We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Genevieve and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, how do you think about risk?
For me, taking risks simply means following that gut feeling that lives within all of us. It’s the reason I’m where I am today and why I continue to move forward towards my dreams. I’ve always been curious to see what I’m capable of doing while I’m here, and risks are a part of that curiosity. It was a risk in 2009 when I left my job and hometown in Canada to search for something new and different in Los Angeles. It was a risk 8 years ago when I bought all my camera equipment and started my own business and it was a risk last summer when I launched my online gallery & store. Everything is a risk at first because you’re betting on yourself when others don’t believe in you or your vision, but that’s what I’ve been doing all along, and what I’ll continue doing moving forward.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Canadian girl who grew up mesmerized (and obsessed) with Hollywood and palm trees. Los Angeles always played a starring role in my dreams, and because of that, I’ve been hyper-focused on California for as long as I can remember. I was so determined to get here, regardless of how difficult the journey might be. I just knew I’d figure it out along the way. Since LA has been such a big part of my story, my work is highly influenced by all the things that make this city unique and beautiful— the sunshine, beaches, dreams, palm trees, and the wonderful people that call this place home. I know it’s not for everyone, but for me, it works! I’ve always felt like we complement one another. Has it been easy? No, far from it— but I love where I am right now, and I love and embrace everything I’ve been through because it’s gotten me that much closer to where I’m supposed to be. If there’s anything to be learned from my journey, it’s to never give up on yourself.
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.
This is what makes this city so fun: grabbing fish tacos in Malibu and watching the sunset by the ocean. Visiting the LACMA lights at night or early in the morning. Watching classic films and drinking wine at the Hollywood cemetery. Hiking all over the city, but especially behind the Hollywood sign— it’s a magical feeling once you make it to the top! Eating out at all the different vegan restaurants in LA. My favorites include Real Food Daily (because of the vegan nachos) and M Cafe for their macro “burger” with sweet potato fries. Walking! I love walking in West Hollywood, where I live, Beverly Hills and along Sunset Blvd, then grabbing Mexican food and margaritas at El Compadre, Fridas, or Mercado. To be honest, it’s hard to pick a favorite Mexican restaurant; they’re all fantastic! And finally, I’d recommend seeing a concert— any concert— at The Hollywood Bowl! Grab a drink and enjoy the most incredible evening under the stars with the Hollywood sign in the background and your favorite artists on stage. It always makes for a perfect evening! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to Youtube because no matter what question I have or random thing I’m trying to figure out, YouTube always has the answer. It usually leads me to a variety of experts that broaden my way of thinking. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts when I’m cooking/cleaning and doing everyday things— everything from personal development, spirituality, science, music, arts, physics… and the list goes on. I also try to read first thing in the morning instead of grabbing my phone as soon as I wake up. Another shout out goes to “Masterclass” because I believe that knowledge and self-improvement is the key to excelling within any artistic field. Whether I’m watching someone teach how to cook, write, or draw, I always learn something new that somehow relates perfectly to what I’m working on.