Expat Artist: Kevin Kim in the Netherlands
Expat musician Kevin Kim's advice to artists wishing to break into the local scene, "Assert yourself, don't be shy!"
Name: Kevin Kim
Nationality: New Zealand
Country of residence: Holland
Reason for moving to new country of residence: Study
Which medium do you work in?
How has living abroad influenced your work as an artist?
To see and understand different views, perspectives and contexts for seemingly indentical situations or circumstances.
Can you describe what you wish to communicate through your art work?
The art of persuasion that is music in the way it intended and its fundamental values; to teach to entertain and move.
Which famous local artists inspire you?
Daniel Brueggen, Jacques Ogg.
Which up and coming local artists do you find worth mentioning?
Recorder quartet, Consort Mirabile.
How easy or difficult is it to mix with the local artistic community?
As long as the fundamental values are shared, or at least identifiable, anyone can mix and get along with anyone.
Can you offer some advice to others wishing to break into the local art scene?
Assert yourself, don't be shy! As long as you are prepared to do the hard yards, start at the bottom and not lose focus, you will be happy. A cliche, and true.
What kind of financial support is available for artists working in your country of residence?
Funding for newly graduated artists, sadly no more after December 2011.
How would you describe the local art scene?
Diverse, a lot of competition yet friendly enough.
Would you like to add anything that we haven't addressed in the questionnaire?
What's natural is usually the best.
Joining Expat Voices
We'd love to hear what you have to say about life in the Netherlands. To add your voice and receive the questionnaire, click on one of our links below to the questionnaire of your choice. We also invite you to share images and a video which you feel conveys more about your life abroad. Click below now!
Comment here on the article, or if you have a suggestion to improve this article, please click here.