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The Nerve to Have Your Own Studio Ft Kara Dee Harrison

Ever had a big, bold dream that gives you goosebumps?

It’s one thing to have a dream, but it’s a whole different ball game when you declare that dream to the world. Why? Because when you voice your dreams, things get real. You’re making a promise not just to yourself, but to everyone within earshot – and trust me, the universe is listening. 

This episode is all about why shouting your dreams from the rooftop matters.

In today’s episode, Kara Dee Harrison joins me. She’s an illustrative tattoo artist from Vancouver Island, Canada, and an ambassador of excitement. Her mission is to change the standards of service and care in the tattoo industry. She strives to create not just beautiful body art, but beautiful experiences to go with it.  

Months ago, when Kara applied to be on You’ve Got Nerve, she had a big dream to have her own tattoo studio. 

One of the ways she was able to take the steps to go after this dream was simply by applying to be on the podcast!

I love this because I’m a big believer that when you state your dreams, express your larger desires, put down the deposit, fill out that application, and claim something publicly…. you will make things happen. 

You said you were gonna do it, now you better deliver boo-berry!

In this interview, Kara openly and honestly shares what’s coming up for her around this big dream. 

She talks about her inner critic, the fear of criticism from other tattoo artists in the industry, and the importance of having a supportive crew of business besties by her side.

In this episode, we discuss:

Kara offers so many other incredible gems in this episode including:

  • The power of getting more visible around your dreams.
  • Building the foundation of your goal and shifting your mindset.
  • Amplifying the level of care for your work and your clients.
  • The power of knowing “if this is the moment.”
  • How to stop seeking layers of approval from others.
  • Teaching a generation to shift the way they think about an industry.

I’m obsessed with Kara’s level of “nerve,” and you are going to love her and this episode.

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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:

Susan Hyatt (00:00):
Is there something you wish you had the nerve to do? Welcome to, you've Got Nerve, the podcast that teaches you how to conquer your fears, upgrade your mindset, and get up the nerve to go after whatever you want. If you wish you had the guts to go all in on your goals, dreams, and desires, this show is for you. I'm Master certified life coach Susan Hyatt, and I am so excited for you to join me on this journey.

(00:31):
In today's episode, Kara d Harrison joins me. Cara's an illustrative tattoo artist from Vancouver Island Canada and an ambassador of excitement. Her mission is to change the standards of service and care in the tattoo industry. And she strives to create not just beautiful body art, but beautiful experiences to go with it. So months ago when Kara applied to be on You've Gott nerve, she had a big dream to have her own tattoo studio. And one of the ways she was able to take the steps to go after this dream was simply by applying to be on the podcast. And I freaking love this because I'm a big believer that when you state your dreams and express your larger desires, put down the deposit, fill out the application, claim something publicly, you're gonna make things happen. You said you were gonna do it, now you better deliver blueberry.

(01:27):
So in this interview, Cara openly and honestly shares what's coming up for her around this big dream. She talks about her inner critic, the fear of criticism from other tattoo artists in the industry, and the importance of having a supportive crew of business besties by her side. Kara offers so many other incredible gems in this episode, including the power of getting more visible around your dreams, building the foundation of your goal, and shifting your mindset, amplifying the level of care of your work for your clients, the power of knowing, if this is the moment, how to stop seeking layers of approval from others and teaching a generation to shift the way they think about an industry. I am obsessed with Kara's level of nerve, and you're gonna love her and this episode, so let's get into it. Welcome to the show, Kara. Hi <laugh>. Hi.

(02:25):
I'm so excited to have you on. You've got Nerve and, um, listen, I don't know if those of you listening know, but to get on this show, we have an application process, and on the application you have to tell us what are you trying to get up the nerve to do. And, um, Kara has been patiently waiting. You applied a long while ago and, um, yeah, it was last year, <laugh>, it was last year. And your, what was cool about your application is that you were like, Hey, so I've made a lot of progress on what I applied to do, but it's still, it's still expanding. And so Kara, why don't you tell the people what it is that you do?

Kara D Harrison (03:10):
Okay, so I'm a tattoo artist, um, and I've been doing that. I just had my five year anniversary, so congratulations.

