Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosy Mack.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rosy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been a creator. I was dancing before I could walk, painting before I could write, and always telling elaborate make-believe stories. I’ve always been drawn the arts, so the fact that I ended up as an artist was probably no surprise to anyone who knew me as a child. I had a lot of aspirations as a kid, from wanting to become a film director to wanting to sell my paintings to wanting to be a ballerina… I really don’t have the words to describe how grateful I am that I get to live out my childhood dreams. It’s hard to say whether or not the work to get here has been difficult- when it’s something you love, it doesn’t always feel like work. I have definitely put in a lot of hours of practice and I continue to work hard on my craft. The cool thing about art is that you’re never done learning. There’s always a new way to explore an idea, a concept, or a technique.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part of being a self-employed artist is trusting myself. I’ve been the artistic director of Ignite Collaborative (a performance art company whose sole focus is on building community, compassion, and artistic expression for both artists and audiences) since 2011. I was 20 years old when I started Ignite with four friends, and now, eight years later, I am the still serving as the artistic director. I am lucky to have a managing director who helps keep my visions alive; I’m not sure the company would be where it is today without Michelle McIntyre. In Ignite and in my solo creations, I have had a ton of help along the way, from my friends and fellow artists who have helped shape the vision of Ignite Collaborative, to a family who sells out the first row of all of my shows, to my husband who encourages me to always keep going. The support from my friends, family, and husband help me to push past the hard parts, but the truly essential part of my own success is believing that I am worth it. That part is HARD. It’s hard to trust the process sometimes. It’s hard to stay true to my own artistic vision when I let those voices creep in that say, “You’re not good enough.” I’ve found that the best way to combat that self-doubt is to meditate, journal, and then create more art. You just have to keep going. Hear the self-doubt, take a deep breath, and then keep creating.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’ve identified myself as a dancer for most of my life. I’ve grown so attached to my title as “dancer” that I find that I tend to pull away from some of my other gifts. Over the last year or so, I’ve been working on acknowledging my work as a dancer AND as a choreographer, a painter, a writer, a filmmaker, a sculptor… I believe that all art is connected. Art is art is art. All that it takes for an artist to switch mediums is curiosity in that new medium and the patience to figure it out. Art is about curiosity, creativity, and expression, regardless of the medium, so to me, being an artist in one medium means you can be an artist in any medium. I always want to expand my skills as an artist and challenge myself to create in a unique way and I think that sets me apart from other artists who may limit themselves to one medium. Art is everywhere, not just in the places we expect it. Sure, art is drawing and singing and dancing and sculpting… but art is also in patterns. Art is math. Art is science. Art is astrology. Art is literally all around us and realizing that has skyrocketed my curiosity. Most recently, I’ve been interested in astrology and how the patterns of the stars in our lives relate to our gifts, limitations, and life path. I’m currently working on a new project incorporating this idea of astrological patterns into a physical art piece.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Talk to everyone. Add everyone on Facebook. Comment on things you like. Ask questions. Honor your curiosity. Really, I think curiosity is the most valuable thing you can have in this life. Curiosity leads to growth, connection, compassion, etc. I love to ask questions and I try not to let the fear of a dumb question hold me back. Also, carry business cards. I’m bad at this, but I always feel good when I have a card on me to give to someone I meet. It just helps you look more professional and it’s an easy way to make a connection. Keep them simple with plenty of space to write a note about yourself if you want to make sure someone remembers who you are. One more thing! Send thank you notes. Thank the people who give you space to grow as an artist. Gratitude can save the world… gratitude and curiosity.
- Website: www.ignitecollaborative.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @rosylution
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/rosymacaroni
Michelle McIntyre Photography, Howard Paley Photography