PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JEFF FARSAI
FORECAST: BRIGHT FUTURE FOR WEATHER ANCHOR KIMI EVANS
June 9, 2014
Weather Anchor Kimi Evans From San Diego 6
This Is How Your Make Your Dreams Come True
Have you ever met someone so inspiring that it immediately causes you to take a look at your own life and make a transformation in the direction of your dreams? Kimi Evans is that person. This devoted, determined weather diva has conquered more careers than you can count on one hand. She is the epitome of what we look for in a DO Expert…and more.
Currently juggling two full-time, contrasting careers, Kimi Evans has learned to follow her heart and take chances. She grew up poor, living on food stamps with no father and no direction, but rather than let that set her back, Evans took matters into her own hands—as she’s continued to do throughout her life—and learned to seek direction from those she looked up to, following a path of service and self discovery until she metamorphosed into the incredibly motivated woman that she is today. As San Diego 6’s morning weather anchor and owner of two fast-growing San Diego-based fitness studios, Evans has so much of which to be proud. Yet, she’s still hoping for more out of her journey, and why not? She’s gorgeous, young, curious, accomplished and single (believe it or not). Evans wants to be a mother, a mentor, write a book and share her stories with the world. She has so much to give, and after getting to know her a little better, we are confident that she will make the most of the rest of her quest. weather
Q: You have built quite the diverse career for yourself. How do you balance your work between your fitness studios and the news studio?
Kimi Evans: I don’t sleep. (laughs) The great thing for me is I love both. It’s fun. If you have the opportunity to do a job that is actually fun and you’re passionate about, then it’s not really work. I’m always exhausted, but I love working at the TV station; it’s something new everyday. Not that weather is so dynamic, but I do get to cover four different areas that are microclimates. You have the coast, you have inland, you have the mountains, you have the desert, so in one forecast, I could be reporting temperatures that could be a difference of 50 degrees. It’s also the guests that come in, the interaction with the anchors, and we all really get along. We sit there all morning long together, so getting along so well really makes it fun. weather
With my fitness studios, those are fun, too, because it’s very social—people get to really know each other. It’s a hangout. It’s a gathering spot. It’s nice to see that I get to provide a place where people can socialize; they get to come workout and improve their lives by feeling better about themselves. And, I get to provide them things that are new and cutting edge. We have innovative bikes that tilt from side to side. I am introducing that to San Diego. We have Pilates, barre classes and TRX. Balance comes naturally when you love what you do. And there’s more I want to do—I love coaching and mentoring, so I may be starting something going down that path as well. weather
Q: Tell me about your background. How did you get into meteorology?
KE: I grew up mostly in LA and a little bit in Japan where I went to missionary school for five years. I came back and finished high school in Orange County. Then, I graduated from UCS with my undergrad, and went to Mississippi State for Meteorology. My news career started in Hawaii, which was really random. I was on vacation in Hawaii for a week for a wedding, and then I thought, let me just meet with the news stations and say hello and see if they’ll look at my tape—which was really embarrassing—and see if someday they’ll remember me. Suddenly this week of vacation turned into a week of interviews. Every station asked me back, had me audition over and over, and then I came back to LA and had all of these job offers. So two weeks later, I moved to Hawaii and that’s how my news career started. Nine months after I started my news career, I was doing weather in LA, which takes most people a decade to accomplish. I just thought to myself, “Is this my life?” I was also very involved in the Japanese American culture in LA. weather
Q: Are you of Japanese heritage or just interested in the culture?
KE: I am half Japanese—my mom is Japanese. I speak Japanese and used to be a translator. Actually, my first job out of college was as a casting director and production assistant translator for a Japanese production company. We did a shoot with Cindy Crawford and sent her to Japan, and they were like, “Oh the stylist forgot a dress. Kimi: pack a back and get on a plane and deliver this dress.” So, I found myself in Japan in a hotel room with a stylist, an assistant and Cindy Crawford who was trying on clothes in front of me. It was amazing. I was about 24 years old then. It was just fun. Some people think—like my mom—that I bounce around and have done a lot of different things and that I can’t make up my mind, but no—I have a bucket list, and if I want to open a business, I open a business—check, if I want to be a weather anchor, check, if I want to buy a house, check. If you have the desire to try different things, why not? Follow your dreams and give it a go. I just think you learn skills along the way that are transferrable; I’m like a chameleon. I can mold myself, in a sense, into anything. It makes life interesting. People, to me, are just fascinating. Everyone has a story. People always tell me, “Oh, Kimi, you should write a book,” because I found my dad through a private investigator and I have all kinds of crazy things that have happened throughout my life. weather
Q: Wow. Tell me about the story of finding your dad.