(03:18):
Thank you. And uh, what I, what I set out to do last year, um, was I wanted to, I had dreamed of having a private studio mm-hmm. <affirmative> for a lot of different reasons. I've always worked in like traditional studios with lots of, you know, lots of different artists and stuff, and that's great. But I felt like it was time for me to be able to create like a really specific experience for my clients that I could only really have the, like, the control and the ability to do if it was like my space that I had built and kind of curated in the way that I wanted for, for my very particular clients. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So I was really excited about that, but I had sort of like all these hangups from, you know, the expectations of my industry of kind of like when people do things like that, who's allowed to do things like that. And, uh, and so at the time that I applied, I was like, I just really want this studio. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, I think that would be really amazing. But I was so scared even just to tell people that that was my idea. And then I have a

Susan Hyatt (04:23):
Question. <laugh>, what was so scary for you then about saying you wanted to have your own studio?

Kara D Harrison (04:30):
I guess I felt like, I felt like people would be, would think like, she's not ready. Like she's too new, she's still too fresh. Like why, why does she deserve to have a private studio when this other artist who's been doing it longer still works in a group setting? Like, what makes you so special mm-hmm. <affirmative> that you get to have this fancy special thing. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> and, and in particular, I remember when I was brand, brand new, um, there was an artist who I knew who was four years in and she had opened her own studio and gotten her first apprentice and was just like, living her best life. And I remember someone I really appreciated in the industry, kind of like shitting on that and being like, she's so new that's like, not appropriate. And it like really stuck with me. So I was here at four years too, feeling probably what she was feeling. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> like ready, you know, but like really anxious about what, what people were gonna, what

Susan Hyatt (05:26):
Other people would

Kara D Harrison (05:27):
Say, what other people would think. Yeah. It was completely wrapped up in kind of like what other people were gonna, were gonna think, and most especially what other artists were gonna think, not so much the clients mm-hmm. <affirmative>, but like the art the other artists, what yeah. What the other artists were gonna think and how, what they were gonna say about, about that <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (05:44):
So I love this example because, um, because the life coaches and entrepreneurs who listen to you've got nerve mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, and listen, I hear from many of y'all listening who aren't entrepreneurs, you aren't in your own business, but like, the lessons, the lessons that we talk about, uh, are pretty universal. And I'm just like, wow, here we have an artist, a tattoo artist who is expressing a lot of the same concerns that other entrepreneurs or life coaches have, where it's like, who does she think she is? Yeah. To deserve, fill in the blank, right? Yeah. Like, who does she think she's to have? And, and, um, worried about what other people in your industry are gonna think when you decide to claim your space. And so what did you tell yourself at three and a half years in that allowed you to, to just go ahead since you applied for the show and get your own space, what is it that you wanna accomplish or do accomplish in your space that helped you get over that?

Kara D Harrison (06:48):
Okay, so there's, there's, there's two parts to that. What is like the actual, like the big work, like the mindset work, the, I have like, you know, my little business besties, we get together every week. We talk about our business goals and the things that we're doing, like we learn together. And that was really amazing having people who were not in my industry, but people who were other business entrepreneurs supporting me and pushing me forward. And uh, and then the really silly one that moved me forward was when I applied, like sent in the application for this podcast mm-hmm. <affirmative>, I had this moment of inspiration where I was like, I'm gonna be on this podcast, it's gonna be great. People need to hear about this. And then when I sa hit send, I was like, oh my God, what if they asked me to be on the podcast? Then like, people will hear it and they'll like know what I'm doing, so I have to tell them what I'm doing so they don't find out on the podcast <laugh>. So I immediately went out to like, we have to get this building made, we have to do this. So we started taking actual steps just, just from applying <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (07:50):
Listen, I'm talking so much Tara. Cause listen, I have so many clients tell me this, and this is actually my mode of operation. Yeah. So what I'm getting at is like, if you out yourself in one way or another, it can become a form of accountability. Now, not everybody operates this way, <laugh>, but I have had so many people say, just putting down my deposit for your program or your retreat, help me get my ass in gear. Or just, you know, um, making application for the podcast for me, it, when I go on social media and I say, Hey, I've decided to fill in the blank, walk the Camino, whatever it is. Yeah. For me, it's the same as how you felt when you filled out that application. It's like, well, I said I was gonna do it. Like I'm better get my shit together.

