Fearless Female Interview: Erika K.

Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?

My role model is Mindy Kaling. She is insanely smart, hilarious, and stands up for what she believes in, especially for women of color. She always talks about her path to her success being non-linear and I really appreciate that. For someone whose path has never been linear, it’s inspiring to see someone so successful not have an easy or “usual” start.

She earned her confidence through hard work and determination and I absolutely love her for that. She was also one of the first people who made me feel like it was okay to not be skinny; to defy societal norms and like myself for my size 12 jeans.

 

Favorite quote by an inspirational woman?

“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.” (From Kaling’s book, Why Not Me?)

 

What's your dream career?

I want to be digital marketer for a record label like Island Records or Capitol Records someday. I’ve always loved promoting music I like, even if it was just on twitter screaming about One Direction. I’d also really love to be an on-air personality for a radio show- Really anything to be around music 24/7.

 

What does a fearless female look like to you?

A fearless female looks like Laverne Cox, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, like Viola Davis, like Mari Copeny, like Malala Yousafzai, like Mindy Kaling, and like Zendaya Coleman. These women are ground breakers. They use their platform for social change. They are role-models that young girls can look up to and say “I want to be like them.” Their paths to success weren’t easy or linear. They are hard workers, have charisma, and an insane amount of talent. They were the women who were told “No,” and did it anyways.

 

How can other women and girls support each other in today’s world?

Don’t let jealousy fuel your fire. It’s one thing to do your best, but don’t try to outdo everyone. You’ll become burnt out and lose sight in why you started doing your “said” passion in the first place. That’s not saying don’t try hard or try to be your very best.  Also, If you can lift a person up and help them succeed, do that. If not, don’t kick them while they’re down. I believe that the universe puts us here to help others and doing so will help you succeed as well.