We had the good fortune of connecting with Katarina Benzova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katarina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has the most important role in my carrier and life. It’s like the saying, that only when you get out of your comfort zone, magic can happen. I absolutely believe in it and practiced it my entire life. Fear and our own insecurities are the only things that are stopping us from achieving the impossible. To take that leap of faith and fully trust the universe. Most of my biggest achievements happened when I trusted my gut feeling and even when rationally I was scared to risk everything from money, friends, family, job….my gut screamed to take a risk and jump into unknown. That adrenaline rush is crazy and result is usually better then you ever imagined 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer/documentarian. Mostly in music industry. I tour and document tours of a lot of bands like Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, AC/DC, etc . I’ve been on the road for the past 10 years almost nonstop. I am a woman in male dominated industry, my career was never easy. But I love challenges and proving gender equality in work environment. My mission in life is to give back. I got an opportunity and certain amount of talent and want to do what I can to use it to make this world a better place. Currently with my foundation Mission 11 🙂
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depends where we are. If here in California then definitely a camping or glamping in Joshua Tree. Watching stars, deep conversations with a glass of Mezcal by the fire. If we have a week. Then will definitely do a travel loop and go to Zion, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Havasupai or the other direction and go to Yosemite, Sequoia and Big Sur. Depends who is visiting 🙂 But it would definitely be an adventure that they will remember forever 🙂
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?
Of course!!! I feel like every person and situation in my life shaped me to who and where I am now. So definitely thanks to my mom and family for giving me their love, trust and freedom to travel Thanks to all the heartbreaks, bruises, tears, bullies….for making me stronger and shaping me to the woman I am today. Thanks to Mother Nature and all the amazing souls I’ve met through my life that inspire me on daily basis <3