Kara D Harrison (08:46):
I better deliver <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (08:48):
But so Well, and the other thing that you said too is you have your business besties and Yeah, I know how lonely it can feel as an entrepreneur. And so for many of you listening, I mean, I've talked about this many times on the show before, but it is important that you surround yourself with people who wanna see you win and people who can understand the spot that you're in. So it was like really cool, like, you know, everybody in your, in your biz bestie circle had a different kind of business, but y'all had similar things in common

Kara D Harrison (09:23):
Well and working, like hanging out with them. And they're just, they're just like people that I knew otherwise already that we kind of gathered together with this kind of purpose. But like, hanging out with them every week in this sort of like business centered space gave us all the opportunity to start like expressing these bigger wants that we had for ourselves in a space where we knew definitively, like everyone in the circle today is gonna be super duper supportive. You could say anything you want in here, you can, you can express any kind of thing that you wanna have for yourself, for your clients, for your industry, for whatever. And these people are gonna like, have your back and have ideas for you about how you can do it. So it just became this really safe place to like have these big ideas and have these bigger dreams.

(10:06):
And so I kind of just slowly built on that, getting like accustomed to the idea that maybe people would be happy for me mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And as I've slowly started telling people I have a newsletter, so I thought, okay, well those are my best clients, those are the people that really wanna support me. So I started telling them about it at first, and they were really supportive. So I was like, okay, cool. So my best clients think this is a good idea. And then, you know, slowly sort of getting used to the idea of maybe talking about a little bit more on Instagram, which I still haven't really done.

Susan Hyatt (10:38):
That'll be your homework. I'm gonna

Kara D Harrison (10:40):
Bell your Instagram.

Susan Hyatt (10:41):
Oh, no,

Kara D Harrison (10:42):
<laugh>. But like, I think now it's like I'm doing the thing, like the building is being built. It has found, it has a foundation, like it's a hole in the ground with foundation. It's a real thing. It's coming along, but like now I need to like, get actually visible with that and like let people know about it and tell them about it and not be anxious about who's gonna hear like, what they might think or, you know, trying to discourage me. It's like, it's too late. It's a building, it's already getting billed <laugh>, like what I gonna do? <laugh> not even, it's a

Susan Hyatt (11:11):
Brick and mortar friends, like it's gonna be in

Kara D Harrison (11:14):
The world <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (11:18):
So you wanted to still come on the show, right? Yeah. Even though you got up the nerve to do the thing. Now it's getting up the nerve to be more visible and tell people while the building's being built so that you have actual foot traffic

Kara D Harrison (11:33):
When the, and then actually, yeah, when the building exists, when I have this business, it's like if I, if the point of moving to the studio was that I wanted to like have this sort of bigger, more amazing experience for my clients. Like I gotta tell people that's the plan. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> or like, they won't know that I'm doing that. And it won't be much of a draw <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (11:52):
No. Well, correct. I mean it's, it's so interesting how us entrepreneurs will like get up all in our heads about what it is that we're doing. And the bottom line is like if the, if your local pizza joint doesn't tell people they have hot, fresh pizza for sale, there's no way for people to eat it, right? Yeah. And so, and so we have to, with our art, with what, what matters to us, make sure that the people know. So my question is, what is it? I'm, first of all, as a commercial investor, I fucking love that we get to watch this building get constructed. Like you, like you didn't just go lease a, you know, a space like this is being built and you get to customize what's happening in this space. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, what is it, um, that you wanted to accomplish in your tattoo studio that is different than what you've experienced other places? Like what, what's special about it?

Kara D Harrison (12:59):
Okay, so, Ooh, that's so good. Um, I think that one of the biggest things I wanted to do was have, have like the capacity to give people, like, give people a better, like, level of care and service mm-hmm. <affirmative>, which can be done so much more easily when it is a space that I have full control over when I can curate things. Like what kind of music do you love? What kind of smells do you appreciate? Or maybe none at all. Um, what kind of things do you wanna see around you? Like how can we make this like a beautiful, magical experience for you that's gonna be, because it's like, I mean, tattooing is stressful, right? Like, there's an area of like stress about, you know, coming in and having this procedure done. So making sure that everything around them can be perfectly curated and we can have like, lovely hot drinks and nice snacks and everything around them is built for them to have this wonderful time.

