Spotlight Interview – Callie Cline – KittyCatS!

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2019 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND THE EXPO?

Well, mostly because I have found it offers a lot of hope and support to our customers who have had cancer in their life in any way. They have expressed to us that our involvement has been encouraging to them and that means a lot. Also, long before KittyCatS! when I had my fashion label “caLLie cLine” –  I was invited by Jade Lily, and loved the heart behind it. It was much smaller back then, but it seemed so pure and caring.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SECOND LIFE?
Hmm, So long I have forgotten! i think my 14th year was this July!

WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
KittyCatS! was almost 10 years ago!!! My other shop was about 5 months after I joined… or maybe it was a year! My first “job” was a photographer, then a logo maker and branding/marketing consultant, then I bit the bullet and opened my own shop with clothes upon the strong urging of my SL sister

WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A VIRTUAL MERCHANT?
My SL sister was into making her own clothing and would tell me every time I saw her she’d say, “callie we’re like pioneers in a NEW world! you can be or make anything!” she really pushed me to open a clothing store. I had no idea what i was getting into. NONE! I’m thankful for her push and belief in me.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS?
Life. that’s it. life. Everything I have ever seen, heard, experienced, somehow comes out when I make things. i don’t really plan and research. I’m more intuitive in how I approach creating. I love to think that magical thing that beats our heart inspires me. That’s what I hope for, sometimes I think it happens too.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. REGARDING YOUR SL BUSINESS?
Wow, I think the BEST would be… do NOT set limits for yourself.

Have courage to do what YOU want.

Don’t listen to what people say who are negative. (there can be a LOT of that in SL, especially when you have some sort of public exposure) – and..

Put ALL your energy into creating and AWAY from negativity.

EXPO VISITORS LIKE TO FOLLOW UP WITH OUR MERCHANTS. DO YOU HAVE A STORE ON THE GRID OR MARKETPLACE?

yes we do! KittyCatS! – on the KittyCatS! sim!


WHAT CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION ARE YOU AND WHY?

I’m a twinkle light on the tree.

Why you ask?
Because I think we are all lights in the “tree” of life. We can shine if we want.  right where we are is the best place do to it. Not “over there” or “up there” or :down there,”  ONLY where we ARE. That is where our light can best be used, having the most effect. Wasting time wanting to be anywhere else is pointless and robs us and others of the gift we have of being here on the tree, of life.

Great question btw, got me thinking.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?

Well i didn’t know so i asked on facebook if my friends would answer. Here are what some said in the last 12 hours.
Caring, mindful, loyal, authentic, creative, earnest, kind, loving, real, thoughtful, giving, vibrant, gracious, awesome….

I thought I would see one word over and over, but I guess it’s true, we all are different to everyone. I heard that said once by my favorite author, teacher, Byron Katie.  There are as many “callie’s” as there are people you ask. I’m glad I asked. It made me smile to see how my friends, old and new saw me. And GLAD you didn’t say enemies!! LOL!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY SPECIALS AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
We are doing a simple Christmas tree, just as a way to say “Merry Christmas!” and we’re going to have our holiday collection cats out, and you’ll see our cats all over the expo, and those cats will be auctioned at the OOAK auction!! so that is super exciting for us as we have not ever done this for a RFL, but RFL, 9 years ago was the FIRST place we ever offered a super sized cat!!! (which is what you will see!)

CAN YOU GIVE US A HINT AS TO WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020 FROM YOUR STORE.
well… hmmm, more cute kitties!! 🙂 and who knows what else!! also, I have been playing with bringing back my clothing/lifestyle brand, caLLie cLine. I have had a lot of requests over the years to open up my shop again, and just have not had time but i have been feeling it a bit lately… so we’ll see!