We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Schaubeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kira, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Throughout my life and career I’ve always taken risks. Ever since I could remember, I found myself trying new things. With many hobbies and side hustles, I’ve never been afraid to put myself out there, but then again I guess that’s what comes with growing up in an unconventional family. I have lesbian mothers and I am adopted from China. I’ve always been “different” so I’ve never been afraid to express myself openly, and take leaps of faith.
For example, during quarantine of 2020, having never acted before in my life, I submitted an online audition for a main role in a short film, and in May 2021 I was flown out to Colorado to shoot for a week!
It was an amazing and beautiful experience, and it was amazing to have that opportunity. All thanks, to an online self tape, and a crazy sense of optimism.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Artistically, I’ve always been a creative person. I was never afraid to express myself growing up and I eventually carried that into my adulthood.
I’ve never been afraid to be “different” because I always have been.
There was never any other option for me.
My school years consisted of making short films highlighting the hardships of the human condition. And many thought they were almost too dark to present…
But through my own personal growth I’ve found peace in my art.
Being a creative, I’ve dabbled in many different passions and professionally I’ve predominantly worked in film and photography; although I am also a singer/songwriter and look forward to sharing music with others.
A lot of the films and music I’ve written reflect the struggles I’ve had with my mental health. I was diagnosed with OCD and Bipolar Disorder, and I can’t say my journey hasn’t had its ups and downs, but overall I’ve learned that at the end of the day we have one life.
And in my opinion, we are here for a short time; to feel and to express ourselves are so important to human nature.
So I try to express myself through art, and through everything I do.
I am currently waiting for the final cut of the SAG Affiliated short film I debuted in, and I am also working hard on my music. I am close to finishing a new single, as well as working on an EP.
My tones are very “mellow and sweet” and unlike certain aspects of other genres, I feel as though my voice both physically and artistically, reflects who I am as a person.
Regardless of what others think, I can say with my whole chest that my goals as an artist are to express my emotions as a human being… and if others can relate to them? That’s great! And if not? That’s okay too!
Overall I am looking forward to furthering my careers, working in film, as well as putting out my music for the world to hear.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being from New York, Long Island specifically, I would have to say that although clichè, the food and beaches are amazing. So close to the city, and the island itself tourists and locals can always find something to do.
A personal favorite of mine would be the Bronx zoo, because I love animals.
I also love the Museum of Natural History in NYC.
The vineyards and concert areas of eastern Long Island are spectacular!
If I were to lead a friend through the areas of NY I am familiar with, I would start with breakfast at a nice café in NYC. Then maybe a museum of some sort for the morning. Maybe walk the Highline and get lunch. And to end the day I would bring them to see a good Long Island sunset at the beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story begins with being adopted. I have two lesbian mothers and luckily enough I grew up thirty minutes away from NYC.
If I had to thank or recognize anyone for my success so far, it would have to be my mothers. Being apart of the lgbt+ community during their time, and later adopting three Chinese daughters could not have been easy, and regardless of our disagreements they have always been supportive.
I was blessed enough to have the privileges and opportunities that I did, and it is all thanks to them.
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