We had the good fortune of connecting with Kang Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kang, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I have many favorite quotes. But there is one I always think of and recite to myself whenever things get tough and I need some self motivation & encouragement. (And techinically I think it’s a prayer). “[God] grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I wouldn’t say I’m a religious man per se, but I had a strong Buddhist upbringing that gave me a solid spiritual foundation. And although my favorite quote stems from a different religion, the spiritual significance to me parallels alot of the life lessons I learned thru Buddhism.
As we may all know, life is hard and unfair; and that’s generally speaking. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. That’s what makes it so beautiful. Some are too young to have realized that fact, and some just forget along the way. When the latter happens to me I think of this quote and say it outloud, given the appropriate setting of course. It’s not like I walk around reciting religious sayings aloud in public; that’s only on Tuesdays.
In short, at the risk of stating the obvious, if you work hard & focus on yourself & the things you can control, and let the things you can’t do it’s proverbial ‘thing’, the universe has a tendency of working itself out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an actor is probably one of the most competitive jobs to be successful at. But I love competition and I truly believe losing can be just as important as winning. The key is perspective. Is the glass half full or half empty? I’ll let you in on my little secret, the glass is always half full.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The itinerary would depend on the friend and where they’ve been so far. But in general, I love experiencing new restaurants and bars and sharing those experiences so we’d probably start there. Our first stop would probably be a craft cocktail bar in Hollywood. (I know a place on the corner of Vine and Hollywood but I cannot recall the name of it at the moment). Then we’d head into Koreatown, Los Angeles and grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious pochas in town. (‘Pocha’ stems from the tented street vendors in South Korea that serve comfort foods and drinks for people on the go). It would be a week of various feasts and drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely haven’t reached the level of success I set out to attain when I started this journey, but I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the support of some very special and specific members of my friends and family. One person in particular would be my better half, my girlfriend. And there are a few people I met along the way whom I’ve grown close to and their support means a great deal to me as well.
And finally, my amazing team of representatives. My manager, Sandra Berney from Evolve Talent Management and my agent, Amy Luker from Jana Luker Agency. And I can’t forget my old classmate and colleague, Jim Garrity who introduced me to both. I wouldn’t have been able to make the progress I’ve made without them.
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