The Heroine’s Journey of Maryna Shults

What is the best thing I love about my work? It is freedom. Freedom of thought and speech. I can talk about what is important to me, share my experience and emotions with others, inspire and give advice. Also, when working remotely, my boss is not standing over me. I can even work just sitting in bed in pajamas.

What is my idea of happiness? The war in Ukraine changed my understanding of happiness. Happiness for me now is when my family and friends are safe, healthy, and have something to eat.

What is my greatest fear? Wake up in the morning and read on the news that my house was bombed; trying to call my family, and heard only phone beeps. It is very hard emotionally when you are thousands of kilometers away from your beloved.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I disappear when I face something that I don’t like or that makes me uncomfortable, I disappear. For example, someone wrote to me with a proposal to meet, but I don’t know them well. Instead of refusing right away, I start to avoid this person. I don’t like this trait in myself, and I’m struggling with it. You should immediately and clearly state your desires and discomfort.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Joseph Sugarman, Alen Sultanic, Pauline Longdon, and Ning Li. Looking at them, I aspire to become the best specialist in my field, succeed and set an example for others.

What is my greatest extravagance? I can say that it is my extravagance but peculiarity. I love Asia and its cinema. I like to learn the culture, traditions, and mentality of different countries of Asia through the prism of movies and series. I even run a blog about it and have written several articles for the Kate Korea Club media portal.

On what occasion would I lie? If my life depends on it or I don’t want to inhabit another person. But it all depends on the situation. Sometimes it’s better to tell a person the bitter truth than a sweet lie, which will only complicate the situation.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I worked remotely, and one of the most significant downsides was that I didn’t communicate with my co-workers like I could in the office. I also missed the company event because of this.

When and where was I the happiest in my work? I was pleased every minute. I worked for KeyUa, and it was my dream job. I started my working day with pleasure. And I never had a “terrible Monday” after the weekend.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to become more self-confident and a better leader. I try to be like that, but it’s not easy to do.

What is my greatest achievement in work? When the experts to which I referred praised my article. And if we talk about my blog, because this is also a kind of work, the biggest achievement was when I collaborated with YouKu (a Chinese streaming platform.) I was in seventh heaven with happiness. It again proves that the work that you do with all your passion will bear fruit.

Where would I most like to live? Earlier I dreamed of living in Germany – and I have been living here for the last three months. Speaking about the future, I would like to have freedom and travel worldwide with my laptop for work. First on the list, of course, are China, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea.

What is my most treasured possession? A family. The rest is a livelihood.

What is my most marked characteristic? I asked my best friend about it. She said I’m like a fairy. Always in a good mood, smiling, sympathetic, and with a crazy imagination.

What is the most inspirational location in my city? For me, this is the white Altanka in Poltava. In Leverkusen, everything is new for me and gives me different inspirations.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? Home ha-ha. I indeed like to eat at home.

What books influenced my life and how? I love fairy tales and myths. I have been reading and re-reading them since childhood. I love ancient Greek myths, Chinese legends, and well-known fairy tales like The Little Mermaid. I also became interested in psychology. I read such books as “I Want and I Will” by Mikhail Labkovsky and “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? The Untamed OST | 陈情令 Main Themed Song《无羁 Wu Ji》——Xiao Zhan Feat. Wang Yibo. Great voices, music, and lyrics.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Sherlock Holmes.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My uncle and aunt. They have a child with a disability, but they do not give up and try to core him. You know, sometimes when a child is a disabled person, families break up, but this is not the case. It united them even more.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Hachiko. A film for people of all ages.

What role play stories in my life and work? Big. I try to add to my texts those insights that I received myself. It includes well-known images, personalities, and quotes. For example, I compared abusive relationships to rollercoasters and the Titanic. Just by hearing about these things, you already have certain sensations and emotions that help you better understand the situation you read. This technique is especially helpful in marketing.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? For me, it means that we are the creators of our lives. And it depends only on us whether we will be successful and achieve our goals or complain about life and wait for someone to solve our problems.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, or partner in crime? My best friend. She supports me in everything I do.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? I would like to work with Be On Cloud, KBS, and YouKu, maybe Team Wang. Since I am fond of Asian cinematography, I would like to work with leading companies and their artists.

What project in 2022 am I looking forward to working on? It is difficult to say at the moment because the war has changed a lot. Before that, I wanted to become an active honorary reporter of Korea.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? You can see my work on the Kate Korea Club website, my LinkedIn page, and my Instagram blog @ari_dorama.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? For me, it means that our inner fire, the fire of the soul, never goes out.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? Anna Khmara (https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-khmara-bb273a5b/), Brian Nam (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-nam/), Terry Tsang (https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-tsang-b617a013/) , and Jackson Wang (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackson-wang-90b1741a2/ ).

How can you contact me? You can find me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryna-shults-313a321a5/ ) and also on Instagram @ari_dorama.

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