Kyra Weston | Weston Creative
Hello fellow RESA members! It is a pleasure to be featured in this month’s newsletter. RESA is an amazing program and I encourage you to utilize all of the resources and opportunities the association has to offer.
I am a 2015 graduate from the University of Calgary. I received a degree in Communications with a minor in Management. I would consider myself an all-around creative engine; I even carry a creative ideas notebook around wherever I go! My experience spans the real estate industry from working with The LaCaille Group, a Calgary based real estate development company, to working with multiple interior designers including, Remanente Design, Belle Avenue Design, Ana Interiors and working as a Marketing Coordinator for Architecture firm, McKinley Burkart. Currently, I am a marketing contractor and business owner specializing in creative marketing development within the multi-faceted real estate industry. Aside from work, my spare time is filled with blogging about my travels and personal style, photography, traveling and coffee shop touring. Feel free to check out my lifestyle blog: www.kyraweston.com or visit my company website: www.weston-creative.com
Q: How did you get started in your industry?
a: I’ve always been intrigued by real estate and design. For me, it started when I was only 11 years old, when my father took me to visit show homes and new developments on the weekends. I always loved seeing what new developments had to offer. I examined the community plans, took photos of the beautiful interiors and jotted down notes on new design trends and floorplan ideas. From age 11, I was hooked on design, architecture and development.
At age 18, I received an assistant job at The LaCaille Group, a Calgary commercial real estate development company. This opportunity was the starting point of my career in real estate. I personally assisted Al Schmidt, the VP at The LaCaille Group. I believe Al was delighted when he noticed my fascination with real estate. So, he took me under his wing and became my mentor.
For me, it was my interest and passion for design and real estate that ignited my career in the industry.
Q: How has RESA helped you get to where you are now?
A: RESA is such an amazing program. The association has helped me develop a solid network within the industry, provided plenty support and resources for me to apply to jobs after graduating - not to mention, it is a great resume addition!
I can honestly say, that without RESA, I wouldn’t have some of the amazing friendships I have today. As alumni, we continue to provide each other with ongoing industry support.
Q: What advice do you have for students looking to get involved in your Industry?
A: The best advice I could give to students looking to get involved in real estate, would be to reach out and network! I’ve only received employment through networking and creating strong connections with other people. If you are passionate and love real estate, that interest will transpire when you talk to those in the industry - they will automatically want to help you!
Q: What Real Estate related designations or licenses do you have? How has this additional education helped you in your career path?
A: In addition to my degree, I also received a Certificate of Visual Design, specializing in Interior Design. This additional education enabled me to stand out from others applying into marketing positions within the industry. Due to this specialization, developers and architecture/design firms were more interested in my credentials than those who did not have related designations.
Q: What is your favourite part about what you do?
A: I love that this industry is multi-faceted! There are various job-fields that make this industry so interesting! I’m a very creative person, and real estate has generated an outlet for me to apply my creative skills, especially within marketing and design.