Karya Schanilec


What's the best part of your day?

The best part of my day is the morning, I feel most productive and optimistic in the mornings.


If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sense and Sensibility. I’ve seen it probably 200 times and I could see it 200 more.


Favorite photographer (preferably a women)?

Hands down, no question, Cindy Sherman. If you aren’t familiar with her, look up her Untitled Film Stills series, she’s so bad ass and innovative.


What's happiest you've ever been?

The happiest I’ve ever been was when I saw Peter Gabriel live with my best friend and he played Sledgehammer as his encore (I love 80’s music and Peter Gabriel so much).


Have you ever won anything? (A contest, an award - anything!)

I once won a dance-off in a pub in London against a guy named Carlos from Barcelona.


Favorite place to go for coffee in Seattle? Why?

So the real fact in this question is that for health reasons I can’t drink coffee. I drank coffee for 9 years and I miss it everyday but my body feels better without it. But if I’m going to go to a coffee shop to get a drink and work I get rooibos tea, and my favorite place for that is Moore Coffee in downtown.


Are you a fall, winter, spring, or summer person? Why?

Fall because it’s not too cold but it’s cloudy and gloomy. My body does not vibe with the sun and heat and I love to wear boots and sweaters and layers on layers on layers. And lots of black. Also Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love bats, cats, witches, and gourds. I already have several ideas for Halloween costumes and I’m beyond stoked.


If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Creative, intuitive, obsessive.


If you could photograph anybody, who would it be?

Misty Copeland; she’s just dance photography goals.


Do you read the book or watch the movie first?

Watch the movie, and then listen to the audiobook because *lifehack* I can do that while photo editing. I usually get super frustrated when I watch the movie second.


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