About Me

In a nutshell: My name is Anna Rozier. I received my BFA for Fashion Design and Merchandising in 2012, just received my masters in Entertainment Business in September 2013, happily married since 18, a freelance fashion designer and singer. My husband and I had a daughter in 2011 who unfortunately passed away shortly after birth. We had a son in September 2015 who is happy and healthy. On this blog I write about things I experience that I feel may benefit others. This includes business management with focus in music and fashion, behind the scenes articles and photos, personal entries related to our journey with our daughter Areli Sinclair, or our son Cypher, and anything else I think may be relevant in the lives of my readers. I am an art lover, culture addict, history buff and all around knowledge seeker. I also love to write, as you will find in the extended bio below ūüôā

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email: a.roze@yahoo.com

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I have been through a lot in getting my company off the ground. 17 Fashion Shows- some of which I did on my own, from planning to promotion to making the clothing, and even modeling on the runway ¬†(which I am over at this point). –I do still model at photoshoots however, which is something I just can’t seem to give up–. My shows have been in an array of venues, from clubs -which I have vowed to never do again- to city halls to malls to convention centers. Fashion shows are an issue that I get very touchy about. My experience has shown me the pros and cons, how they should be run, and what usually results when certain people are in charge. That’s¬†another issue entirely. Now I examine the event very closely before just jumping on board with any old show.

When I started making clothing, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. The thought that I could actually be a designer seemed very far fetched after attempting my first garment when I was 18. But- with encouragement from my husband- I kept going. Being hard headed, I insisted on learning my way. I used cheap fabrics for practice, which usually had stretch in them since I was unsure of how to make a garment fit. In fact most of the fabric I used for about the first 2 years of teaching myself how to sew was some kind of stretchy knit. I wasn’t watching tutorials or reading books. I came across these ‘mannequins’ at WalMart that were actually just giant jewelry holders that were¬†made to decorate a room. My husband insisted(thank God), and I bought 2 of them and began using them to make my garments. Not knowing a thing about patterns, I just started draping fabric on the mannequins, pinning it, then sewing where I pinned. The clothing actually started looking decent, although my sewing techniques were still no where near up to par. Even though I wasn’t very confident in the technicality of my garments, I was excited about the idea of doing a fashion show. My husband being a producer and hip hop artist knew that collaborating on shows would be a great way to get us both out there at the same time and provide awesome entertainment. I was lucky enough to collaborate closely with two great friends who were choreographers and both had experience in modeling troupes in the past. We ran a modeling troupe together and put on some awesome shows incorporating my husband and his camp’s music and performances. But it wasn’t reaching the level we knew it could. Maybe it was the town we were in (which was not appreciative of fashion or modeling whatsoever), or the promotional issues, or maybe something else. After 3 years of learning to sew, spending time and money on shows and not really getting anywhere besides having great learning experiences, I decided it was time to do something I never pictured myself doing, and something my husband had been suggesting for 3 years- going to college.

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Within 2 weeks of making that decision, my husband and I quit our jobs and were off to Orlando to get an education. (He too wanted to get back into school for Entertainment Business.) Boy is college something waaayy different than the scary picture I painted in my head. Why I argued with my husband so long about why I never wanted to go is beyond me. He must have been so frustrated haha. -Which reminds me that stubbornness¬†is not a good trait in business. I have since learned to be open minded and admit that their are many things in the world I don’t have all the knowledge on.- I don’t want to seem like I’m bashing my school… but it will seem that way, so whatever. I went to¬†IADT (Now Sanford Brown). I chose it because of the double degree. Fashion Design AND Fashion Merchandising. All the other schools had you choose either or. It was the reason I didn’t go to AI in Ft. Lauderdale…. wish I had now… but I also think that things happen for a reason, so here I am. With the way the school is presented to prospective students, there is really no way I ¬†could’ve ¬†foreseen¬†the underlying problems with the school anyhow.¬†¬†The main problem is likely the problem with most colleges; it is run like a corporation rather than an educational facility. The main priority of the school is to make money. Which is completely understandable. However, the main focus should¬†be educating tomorrows leaders, and in doing the best to provide for that purpose, money should come with no problem. I won’t get into all the issues at the school, but mainly they stem from that. Little¬†true passion or care for whether the students succeed or not. They are training students to fill a job, not how to start their own business. They baby the students almost like high school does. There are some great teachers. The students add to the¬†problem. They get what they want, and that is the easy way. Hence the school operating like a corporation, accepting anyone who will sign a loan contract, not filtering those who are¬†truly¬†passionate and have goals. So they cater to the students in order to keep them around, stacking up how much they owe the school for overpriced books, overpriced tuition, and housing (which I don’t have thank God). If you go to college, try not to get on a housing program if you can avoid it. Suck it up and pay your rent on your own. Now I said I didn’t want to get into all that and there I did it anyway… ahh .. well I’ll stop there about my college complaints. Don’t get me wrong, have learned a ton. But that is because I am applying myself, researching further than the assignments require, working on my own business at the same time, applying the techniques to my actual life.

