Global Estonians: Kristi Kuudisiim (Dublin, Ireland)

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2,400 years ago the philosopher Socrates claimed: “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world (kosmopolitês).” In 1937 Ernest Hemingway wrote in his novel To Have and Have Not: “In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found.”  Under our Global Estonians feature we talk to diverse and aspiring people in different cities, countries, continents. The Estonians whom we are talking to, are not necessarily famous or hugely successful yet – rather, it’s a place to exchange experiences and information - something which we can all hopefully relate to in some ways or another. Our latest feature story for Global Estonians series is with a Dublin-based model and booking agent Kristi Kuudisiim.

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Kristi, what made you to leave Estonia and why did you land in Ireland?

I left Estonia when I was 18 to see the world and travel a bit. It had to be an English speaking country so Ireland was an easy choice. I am based in Dublin and have been here on and off for almost 11 years. I have also lived in NYC and Cape Town for a little while.
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What is it like to live in Dublin?

I love Dublin! It’s not too big not too small either, it’s easy to get around, really friendly and clean and not too far from Estonia. It’s a very easy place to live in, not too hectic, laid-back lifestyle… I haven’t faced too many challenges, guess I have been lucky and everything has always fallen into place.
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Was it easy to integrate in a new environment?

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I had no problems as I love learning about new cultures and habits.
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How do you make your living?

I was a full-time model for 8 years and was also studying in Dublin City University at the same time. At the moment I am a model booking agent in my agency. I organise and manage a portfolio of models for fashion shows, national press, TV and public appearances. I also co-organise Miss Universe Ireland pageant which involves sales, PR & event management. I’m also currently studying PR and digital marketing.
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What motivates you in life generally?

New challenges…
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What’s your recipe for success and advice for others?

No point just dreaming about something, take small steps to make it happen.
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Do you still have a connection with Estonia and what do you miss most?

Yes, all my family are in Estonia and I am going home for a week in summer. Miss my family and childhood friends. I have made a lot of new wonderful friends all over the world, but you can’t replace the ones who know you from inside out since you were a child.
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Your future plans?

I don’t like planning too much ahead, it makes me stressed, so no real plans really. Very happy in Ireland at the moment.
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About the author: Estonian World

EstonianWorld is a London-based independent online magazine that writes about cosmopolitan Estonians and their views, ideas, experiences and achievements around the world. We cover Estonia's global successes in technology, business and the arts from a fair and balanced perspective, in a way that is accessible to Estonians and non-Estonians alike.