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{FLASHBACK TO JANUARY 2015. AS WE EMBARK ON A NEW SEASON, WE MUST ASK OURSELVES…WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO BETTER OURSELVES? We are all deserving of a good vacation but we also need to be stable in our personal and business life. So here is a motivational throw back of a young woman who took the bull by the horns, started to pave her own path, and is now running the show. She has built her way up from entertainment intern to leader of the new millennium. Call her a young Oprah on Steroids. She lives her life fearlessly, passionately, and generously. She gives back not only as a philanthropist to her parents native Haiti, but as a entrepreneur to young up and comers trying to get a piece of what’s left of the pie. Ms. Civil doesn’t wait for crumbs…she bakes her own sweet potato pie and figures a way to market it to the masses so that everyone can make their own pie as well. Travel enthusiast and barrier wrecking ball. Let’s go Up Close & Personal With The Leader Of The Technologically Driven Digital Social Age…The Incomparable KAREN CIVIL.}

Photo Taken By Choo Jones at the Level Up Brunch w/ Karen Civil.

Photo Taken By Choo Jones at the Level Up Brunch w/ Karen Civil.

You can keep the ladder and over recycled female sterotypes because Karen Civil has built a staircase fit for her unique capabilities, creativity, and classy pair of Christian Louboutin’s! The self proclaimed “Cultural Artige'” & “Digital Renaissance Woman” does more than her fair share of work to be considered a behind the scenes extra. She is at the forefront of the entertainment industry just by being a social media maven for entertainers galore. She couldn’t beat them, so she created her own lane.

Karen Civil shows that there is no such thing as being the woman behind the man. This woman leads from the back but her personal fame speaks more for itself as her fan base has excessively grown over the past couple years due to her huge accomplishemnets with branding, marketing, and strategic decision making. She’s geniously stamped some of the biggest names and brands in the entertainment business and beyond including Dipset, Lil Wayne, Funkmaster Flex, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hustle, YG, Pusha T, and products such as Beats By Dre and Carols Daughter. She highly promotes Nike products and can be seen wearing them whenever she plays with her Nike Football Society team in Los Angelos, the Turf Kings.

Civil had embarked on a tour as of fall 2014, the Live Civil Tour, to inspire the masses and the young entrepreneur looking to gain the necessary skills to create their own path and career. I was lucky enough to attend the ATL wing of her tour at the Level Up Brunch, a series of informative and inspirational events for young adults in Georgia, in the start of 2015.

She spoke of growing up in a Haitian family in a separated community in New Jersey where she felt rejected by several groups. In High School, she was more obssesed with the latest brand and what she was wearing, working just to buy the newest trends over planning for her future. My mom told me “You can be anyone you want in the world, including yourself.” She found herself feeling like a loner before finding a light in a internship contest for Angie Martinez with Hot 97. Although she made it far in the process, she did not get the internship which was highly upsetting. “I remember getting ready to jump up and say my thank you speech and accept my win until I didn’t hear my name being called. I cried so hard. I’ve never been so crushed,” said Civil.

Inspired by the likes of Carson Daly of MTV and AJ and Free of BET’s 106 & Park, Civil was detemined to make her career as a personality or in the entertainment industry as a whole a success. She even made a Back Street Boys fan page which became highly popular. “Some people loved [Notorious] BIG, I liked the backstreet boys so I decided to stay true to what I liked which ended up working for me.”

Through a second chance job at the station, Civil became highly interested in the internet and building sites in the early age of social media. She used her motivation to land her a job working with Cameron and Dip Set until the group disbanded, handling all of their networking. She began making her connections before working on Wall Street as a Clerk until she landed the opportunity of a lifetime working on Lil Waynes social media where Mack Mane (Young Money Cash Money Records) contacted her directly. “He said…umm so I see what you do and we want you to do all that internet stuff for Wayne.”

The career of Karen Civil began to blast off. She was the moving force behind Lil Waynes career when he was incarerated in 2010, bringing his social networking pages from only thousands to double numbers in millions. These numbers helped her to catch the eye of many other future clients and she was awarded for her hard work. Civil made a move to LA and began to look for more clients even sitting long hours in lobbies where there would be brand conventions and she would target potential clients. “I remember sitting down for hours and looking for merchandise that fit the event. If you had on all Nike gear then I knew you worked for Nike.”

Civil landed her eyes on a team member for Beats By Dre where she talked her way into the room, recieved merchandise, and over the past few months would give headphones away as gifts and only ask for a picture in return whenever possible. “There was no rush, I could of sold [Beats By Dre Headphones] on EBAY but when you give someone something it is cherished and it made more sense to me.” It took 8 months but people sent Civil enough photos to put together content and send over to the Beats By Dre team. “They called me and said I gave them enough content for a year or two and asked as to why I did it and I told them that I could give them content for a lifetime. They called me back two hours later and hired me.”

