We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
There’s a series of questions I ask myself before making that hard-pressed decision. The first being “Why do I want to quit?” If my response is due to a lack of motivation, laziness, or any internal mentalities, I decide to quit. Our bodies are natural pros at making excuses when it comes to things that we are not interested in or passionate enough about. Forcing myself to do something that I think I like is absurd. It doesn’t make sense. Beyond the internal circumstances, the next question I ask myself is “How confident am I to look back and say it was okay that this was a mistake?” I guarantee that there’s not a single person that has not made a single regret in their lives by quitting or continuing. But we quit or continue because we know that whatever decision we make, helps us move forward. We are okay because we know this is not what determines the journey. Having the confidence to say that quitting/continuing is the essential part of growth and process, is always a healthy reminder for everyone. The last question would be “Is this something that I know only I can offer?” When I think about myself as a creative, I question talent like everyone else. We all search for what makes us special, unique. This question reminds me to focus and appreciate the things that I know I can only offer. It’s a special thought that many people tend to dismiss. If you’re doing something because everyone else is, I’m telling you that you will regret it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a relatively new photographer, I’m constantly facing my highs and lows. I’d like to share some of those with you. The greatest fear that I’ve had as I was growing and gaining more recognition was carrying the burden of feeling chased. When you’re gaining more attention, you find yourself constantly doing the things that you once cringed over. I found myself wanting to connect with more influential people, using social media as my motivation, relying more on my tools than my skills, ignoring smaller position offers, but most importantly standardizing my photos for others. A lot of weakness beyond that as well. And if I were to be honest, I hope to look back on here and laugh it off as if I’m no longer in this concern. On the contrary, my highs would be all the quirky novice moments in the past. Scattering in the most random places during the covid peak season, no stylist, no parking, no real equipment, no repetitive conversations. Currently, I’m finding myself to be at a place where I can be both confident and passionate. Finding more raw and real moments to capture and connecting with people as friends. It’s important to stay real in an industry where constant change is emphasized and intentional interactions are most obscured.
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?
LA is a bit of a mix of crazy and odd. As distinctive or diverse as LA is, my first few encounters were just confusion. Everything, every street looked too similar. I wanted to find a special place in LA that did not feel like LA. And that would be St Vincent Court. This small alley contains this slight european village energy. The colors and space made me forget that I was located in California.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mrs. Gee, the one who taught me not to give up
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