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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kasie Hervey.

Hi Kasie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Many factors contribute to how I got to where I am today. The common themes that you will find throughout my story are healing, advocacy and expression. All of these things working together point to who I am and my purpose in life.

I’ve been drawing since I was two years old. My grandmother would bring home stacks of blank paper from her clerical job, and I would take them and draw for literal HOURS. My dad (my hero) was and still is VERY intentional about my artistic abilities. He would spend hours coloring with me and teaching different coloring techniques to ensure that I was sharpening my skills. Both of my parents are artistic. I attribute my creative activation to them, my grandmother, and my aunt because they cultivated the space for me to dream big.

My love for beauty emerged at a very young age. Growing up, my mother was a hairstylist and MUA at MAC. And as a child, my sister and I would sit with her make-up drawings and try to mimic them on coloring pages and one another. We would also play in each other’s hair and try on her clothes for fun. So it was of no surprise to my family when I began doing hair and make-up as a side-hustle in college.

After watching my cousins (who were more like my siblings) go into foster care in high school and witnessing the system fail them – I developed a passion for justice and advocacy. I’ve always been a natural defender, so having injustice hit so close to home took a toll on me. In 2013 after graduating high school, I decided to become a social worker. In 2017, I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and am one year away from completing my Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Alongside my entrepreneurial endeavors, I hope to become a leader in advocacy and social justice across the nation one day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If you have been following my story on Instagram, then you know the road has been very ROCKY. To keep it brief, I would liken my struggles to Cinderella. She was innocent and vulnerable, but many obstacles tried to take her out: an evil stepmother, bullying, being misunderstood, grief, abandonment, low self-esteem, loneliness, sibling rivalry and so much more. Nevertheless, she prevailed. Like Cinderella, I have endured a lot. But all of those things working together made me who I am today.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Here is the slogan I’ve coined “I am the fusion of where Jesus, intellect, creativity, and soft-ghetto commentary collide to bring liberation.” I am most known for my big hair, honest heart, and doing a lot *chuckles*.

By day, I am a Communications & Outreach Coordinator for a nonprofit in South Los Angeles where I fundraise, plan events and provide support to the children and families in South Los Angeles.

By night, I am a painter and the art store owner By Kasie Hervey (BKH), a lifestyle art brand inspired by black women on Redbubble. I am also the hair, make-up, and fashion enthusiast behind Lifeogenic Beauty, a holistic self-care space that helps people “look beautiful on camera and in real life”. I also curate creative empowerment content across various social media platforms for myself and others.

I am most proud of the opening of my art store. Despite having the desire to do a lot of different things, I’ve had constant wrestling with the fear of failure. Therefore, stepping out to share my work with the world took a lot of courage.

I think what sets me apart is my love for people. I am passionate about seeing people empowered and walking in the truth. Everything that I do is rooted in a deep desire to see people healed and living well. I have lent my gifts to the world in hopes of people seeing Jesus and themselves in the way God intended. Whether it be through beauty, art, or advocacy, I just want to help people get free and live well!

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
Hmmm, to be saved, The bible has a lot of wisdom and strategy. Also, Atomic Habits by James Clear is a favorite when it comes to motivation and consistency. To be basic, I love YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest for inspiration! All of my favorite podcasts have nothing to do with my creative interests but I enjoy The Lett-Out podcast because it’s the perfect merge of pop culture, political jargon, theology, and black people being black! I love that it’s intellectually stimulating and ghetto just like me *smirk*.

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