Kris Kidd is a 20-year-old author who is celebrating the upcoming release of his new collection of essays entitled, I Can’t Feel My Face. We’ve been totally enamored with his essays and brief exclamations and iterations of his eerily pristine and wise words. Kris’ disturbingly perceptive take on his own life and today’s youth culture at large, makes him a prime candidate to become a fresh new voice for the latter end of Generation Y.
P/P decided to pick his brain about this literary journey, since he’s been afforded the opportunity of being published, which is a gift many writers will never obtain after a lifetime of attempts. Here is a brief Q&A that skims a few layers off of Kris Kidd’s process and lays them on the table for you to partake in:
You have a bit of mystery to you. You’re so young and it seems you’ve experienced a strong writing and modeling career already. When did you know you were meant to write?
I don’t really think I’ve experienced strength in either. I quit my agency when I was eighteen before I had experienced any real form of success. As far as writing goes, I’ve been doing it for years. It wasn’t until recently that I decided I wanted to try and take it seriously. I’m still learning.
As you leave your adolescence behind and become an adult, has your perception of things changed?..and as an artist, has your coming of age been a heavy learning experience for your current literary career?
If anything, I’ve been able to distance myself from the emotions of my adolescence. I think that this distance has helped my writing a lot. Looking back on my youth now, I’m able to laugh at the things I once cried about. I am able to be more objective, and I believe it has helped me to be stronger in my writing.
What’s your writing process?
Good old Hemingway said “Write drunk; edit sober.” So, in true Hemingway fashion, my process starts with getting wasted.
Do you feel your work is abstract, literal or a combination of the two? You can choose to tell a true story and others may interpret your words as fantastical. Do you write from your true perspective or dramatize the emotional density in your work?
I’m naturally a very dramatic person, so what may seem fantastical and outlandish is almost always true. I believe I have a very abstract voice, but everything is meant to be interpreted literally.
Tell us about your book, “I Can’t Feel My Face”.
You know, it’s really less of a book and more a collection of essays. It’s very short, only about seventy pages, six essays. It’s a look back on my adolescence in the present tense. It’s an examination of myself— who I was and who I am today. However, I do believe that it opens up a discussion for issues larger than the ones I experienced myself. This collection of essays is meant to paint a portrait of a generation of numbness, excess and self-absorption.
What are your plans for 2014? Will you be embarking on a book tour?
I’d love to! It really all depends on funding. If anything, the tour would be limited to California. Maybe someday I’ll be able to branch out! As for now, 2014 is already pretty busy. I’m working on two projects with DAZED Digital, one music video and one short film. So that should keep me pretty busy for a little while. Who knows, though? I’m always open to trying new things. It will be a year of pushing myself to experience new things, for sure.
Do you have any advice for young writers?
Trust yourself. If you feel like you have something to say, say it. The fact of the matter is that everything has already been said. It’s your job to find a new and interesting way to say it.
Kris Kidd’s I Can’t Feel My Face will be available on January 9th through The Altar Collective.