Since being in Orlando, I continued doing fashion shows. This time bigger and with more clout. The venues got fancier as I started to reach out and make connections with others in the local fashion industry. I also started painting tee shirts. I had a lot of ideas about cool things I wanted to put on tees. And being into art, I thought it would be unique to paint them, and it would allow me to get really creative. I went a different route with learning to paint tees than I did with learning how to sew. I listened to those with experience. Tutorials, books, and such gave me the guidance I needed to quickly try different techniques and find the best one that worked for me. It definitely wasn’t an overnight process, but in being open minded and willing to make errors and start over.. and over.. and over, I learned, and learned, and learned. Knowing what doesn’t work is just as important as knowing what does. And with sewing and painting, I don’t regret any time I spent on making mistakes.

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I met a lot of photographers through networking in Orlando (and I mean GOOD photographers) who are willing to collaborate for portfolio work, allowing me to get free edited¬†pictures of my clothing- which at this point has escalated greatly since I opened my mind to YouTube, advice from teachers and sewing books- and allowing them to get great shots to expand their portfolio. This is when I began to brand myself. Pictures are worth a thousand words- its true… and with a great shoot setting, clothing, models and photographers, they can say even more. At first, I was doing the modeling all myself- and loving it. I knew how I wanted my clothing to look, to be worn, plus I didn’t know a lot of models just yet in Orlando, so I went for it -again having no idea at first what I was doing. After doing a few more shows in Orlando, I got to know models who were willing to model in shoots in exchange for great photos for their portfolios.

From the photos and shows, I started to build a small client base and was getting requests for clothing. This gave me an opportunity to fit customers that are not of model body types- which I was¬†unnecessarily¬†scared of in the past. Things have been growing from there. I expanded to making mens clothing in 2009. Now I am full circle when it comes to making all the things I thought I never could. Being so¬†versatile¬†myself, some days being into elegant, romantic¬†lacy dresses, others being into ultimate warrior early 90’s fringe (if your familiar with wrestling) and so many other genres.

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I love fashion, and that was the bottom line for me. Making up for the void I see in the industry. It didn’t matter if I wasn’t making money at first, and still sometimes don’t make a profit now. My true desire is being fulfilled when I see someone wearing a dress, tee shirt or whatever that they bought from me and loving it, and expressing what they truly feel through the art that I designed for them.

During my senior year at IADT, I had a daughter who unfortunately passed away shortly after birth. I decided to name my women’s clothing line after her as the meaning of her name is a direct reflection of the brand. Areli Sinclair, literally meaning brave, renowned, lioness of God, is based on the idea of giving women strength to wear when facing life’s obstacles, no matter how big or small. Whether it’s a big job interview, a special first date, or that important presentation, Areli Sinclair makes you feel like everyone in the room can see your confidence and personality before you even say a word. She has been such a motivation for me. I wrote much more about Areli and the whole story -here-.¬†ūüôā

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My latest venture has been joining my husband in a music group we call L.O.T. which stands for Lover’s of Truth. I sing, he mc’s and we co-produce. The collaboration has been a long time coming, but sometimes the obvious takes a while to make itself apparent to those inside the situation. We only have a few songs so far, but have already been on the local radio and are enjoying where the creativity is taking us. Check out our music¬†-Here-¬†. We also make beats together! I love learning from my husband who has been producing for the last 15 years. Our styles are quite different, so when we fuse together- something new happens. It’s like a soulful, cinematic hip hop with an edge. Check out our beats -Here-.