KE: I grew up without my dad. And then, I ran into a private investigator, and was intrigued. At one point, I had thought about hiring a private investigator to find my dad, but just never did. So, I told this guy the story. He asked me what I knew about him, and we exchanged business cards. And then, he calls me like a week later, and tells me he thinks he found my dad, and I hadn’t even hired him to do it! I remember exactly where I was—I was in Bed Bath & Beyond when I got the call, and I froze. I had no idea what to do. First, I called my mom, who was living in Japan, to make sure she was cool with it. She was such a rock star, she just said, “Whatever you do, just forgive him.” So I talked to my dad’s relatives and got the lowdown, and the next day I called my dad. Then, I ended up meeting him a couple of times. It was nice to interact. I think growing up, I was kind of woe is me, I don’t have a dad, and then I finally met him, and realized that life is just fine the way it is. It worked out the way it was supposed to. weather
Q: I read that you actually took some time off from news reporting. What brought you back?
KE: The news director from San Diego 6 asked me to come back, initially to fill in. And then, they asked me to take over the morning show, and I had never gotten to work on a fun morning show before. Everybody told me that my personality would fit a morning show, because it’s more lighthearted. At the time, I was just opening my second studio in Encinitas, and wondered if I was going to have enough time, but I wanted to give it a go and agreed to do it for a year. And now, that year has passed, and they want me to stay. It’s a really good fit. I want to lighten people’s lives, take their load off a little and brighten their day. If I can start my day happy, and make everyone else’s day a little brighter as they head out the door, it feels good. People need to know the weather, but maybe they also want to laugh a little, too. weather
Q: So your viewers have you to help put a smile on their faces everyday— what do you do to make sure you’re in a good mood when you get to the set?
KE: The other day, I was feeling a little down, so before I came to work—which is like 3:30am—I put on some music and started dancing in my room. That cheered me up so I could come to work cheery and happy and pleasant. weather
Q: Tell me more about being San Diego 6’s morning meteorologist and traffic reporter—two subjects that Southern Californians really want to hear about!
KE: The one thing is that people think that someone else puts the weather together, but I personally do the forecasting myself. I put the graphics together. I ad-lib. There is nothing on the teleprompter, and there is no script. It’s a one- man show, an island of my own. My job is to tell them if there is a storm headed our way or if there is a dense fog advisory. I’m the one that lets the station know. I get information from the national weather service, a bunch of websites and other sources we tap into, but I have to analyze the data, do the forecasting, put the graphics together and present it, and same with the traffic. If I can help even one person not get into an accident, that’s great. I feel like I’ve done my job. I do about 20 weathercasts a day, but being busy like that is what I like. I thrive on it.
Q: The San Diego 6 crew seems like a great group of people—do you really have that much fun on set? weather
KE: I feel like people don’t get to see the amount of fun we have behind the scenes. We text each other during the show to throw each other off, and we even text each other when we’re not at the station. We’re all cracking up during commercial breaks, too. For example, at the end of my segment when I toss back to the other anchors, I purposefully enunciate their names. It’s because I want them to pay attention, because they’re back there goofing off, and I can tell that they’re not aware that my segment is about to finish.
Q: Let’s talk about your other career—running two fitness studios: pushHouse in Encinitas and Pilates Plus in Pacific Beach.
