Today we’d like to introduce you to Karla Solis.
Karla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Vegas to Mexican immigrants. Growing up, I wanted to be a model and a fashion designer. However, as both of my parents are Doctors, I was highly encouraged to take a much more academic career route. In order to meet these expectations as well as my own, I decided to find a middle ground. Architecture school in LA would allow me to pursue design and is indisputably nerdy enough to keep my parents happy. I graduated in 2016 from Woodbury School of Architecture with a B.arch and a minor in fashion design. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue modeling while simultaneously working in architecture. I promptly moved to San Diego and this move dictated the advancement of my architectural career while hindering the former. Towards the end up 2017, I signed with my first agency located in San Francisco and then in 2018 with New Icon based in Mexico City. To keep that momentum, I made arrangements to relocate to LA at the start of the new year. I have recently signed a modeling management agreement and also working for an amazing architect which allows me to continue nurturing that background.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been many struggles along the way, albeit the most difficult ones have been self-imposed. Nurturing the conviction to disregard negative views that people commonly express regarding modeling as a career path. Architecture school was brutal, expensive and at times soul-crushing. The idea that it would have equal priority to a career commonly considered frivolous was difficult to accept. Mindset is the only struggle that is worth a mention. Everything else falls into place every time.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Being content with every situation knowing that it will always work in your favor. One of my favorite humans to have ever existed is Alan Watts. I listen to his lectures over and over. Obtaining even the most basic level of understanding regarding his philosophies and effectively applying it, I believe that would be success.
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