Alumni Business - Carena Novack
Owner/Founder | Liebe Luna Boutique
2017 | Theatre Arts; Minor in German and International Studies
Why did you decide to attend UW-Parkside?
I attended UW - Parkside as a second- year transfer student after deciding I'd like to live closer to home. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a major until I received a call from the Theatre department to try out for their program which ultimately made me decide to stay there.
Favorite UW-Parkside memory?
My favorite memory was when I was able to portray Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream when it was performing within our Theatre Arts department. The cast and crew I was able to work with was amazing and the role has always held a special place in my heart long after.
How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life?
UW - Parkside really impacted my life. I have made life-long friends throughout those years. I met my husband through our Theatre Arts department who is absolutely amazing and has supported me on my journey. Fun Fact: We got married in Dublin, Ireland in a castle!
When it comes to my profession, I honestly wasn't sure what my path would be after graduating. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with having majored in Theatre Arts (minors in German and International Studies). I always knew I wanted to stay connected with artists and to start something for myself from scratch. I just didn't know it would be this business until a few years later. The theatre department really prepared me when it came to connecting with individuals, being confident in my work as well as myself, and teaching me various life-long skills that I still use to this day.
Professional and Personal Insights
Who has had the biggest influence on your life or your career and why?
My mom has been my biggest influence. She is an artist and free- spirit and always told me to do what I wanted to do. If I didn't love it, don't do it. I've always been surrounded with that kind of influence which helped me realize that I wanted to feature women artisans within this boutique.
Advice for current UW-Parkside students?
My advice is that if you have a vision, don't hesitate to go for it. You never know what can happen within a day or a year. If you don't try, how would you know whether it would have worked out or not? If you research, put in the work, and maybe even fail a few times, you will get to where you want to be. It's all about experiencing and growing as an individual.