Interview with Karina Bik (@karinabnyc)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started modeling when I was 15 years old, and always loved fashion and design. I’ve merged my passions for those things into a thriving online presence, and I always love engaging my followers, making recommendations based on my expertise, and discovering new trends, tips, and design ideas as they do. This work has quickly evolved from a part-time hobby into a proper career!

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

Living in New York and working as a creator, I’ve seen my fair share of unique propositions, experiences, and all other manners of opportunities. To date, my favorite one has been when I was invited to California to conquer my fears by learning how to scuba dive, and swimming with sharks. It was utterly exhilarating and it gave me so much confidence to know that I could overcome what had been longstanding fears of both activities.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I don’t presume to tell anyone how to navigate a career path, and mine certainly wasn’t linear, but I think the most important piece of advice that I’ve come to appreciate is to compare your progress with versions of yourself from one, two, or three years ago rather than comparing yourself with others. Pay attention to your own progression and build the skills necessary to impress your future self. You’ll be glad you did.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Without a doubt, it’s my mom – she’s helped me with pictures, looks, business decisions and many critical decisions throughout my life. My mom lives in Russia but every time she visits me in New York, we have a lot of fun – we attended NYFW together and everyone thought that she was my blogger friend!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

As a pageant winner back home, I used my success to bring attention to the plight of orphans in my city, and we organized a charity concert for them and provided gifts and clothing for them. In New York, I’ve volunteered for No Kid Hungry, I’ve done multiple charity fashion shows for different causes, including a show to support Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Finally, I’m working to obtain medical equipment for hospitals facing shortages in New York, and I take a great deal of pride in these efforts.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” In the career that I’ve chosen, I’ve had so many people tell me that what I’m doing won’t work, is trivial, won’t ever make a good salary, and many other dismissive things. An acquaintance of mine suggested that I clean houses when I first arrived, and she was utterly convinced that this would be the only way that I would find a career. I’m extremely hardworking and I’ve found that when you can successfully tune out the noise of negative people, you’ll have found your own path.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I’m mainly on Instagram at @karinabnyc, and I just recently started on TikTok @karinabnyc as well. My blog is karinabnyc.com/blog. Come have a look and say hello!

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