We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosie Fiore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks is a really important part of life, particularly when it comes to starting your own business. If you never do anything outside of your comfort zone, you’ll never be able to grow. I think this is especially true for a creative, and even more so for one who wants to run their own brand. Taking a risk means you’re giving yourself room to get bigger and better; it allows your brand to branch out and reach its full potential It might be scary and you might hit some rough patches along the way, but I think risk taking is crucial to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
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.
My photography is all about capturing moments. I love being able to capture the angle that someone else wouldn’t have thought of, or the person who doesn’t suspect they’re being photographed. Being at an event and capturing a photo of a rapper mid-verse. or even capturing another photographer mid-shot. Right now I’m really excited to start doing more stop motions. I’ve started doing them more and more the last few months and have fallen in love with the way they’re able to capture special moments.
Getting to where I am today professionally in my career definitely was definitely not easy for me. I’m a person who usually feels better having a plan, rather than winging things. I went to college for administration and marketing and worked an office job for over two years after school. I really only started freelancing photography on the side, which was better than nothing, but I knew I didn’t belong in corporate America and wanted to be a full time photographer. Once covid hit, my office furloughed me. I. told myself theres no way I’m going back to that job…so I used the months off to begin building my brand up and applying only to photography based jobs. Obviously, I did NOT go back to that office and am now a full time photographer!!
I’ve really learned over the years to just believe in yourself and take risks for the life you want! DO NOT SETTLE for a life you’re not happy with!! Whatever’s meant to be, will be…
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay, okay. so…..
My favorite restaurant has to be Dos Caminos. Theres a few of them around the city, and they have such good Mexican food and REALLY good drinks. I always suggest bringing people here. Salvatore’s of Soho is also really good if you want some Italian food (and its right near my college!). You also can’t go wrong with Fumo in Harlem.
As far as things to do…theres always cool pop-up exhibits happening in NYC that are really cool (and they’re usually great photo-ops) like The Color Factory, Museum of Ice Cream, etc.
But you really can’t go wrong with just getting together with a good group of friends and hanging on a rooftop or in a park. Anything is fun with the right people!
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?
My photography journey was definitely made possible by the love and support of all my friends and family… but I’d love to specifically dedicate my shoutout to my mom Carolyn and my boyfriend Steven. My mom bought me my first DSLR camera when I was 16 after me expressing interest in photography. She’s always been a huge supporter of my work, even when I was just starting out and wasn’t really good yet lol. She’s always done anything she can to help me along the way. No matter what I come to her with (like quitting my office job to pursue photography full time), she has always been fully supportive of me.
Steven also has played a huge role in my photography career. For about 7-8 years I was doing photography strictly as a hobby for fun, even though I always knew deep down I wanted to do it full time. Steven gave me the courage and the support I needed to fully pursue it, and has opened up so many doors for me.
Thank you both for believing in me always!!
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