Finding Yourself:

A Bio of Kevin Kreider

This is the story of a wimpy kid who was bullied for being skinny and Asian. A wimpy kid who grew up to become a super hero (or close to it). This is my story and I want it to empower you to take charge of your life and create the path you want, not what someone else wants for you. I was adopted from South Korea into a German-Irish Family in Philadelphia. As a kid, I was made to feel inferior for being skinny and Asian, and I often lied about my age and heritage in order to fit in. As someone who grew up feeling out of place, I looked towards super heroes and comic books as my escape.  My parents bought me a book called Willy the Wimp.  I started imitating what Willy was doing to stop being bullied and realized that working out gave me the confidence to excel in life.  I graduated from Temple University in 2006 with my BS in Exercise Science and became an independent personal trainer at 12th Street Gym in Philadelphia. I quickly realized there was more for me to learn and dropped everything to become a model. In 2010, I was signed by Ford Models and worked in New York, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and London. I moved back to New York City to attend a 2-year acting conservatory, Maggie Flanigan Studio, and graduated in 2013.

I want it to empower you to take charge of your life and create the path you want, not what someone else wants for you.

            In December of 2014, everything changed when I lost all of my hair within a matter of weeks due to a condition called Alopecia Areata, a stress induced hair loss. Seemingly overnight, I lost my modeling and acting career. I went out to Los Angeles to meet my manager from Asians on Film.  I decided to take a leave from my career to skateboard across the country. I left LA on April 15, 2014, with my board, a GoPro, and a mission. I arrived in New York City on July 15, exactly 3 months later. The footage taken along the way is currently being made into a documentary, “Kevin and His Skateboard: Coming Home.”  Years of working in the entertainment industry had transformed me into a person I didn’t like, so after my cross-country trip I came home to Philadelphia to find myself again. I returned to my roots at 12th Street Gym and soon rediscovered my purpose. I want to help people feel good and confident about themselves. Everything I have experienced along the way has shaped my goals and focuses, but fitness has truly given me my life back.

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