We had the good fortune of connecting with Karina Djalilova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Reaching financial freedom is the goal behind every business owner. For me, starting a business was not a question, but a necessity as I began to evolve my filming and editing skills into social media and marketing. Everyone who dreams of generational wealth and success should consider starting a business, especially if your skills and talents create a steady income or side hustle for you. Not to mention the amount of benefits there are to build your business credit, make yourself an employee to your company, and create a schedule which works for you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would like to consider myself a visionary for visual arts. I have an eye for not only aesthetics, but story lines being brought to life. I’ve worked as a director, producer, videographer, and actress on sets, and that is the one place I feel I belong. I’m still evolving as an artist and brand, and I think I will finally feel as though I’ve accomplished what I need when I successfully pitch a script to a great production company or streaming platform.
My brand for anyone who is watching or following would be to inspire others into confidence and to move in love. I’ve curated an audience for my comedy on social media, which is my greatest outlet for writing and improv. I have a deep love for comedy, as it is the best medicine. (My parents always wanted me to be a doctor, I suppose this is the closest I could come. Sorry mom.)
“Getting to where I’m at” today isn’t where I want to be- but it’s where I am growing. I opened my own production company, creating advertisements for small businesses (beauty, health, etc,) and am always thinking of ways to expand.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am such a homebody because I’ve lived in Los Angeles since I was a child, so this is a difficult question to answer. But I would say to visiting the observatory through hike or drive. Going out to Santa Monica pier and hanging out with some hippies on Venice beach would be a vibe.
Later at night, I’d hit up a few club promoters I know to see what’s good in the city. I would also send them over to my favorite yoga studio, peace Yoga Gallery in DTLA to get the best raw vegan food and yoga experience in their lives with the owner, Cheri Rae (no kidding, that place and woman changed my life.) – side note, I got certified in yoga and taught for about 6 years at local gyms and studios.
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’d like to give credit to my friends who have supported my wild endeavors and who keep sharing knowledge with me.
ShotbysadieB, Sadie Braunstien