Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Rose.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a 42-year-old mother who has up until about 5 years ago always struggled with my weight. I was always into exercising, and working out, but never aesthetically looked the way I wanted to. I am also a bit of a control freak, and extremely competitive with a dash of obsessiveness. Growing up, I, unfortunately, had some devastating things happen in my life that I had no control over. My best friend and I were hit by a drunk driver when we were 19 which took her life and landed me in the hospital in a coma for over a month, I watched my sister go through an entire pregnancy with twins, and at the 7th month lose one, and almost die herself, and then watched my father, my ultimate hero, battle cancer, to then watch him lose the fight. These 3 things defined me and still hold a very heavy place in my heart. Being the happy, energetic, positive person that I always am, I found myself struggling for those emotions. Where I would look happy on the outside, on the inside I was holding a tremendous amount of pain.
Going out and getting drunk or partying wasn’t doing it for me anymore, and I knew I was getting too old for that, and that something needed to take its place. Working out, hearing my music, and getting into my head was my escape. One of my best friends, Stacey Bugay, who is also very into fitness, a trainer, and had done a competition as a bikini competitor, suggested to me, almost in a dare, that we do one together. Of course, I said yes, although I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
It was in August of 2013 that I began to prep for my first bikini competition. This was the most intense thing I had ever; taken on. I have a family, and a full-time job as a surgical device rep, and had to figure out how I was going to get this all in. The cooking, the training, and the prepping. But I did it! That being said, I would never have been able to do it without the help, and support of my amazing husband. I would buy food in bulk, cook on Wednesday’s and Sundays, a sheet pan of chicken, a pan of lean ground turkey, a pot of veggies, and a pot of rice and potatoes. It was at this point that my entire relationship with food changed. Food was no longer an event, it was just fuel for the next meal. I wasn’t going to happy hour to drink, I was going to happy hour to talk with friends.
If I was going to dinner, I would bring my protein with me, and order a side of steamed veggies. I would do cardio early in the morning, and train in the evenings. After doing my first show, I was hooked! I loved so many aspects of it, from the makeup, the hair, the bathing suits, the comradery, and of course how my body looked for the first time. I did really well and continued to ride the Bikini train for about 5 shows until I got judges to feedback that I had to much muscle mass for bikini and should switch to Figure. This is a division a step up from Bikini with regards to muscle definition and balance, with a totally different presentation.
After wrapping my head around that, I then to attack it full throttle. It was at this point that my friend and coach Stacey guided me in a different direction with a coach that she felt could focus more on what my new goal was to turn an IFBB Pro Figure Competitor. That is when I started with Larry Esposito and Team Perfect Reps. Larry and I hit the ground running hard. With many 1st places, and becoming nationally qualified, we then over a 2 year period hit 7 nationals with the hopes of turning pro. The frustration, yet drive was in full effect after many times placing 1 spot away from the pro card. I was determined, and knew I could do it, and would not give up!
Luckily, my coach and family believed in me as well, so everyone had my back to keep going. You must place 1st or 1st and 2nd depending on the show to get your pro card, and the pain of placing 2nd, or 3rd was immense but drove me so hard. It was then this August 2018, that I accomplished my goal, and turned IFBB Pro. I entered 2 classes, and won both! My dreams had come true! I not only turned pro, but I also turned pro in enough time to be able to do my first pro show Tampa Pro. This was the biggest pro show to hit the circuit, with more pro’s to hit the stage at a given show. I was so proud to be there and then overjoyed to place 3rd. This to, was a huge accomplishment, and unexpected to place so well in my first pro show. My next goal is the Olympia 2020 and will spend this upcoming year competing to hopefully qualify. I know I can do it! So, what this sport has done for me, is given me something to have control over. I have control over what I put in my mouth, what I do at the gym, and in turn what my results will be. This is something for me separate from my career, my husband or our son.
However, something they both are in full support of, and my biggest fans. This has also lead me to fitness modeling, with the hopes of landing a fitness magazine cover. Yet, another goal! What I hope my story does for other women, is show them that age is just a number, and you don’t have to be the stereotypical mother or housewife if you crave more. It is ok to still be YOU! It is OK to still have something for YOU. I am 42 years old, and compete against girls half my age and win! I do photo shoots in clothes girls half my age wear, and look better. Why does your age have to define you? My philosophy after everything that I have been through is YOU ONLY LIVE ONE LIFE… SO LIVE IT! Whatever that means to you as a personal honor it. The lights, camera, action, competition, and stage make me complete, and for the first time in my life I can live it out. I didn’t have the discipline when I was younger to do this or I would have started much earlier.
So now, I know my Dad looks down on his what was once chubby daughter in complete amazement, and regardless if he would actually ever go watch me on stage in clear heels and a bathing suit, I do know that he’d be proud. I have learned also through all of this, that nothing is possible without a support system, and if you don’t have it, THAT is what should be evaluated. Anyone in your life should support you being you! Nothing would be possible without my amazing husband and son, my mom and my sister, and of course Stacey and Larry. I never feel lucky, I feel grateful that I am able to do what I do! There is much more to come from me, and I will not stop until I reach those goals!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road the entire way, as this is an extremely political sport, that is completely subjective. You must do this sport because you love it for you. The results will come if the commitment is there. Every time I got knocked down, it burned yes, but I picked my bootstraps and kept going. Nothing you want in life that’s worth fighting for is easy, or it wouldn’t be a fight. Friends that I thought were friends aren’t, and people I didn’t know were friends are. Success, skin, and sobriety change how people feel about you, but you must remember it’s their own insecurity. It’s a very hard sport, and I’d be lying to say its always easy, but the desire I have to reach my goals far outweigh any difficulties I may encounter.
What should we know about Perfect Reps? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am in Surgical Device Sales and have been in the medical sales industry for many years. My competitive behavior, and desire to always be the best, has set me apart in my career with always being in the top of the sales force. I am proud to be considered a top consultant in my industry, with relationships I have built with many doctors over the years. It makes me proud when my doctors say to me continuously that “they have never met a rep like me who is so in tuned to them and their patients’
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I feel that every opportunity is available for a woman if they go after it. Unfortunately, a woman takes themselves out of the running for things because of their own preconceived notions. Or put themselves in a bucket they think they are “supposed” to fit in to. I not only don’t let age play a factor in things I go after, but I don’t let gender either. I believe that one can take someone down from what, and who they think they want if they are impressed by who is trying to tare them down. It is up to us as a woman to go after everything as though gender isn’t a factor. I also have never used my gender to try and get ahead or gain something. I view myself as a smart, intellectual, driven woman who has many opportunities available to me that I want and goes after.
- Website: www.perfectreps.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: daniellerfigure
- Facebook: Daniellerfit
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