q’s and portraits by Beata Kanter


 

1/6

 

Beata Kanter: Where did you grow up?

Kïa Tavernier: Suburbs of NY – Brentwood to be exact. Diverse area surrounded by the mostly homogenous towns of Long Island.

 

 

BK: Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

KT: My mood is fluid so I’ll swing between these. I suppose my base is practically/situationally realist, optimist when it comes to people (relationships), pessimist when it comes to people (society).

 

 

BK: What is your vice?

KT: Right now, a few things mom wouldn’t approve of. And coffee.

 

2/6

 

BK: Do you enjoy the pace of New York City?

KT: Other cities I visit feel too slow.

 

 

BK: Describe your perfect day.

KT: No responsibilities, no internet, no strangers. Sun, affection, coffee, lemonade.

 

 

BK: Favorite book and favorite movie?

KT: N/A. I’ve probably watched The Matrix more than anything else though. Last read The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

 

 

3/6

 

BK: Did you receive a formal education? Thoughts on formal education?

KT: Well, we want our docs and lawyers to have had formal education, right? But it’s not for everyone. I’m a college dropout, but the experience and perspective I’ve gained out of school is more valuable to my craft than a degree I’d certainly still be trying to pay off.

 

 

BK: If you had to wear tinted glasses for the rest of your days, which shade would you choose?

KT: Black.

 

 

BK: Could you explain the path you took to your current job?

KT: Whew. Although it would actually look more like a crime investigation board, including many side hustles/projects in multiple disciplines, the quickest point A → B: 

Starting up a band (where I first began to teach myself graphic design, social media strategy) → joining a digital/creative agency (sharpened my skills in marketing and design, while expanding my network in the music industry) → getting hired by a brand as a content innovator and strategist, as well as continuing creative direction/branding for artists.

 

4/6

 

BK: Describe your dream home. Where would it be?

KT: I haven’t decided on a location just yet, but lots of light. High ceilings. Modern and new, yet cozy. Black cat. Friends’ artwork. Music always playing.

 

 

BK: Favorite food?

KT: A simple thing made exactly how I like it.

 

 

BK: How do you tackle creative block?

KT: Just let out any dumb idea, f*ck it up, revise, toss it. Do something else for a while. Start again with fresh eyes. Or, like, get high.

 

5/6

 

 

BK: Do you prefer lovers or relationships? How does each type of interaction influence you as a person and an artist?

KT: Figuring out if I prefer monogamy or not, but I do need consistent affection, care, validation. Apparently, my moon in Leo contributes to this. I also tend to become infatuated quickly and irrationally, usually to my emotional detriment but that’s good for the art ain’t it?

 

 

BK: Where do you go to set your mind free?

KT: I only remember doing this once. It was in Haïti, by the sea.

 

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q’s and portraits by Beata Kanter


 

1/6

 

Beata Kanter: Where did you grow up?

Kïa Tavernier: Suburbs of NY – Brentwood to be exact. Diverse area surrounded by the mostly homogenous towns of Long Island.

 

 

BK: Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

KT: My mood is fluid so I’ll swing between these. I suppose my base is practically/situationally realist, optimist when it comes to people (relationships), pessimist when it comes to people (society).

 

 

BK: What is your vice?

KT: Right now, a few things mom wouldn’t approve of. And coffee.

 

2/6

 

BK: Do you enjoy the pace of New York City?

KT: Other cities I visit feel too slow.

 

 

BK: Describe your perfect day.

KT: No responsibilities, no internet, no strangers. Sun, affection, coffee, lemonade.

 

 

BK: Favorite book and favorite movie?

KT: N/A. I’ve probably watched The Matrix more than anything else though. Last read The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

 

 

3/6

 

BK: Did you receive a formal education? Thoughts on formal education?

KT: Well, we want our docs and lawyers to have had formal education, right? But it’s not for everyone. I’m a college dropout, but the experience and perspective I’ve gained out of school is more valuable to my craft than a degree I’d certainly still be trying to pay off.

 

 

BK: If you had to wear tinted glasses for the rest of your days, which shade would you choose?

KT: Black.

 

 

BK: Could you explain the path you took to your current job?

KT: Whew. Although it would actually look more like a crime investigation board, including many side hustles/projects in multiple disciplines, the quickest point A → B: 

Starting up a band (where I first began to teach myself graphic design, social media strategy) → joining a digital/creative agency (sharpened my skills in marketing and design, while expanding my network in the music industry) → getting hired by a brand as a content innovator and strategist, as well as continuing creative direction/branding for artists.

 

4/6

 

BK: Describe your dream home. Where would it be?

KT: I haven’t decided on a location just yet, but lots of light. High ceilings. Modern and new, yet cozy. Black cat. Friends’ artwork. Music always playing.

 

 

BK: Favorite food?

KT: A simple thing made exactly how I like it.

 

 

BK: How do you tackle creative block?

KT: Just let out any dumb idea, f*ck it up, revise, toss it. Do something else for a while. Start again with fresh eyes. Or, like, get high.

 

5/6

 

 

BK: Do you prefer lovers or relationships? How does each type of interaction influence you as a person and an artist?

KT: Figuring out if I prefer monogamy or not, but I do need consistent affection, care, validation. Apparently, my moon in Leo contributes to this. I also tend to become infatuated quickly and irrationally, usually to my emotional detriment but that’s good for the art ain’t it?

 

 

BK: Where do you go to set your mind free?

KT: I only remember doing this once. It was in Haïti, by the sea.

 

6/6

 

 

 

  

 

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