This Time, It Will Work !

By Rosanna Anil

I found my calling for food styling & photography months after giving birth to my daughter. Practiced shooting dishes in my kitchen, 5 months later I landed my first major client! There’s a drive that awakens in you when you become a parent and I want my story to show other Moms that it is possible to start a business that you’re passionate about and be successful at it. Your life is what you make it and I knew that I wanted a different experience for myself. Most parents won’t encourage a creative career like photography. I had to work through that mindset in order to manifest the opportunities I needed to build my resume. And its working! In the midst of new motherhood and a failed relationship with my child’s father, I managed to THRIVE! In Just 2 years I have worked with some amazing companies like: UberEats, MealPal, DoorDash and Kodak. My greatest accomplishments include working with brands like Lipton, Sunsweet, Kraft, Red Lobster, Cuisinart, Sabra, and Nestle. Balancing a business and motherhood isn’t easy but it is so rewarding. Living a life thats better than a dreams simply because I chose to step past fear.

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
NYCFoodMuse – Food Stylist, Photographer and Host

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
My daughter and I moved back in with my parents so that I could invest in my brand.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You are a divine creator, create a life you love.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Spend time alone, find your peace and trust your process.

What is your greatest fear?
I don’t speak about fears, they don’t need to be fed.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
No one has directly said they didn’t believe in my goals. I’m sure my parents think I’m crazy for starting a business right after having my child lol

What message do you think every woman should hear?
You are worthy. Everything you dream of is already yours. Take care.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Diversity, culture, food and art.

What do you love most about yourself?
I love my sense of humor. I love how I love and encourage the people around me.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Ending my relationship with my child’s father was difficult but the strength and self worth I gained from that decision has given me the fuel I needed to pursue my goals.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
Thoughts are powerful. How you speak to yourself and love yourself is important. Keeping my vibrations high has accelerated my life, bringing all the things I want into my human experience. It all starts with a thought – a vibration.

Why do you love to travel?
Travel humbles me. It makes me realize how sweet life is. That we don’t have much to worry about when we have the right perspective.

What motivates you most?
My daughter, my friends.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
I have a wonderful co-parenting relationship with my child’s father. It allows me a great deal of balance. I can continue my freelance work and still have quality time with my friends and family. 

What is your favorite meal?
PASTA.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
A few things: I talk to people who uplift me, I write down my ideas/inspirations/goals, I dance to keep my spirit light and positive. 

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
As outgoing as I appear, I can be extremely shy – something I’m breaking through more and more.

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Not sure, possibilities are endless 🙂

What is something on your bucket list?
Take my child all over the world.

Have you ever had an extraordinary experience?
Describe it! I feel like this whole journey has been a wild ride. Venturing out on my own, creating a brand and platform. I still can’t believe that this is my life. That life can be this sweet.

Where do you find inspiration?
Dining, art, music and culture.

What are your biggest passions?
Food, travel, connecting with women of color.

More About Rosanna

When I stayed home to care for my child, I began taking pictures of the meals I would prepare. There was this plate of waffles (topped with strawberries and syrup) that I captured. I sent the picture to my friend, she called me instantly! She said “Rosanna, people would pay for images life this. This is you, this is for you, this is your purpose”. I felt this warm sensation in my chest, it felt like excitement and love. I knew this was it. NYCFoodMuse was born.

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