Cleveland is buzzing these days. With the return of Lebron James, the arrival of rookie sensation Johnny Manziel, and of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. But nothing comes close (excitement wise) than model Katie Karchefsky. Katie is driven, and is passionate about anything she sets her mind to. You might get the impression that she’s quiet, but as your eyes gloss over her images–you’ll realize that she’s very outspoken. Katie has her sights set on making it big in the modeling world and posing for Playboy, which she will soon accomplish in the near future.
What interested you in wanting to become a model?
Katie Karrington: Well, I was born with the passion for the fine arts/entertainment industry as I liked acting first. Growing up I got really into taking pictures and naturally took a lot of time with putting effort in, and working with them. Shortly after I was randomly scouted by a photographer–who got me started with my first experiences and learning.
How did your first photo shoot go?
Katie Karrington: It went surprisingly well considering I was 19, in a bar setting, and wearing lingerie, ha ha! It was my first time learning how to move my body in a lot of different, specific ways which is always good for modeling.
Before you started to model, did you set any goals that you wanted to accomplish?
Katie Karrington: Not any major ones that I can think of that stick out. I was fresh out of high school, just beginning to really grow up, and wasn’t sure exactly where I was going. Once I actually discovered modeling and has someone reach out to me–many goals have been put on my list all the way up to now.
What’s the most difficult part about modeling?
Katie Karrington: I guess I would have to say the industry itself. It is very competitive, challenging, and you have to hustle to the max! Although I like that about it, especially since it’s a huge passion of mine. It’s almost like if anyone can have it–I don’t want it type of deal.
Being a model is very tough. How do you deal with all the ups and downs in the modeling business?
Katie Karrington: I can honestly say that I get my moments of complete discouragement that come over me. You just can’t let it keep you down to where you aren’t going to hustle enough to meet your aspirations! If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. It’s all in the mindset!
Which brings me to my next question: how do you handle criticism and negativity that is directed towards you?
Katie Karrington: I did not handle the criticism and negativity well at all when I first started out. I would let it eat me up and cared about what others thought way too much. That has changed dramatically ever since I’ve become much more serious into my modeling career. Everyone is going to talk/judge etc. You can’t control that. What you can control is how you decide to react to it. If someone has any negativity/criticism towards me, that’s just a reflection of themselves at a person, and I feel bad for them. I laugh it off these days.
Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about and interested in?
Katie Karrington: Acting has always been a passion of mine since I was nine-years-old. I really enjoy video production. Of course being in front of the camera such as acting in music videos for example, like cinematography! I have a huge imagination and always come up with creative ideas. Music is something I’m very passionate about too.
What would you like to accomplish this year and why?
Katie Karrington: Besides making any kinds of improvements/accomplishments within myself for my modeling career, I would like to get my foot in the door more with acting and do some short films, more music videos, etc. The biggest thing being is that I would love to become a Playmate. Playboy has been and will always be like the “holy grail” for me. I feel that I have exactly what it takes.
What’s your definition of success?
Katie Karrington: I would say accomplishing and living your highest aspirations in life for what you have the strongest passions for. Being extremely happy/positive and never stop hustling.
What would be your advice to someone who has a goal in mind, but doesn’t know how to go about achieving it?
Katie Karrington: I would tell them to keep a strong mindset, take it day by day, and figure out little things to start off doing here and there. It takes time and effort of course, but if you believe in yourself enough and don’t give up, you can achieve any goal you want!
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