Inspirational Sisters: Gabriela and Karina Iskin

The Iskin Sisters

The Iskin Sisters

Interviewing the Iskin sisters was fun because I am one of 3 sisters and it’s always interesting to see how sisters can work together to make their dreams come true. The dream was to create their own company while continuing to “play” together, as in childhood. This dream was realized through jewelry. Jewels that entice us, provoke us, seduce us. Jewels that stimulate our imagination by combining art and design. Jewels that have a meaning. Jewels that tell stories from the present and the past. Based in Buenos Aires, our first customer was in New York, and just a year later we were showcased in design and museum stores around the world! Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, London, Paris, Barcelona, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, among numerous other cities!

Can you please introduce yourselves to the readers:

We are Gabriela Iskin & Karina Iskin, owners of Iskin Jewelry.

What is your Profession and what is it that you both do?

We are a team. Professionally we are seen as: Industrial Designer (Gabriela) & Head of Business Operations (Karina). We work together in our own company developing contemporary jewelry and marketing it internationally.

Which obstacles did you as sisters have to overcome on your journey in order to find your true calling?

Gabriela (designer): For me, it was a natural process, since the day I decided I wanted to design my own jewelry line. From that important decision, things seemed to develop naturally. The main obstacle I had to overcome was fear of the unknown. My family, who were in some ways very supportive, nevertheless reminded me of the risks of running your own business. There are many unknowns in starting your own business, but the right balance of passion and commitment help to diminish those risks (at leas so far!).

Karina: I always knew that I would have my own business, even while I worked in big international companies. I never really took to working in a corporate office, and in the end it was really hard for me to go to work every day. I’m an entrepreneur by nature. I like to be my own boss. I like to create my own work/life balance, the balance that works for me and not anyone else. I also like to have the power to look at all the variables and decide what I’ll do next. When my sister and I were in college, we already were talking about going into business together. It took us years to get there, but it was the right and natural step for both of us.

 Do you have any  examples of you overcoming obstacles in your business?

As with any business, there are also external obstacles. Here are some examples:

  • The huge financial crisis in the US in 2008/2009 really affected our US customers. There was one Gift Show in New York where there were practically no buyers on the show floor. Gong to trade shows is expensive and we really had to rethink our strategy during those tough years.
  • The high inflation rate in Argentina, where production costs rise so fast you don’t even have time to adjust your prices accordingly.
  • Balancing our personal lives with the business. In the 10 years since we started ISKIN, Gabriela has had a daughter and I (Karina) has had 3 children (1 daughter and 2 sons). Being independent has helped us to be able to have flexible hours when needed, but it’s always a challenge to be able to meet all the business goals while having a new priority in life, our children. 😉

What advice would you give someone who pursues to be in similar profession as yourself?

Gabriela: Find out what you love to do, and do that exactly thing, without fear.

Do you have any Inspiring words of Motivation for someone who dreams of being in your shoes?

Find out your true calling and go after your dreams. When you know what your passion is, nothing will stop you.

Where do you draw motivation from and What inspires you ?

Gabriela: Memories from our childhood, games, a smile, a child’s gaze, finding simplicity in our complex world, dreams, nature, love… almost everything!

What is your favourite motivational quote and why?

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” by Oscar Wilde

We think that the most important thing is to be true to you. True beauty is being unique and authentic.

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Dear Gabriela and Karina 

It is indeed such an honour to have both of you on the blog. Your words resonate so much with me and I am sure my readers will appreciate your advise as well. Wishing you both prosperity in your professional and personal lives.

Sincerely Sue

About the Author

Founder of the Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. I interview women from around the world to share their story of inspiration and hope. I'm a Motivational writer and Media designer, who is obsessed with everything Inspirational with a hint of Geek. Thrives on spreading everything Positive and enjoys the company of Fabulous Motivational people. Inspired by people with beautiful hearts. Loves Design, Interviews, Doing talks, Product Reviews, Fashion, Technology, Good food, Music and Creativity. Also adopted the role as "New Mom".

Can Skylark: A South African Songbird

I am happy to introduce you to a beautiful South African Songbird. Meet Can Skylark; a pleasantly easy going, free spirited female solo artist, with a strong willed passion for performance. Born into a musical family, Can Skylark has been gracing the stage with her sultry voice since the tender age of 13. Singing in church choirs and gospel bands, elevated her passion in pursing her dream of sharing her musical talents with the world.

Can-Skylark on suelevy.co.za with Sue Levy

Who is Can Skylark?

