Feel the glorious, joyous energy of Kevin Stea.
Kevin and his fabulous love Gordon met me in the parking lot of the Historic Camelot Theatre (generously donated to the Palm Springs Cultural Center by Ric and Rozene Supple) at 6am to jump around and share joy with me, but it was still pitch dark.
We ended up across the street at the high school parking lot and our jumping joy adventure began as the sun slowly rose up behind us. I loved the playful, open hearted energy of these two immediately, and we got so many fun shots, it was hard to choose just one for this post and still not sure which one I will end up using for the mural.
Check out this gorgeous tandem jump with Kevin and Gordon together – the playfulness and love is palatable: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Get to know Kevin a little more…
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A: Seeing my dog. Superhero movies. My boyfriend Gordon. Gifts, because I’m so touched when someone thinks of me enough to find and give something. It could literally be a pistachio, but it’s about the thought.
Q. What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: It was energizing and delightful. I was sleepy before, as it was so early, but I left wide awake and aware of my love for gordon.
Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A: Joy feels like being filled with light so much that it overflows. I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by many joyful people my whole life, and I think it’s kept me young at heart.
Q: What are your greatest passions in life?
A: Dance, expression, language, design, fashion, love. That’s such a straightforward question with a million answers. Perhaps the greatest passion is always the one we feel right now. And now. And now. I’m drawn to creative expressions, and to visions of what’s possible.
Q: How do you feel about being part of a community project that promotes joy?
A: Attitude and emotion is infectious… we should all be searching for people and communities that generate and foster the best in ourselves, and if we are solid enough in our hope and joy, to then bring that to disadvantaged communities as well.
Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A: I think I’m doing exactly what I want to do currently! Traveling and on my own schedule. l would like to double the workload, double the travel and double the intentional downtime. I know the level at which I am capable of producing, so I gauge myself against that. It often leaves me feeling like I’m not accomplishing enough fast enough, but I know that’s an illusion. As long as it keeps me motivated to create, and not crushing my spirit, then I consider it constructive. That’s all under my control, so perhaps one of the reasons I don’t do that is because I sometimes lose sight of the value for others. If it’s just for me, why rush? I love my work.
Q: What are you creating?
A: I sing under the name That Rogue Romeo, and am working on a documentary film and a memoir. This summer I am creating a piece of choreography for an arts festival in Tuscany, inspired by a sculpture exhibition they are presenting. www.kevinstea.com
Mini bio: I was born in hollywood, and live there currently as well. I’m half Chinese and left home for Singapore for 2 ½ years at 15, which truly shaped my life. I’m a nerd at heart and love beautiful sparkly things. I feel my greatest accomplishments are not on stage but in my heart.
Thank you Kevin (and Gordon!) for waking up at the crack of dawn to share your joy!
Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.
If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org