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

Hi Kailee, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My ‘figure it out’ mentality. In theory it sounds nice to have all the answers, a blueprint to exactly what you want to do, and the best way to do it that will ensure success. But if that were the case, if I had all the answers and everything in place before starting my business, I don’t think I would be where I am today or the same person. I may not be as humble, maybe be less likely able to move through the ups and downs or more narrow minded when it comes to possibilities. I think in embracing this mindset of “I’ll figure it out”, I’ve gained the ability to push through the trial and error process, past the self doubt when I can’t quit get it right, and have learned to breathe through the nos. It has taught me to be creative in all aspects of my business. Most importantly it has deepened the relationship I have with myself and my confidence as an artist and business owner.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming an artist was never a dream that I entertained growing up, art had always been a hobby for me, something I did for fun. I think in my mind being a successful artist was a very rare thing, I was more familiar with the “starving artist” phrase. It took me experiencing life outside of my youth to understand that being a professional artist was in fact a viable career. My personal aha moment came at a point in my life where I was the most stable emotionally, mentally and financially than I had ever been in my life. I think having this stability made the decision for me to pursue art easy. My decision was out of the blue too. I was listening to this podcast on dreams and desire when I realized that I had never actually allowed myself to create a dream life scenario in my head. And so I did, the first draft was very vague and unclear but all I knew was that I wanted to wake up and create everyday. So naturally I leaned into my art. I quit my comfy job and started to explore what my life as an artist could be. Even though the decision was easy, the journey to where I am now wasn’t easy. I have had to navigate through financial lows, bouts of self doubt, plenty of no’s but I have also had so many victories. And truthfully I think each day is a victory, 2 years later and I’m still doing my thing, making art and figuring it out.

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?
I live in the valley, so naturally I stay pretty local to the area. Whenever I have a friend or family member come into town I always take them to Tansy and we stop at Plantatae Cafe (inside the garden at Tansy) for a drink. From there it’s kind of an adventure, there are so many small businesses in LA, different communities to experience. Food wise, I have my go to’s – Just What I Kneaded in Frogtown for a yummy vegan pastry, Butcher’s daughter in Venice for more vegan dishes, Pura Vita in West Hollywood for the best vegan pasta in LA, and Little Fattys in Mars Vista. Shopping wise I’m more of a walk around and stumble upon it, a favorite find is Suay Sew Shop in frog town which has a great reworked clothing and home textiles plus a monthly dye bath.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ll start by expressing how grateful I am to have a local community of friends, all who own their own business, to lean on and share my journey with. I’d like to shout out to my Tansy family. I say Tansy because we all met through this special place, it’s become the hub for us all. Tansy is a plant and home goods store in Burbank. Shawna, the owner of the store, is big on community, so it makes sense that we all met through her and the store. We support each other in a magnitude of ways – from showing up to events, collaborations, helping on projects, providing a backboard for ideas, selling each other’s products through our business, lending emotional shoulders to cry on… we are always there in some way.

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