I have an extremely unique name - I've never met another Karya, and I'm pretty sure they all live in Russia and Indonesia where it's a more common name and nickname.
Some fun facts about my name:
Despite the inevitable Starbucks struggle, I absolutely love my name and how unique it is. Along with photography, travel, and dancing, my name is an essential element to my identity (and my business) and I am so grateful that my parents gave it to me. However, my relationship with "Karya" wasn't always so easy...
Growing up I wanted to have a name like most of the other girls in my elementary school or girls I saw on TV, 2000's popular names like Nicole or Britney. Karya was always mispronounced or misspelled, and I was often called Carrie, Karla, Karly, or my favorite, Korea. As I grew up, I became more aware that my name wasn't normal - especially when I tried to find my name among those souvenir license plates or key chains my classmates had (remember when those were all the rage?) On family vacations, I would scour the souvenir stores for anything that remotely resembled my name, and every once in awhile I would find a "Kari" AKA my nickname growing up, but never ever a "Karya." I eventually accepted that name customized gifts and accessories just weren't in my future. Who else can relate?
HOWEVER I recently discovered the world of custom jewelry with Capsul Jewelry! I can't believe it took me this long, but with Capsul, I can finally see my name on an accessory. With Capsul, it doesn't just have to be your name, it can be the handwriting of someone special, the sound wave of a recording from a loved one, or the roman numeral cut out of a special date. Plus Capsul is female founded and supports female empowerment and gender equality as part of their business mission - how awesome is that!
I've been wearing my custom signature necklace almost everyday for the past two weeks, and I've felt so confident representing this element of identity wherever I go. Plus it's made it easier for new people to visualize my name when I meet them!
Who else has a unique name? If you had a custom piece of jewelry made, what would you have it say? Let me know down in the comments!
Thanks for reading,
Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.