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: https://twitter.com/_SBProduction. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strangebirdproductions/. Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user34903991. Online Portfolio: https://strangebirdproductions.tumblr.com/. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org