“Finding that inner courage to pursue your dreams and to tackle all the obstacles thrown at you is where it starts.”
Karen Civil, a social media and digital marketing strategist, is someone we can all appreciate and look up to if you want to be a Social Media mogul. She works with artists and brands and help connect the two to create partnerships. She was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Elizabeth, NJ.
Her career in media began in middle school as she developed a yahoo group fan site for JD Williams and over 600 people joined (at that time, that was MAJOR). His lawyer reached out to her and took her to iHOP to her birthday and a couple of months later she was working with the Backstreet Boys.
She has interned for companies like Dipset, who she credits Dukedagod as someone who really helped her to get to where she was today. She was an A&R Admin. at Dipset and her career and interest in media expanded and it was a place to learn for her.
Karen went to Union County College and got an AA in Liberal Arts – Communications for Radio and is currently taking courses at Harvard Business.
Something that I admire and appreciate about Karen is that she took something she loved and made a fucking career out of it. She loved being on the internet and being creative and look where she is today? A Social Media and Digital Marketing Maven for some of YOUR faves. I listened to an interview she did an interview on the Short Story Long podcast and something I could relate to so much was her introversion. Being a digital marketing maven is something I’ve always aspired to be, however didn’t think it could work for me because I am an introvert. But to see her and how far she’s come along, I know that it is something I can do as well.
Civil is an influential media personality, has her own digital media marketing agency, Always Civil Enterprise, creator of Living Civil bracelets, an author, has her own clothing company, Civil Clothing, her own lifestyle property, Living Civil and Karen Civil TV, where she does exclusive interviews. So when I say, a fucking inspiration. I mean a fucking inspiration. in 2015, her brand grossed $500,000 – which more than what it grossed in 2010 of $125,000.
I’ll leave you with this last piece of advice Karen gave in her Vibe Magazine Interview about those who are afraid to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones to elevate their careers:
“I am big on that if you have nothing to lose then you have everything to gain. At this point, it’s just about take that first step. I tell people that the same way that they believe in God is the way that they should believe in themselves and their dreams. And people be like: ‘Oh, that’s blasphemy!’ No, not at all. I love my religion, I love everything about it, but at the same time, I love my career and I want to do it with the same love and compassion.”