#KartiniMasaKini: Fathia Izzati
“Don’t think about what other people think too much. Those
who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. “
Fathia Izzati, a.k.a Kittendust, is an Indonesian female musician, Youtuber, and law practiser who amazes us all with her unique accents, music, experiences, and thoughts on life through her videos and other content. We considered her as one of our inspirational women, and we wanted to get to know her better.
- Can you tell us about your background?
Never living in the same country for more than five years, I’ve lived in South Africa, Canada, America and Indonesia. Having to move around, I acquired different cultural backgrounds and which has shaped my identity. I am a Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia graduate who was active in International Law Moot Society, in which I joined International Humanitarian Law and also Willem C. VIS Arbitration Moot in Vienna, where my team was awarded top 8 out of 299 universities worldwide, a breakthrough in Indonesia. Aside from academics, I have gained the Silver Play button from yYoutube, and is a frequent speaker for topics that revolve around social media. I now spend my time as a content creator on Youtube, a vocalist in the band Reality Club, and a Trainee Associate for a reputable law firm in South Jakarta.
- How did your love for music/singing start?
I’ve always been in love with music from a young age. I thank my mom because she was always the one putting me in music lessons, whether it be singing or piano. I remember joining a singing competition which was held by the neighbourhood I lived in called “Kerrisdale Idol” and achieved top 10. Ever since that, I’ve always been the go-to singer in my school, or for my dad’s office. I also joined Indonesian Idol, and got the golden ticket, however failed to further pursue into Top 100. After years of uploading covers on Youtube, I finally made my own band called Reality Club. We have now made an album is actively performing gigs all around Indonesia.
- In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
Wow, tough question. I think I would never be as confident as I am today if I hadn’t gone through an abundant amount of self-crisis. I think it’s important once in a while to question and criticize yourself because then you will know your own strength and weakness, and you will be able to come up with a well-planned strategy on how to move on from the said crisis. Now I always try to look at the bright side of things and just muster up the confidence or the courage to do something and move forward. Also, don’t think about what other people think too much. Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.
- What is the biggest challenge you came across, and how did you handle it?
My biggest challenge was trying to figure out what to do after university. I graduated way later than my friends and that made me insecure. However, I know now that everybody grows at their own pace, and there really is no template that you have to follow in life. It all depends on you, and what you love doing. Oh, also a challenge for me is to keep my life in tact with my busy schedule. Another challenge for me is to be consistent on my Youtube uploads. That for me is really hard to do.
- How do you keep your band members motivated and keep moving?
I think my bandmates motivate me as much as I motivate them. We have really big dreams, not only collectively, but every personnel in my band all share the same end goal. We are like a family.
- Who is your biggest role model/inspiration?
A lot of people inspire me on the daily. Not only people with big names, who are celebrated by the public eye, but everyday people who works hard just so they can afford to live life with the bare minimum. However, these days I’ve been closely admiring Amal Clooney a whole lot.
- What’s your ultimate goal?
This is also a hard question for me because I have so many dreams and aspirations. However if I can just spitball here, my ultimate goal is to play international gigs with my band, having my own clothing line and/or restaurant, making my own art exhibition, create my own furniture business, write a book (or a couple of books), get into an Ivy League university for masters, get a doctor’s degree, become a well renowned lawyer, have my own production house, travel the world, give a speech at the United Nations, etc etc. There are so many things that I wish I could pursue and that I wish I could achieve.
- What does women empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment means that we can do and be whatever we want, without putting a limit to ourselves based on gender. Women empowerment means being strong, and independent, yet being gentle and dependent when we want to. Women empowerment means accepting what we have and working to fix the things we don’t have. Women empowerment means standing up for everyone, not putting other fellow women or man down, not making any other gender become inferior, women empowerment is not talking trash about what other women choose to do. Women empowerment has no fixed definition because women empowerment will always be subjective to each woman.
- What is your favorite Puyo Desserts?
My favorite Puyo Dessert has to be the silky desserts in the flavour Taro and Green Tea!!! I can eat 10 of them at a time and still would want more.
- Say you are given a chance to speak in front of many Indonesian women. What is the most important message that you want to tell them?
The most important message I would tell them is to be courageous and to believe in yourself in whatever it is you choose to do in life. It might seem very cliché, but I feel that it is very important. The first step in everything that you do is to believe in yourself, because nobody will if you don’t.