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Conversations with Khairie Alim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khairie Alim.  

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am Khairie or Kj I’m from Cleveland Ohio I was born and raised there, graduated from media school was a star student, and always had a love for film and cameras and just art period. I started my photography/videography business in 2017 and met some early success but was put on ice because I had a stroke in 2018 in the delivery room with my son being born. I spent a little under two years rehabbing back to health and going legally blind so I was unable to shoot anything, drive, work, watch tv anything. It was a very humbling experience for me and through that, I learned patience and found god at a higher level. Once I gain my eyesight back in late 2019 I shot and directed a music video for gospel singer Chris bender and got my first publishing on any platform and I didn’t want to stop creating. I started the clothing brand Helmsdale x Rugby-based on the two streets where I had my highest growing moments and sorrow and where my two kids first came home to. My clothing brand has then seen a lot of success since then being published 5 times in magazines and on a billboard in time square and in LA. My brand has been written about in New York weekly and has had a few celebrity endorsements. I have also Been published four times as a photographer so right now kjshotit Productions are doing well and thriving too. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road, a stroke, homelessness, loss of family, and mental health issues within the family and it’s all been a lot but I always look at it as a building tool. I’m one of the strong ones I believe. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a videographer and photographer I’m also a graphic designer and fashion designer. I have a career job as well as a peer support specialist for people who suffer from drug/sex/ alcohol abuse. As far as my camera I believe I am a creative at a high level everything I create comes from my head my dreams and even my fears. I think that’s what makes my clothing brand so different is because it’s not like anybody you have seen before it’s very specific because it’s my mind on fabric. 

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I feel I’m very persistent, and optimistic which is something my mother always told me would get me in trouble but I see the upside in everything. Even the bad things. I feel when you have a never say die attitude about the things you go for in life, you are a dangerous man. You are going to get it done by any means. I’m very likable too so that helps the persistence because I wouldn’t want to creep anybody out. 


  • Music videos $400
  • Photography (hr) $275
  • Weddings (4) $1700
  • Events (hourly) $175

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: @Kj_shotit & @hxrclothing
  • Facebook: Helmsdale x Rugby Clo
  • Youtube: Kjshotit

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