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Check Out Avie Kristyne’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Avie Kristyne. 

Hi Avie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born in St. Louis. After living with my grandparents for a while my mama moved us to Kansas City. I lived on Wyandotte and 42nd street in some apartments until we finally found a home on Topping. This is where my mama made an entire music room with orange walls and records hanging all ‘round. She had found a piano, on sale like everything else we had, and I truly fell in love. A few years later we were evicted and lost everything in that house, physically. ‘Till this day, I keep everything I learned, and everyone I learned from there, close to my heart. Robbery, eviction, death, all things that can make or break an artist. Me? It’s made me into a strong, independent, optimistic young woman— scared of only failing. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’ve been robbed, I’ve been evicted, been to jail, I’ve been used, and I have been abused: some of which has caused me to question if God is even there. I’ve lost friends, I’ve buried friends. But each obstacle taught me a lesson I couldn’t have learned on any other path. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
All throughout high school, I worked. From customer service to fast food, I always had a job, but never one with purpose. After high school, I craved something deeper. Unknowingly, when I accepted an offer from Linc, I’d been given just the opportunity I was looking for. At any profession I’ve been at, I am a dedicated employee, working with kids this is amplified times 10. I never knew I was so nurturing and caring. Teachers often approach me to assure I was in school to pursue this career and after some thought, I am indeed in school to pursue this career. After 5 years with Linc, mastering the skill, I’ve moved on to a nursery. I am in the process of learning to care for each age group so that one day I may open a “Refugee Foster Home”. Not something I’ve heard of but something I’ve seen needs to happen. My goal is to save as many abused foster children and find them TRUE safe and loving HOMES. 

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I wish I knew I didn’t have to appeal to my audience. The artist you want to try to portray has already made it. Be the artist you are. No tailoring and no adjusting. 


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