We had the good fortune of connecting with Alesan Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alesan, how do you think about risk?
The word ‘risk’ has always been a scary word, but it always connects to the most eye-opening events. And I think that risk can change your life forever. Risk is almost like that extra push to jump onto the next chapter of your life. When I was little I always used to hide behind my mom as soon as someone approached me or as soon as anything new was happening. I was super clingy and stuck to a routine. As I grew up, I began to notice how my shyness never got me to where I wanted to be and I hated being shy for a while, in fact, I still hate it to this day. Along with being shy, I preferred to stay in my comfort zone. This was constant for me in high school. I supported theatre but never joined, was in choir but never auditioned for lead rolls, and I always wanted to dance and act but never went for it. Once I went to college, things started to change for the better. I was still a bit shy but I slowly started to unravel who I really was and once it started to come out I felt free. This feeling made me stronger and become a risk-taker. Taking risks is what got me to where I am today. I was one of those students that were expected to go to medical school. I changed my major 4 times in college and graduated with a Media Studies degree. I decided to travel abroad alone, which gave me a whole new perspective of life. I created so many small businesses just because I wanted to, even if they failed. And I moved to Los Angeles during the middle of a global pandemic. These are some things that I’ve done all thanks to risk-taking. The most important lesson I’ve learned was to always follow your gut, even that is risk-taking. You never know where it can lead you. Those are the moments that will help you find yourself and help you become your best self.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I am today was not easy for me, I had a lot of trouble booking photoshoots in a college setting and it was also hard to make friends in the beginning. I overcame the challenges by putting myself out there more and reaching out to people on social media, sharing my work and asking to collaborate. Although I had trouble doing so, I learned to always ask because you never know where it can lead you. Another tactic that helped me with overcoming those challenges was submitting to creative zines or small magazines in order to get to know other creatives and put my name out there. I want people to know that my photography is a safe space for everyone. My goal is to always make people feel like their best selves when shooting with me, reminding them that they are capable of anything. That they have the power.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Monday – Morning hike at Griffith Park, afternoon tiger sugar boba time from It’s Boba Time, and grab dinner at Open Sesame
Tuesday – Beach day/picnic at El Matador Beach
Wednesday – Chill day at home, late-night dinner from Slurpin’ Ramen
Thursday – Car ride to Malibu again and grab some food at Thai Beach
Friday – Go for a walk around a neighborhood and visit some vintage shops
Saturday – Loz Feliz Flea and grabbing some Prime Pizza
Sunday – Grabbing some brunch at the Beachwood Cafe
(I recently moved to LA, so I would also love to see other peoples’ itineraries!)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shoutout to Angelica Youwakim who was one of my gen ed professors at Temple University. She helped me find the major I graduated with and never stopped helping me search until I declared my major. I would also love to give a shout-out to my amazing partner, Mitchell Coriell, who always encourages and cheers me on. Lastly, I would love to give Nicole Rafiee a shoutout because we were both in similar college situations, came from immigrant families, and have always wanted to create instead of study math and science forever… Her wonderful success on YouTube always inspires me to keep going and is a daily reminder that I am capable of pursuing my dreams as an Arab-American.
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