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Daily Inspiration: Meet Stephanie Knight

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Knight.

Hi Stephanie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my journey in martial arts. I picked up a camera because I needed to record my workouts. I also knew a couple of friends that were starting businesses and they needed content too. As word got around, I’ve been able to work with more and more people. And I still do martial arts. I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and a third-degree black belt in tang soo do.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been an easy road by any means. Some of the struggles have been respect and money. There have been a few situations where I have felt like I was being taken advantage of either because I’m new to the game or because I’m a nice person. Through those experiences, I’ve learned to be more confident in my ability and skill and grow as an artist. Sometimes people just want free stuff from you and they use words like “we’re growing together” as a way to say that it is or will be a mutual trade. I’ve had to learn to see those situations a take them with a grain of salt. Some of them are exactly that, growing opportunities and some of them were a waste of time and things I had to move away from.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a black female martial artist. I am also a photographer and videographer. I really like the street style of work, whether that is street fight scenes for martial arts videos, hype beast type photography and music videos. I enjoy doing video interviews/ podcasts for people I know. It helps them realize that everyone has a story. I am currently most proud of a cypher I recently did at the top of the year called the IE Cypher. It was a way to show love to the Inland Empire and I plan on doing more of those. What sets me apart would definitely be that I am not only a black female in this industry because there are not many of those already, but also my martial arts background. It brings a fun twist to everything I do.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I like most about my city is that there are so many hidden gems, whether that be people or opportunity. What I like the least is that sometimes people want to forget the humble beginnings for the opportunity to make it big, leaving valuable things and people behind.

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Image Credits
BrinkFilms. Bronson Christian.

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