Shepherds Of Healing highlights Kevin Kazadi for the “Dudes with Depth” series.
Written by: Mariska Sackey
This week, the “Dudes with Depth” series highlights Kevin Kazadi, an up and coming videographer based out of Dallas, TX who creates highly conceptual images and unique videos.
Read on to learn how this Dude with Depth rises to the top!
What are some of your biggest accomplishments so far in your career? (Albums, Books, Sponsorships, etc.)
One of my biggest accomplishments is, Paradigm, an event a group of friends and I put together with over 200 guests. Sponsors included Bai, Chicken Express, Success Vodka and High Brew Coffee.
Has it been a smooth journey getting into your industry? If not, what obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
It's actually been smooth for me. I can say that one thing I've always done is connect with people and network both intentionally and unintentionally.
What is the biggest misconception about your line of work?
That everyone has a lot of money or is truly as connected as they appear to be.
How old were you when you discovered your gift? When did you get comfortable sharing that gift with other people and how did they react?
I discovered my gift of charisma and capturing people’s attention when I was very young, maybe 7 or 8. I was at a wedding and I danced for everyone. The reaction was ecstatic and dancing became something I did consistently. That led to performing which led to creating and eventually to where I am now.
What was your childhood like? Describe your environment from your house to your neighborhood to your school. How did these experiences shape you and your future success?
I am a second generation born immigrant. My parents came here from the Democratic Republic of the Congo years before I was born. I have 4 sisters, so you can imagine how that might've been. I'm the only boy (middle child) and also the first to finish college. There were a lot of high expectations on me as an African, a man and also as a brother. I've learned so much from culture and family. It's made me who I am today.
Describe the moment when you knew you were on the right path. How did that affirmation encourage you to keep pursuing your dreams?
I knew I was on right track by the consistency of the doors that would open and also how fast they would come. I did a few videos locally and in weeks was in L.A. working on set for feature films. Affirmation is valuable, but is not to be depended on. It's not always going to be there.
What have you had to do - mentally, physically, emotionally - to prepare yourself to pursue your career?
In the world of entertainment people are different. It can be very cutthroat and blunt at times, but I believe with God going into those dark spaces are purposeful because we can shed light and bring hope to them. It’s a lot of late nights and early mornings so it can take a toll on you.
Tell us about your big break! What was it like? How did it feel? Did you see it coming? Did you know this was your moment?
I still don’t believe in "big breaks," but I have had wins in my career path that solidify where I'm going.
Tell us about your inner circle (close friends, family, mentors, relationship). How does their support impact your success?
A ton! The people around me have known me, at the minimum 4 years. They've seen me struggle, succeed and everything in between. Their support is a reminder of where I came from and more reason to strive to achieve and be greater.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself and others?
What I don’t make part of my daily schedule I don't complete, and daily wins are ultimately what turn into success. With regard to others, not everyone was raised like you or has the same attributes as you, so don't take things personal.
What do you see yourself accomplishing in the next 3 years? What are you currently doing to prepare for this outcome?
I see myself disrupting the industry I’m in, having more demand and value as well as helping others do the same. I currently network like a crazy man and use relationships and connections to open other doors. I'm building a network of people that will return on my investment and increase my net worth.
Can you share a secret with us that you haven’t shared anywhere else?
When I walk on sidewalks with lines, I typically try to get at least two steps in each square. It’s a weird thing but I have to do it. Otherwise I’m thrown off. [Chuckles]
If you could talk to your 15-year-old self, what would you say?
Use the internet and learn. Forget what your friends are doing.
What message do you have for young men hoping to pursue a similar career?
Love God with all of you. Use your time wisely. Read. Value your creativity. Work as hard as you can and make your parents proud. I think it's extremely important to go after what you want but be strategic and calculated. Making your parents proud is something that'll keep you motivated, especially when you think of all they’ve done for you and how they’ve overcame so you can be where you are. If no parents support you, the other rules still apply and will help you get to your next goal.
Kevin Kazadi is a Dude with Depth!
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