We had the good fortune of connecting with Link Kabadyundi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Link, what makes you happy? Why?
Seeing my communities thrive is what makes me the most happy. That is a loaded statement but first off, I acknowledge that I am a part of the communities surrounding me therefore I must thrive alongside my environment. I have a passion for seeing people walk in their purpose and help the next person rise up as well. I also consider myself as the voice of the unheard; I could attribute that to my ability to understand others, relate, and love, which makes me want to see people win. I often think about how a situation, whether or not favorable, can turn into a better one. People have so much potential and the world has so many ways to be bettered. I like the quote “the work is never done” so I’m happy and joyful anytime I contribute in people journey of ascension and my own, too.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m known as the 7-Footer photographer (@KingTonyPics) and I’m still bettering my craft everyday in that aspect. I’m also in the very primary stages of building my media company (@THR1VEmedia). I always think what differentiates me is my genuine and authentic approach to doing business, which is caring about others, their needs, and elevating or empowering them in any way possible. Media wise, what I focus on is telling the stories that are not often heard or those I feel will elevate a community in need. Challenges are always encountered, even after reaching milestones. For me at this point, many challenges included deciding what projects to give my time to and what to say no to. Also, handling the work load by myself has definitely been a struggle. I have a very small yet solid team now and they have definitely helped to overcome many challenges, especially since several minds are better than one. Plus, teamwork has taught me that some of the ideas I thought were the best had areas that could be bettered, after discussion. I’m thankful for that. I want the world to know that my brand is here to empower so please get behind the movement and support us. It’s going to be a beautiful thing for us all as a collective. Again, @thr1vemedia on Instagram.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So if I were to give a guided tour in Dallas, I’d go for breakfast Cafe Brazil or brunch at Gloria’s. We’d drive around Highland Park and SMU. I’d suggest a photoshoot at the Fabrication Yard or with the Reunion Tower as background. We’d also drive on both of the Margaret bridges. I love North Park Mall but the Galleria has dope restaurants as well. Fuel City Tacos is a must go. Not quite Dallas, but the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is one I thoroughly enjoyed so we could pass by there. Honestly, we’d probably drive around and explore and eat our way through the city. Mi Cocina is cool for a couple of drinks. I should also shoutout Manny’s Tex-Mex restaurant. Please get their brisket quesadillas. You’re welcome. Lastly, WHATABURGER!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
That is difficult because I attribute all of who I am to so many people that have helped shape me into who I am. For 2020, my siblings have been so crucial as a support system during a year where all plans failed, which forced me to pivot. Words from CEO of Chase Consumer Bank, Thasunda Brown Duckett, have helped me all year long as well. From podcast appearances to her Instagram Live sessions, every word was empowering. She can be found on Instagram @Thasunda. I also must shoutout WNBA player Renee Montgomery whom I’ve partnered with for a Juneteenth event in Atlanta. That was definitely soul-fulfilling. She can be found on Instagram @ReneeMontgomery. I could shout my whole village out, but I will end with these last two: creative director and photographer Michaela McGhee and sports photo-journalist Symone Stanley, whom I proudly call my team. We have exciting projects in the works for this upcoming year and without their help, passion, love, and support, so much of it would not be possible. They can be found on Instagram at @ConceptsByMcGhee and @SymoneWithTheSports, respectively.

Website: thr1ve.media/kingtonypics
Instagram: @thr1vemedia
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/kabadyundi/
Twitter: twitter.com/kabadyundi
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk-d2heXD134puDpFmvDfHQ
Other: www.instagram.com/thr1vemedia and gf.me/u/zgtxtg

Image Credits
Michaela McGhee; Symone Stanley; Link Kabadyundi

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