“I hate to say this, as it sounds a bit cliché – but follow your dreams because anything is possible. It’s all on you to make things happen. If it doesn’t, there are no other excuses or reasons aside from yourself. You can control your destiny.”
– Natalie Amrossi
Natalie Amrossi is a New York born Photographer who has always been passionate about the art of creating. From a young age, she was set on living and working in the heart of Manhattan. Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Business Management Degree, and went on to work for a Financial Institution.
Her true passion was right in front of her however, as she would come and go to the office on the New York City streets. Natalie started taking photographs the way her mind had always pictured them. One morning, two years into her career, she wore up realizing that her true passion was photography. Natalie left the Corporate Financial world to become a Freelance Photographer with no planning but a positive gut feeling. Since then, she has been featured on the Wall Street Journal and Vogue, and has partnered with brands such as Nike and Beats by Dre. Read on to find out more about Natalie and her journey so far.
Tell us about Misshattan and how you got started.
Born and raised in New York, Manhattan always had a special part of me. I always felt a deep love for the city and it wasn’t until I moved into the borough that I randomly thought of calling myself the Miss of Manhattan; Misshattan.
Describe the feeling of leaving your full time job to pursue a career in photography.
That was one of the best days of my life. I didn’t plan it – nor did I ever think I’d have the courage. I was always so used to playing it safe – go to school, graduate, find a job, get married etc. This day was different. I realized that I lived for the excitement of the unexpected and that this was the life for me.
Who has helped you in the process of following your dream?
The support of my friend and family made me feel much more comfortable. I remember calling my mentor at the time like – I’m going to do this. I HAVE to do this. We had spoken about this before and he never seemed to think the time was right, but that day – he heard it in my voice and gave his support. Nothing was going to change my decision.
What is it about New York that inspires you?
New York inspires me in so many ways but the main thing I love about this city is the energy. It’s undeniable. If you walk down the street, you can feel the hustle and grind of other New Yorkers. It makes me feel anything is possible. In terms of creative inspiration – you never know what you’re going to see or do once walking through the streets of New York City. That is what drives me to explore more.
What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
Every day is a new challenge. I’ve realized that time is my biggest competition and will always be against me. There will always be something to do, or someplace to go – so making the right decision for your brand means everything.
What keeps you going?
What keeps me going is my community and the love of art. Creating something new and authentic drives me to push my creative limits. When
I travel, and meet people who have been following my journey, it makes it that much more special.
What message are you trying to share with your work?
I hate to say this, as it sounds a bit cliché – but follow your dreams because anything is possible. It’s all on you to make things happen. If it doesn’t, there are no other excuses or reasons aside from yourself. You can control your destiny.
How do you deal with criticism?
Whether I agree or disagree, I appreciate criticism. It gives me a chance to learn and see things from another perspective.
What is it that you love about what you do?
I love what I do because I get to meet so many inspirational/brilliant people and that drives me to create more and evolve as an artist.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Stay true to yourself and never stop pushing. If you don’t fail, you’ll never learn, grow and evolve into the artist you were meant to be.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back?
I would tell myself to keep trying new things, and learn about myself as much as possible.
What are you most excited for in the future?
I’m excited to see how my work will transform over the next few years! Photography is a never-ending learning experience.