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Life and Work with Kristen (Kaypee) Pratt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen (Kaypee) Pratt.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kaypee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I think my journey really started back when I was 18. I was cyber-stalked before that word really existed and that later included being physically stalked. It’s a long story that could fill a book, so I’ll keep that story short, but what I do want to mention is that I spent about 4 or 5 years fighting an uphill battle for my life. The laws at the time didn’t protect me as a victim and it took a lot of work to find help. The emotional toll it took on me was incalculable. I crawled into myself. It was hard to leave my house and to use social media. My limited of use social media included: connecting with classmates or teachers, keeping up the appearance of normalcy, and most of all, to let my friends and family know where I was so that I had my whole community keeping tabs on my last known place at any given time.

When I was finally able to get a judge to listen to my case, my stalker, who was facing 41 years in prison, was sentenced to only two years. After two years, he was a free man and I had grown used to living privately. I kept my life and my feelings to myself and I was miserable about that.

I realized before my stalker was released that I could not keep my traumatic story to myself. The only way to make change is to talk about what happened to anyone who would listen. So I went on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Nightline, Local News, etc. I interviewed with specialized crime TV shows. I went on a speaking circuit where I talked to victim advocates, law enforcement, and other people who would be working with victims like me, in an effort to make a change at that level.

I decided I was going to show myself and everyone else who has been a victim of something that out of the trauma can be a positive change.

I wanted to use social media more, to be available to those who needed to reach me in any way, at the risk of being reached by my stalker. And I wanted to live and share my life the way I wanted to live and share it, without fear, without compromise.

Eventually, it occurred to me that through all of this, I had no clue who I really was. I spent most of my life fighting a battle and I had never had the chance to ask myself what life, my life, was about. What did I want to do with my life going forward? What did I even like to do? I had the choice to make my life whatever I wanted it to be, so I started doing things to find out who I was and what I like. And I started documented it on social media to show people that it is never too late to start your life, or to start learning from it, too.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. Not to get too dramatic, but I could lose my life for the freedom to live my dream. And on top of that, it is just hard to do, regardless of the whole threat of death stuff. It’s emotionally draining because you are rarely the only one looking to fill the top spots in whatever you are pursuing. Competition is fierce and you really have to prove yourself by carving a place for yourself at the table. You must fight for anything that has value. If anyone could have the dream, it wouldn’t be valuable.

So my advice to anyone pursuing their dream, or reaching for the top, is:
1. Keep pushing. I’m a firm believer that if you do something long enough, you will be successful.
2. Go for no. Don’t wait for the opportunity to come to you. Go to the people, places, or things that may help you be successful and ask for what you want, The worst they can give you is a no, in which case, you’ve lost nothing.
3. We don’t survive without a community of like-minded people who understand our struggles.

Please tell us about your business.
I’m an Influencer. I made social media my profession, which in itself is something I’m proud of, considering I wasn’t able to share things on social media most of my life without fear or anxiety.

I’m most proud of the fact that I get to help people who are going through a trauma, especially dealing with stalking. I like being able to help when people ask for advice.

I have made it my life’s mission to make positive change, even on the most basic level. I think what sets me apart from others is that even though I went through something big and came out the other side, I still understand that I have so much to learn. I get to share what I learn every day with whoever will listen and that is not something I will ever take for granted.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Doing something that makes you miserable is a waste of your time and energy. You’re worth more than that. If you find that what you’re doing isn’t the right fit for you, it is okay to make a change.

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