We had the good fortune of connecting with KJ Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KJ, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Through my life experiences, I have witnessed many forms of discrimination and inequality toward what society labels “a minority”. Do you know what kind of feature “a minority” have in common? Everybody will have a different answer, but the first word that comes to my mind is voiceless. Whether it is literally or figuratively, there are a lot of minorities in this world, and I have spent a lot of my time trying to figure out, “How can I help?” The word that always comes to mind is advocating.
The following question I asked next was, “How?” Then, it dawned on me. Everybody in the world learns differently. I am a kinesthetic learner and represent a tiny population of the world, which means I need to know how to cater to all the different learning styles, especially the most popular type-visual learning. The visual I chose to represent my advocating style was through my photography. Thus, my journey to become a freelance photographer and videographer was born.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I pursued an artistic and creative career because most of the public are visual learners. The best way to educate the public is by capturing authentic and unfiltered photos to tell a story. Sometimes, words cannot describe the impact of pain someone is going through.
It wasn’t easy at first because I had zero knowledge of starting my own business. Once I found resources available within my community, I self-taught myself how to create a small business, budget appropriately, and document my business accounting. I feel confident that I have the basic knowledge of how to run a small business, but I do not classify myself as an expert because I am constantly learning.
The most crucial factor behind the success of my brand is how adaptable I am to capture the right moments, so my clients can have memorabilia of their memories. Every person and animal has different personalities and needs, and I am willing to spend time with each and everyone one of them to capture the right moments. I do not put a time limit on my photo shoot sessions, and I am willing to book another photo shoot session without any additional photo shoot session fees.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to be true to myself, practice one of my favourite self-values to be authentic, and continue doing what I believe is “the right thing”. I want the world to know that my work focuses on how I can develop a positive change in many lives. I would also like to leave behind a meaningful and lasting legacy of mentors who can continue to advocate for anyone who is voiceless and continue to capture moments so memories can be preserved.
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 live in the Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia, Canada. If I had a visitor who lives out of the area, I would take them to some of my favourite camping spots high up in the mountains, secluded from city life and beside a glacier lake. The hiking and camping trip will take the entire week, and we will eat and drink beside a glacier lake and spend the time chatting and soaking in the peacefulness.
Some of my favourite hiking and camping spots are Garibaldi Lake, Joffre Lake, and Panorama Ridge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A book that I’ve read and has impacted my outlook on life challenges is titled: Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Trouble Children. Daniel A. Hughes writes this book. This book contains a narrative account of the life and therapeutic journey of a fictional child who has faced significant abuse and neglect. Each narrative is followed by a description of how the trauma has affected the child’s development, and the amount of hard work and sacrifice the adults made to teach the child how to make positive life connections.
This book has taught me to be empathic towards other people, to never give up on a goal, and change is always possible and not impossible. This has impacted my approach towards problems and conflicts, and I am constantly exploring ways to find a solution.