We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyasia Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyasia, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson that my career has taught me is that passion as no ceiling. You always have room to grow , learn , and become a better artist. The journey is just that a journey. Never get too comfortable in a spot , always look for innovation and growth , but at the same time go at your own pace. HAVE FUN!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Special Effects makeup artist , podcaster , author , and film commentator all under the umbrella of the Horror genre. Everything I do is for the advancement of the Horror genre and to create a space for those who look like me. I began doing makeup (cosmetic) at the age of 17 and turned that into a profession soon after entering college. Around the age of 19 my clients started to ask me to do more daring and creative looks , especially around Halloween and I have this motto of “Never say no , because I can always learn something new”. Through that I discovered Special Effects makeup and the rest is history. I’ve always been a fan of the Horror genre so that was another way for me to express that love. My main inspirations were Rick Baker , Goldiestarling , and Howard Berger. In college I was a communication studies major so I had many opportunities to write lots of papers , and even conduct my own podcast episode . During the thick of my studies was the same time that Jordan Peele debuted “Get Out” and opened a new discussion on Black representation in Horror. Most of my collegiate writings discussed Black representation in horror or other subgenres or underdiscussed elements of the genre. Professors noticed that and informed me that I could continue those works after graduating and aligned me with academics and professionals with the same interest. A few months after graduating I decided to start a podcast discussing Black horror films , interesting topics , and ideas that I didn’t see much in most films. In the wake of the pandemic in 2020 , i decided to create a space for Black , Queer , and Disabled Horror fans to feel seen and express their love for the genre. My multimedia company KyFx Horror Group has interviewed numerous diverse Horror fans from across the world. I am been on festival panels discussing Black and Queer representation in Horror and in November of 2021 I became a published author , all while still being a Special Effects Makeup artist and working in the film circuit in Houston , Texas. My journey has not always been easy , but it has given my life so much meaning and I have dedicated my life to the advancement of the Horror genre.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love wine and food so of course we would have to go to 13 Celsius for that . Mo Better Brews has some of the most amazing vegan breakfast in the city and great drinks as well. Avant Garden has an amazing poetry night on Wednesdays and great Djs afterwards to dance the night away. I am also a regular at The Flat , great house music DJs , yummy drinks ,and good Pizza.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my best friend Anthony Cortez Funches . I miss you dearly . I will cherish your endless unconditional love and support for me forever. May you rest peacefully.
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