Today we’d like to introduce you to Karo Durojaiye.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Karo. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Nigeria, raised in Ireland, and am currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia; I left Ireland when I was 13 and was able to relocate to the United States through a Green Card Lottery my parents entered. Sidenote: only about 1% of the European applicants were selected to go through the screening process. This is my tenth year America and I feel extremely blessed to be here. I am a multifaceted creative, meaning that my creativity is expressed in a myriad of ways and mediums. I also have a B.S in Computer Science from Georgia State University. I am an application developer for a consulting firm in the city, graphic and web designer, model, and creative director. I am passionate about fusing my imagination with my background in technology which is why I created my brand The Tech Bae last winter. The Tech Bae is an integration of my corporate and creative sides which I struggled to balance for some time. As a young entrepreneur, I didn’t want to live two separate lives by dividing myself between my modeling, my art, and my technical background because they are all integral parts of me. As The Tech Bae of Atlanta, I develop digital and physical branding assets, creative business strategies, and user experiences for various businesses and brands across the world– a recent client of mine was from Israel which I’ve always wanted to visit. I also curate experiences & events that merge technology, psychology, and art under Karo&Kofo, a multidimensional creative house I co-own with my sister, Kofo Durojaiye.
Has it been a smooth road?
While I do believe that l am “aligned with the divine” and grateful for the abundance of opportunity in my life, my journey has been far from smooth. One quote that comes to mind is from the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”. These lines resonate with me because the path I am choosing to take with my career and overall existence is not modeled after anyone I personally know of anyone famous. I like to think of myself as a maverick. At the age of 22, I have begun building a multi-faceted empire with my sister, Kofo by infusing my creativity with technology, fashion, art, sociology, and music. My gateway into the Atlanta creative scene was through modeling. I have been modeling for about two and a half years now without an agency or a manager and building my portfolio by myself. It was difficult at first because I had so many other obligations in college which included working two jobs while balancing school, modeling, and my other extracurricular activities. I had to figure out where to meet individuals in the industry, how to network, get myself booked, etc. and most importantly, how to be confident in myself and my abilities. There were so many times I found myself crying to the universe for “my big break” But I stayed faithful and fearless.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Tech Bae – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I own two companies: Karo&Kofo and The Tech Bae. Karo&Kofo is a multi-dimensional creative duo/house my sister and I started in 2018. We are a one-stop-shop for brands and businesses looking for innovative and eccentric art direction. We model, creative direct our own visuals and photoshoots, curate events, and now we are making a grand entrance into the music industry this winter. We formed our duo to develop a platform for ourselves to make an impact in our city and engage and open doors for multi-faceted creatives like ourselves on a global scale. Recently we were selected for AT&Ts Codes of Culture Campaign where our work is being shown all around the city on posters, MARTA ads, digital billboards, and social media promotions. Earlier this year, we did another campaign with Camkirk Studios called Love Through Collaboration where we were the highlighted creatives at CamKirk Studios for the month of February.
The Tech Bae is an integration of my corporate and creative sides which I struggled to balance for some time. As a young entrepreneur, I didn’t want to live two separate lives by dividing myself between my modeling, my art, and my technical background because they are all integral parts of me. As The Tech Bae of Atlanta, I develop digital and physical branding assets such as websites, logos, and graphics, creative business strategies, and artistic user experience designs for various businesses and brands across the world– a recent client of mine was from Israel which I’ve always wanted to visit. I am also a digital artist that creates “visual fantasies” a term I coined to describe the composition of my work. My artist persona is called The Pink Genie ( get more info on my website KARODURO.COM).
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Atlanta because it has given me the chance to build something for myself. The thing about Atlanta that is different from LA, New York, and all these other staple arts and entertainment cities is that Atlanta is currently going through a period of regeneration. Meaning that there aren’t that many community gatekeepers over here anymore, which allow young visionaries like myself to dive in and eat if one works smart enough. With all these big companies forming bases here, the spotlight is on Atlanta, a.k.a. the Black Hollywood. There is room in Atlanta for growth, it is abundant in opportunity. The only difficulty is finding it. One thing I find challenging is the lack of interconnectedness amongst all the different scenes and cliques here. It can be hard to align yourself with various opportunities because there isn’t a central location, event, sphere, etc. that everyone can flock to about what’s happening in the city. We need to all come together and form a centralized foundation, just like LA and New York.
- Logos $33 and up
- Flyers and Digital Branding Assets – $44 and up
- Cover art and Creative Graphics – $55 and up
- Fantasy Portraits – $77 and up
- Websites- $255 and up
- Creative Direction and Modeling Services – based on hourly rates
- Website: karoduro.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: woah_karo
- Other: https://linkedin.com/in/oghenekaro-durojaiye-805941101/
original photographers @felipedavilaarango, @ahmadbarber, @thr33.roses, @shotbymeech, @demetriusw