Interview by Abernathy Cochran intern and University of Georgia rising junior Mary Evelyn Brock.
Meet Sophie Rosetti! Sophie is a lifelong Gainesville resident, attended Gainesville High School and Savannah College of Art and Design, but is currently taking some time off. In the meantime, Sophie is using her fashion design skills to make masks for frontline workers and locals.
“My parents (Marcus and Susan) are very supportive of everything I do, and I am so thankful for them. They have actually helped me with doing these masks,” Sophie said.
Sophie has a younger brother, Grant (17) and a younger sister, Olivia (14).
We want to thank Sophie for spending time with us recently and telling us more about her life and love of Hall County.
Question: How have you been doing your part in regard to COVID – 19?
Answer: “I have been donating masks to the ER at North Georgia Medical Center. I have also had the opportunity to work with Princeton Hair Salon in designing their masks and I just recently delivered them for their reopening. I was inspired by Pastor Jentezen Franklin from Free Chapel. He always says, ‘We cannot do everything, but we can do something’ so, I am happy I get to do something in my community right now.”
Q: Do you have any plans for expansion with the masks?
A: “The other day I heard the President say, ‘Masks are the new normal’ and I do not think they are going anywhere anytime soon. I am just going to expand the fabrics that I use and find out what people like and what is comfortable to them. Just trying to make them better and better as I go.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “Chick-fil-A and their chicken nuggets”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “My whole life.” (20 years)
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Hall County and why?
A: “Wayne Vickery because he always has a story to tell and he has done so much in his life.”
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: “Playing with my cousins by the lake at my Grandparent’s house.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “Definitely Maui, Hawaii. I have been there three times and would love to be stuck there for a while.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “’Polar Express.’”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Do what makes you happy and do not be afraid of other people’s judgement.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “To own an NFL football team.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Post Malone, Johnny Cash, and Nirvana.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County and why?
A: “Christopher’s Tuxedo & Bridal on the Square. I remember going in their when I was younger and trying on all the dresses and that has not changed to this day.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “Ozzy Osbourne at Sweet Magnolia’s Cafe & Bakery.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Hall County?
A: “Probably the people and how supportive they are especially in times like this.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I definitely see myself designing for people in the music industry. I actually have made some connections and hope to be focused on that soon.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I am allergic to 27 different types of grasses.”
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Family, Friends, and Faith.”
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: “The Rock (Dwayne Johnson).”
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
A: “Jonny Cota. He is a new designer and it would be nice working with him.”