We had the good fortune of connecting with Aurora Rosselli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aurora, how have you been keeping yourself busy during quarantine?
Thankfully I’ve experienced no changes in my work. I was already working from home, and honestly, my workload has increased o good 25% due to brands not shipping out of the country and lacking in the workforce. My main concern has been how this is going to impact smaller companies, and what the consequences are going o be once we reach a new normalcy level. We will face a new type of economy; we will have to wait and see.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was always fascinated by photography since I was a little girl. I totally despised being in front of the camera but still took my Mom’s Polaroid and took pictures of my posed dolls or everything I could find around the house. Once I got into the Accademia of Belle Arti and started studying photography, my passion took over, and I ended up taking an external class offered by the EU to have a more in-depth understanding and entirely focus on the craft. Painting and sculpting also gave me a deeper understanding of the way that light works, and when I go into post-production, I can paint with light over my image and create what’s already on my mind. The same for composition, empty spaces, posing, is like everything I studied in all the different art subjects, flood my mind, and helps me in creating and give life to my vision. My main focus after the Accademia was Archeology, focusing more on Historical Research. Still, photography accompanied me every step of the way, especially in my work outside Italy and in Tunisia. Once I moved here in the US, I focused back on Art and Photography, and that’s when everything snowballed and got me where I am today. I always felt like, as a woman, I could have never made a living with Art, especially living in Sicily, back then studying Art was very frowned upon and was seen by society as a form of rebellion, so I looked into other outlets to live my passion. It’s funny how life still takes you back on the path you are meant to walk, and today I am making a living out of what I’ve always loved!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely LA and Hollywood, that’s hand down my stomping ground. Melrose and Rodeo Drive for shopping is a must, fashion district for some places to hang out and eat and movie studios like Warner Bros and Universal Studios for some iconic areas to visits, Paramount Pictures, historic music venues like the Hollywood Bowl, and Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars. At night time comedy clubs, retro-cool bars and velvet-roped nightclubs and then off to eateries in nearby Thai Town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I had two mentors that walked me through everything I’ve known and who I owe a lot of who I am today. Hugh Hefner, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine and Stefano Gabbana fashion designer and co-founder of the Dolce & Gabbana luxury fashion house. I’m also very grateful to my many mentors—the two named here and the many others who are not (they know who they are!). Their unselfish investments in me have enriched my life beyond measure.