We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariana Genilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariana, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor to a successful business or brand is to have confidence in yourself. If you believe that you can do it and trust yourself during the process, you will find it much easier to keep pushing forward.
Discouragement can come from comparing your journey to others, but when you can hype yourself up and know that you will get to where you want to be, nothing can stop you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of my deepest fears is losing my memory and photography started as a way for me to preserve moments in time, so I would not forget. Before this, I actually thought that I would always be in the medical field. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and I was a Medical Assistant for almost 10 years. My first step out of medicine was into the service industry and I was a server for about 2 years. Like many, the pandemic changed a lot of things for me and I give all the credit to my husband for sparking the idea to make photography my profession. I decided to go full-time freelance in August 2021, completely self-taught and new to anything business related. I guess you could say that I have always wanted to become a photographer, so nothing about that decision was hard. The difficult part was gaining the courage to just do it and believe in myself to do it well. Imposter-syndrome still kicks in every once in a while, so even I could use help overcoming that.
Because I have a lot of patience and understanding for perspective, I believe my photography showcases what it feels like to be in the moment. I love taking the time to see what others may not see right away and focusing on natural beauty and light. I hope to think that my images evoke emotions and tell a story. I truly just want to catch a bit of time and save it forever.
There are so many things to be proud of and excited for right now in my career. I have had the opportunity to meet such talented and inspiring people. I have been published in magazines, my idols have reached out to compliment my art, and I’ve worked with nationally recognized brands. Even being asked these questions to be featured with Shoutout HTX is extremely exciting for me! Ever since I started this journey, life feels like a non-stop rollercoaster with peaks and thrilling drops all at high speed. My greatest endeavor yet is starting The Golden Collective along side my business partner and best friend, Danielle Perea. We are a digital-strategy agency focused on telling your story and very excited with all of the local businesses that have chosen to work with us.
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.
There are so many things that Vegas is known for, but I definitely have my list of favorite spots! Staying on the strip gives you the full experience and my top pick is at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in a wrap-around suite with a fountain view. Make sure you go to the pool during your stay, have the Verbana at the Chandelier Bar, and order the French toast at The Henry. You have to go all out while you are here!
I am a foodie at heart and finding the best restaurants can make or break a trip for me. Our Chinatown has too many good places to choose from. Sparrow + Wolf has its own place in my heart with truly amazing food and creative cocktails. You’ll also have to visit Resorts World and go to Bar Zazu. It is an upscale tapas lounge with great bites and the most photogenic ambiance.
To get away from the strip hustle, I love walking around Fergusons Downtown and visit all the shops owned by local vendors and artists. The Downtown Arts District is the best place to really see what the locals are all about. My favorite art is showcased everywhere by Recycled Propaganda and Pretty Done. Almost every spot there is locally owned, has a chill atmosphere and good people, so you can’t go wrong.
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 definitely want to thank my husband for being all of the support I could ever need in life. He is the one that motivates me to follow my dreams and constantly helps me bring them to fruition. If it weren’t for him, I would not be anywhere close to the person that I am today. In so many ways, he has saved me. I love you, Jay.
I also want to shoutout my beautiful best friend and business partner, Danielle Perea. She pushes me to see past my limits and helps me realize that our big dreams are attainable. She has shown me that we can live our worth and that settling for less is a choice. I am forever grateful for every opportunity she has given me and so happy that we found each other.
Models: Ashley Moore, Danielle Perea, Em Maisel, Ani Gabrielson, Chelsea Keefer, Lillian Casscells, Tatiana Stevenson, Rylee Ann Rogers, Ella Schultze, Ellyson Reynada, Khani Nguyen