#29: Kim DiVine, Musician & Founder of Kim DiVine Jewelry

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kim always chose a creative path in life. In 2004 Kim decided to pack her bags and drive across country to try out California and pursue her original music. Along the way she took up the craft of jewelry making. Over the years she has expanded her skill set to include hand-stamping, metalwork, beading, and soldering. She combines all of these techniques to create original pieces that can compliment any look. Her modern, delicate style is for the everyday woman and also make great gifts. She puts her heart and muscle in to every piece she makes in her Los Angeles studio. 
Kim recorded an EP right before the birth of her daughter with LA producer Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Matthew Mayfield, Dashboard Confessional) and then took a bit of a break to be a mom, with a plan to release after a few months of parenthood. With the passing of her father, mother, and father-in-law in recent years, she now uses her music as an integral part of the healing process through emotional highs and lows. Her album "This Time Around" is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/…/al…/this-time-around/id1247950975).

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

Three core values that lead me in all of my music and jewelry business decisions include Passion, Creativity and Perseverance. From a very young age I was intensely passionate about singing and performing. I knew deep down this was something I was meant to do and the passion continues to bubble over, even to this day. My mother was an entrepreneur so I was able to grow up watching her and confidently pursue my path with the support of my parents. Although, she made sure I knew it was not always an easy road to travel. In terms of songwriting, when I let my mind and heart open up completely, creativity finds a way to flood in. I am always so excited when a lyric or melody brews in my mind, and ultimately comes out as a beautiful piece of music. The creative part of being an entrepreneur is, for me, the easiest. It’s also the happiest place for me. But I have learned to wear both the creative and business-minded hats in order to grow and achieve more than I ever thought possible. This is where Perseverance is key. The music business is a difficult animal to navigate, and overwhelming at times. It's such a cliche, but there is a lot of rejection in the business and its easy to get discouraged, and I do at times. But I believe in myself and that is what drives me to keep knocking on those doors and advancing my career.

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?

It's easy to think setbacks are failures, but I really think that a "failure" is just a way of the universe telling you this wasn't the right path for you at that particular time. There have been numerous times when, in the moment, I feel like I failed. But a day, week or month later, I have had the time to evaluate a new plan of attack and gain perspective to know that what I interpreted as a failure was just a detour that can still lead me to where I seek to be. Creating art doesn't require a road map. One "failure" I am proud of is having recorded a cover of the classic Radiohead song "Creep" (I love Radiohead!) in 2014. I knew I wanted the song to be simple: me and my ukulele. So I decided to self-record the song in my home studio. Attempts to get the song placed in film or television didn't pan out, but that didn't stop my pursuit of getting the song "out there." I challenged myself to come up with a creative way to get the song noticed by the program director of The Coffeehouse station at SiriusXM. The effort paid off in a big way. Not only did he inform me that he was impressed with my presentation, and the song, but the song has now been in rotation for over a year! Check one off the goal list! And on to the next...

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future? 

On April 5, I'm returning the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood to play new songs, and some oldies. The Hotel Cafe is my absolute favorite venue in LA, and I've been playing there since I packed up and moved to LA nearly 15 years ago. I have been a writing machine lately and have some brand new songs slated to record next month. I am also on track to record and release a children's album later this year. Having two small kids of my own, I wanted to create something fun and engaging for my kids, but also other families to enjoy. My jewelry business is also booming (www.kimdivinejewelry.com) and you'll find me at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA once a month to showcase my latest designs.