As different as the spacious, rural area of Geneseo is from the bustle of the Big Apple, for alumnus Marnie Rose, one place led to the other.
This holds true for Long Island native Rose, a 1993 graduate who now lives and works in the Manhattan area. A communications major and art minor, Rose now runs her own company: the Marnie Rose Agency.
"I always liked to be involved in creative processes," said Rose.
The agency represents photographers and stylists, helping coordinate photo shoots for clients to use in publication. According to Rose, her agency recently handled work for Family Living, Victoria's Secret, and Coach Leatherware, among other clients.
"I really have fond memories," said Rose of her college experience. She recalls, "the sunsets over the valley, the friendships I made and also the educational experience."
After graduation, Rose landed her first job with Coach in their creative services department working with product catalogs.
"It was a great foot in the door," she said. After staying with Coach for about four and a half years, a former colleague helped Rose get a job at Martha Stewart Living, where she stayed for three years. At Martha Stewart, Rose was involved in several projects, one being the launch of the Martha Steward garden line at Kmart. As part of the creative services department, Rose was involved with the product photo shoots, packaging design, and other aspects of the project.
Rose emphasized the importance of networking in the creative industry.
"All my connections led me to start my own company," said Rose. For students interested in a creative field, Rose noted the importance of interning with a professional such as a photographer or stylist.
"Work really hard, and be patient … things will come your way," said Rose.
Because Rose's current career does not directly correspond to a specific major in college, she urges students to explore as many possible careers as possible.
"I had never heard of an agency or a rep before I started here," she said.