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Interview with Kiana Tom
The Star of ESPN's Kiana's Flex Appeal
Fit and Pretty Example of Success!

When you were young, what were your personal goals and/or dreams that you want to achieve in life? With your current success, what goals/dreams are left to accomplish?

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  • My personal goals are to be happy, healthy and to be surrounded by loved ones. Balance is key: I need to be successful in my career to feel fulfilled, be surrounded by people I care about to share it with, and have my health to be able to do the things I love to do! I am a goal setter and I set more goals everyday. I keep lists of goals in my office to stay on track. My main goals are that I would like to do more movies, executive produce and create a new Kiana Fitness Magazine Show, create a wild line of exclusive active wear, find my soul mate, get married and have children.

    How did your grandmother's words - "if you have your health, you have everything" become the basis/foundation of what you do?

    Health: My grandmother was a role model of mine. Everyone loved to be around her, she was amazing and could do 100 things at once. She was the breadwinner in her family, raised 5 kids in a day where women especially, Chinese women, did not work. Her husband, my grandfather had heart trouble and couldn't work. She brightened everyone's day with kind words. The basis of her belief was that you can have all the material things in the world but you need your health first and foremost. That became a philosophy of mine and a way to show the true importance of fitness.

    How do you see yourself? (your image of yourself in work, leisure and life)

    Fans that approach me are always telling me that I am "just like I am on Flex Appeal/TV." I am what you see. I am happy and optimistic 99% of the time, love life, love people and live life passionately in everything I do. I tend to be an extremist-all or nothing type-and have to focus on being balanced. Basically, I am either working out for 3 hours or sleeping. It's go, go, go!!!! Then I hit the wall and crash for awhile. For example, I will work 15 hour days on Flex Appeal then take a vacation and sit on the beach for 5 hours doing nothing but sunbathing and reading.

    In a past interview, you mentioned that "You wanted to be like Connie Chung" - why was that and do you still the same way?

    While a student at UCLA, I wanted to be an anchorwoman like Connie Chung. She was a role model of mine. I thought being an anchor was the coolest job, until I did the news for one year----not! I admire and respect her, but my views on the actual job have changed. I didn't like the fact that I was inside a studio 10 hours per day - I am an outdoors person. Besides the news is filled with negative stories and I would rather help people with positive information. I would like to do a daily fitness tip on the news.

    Noteworthy Films with
    Asian Male &
    White Female

    There has been relatively few daring attempts in dealing with interracial romantic relationships with Asian/Asian Pacific American males in films throughout history. Listed below are some prominent and rare examples.

    In the early 1900's, isolated films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat brought to the screen the feelings of forbidden love between a White woman and an Asian man.

    In the 1950's, Hiroshima Mon Amour and Crimson Kimono (in which, James Shigeta won the gorgeous White female - Victoria Shaw - from his White male co-star) featured an Asian Male and a White Female in starring romantic roles in major films!

    In South Pacific, the song "You Have to be Carefully Taught" highlighted in the film one of the main reason why people fear interracial romantic situations.

    In Bridge to the Sun, James Shigeta was married to the pretty Carroll Baker in a daring story during WWII!

    In the 1990's, Disney's Johny Tsunami was one of the last example of romantic featured roles featuring an Asian/Asian American male and a White female.

    Is the Asian/Asian Pacific American male and a non-Asian (White, Black & Hispanic) female romantic relationships taboo in American films?

    Do you call yourself a "pioneer?" If so, then why - especially since you are a well-recognized face with fitness buffs and ESPN fans? If not, many people consider you a pioneer because of your past achievements.

    Pioneer? What a complement! I am honored to hear that! The fitness and television industry is not common for Asians. It was a goal of mine to be the first Asian Woman to host, produce and star in her own fitness show/series. I feel it's a real accomplishment for our culture. More Asians need to be on television as a positive role model.

    Who are your role model(s) beyond your parents in life, love, entertainment-wise and professionally? Elaborate on why they are your examples and what did they teach you.

    Goldie Hawn - I love her bubbly personality, the way she brightens every room, she is like sunshine, she seems to have found the "balance" in career and her personal family life. She is successful in movies, yet doesn't seem to threaten the security of her "man," and seems like a loving caring mom. Arnold: need I say why? Marilyn Monroe: what a feat to be so beautiful and to be attractive to men and women-not intimidating to other women. Professionally: that would include a bit of every successful person I have ever met. When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.

    What factors and/or motivation(s) made you want to be more than a cast member or a pretty face - especially the hard position as a producer of your own shows?

    I am a control freak. I want to do what I want to do. As a cast member, I was frustrated because the zillion creative ideas for the show that I had weren't being heard. I thought to myself that I would write them all down and have my own show one day to blow this one away. It did. Once I accomplished that goal, I realized that the respect and credibility that comes with being the creator/producer of the TV show, far outweighs that of being on camera.

    Why do you always want to be the boss when it comes to making decisions in her life and business? Was this something that you saw in your parents?

    The opposite - my parents tend to be a bit passive, that made me want to be the exact opposite. I am a take charge, go get them, try it and see type of person. I do not get frustrated from hearing "no," it motivates me more. I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. I like things done a certain way and a perfectionist. However, with more projects on the table, I am teaching myself to delegate and rely on a good team of professionals to lighten the load. It is so rewarding to see the project come to reality and my vision on the television. What a rush!

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