We had the good fortune of connecting with Alana Rosa Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alana Rosa, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
A proper work life balance is important and undervalued. There is a fine line between grinding because of your passion & grinding out of desperation. When you’re first starting out, it is natural to want to take all of the opportunities. You learn over time what is “worth” the time, and sometimes organizers don’t run events as advertised which make you question your presence. I have had to choose between family events and modeling commitments. I have gone to work completely exhausted because I was out late the last 3 consecutive days for events. But I regret none of the late nights, I can say for the most part I took advantage of the opportunities. I used my wisdom and gut to learn as well as leave when necessary. And I say this all to say now, I know how to go home and rest, but I also pick and choose the good events. A proper work life balance has kept me sane in this modeling industry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out behind the scenes as a prop stylist in high school. I had an internship at an event decor company . I wanted to expand my knowledge of decorating since I was interested in making more money, and I also had the opportunity to learn videography. At one point, the company had a client that decided to do fashion films, and we handled everything on set from design to production. It gave me the confidence to continue what I wanted to do artistically until I decided I wanted to be in front of the camera. My team was supportive of my vision, and I as a model was born. Fashion is my passion, and I enjoy exploring different concepts in print and on the runway. In college I continued my videography journey until I decided I wanted to focus on journalism and photography. I have been able to document many parts of my journey, and help many others on theirs. I have been involved on casting panels, coordinated fashion events, and consulting other print/media businesses. I thoroughly enjoy what I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I live in Philadelphia, PA, my city of expertise is New York City, NY where I grew up. There’s always things to do and each day’s itinerary would include home breakfast, an activity for the day such as the Museum of Natural History and then dinner at a great restaurant. Everyone always has ideas of where they want to go when they are here in the city, so I like to support places they’ve never been. Then I give reccomendations. I lived in New York until 4 years ago so my whole life I’ve gotten to experience places and I think I can find something to please everyone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank a good friend of mine named Wasiymah for seeing the hard work put in and the effort to do new things. Trendsetters are to be celebrated.
Yelp: Alana E.
Photographer: Dev Dooley Creative Director: Lana Rae Makeup: Alexis Mone Mua Hair: Erika Evans Wardrobe: Buffalo Exchange