Kiyomi McCloskey hails from Toronto, Canada and moved to New York City after signing a record deal at the age of 19. Kiyomi was the lead vocalist for the band, Hunter Valentine for over 10 years before starting a solo music career. Kiyomi and the band starred in the third season of Showtime's, The Real L Word. In addition to her music career, Kiyomi is pursuing her other passion - Real Estate. Growing up in a family of real estate investors and agents, she learned the business at a young age. We chatted with Kiyomi about the band and what it was like to be part of a tv show, and how that differs from her life now as a real estate agent.
I came from a family of real estate investors and fanatics. My father was always buying properties, fixing them up, then renting them out or selling them. I found it fascinating and had a passion for it throughout my life. When my music career was on pause, I knew that I wanted so badly to learn something new and take a shot at a career that was totally different. Real estate was it for me.
As a woman, it feels very empowering to wear a decked out suit while doing business.
Photography credit: @jjignotzphotography