We had the good fortune of connecting with KyannaSimone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KyannaSimone, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue a creative career rather than the “traditional” 9-5 because I knew there was something inside of me that wanted to explore freedom and becoming my own boss and owning my work and my brand. I went to college and got degree in journalism and all I understood at that point was “working for someone else in a field that I wasn’t 100% passionate about.” I listened to my mother and pursed that degree because she explained to me that “becoming an author, and having a degree in English wasn’t a stable enough career,” so I was forced to obtain a degree I didn’t care for. Once I graduated collage, did a couple of internships in the field, I knew I wasn’t in the right space to succeed in life, both monetary and mentally. Eventually, I found my way back to the arts, telling stories through video and photo formats, starting a blog and now on my way to starting my own business as a resin shop owner. It took some time to get here, but understanding and knowing my passion lies within in arts and pursing that is what makes the journey worth it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I decided to become a content creator and truly take it seriously, it was in the midst of my breakup with my girlfriend at the time. I was at a low point, and I was confused as to what I wanted to do with my life. We had a dying YouTube channel coupled with a dying Instagram page and post breakup I moved to a new city and started a new job where I didn’t know anyone but myself. But the one thing that always gave me joy was interacting with people through social media. I always found that part of life interesting. How we as humans can now talk to anyone in the world with just a push of a few buttons. So, one day, I decided to take over the socials and make them my own. I used the platforms to tell my own story and use that as an outlet to release my anger and frustration. Prior to the breakup, I told mother I was dating this women and she completely disowned me until this day we haven’t spoken. This is where a lot of my anger came from and also the source of my creativity and career. Using my pain as an outlet to serve a bigger purpose.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since moving to Los Angeles, my favorite place to take people is to the beach. More than likely the Santa Monica pier, but if they’re willing to make an extra drive, then Malibu would be the best place to go, but what’s a good beach day without food? And that would always be my favorite sushi place Kai Ramen on Melrose Avenue. These two things are a sure fire way to spend the day in true Angelino form, beach and food. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I was starting my journey to creativity and becoming my own boss, the two books that I would say helped me and take a leap of faith and start my career are “How to be a BAWSE” by Lilly Singh and “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. Lilly’s book is what catapulted my vision for my life in the years to come. With her wise words, truthful insight on her life and her perspective of “hustling,” I truly and 100% felt involved in what I was needed to give myself that extra push, to becoming a content creator. A little later on in my career, I read Shonda’s book and I was inspired and wowed about how she overcame her fear of public speaking and doing the things that made her feel uncomfortable. But by her doing that, she opened and exposed herself to more opportunities that wouldn’t have come her way if she only stayed in her “comfortable” bubble. These two books shaped who I am now, and how I think about my life and where I want to see my business/brand going.