We had the good fortune of connecting with Ren Fernandez-Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ren, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’m not entirely sure. I’m fairly new to the world of ‘Influencing’, but I take it very seriously. My face, my voice, my platform is the business, which is also my livelihood. It’s not something I thought about doing, as it just—kind of happened. But my thought process right now is along the line of—How can I use this platform for change and for good?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art can look like a lot of different mediums. Whether it’s experimenting with ingredients when I make food, digital versus traditional art, storytelling or writing, etc. I love that I don’t have to stick to one genre and I truly get to explore that avenue through my page.
And I guess that’s why I call myself a ‘Ren-aissance’ person. Because I get to live my life exploring, learning, and expanding my reality beyond what is confirmed. Being a specialist of something is an awesome and necessary thing, but I’m more of a generalist. Jack-of-all- trades kind of person. It’s probably why I ended up with a Forensic Anthropology degree with a minor in Biology and Spanish Literature. I feel like it gives me a wholistic view of what it means to be Human…and that’s the goal for me.
Connecting people beyond the labels and really reaching out to the core aspect of what it means to be human, while at the same time, using Anthropology and art to make that accessible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s say that we’re not in a Pandemic right now.
If my bestie was visiting the area, I would take them to Echo park to visit the little park. Go to Stories. And hang around the area. Maybe go to Ktown for some delicious KBBQ, BBQ, and Norae-bang (karaoke bars).
Little Tokyo for trip down memory lane from watching all those Toonami anime lineups.
And we HAVE to go to museums. All of them if possible. AND THE LAST BOOKSTORE.
In general, Los Angeles is full of exciting events, places, and food. There’s many ways to enjoy it, especially if you’re open to new experiences. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh, this is easy. My bestie Blair Imani. We’ve known each other since college and have both gone through a lot. But throughout it all, our friendship hasn’t really changed. She’s been a major support, source of love and encouragement, and mentorship as I’m slowly going through the stages of what it means to be an influencer. Then of course, I have to thank my partner who doesn’t question what I do, and just accepts my wild schedule and internet persona. Of course, I have a plethora of other beautiful and supportive people in my life—so they get credit too. You know who y’all are!
Photos taken by @mirahorwitz