We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanairy Robles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanairy, what do you attribute your success to?
One of the most important factors behind the success of my brand would be to stay patient, have faith, and remain confident. I am constantly wondering when will be the day I achieve all of my goals, but it’s the process of the journey that I need to stay grateful for. While I tend to get overwhelmed with wanting to do so much, a colleague of mine reminds me, “Relax, Rome wasn’t built in a day.” He’s definitely right. Opportunities come to you when you know and believe they are coming.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most excited about where this path will take me and how much more I can evolve with my pictures. I started photography in middle school and practiced until I was in college. I was constantly debating about what possible 9-5 job I could be good at when I knew my passion was in the entertainment business. Towards the end of my high school years, I started to sell brownies and saved up to get my Sony digital camera. Once my camera was purchased and I overcame my fear of not having an exact answer to my future, everything else came smoothly. When I realized I could make my passion into a living – I dropped out of college during my second year. I started my journey working as a PA in Hollywood delivering coffee, working with Manifest Community Films making Music Video BTS Photography, and now working for different Artists as their photographer and as a Creative Director. Music has always been a part of my everyday life, from making music on my iPod and creating mini music videos with my cousins at a young age, which is why I like to focus more on musical artists when it comes to my pictures. I’ve had to face some difficult setbacks, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those lessons. A significant challenge I had to overcome was to accept that not every picture will be perfect and to accept that failure is inevitable. It has not always been easy as a 21 year old Hispanic Female in a Male-dominated industry. Still, I have been grateful enough to have been surrounded by an incredible team who have opened their arms to helping me grow and wanting to see me succeed. I would like the world to know that those dreams they secretly hope for are possible and only a couple of doors away. Fear is only four letters but is very powerful if you allow it to control you, and I hope my brand inspires you to chase your goals and dreams no matter who you are.
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.
Food-wise I would definitely take them to the Grand Central Market to check out the food hall, ShakeShack, or Raising Cane’s. If it is their first time in the city, it is mandatory they take a stroll down Downtown Los Angeles at least once. For the views, I would show them Santa Monica Pier, Malibu mountains, and Universal Studios. In my view, the best thing about Los Angeles is that you can either eat at a Steakhouse in Beverly Hills for the night or you can go to an underground rave in K-Town and enjoy In n’ out or ramen after.
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 like to dedicate my shoutout to Manifest Community Films which is where I first started my journey and was given the opportunity to grow. To all my friends who have always supported me throughout this ride. To all my peer photographers who are working hard everyday.
Model Credits Instagram: @iamtiagz @hulksicko @jcruze styled by @danna.meli @Snoopdogg @briwilburn @leticiacm97 @liam.asaw