If by now you’re thinking.. wow, this girl is spreading herself way too thin.. trust me, trying to give up one passion for the time sake of another passion, just isn’t going to feel right inside. The effort to balance can be stressful, but it has also been pushing me into fields where these passions mix. There are plenty of ways to integrate the things I’m passionate about and make that my own “niche”. That’s the beauty of soul searching. Which is really what you have to do to find the career path you will love.

I feel like I should also mention that I have no intent on ever being “famous”. My chosen career path may suggest otherwise, I know. But really, I would rather flourish in my community of clients, fellow artists, viewers, listeners and friends than just be popular for being popular.

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I also recently went back to school, graduating from¬†Full Sail University’s masters program for Entertainment Business in 2013. I¬†gained awesome well rounded business insight.¬†Full Sail University is a great school. If you’re interested in any media career- I highly suggest you look them up!

I am obviously still growing and face things every day that I haven’t faced before. My ultimate goals seem far off, but I am closer now than I ever was before. I have so much to say about life, art, politics, random knowledge and experiences I’ve been through, and I’m so glad I found fashion and music as a voice and means of connecting with people– besides the fact that I simply love the art form, the psychology, the history and the all possibilities that go along with fashion & music.

I’m sure there’s a lot I left out, but I could write a book on the things that have happened up to this point.

I can’t wait to share what happens next. On to bigger and better.

Please feel free to write me with questions or topics you’d like to see discussed on the blog!

~A. Roze

Me in Areli Sinclair outfit

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4 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Antonio Brown November 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Hey Anna,
    you may not recognize me by name or face sometimes but we have had a couple classes together and been in the same area others. I hope this does not come off the wrong way especially since people are not very genuine nowadays, but I really admire and respect your talent. and aspire to even come close to it one day. I have for as long as I can remember been captivated by art and all its different forms(music, art, literature, film, fashion etc.). I am a fan of GREAT ART and its artist. With that being said , I am a fan or your talent. When I moved to Orlando I initially was coming to go to UCF to complete my other two years and get my Bachelors in Education. I am still shocked that I did not go through with that plan and ended up at IADT. However, as a big believer in all things happening for a reason, I do not regret any second of it. But, I said that to say I had no idea of the things I would learn in the midst of some of the BS that goes on at the school(similar to that you listed above), I can appreciate all that I have learned because of the challenge it presented encouraging me to apply myself all the more. That is why I can truly appreciate and respect your skill and talent. A driven person can recognize and identify with that of another.
    Having never used a sewing machine before coming to IADT in January 2010, to see where I am now, I see the results that applying yourself, above average can have. But whats more, I see the results of others,such as yourself, and the amazing work you do, and I am motivated and encouraged to push myself that much more to “GET ON THEY LEVEL” lol. So, thank you for you, your story, your drive and your talent… If no one else ever tells you, you inspire me.

    See you around school,

    Antonio Brown

  2. arozierdesignstudio November 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Antonio- I definitely understand where you’re coming from and especially after running into you in the hall today. Yes, I believe things do happen for a reason, so even with all the problems that go on, I still believe we can come out of here ready to tackle anything : ) Keep up your motivation. I would love to see some of your work (women’s wear AND men’s wear!)
    Email me- a.roze@yahoo.com
    ~A. Rozier

  3. Elsa Sanchez April 11, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    i love your hair color…
    you motivate me in following my dreams as a designer ….
    hope to meet you some day ūüôā

    • A. Roze April 13, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      Thank you so much Elsa! Follow your heart, it won’t steer you wrong!
      xo,
      A.Roze

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