We had the good fortune of connecting with Kemi “Moon” Balogun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kemi “Moon”, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
More than anything else I wanted to be free as an adult. Growing up, my parents would always say, “We just want you to be successful, have a comfortable life, and have a better life than what we were able to provide”. I used to be confused because I thought my parents did an amazing job building a life for us, however, I understand that they want to see me take things further than they have in their life.
When I actually sat down and decided to start my first business, I was ready to apply my creative skills and the skills I had soaked up from my parents and their friends (who are business owners, doctors, lawyers, etc.) to this “new digital” world that they didn’t have access to when they were my age.
Freedom was the main thought that drove me to actualize my business; financial freedom, creative freedom and the freedom to live the life I deserve and not having to be tied to any one thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I already have my next three book project ideas lined up, one of which will be a narrative story instead of a poetry collection. I also have a music project in the works. My bros Trevante and Isaiah put me in a booth for the first time in 2020 and I’ve been converting poems into songs ever since.
I’ve had to live a lot of life ever since I consciously decided to pursue a life of artistry and entrepreneurship. It was during the hard times when everything seemed to be falling apart, that I learned how deeply true my passion for this is. I wrote through the pain and worked harder towards my goals. Now I am starting to see the fruits of my labor.
One thing y’all should know about me is, I am a book to be read. That is why I write. I am Poetry, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Blues, Gospel and Renaissance personified. My art, my creations, my brand and my businesses are all a reflection of my soul journey. I want to be vulnerable and authentic and be true to the growth process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve notoriously been the homebody friend, however, in later years I’ve found myself being “outside” more. I love downtown PHX and it has grown so much over the years. One of my favorite bars to go to down there is Cornish Pasty Co. The drinks are great and they have affordable drink options. Also, the food & desserts are fire.
Cobra Arcade Bar is also a VIBE. Wednesday nights I believe is when they have R&B Jams Night with DJ Yellawave. Between the R&B vibes, the anime artwork on the walls and throwback arcade games, It’s a fun time for sure.
Apart from those two places, we would be at Truth Haven. They are a community event space that has hosted several events Since their grand opening in February. Between Taco Tuesday, Brunch events, Showcases, and my personal favorite, Spoken Word and Paint events, there is plenty to do there and there’s always great music, dope people and a sense of community there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Sadly, Ms, Lisa passed away in 2020. I honestly kind of spiraled a bit after she passed away, but her spirit and dream is still very much alive today.
Poetic Soul Sarah Serenity