We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimi Liope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimi, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
I think the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do, and that still remains so hard for me to do, is to let the people that I love deeply fall, fail, and have their own experiences that don’t serve them. I always used to think that MY WAY was the BEST WAY. I’ve had to learn through experience that we all have our own personal journeys that cannot be healed or experienced by others, and that’s ok.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think my art is in everything I do. I have to say that because I’ve lived so many lives and done so many things. But ultimately, I love to help people. I love feeling like I’ve brightened someone’s day and I truly want to leave people better than I found them. That’s why I created a creative shared space, that’s why I’m going to school for psychology, that’s why I’m a life coach. If I can help people’s minds change about themselves or women, queer people, disabled people, or black people, that’s art. My music, and singing, it’s for me. If people like it, that’s great. If people hate it, that’s great too, and I have tons of music coming out so let me know what you think!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably just stay home and we would make music, sell some stuff on offer up, cook up some good food, go to the beach at some point, go on a road trip to Tijuana, make a music video or do a photo shoot, and then go shopping at crossroads. I miss real life!
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?
I’d like to dedicate this article to CASA Los Angeles, an organization where I volunteer as a court-appointed advocate for a child in foster care. Having been a child that wasn’t raised by my bio-dad and having been a “troubled” youth, I feel kindred to those who struggle, those who feel at home in the streets, and those who have to maneuver through the impossible injustice system.
Other: Check out my new song “CIRCLES” on Spotify and the video is on youtube, my album comes out April 9th!
First photos by @sandraEmmeline all other photos by @Oliveglass