KE: Pilates Plus PB is a chain out of LA with over 100 studios. It’s sort of like Pilates on crack—very high intensity, plus weight training, plus cardio and so much more. At that studio, we have Pilates, TRX and barre. Then, I opened a second studio called pusHouse. It’s about “pushing” yourself physically and emotionally and getting balanced. The tilting bikes we use for spinning are amazing. We do the classes in the dark with candles with these tilting bikes, the music is pumping and the instructors are great. The darkness takes you into your own zone where you can do your own thing, with the instructor still pushing you with a more relaxed feel. It’s a really cool feeling. People drive up from Coronado just to come to our studio. weather
Q: You touched on the fact that you’ve experienced a series of terrible car accidents. Did those experiences have an effect on what you’re doing today?
KE: The whole reason I opened my first studio was because I have a back injury from the accidents, and it’s important to tighten and stabilize your core. I don’t want my injuries to limit me or anyone else, and I’m really big on pursuing your dreams and overcoming things. It’s almost like a fight—it’s like I will take you down, injury. I have victory over that. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn’t, but it could have been so much worse. I smashed my knee surfing, but that could have been my eyeball.
Q: Do you have any tips for our active readers who want to get the most out of their summer workouts?
KE: Switch it up. Try different things. I have friends who will do a sculpt yoga class, then a Pilates class, and then a spin class—just switch it up, so it doesn’t get boring, but also find a group of friends to do things with. weather
Q: What’s the best part about your jobs?
KE: People. I love interacting with people, but that’s also the downside of this job, because I can’t go out in the evenings. That’s the biggest challenge for me, especially being single and ready to mingle. I don’t have a chance to meet people when I have to go to bed at 8pm.
Q: Do you feel like you have more to give in terms of your career, and if so what? weather
KE: I’m actually thinking of starting a blog/website where I can give tips to people as #theweatherdiva. I want to do this thing where I ask everybody their Top 5s, like Top 5 things about what you value, what’s important to you career wise, what makes you good at your job, Top 5 pieces of advice… I meet so many people here, and I love sharing information that’s going to benefit people. weather
Q: You’re very involved in the community through volunteer work. Tell me about the organizations you’re involved with. weather
KE: I’m involved with the Junior League of San Diego, so we do a lot of events to help transitional age foster youth. Once they graduate out of the program, a lot of them fail, because there is no one to take care of them. They haven’t learned the skills to transition from being cared for in a home to being completely by themselves. I love working with them. I’m also really involved in my church. It’s something that’s really important to me—my faith is my number one priority in my life. My faith sort of dictates everything I do; it gives me a positive outlook and sort of sustains me. I also sit on the board for the Japanese American Citizens League, so I do a lot culturally for the Japanese American community, and I’ve been involved in that for almost 20 years. I also love, love, love mentoring people and friends. I love coaching people with speech coaching, public speaking, interview and resume skills; I review tapes for new journalists. I am really passionate about helping people achieve a goal. I think part of that is growing up. I didn’t really have anyone to mentor me, so I had to figure everything out on my own, and the way I did that is by observing everybody else. If my friends had certain rules set for them, I would try to abide by those rules, too, because no one was setting boundaries for me. weather
Q: I read that you love cupcakes. What’s your favorite flavor?
KE: I always say red velvet, but now it’s morphing into other things—I like the cupcakes when there is stuff on the inside. When I cook at home, it’s really healthy, so I love to indulge in the junk food, too. Working here at the station, with all the food coming in…who eats burgers at 8am? Who has cocktails at 5:30am? Oh, we do! weather
Q: Tell us something your fans might not know about you.
KE: I was a competitive hula dancer for about eight years. I modeled in Seventeen when I was a kid. I am an excellent parallel parker. weather
Q: What are some of your favorite restaurants to dine, shop and hang out at in San Diego? weather
KE: I love Lolo’s Boutique. In terms of food, I’m at Urban Plates all the time, and I love Native Foods in Encinitas, which is right next to my studio. When I brunch, I like to go to Claire’s. I tend to stay a little north. I love trying new places, and I really like hole in the wall type places. I’m such a foodie. weather
Q: What’s next for Kimi Evans, because you can’t stop at just two careers?
KE: Ultimately, I would love to just settle down and have a family. That’s important to me—it’s a priority to me. That’s where my heart is.