We had the good fortune of connecting with George Rosaly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi George, how do you think about risk?
Moving from Houston to Los Angeles was the biggest risk I ever made and something I would never regret. I sold everything in my apartment, packed my bags, left my career as an Assistant Principal, and took a road trip to LaLa land. It was definitely a scary experience and as soon as I arrived, I had an audition in downtown Los Angeles. Let’s just say, it was terrible, and I had zero experience in acting, they literally looked at me crazy. After my audition, I had no plans of where I was going to live. Luckily, I found a small hotel in central LA and I was completely lost in what I was going to do after that. I had money saved up, but the money kept dwindling down each day. I had a vision that I would go to LA and do big things, but reality hit me hard. What was I going to do? I had no money, and I had no job. With that in mind, I started looking through Airbnb and found a hostel in South Los Angeles. I found this big white house called “The Rochester Mansion.” I had never stayed in a hostel before, I was completely lost! Sharing a room with others was a different experience for me. Though I instantly made friends and I was basically living life without a worry in the world. I was able to get a job at the hostel to pay for my stay, but I needed more income. As the days passed, I got an opportunity to have a role in an ensemble in Hollywood called “The Pink Floyd Ensemble,” It was the best experience and with the opportunity, I was able to sharpen my acting skills. After that, I later received an opportunity at “The Museum of Ice Cream,” where I had the privilege of performing in front of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Usher, and the list goes on. These experiences were very much memorable, and they shaped me for what my career will play out to be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is definitely an expression of me and I try to pride myself that everyone who visits the gallery will find a work of art that connects with them. I’m also mostly proud of the collaboration with the MoCADA Museum in NYC and being able to have the opportunity to do marketing for Verizon and Sony Music. My path to get here wasn’t the easiest, I had to overcome being homeless and going through depression. The journey has definitely been difficult but at the same time very rewarding. As well as going through a path of losing friends and family just to follow my dreams. I was very determined to overcome any adversity against me. Today, I’m currently teaching art in New York City to middle school students through STEM Kids NYC. The gallery isn’t just a place of selling art but a helping tool for the community to bring their gifts into action. I have learned along the way that reaching success isn’t the easiest path and I look back and think, “Why did I do this?” These past experiences had sacrifices to endure. I want the world to know that my art gallery is a place of hope, determination and love. It’s a place that dreams come true.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to Dallas about 3 years ago and let’s just say it’s been a great experience! There are so many places to enjoy! Deep Ellum is the first place I moved to coming into Dallas. If you want to have a great time with a little party, then Deep Ellum is the place to be. I just recently moved into the Bishop Arts area and it’s definitely a great place with an indie feel and many great places to eat, drink and chill with great vibes. I feel that Bishop Arts is a vibe in itself. I also have created my own event production company, Nuuvo Enertainment which is currently doing day parties on Sundays at Griggs Park. Much fun! I also of course enjoy art and The Dallas Museum of Art is also a great place to enjoy beautiful art that the museum has to offer. After viewing the spectacular art, Klyde Park is a great place to enjoy the great foods and views that the city has to offer, which is across the street from the museum. Dallas is a place with much love and great energy. A place you can call home and recommended to visit!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always knew I felt artistic in many ways and I felt that every success story has a support in the background and with that, I want to thank my professional mentor, Yvonne Thevenot, Founder of STEM Kids NYC. Yvonne helped bring the best out of me when it came to my craft in art. My art gallery wouldn’t be possible if she didn’t give me the opportunity to work with the MoCADA Museum in NYC, Verizon, and Sony Music. These opportunities built my confidence to open my art gallery today. I also want to thank Kenny Tiller, Director of “The Art of the Hustle,” for giving me the opportunity to be part of this great new series coming out soon. Just to name a few I also want to thank my life coach Janie Stubblefield for getting me through some really tough times and helping me flourish and getting back to me. Also, my mother Diana Rosaly for always giving me great advice and guiding me on some tough times, To Candice and Janice for allowing me to be part of your family. Last but not least Tristan for being my best friend, brother and curator of GR Art Gallery Los Angeles.