Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Kiki Wong. I’m a travel writer, blogger, and professional internationally toured musician who’s shared the stage with acts like Taylor Swift, Usher, Bret Michaels, The Misfits, and more. I’m also the human servant to two fluffy cats, Nyx and Caesar.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am legally blind in one eye.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re finished!
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Care WAY less of what people think of you, and work twice as hard as you did yesterday.
What is your greatest fear?
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Doubt is a pretty common occurrence growing up in an Asian family. There were always high expectations out of my brother and I, and my main goal in life was to make sure I met those standards. However, even though being a musician wasn’t the path that my family thought I was supposed to follow, I looked passed the doubt and used it as fuel to prove that I can be successful, even when the stakes were low.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Don’t let those that didn’t follow their dreams tell you not to follow yours.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Definitely not. I was a bit of an ugly duckling growing up. I had glasses at the age of six and braces at the age of 7 for 6 years. I realized that I wanted people to respect me by my ability to do things rather than my appearance, so I practiced piano and guitar diligently and obsessively. However, I didn’t really have a lot of self-confidence in my appearance until I left for college and joined the band. There, I could personify who I wanted to be on stage. That ultimately gave me confidence down the line to show my true self.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love my ability to never give up.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
One of the most difficult parts in my life was getting sober. With rock and roll comes a lot of partying and drinking. Unfortunately, when my music career took a halt, the partying didn’t. It was ruining my health and my life. However, I discovered Muay Thai and boxing and everything changed. I no longer could show up to early classes hungover. It just wasn’t an option. Fighting has helped give me the tools to overcome addictions and given me self-confidence and control I’ve never had before.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Never EVER give up. Even if you fail, fail again. Fail, fail, fail again until you succeed.
What motivates you most?
Training has become a huge part of my life. I crave that endorphins rush from working out and improving in my boxing. It’s also a reflection of my work. The harder you work, the more effort you put in, the more passion you feel for your work, the more investment goes in and the more success you will accomplish.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Being my own boss can be a great benefit since I can work from home. However, work can turn into an every day thing. It’s important to make time for family and friends. The best way is to take on tasks that are really worth your time. Don’t get stuck doing too many small menial tasks. Do something that can guarantee growth for you or your career.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Daily journaling and affirmations are truly what make you a better person. It’s easier to understand who you are when you create tangibility of your conscious flow. Journaling helps make more sense of your brain, and keeps everything organized. It also allows you to review your thoughts more objectively with an outside perspective when you read back a few days later.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
Kaila Yu, my business parter and bff, is truly a huge impact on my life. She was the singer of my band and now we run a business together. She’s an incredible badass boss babe and a true innovator in every industry she works in.
Kiki Wong is a travel writer, blogger, and professional internationally toured musician