(13:56):
But like, how do you, how do you create that when there's like, okay, there's another, there's five other people making a bunch of noise all around you, like in a larger setting, you can do your best, but you don't get to have that level of like, that fine level of detail that you can give people when it's just you and it's just them, and you can really build something special for the two of you to share together. Mm. So that's, that's what I want. I want this like, better level, this bigger, better level of service that I think will be easier to create. And like from a marketing aesthetic perspective, like my work is, it's like, it's silly, honestly. Like I'm super nerdy, the work is illustrative, it's colorful. I do a lot of like, pop culture and dinosaurs and like cute little animals and stuff. So like, I want the space to be colorful and sparkly and kind of nonsense. So you walk in and you're like, oh yeah, this is Kara's studio for sure. <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (14:50):
I love it. Well, I was gonna ask you about your style, like yeah. People, people will seek you out as a tattoo artist because, um, in addition to the level of care that you try to deliver, um mm-hmm. <affirmative>, what about the art?

Kara D Harrison (15:07):
Yeah. So yeah. So my art is, I I like to describe it as, uh, when I say illustrative, I mean like, kind of halfway between like, like something that's like, like a cartoon and something that's like realistic, like the way, like a comic book or a movie might, you know, an animated movie might look like thick lines, bright colors. It's got like reasonable, reasonably realistic proportions compared to a cartoon, but the coloring is all like nonsense and whimsical. So it's just, I think my, my work is mostly just like fun and joyful and kind of silly. And my clients tend to be the same. They're like super adorable, nerdy people who are like, look, I just really love my bearded dragon and I wanna see them wearing a hat, you know? And I'm like, absolutely. I'm your girl. So <laugh>,

Susan Hyatt (15:53):
I love it. You know, your client is

Kara D Harrison (15:56):
Super adorable. I'm very clear on that. Yeah. Yeah. <laugh>

Susan Hyatt (16:00):
And, um, when someone is, and this is gonna relate back, back to you becoming more visible, I promise, but I'm always full of questions. My next question is, so we know about your client, we know about your art, we know about the experience you wanna deliver, that the way that you describe it, I have to say is very different than the way most tattoo parlors operate. Um, yeah. You know, even, even, not even, but like most of the like super talented tattoo artists are like, they're kind of known for being in spaces that aren't aesthetically how you describe, you know, they're, you know, they're, they're, and as a, as a, uh, landlord who leases space, you know, most of our, our buildings are, are pretty fabulous, but tattoo artists are not in them. They are typically in the lower rent seedier parts of town. Yeah. And so everything you're describing is much more elevated.

Kara D Harrison (17:08):
Um, yeah. And, and I feel like I'm already, and maybe this is part of what makes me feel a little bit anxious about wanting more yet, is I feel like I already have the privilege of being in a beautiful studio. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, you know, I work in, I work in two different studios that are both like really lovely, really like caring, thoughtful spaces that people come into and say, oh, I love being in here. It's so lovely. It's so bright, it's so cheery. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So it's like, I think most people when they imagine a tattoo studio, they think of like what they've seen on tv, you know, which is

Susan Hyatt (17:40):
Right in the movies

Kara D Harrison (17:41):
Always. Like the Dingiest bike is like scariest metal playing kind of like space. And you're like, okay, so that's not everybody <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (17:50):
Right.

Kara D Harrison (17:51):
But, um, but yeah, even if you have like this, you know, the most beautiful space, it still has to be universally appealing to every artist and every client they have. So. Right.

Susan Hyatt (18:01):
And so, okay, so here's my question. Yeah. When some, when your super adorable nerdy client comes mm-hmm. <affirmative> and they're trying to decide what tattoo to get, like a lot of 'em, like you said, are like, I just want a, a Christmas hat on my bearded dragon, or whatever it is. Yes. <laugh>.

Kara D Harrison (18:19):
Um,

Susan Hyatt (18:20):
What tips do you give to people who are like, I'm considering my next tattoo, but I don't know what it is.

Kara D Harrison (18:27):
Oh my gosh. So I feel like there's two clients. There's the client that has no idea what they're looking for, and there's the client who has 27 different ideas and they're just trying to organize them as which one's next <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (18:39):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Right, right, right. That would be my daughter. My daughter, yeah. <laugh>.

Kara D Harrison (18:43):
That's like most of the people I deal with, they're like, okay, here's my many ideas. And I'm like, I like that one, let's do that. Right. So, uh, but when somebody comes in and they really aren't sure, um, some of the questions that I like to ask 'em are like, number one, are you sure now is the moment mm-hmm. <affirmative>, because if there's a reason they're trying to come in and get this tattoo that isn't like really internally motivated mm-hmm. <affirmative>, maybe they're not getting the answer because like, the timing isn't right or they need to go away and like, think about it. Cuz it's a very personal decision and you don't wanna be basing it on like what your friends are getting mm-hmm. <affirmative> or what you saw a celebrity wearing or like, you know, what you think is appropriate. Like, sometimes I have clients who are like, oh, I really wanna get this piece.

