https://www.facebook.com/officialkhrystynat http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8856169 I am an international model and rising personality born in Lviv, Ukraine, I have been rooted in the industry ever since moving to Dublin, Ireland at age nine and dancing in the Olympia Theatre. With the passing of my father when I was eleven years old and several other hardships experienced at a young age, I developed a strong drive to succeed. I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry ever since I could remember. When I was a kid I always loved entertaining people and this is how I got involved in school plays and acting classes. We are talking since the age of seven. I didn’t think anything of it. I just did it because I loved it. Then I realized it is something I want to do for the rest of my life. I started dancing, modeling and acting as well as doing a course in Film and Media to learn more about the challenges of the entertainment business. I love all aspects of the film industry, including producing and script writing. I love the craft of the film business and have a lot of respect for film makers out there because it requires a lot of commitment and patience. I have been featured in major magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Harpers Bazaar. I have worked with major productions and fashion and beauty brands. I am also fluent in 3 languages. What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them? I think it is important to not fall into the trap where people tell you things they think you should do or do that. A lot of people told me I should be a model, it is something I felt I was brainwashed but then I realized it is not my passion. My passion is to be in the film industry. What I would advise young people is to stay focused on what they are doing and always think outside the box. Stop doing what everyone else is doing, do YOU. Practice a lot and stay patient. There are going to be plenty of downfalls but it is your own choice if you are strong enough to get back up. Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits? How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight? Yes, of course. I grew up with a very strict mother. But you have to understand that they do care about you. It takes time for them to realize it. Once they will see the outcome of your success and how serious you are about your career they will begin to understand more. We live in a digital age now and I feel like parents are old fashioned that it takes time for them to get you. Just do you and don’t stop. What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success? Your friends and people who you surround yourself with for sure. Surround yourself with people who want to do productive things every day and stay away from the wasters. You are who you surround yourself with. What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? I do not regret anything to be honest. I feel like what was meant to be will be. I am happy I made mistakes along the way because it made me the person I am today. Who is strong, independent and kind. What advice would you give to an upcoming young and old entrepreneur locally and internationally? Concentrate and stay focused. Do a lot of research and practice. Definitely network a lot and build those connections. Practice patience.