Karen Civil knows hardwork, dedication, and perseverance. She never let her faults or stumbles hold her back. And like a quaterback she seized the target and made a touch down every time. As she builds her own brand and becomes more well known through her extensive clientelle resume and social media, pictured at every event with every name in the industry from J.LO to Kanye West to even being invited to the White House for a meeting for My Brothers Keeper, this woman is a powerhouse and she has no intention of stopping now.

A philanthropist as well, last year she broke ground and planted some good in her rooted upbringing from her parents native Haiti with the Live Civil Playground. She uses her social media to talk the talk, and run the walk.

With a spitfire personality and a evergrowing master plan, Civil knows how to separate herself from the crowd. “As a woman in the industry you have to be careful. I let men know ahead of time that I mean business, that I only answer at certain at certain hours, and they realized how serious I was. I would go to events alone, because if I took friends I would be focused on the goal. You have to keep tunnel vision at all time.”

Decades to come women like Karen Civil will be remembered as more than beautiful mothers and wives, but as the greats in history before us that changed the game, broke the barriers, and gave way to innovation and limit less possibility. So get ready for some more Civil action!

Here Are #15 Quotes from Karen Civil’s IG & The Live Civil Tour ATL at Level Up Brunch to live Civil-y by:(A motivational BREAK DOWN, before you BREAK DOWN!)

#1 “The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom.

#2 Focus on the road, not the wall. Criticism and negativity from other people is like a wall. And if you focus on it, then you’ll run right into it…Criticism and negativity don’t prevent you from reaching the finish line, but they can certainly distract you from it. Some people are determined to take things personally and tear down the work of others. Your life is too short to worry about pleasing those people.”

#3 Sometimes you have to create your own lane and invest in yourself. This is you now but who do you aspire to be.”

#4 “I like to think of that Rick Ross song where he compares a woman to a bag of money. People were so [appalled] by that. But when you think about it, think of money as value. Your value never depreciates no matter the currency. You can tear it up but it’s still money and has monetary value. Know your value.”

#5 A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

#6 Nothing is more inspiring than waking up to continue living your dreams. Dream it, achieve it, live it!”

#7 “Too often we let our excuses stop us from achieving and wanting more for ourselves. Use that same energy to grow from the past, and excel for the future. Be Stronger than the excuses you make for yourself.

#8 You don’t compete where you don’t compare. Instead of comparing yourself to other people, create the habit of comparing yourself to yourself. See how much you have grown, what you have achieved, and what progress you have made towards your goals.”

#9 “Never stray from life’s purpose. Refrain from counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Be motivated…Not envious. Be inspired…Not jealous.

#10 “Don’t let the insecurities of others dull your sparkle. Shine like the star you are born to be. Never let someone’s limited perception of you take away your sparkle…shine on!

#11 I can’t diminish me to make you comfortable. One must live life to it’s fullest potential. Refusing to ‘shrink’ to meet the limited standards of what someone thinks my life or goal should be. Live life for you!”

#12 “You will never achieve what you are capable of if you’re too attached to things you’re supposed to let go of. People always suddenly miss you more once they see how much happier you are without them.

#13 Stop Sharing Future Plans with people who have no intent of helping you construct it. Remember some will have a blind eye to your vision. It’s not for them to see.”

#14 “Knowing your worth is more important than letting someone define your value…and please remember that you were beautiful before he told you that you were.

#15 “You must maintain Tunnel Vision…Stay away from the people who continue to live in your past , and don’t allow you to grow. Those dwellers have no purpose in your present. Surround yourself with people who want to see you grow to your full potential.”

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PHENOM With A Sharp Quill aims to take you on a spiritual journey with no limits, boundaries, or rules. You are the creator and let your imagination run rampantly wild with all that your mind consumes on this blog. My words are here to be devoured, absorbed, and recycled again and again. Awaken and smell the garden...it's fresh and blooming with beauty!!! This life of ours is made to be lived so let's live and let's be rebellious in our nature, the way we love, the way we think, the way we dream, in our faith, and in the way we hope. You are bigger than you think you are. Let the art exude from your soul and paint a canvas worth more than words and monetary value. Be the art in the art of the art! Be YOU! Be FREE! Be ENDLESS! Be CONFIDENT! Be a RISK TAKER! Be a LEADER! Be a LOVER! Be a HERO! Be LIVING! BE A PHENOM!!!! xOxO -Etta East a.k.a PHENOM With A Sharp Quill

1 Comment

  1. Bishop says

    Very inspiring article Phenom! There is so much Truth and Wisdom amidst these words! Thanks!


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