We had the good fortune of connecting with King Klio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi King, how do you think about risk?
Risk is jumping toward your hope without expectation or judgement. It is fully giving yourself without second guessing. Risk is what has led me to change myself, my circumstances, and my perspective despite the fact that my mind might try to convince me to stay in fear.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always been rebellious and resistant to authority and academia, so the entrepreneurial pathway has always been right up my alley. I’ve been an independent singer and songwriter for other musicians, as well as a songwriter for TV and commercials. At 25, after having moved to LA from NY, I took a liking to starting businesses and I started a life coaching and professional organizing business, call Simple Creative Solution, as well as an hourly/monthly rented creative space, called MultiHouse DTLA. This year has really been about honing in on the 2 skills that are the most dear to me, as my goal is to acquire the highest level of expertise in my chosen fields. So, I decided to bite the bullet and I recently enrolled in school with the long term goal of getting a PhD in Psychology while I continue songwriting and releasing music. I’m excited to professionally mix creativity with the mental health world, the music business needs a lot of support for creatives, there simply isn’t enough.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think 2020 has been super experimental in the creativity of staying home and occupying ourselves in ways we never thought we had to. In LA most people are lucky enough to have cars and so I’ve been looking up really expensive homes for rent in the Hollywood Hills and doing drive by open houses to explore all of the hidden areas of LA. Echo Park is always relaxing and beautiful. I’ve been taking a lot of day trips to Joshua Tree, or Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and Long Beach. San Diego is just 2 hours away! So is Big Bear. California is my favorite state to live in because even with quarantine a lot of these places have still been accessible.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to the Audre Lorde Project that I used to volunteer and work alongside with when I was living in New York. It’s an LGTBSTGNC activist organization that works with Black people and POC. I have such admiration for people working in activism because it is such important work that is too often overlooked. I’m glad it is getting the recognition it deserves right now.
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