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Life & Work with Rhodri Freeman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rhodri Freeman.

Hi Rhodri, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my Instagram journey about three years ago. I have always had an Instagram since the platform got started, and I always posted about Disney content, but as I became an annual passholder in California, I started to see there was a community of people that specifically talked about and posted about Disney. I would take photos of the landscapes, the castles, find angles of parts of the park that no one had seen. It started to evolve that I noticed people liked how personable I got with taking photos of myself. So, with growing confidence, I started to photograph myself in the parks.

Then, I started realizing my passion for putting outfits together. With that, I started getting Disney shirts, jackets, or even accessories to compliment the looks together. People started to get interested in the outfits I put together or the finds I would get at stores. I became known as someone who put style together for the parks, both in California and here in Florida, when I made my first ever trip to this state in 2018. My continued posting and enjoying the parks led me to have partnerships with amazing companies and even Disney itself when in 2019, I was invited to go to the Frozen 2 premiere and be part of the red carpet. Due to the pandemic, I started to have to get creative about my posts, and in the end, wanted a change. So! I decided to pack up my things, drive across the country, and move to Florida! Now I continue to do what I’ve always done, but now get almost quadruple the places I can put outfits together and have expanded my content to be inclusive of all the parks here and local restaurants and food places to try.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been a smooth road for getting the platform that I have together. I never expect anything from my content creation. I do it for a creative outlet. With that being said, as a person who has started to build a ‘brand’ or image for myself on the platform, struggling with keeping up with an ever changing algorithm to help those businesses that I work with or want to showcase, gets lost. Social media is an evolving arena that never seems to keep itself steady. Just as you think you’d figured it out, it changes into something else completely. It is great to grow and change but also a pain when trying to continuously grow.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I put outfits together on my page to show people unique styles or ways you can reuse an item over and over. Something that I am proud of is that I don’t go for the latest edition of clothes that come out, and I try not to do ‘fast fashion.’ If I buy a piece, I plan to keep it until it falls apart, or I just don’t have the use for it anymore, and that usually takes me a couple years to do so. I also buy much of my clothing from the sale section, so my clothes are often the last to go. It’s where I get my great finds and many people overlooked it because it was not the latest and greatest. I specifically have become known for what outfits I put together daily and usually use that on my story platform for any adventures I go on, or just to dress up for myself at home. One thing I’ve done recently is try local food places here in Orlando, and with that, allows me to showcase the businesses that are hidden gems here.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I haven’t had an experience in getting a mentor for doing what I do, as I try to be unique as I can for myself, but networking is extremely important. What I’ve seen and done for myself is be as authentically yourself as possible. Make genuine connections with people because you care about them as people. Sure, if there is a person who can help build your brand, image, or business, make those connections, but let that be known that that is your objective. Leading someone on to be in a friendship just when it becomes one sided isn’t genuine, and people respect honesty with intentions as opposed to being used.

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