Check out our interview with stunning model, actress and influencer Arielle Ray.
While training as an actress with some of the best Los Angeles has to offer, including Lesly Kahn & Company, John Rosenfeld Studios, Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, Doug Warhit, and Scott Sedita, Arielle paid the bills modeling including Maxim, FHM, and Esquire.
In 2019 Arielle released her own creative content that solidified her clout and status on social media. “Stated”, featured her as 19 characters and had been picked up by multiple networks, including Playboy, and is headlined on her YouTube channel, Proper Addiction.
Tipping the Scales, a documentary Arielle produced, examines the childhood obesity epidemic and won The Broadcast Education Association Award for Best Documentary at the BEA awards.
Arielle was a lead actress in a New York City off Broadway play “Used”.
Follow Arielle @thearielleray
Hi Arielle, please tell us a little about you?
I’m originally from Kansas. Started modeling and acting in LA at a young age and moved back to LA after high school and before I knew it I was an influencer. The past few years I’ve been focusing more on acting. I actually am about to finish a whole year of Meisner online because of Covid. I split my time between LA and NYC.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, ambitious, practical.
Name one your strengths?
Best advice ever given?
It’s the decisions you make today that effect the rest of your life.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
How and when did you start into modeling?
At age 2 my mom got me an agency.
What is fun and rewarding about modeling? And what is not?
What is fun is to see the finishing product and all the traveling you get to do. Whats not
fun is the time between gigs and early early mornings.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
To get back up again and keep at it because hard work never killed anyone.
The most important thing when you are shooting is?
Don’t let your outside life effect your work in front of the camera.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
Don’t compare yourself to others and be your own person.
Now on the acting side, what kind of roles do you like or would like to play and why?
I like to play characters that are completely unlike me so I can transform into another person.
What projects you have been part of?
Well last year I was very happy to play the lead in my first off broadway play in NYC.
What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far in this business?
You need lots of patience and to be flexible on set.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
I think the Artist Way is a really good book for everyone to tap into on there creative side.
What actor/actress do you admire the most, and why?
Lucille Ball, she had a big influence over my childhood and she was a trailblazer for her time. She opened the doors for many comedic women.
What’s next for Arielle Ray in 2021?
I’ve got a new manager and agent and auditioning a bunch! I’m prepping for a TV show that hopefully shoots this summer and I’m in talks for a podcast!
Which project is still on your bucket list?
I would like to be on a series like Killing Eve and be a Guess Girl
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
I hope to be on a series and be able to do movies during my hiatus 😉
Now you are a big influencer on Instagram, can you share some tips for keeping your account interesting?
Be yourself, be your authentic self and do it for you and not for the likes and don’t take yourself too seriously.
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love baked carrots- they taste like sweet potatoes.
And your favorite cheat food?
Pizza! I love this pizza spot on Spring street in NYC called Bens Pizza!
What is your own definition of happiness?
To make an amazing living from acting and art and take care of my family.
What is your workout routine these days?
I do mainly mat pilates without weights that is focused on posture called the Barboza method and then I mix that up with hiking, weighted workouts and pilates with the machine.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
I love Rosie Huntington!
I bet you get millions of it, but what are the best and worst Instagram DM pickup lines you received so far?
Best: Usually some form of an actual compliment about some work I have done.
Worst: The worst are all highly inappropriate!
What does fashion mean to you?
To me its an expression of the way one feels or of there personality.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
Theres so many really- for models I really love the era of Twiggy, the make up and the fashion- oh la la! From the 90’s- Linda Evangelista just looks so cool and unique and Claudia Schiffer is timeless. From today I love Winnie Harlow, Rosie Huntington, Miranda Kerr and Chanel Iman.
Designers I love is Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld for the timelessness and class that Chanel has. Yves Saint Laurent for the fun everyday styles YSL has and I love Olivier Rousteing work with Balmain. I love that structure!
How would you explain your fashion style and what items in your closet can you not be without?
My fashion style is classic, practical and sexy. I honestly cannot be without my alo lounge sets.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Andy Warhol! Ive read every book on him and find him darn right amusing!
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I was suppose to go to Italy with friends before the pandemic and I hope to still be able to go!
What do you like to watch on Tv?
I like to watch comedies, dramadies and dramas. I really like period pieces as well. Mad Men and The Great were two of my all time favorite.
What music do you like?
I like all types of music! From oldies to pop music. I really like listening to it on vinyl!
3 things you can’t leave home without?
Well the obvious would be my phone and keys but thats not that exciting. I would say I need dental floss- you never know what could happen when eating! Im obsessed with applying Lineage lip sleeping mask on and my planner- because I am obsessed about schedules.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Pre pandemic it was going to the farmers market, art galleries and brunch or dinner. Today its more like a long hike, a good book, maybe some painting of my own and ordering in and watching a movie.
Where we can follow you?
On my Instagram @thearielleray
Quote: “Too much of a good thing could be wonderful” -Mae West
Holiday Destination: Italy
Drink: Espresso Martini
Celebrity Crush: Orlando Bloom
Favorite song? Why? ily (i love you baby) because it puts me in such a good mood!
Sports Team: KC Chiefs
Movie: LALA LAND