"Even just finding the beauty in something as simple as a family party; an excuse to dress up, to laugh, to make a mess. I hope to capture those moments."
Name: Yessy Rivera
Profession: Creative Director
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: I am an Orlando-based artist on a journey of self-discovery. Born to two college sweethearts in Mayaguez Puerto Rico, I have been performing every since I can remember. Even at the age of two, my mother would sew me extravagant pageant costumes, and I'd sail across the stage without a care in the world. I was raised on Ocoee, FL and spent my teen years participating in local theatre productions and competing in District Thespian Competitions with Troupe 6893. I was scouted by Walt Disney World Entertainment in 2011 and in 2012 did a performance contract with the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Upon returning to the states, in partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney Imagineering, I was a prototype for a debuting character from Disney's "Star Wars Rebels". Performing for the Walt Disney Company on a global scale fulfilled me for five incredible years. As a total rebel soul, in 2016 I chose to pursue my own endeavours in entrepreneurship. Since then I am a signed, published print model and commercial talent in the South East market. In having found my personal style and skills in this industry, I am now specialising in Creative Directing, Producing, and Coordinating fashion and lifestyle editorials.
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: My goal is to create, express and connect. Everything we do as artists are to feel like we relate to another person, another soul.
I hope that my art will make you feel what I felt as I created it. Maybe then we'll never feel alone.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: I find inspiration in all of the strong, nurturing relationships in my life. Even just finding the beauty in something as simple as a family party; an excuse to dress up, to laugh, to make a mess. I hope to capture those moments.
What is your aspiration in life?: I aspire to create work that transcends time. I aspire to have a family of my own someday, and to be able to show them what a boss babe I used to be. (;
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: There is a tremendous trust you have to have in a time when you own your own business. There's peak season, and then it gets slow. Its the slow times that I have to challenge myself to meet my deadlines and set new goals.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: There's nothing I can't handle if I have a solid schedule and cup of coffee. There have been weeks where I find myself going straight from a 13 hour day on set for a production, to a casting for a fashion show. As long as I remained organised and prepped the day before, your girl will come thru.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: At the moment, my proudest professional accomplishment has to be my first Editorial Collaboration I Directed, Produced and Modelled. Networking and connecting with like-minded visionaries in my community has always been one of the best parts of my job. The fact that they all came together to execute my vision is humbling and inspiring. I'm so thankful for each person that made the whole production possible.
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: We all want to be someone else for a change honey. Candy's got nothing to do with it.
Photo Credits: Creative Director: Yessy Rivera @yessysetssail
Photographer: Yosbel V Amor @yas_foto
Styling: Kiara Serrano, assisted by Jennifer Rosado @kmserr @jenni_dear
Hair and Makeup: Iliana Rivera, Katee Murray, Fidel Gomez Jr @labellavidaartistry @kdianeartistry @officialfidel
Models: Yessy Rivera, Lauren Summer Barrett, Taylor Newton next @yessysetssail @heylaurensummer @tayluhfignewt
Special thanks to STUDIO ONE ORLANDO & Trisha Correa Designs