Creative Circle works with the most talented creatives in the business! One is our beloved freelance writer, Karina Margit. Here’s what Karina had to say when we asked her about her freelance journey:
What advice would you give to other freelancers?
Luck favors the prepared—keep keeping at it. Sometimes it will feel like an immense outpouring of energy with little return. Keep keeping at it. Success is about consistency, courage, and effort when things feel hard, stuck, and stagnant. Keep keeping at it. Unspectacular preparation always precedes spectacular forward motion. Roman philosopher Seneca famously shared: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Doing the work and going after what you want will open doors—you just need to be ready to walk through them.
When did you realize you were good at writing?
I wrote an article about Bufo alvarius. Bufo is a powerful and potent psychedelic, which comes from the Colorado River (or Sonoran Desert) Toad. Using Bufo helps you put ego aside to enable connecting with a divine source—and today, science seems to be catching up with these mystical accounts. A growing number of researchers are studying Bufo and other hallucinogenic substances as legit treatments for many mental health conditions. The article went viral. Many people began reaching out to me—Vietnam veterans, survivors of mass gun violence, traumatized people—sharing how inspired they were by my piece and asking if I could help connect them with the practitioner. I felt such joy that my words could move people and give hope to so many.
When was a moment you knew you messed up, how did you cope?
Failure is a fabulous teacher. There’s a Silicon Valley maxim: Fail often. Fail fast. If you are not occasionally failing, you are not trying hard enough. Yes, it might be counterintuitive that striving for perfection may hinder the creative process—but that doesn’t make it any less true. Quality comes from quantity—if you want quality, try and try and try again until you get it right (or make it better). If it is worth doing, do it poorly and get better. Nobody became an expert by doing something once. Keep going. Keep failing. Keep learning. Keep keeping at it.
About the creative.
An award-winning creator and digital health, wellness, and lifestyle content strategist—Karina writes, produces, and edits compelling content across multiple platforms—including articles, videos, interactive tools, and documentary films. Her work has been featured on MSN Lifestyle, Apartment Therapy, Goop, Psycom, Yahoo News, Pregnancy & Newborn, Eat This Not That, thirdAGE, and Remedy Health Media digital properties and has spanned insight pieces on psychedelic toad medicine to forecasting the future of work to why sustainability needs to become more sustainable.