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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kai McPhee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kai McPhee.

Hi Kai, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My love for fashion definitely started when I was like a junior in high school. My school was already considered fashionable and we had a yearly fashion show that I participated in, that basically made me know that I wanted to do fashion as my job when I get older. I graduated high school in 2020 and tried to go to school for fashion but when your parents are paying for college, I really didn’t have fashion as an option, so I settled for a school near me for business. During that semester, I got bored and started making fashion TikToks, then one day I guess I started to get noticed. After one semester of school, I decided to leave because I did not want to spend an insane amount of money on school for something I did not want to pursue. Of course, I didn’t leave school for TikTok, I still had a job for most of the year until I decided to leave because I was making more money off of social media than my regular job. So now I do social media full time and I love it. I literally wake up, get dressed, and get paid to do it! Of course, I don’t want to only do this when I get older but I do think the platform that I’ve built will open new doors in fashion one day. I’ve also been doing this for a year now and I’m currently 19.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been smooth at all. It was times I really doubted my decision to leave school because at times I felt like I wasn’t doing enough with my life, or I would compare myself to my friends who are in school and get to experience college life. Also, with social media in general, it’s extremely draining, especially since I was very new to it so I didn’t know how to handle it. It was times when I was ready to delete all of my social medias and never come back. Or I would have a burnout and wouldn’t know what content to produce. I felt like my content wasn’t special at all and no one even cared, it was a lot. I even started a clothing brand but it ended as soon as it started because I wasn’t 100% proud of it. Another challenge was getting hate on my outfits, I’m not going to lie, I’m insecure, so when a hate comment appears under any of my content, I do usually take it personally at times.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a content creator that specializes in fashion! I guess I’m pretty much known for my sense of style and creativity. I am most proud of the platform I’ve built, the relationships that have been made, the opportunities that I have been blessed with, being able to walk away from my job at 19. I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to be versatile in my content. My niche is fashion but with that, I have been able to branch into home decor, diy projects, sewing, etc. I’ve shown that I can’t be placed into one category.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I’ve learned that you do not have to be anywhere special to be successful. I used to think I HAD to be in a very fashionable place like New York or LA to be successful in fashion. Being in quarantine and having limited space taught me that I have to make the best of what I have. Having that happened honestly made my creativity blossom more because I had to think of new ways to make content.

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Jordan Blades @1kblades

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