Kayla St. Cloud

 I am often asked what ignited the flame that led to my passion for the arts. My answer remains the same: As a child, I loved being able to escape into the many worlds created by different artists and authors. My mother continues to be one of my major influences. I attribute her Brooklyn, New York upbringing as having played a notable role in me growing up to love and appreciate the arts and different cultures; especially through music. I grew up listening to some of the pioneers of rap, as well as many hip-hop and r&b legends of the 80's and 90’s.  My grandfather's immense love for and knowledge of jazz tremendously influenced and contributed to my love for different genres of music. I love music that touches and impacts one soul. Being born into the military culture, I was fortunate to be able to visit many states. This privilege afforded me many opportunities to see life through lens other than my own, which exposed me to the countless ways people interpret art; whether through painting, music, dancing, theater, instruments...the list goes on.

 

 My mom kept me pretty busy as a child! I began taking ballet and tap at the age of 5. I also took gymnastics for a couple of years, cheered in middle school, and played the viola from 6th through 12th grade. Acting and entertaining has always been my first love and source of bliss. From performing well known movie scenes with my cousins in family living rooms, to landing a lead role in my first play, I knew at a very early age that I WILL become a household name.

 

 After visiting many open mics, poetry slams, music events, and live art exhibits in Washington, D.C and New York over the years, I decided it was time for me to share those experiences with my peers in S.C. My number one goal is to provide others with an enlightening experience that evokes inspiration in a safe and harmonious environment. Regardless of race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation, I want people to feel welcome to explore and connect.

Peace and Blessings,

Kayla

 

I was interviewed by KaShawn Archer about Souls ‘n Substance in 2013. To read what I had to say, click herehttp://knownameblog.com/?p=1820