(19:25):
I thought about it for a long time because it's super special and I had to put, you know, layers and layers of significance into it to get my mom's approval. And you're like, well, that's nice, but like, what do you want? And they're like, oh, what I actually kind of like is something like really silly and nonsense that like, has no significance. I just think it's funny. And I'm like, well, why can't you have that though? So like, a lot of times people have the answer already. They just, they just kind of need to be, they need to kinda like, be like pulled out of them, you know? So sometimes asking the right questions like, what do you, what do you love? What do you like, if you want a floral tattoo, it's like, that's great. Flowers are classic. Like, what's your favorite flower? What's your mom's favorite flower?

(20:03):
Like, what's something, what's your kid's birth flower? Like, what's something that's gonna make this suddenly stand out? Because when the right idea hits you, you will, you will know, you'll be like, oh my gosh, that's the one. And you'll be very, very excited. And it's kind of like, this is, this is like an all or nothing industry, right? Like, there's no compromise. You either have the tattoo, you don't, there's, it's forever mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So it's like, you are either like a hell yes, or it's a like maybe go home and wait a little longer. Mm. Like I, nothing less than enthusiasm will do.

Susan Hyatt (20:35):
My God. Nothing less than enthusiasm will do. Um, I'm writing, I I've taken so many notes. Okay. <laugh>, here's what, here's what I notice. This what you just, you are life coaching people who come in for tattoos, right?

Kara D Harrison (20:51):
It does. Yeah.

Susan Hyatt (20:52):
Because like, you already have the answer right inside of you. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, like, let's strip away all the rules that you're putting on yourself about this tattoo. Right. Like, look, like if you just want it to be fun and whimsical, let it just be fun and whimsical. It doesn't have to Yeah. You know, have all these layers of meaning so that other people approve. Yeah. And, um, when you, when you really know, you know, so like, go home. Yeah. Until, you know. Totally. Um, and so I'm turning this on you dear Kara. And, um, and so when you look at becoming visible with letting people know about your amazing art in this amazing environment that Yes, you're coming from, you've learned from really cool environments and you're building upon those to create your own place, um, what is it that, that you know, that you're gonna allow yourself to just be joyful about online?

Kara D Harrison (21:55):
Oh my gosh. So the answer was in me all along <laugh> surprise. Um, oh my gosh. Okay. What am I going, oh, what am I gonna let myself be visible bad? Um, I think, I think what I need to be the most visible about right now is like my opinions on these sort of like traditions and this sort of like gatekeeper mentality on who can do what and when they can do it and how they can do it. Because I have <laugh> anyone who knows me, I have many opinions on everything <laugh>. Perfect.

Susan Hyatt (22:38):
Perfect.

Kara D Harrison (22:39):
And, and just letting people know what those are. And I feel like I do that in some ways, especially about like, external things, like things that are happening in the world, but when it comes to things within the industry or things that affect me directly, it could be a little bit harder to put my opinions out there. So I feel like sharing more of like what I know and what I think and what I feel about what tattooing can be, what it has the potential to be. Hmm. Because like, I mean, people have been stabbing each other with colorful things for thousands of years. Like, this isn't new, this is not a fresh industry. Right. Right. Some people are like, wow, tattooing got so posh. And you're like, well, yes, but <laugh>, you know, it's having a moment, but it's like, it's never, it's never been, it's never, it wasn't just invented.

