We had the good fortune of connecting with Samy Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Every business decision you make, you are considering the risk associated, so taking risks is inevitable. Throughout my life I have taken risks that have benefited me and even when “I lose”, I walk away with a lesson and can apply it to my next decision or risk. At the beginning of my career as a freelancer, I took risks by collaborating for free or little money with brands I thought had potential. In most cases these collaborations brought me recognition and more clients in some cases it brought me headaches and burned bridges.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Social Media Marketing has changed so much from when I started my career, 11 years ago. Seeing the evolution of content design, social platforms and the algorithm, I have a unique method and strategy for any campaign. I assure you though, the journey here wasn’t ALL unicorns and rainbows. There were countless times that I wanted to give up, due to society pressures, difficult clients and personal problems. But there was always an account or project that would light my fire and get my head back in the game. Most importantly I learned: know your worth, keep your integrity and set clear boundaries. Once I did that, my clients, friends, family and whoever was willing to hear me, could now respect my craft. They say your vibe attracts your tribe, so I keep my brand authentic ensuring I work with only the best designers, content creators and clients. I’m grateful to be where I am and have recently joined forces with other like minded individuals and together we have created a non-profit to teach entrepreneurship, business strategies and financial literacy; Side Hustle Saturdaze is where my vision comes full circle and I look forward to growing this philanthropic aspect of my brand.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Miami has so much flavor and so many new experiences to offer. South Beach is a def must, with clear waters, soft sand and party vibes it doesn’t get more Miami than this. Follow your beach day with a sunset dinner at ASTRA rooftop and bar, an ultra chic experience, as it’s the only rooftop bar of its kind in Wynwood. Take plenty of selfies because this place is super instagrammable. A night in wynwood can’t go without a stop at 1800 Lucky for some taiyaki, be sure to order the Unicorn for a super cute souvenir drink floatie. If you want to be “Real Wynwood’, check the oldest drinking establishment in the area, Wood Tavern and if you can hang, the after party is at Las Rosas. A real Miami Secret is the Speakeasy in Coyo Taco | Coral Gables, pass the bathrooms and enter the door that says Employees Only to enjoy a live DJ and full bar. (you’ll thank me later) No Miami trip is complete without a walk down nostalgia lane, visit Calle 8 and really get that Miami flavor. Dinner and Dancing at Ball and Chain followed by dessert at Azucar will have you speaking spanish in no time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most people doubted my dream and my hustle, they would say “Social Media Marketing is a fad” or “You can’t make money off the internet”. However, I was blessed with two biz partners early on in my career and they taught me profit and loss, client retention, scalability, time management, sales and the list goes on. They schooled me on different client prototypes and always reminded me of my worth. Thank you to Meyling Montelongo and Jennifer Arganaraz for believing in me when no one did and for continuing to do so.