We had the good fortune of connecting with Rose Tello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rose, what do you attribute your success to?
Hard work, persistence, disciple, passion, grit, patience, and optimism. I owed it to myself to curate the life I wanted. I think it’s important to know what you really want out of life and know why. When y0u don’t compare yourself to others or don’t want what others have, you start to find your version of success. With bigger goals, like graduating, buying a house, starting a career, owning a business, getting out of debt, traveling, finding love, and surrounding myself with people that aligned with my values, I was able to see my version of success.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. I am a brand photographer who helps women entrepreneurs up-level their online presence with compelling photos that attract the clients they love. What is different about my business is the strategy I provide to help gather ideas, scout locations, curate props/wardrobe, and plan a shot list with a variety of photos for all platforms. My business provides more than your usual portrait or lifestyle shoot. My key objective is to promote women, their product or service, their skill sets, and their personality. With brand photography, I can tell their story, create a connection with their ideal client, elicit emotion and create an impactful online presence. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. There’s a few things you can’t outsource in business. A few of those are passion, hard work, persistence, and generosity. I put in the hours and make no excuses. For instance, I wake up between the hours of three and six in the morning. I also don’t watch much television. There are some things you have to be willing to give up when you have big dreams. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? Growing up, I didn’t have the traditional mom that most of my friends had. She worked a full time job, wasn’t the best cook, and didn’t have the traditional roles I saw most of the other moms had. As I got older, I started to appreciate and value her work ethic. I feel like the odds where really stacked against my mom. She’s an immigrant and a woman that came into the U.S. in the 80’s. She didn’t speak a word of English, but as soon as she arrived to the states, she started working as a seamstress. I wanted to emulate my mom’s work ethic in my life. I also knew I wanted to escape poverty. The best way I knew how to do that was to work hard, put myself through college, buy my own house, and depend on my skill set. Watching my mom go through her challenges and find her version of success, has been a major role in my brand. I want every woman entrepreneur I work with to have freedom to make as much money as they want and live THEIR version of success.
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.
I love food and ALL of my friends love food too. I would most definitely take them out to eat. Some of my favorites Coltivare, Flower Child, True Food Kitchen, Killen’s Barbecue, a steakhouse (too many favorites to choose), Hubcap Grill, Jax Burgers, Tris, this delicious Venezuelan empanada truck near my house, hole in the wall Salvadorian restaurant, Cafe Poetes, Crawfish Cafe, The Shack Cypress, Red Lion Pub, Present Company, Dessert Gallery, Plonk Bistro, and so many more.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom. Her story inspires me to continue to challenge myself daily. She came into a new country, not knowing the language, but she worked hard to make a good life here. Being a single, immigrant mom has had its challenges for my mom. Through her diligence, she showed her daughters that dreams are attainable as long as you are willing to work for them.