524: Making Moves With Samantha Mariko

Samantha Mariko is a model, blogger and DJ from Orange County, California, currently based in Tokyo, Japan.  After living in Making Moves With Samantha MarikoCalifornia for most of her life, she made the bold decision to move to Tokyo 5 years ago with the intention of starting her modeling career and has been here since.  She is currently a contributor for Cosmopolitan Japan, co-founder of La Fondue Tokyo, and former narrator for NHK World’s Kawaii International. She is Represented by DIVINE Models Japan.

Samantha shares how certain moves that she made in her life such as moving to Japan helped her increase her confidence and live life in her own terms.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Samantha Mariko is a model, blogger and DJ.

Cultural Background

Samantha is of Japanese and Caucasian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is to love and accept yourself as much as you can.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Samantha was one of the shyest girls around, didn’t raise her hand in class, didn’t have friends kindergarten and stood in front of the wall on the first.

The “AHA” Moment

Samantha started to  realize that people found her  interesting and unique.  She started putting herself out there by moving  to Japan

She started to show more of herself by sharing  her DJ and battle work online.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Life is more interesting for Samantha.  If she didn’t move to Japan,her life would be almost close to boring.

Being in Japan she met a lot of people and tried new things.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Learn to accept yourself if you haven’t.  Don’t  compare yourself because you are unique.

Find things you like about yourself.  Try new things.  Surround yourself with good people.

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