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Rising Stars: Meet George Rosaly

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Rosaly.

Hi George, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started off as a school teacher and worked my way up to being an Assistant Principal. As I was working my way up in the education latter, I thought to myself, “Have I really lived my best life?” Did I accomplish all my dreams? These questions stuck in my head and I knew I wanted to experience something different, so I moved to Los Angeles to find out for myself. As soon as I arrived in LaLa Land, I had a vision for myself that I will do great things. Quickly as I arrived, many things started moving for me. I received an opportunity in Hollywood to perform for “The Pink Floyd Ensemble,” as well as perform for the “Museum of Ice Cream,” and also get involved in short films. In all honesty, I just wanted to live the California dream and live my life freely and experience something different.

After two years living in Los Angeles, I decided to move to San Francisco which is completely different from LA. My professional career took off as I worked for the tech industry there, which prepared me for what my present is today. I always had a passion for graphic design as a teenager and SF really sparked that for me. I worked every day practicing my craft to be the best graphic designer. After living in San Francisco for about a year and a half, I was ready to move back to Los Angeles to continue following my dreams. I moved into Koreatown where I was substituting as a teacher and doing auditions for Warner Brothers, Paramount, and The New York Film Academy and of course creating art. I knew I wanted to be an artist and share my creative craft with the world. I wanted more for myself and I wouldn’t give up until I got it.

After two years of hard work and dedication, I started working in New York City, which allowed me to teach and create artwork for the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn. Soon after, I started creating art and marketing for Sony Music and Verizon as well. These opportunities definitely boosted my confidence to create more art and finally open my gallery in Los Angeles.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Moving from Houston to Los Angeles was the biggest risk I ever made and something I would never regret. I sold everything in my apartment, packed my bags, left my career as an Assistant Principal, and took a road trip to LaLa land. It was definitely a scary experience and as soon as I arrived, I had an audition in downtown Los Angeles. Let’s just say it was terrible, and I had zero experience in acting, they literally looked at me crazy. After my audition, I had no plans of where I was going to live. Luckily, I found a small hotel in central LA and I was completely lost in what I was going to do after that. I had money saved up, but the money kept dwindling down each day. I had a vision that I would go to LA and do big things, but reality hit me hard. What was I going to do? I had no money, and I had no job. With that in mind, I started looking through Airbnb and found a hostel in South Los Angeles. I found this big white house called “The Rochester Mansion.” I had never stayed in a hostel before, I was completely lost! Sharing a room with others was a different experience for me. Though I instantly made friends and I was basically living life without a worry in the world. I was able to get a job at the hostel to pay for my stay, but I needed more income. As well as I had to overcome being homeless and going through depression. The journey has definitely been difficult but at the same time very rewarding. As well as going through a path of losing friends and family just to follow my dreams. I was very determined to overcome any adversity against me.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My art is definitely an expression of me and I try to pride myself that everyone who visits the gallery will find a work of art that connects with them. The gallery isn’t just a place of selling art but a helping tool for the community to bring their gifts into action. I have learned along the way that reaching success isn’t the easiest path and I look back and think, “Why did I do this?” These past experiences had sacrifices to endure. I want the world to know that my art gallery is a place of hope, determination, and love. It’s a place that dreams come true. I want to empower people to enhance their living spaces with culture and lifestyle arts with artwork ideas, museum work, and inspiration.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I feel that the graphic design and art industry is definitely blowing up and the industry is saturated. It’s important to always keep learning to improve in your craft. Being an artist or graphic designer will also have more deviated into more contractor work than actually a position in many companies. Many graphic design platforms also have been developed and there is so much to choose from. In about 5-10 years, graphic design will also be more complex and more advanced and many will build from there. It’s important to set yourself apart and find the right places that can put your name out there. Like trends, they always change and new ideas are always going to be developed, it’s about staying true to yourself and keeping yourself updated and grounded that will flow with any trend.

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