We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Saira and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My own business right now is doing influencer work and commissions for infographics. There was a lot of hesitation at first, but I’ve learned how important southeast asian representation is in the media, even for influencer work. Influencer work is difficult for BIPOC because statistically, we get paid a lot less, and are just offered a lot less opportunities than white people. But I think that breaking this wall is necessary for representation. Nowadays I’m more inspired with this new venture and hopefully it can inspire other Southeast Asians to pursue a creative field as well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Something I love about doing artwork is that I’m able to express myself, and my artwork expresses topics that I care about, and I think everyone should care about. My original artwork used a lot of pastel colors, because I thought that it would capture the viewer’s attention better.

My art style has evolved, and now I do more infographic work. My inspiration for doing more infographic work is that it fits more information and education than my earlier artwork. There are a lot of challenges when it comes to doing infographic work such as making sure there are no inaccuracies, and I usually do my research in advance to ensure that all of the information I am putting in the infographic is correct.

Even though infographics have become a trend on social media for spreading awareness and information, it is not the end of your anti-racism or activism work, it is just the starting point!

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 would take my friend to the Santa Monica beach. It’s known to be a tourist trap to more native people in LA, but as someone who is originally from NYC, being able to go to the beach is something I don’t take for granted. The Santa Monica beach is perfect for bike riding or just relaxing, and I enjoy it a lot!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My hometown of Flushing has really made me aware about my culture and the beautiful intricacies that occur within different Asian communities. Flushing has made me who I am today. I also would love to give credit to my immigrant parents for working so hard to give me the life I have now.

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