The media maven shows us the connection between self-care and success.

It’s 2019, and truly there is something artistic behind a well-crafted and designed post, vlog, tweet, etc. But it’s not as easy as it looks. If it were, everyone would be a celebrity in the influencer sense. Diligence, patient, effort, and a creative thought process are all required to curate a beautiful social media page. Yes, a certain level of preciseness is needed, something more than just a photo, video, or 140 typed out characters, slapped up online for the world to see.

Perhaps there is no one who better knows this than Karen Civil, the media maven.

Civil’s personal story – her journey into and through the social media world – perfectly embodies the spirit behind the words diligence, patience, and creativity. Her legend begins early. As a middle schooler, she created a fan site for the Backstreet Boys, which ended up placing third in a national competition and led to an in-person meeting with the boy band. Then came the years in the trenches, figuring out which route to take – in school, out of school, as an intern – a time period which eventually blossomed into the creation of, “…a site dedicated to the readers every need, as it offers an industry insider look into hip hop,” which became the first site to feature the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and J. Cole. Civil next helped to create and shape Lil Wayne’s and then took over the social media of Beats by Dre’s. She was named by Black Enterprise “Social Influencer of the Year,” placed onto Ebony’s Power 100, created a non-profit, and thrived in every way. Let’s just say that if anyone deserves the title media maven, it is most certainly Karen Civil.

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