We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Chaos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking, just saying it gives me anxiety; it is not for everyone but if it is truly meant for you, the end result will be so rewarding. It was 2008 and I had just graduated from high school withhonors, I knew exactly what I wanted to do because I knew what made me genuinely happy. What I did not know was my self-worth and had absolutely no confidence in my craft. I was fresh out of high school and I was terrified of failing, therefore, I decided that I would make a decision that would be financially stable and that would make my family proud. I was going to join the military, the United States Air Force. Ispent a lot of time mentally preparing to take on this new lifestyle, even though in my heart I knew it was not meant for me. I studied hard and mentally prepared for this new journey. One day I woke up and asked myself “what the hell am I doing? This is NOT me.” I started to have doubts and the anxiety kicked in overtime. My niece was around 8 years old at the time, I sat her down and told her that i was going to join the military, her response: “well, I want you to be happy and I am sure you’ll be great but you don’t belong there, you are a beautiful flower in a garden of weeds! Do what makes you happy.” These words from a child changed my life and helped me realize that she looked up to me and had faith in me, maybe I should too. I took the risk and changed my plans, I went to Cal State Fullerton for Graphic Design and started my own business that has since expanded over the years. I am not exactly where I want to be in this industry but I am a lot further than where I was. My family is proud of me and support everything I do. I respect those who are serving in the military, you know exactly where you belong and I am thankful for you and your service.
I am now 31 years old, I am an artist, an event producer, a business owner, a musician, and a risk-taker.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I specialize in digital art but when I paint on canvas my preferred medium is acrylic paint. I aim to make my use of colors very distinct; I combine a dark vibe with vibrant accents. My pieces can be recognized by the pop-art vibe and ofcourse by the distinguished creepy bulging eyeballs.
I think one of the secrets I have learned and still practice every day is to not compare myself to other artists. I feel that we all have our own style and once we can all accept that I think we will all be more content and accepting with our own work; we are our own worst critics.
Being a female in the art and music industry has always and probably will always be a challenge but never an obstacle. Thankfully women are more accepted today than we were before. I wish gender did not play a role in art or music, but unfortunately it does and unless you can learn to fight against it and prove your worth rather than play the victim, you will not go far in this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are quite a few awesome spots in L.A to visit and some cool events to attend as well but I will say that Hazychaos / Grow Vision (HC/GV) events are like no other; we genuinely care about hosting a fun, well-organized event where everyone is well taken care of; the bands, the artists, the bartenders and especially the attendees. We have been told that “there is no other music/art event like a HazyChaos/Grow Vision event” we hope to be back soon to provide a safe-space to have fun and connect with like-minded people.
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 will always have an endless amount of love and appreciation for my parents, for supporting literally everythin
I want to thank my niece who has no idea of how much of an impact she hasmade on my life/career decisions; you are such an old soul, full of wisdom, love and acceptance. I promise to loveand support you forever and will always accept you for exactly who you are.
I would like to thank “Hazy” of HazyChaos, Liz for showing me an endless amount of love and support and for helping me find light on my darkest days; your support means the world to me and I literally would not be where I am today if it weren’t for your love and motivation to keep going. I cannot find the words to describe how grateful I am for you and your willingness to make our dreams and ideas a reality.
Lastly, I would like to thank my high school art teacher Ms. P who literallyhelped mold me into the artist I am today; your words of wisdom and artlessons have really stuck with me over the years. You really made an impact on my career in the art industry by simply believing in me when I did not believe in myself. You taught me that it was okay to be different and it was okay to not fit into the norm. As a teenager, it is so important to feel accepted, I am forever grateful for you.