We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyra Badiner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyra, how do you think about risk?
I was taught from an early age that taking risks often resulted in rewards rather than consequences. I was often encouraged to take risks because if they paid off, then the risk was worth it, but if they didn’t, then I learned from it. Mistakes are how we grow, how we can be better the next time, and how we can know what works and what doesn’t.
In my life and in my career, taking risks has played a huge role in the amount of opportunities I have had in leadership positions, adventures I’ve taken, and things I have learned. I’ve found throughout my life that every time I take a risk, I feel more confident in my abilities. By showing myself I can step out of my comfort zone, or accomplish something difficult I gain the confidence to take more risks.
I think to be an artist in general is risky. If you are an artist of any kind you know that not only is it a lot of work, but it is often looked down on and ends up being a side-gig or hobby. Committing to your work and the title of “artist” is a risk. I think as a person who plans to always work in the creative industry, I will have to take plenty of risks to succeed. I admire those who have found personal success as an artist because it is a tough industry to break through.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grew up an artist, a dancer and an improv actor. I always felt I was an artist of many trades. When I look at my life, I feel like each of my artistic passions have had their own time to shine. As I have transitioned into the professional world I have worked for multiple companies trying to find the right fit for me.
I have always had my foot in the door as a freelance artist. For the last 6 years I have been a logo designer for many different brands and businesses, it is something I am extremely passionate about and have had some success in. Recently I have taken that freelance work and merged it with my new found passion for digital illustration. It hasn’t been the easiest and most stable job, but to be able to do it at all allows me to take time for things I love. I’ve learned that small growth is still growth, and that worrying about the numbers will only hold me back from trying new things and keeping true to myself.
I am definitely still growing as an artist and finding my place in this world, I have a long ways to go, but I’m excited because I know the best is yet to come. I’m excited about the people I am going to meet along the way and the things I will continue to create.
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 may be biased but I think San Diego is one of the best places in the world. Honestly grabbing some food and taking it to the beach is one of the most comforting things to do. Shout out to Lola’s Deli in Carlsbad (if you know you know), they have the best Bean Rice & Cheese burrito in the game.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m very thankful for all of the people who have constantly uplifted me and supported me and my artistic journey. My parents first and foremost are my biggest fans and without them constantly encouraging me to do what I love, I wouldn’t be where I am. Im also thankful for my partner and friends who give me motivation to continue on this journey daily. Also shout out to H’n’T Films, my crew, for all the fun times and amazing accomplishments we’ve had together.