I was recently creeping the interwebs and I came across an article about Sharon Park. It jumped out to me because, one she’s an artist, and two she is a woman making her way through the “Boys Club”. What do I mean by “Boys Club”…well it’s that place in tons of industries that are typically dominated by men. Well, Miss Park is so cool because she chose to look past anything against her and to pursue her designing dreams. Spending most of her days designing some really cute items for Kidrobot, she seems to be living her wildest desires.
In case you didn’t know, Kidrobot was started in 2002 and is a producer and retailer of designer toys, vinyl art toys and collectibles founded by Paul Budnitz. The company specializes in artist-created toys and imports from Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. I’ve been familiar with them due to my working on the All Gone books and just having fanatic friends into these type of gadgets. However, I never really reflected on the people behind the scenes. It’s very inspiring to know they have a girl present on the team.
A few key pieces I would like to share from the article about her story are the following:
- Sharon decided to forgo her parents desire of her being a pharmacist to pursue something she loved.
- Sharon never let her gender deter her from going to school and learning more about the industry she wished to infiltrate. In fact, it empowered her to see it as a an edge and collaborate with the few other women in her class.
- Sharon always viewed herself as a influencer and visionary. Therefore, she didn’t look at her situation in a negative way.
- Instead of seeing the field as a sexist place that doesn’t allow women in. She understood that perhaps it’s just a lack of knowledge that one can even work in such a space. Niche fields can typically go overlooked.
I share her story to motivate you, my beautiful readers to pursue what they truly desire to do. No matter what you choose, there will be those who do not understand. It may even make them uncomfortable. That’s alright. Once you make a decision and understand what it is that you want to do, no one can sway you. Stay true to yourself and keep your morals close, because I am sure you can make whatever it is you want to do happen. Miss Park is proof.
Sharon’s Instagram – seouljah0607
Kidrobot Website – kidrobot.com
Kidrobot Instagram – @Kidrobot