Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is lifestyle coach and brand consultant Samantha Kris, who we caught up with to find out what inspires her work, where she loves to wine and dine in Montreal, and what advice she would share with other young professionals…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I’m a lifestyle coach and personal brand consultant. I help incredible people craft their narrative and own their personal brand.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
I’ve always been passionate about helping people set and achieve their goals. That has been the common denominator in my studies and professional life alike. My 7+ years in marketing have allowed me to conceptualize ideas, create results-oriented strategies, and effectively improve the brand image of individuals and companies. As a coach, I blend my passion with my skills in a way that leaves my clients feeling empowered and marketable.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Launching Samantha Kris & Co. was a huge milestone for me. Taking an idea and bringing it to life has been very exciting.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
Oh, that’s a tough one. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, even five years ago, where I’d see myself today I would not have guessed this is where I’d be – and that’s half the fun. I thoroughly enjoy not having an end destination, I’m just enjoying the ride.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Avoid the pressure of having just one profession. Don’t limit yourself by trying to fit into a box of how/what you ‘should’ be. The most interesting and accomplished people have a range of interests and jobs throughout their lifetime. Explore, engage, evolve.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you? I’m a supporter of The United Nations’ World Food Programme, an incredible jewelry line/job creation program, LandMine Design, and various animal rescue programs. It is important and humbling to support the people and organizations who are truly making a difference.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
I have been my biggest challenge. As my own worst critic, it can sometimes be tempting to buy into self-doubt but the moment I decide to get out of my own way, productivity is unleashed and success inevitably follows.
What does the word notable mean to you?
Notable means carving your place out in the world and owning it, whatever that means to you.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why? Montreal is such a great place to wine and dine.
My ‘it’ place right now is Salmigondis. The ambiance, the food, the cocktails, and the staff are incredible.
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Most visited site: Google. I literally Google everything. Most played song: the entire Aluna George album is on repeat.
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
So far, my favourite has been Czech Republic. Prague won my heart with the Disney-like landscape and friendly locals. Next on my must-do list is exploring Asia.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
A good shoe sale. Sigh.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
I’m always a little peeved about spending money on things I could’ve done myself (i.e. going out for dinner when I just did groceries). I wish I spent more on RRSPs… that’s technically saving, does that count?
And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success is being happy with who I am. It is taking risks and learning from them, regardless of the outcome. It is choosing to see the positive in every situation and having the ability to appreciate life’s subtleties that make living so worthwhile.