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Daily Inspiration: Meet Naysha Rivera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Naysha Rivera. 

Hi Naysha, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Hello, my name is Naysha Rivera and I’m an aspiring entrepreneur in the media industry for over 5 years, looking to expand my hands-on experience even more within the field. I am a visual creator; I currently freelance photography and videography. Starting as a hobby and turning into a full blow career, Thatzawrapp was something I never knew could blow up. As a kid, I always had these strong “visions” in my head and I loved how taking a photo or video could make a moment last forever. Creating my love for media, I knew what I wanted to do very young with my life. It started with a photography class in high school that lead me to go to college for 2 years where I learned the foundations of media. Shoutout to my professor Mark, he really was someone I looked up to and taught me a lot of valuable lessons that I still use today for work. However, it wasn’t until I had to jump into real life that I began to really get a grip of what it takes to be in the media profession. Being very outgoing myself it was never hard to mix and mingle with others and is something that most of the people who work with me love about me. Using my knowledge, charm, and hustle I started to Go to events, art gatherings, seminars, meeting others and networking has helped me gain notice and exposure from people all over the world, leading me to wonderful opportunities that I am forever grateful for. I don’t box creativity in any way and use all forms of art in my craft. I constantly push myself to be better than I was yesterday and am so grateful for what my business has taught me so far, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. 

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?
It has not been all sunshine and rainbows, I will say. Considering I started my business very young and with no help, I had a lot of failures in the past. Figuring out myself, my niche, learning business it was all very overwhelming and at times I thought I couldn’t do it. I also used excuses like “I don’t have money” “my gear isn’t good enough” etc. to discourage myself a lot. I had episodes of depression, and battling anxiety throughout my journey was very hard, and often had to push myself to keep going in my craft. When you feel lost and as if everyone else has their own great success stories but you, you get discouraged and at one point I really let it get to me, and believed I wasn’t good enough. However, with each failure was a lesson learned and I’m so grateful for every little mistake ‘cause I became more aware, concise, and mindful, and that’s something no one else can do for you, but you. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My business name is called Thatzawrapp, a media business where I make/create visions or visuals for myself and others. I do freelance projects like creative photography, short films, music videos, creative videos, etc. I also dabble in vegan food/ food photography and videography considering one of my other passions are food! What I’m known for however are my creative ideas, visuals. I am known for thinking outside the box and using what’s available to get the job done. I grew up less fortunate so I always been use to using my surroundings to my advantage to get the job done. I think that’s actually what I take pride in the most. Knowing that I came from nothing and built/created everything I have from the bottom. What sets me apart from most is my passion and creative direction, I love what I do whether or not I’m getting paid to do it. I find joy in creating visions, storyboards, etc. of weird, quirky, out-of-the-ordinary things and making them physically captured in a photo or video. My brain is very colorful and vibrant and I feel the more I discover about myself the more quality content I continue to put out. I love art in general and feel like life would be BLAND without it and can’t imagine me doing anything else in the world.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I feel like yes you can be lucky sometimes, however life is what you put into it. If you want good energy in your life, be so and manifest that energy to you. It will come eventually, and when the bad comes you have to learn to appreciate the lessons that come with it because sometimes bad things are blessings in disguise 

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