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

Hi kurumi, why did you pursue a creative career?
i guess i pursed an artistic career because at the time (9 years ago) photoshop was the only thing i was somewhat decent at and i was able to find a job as a graphic designer without prior experience / schooling. that somehow turned into my career.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
i dont think theres really anything that sets me apart from others besides the fact that i wouldn’t call myself an “artist” when it comes to the work i do. i’m most proud of how fast i can work on photoshop / illustrator, which is good for the current job i have now with tmz. i don’t know if anyone really wants to know how i overcome challenges but people that know me best know it involves a lot of wine. one lesson i learned along the way is to not feel intimidated by people higher up because they’re just regular people but instead they have more money in their bank account that you. if i died tomorrow i want the world to know that i’m sorry for being a shitty texter and one day i’ll respond to all 350+ unread texts on my phone.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
during the pandemic? haha. well anyone that knows me knows that i only go to the same 3 places anytime i leave the house. cavatina at sunset marquis, the rainbow bar and grill, and the red lion tavern. if my best friend matthew emelander was in town visiting i would take him to skate spots around LA since sk8 is life according to him.

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RIP EDDIE VAN HALEN

Website: kurumikato.com

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