Charlie Rose – musician, jeweler, entertainer of South Beach

 I’m always on the look out for interesting people — you know when you meet them, they just have a charisma about them.  And I always know it when I’m in the presence of someone who has “It”.  Today I met Charlie Rose and he definitely has “It”.  As you can tell from the photo, he has a beaming smile and was wearing flourescent orange and green shirt and headband, army green shorts, and army green Croc sandals.  Charlie definitely has a presence.

Charlie is Venezuelan but has lived in the States for years having first moved to NYC and now he’s been in Miami for 7 years.  He briefly told me his history and he’s done almost everything to make a living: cleaning kitchens, cleaning boats, selling bottled water on the beach and now making jewelry.  And his energy?  Wow.  Non stop.  He’s one of those people who is perpetually happy and upbeat–I mean he radiates optimism.  So, I asked him how he stays so happy all the time.  He says, “Look man.  I got problems too.  You think I don’t have problems?  I have bills, I have to pay but I come out here, and the sun is shining.  I mean, look at my office.  And I love making jewelry and I get to make people happy.  I’m an entertainer and I get to entertain all day long.  And the money from the jewelry allows me to do other things. I’m a musician and I have to pay for studio time.  I sell jewelry, I bring it right to the studio man to pay him.  Because that is where my real passion is.” He plays flute, percussion and many different types of music from classical to merengue.

This attitude is keeping him healthy because he’s 50 years old but he appears to be in his late 30’s.  He went on to tell me about his jewelry partner Fatima Jackson and I watch Charlie do his thing with the jewelry and people eat it up.  I mean all different types from young girls from Ohio to tough street kids from Miami—he’s selling to them all.  He’s an absolute natural salesman.  But it’s not fake–all genuine because he really loves what he does, he made it, he sells it.  If you’re interested in Charlie, check out his Facebook page.

This is part of an on-going project I do when I see interesting people I like to photograph them and then write up the experience.  It’s a perfect complement to my regular portraiture work.