We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Darby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katrina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe risk is something everyone should take to a certain degree. Without it, life would be a pretty mundane path to go through. I would say risks in my life have played a major role, in which it has led me down certain opportunities that I would have never expected. Risks have also played another role in helping me seek adventures in places far and beyond! Due to more travel in recent years, my perspective as an artist has expanded immensely due to the world being my own set of inspiration.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Getting to where I am right now was definitely not easy. In the beginning after I graduated high school, I was in a situation where I didn’t have much moral or financial support to pursue my true passion. It was emotionally debilitating towards my self esteem and independence. Overtime, I decided to flip the script and use that lack of support as my motivation to try even harder at succeeding. From drawing fanart as a hobby to getting accepted at one of the top animation schools in the world, it was definitely a journey in changing my mindset. For all those that want to achieve their goals, a little stubbornness and self discipline doesn’t hurt.
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 would definitely be down to take a trip in the city of New York. I’m someone that definitely loves cosmopolitan cities, especially where there’s a melting pot of cultures! Plus, NYC is super walkable so no need to cash in on a car. Definitely would walk around all over Manhattan, including both Koreatown and Chinatown, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and Brooklyn. Good places to definitely eat in NYC are Korea town if you’re into Korean cuisine! In NYC, the whole city is your hangout spot to run around and explore so there’s slim chances of getting bored.
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 definitely want to give recognition to my mom for all the times she’s supported me in the path towards my career goal. I would also love to give a shout out to my close friend Nico for giving me the push to be more successful in my artistic journey. Last but not least, I also want to give a shout-out to my close friends who’ve I known for almost half of my life and have been there for me during my roughest moments.
Katrina Darby @katsahina