TV Personality Tanya Kim Opens Up About Her Life and Career

Photo Credit: Becca Lemire

Tanya Kim is a TV Host & Personality, as well as a Dog Advocate. 

On career:
When I was little, I wanted to be a dancer. My brother and I used to watch shows like ‘Solid Gold’, ‘Star Search’, ‘In Living Colour’ – that’s where JLo first got her breakout role as a ‘Fly Girl’, and that’s where I wanted to be. My brother went to the Juilliard School, then he moved to LA and he danced with Michael Jackson. And I was like ‘that’s what I want to do!’. But my parents said it was not the most stable job – going from contract to contract. So I went to school to study broadcast journalism, and became an intern at MuchMusic. Then, I worked as a Unit Assistant, I was a Researcher, worked in music clearance. Also, I was a videographer, running around the city with a camera, shooting interviews. From there, I started working at CTV, hosting eTalk. I was really lucky to host it for 14 years. Ironically, this industry is becoming more unstable, so I got laid off there. And 9 months later, I got picked up by Rogers. I worked at BT -Breakfast Television – which was really great. People there are awesome. And then, I got laid off there recently as well.And you know, it was devastating, as people who you work with become like your family. But eventually, after a few months it happened, my eyes opened up to new opportunities. Because when you are lucky enough to do what you love, sometimes you forget there are other things in life. I do believe that when one door closes, so many more {doors} open.

On future plans:
I am kind of superstitious, so I can’t tell you the details now. But I must say, I’m really excited about all the opportunities that I’ve got. One of the ideas is to explore my entrepreneurial side which is exciting and terrifying at the same time – as I never even thought of running a business before. I love fashion, pets, and TV. As for TV, I know it, but I would like to try something else – not entertainment – like fashion, lifestyle, fitness.

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Tanya fills in the gaps

Nicknames: TK (given by Ben Mulroney) or Tans. Likes to call herself: Asian Sensation (sometimes). Favourite tv show: The Real Housewives. The best thing about working on eTalk was meeting amazing people and being able to travel around the world. Favourite TV personality to work with was definitely Dina Pugliese from BT because she is absolutely funny and sweet. If I could be anything in this world I would be Wonder Woman. I can’t start my day without good morning kiss from my fiancé and my dog. The most embarrassing moment in my life was my hairdos at the beginning (on eTalk). The person who can always make me laugh is my fiancé . If I could have a dinner with anyone from history, I would do it with Prince and Michael Jackson. The one thing in my life I want the most is happiness (and rescue all the dogs). If I had to listen to only one song the whole day it would be ‘Love Never Felt So Good’. My secret fantasy is to be on a paradise island with my fiancé and everyone who I love (and all of the dogs). When I’m stressed out, I usually work out at the kickboxing studio or hang out with my dog. If I could sing a duet with some celebrity it would be with Janet Jackson. I would never ever in my life close myself off from trying new things. My life motto is be grateful and keep it shiny.

Photo Credit: Becca Lemire
Photo Credit: Becca Lemire