thing I create and earn from hard work. Also, I believe everything happens for reason and there is no such thing as bad luck. There are ups and downs in life and after each challenge, I find myself becoming a stronger person and an artist