Journey Series: Kaia


The Femme Oasis: How do you identify yourself (gender and gender performance)?

Kaia: Non-binary. Femme.

TFO: What is your current occupation?

K: I am a teacher at Urban Leaders Academy and a filmmaker and photographer.

TFO: What do you do as a hobby?

K: Cook a butt ton of bomb vegan food and make my friends stand in front of my camera.

TFO: What are some organizations you’re involved in?

K: Currently none, besides my job.

TFO: What is your dream job?

K: To be a director for films and an art director for photo shoots.

TFO: What are the three major stressors in your life?

K: Work, trying to stay organized, my current project, but I guess that’s a good kind of stress. 

TFO: How do you cope with your stresses (if at all)?

K: I struggle with coping. I'm often reminded by my friends to eat and sleep. I try to take baths, or when I eat, I try to keep it super healthy. I also watch a lot of cartoons because it just keeps me calm and makes me laugh.

TFO: Do you have goals you set for your life overall?

K: I will be the first (or even one of) non-binary person to win an oscar. And I will win it for the gayest of gayest of films.

TFO: What is your process in achieving these goals?

K: I work hard every day. I watch movies all the time (which doesn’t sound productive but I swear it is) to help me kind of figure out my aesthetic and to give me inspiration for shots and so on. I have journals dedicated to my projects for me to write out all my ideas and inspirations. I make vision boards, everything, I take my work very seriously.

TFO: What is your daily mantra (if you have one)?

K: “I release all fear in my life.” “What is meant for me will be mine, I am taken care of.”

TFO: Are you happy where you are in life?

K: I am happy but not content. I'm proud of the progress I’m making as a person but I know I have more work to do.

TFO: Are you on a path you feel is right for you?

K: Absolutely, I am never happier than I am when I’m filming. That joy is how I know this is my right path. 

TFO: Do you feel confused or pressure to figure out if you are on the right path?

K: Yes indeed. I often feel like people expect me to be on a different path than what I am on. I also feel a lot of pressure to have my life “together.”

TFO: What are some pressures of society you wish didn’t exist?

K: It's exhausting living in a very, I guess, “binary focused” world. I don’t feel like my nonbinary identity is respected. I often feel expected to look and dress a certain way as both a creative and as a femme. 

TFO: What would be one thing you don’t have, but you want at this very moment (it can be tangible or intangible)?

K: Money, space, a studio, sheesh I have a long list sis don’t start me up.

TFO: What do you do for self-care (if anything)?

K: Cooking, bath time, spending quality time with my friends is all apart of self-care for me.

TFO: What is something you do well that you can offer society?

K: My creative eye is what I offer. I put energy and love behind everything I make and offer the world. I make my art to create conversations and to promote healing for my people/community.

TFO: Do you have goods or services you want to sell or promote to your fellow femmes and women?

K: My photography and videography services are always available. As far as promotions I guess I’d just say to look out for my next short film Lavender coming soon.

TFO: Where can we find you (social media, email, organization, etc.)?

K: Twitter: Instagram: Vimeo: Online Portfolio: Email: