Natalia Zamparini on loss, overcoming fear, and defining career on your own terms

“I am of an immigrant family. So this is what we were taught: ‘This is, you know, America is the land of opportunity, and this is what you must do in order to become successful.’ So, if this is what has been taught to each one of us, then me pursuing art was something very risky, and in that risk, and I think even behind the scenes, you know behind the Instagram photo that I would put up, there was a lot of that sacrifice, and struggle… My family and close friends saw that most.

So I did get a lot of like, ‘Well, why don’t you try to look for another job in the meantime and do this on the side?’ And I was like, ‘No, that’s not what I want to do. I can’t do that, because, then, I feel like I’ve wasted all these years, and that’s only going to take me away from it further.’ So it was a lot of resisting on both ends… Like, ‘You’re crazy, you’re ridiculous for doing this,’ but also, ‘No, I need to do this or I’m crazy for not doing it.’”

Natalia, aka Naty, is an Argentine-born, NYC native creative free spirit. She is a henna artist, fine artist, muralist, graphic designer & photographer. Naty has been practicing the art of henna since 2009. She has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design with a fine art focus. She has participated in events & parties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Art Basel, Las Vegas, Denver, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Burning Man, Cuba & Costa Rica

Her passion, expressed through all of her arts, is to build up & empower humanity through connection & unity. Much of her inspiration comes from the four elements of nature due to their reflected similarities within people. She hopes to bridge culture gaps by embracing, educating & demonstrating that henna is for everyone. You can check out Naty’s work on her websites and, her Etsy store: Naty by Nature, or on Instagram and Facebook @natybynature.


  • Loss as a catalyst for reclaiming your creative voice
  • Making use of the tools at your disposal to boost yourself to where you want to be
  • Making the leap from full time to freelance
  • Defining “career” on your own terms
  • The importance of overcoming the fear of asking questions

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