We had the good fortune of connecting with Khirsty Randles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Khirsty, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I created my monthly podcast with one intention: to create conversations that will serve listeners as a foundation for self-reflection. It’s true, my podcast is geared towards those who work within the field of education. However, considering that school is an institution that nearly all Americans partake in, I believe that the conversations can extend beyond teachers and administrators. I imagine that students, parents, and community members can tune into the conversations sparked by my podcasts. With a wide range of community members thinking and talking about school operations, we can create educational reform. The reform, I imagine, will benefit all students as well as level out the playing field for Black and brown students. For example, in the episode titled “My Vision Statement,” I discuss why I believe that honoring humanity within the classroom can foster better learners. In my episodes related to Ethnic Studies, I dive into how such courses not only affirm Black and brown students, but also create empathy and understanding between, amongst, and across cultures.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I believe that conversations can be art because they provide us with the opportunity to create ideas with one another. Conversations create ideas, solutions, things to ponder over and things to execute. That’s what art is–a creation that has been brought forth from the mind into something that can be shared. When we engage in conversations, we are sharing our ideas and creating new ideas. I believe that is something unique to my podcast–I aim to create conversations between me and my listeners. While many wonderful, successful and influential podcasts hold space for listeners to reflect on new information, I try to take it a level further and invite my listeners to engage with me. I am curious to hear other peoples perspectives–so I always invite my listeners to email me their response/reflection(s) and provide the opportunity to possibly be featured on my podcast.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am based in Los Angeles, CA. If my bestie was visiting my city, I would want to take them to all of the places unique and special to Los Angeles. First, and let us assume that she came during a week where the weather was sunny, I would take her to Venice Beach. Not only will she get to experience the Pacific Ocean, which is a wonder in and of itself, she would also get to experience Venice Culture. From the graffiti walls, to the skate park, to the shops, performers and muscle beach, I believe she would be wowed by the experience. We would then rent bikes and go up the bike path to visit the famous Santa Monica beach. The next day I would treat there to one of our many vegan eateries. We have so many to choose from! Then, we must explore Hollywood. It is a Los Angeles staple to see the Hollywood Stars of Fame and Hollywood sign. The next night, I’d take her to a bar in Marina del Rey. The final day we’d shop on Rodeo Drive.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dad, late grandmother and undergraduate institution (Mount Saint Mary’s University) are all major contributors to my growth and success. Their support has helped me stay motivated and inspired. I also want to shout out Dra. Veronica Gonzalez, the professor that inspired my podcast. She taught us during the global pandemic and still managed to make the course meaningful. For our final, she encouraged us to have an artistic model in addition to our written final; and thus, my podcast was started.