We had the good fortune of connecting with Kai Ogawa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kai, what’s your definition for success?
As I continue to gain life experiences, my perspective on how I should live changes as well as how I define success. At this very moment, success to me means a full life. A life not only containing a career that I am proud of, but a life filled with loved ones, mental and physical health, self fulfillment, etc. It has become about the balance of it all and filling those aspects in my life that I deem valuable. Though my mind has always been career driven, I am prioritizing to find balance all around.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I will forever be grateful to have an outlet that allows me to express myself comfortably as well as force me to grow as an artist. With dance and art constantly evolving, it challenges me to also expand and discover new ways to move. One lesson that I learned along the way is that you really can’t compare yourself to others. Art is so subjective and it may seem very obvious, but when you’re surrounded by it all the time, it becomes very difficult not to compare. It simply becomes wasted energy and the time spent comparing could have been towards improving and evolving. I learned so much about myself in school and now that it has been over a year since graduation, I am learning even more as I carve out this life for myself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I will admit that even though I have lived in the Los Angeles area ever since I was a little child, there is a lot that I haven’t done yet. I think having my best friend visit for a week is the perfect excuse to check off some touristy things off the list. Given an opportunity to explore, I would love to visit the Getty Museum, or to go on a hunt for delicious eatery. Personally, I always enjoy going on hikes and the beaches, of course.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am so thankful for my mother, father, and my little sister for their constant support and love. Growing up, I was fully aware that going into the arts was a risky career path and yet, they continued to believe in me and supported that what I wanted was something I had to accomplish at a younger age. I can’t thank them enough for all their help and support. My only wish is to be able to give back to them and to make them proud.
Photography by Wes Klain and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp