"F**k It!" Friday: Rosie Hardy
She's a self-starter, to say the least...
So we’ve FINALLY reached the end of the week (can I get a hallelujah?) which means just one thing at MTV Breaks. Yep, it’s time once again for “F**k It!” Friday, our weekly feature celebrating the big-time career bosses who’ve got to where they are today by just saying “f**k it!” (probably) and taking a chance.
As it’s World Photo Day tomorrow we thought we’d choose a photographer as FIF King/ Queen this week, and who’s more suited to the throne than… ROSIE HARDY.
Rosie is a young conceptual photographer who’s totally made it. With her unique ethereal style, she’s used the internet to promote her work and bag herself a jet-flying career photographing weddings, running workshops and getting hired by celebs. She’s also got a whopping 130k followers on Instagram.
But how did it all begin?
Rosie was always being told off for zoning out and doodling at school, and everyone told her that art would never get her anywhere in life. Although she was a talented artist and lots of other pupils were using her work as inspiration for theirs, she was predicted an insulting D for her A Level Art.
When she developed alopecia and her hair started to fall out due to intense exam stress, she decided that enough was enough, academia wasn’t for her and she needed to put her happiness first.
Rosie said “f**k it!” and, while everyone else went off to university, she moved to America to try to make it as a photographer, despite being inexperienced and despite all the disheartening things she had been told. She held her own photography workshop at 19 and shared more and more of her work online. All the while, she was terrified that she had nothing valuable to offer the photography industry, that she’d never have enough money and that, instead of taking a step towards her hopes and dreams, she was taking a step towards certain failure.
But when Maroon 5 discovered her work via her Flickr account, they asked her to design their album cover for Hands All Over. And the rest is history.
As she very wisely said in her TEDxYouth talk: “I still have no degree, I have a small amount of experience behind me… really I have no idea what I’m talking about. All I know is that if you can be creative, and you can work hard, and you can take a passion… you can forge a career out of it. And I like to call that ‘winging it’.”
For fearlessly breaking into the photography industry by working hard, “winging it” and remembering that even artistic geniuses had to start somewhere, Rosie is our FIF career idol this week.