We had the good fortune of connecting with Hafsatu K Kamara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hafsatu K, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking is a necessary attribute any and all creatives should have. I find that the more risks I take with my business, people in my circle and my own growth, the more I continue to uncover levels of strength. From the very beginning of my career both as a track athlete and a digital marketer, I took a chance in every aspect. I left the east coast with only two weeks worth of summer clothes to compete at a school in Los Angeles that I hadn’t even applied to yet. I applied to a job posting for a “Marketing Ninja” with the basic knowledge of only knowing how to run my personal Instagram. I followed my gut in those decisions and trusted myself. Many times I’ve come to a point in my life where I have to make a decision between jumping off the ledge or standing by the shore line…….I jump. Mind you, I’m not jumping blindly; I make sure to assess my options and reflective on all outcomes. My thought frame is that “I already know the life that I am currently living, how much more of a life is there to live if I take this risk?”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m someone who identities as many things: African, American, Muslim, Athlete, Entrepreneur, Advocate, etc. All these things make it possible for me to relate to various people in ways that are unique and specific to their wants and needs. I am not one to stay in my lane; I love step outside of the norm and creating a new path. This has taught me bravery in my actions to approach every new venture with an “open canvas” mindset. I find wisdom in the belief that I know nothing because then I am constantly searching for more knowledge, more experience, more connection. I want the world to know that my goal in everything I do, from the track to the marketing office, is to use my talents to ensure that others also have an opportunity at success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Places to eat/drink: Breakfast: Brunch: Perch / Cafe Maji Lunch: The Exchange / Island Reggae Kitchen / Dinner: E.P. & L.P. / Catch / Katana LA Places To Visit/Hangout: Hiking over by Topanga State Park Beach Day at Huntington Beach Afrobeat Dance Party at Los Globos Lounge vibes at the Continental or E.P. & L.P.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout Chelsea Sutton who took a chance and brought me in to her digital marketing family. From the very beginning you saw a leader in me though I tried to run from it. Your leadership traits of compassion, respect, and patience inspire me in my quest to fill the shoes I know are meant for me.
– Photos in the white shirt and black leather skirt: hannah lorsch photography (IG: @hannahlorschphotofilm) – photo in the green top and green shorts stretching: Saman Assefi (IG @SamanAssefi) – the rest were taken by me