Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiralfy Kennion.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Art has always been a part of me. I started dancing at age two, modeling and doing graphic design at 15, and doing makeup at 17. I eventually went to college where I majored in Communications/Media Production. There, I became even more immersed into art. I was such a free-spirited person that most people probably didn’t expect me to take that path. However, being heavily involved in my history, photography, film, and journalism courses really exposed me to some psychological aspects. I’ve been able to learn more about myself and others, which has allowed me to be successful in the field of marketing. I started my professional career at 22, doing marketing for some pretty big events like the Georgia Procurement Conference, and I’ve helped launch really amazing indie brands like Bewitch’d Babe Cosmetics. While I still love modeling more than ever, I am now wanting to share my marketing knowledge and passions with others under a central umbrella. This led me to develop my blog, La Kocíen. It’s my personal hub of education mixed with lifestyle inspiration. People can visit there for style inspo, motherhood tips, and online shopping (available Spring 19’) while also learning how to expand their business efforts. It’s my way of combining who I am with what I do and enables me to uplift others at the same time.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has been my biggest challenge. Being a mom is already a full-time thing, and that comes first. So factoring in ways to stay consistent with my brand was a bit of a struggle. I’m basically a robot sometimes with set schedules/routines, but even that doesn’t always go as planned.
Another challenge has also been creating a platform that allows me to do everything I love to do, without feeling confined to one thing. Like most people, I have goals for multiple ventures. I’ve started plenty of things that I never followed through with because I was trying to do so much at once. I also spent a lot of time telling myself that I had to be only one kind of artist/professional. It became mentally draining. Thankfully, I’ve departed from that mindset! With my blog as my online creative studio, I can indulge in any art form of choice and it all has a home.
Please tell us about La Kocíen.
I’m most proud of La Kocíen’s transparency. You’ll look at my portfolio and probably see effortlessness. However, my posts reveal a personal value that I believe connects me with readers. I’m in my twenties, still figuring out life too. I also understand that struggle of working a daily job in order to support a bigger dream. I’m developing some new features, but one, in particular, is the addition of downloadable resume templates. It’ll be my proudest moment to place focus on the less vain moments of life and help others achieve their goals.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Every Friday, me and my mom would go to the Waffle House on Old Nat! I remember how much I always looked forward to it. I even remember my exact order. Really good times!
- Website: www.lakocien.com
- Instagram: kshenane
Personal photo by: Muhammad Rasheed; Other photos: Roy Handy, Muhammad Rasheed, Shanice Shelton