We had the good fortune of connecting with Nia King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My inspiration behind starting all of my business ventures has always been to help others. With my newest business adventure Kid Onyx I saw a need for children to have representation in social emotional learning products. As a therapist I see how important it is for the children to identify with the material. As the black community becomes more comfortable with accepting the concept of mental health I saw that it was important to also help the black children of the community.
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.
The way that I approach my work is from a place of empathy. My ability to empathize with my clients and the customers of my business is what sets me apart. I am dedicated to making sure that the people that I interact with understand ,that this is more than a job for me. What is most important for me is that there’s improvement in the clients life. Along the way I’ve learned that even though I love to help others ,I can’t save everyone. I have to be okay with that because people ultimately have authority over their own lives. I can give them the tools but they have to use them.
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?
Los Angeles has so many different hidden gems. I would show them around Manhattan Beach maybe take them to my favorite restaurant Joey’s. I would also take them to a Laker game to get a true LA experience. But my favorite are the beaches like Santa Monica pier and Manhattan Beach.
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 would say that I definitely would not have been able to do this without my family. My grandmother provided me with an investment into my business which helped me start it. Without my family’s support I wouldn’t even be able to have this business. My family always encourages me and also affirms me. Sometimes when I don’t believe in myself my family reminds me of all I am capable of.