We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Bertok and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I would say the most important factor behind my success is my faith in myself. As a leader you have to recognize strengths in those around you, on your team and, most importantly, in yourself. I’ve worked hard to learn from my mistakes, take advice from others and strive for improving every step of the way. I absolutely LOVE what I do! But, it’s never about me – it’s about the audience. When I keep that at the forefront of building my business I know I’ll continue to succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When friends come to visit I like to stay pretty local to Santa Monica where I live. Beach time is always a must. Then head to the Shangri La Hotel for Happy Hour on the top floor to check out the sun setting. Then dinner at The Misfit followed by karaoke at Britannia!
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 started my business part time with the help of my then boyfriend. He really helped me get things off the ground. Within a couple of months, we were engaged and started planning our wedding. But in the thick of all of this excitement I lost my full time job. His reaction to my news was simply, “Don’t worry. Now you can host karaoke full time. This is great news!” I knew I hit the jackpot finding this guy, but his reaction really solidified how fabulous my future would be. Now he is not only my husband but my business partner and never fails to lift me up when I doubt myself and give it to me straight when I need it. I honestly never dreamed of starting a business. It is truly thanks to him and I’m forever grateful!
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