ThriveIN5 with Kriston Koon Koon

Discover Kriston Koon Koon from Trinidad and Tobago, Photographer, Comedian, Actor, Director, Film maker, and Journalist 

What motivated you to pursue your passion?

Well ever since I was young I knew I was a creator but creating was more that just that for me, it was a way to deal with life, a way to make it seem better, because it can get pretty tough at times. My drive is youths, there is a youth out there with a dream and no platform like I was, I want to be there to help, there I a youth with no hope, I want to bring hope to them, there is a youth out there that thinks he/ she is alone, I am here with them! Also my relationship with My Lord guides me every day to never give up.

Who inspires you the most?

Well, that changes now and then for me but on a general note, a young person with drive will always motivate me. Right now some of my motivations are: Jimmy October, Jeff weight, Jonathan Hinds, Areesa Sturgeon, Varma Geelalsingh and many others. 

How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

Well, to be honest, it gets very hard at times because in Trinidad you have to create your own platform as a Youth, the old folks (the Leaders in the industry) wants to keep themselves on top so we as youths have to work around that. There are times I want to give up but then I remind myself of that youth that is home, who I can impact and spark some inspiration in.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself travelling the world constantly, impacting lives everywhere I go. I see myself having an international clothing store, I see myself being the leader of lifestyle photography in the world. I see the youth taking over in 5 years.

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

Never give up! You have a dream, go get it. You have an idea, do like Nike and just do it! You will learn more as you go along don't feel like you are not good enough, we all were at that point.

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