We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Masley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was less a thought process and more a result of COVID and job loss. I also wanted to do something that would keep my mind sharp and make me creatively happy. I started messing around with some old photography, re-teaching myself Photoshop and Lightroom. I’ve long loved Etsy and always wanted my own shop, but never knew what to sell. In my head I toyed with the idea of offering my own photography, but I didn’t feel any of my shots were good enough. Cut to a few months later, I was recommended the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero. Upon reading the last page, I closed the book and opened up Etsy. Cut to almost two years later, I am about to launch Kat Masley, where you can shop not only my original photography prints, but also a selection of digitally remastered vintage art prints as well as original artwork by yours truly.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think art and photography are very personal to an individual, and that’s what sets us all apart from each other. People shoot what reaches out and touches them. I’m not the only one out there selling photography prints, and I know that. I just hope to bring some magic and joy to people’s homes. I know how in love I am with some fellow artists and the happiness it brings me to look at their work up on my walls. I want to give people that same feeling! That’s what’s extra special about it to me. (And Lord knows hearing that Etsy “cha-ching” aint half bad either).
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.
This is a bit touristy, but the giant calamari from Paradise Cove will always be near the top of my list. It’s so simple, but I love nothing more than lounging on a beach chair, watching the Pacific roll in while enjoying a martini glass the size of my head full of calamari.
Spartina on Melrose. Do not come to LA without going to this restaurant (especially if you’re a snooty Jersey Italian like me who can’t find good pasta in this dang city). Spartina is legit. The spaghettini is a must.
Catalina Island is one of my favorite parts of the city. Stay overnight/make a weekend out of it. It’s so gorgeous, almost like a little piece of Positano right here in Los Angeles.
Katsuya. That is all.
Birds on Franklin. Actually, Franklin Village as a whole is my cup of tea. The Bourgeois Pig, down a few buildings, is a lovely place for coffee.
Sue me, but I loved the Malibu Wine Safari. *insert shrug emoji*
The Rainbow! Forever one of my favorite bars in all the land.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
JEN SINCERO!!! Thank you for writing “You Are A Badass” and for making me feel like I am indeed one.
Website: katmasley.com (coming soon!)
All images by me.