Can Skylark is an independent female entertainer leaving her infallible mark on South Africa’s entertainment industry. The launch of her independent debut album “Pure”, has garnered rave reviews with 2 number one hit singles “Nothing’s Gonna Get me Down Today” and “Everything is Cool” on music charts in South Africa. “Nothing’s Gonna Get me Down. Today” was also featured as the 6th biggest song in Cape Town for 2013. Her music is playlisted on both local, as well as international radio stations across Europe. “Pure” is a fine collection of well-crafted songs ranging from soulful and catchy pop tunes to roof-raising ballads, which has been well received by her fans.

Can Skylarks Love for music

With over 14 years experience in the music industry, and embarking on her solo career, Can Skylark has since made high profile appearances on various lifestyle and entertainment radio and television shows across South Africa, and is prominent in aiding the youth and community, being a celebrity ambassador for Re-focus anti-bullying campaign alongside Chad Saaiman, JP Duminy and Jody Williams. Her dynamic nature and hypnotic aura has allowed Can Skylark to feature as a celebrity guest DJ for a leading commercial radio station, and is an agent of change in campaigning for a
popular radio station’s Christmas charity drive. Can Skylark is also the pioneer behind “The Motive”, a music skills development initiative, inspiring and educating aspiring musicians on the music industry -a programme developed by her and her team.

Combining Talents with an SA Award Winning Producer

Her tenacity and determination has gained the respect and attention of South African award-winning singer, writer and producer, and current SA Idols Musical Director, RJ Benjamin, whom together have successfully achieved yet another number 1 song, with their duet “So High” co-written by Can and RJ Benjamin.

Can-Skylark on suelevy.co.za with Sue Levy

The Debut Album

Can’s Talent has her working with International songwriters

A highlight earlier in this year, saw Can travelling to Los Angeles to work with multi-platinum award-winning songwriter, Pam Sheyne who is best known for her works with Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John and SA Idols winner, Elvis Blue. The much anticipated single is scheduled for release later this year.

A True performer

Can Skylark’s ability to capture a crowd has truly separated her from her counterparts in the South African music scene, through her engaging and energetic live performances only few can master. The “Girl Next Door” approach to which Can was familiarised through the sound of her music, is vastly juxtaposed with Can’s on stage presence and powerful performances at every show. This opportunity has culminated in Can Skylark reflecting an image and sound that personifies her powerful and striking presence, with the launch of her new sophomore album.

Can-Skylark on suelevy.co.za with Sue Levy

Can Skylark is an independent female entertainer leaving her infallible mark on South Africa’s entertainment industry.

Can’s words of Wisdom

“As with any and everything in life, evolution takes place. Therefore as an artist, I firmly believe in evolving and not to ever go down as a copy of myself”, says Can. “However, maintaining the quintessential signature and musical integrity which is Can Skylark are still of the highest priority and utmost importance”

The Sophmore Album Launch

The time has come for Can Skylark to launch her sophomore album, with the pre-release of her much anticipated EP launch entitled, Overdrive. Fans can experience a new elevated sound from the pop star. More glitz and glam, a new, edgier sound with an unmistakable essence of Can Skylark that fans have come to love.

Can Skylark is coming to Grand West!

The exclusive 3 night event is being held at the Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, with special celebrity guest performances by South Africa’s prime entertainment artists RJ Benjamin and Diggy Bongz. Overdrive will see the first ever debut live performance of “So High” with RJ Benjamin and “Ain’t No Doubt” remix by Diggy Bongz! Included in the line up is SADMC Champion & World DMC Champion Finalist, DJ ONQ, on the decks while Can Skylark entertains the audience to the very edge of their seats!

The Spectacular Event Details

The 3 night spectacular begins on the 29th January with a Media Night Exclusive, where fans are able to rub shoulders with the media greats and celebrity guests alike, with the show production continuing until the 31st January 2015. Tickets range from R200 – R180 each. Tickets are exclusively available through management@canskylark.com. Make no mistake, the Can Skylark experience is a powerhouse package designed to captivate, entertain and inspire!

For more information
visit www.canskylark.com or facebook.com/CanSkylarkMusic.

Watch Can Skylark do what she loves on TV Show Expresso.

Dear Can Skylark.

I just want to say “Well Done Hun” I am so happy to see you thrive in your passion of music. It’s such a pleasure to have you on this blog. Wishing you all success for your future. I am Looking forward to see you perform in the near future. You are truly an South African Song Bird.

Sincerely Sue

About the Author

Founder of the Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. I interview women from around the world to share their story of inspiration and hope. I'm a Motivational writer and Media designer, who is obsessed with everything Inspirational with a hint of Geek. Thrives on spreading everything Positive and enjoys the company of Fabulous Motivational people. Inspired by people with beautiful hearts. Loves Design, Interviews, Doing talks, Product Reviews, Fashion, Technology, Good food, Music and Creativity. Also adopted the role as "New Mom".