(23:21):
So, but like yeah. The more people that get into it, I feel like the more I want them to know what's possible because like, what, what can happen in the industry? Like, part of that starts with like the client's expectations. If all the clients know that they don't have to go into a scary darkly lit shop and get a, get a tattoo from like some like gruff old person who gonna like not care about their idea and be super rude to them, if they know that that's not the standard and that's not what they they deserve, then they're gonna demand better. Then that gives the artist more room to create better to do more. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And then that, you know, that feeds into that. So like, I want to share that with people and tell them like, what, I wanna tell all y'all what you deserve. Cause everything <laugh>, you deserve the best

Susan Hyatt (24:09):
<laugh>. I mean, just like talking to you, I have such a different, um, my mind has been expanded about and I, you know, I'm pro tattoo. I'm not, you know, I don't have any Yeah. Um, but it's only because I'm chicken. Like, I, I am like super risky with my mouth, but I am the biggest fucking baby you have ever met where pain is concerned. I mean, I've birthed a couple kids Right. But yeah, <laugh>, I'm, I'm just like, I am telling you what I am. My daughter laughs at me because she has several tattoos. She's 22 and my son has a few also. But, um, I keep, I don't have the, I don't have the idea though. Like Yeah, I totally

Kara D Harrison (24:53):
Vibe doesn hit

Susan Hyatt (24:54):
Yet <laugh> Right. With what you're saying about like, nothing short of enthusiasm will do. And I want 100% agree and I just haven't quite come up with the thing. Um, I've had some ideas, but nothing that I'm like, all right, I'm willing to go in and like get stabbed for this <laugh>.

Kara D Harrison (25:13):
Yeah. Okay. And like, I have one thing to say to like all, like specifically all the moms out there who say to me like, just like you did, like, oh, even if you had your perfect idea, there's often this layer of like, well, I'm, I don't like the pain, I'm kind of anxious. Like I'm really scared. I dunno if I could commit to that. And I'm like, yo know, moms are like the bravest people on earth. Like you already did the scariest thing imaginable and Yeah. And you know, what happens is when I get moms in the chair, they're always like the biggest secret bad asses. Like, they're like taking naps, you know, they're just chilling on their phones, listening to a podcast like, oh, this is some me time. No one's bothering me. I'm getting the service now I'm being cared for. And like, they just chill the fuck out and it's a good time for everybody. So moms are never have a problem in the chair. It's fine. Okay. <laugh>. Okay. So,

Susan Hyatt (26:04):
So you're saying I can take it

Kara D Harrison (26:06):
Take I can take it, take it. You absolutely can. <laugh> Um, no doubts <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (26:11):
Well, I think what many things that you said in terms of like gatekeeper mentality Yeah. Helping people understand what's possible. Giving people permission to just be as silly or whimsical as they want. I mean, I think this is part of my mission as well, not through tattoo artistry, but through life artistry. Yeah. And, and so, um, my question for you Kara, is why do you think you have the luxury to not tell people?

Kara D Harrison (26:40):
Ah, oh, my <laugh>? Um, oh, I think it's just, it's like, it's like complacency, you know? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, like, it's really easy to do things the way they've always been done. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> mm-hmm. <affirmative>. It's really easy. And I think that this, okay, so I think that in the industry, this idea though, like you have to get to a certain point before you're allowed to do things. I think that that is a straight up trick because the longer you're in it, the more normal it feels and the less you're likely to push back against it. Ah. So like, it is the new kids who are making the changes, you know mm-hmm. <affirmative> who are doing it their way and who are like, I don't care about the industry. I've only been in a year and I don't care what some grumpy grandpa has to say about me. Like Right. It is the new people who are making the big, big changes. And I am like, I don't have the luxury to sit around and fuck around and not do this because if I wanna see this industry grow the way I imagine and to like, to its potential that I see over the next few years, like I have to be a part of that.

Susan Hyatt (27:45):
Yes, yes. <laugh> and Right. Like, if you are like enthusiasm or no, or go home, right? Like yeah. It, it's like you are at a perfect point in the career where in your career where you have experience and you know, you've witnessed what you want to change, but you're not, you know, you've not been in it for 30 years where you're like, eh, you just get like complacent, you know?

Kara D Harrison (28:14):
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Susan Hyatt (28:16):
And also, um, when you imagine making changes to the industry and you imagine your new studio just thriving, um, with clients, what's your, how nerdy are you gonna get with it? Like, what's your vision for this business?

Kara D Harrison (28:35):
Oh boy. Um, ooh, I, okay. Do you know, do you know what I do? You know, what I want on top of all of this? What the thing that I'm just only just starting to think about and talk about is like, I want to,

(28:54):
Like, I want to, I wanna not just like casually share what I know and what I think about the industry and what, what I think people can do and, and learn and go forward. It's like I want to, I wanna like teach that stuff. Like I wanna share what I know, like generally, like in tattooing you, it's usually an apprentice situation, right? Like, one person teaches one person how to do something and it's like, I don't want one apprentice that I teach how to like physically tattoo. Like I wanna teach a generation to change the way that they think about this industry and the way that they give their clients experiences within this industry. That's what I wanna do.

