We had the good fortune of connecting with David Yoon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I have heard one consistent thing when people have started any endeavor and it sounded counterproductive at first. It was the question of “What value can you add to another person’s life?” I’ve realized this is at the root of any transaction, that the goal is a transaction of values. Whether it be a product for money or conversation of wisdom and gratitude, it’s all an exchange of values.
This helps us in the discussion of whether to know to keep going or give up. If put simply, it’s a question about whether you can continue to add value to another’s life. For myself, in my music endeavor, I still believe have songs to write and music that can encourage others. It’s not about asking what can I gain in value from others, but the question must first be answered by asking if I can give such a value. If there’s still more to give, then there’s still reason to keep going and vice versa.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I wouldn’t say I’ve arrived in any way nor do I claim to have anything figured out. Even while doing Kindred, I’ve just been on a journey of discovery, but I think that’s exactly the whole point of all of what I’m doing. I believe, as believers, we’re all on a journey as we’re making our way home to our Father. My hope and prayer with anything I create would be an encouragement to keep fighting the fight of faith as we continue on this journey. That’s what all this music is for as well as being an invitation for people to come join in my journey. That’s the vision behind the name Kindred and I believe that’s what people are responding to if the music speaks to them in any way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the Orange County area and so it would probably be a trip up and down the PCH, rolling through a bunch of Mexican food and In’n’Out. I’m a sucker for stories and so it’s fun to get lost in the stories of people, the cultures, and peering into the melting pot of cultures colliding here in California. And Disneyland. I’m a sucker for Disneyland.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Beloved Music is my producer, friend, brother in Christ and the reason why I can keep doing what I’m doing. Worship Jesus Bible Church is also my home and my family that supported me from the beginning. Without them, I wouldn’t even have the opportunity to be able to continue Kindred.
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