FEATURING: Maren Rossman
What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?
To me, a creative community is a group of industry professionals who are here to support one another regardless of their shared/competing professions or different artistic points of view. Monthly Adhesive meetings help to reduce the pretentiousness that is so often associated with the photo industry. I am grateful that this is being brought to Boston!
How did you discover your creativity?
I discovered my creativity at an early age. My mother was a clothing designer, she exposed me to the fashion industry and all the nuances the business presents. After this introduction, the fashion and styling industries were really the only place that inspired the same level of creativity and made me feel more at ease.
Name the biggest challenge you have had in your career to date. How did you solve it?
My largest challenge was leaving my former company of 20+ years and starting fresh with Anchor Artists. I left everything behind and launched with no artists, no clients or database but I moved forward with my vision and a promise of what Anchor would be to those who joined.
What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?
My family industry connections enabled my introduction into this industry. I left college after freshman year, clueless but determined to make the best of whatever might happen next. Within two months, I was offered a freelance job as a stylist assistant at Filene’s. Less than a year later, the stylist I assisted suggested me for her position. Looking back, if there is a recipe for my ‘big break’ the ingredients would be: being passionate about your profession, luck, hard work, listening, learning and always trying to help both clients and artists to succeed. Also, grit when your luck isn’t good!
What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?
A boarding pass from my last holiday (to remind me there are more destinations awaiting), lip-gloss, business cards, credit cards and snacks for desperate times.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out in your creative profession?
Research and understand your area of interest, send strong but brief introductory letters to people who are in a position to help. Maintain a good work ethic and keep yourself open to opportunities. Network and be kind to everyone. Above all, remain ethical and loyal.
What are some of your favorite places/books/blogs/websites for inspiration?
I adore photography and fashion, however cookbooks and food sites are my guilty pleasure. I do my best planning/thinking while preparing meals. And who isn’t inspired after a savory meal? Favorite cookbooks: Comptoir Libanais, Ballaboosta, Zahav, Jerusalem, Genius Recipes, My Paris Kitchen, The book of New Israeli Food. Sites: amychaplin.com, 101cookbooks.com, food52.com, smittenkitchen.com, instagram, pinterest to name a few.
What would be your DREAM ASSIGNMENT?
I am absolutely living my dream assignment today and every day since launching Anchor Artists.
Who are the people that have been instrumental in your success as a creative professional?
I have been very fortunate to have incredible mentors who challenged and helped nurture my growth. However, my artists and director (Jen Walsh) have been instrumental in my present success. They risked their livelihood and believed in my vision. If not for them, Anchor would not be here today.
What would be your last supper?
No last meal would be complete without family and close friends. We would begin the evening with rosemary pear martini’s and dine on aged rib-eye steak, perfectly grilled by my vegetarian husband. The meal would also consist of Mediterranean style sides cooked by our dear friend Amir. I would also probably indulge in anything from Taim (my favorite falafel takeout in New York) or Sofra Bakery in Cambridge.
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