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Meet Kyle Kleiboeker of Subject To Change

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Kleiboeker.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kyle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas and from as far back as I can remember, my talents have always been very different from the community that existed around me. Growing up, I was an outgoing extrovert and by age four, I wanted to be in dance class. I’m one of the lucky ones that had a family that always encouraged me to express myself freely; to be me.

This early passion for music and movement led me to a successful career in musical theatre. At 18 years old, I started working professionally in the entertainment industry and spent my early adult years traveling the world and performing in the Broadway National Tours of The Wedding Singer, Hairspray and RENT. Experiencing such success right out of the gate can certainly cause pressure to mount. I would receive the same round of questions constantly: “What are you going to do next?” “You have to keep your momentum going”. “You need to be on TV.” “You need to be famous.” All of that outside stress formed some unhealthy expectations that I put onto myself. I would feel extreme guilt and sadness if I didn’t book a role or show and after a while this lead to me becoming extremely depressed. On some days – I could barely get out of bed. Being in that New York City hustle of Broadway drove me to believe that that was all I was good at and that if I wasn’t constantly working at a certain level- that I was a failure. My career up to that point had defined me in a way. I knew in my gut that I wanted to do more. I wanted to use more of my talents. We only get one life, and so why should I choose to do the same thing for the rest of it? I want to experience as much in life as I possibly can with the time that I am given. I want to create and I want my individuality to be celebrated.

That was when I decided to move to LA to pursue a career in modeling. I am currently signed with LA Models, Q Model Management NYC and NEXT Milan. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some legends in the industry: David LaChapelle on Diesel’s “Make Love Not Walls” campaign and Tony Duran have been my favorites! Being on that side of the fashion world revived my desire to create something of my own. To be my own boss for once! I had always dreamed of creating my own brand, but the dream always seemed a bit too big or a bit out of reach. With the help and support of my fiancé, Grasan and my best friend, Brooke… We just simply started to work on our dream collectively and pretty quickly SUBJECT TO CHANGE was born. A gender neutral street wear brand that makes a bold and powerful stance on visibility, inclusivity and individuality.

Great, 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?
Listen, nothing about the entertainment industry or creating your own work is easy. The amount of rejection that I’ve faced would be wild to any “normal” person. The word “No” doesn’t even phase me now. But, any time I feel that I’ve truly struggled or failed is only when I’ve gotten in my own way.

Looking back, I spent so much time thinking that I didn’t have the power to create- that I forgot that the power to create is always in our hands. Creating belongs to all of us. I didn’t want to continue waiting for opportunities to come to me… I wanted to create them for myself.

You don’t have to wait on anyone to tell you- just BEGIN. Start now. Start by doing what you can with what you’ve got, Where you are and in your own way. We just have to be brave enough to care.

Please tell us about Subject To Change.
The members of our team were not completely fulfilled with traditional successes, so we decided to blaze our own trail.

{subject to change} is a modern clothing brand that provides handcrafted pieces. We are gay, black and women-owned! {subject to change} was built by our Co-Founders: Grasan Kingsberry and Brooke Mangum and myself. Driven by our creativity and love for expression through fashion, we design each piece ourselves to meet the needs of consumers for their clothing staples and comfortable eclectic fashion.

We are inspired by bold and unique street-wear trends, paired with classic designs that can be shared across all gender spectrums.

I have learned so much in this short amount of time that I’ve been a business owner. I am grateful for the exposure and experiences that have come my way so far. This is only the beginning and I’m down for the ride!

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.s2cshop.com
  • Phone: 800-758-2083
  • Email: contact@s2cshop.com
  • Instagram: @subjecttochangeshop

Image Credit:
Photography by: Malcolm Joris Instagram: @joris.studio, Blake Eiermann Instagram: @blakeephoto

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