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Meet Kristen Soller of Kidnapped for Dinner in Wynwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Soller.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was supposed to be a surgeon. Or a radiologist. Or a lawyer, maybe. Instead, I chose to channel my inner Terry Gross.

Growing up in a Filipino-Catholic household, I had a limited idea of professional success. My parents also valued parental authority, the family unit and the community-at-large above individuality. I constantly drew, wrote stories and taped my own pretend shows on a VHS camcorder, but didn’t think these efforts would lead to a career.

In college, I studied psychology, art, and design and despite having five years of experience in the art and design disciplines, I always hesitated to call myself a creative of any type. I eventually co-founded a project space with my then husband. The marriage and partnership didn’t work out and the situation forced me to reevaluate who I was/what I wanted, untethered by the expectations of others and even of my parents, which still followed me.

In addition to a space of my own in which to find my voice, what I craved at this point in my life were conversations and stories – not necessarily about relationships, but of navigating moments of self-doubt, of questioning one’s creative purpose.

I recognized a few things about myself: my art and design experiences; how people, strangers, and friends alike, liked to open up to and confide in me their own stories; how I loved the intimacy of conversation; how some of my idols were journalists and radio hosts. With the encouragement of my loved ones, I reached out to Jolt Radio to pitch my idea for a show. Kidnapped for Dinner was born.

Has it been a smooth road?
A mix of perfectionism and Imposter Syndrome drives me to continually look for ways to improve my process and the show as a whole. However, this can also easily keep me from enjoying the process.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I created and host Kidnapped for Dinner, a radio show produced by Jolt Radio which features conversations with creatives about disorienting moments, fears and even failures in the creative process. Since starting in February 2017, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a range of guests from Miami’s community.

There is a range of great audio shows related to profiling creatives and entrepreneurs and how they got to where they are. KD specifically sheds light on the not-so-sexy parts of the creative process and career development to provide a more robust picture of living a creative life and to reimagine “success” not in terms of reaching or failing to reach a tangible goal but rather a striving to move closer to what is true to ourselves.

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