I love travelling, discovering new places and seeing new things. But most of all I love meeting new people. The more I travel the more I meet bad ass women, who are breaking stereotypes and smashing the glass ceiling into pieces. I want to surround myself with these women because they push me to be better and they show me that anything is possible. The inspiration and strength rubs off on me and makes me want to work harder. These women are following their dreams, chasing their passions and doing exactly what they want to be doing. So, when I attended a drink and draw night at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv the instructor Arianna was no exception. She is a model, talented artist and entrepreneur. Arianna is a women of vision. She had a dream and built it from the ground up in a country that was not her own. In doing so she has help other artist pursue their passions and dreams, so without further ado below is her interview. I hope you can draw some inspiration from it as well.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I have spent all of my life in the world of arts. I grew up in my fathers art gallery in Italy, and had the opportunity to watch him and the artists that he represents work together in the more business side. As I grew up, I started to study fine arts and developed my own voice as a painter and got a new more personal perspective of what it means to create. Recently I have turned my focus to teaching; I find that act of helping others to be the most rewarding. Right now I am knee-deep in my latest venture, Beit Kandinof which is a a combination of bar, residency program, and art education center. The concept behind Beit Kandinof is internationally unique, creating an environment that helps art become more accessible to all.
Why did you choose to start Beit Kandinof?
The reason that I took on this enormous project was because I wanted to create a new model for enjoying, creating, collecting, and appreciating art. I wanted to create a location that helped the arts become more accessible to all.
What inspires you?
What inspires me most is seeing others achieve; whether this is students learning how to paint the first time, or watching an artist create a new body of work. Helping others facilitate their own artwork is one of the greatest feelings I could imagine.
What is your personal mantra or mission statement?
Try, do again, and again, and again. Follow your dream and work each day to better develop it, and myself. Through this process I am more and more realizing that the secret to success is steady climb, not a quick jump.
What does happiness mean to you?
Fulfillment. What I want more than happiness, is contentment. I want to know that what I am working on is worthwhile and that I am creating a better place for those around me.
What are your hobbies?
I have always been the person with too many hobbies, but now with my new business I have put everything aside for it. Whenever I do have a chance, outside of work I love doing anything meditative and personal such as reading, painting, or going for a run.
What are a few things you do every single day to keep yourself on track?
I love any moment that I can just be quiet and calm. What keeps me most on track is walking to work. I use these ten minutes to relax, clear my mind, enjoy my neighborhood, and prepare for the day ahead. I have learned that being this busy means you have to find all of those small moments that help keep your body and mind relaxed and content.
If you could give advice to someone looking to get into your field what would it be and why?
The most important thing to remember when starting your own business, especially something that is unique, is that you have to be willing to work harder than you could have ever thought you could, be willing to sacrifice your social life, and most importantly be kind to yourself. There are so many mistakes to be made, hurdles to jump over, and problems to solve that I have learned I need to be patient and kind to myself.
What has been your most rewarding experience so far? Work or personal
The most rewarding experience I have had so far with this business was the opening night. Seeing my students, our resident artist, our teachers, and our guests all coming together to enjoy the location almost brought me to tears!
What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your life thus far? What did you learn? Are you thankful for what it taught you?
The biggest challenge I face every day is learning how to be kind to myself. Every day I face a new challenge, and many times I fail. It is hard to remember that failure is not the biggest threat to achieving your goals, the real threat is giving up on them. I have a very hard time being patient with myself, but without this patience and kindness I know that I would not have the strength to keep pushing forward.
Who is your role model/ who has been the most influential person in your life?
I have many role models but I would say that the two most influental people in my life are my mother and my sister. They both have shown me how to remain strong, be independence and listen to unabashedly follow my dreams.