We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Simich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I crave freedom and independence. Even in college, well before I started my own business, I wrote down that I never wanted to be the person working a 9-5 that I hated. While many of my friends left school with secure jobs at companies where a clear path was laid out, I opted to take a year off and waitress instead of jumping into a career I wouldn’t love. I worked at a marketing agency after that for about 7 months, then quit to do my own thing. I’m a very creative person and needed a job where I could express that without a ton of hoops and hurdles. Once I get a taste of what that freedom felt like, I knew I could never go back to working on someone else’s schedule. You have to be very disciplined and passionate about the work you’re doing to make it work, but so far that hasn’t been an issue for me. I have so much to learn, and there are aspects of being a solopreneur that are constant battles for me. However, I can look back proudly about all that I’ve taught myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always hesitate to call myself a creative artist, or even photographer. I think very strategically and love data, but I have this powerful intuition that really drives my decisions. I have a strong eye for aesthetics that wasn’t learned in a classroom, but rather by picking up the camera and letting my intuition frame the shot. It’s been a blast. During my career I’ve been almost completely self taught. I’ve worked in social media for 5 years so I’ve had to ride the waves of ever changing trends, platforms, and increasing standards. It isn’t easy, but it’s exhilarating. During that time I’ve had to learn how to say no, do what’s best for me, shift my perspective, and keep an open mind. I have no absolute plans to stay on this particular career path, trusting that I am always being led to the next best thing (for me).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place in the city is outside of the city! I love nature, land, the ocean and mountains. Having a friend visit means we’re going to be outdoors hiking, walking, swimming, grounding, and relaxing under the sun. I’d plan trips to the local mountain trails, a walk on a huge stretch of quiet beach. Fun means letting go of the normal routine surrounded by people and customs, and getting to a place where you can tune into yourself. Introspection and release, surrounded by beauty. I’d want us to cook with ingredients from my garden, do meditations and just have deep conversation. The most interesting people live completely authentically, despite what societal norms may be. They are so in tune with their own soul that everything else in this world is just a background noise. I want my friend leaving the trip feeling calm and connected.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is cliche but I have to thank my husband. He has always encouraged me to take risks and try new things. He’s stood by me when I get knocked down and he supports me unconditionally. He is a total entrepreneur, so I am constantly inspired by and learn so much from him. He fans the flame of my ambition every day.
Another cliche, but my parents as well. My dad put me through school so I am eternally grateful for that.