We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Alimani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As the famous saying goes “without risk there is no reward” risk presents unforeseen danger and circumstances, you are in an uncertain element or environment and the outcome or what will transpire somewhat scares you as it is something that is not completely safe or familiar. I in particular am a BIG fan of “risk”. Ever since I was 20 I have moved out on my own, graduated with my BBA at 21 and began a life and career of my own in Beverly Hills and have now since moved onto Manhattan, the “Big Apple” as its called, and have worked for large firms in the finance and real estate world, and not only that but in the process of all this, I have gained substantial notoriety, through press, top magazine covers, including top magazine L’Officiel, and a variety of others. So if you ask me what I think about risk? I LOVE risk, without risk I wouldn’t be where I am today, risk has taken huge credit when it comes to my success, life, and career up until this point, it has elevated my life to a very high echelon and from what I can see, will continue to do so and only improve from there.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Perhaps what I would want to talk about most regarding my career is that I am self made and self paid even at a very young age, I got to where I was today by my own grits, wit and determination, I used whatever resources and networks I had available and leveraged to where I saw my goals headed and to what objectives I was looking to achieve. Basically any career goal, aspiration and objective I was always geared towards achieving I made possible by breaking every goal into a plan with steps, following that plan and allowing my goal to reach to fruition. For example, am I a model? Yes. But I can proudly saw all of my magazine covers I have had the honor of being a part of is something that I brought to existence by my own connections with publicists on instagram. What I would love to world to know about my brand and my story is that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, even if you are a one-man or one-woman team.
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?
Ironically I just did this duty the beginning of December! My friend Sophie from LA visited, she owns a talent agency-HBM Talent, and of course I wanted to show her a splendid time! I took her to Bergdorf, specifically the restaurant on the 9th floor for a high tea, after wards followed by seeing the Christmas lights at the Plaza Hotel, along with a stroll along the side of 5th Avenue bordering Central Park. The next day we visited Landy Mendel’s Tea house the day right before Cuomo, the governor of New York had announced he was restricting indoor dining once again, the places we visited could NOT be mimicked and enjoyed outdoor like in the same way indoor dining provided as they were both iconic places where the atmosphere and decorations indoors made up for the chunk of atmosphere.
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?
Haha this is a good question! It is very hard to choose one person, and as selfish and egotistical as it may sound, I can humbly admit the person that has been the major driving factor in my successes has been none other than myself. When I ventured out at a young age, I had earned substantial income from working in the fortune 500 company, Liberty Mutual, using those savings I had relocated from Washington state (where I lived with my parents) to Beverly Hills, I started my career working at Cedars Sinai, building my modeling career, etc. After two years, I simply felt I had higher aspirations, and after gracing various runways at New York Fashion week, I felt a beckoning to the concrete jungle, and so I moved onto there, where I flourished at large corporate firms, graced many notable fashion magazine covers, I exceeded the highest expectations I had for myself and I used the gift of time and solitude of the pandemic to study and pass my real estate exam, and start my career. Not only that but I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel out of the country and see my 90 yr old grandma, which is a huge blessing to myself and to her. Now going forward, after 2020 turned out to be my most successful and prosperous to date! Through it all I have no immediate family in New York, and the majority of the time I am mostly with myself and I use that time to inspire and motivate myself with subject and individuals that inspire me and drive me to succeed.