Susan Hyatt (29:32):
Wow.

Kara D Harrison (29:34):
<laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (29:35):
So, so if you were going to this week mm-hmm. <affirmative> be more, obviously this podcast is airing in two days. It's airing

Kara D Harrison (29:45):
This week, <laugh> right.

Susan Hyatt (29:47):
This week. But listen, your listener, I opened up this recording before I hit record by saying, oh, by the way, I've, I've run through all my batched podcast episodes. So you're up this week, you should have seen space, sorry,

Kara D Harrison (30:03):
<laugh>

Susan Hyatt (30:04):
Prize. Um, but like, if, if, if obviously we're challenging you to become more visible Yeah. The foundation is set. Um, what are you gonna do to rise to the occasion visibility wise?

Kara D Harrison (30:22):
Okay. Um, I'm going to go on my Instagram, which is the main place that I share information and I'm going to tell everybody about the studio and about what I'm doing and I'm going to tell them all to go watch this podcast, <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (30:40):
Yay. Um, tell

Kara D Harrison (30:42):
Everyone to come hear it, hear me say it, <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (30:45):
Exactly. And I also would love to challenge you to think through, um, when's the building supposed to be complete?

Kara D Harrison (30:54):
So we're aiming for like, end of summer is kind of, would be ideal.

Susan Hyatt (30:58):
Wow. Okay. Yeah. So I'm getting ready to launch summer of Yes. This is definitely your summer of Yes. <laugh>. So like a summer content plan where people can follow the construction where Yeah. Like you're pairing updates on the actual building with your actual thoughts about the industry. Um, oh, that's good. Yeah, let's just get it, let's just get it all out there. Okay. Okay. So that when you have your grand opening, I also need a grand opening plan.

Kara D Harrison (31:29):
Okay. <laugh> a

Susan Hyatt (31:30):
Ribbon cutting. I mean, I need it all.

Kara D Harrison (31:33):
Okay. Um, that,

Susan Hyatt (31:34):
That your clients are like, they can't wait to come experience this new space.

Kara D Harrison (31:41):
Yeah. So like build, build the hype, let them, like, let them get excited.

Susan Hyatt (31:44):
Yes. Enthusiasm or nothing else.

Kara D Harrison (31:49):
Yes. <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (31:53):
Now I wanna come get a tattoo. I'm like, ok, what's my tattoo? I gotta figure it out. By the grand opening.

Kara D Harrison (32:00):
By the grand opening. That'll be the day. <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (32:03):
I'll be like your first, I'll be like, I'm first in the chair,

Kara D Harrison (32:06):
I'll cut the ribbon and you'll already be inside somehow

Susan Hyatt (32:11):
With a glass of champagne. Like,

Kara D Harrison (32:13):
How could you get in there <laugh>? I

Susan Hyatt (32:15):
Know. Oh my god. Susan Hyatt, um,

Kara D Harrison (32:18):
Just shows up. <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (32:20):
Well, Kara, how can our listeners here follow this journey? Where can they find you?

Kara D Harrison (32:26):
Okay, so I have a website for like a basis of knowledge. That's where my blog is, that's where I'm starting to share my information. Um, that's, uh, crashing cadence.com. I'm assuming it'll be in the show notes so people could just

Susan Hyatt (32:38):
Click a button. Yeah, it'll be in the show notes for sure.

Kara D Harrison (32:40):
Yeah, the Instagram is at crashing dot cadence. It's the same thing. And uh, and I have a newsletter and that is like the, the way, because that's where I share like all the information first and the best stuff and all the pictures and like, those are my favorite people, and they get all the, all the extra Scoop <laugh>. Yay.

Susan Hyatt (32:59):
All right, well we all wanna be insiders, so we will check all of that out. And I just can't thank you enough for coming on the show. This was, this was full of listen, you never know where your lessons are gonna come. And this was, oh my gosh, full

Kara D Harrison (33:13):
Of good

Susan Hyatt (33:14):
Juicy lessons.

Kara D Harrison (33:16):
So

Susan Hyatt (33:17):
Thank you Kara.

Kara D Harrison (33:18):
Thank you, <laugh>.

Susan Hyatt (33:23):
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