Who are you?
KS: My name is Katlin Schneider. I am Strong, Empowered, and Classy!
What do you do?
KS: My day job is as a full time Customer Service Representative at Groupon. I also freelance as a Script Supervisor on independent film sets. My passion is writing and directing film.
What are you passionate about?
KS: Writing has stuck with me as my first passion since I was a little kid. I can say that I would be miserable if I were prevented from writing.
Strength refers to the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor; mental power, force; moral power, firmness, courage; power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc. What makes you strong? Tell us how it strengthens you.
KS: Logic; when I’m in a situation that makes me feel stressed out or overwhelmed, I try to unknot the situation with reason. Most of what life throws at you is manageable if you can isolate the details from the larger problem; sometimes you can solve each element of the problem in order to overcome it. I draw my strength from the knowledge that I wouldn’t be challenged if I didn’t have the capability to succeed.
Also, calm and humor. I feel that laughing at or making fun of a situation dispels fear and approaching life with gentleness and ease is preferable than running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Note that most of my personal philosophy is cranial.
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender, or economic strength of individuals and communities. Where does your sense of empowerment derive from?
KS: I think that my sense of empowerment comes from a cycle of promise and success. I hold myself to goals and when I succeed I feel a sense of empowerment to push myself to the next step. I constantly ask myself “what’s next?” I feel compelled to move forward and knowing that wherever I am in life isn’t final is empowering. There is always something to strive toward. Awareness of my own intelligence is empowering as well. Reminding myself that I’m a capable
adult is reassuring.
Classy refers to being elegant, stylish; having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior; admirably skillful and graceful. How important is it to maintain a sense of class in your life or field?
KS: Very! As a teenager, I was impressed by Audrey Hepburn in her role as Holly Golightly, who is, technically, but to a minor degree, a prostitute. Most people don’t recall that though. Instead, they remember the actress’s grace and elegance in the role. Those qualities capture the attention and stay held in the memories of others’.
I choose to be remembered as someone who is classy and holds herself to higher standards, so I dress professionally and appeal to others with a well-mannered demeanor. Class is a choice. You can be loud and brash and be remembered as well, but there are certain doors opened by behaving a certain way and the path I want to take can be traversed more successfully by being damn classy.
Life is truly a journey. Are you proud of where and who you are right now? Why?
KS: Yes and no. I am proud of how I’ve grown, but I know that this is nowhere in my life to rest. I am at ease with myself and I am proud that I’ve gotten to that point where I have a really good idea of how to be happy with myself. I feel a danger in being completely comfortable with oneself though. If you know yourself too well, than how can you be sure that you’re growing, adapting?
AllINeedIsOneMic.com is a company that may also feature the Jane Thang Productions, LLC’s Strong, Empowered and Classy Highlights. The premise of this site refers to needing that one opportunity to present your talent and shine. If you had the opportunity to speak for the masses, what would you say?
KS: Humanity isn’t evil, but we are imperfect, so quit making things so hard for each other. The world is tiring and trying enough without being a pain in society’s collective ass. Be kind and patient, help each other when you are able to, simply be human, be real and truthful. These qualities are harder to live up to than to promise, but we can find opportunities in which we can bend to the world and give way to connecting with another human being, sometimes for a brief moment.
Oh, and give way to passionate idealism from time to time. Cynicism is a blotch on humanity.
Thank you for visiting www.janethangproductions.com. Be on the look out for more sources of inspiration from The Strong, Empowered, & Classy Project each week! We are truly thankful for Katlin Schneider’s participation in sharing her empowering story with us. Be sure to leave a comment below and share Katlin’s perspective of strength, empowerment, and class with your friends!
-Always Remember to Stay Inspired! – @MsJaneThang
@MsJaneThang is actually Kristen Hayman, the founder of Jane Thang Productions, LLC. She is a Strong, Empowered & Classy young woman that writes poetry and stories that speak to the heart.