Carissa Rosario is determined to make a difference. An international model, actress, spokesmodel, businesswoman, nutritionist, and philanthropist, Rosario is clearly one of the hardest working models in the industry. Currently ranked No. 1 on Google as the most searched professional model in the world, the brunette beauty has graced the cover of more than fifteen international and national magazines.
Making her way into the homes of millions of Americans, Rosario finished first out of 600 contestants on ABC’s The Big Time, and hosted the show Como TV for Telemundo. Rosario has appeared in numerous commercials for industry leading brands including K-Swiss and has had roles in feature films, including the lead role in Ride Sweet, Die Slow.
Rosario seems to be everywhere one might look. If you surf the Internet, pick up a magazine, turn on your television, buy a fragrance or attend an event, you are likely to encounter the Latin American and Greek beauty. In the world of fashion, her entrepreneurial drive has led her to collaborate on her very own handbag, jewelry, and perfume line and now has launched her new charitable organization, The Aly Mo Foundation.
Q: Business person, team player or leader?
I would say I am a combination of all three. I have a business mindset and love creating new business opportunities for myself. I’m a team player as I work with a vast group of people every day who help push my brand to the next level, and I know without us working cohesively together it wouldn’t be possible, but they also look up to me to lead, which I do in a very productive way.
Q: Is there a specific person or persons who helped pave your current walk?
Yes, I think through our lives we all have people that help us get to where we end up in life. In my life my parents have been a huge contribution to my career, they encouraged me to do what ever I wanted in life. Believing in me helped me fight everyday to conquer my dreams.
Q: How does your professional role play out within your personal life?
Sometimes it can be difficult, some people don’t understand your business or line of work unless they live in it. I think it comes down to making the person you are with comfortable.
Q: How does Carissa dream at night? Do you carry your dreams onto your business or life strategy?
I dream big, ask and you shall receive. My philosophy with life and dreaming is, you can never ask for something too big…so ask away. I live my dream.
Q: If Biography was contacting you regarding your life’s success…which strategy would you convey knowing your words would live a legacy?
Never give up: I’m successful because of determination and hard work and never giving up on my hopes and dreams.
Q: What would you address at an entrepreneurial woman’s conference; can you provide three mini-lessons?
How to create your own destiny.
How to kick start your career.
How to turn no into yes!
Q: Many businesswomen including artists, writers, are on the verge to identifying themselves as self-made Americans (doing all things solo due to lack of financial means)… how can you encourage them in today’s saturated and competitive markets?
There are going to be a lot of NO’s and negative things thrown your way to stop you from pursuing your dreams. You have to believe in you first, surround yourself with a positive support system (family, friends, co workers), and if you fall dust yourself off and get right back up.
Q: Have you reached your life’s purpose?
I believe I have purpose but not sure I have reached my life’s potential. The amazing thing about life is you want so much more out of it. Soon, my new beauty line will unveil in Summer 2015. I’m also gearing up for the launch of my charitable foundation The Aly Mo Foundation, which will raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. So… expect some great stuff.
Q: What makes you a woman of Chispa?
There is such a spark in me that keeps me pushing forward making me a woman of Chispa!
Photo by Karlo Gomez