Powering On with Kathryn Zix
Written by Danielle Irene
Published April 16, 2018
High school is hard. It’s a time in one’s life where self-identity is sought, academic excellence is aimed for, and career plans are coveted. It’s a shared experience. But for 16-year-old Kathryn Zix, she discovered a way to climb toward all three of those goals in one form: visual art.
Boasting over 900 followers on Instagram, the high school sophomore has already started to make a name for herself in the art world. She regularly creates content for online publications and earns recognitions for her work.
Zix has established her skills in graphic design, filmmaking, and entrepreneurship, but her first love is photography.
She got her start in photography like many kids in Gen Z: through a DS. “At first, I just took photos of pretty much anything I found lying around the house,” Zix recalled. “Eventually, I upgraded to a point-and-shoot in fifth grade and started taking more high-quality photos of the same stuff. This was when I first started editing my photos.”
After this, she began to branch off into taking portraits of her friends and she continues to do so today.
Zix believes power is only achieved through artists upholding their responsibility. “I think artists have the responsibility to use their platform and skill to be authentically themselves, and to not make anything simply because it’s the status quo or what’s popular.”
Perseverance might as well be Zix’s middle name. Balancing school life with creative life in an effort to integrate the two in the name of her future isn’t easy. But she does it.
“Discouragement is like losing power in a power outage—you still have the power and ambition you did when you started, [you just have] to turn back on.”
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