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Rachel Rose: Profile + Interview

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Rachel Rose: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

The first word I think of is “life.” Without passion, what are we living for? Without passion, I would think it would be a boring day to day existence. Where’s the meaning in that? People need to express themselves—in whatever form that may be! Every day I’m inspired by something. More often than not, it’s through music, but also by something I read, something I see, or something a friend tells me. The world is an incredibly inspiring place filled with people of all walks of life, with very different experiences. You just have to open yourself up and allow yourself to experience what they have to offer. And strength is something we all struggle with. I feel like everyone has some sort of struggle and heartbreak. It doesn’t matter if you appear to be the happiest person on the planet; we’re all trying to be strong inside, weather for ourselves or for someone else. We’re all just trying to make it through this thing we call life!

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

Ha! Honestly, I’m just a girl from Reno, Nevada who likes to take pictures. I mean, really, that’s about it.

 

Why do you do what you do?

I do portraiture because I love the connection is gives me with people. People trust me to make them look pretty, or cool, or to capture an important time in their life. For a moment a bond is created, weather with a client or a model, and for that moment you can become great friends. It’s satisfying to me when my clients or models come back to me and say, “oh my God, I can’t believe that’s me!” or “That was so much fun, thank you!” I get to connect with people over something I love and that makes me feel like I have a purpose.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I’ve always been creative, and I’ve always loved Photography. I briefly chose to pursue it in college, but ultimately changed my major because it wasn’t something I felt I could make a career out of.  For whatever reason, (time of my life/money/etc..) it just seemed difficult and not practical, so I chickened out and chose a different major. After graduating college, I got bored quickly so my husband bought me my first DSLR. He knew I loved photography and encouraged me to play around with it. I told him he was wasting his money, but he didn’t think so. After my first creative shoot, I knew I wanted more! I haven’t put my camera down since!

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Honestly, the initial leap of just doing it! I made up all these excuses in my mind about how I wouldn’t be good enough, how expensive it was to get started, how I didn’t have any education, how I would be perceived as a “fauxtographer,” and how I would compare to other photographers. All of the above were excuses based off fear. My husband is the one that kept reinforcing me. He’s also the one who encouraged me to start a facebook page, an instagram page, a website, etc… He’s pretty much my biggest fan. J

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My mom has always told me to go into a creative field. She recognized and encouraged my creativity as a kid and always told me I needed to be an artist. I never listened to her though, so it took me a little longer to figure it out. HA! It wasn’t until I got married, when I observed the photographer who shot my wedding (Belinda Grant) that I thought it looked like so much fun! She was spunky, and fun, and the way she interacted with people from behind her camera is what intrigued me. I wanted to have a job like that!

 

I’d like to think I inspire people, but I’m not really sure. I’m always open to give advice to help new photographers if they come to me. I want to be that kind of inspiration. The driving force. Anyone can message me on Facebook and say, “Oh, I really like your work!” and I can reply with a polite, “Thank you.” But I want to connect with people on a deeper lever. I want to be a mentor to someone who is just as passionate about this as I am. I want to be someone’s Belinda!

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

The biggest mistake I made was listening to people who didn’t know anything about me. I had people in my life pushing me in a complete opposite direction of where I wanted to go and I honestly feel like I lost sight of who I was and who I wanted to be. I had this pressure to “get a real job” and to be this certain kind of person that completely stifled my creativity. I was so concerned with living up to an expectation, that I wasn’t being my true self and wasn’t expressing myself creatively. It wasn’t until I broke away from that relationship and graduated college that my creativity started to blossom. It honestly felt like I was on a slingshot, being pulled so far back. When I finally let go, I shot straight out like a rocket! From that experience I learned that from this point on in my life, I’m going to say, do, and be exactly who I want to be. Your soul knows when you’re trying to be someone you’re not and it’s incredibly exhausting. Eventually that catches up to you.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I’ve really been trying to market to Seniors. Seniors are by far my favorite clients, so I’ve really been trying to get my name out locally!

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Don’t let other people affect your happiness! There are people who are close to you and who care about you, and THOSE are the people whose opinions you should allow to matter. No one else. That was hard for me to learn. Whether it’s from family or random people on social media—don’t give people the power to affect your happiness. It will show in your work, your life, your relationships, etc.. and it’s not worth it. Just do you and be proud about it. Don’t be afraid to waive your freak flag, and with the right attitude, you will attract the right people for you.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Hi Colin.

 

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Rachel Rose: Profile

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Full name

Rachel Rose Eliakis

Age

29

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Las Vegas, NV

Where you live now? (city, country)

Reno, NV

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

My parents are from Las Vegas, but my family is from Greece.

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Photographer

How long have you been doing it?

Seriously about 4 years now.

Fav Song

Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s been my fav song since I was 7.

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Michael Jackson, hands down!

Fav Movie

Almost Famous. I can quote the whole movie!

Fav Actor/Actress

Jennifer Lawrence! She’s hilarious and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Fav Clothing brand

I have realized that I’ve become a Nike snob. Which would explain why I’m broke all the time, lol!

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

I absolutely love the work of Amanda Diaz (photographer). She’s very good at story telling, and I like the dark feel to her images.

Fav Sport to watch

Baseball! Particularly SF Giants!

Fav Sport to play

It’s not a “sport” really, but catch. Whether with a football or baseball. I can play for hours.

 

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