What started Everyday Kaye?
Actually it was one of those times when you realise you want to do something consecutively or by routine. Project 365, right? That’s when you take one photo a day for every day for one year. That’s basically what I wanted to do first. I knew I wanted to do it because I wanted to get back into photography, but then I also wanted to do it because I wanted to bring back routine and have something that I had to do every day.
At some point you get lazy, you get complacent about what you want to do, and I guess you have to take baby steps to do it? Photography is one, and Instagram as a platform is pretty easy, so Everyday Kaye happened since I wanted to do my own version of Project 365.
What inspires what you say?
The ability or the desire to communicate better. I’ve grown up always being able to talk to people or entertain people, but as years pass by I realise you have to be more careful about what you say. I tend to think a little more about it just because I know that I get affected when people say things they don’t mean so just wanting to be clearer.
How are you dealing with the world we live in and life in general?
Well, one day at a time. It’s not always easy. I’ve gone through a lot in the past couple of years, and there are days when I just don’t want to get out of bed, I just want to sleep. But there is one TED Talk I watch pretty much once a month, it’s Elizabeth Gilbert, and the whole thing equates to: No matter what happens, show up. And if you need an extra jump, put on eyeliner; if you need an extra jolt, grab another cup of coffee or whatever; but whatever it is, just show up.
How hard is it to get up in the morning?
Pretty difficult. Especially when you’re comfortable. Especially when the lights are lower. But sometimes you just gotta do it.
Who is your inspiration for what you write?
Recently it’s been a lot about my dad. He passed away two years ago, but he’s been inspiring me more and more lately because of how hard he worked, and even now, people talk about him like he was just the greatest guy. So I want to leave that sort of legacy too.
What is your inspiration?
People. There are so many stories that haven’t been told that want to be told. There are so many people that need to get their stories out, but they don’t get the chance to because they are shy or afraid. So I am inspired by those people that have stories to tell.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Cliche as it is, everywhere. You just have to look for it sometimes.
The past few months on Instagram, you’ve just been “out there,” why?
Well, so social media was supposed to be the ability to communicate to a lot of people, but lately, for me, it has been a way to communicate with myself. So it’s become a public diary. Kind of like your Blogspot or whatever. I’ve decided not to care anymore about what people read about me. So that’s why I say what I say. That’s me. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.
So what now?
I’m still figuring that out, actually. We’ll see, I guess.
Kc Coling was interviewed in February 2016