We had the good fortune of connecting with Rose Dernburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rose, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m a haitian! Born in Haiti, raised in France. During my life journey I made a first stop in the United States by the age of 3 when my mom first adopted me and my brother. We stayed for 3 years and then moved to France where I did all of my schooling. During that time I had to deal with racism and mockery. But despite that I kept a smile on my face and continued being nice and helpful to the others, but at the end I left.
By the age of 21 I had decided to move back to the United States where I started working at different jobs trying to figure out what I want to do. I never thought that the acting and modeling scene would be my destination. I kept hearing people saying that I should be a model because of my long legs but I never imagined that I would actually become one. I wasn’t interested in that business because of all the restrictions and I felt that it wasn’t my path.
But despite all those thoughts I decided that I would give it a try. I did a modeling audition and that’s when things had clicked.
When I first started in that business, I doughted myself a hole lot for several reasons:
I didn’t start early on (I was 26 and am 29 now); I was afraid of showing my skill, I would practice everyday in my apartment and not participate in to auditions; I was afraid of what other people would think, of how they viewed me; I was afraid of falling or saying the wrong thing or taking the wrong turn and messing everything up. But also there wasn’t a lot of black models; and as a 5’7 weighting 140lb with a 34 size hips with tattoes I felt that my chances were even thiner. But despite all those reasons I wanted to try, I needed to try and I don’t regret it because that’s made me the person that I am today. It gave me a lot more confidence and belief in myself. I feel more confident and fearless. I learned how to be more patient and to love myself. I have a lot of respect for all professionals in this business. They motivate me to continue grinding and working on my upbringing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a model I like to create/work with different photographers and designers on different type of photoshoot projects. I also walk the runway for different type of style, weither it’s street style, colsplay, high fashion… I do it all. I also am an actress, I work on theater projects. From being a shy loving caracter to a spit and angry caracter I learned a lot on set. But I mostly self tought myself on everything that I know in both business’s.
What sets me a part is my outgoing attitude. I’m not afraid of being me in the middle of the crowd. I am loud, I laugh all the time and am just a bundle of joy. I love to meet people and talk about everything and nothing with no judgment. I’m also the curious type.
I professionally got where I’m at with dedication and support. Even though I always though that I would never make it, or will be hated by others I continued working hard on my craft. I am proud of where I’m at from where I started. I would always stress about everything and anything during a photoshoot, a runway show or a theater play but now I feel more at ease. I love what I do and would trade it for nothing. I’m still far from where I want to be professionally but I am happy with where I’m currently at because it wasn’t easy.
Competition is the right word to describe this business. It wasn’t easy for me due to part of it was that I was working 2 jobs at the time and they would take up most of my day and the fact that I lived about 1h away from all the actions didn’t make it any easier, but I did it anywaise, it was stressful because some days I just wanted to give up due to the lack of sleep and sometimes motivation but I always ended up pulling myself back together and continue driving and creating my path
What I’ve learned along the lignes is to never give up. Peoples will look down on you, mock you, tell you you can’t do it, wisper behing your back, but you as a person you need to continue walking in front of you, continue doing you and don’t listen to the rumors. Sometimes running your mouth is not the answer, let the success speak for itself and the tables will turn, followers will follow and you at the end will have and earn more respect.
What I want the world to know about me is that I will not stop. Me and my brand are build to empower individuals, to show that no matter who you are you can do it, you can make it, you can work it and you will work it. Impossible is not me
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?
Rocky Mountain National Park is always a must to do if you like hiking. The views are just beautiful weither it’s of the lake or the mountains. The trails are a really good daily exercise. You can stay at the camp site for a couples of day if you really want to explore the mountains. Estes Park which is about 9miles away from Rocky Mountain is a really cute old school city. Visiting the boutiques are fun because it’s Indian style weither it’s jewlery or clothes. If you like the water, kayaking is a good way to have fun and spend some good energy. Horse back riding is also a fun activity as you ride through the trails.
But if you are more of a city type of person Denver has a lot to offer. Denver Rino art district is always a place to see, with all the outdoor wall graffitis and paint and local restaurants and bar. Denver Selfie Museum is a fun museum with different type of sets and backdrops rooms. It’s also a good place for a group photoshoot weither you’re an aspiring model or just want to have a good time and have cool pictures. The Denver Aquarium is aways a go to with all the different species to discover and several shows throughout the day.
Also if you want to have a water day the Denver Water World is a put on your to do list. It’s just fun and full of laughter all day.
Without forgetting the night life, Bar 404, Mile High Spirit and The Tavern are spunky and loud bars to have a great time. The staff is very friendly and They also offer food if you get hungry; But if you want to sit at a dining I discovered BD’s Mongolian Grill. It’s really good. You pick your own proteins, vegetables and spices and they cook it in front of you. They also offer an all you can eat option if you’re feeling really hungry. I also really like Maggiano’s little Italy. It’s more high end dining but the pasta is delicious. For your first time they offer you little hors d’oeuvres and mini lemon biscuit as a dessert with some wipe cream.. Mmm delicious!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shoutout to everybody that I met, starting with my mentor Ki Johnson who pushed me to go back in that industry and for believing in me, Melissa Basta for always believing in me and motivating me, my Family, all the photographers for teaching me different poses and actions and being patient while I learned, all the designers that I walked for on the runway, models that I met throughout my journey, my favorite acting director Maru Garcia for believing in every single one of her cast members, all the cast members that I worked with, producers… Just everyone weither there friends or enemys because their true actions built me to be the person that I am
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