Gloria and I went to elementary school together. I didn’t realize this until many years later when she and my sister began working together on the same social media team at a well-known bank. Gloria’s career has always interested me. She is a woman that is paving her own path and doing things her way. She’s a staple in Toronto’s social media scene with the creation of her blog, Urbane Bloc, to her successful new site and business, Rogue Stories, where she features tons of kick-ass women. I present to you, my interview with Gloria Chik.
Sure, there are material possessions and gigs won…but who I am at the end of the day when I look in the mirror, I’m feeling pretty solid about.
Mahsa: What led you to a career in digital?
Gloria: I had a strange fascination with all things internet – I guess it never really went away. Suddenly after graduating from business school in marketing, it was an asset to be curious about digital, and even better if you had knowledge on how to build things. I think that’s where everything landed – it’s a never ending pool of knowledge you can grow.
Mahsa: You’ve had such a cool career so far with the creation of Urbanebloc.com, jobs in the corporate banking world, then moving to NYC and coming back and launching Roguestories.com. I want to know your thought process. How did you come across these opportunities and make the decisions that you did?
Gloria: Ah – thanks! I think I was like one of those people in those cheesy machines where they blow fake money and you have to grab everything that you can. I see my life that way sometimes. Before it was very much “seize every moment, opportunity, and passion”. Now my goals are more about focus, having a vision, and saying no to things that don’t directly input on my current dreams.
Mahsa: Tell me about Roguestories and how that idea came about? Did you always want to be your own boss?
Gloria: I didn’t grow up thinking I was going to be an entrepreneur. But I guess the first signs really were when I started my own pen pal service when I was 10 and an origami business with a friend when we were 11. ROGUE STORIES (formerlyURBANEBLOC.com) is a platform with focus on Modern Entrepreneurship, Food + Cocktails, and Travel. We also work on branded content campaigns for brands in more of an “agency” structure. I don’t know if I dreamed of being my own boss, but I definitely think it suits me.
Mahsa: How do you stay motivated at work and stay on top of your game?
Gloria: Make sure you wake up with purpose and don’t feel like you’re above any type of work. As long as you’re learning something and find it enjoyable / challenging…you’re golden.
Mahsa: Do you have a mentor or mentors?
Gloria: I do! People to bounce advice off of are so important. I have a career mentor and a few peer mentors. It’s helpful to know that someone has gone through the struggle just like you. Trust your struggle.
Mahsa: What’s the most important thing you have learned in your career so far?
Gloria: That anything can change, anytime. I really try to remember that it’s possible to have to start everything all over again, or that all your hard work can pay off in one unsuspecting day.
Mahsa: What advice do you have for someone who wants to make their blog BIG and monetize?
Gloria: I’ll let you know when I get there 😉
Mahsa: Let’s change direction a bit, where’s your favourite place to travel?
Gloria: Somewhere new and foreign to me.
Mahsa: What’s one thing every kick-ass woman should have in her closet?
Gloria: Fancy black dress that you can do fancy meetings in. And a good watch, but I suppose that doesn’t belong in a closet.
Mahsa: What are you most proud of?
Gloria: The person I’ve become. Sure, there are material possessions and gigs won…but who I am at the end of the day when I look in the mirror, I’m feeling pretty solid about.
Mahsa: What are you three most-visited websites right now?
Gloria: Soundcloud, Etsy, and this isn’t me being shameless at all but roguestories.com is something I’ve been working on really actively. So, that’s one thing too 😉