We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Kristin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance is extremely important to me. It is hard as a creative when you enjoy what you do, to learn when to stop working. Not to mention, when you’re passionate about your work, the people you impact and the overall quality of your business, you go into overdrive hoping you don’t ever let anyone down. With this being said, it took me years to realize that it’s okay for me to stop! It’s okay for me to have business hours, respond to an email or text a day later, say no to an offer, and raise my prices so that I can work less and hire help! I feared I would lose clientele when I began to implement these boundaries and honestly, I did. But my overall quality of life is much better because of it. Work life balance is key to surviving in business. Without balance, what you love and enjoy can quickly become something you despise.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started Olivia Kristin Photography, LLC the summer of 2016. I chose to purchase a digital camera that year and began taking photos of my family and friends. I was sharing the images on social media and I began to get asked how much I charged? At the time I wasn’t, but I thought, I guess I could. Fast forward to 2020 my photography business grew so much I made the decision to leave my nursing career and pursue photography full time and go back to school for digital design. My most proud moment was choosing to take risks even though I was terrified. I overcame multiple challenges in business by humbling myself and learning how to run a business: hiring a business coach, accountant, speaking with a lawyer…ect. What I want people to take away from my story is to not be afraid to switch up your life and trying something new, just remember to stay humble, always be ready learn and grow and ask for help.
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.
If I had a friend visiting we would definitely be eating more than anything else, LOL. I would take them to: The Eagle for a delicious southern meal, Kitchen Social or Forno for brunch, Pizza Cottage for a Friday night in while watching movies and Slurping Turtle for delicious Ramon. I’m pretty basic and don’t do much, but would be open to exploring!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my mother, Kim. My confidence, creativity, character and courage all stems from how I was raised and the extracurricular activities she put me in starting at the age of 3. Even as an adult, I’ve changed my mind multiple times regarding my career and business. She was all for me leaving my nursing career and going into full time entrepreneurship! She never discouraged me but instead was patient as I came to my own realization when something wasn’t for me. She has always given me the freedom and space to blossom and shine at my own time and in my own unique way!
Instagram: @0liviakristin (The O is a Zero) @oliviakristinphotography
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