We had the good fortune of connecting with Kylee Kauffman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kylee, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Being raised in the small town of Fountain Hills, AZ; it was definitely a struggle to find outlets for creativity and self expression. I dove into creative outlets as often as they presented themselves (i.e. theater, drawing, photography). This small town upbringing also resulted in having a small circle of friends and a really great relationship with my parents and brothers. All of which supported my efforts to explore more creative avenues I felt I was lacking. Makeup, (particularly abstract/artistic) eye makeup, was what I immediately gravitated towards. With a slight background in photography, I started posting on the newest app/platform at the time, Instagram. As my page started to gain more traction, it felt organic to create and be creative for the first time ever. I started to work with makeup brands and other artists which also gave me more of a business perspective for the industry. This came with a lot of trial and error, self doubt, and self reflection. Although makeup is a passion from my past, as of now, it gave me so much insight on how to motivate myself, build relationships, and influence others from something as simple as eyeshadow looks.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My many (past and current) passions include makeup, modeling, fitness, and interior design. Although my original following was from abstract makeup looks; modeling and fitness have for sure taken over my life, in a positive way. Im excited about my future ventures in the fitness world especially as I feel there needs to be more of a female dominant side. Combining my creative and business knowledge that was gained from being in the makeup industry, I can’t wait to incorporate that into my entrepreneurial ideas in fitness. There’s been many challenges regarding this side of my life, one just having the confidence to know when I want to explore new avenues without shame, regret, or fear. It’s hard to know when to move on from one passion/goal and try something new. My advice would be to focus on your own happiness, not others. If you find a career or hobby interesting, explore it!
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?
If I was showing a friend around Scottsdale or Arizona; we would have to eat at Maple and Ash and grab drinks at AZ88. Exploring Old town Scottsdale in general would be first on our list before heading to sight see around downtown Phoenix.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to highlight that there’s been many people who have inspired and supported me throughout the years. My dad. Bob Kauffman, was my biggest supporter and “cheerleader” in every avenue I pursued. Although the makeup industry was not an area he knew much about; he always wanted to gain any knowledge he could about it. He wanted to better understand my passion and try to help in any way ge could. Always giving me new ideas, showing my work to strangers at restaurants; he truly gave me the confidence even when I felt I wasn’t good enough. He was was & still is my #1 fan (vise versa).
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