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Meet Dharni Patel of Kahtro in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dharni Patel.

Dharni, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Would you believe me if I told you I manifested my move and lifestyle in LA?

Growing up, I was always excited by the ‘entertainment industry’. Whether that was acting, dancing, music — I tried my hands at a bunch of different things (including DJing), however, nothing really stuck.

Real life hit and I wasn’t brave enough to defy the norm. So at 18, I moved to England, went to University, finished my masters, worked in corporate, hated corporate and moved home to Kenya working for a radio station.

Kenya wasn’t fully serving my purpose. I had an itch knowing that there was more to what I was currently doing. It wasn’t my calling (just yet), so I took a leap of faith and moved to the US in 2014. 3 months into my US journey, I found myself in LA at a bar where I was introduced to Casper (The Sleep Startup).

I’m not one to make a decision without fully evaluating a situation. Luckily, this worked out! I moved to LA 6 months after being trained in NY.

3 years later, I find myself in one of the biggest cities for entertainment working in the influencer world. My mind is blown at how the universe works! I was responsible for growing out Caspers influencer Marketing and creating unique opportunities for the brand to be in the ‘cool kids club’.

Being at Casper opened my world to so many opportunities and inspired me to put on my big girl pants and start my own company – Kahtro, an Influencer and Digital Marketing Agency.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all. It has been rather bumpy, to be honest.

Starting your own business is not an easy thing to do. It takes time to adjust to a completely new lifestyle with more responsibility than you can imagine. You have to work harder than you’ve ever worked and hustle even harder than that.

Entering the entrepreneur world, you anticipate that it may get lonely, deals might not go your way, jobs may come in slower or faster than you imagined and what you started off doing may evolve into something else. Being faced with each and every one of these scenarios has taught me so much in such a short period of time both professionally and personally.

Despite it all, I am so grateful to learn these lessons early into my career and figure out how to adapt to any situation and directing it in a positive way.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kahtro is an influencer and Digital Marketing Agency. We connect brands with top social media influencers to reach their target audiences through authentic and original content across social channels including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, blogs and emerging platforms.

We optimize influencer marketing campaigns to drive social engagement, reach, and more importantly help our clients reach their key KPIs.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the city of dreams. You can do whatever you want in this city. It has a charm that encourages you to be you and do whatever your heart and mind desires. It is the city that has given me a chance to execute what I strongly believe in and for that, I will forever be grateful.

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1 Comment

  1. Tina

    September 4, 2018 at 15:29

    Congratulations and bravo Dharni. We wish you a fantastic or should I say an even more fantastic future in All you venture to do. You have grown into a most remarkable young lady. You make us proud and I shree defying the odds is not easy but your leap of faith worked. Once again all the best and god bless you always.

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