Name: Kim David Smith
Instagram: @kimdavidsmith
# of followers: 33k
City: New York City
Occupation: Singer

How did you become popular on Instagram?

I’m not sure, really. I post a mixture of photographs, drawings, paintings, dreadful selfies, and videos of my music. I think of my Instagram as a living magazine, and an exploration of ego, shamelessness, and a desire to collaborate with visual artists.

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What does your typical day look like?

My day always starts with coffee. Then gym, work of some kind (like any New Yorker, I have at least four sources of income), posing, coffee or a drink with a friend, rehearsal, a performance…my days are all so different, but filled with combinations of the same things. When I have a show coming up, rehearsal floods my schedule. I almost always eat dinner late, and love cooking at home. A lot of my time is spent actively trying to not read Lord of the Rings, as I’m an unrepentant LOTR nerd, and won’t get anything done if I open the Kindle app on my phone. I compromise by reading it on the subway.

kim2How many times did you hear “Oh, I saw you on Instagram”?

Every now and then, but not to a shocking degree. I assume most of my following are robots from the Philippines, or the like. It’s always fun when I see other NYC Instagram people around, and I always try to say hi and introduce myself. It’s fun to be reminded these people are real.
kim1What does it mean to you to be popular on Instagram?

Instagram has been a really fun way to express myself and amplify my music and profile in general, and it’s been a great way to meet people and make friends. So many of the artists and photographers I’ve worked with have become good friends. As far as popularity goes on Instagram, I assume it is as fleeting as everything else in life, and try to not invest emotionally in it.
kim5When you were a little boy, what did you dream about?

As a little boy, I loved witches, magic, Marlene Dietrich, Kylie Minogue, and men. Nothing has changed. I grew up in a very warm and encouraging environment, and though I was teased a great deal at school for being gay, I was very well loved both at home, and by a select handful of friends, and so I pursued dance, music, and art, even though it’s not what little boys really did in rural Australia. I dreamed of being a singer all my life, and am very happy to have carved a niche for myself doing exactly that in New York City.