We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasi Bumgarner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kasi, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my career and business have taught me so far is the value of setting boundaries and being upfront in your communications. It is always easier said than done to have those conversations because they can be uncomfortable, but it’s so key to keeping your work sustainable and prioritizing your mental health!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took me years after graduating college to find my way, and I’m so glad looking back now that I never gave up! One important lesson I learned along the way is that your job does not define you. It’s so easy to think that it does, especially living somewhere as career driven as the Washington DC area! Once I let go of that idea and put my energy into creative projects outside of my day job, my outlook changed for the better.
Now almost four years after landing my first full-time creative job and about three months after choosing to leave it, I’m building my dream business working as a video editor and content creator. I love working in the digital media space because technology and platforms are constantly changing and being updated which means that learning never stops! The challenge of finding the best way to tell a story visually keeps me inspired and pushes me to make each project better than the last.
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’d definitely spend a day or two hitting all of the touristy spots in DC from the monuments to the many iconic museums, and then the rest of the week I’d focus on everything else outside of DC that the typical visitor wouldn’t make it to!
We’d have to spend time in Old Town Alexandria which can be touristy in some areas, but there are so many beautiful places to visit a bit off the beaten path that make it worth the trip. A few Old Town spots I recommend are Misha’s Coffee (the Prince St location has a beautiful rooftop), Momo Sushi & Cafe, Cafe 44 (great brunch with stunning views of the Potomac), and Daniel O’Connell’s for the classic Irish pub vibe.
For a spring visit I’d also bring them to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens! Such a beautiful and peaceful place to walk around on a nice day, and there are so many great spots nearby in Vienna to grab lunch, coffee, or do a bit of shopping. I highly recommend Greenheart Juice Bar and Caboose Brewing in that area!
If we have time to venture further out, I’d set aside a day to visit Skyline Drive! The mountain views are incredible and there are a lot of great hiking trails throughout Shenandoah National Park.
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?
This is such a great question! I have such a wonderful support system in my life and I absolutely would not be where I am in my career without that. It would be hard to shoutout just one specific person, so I’ll just say shoutout to my college friends!! It’s been years since we graduated but they’re still always willing to give me feedback on projects, lend an ear when I need to vent, and celebrate with me no matter the size of a win. It’s something I’ll never take for granted!