We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Kaye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Within the industry I’m in, the mantra of “Community over Competition” is a strong one. I was pleasantly surprised to see how beautiful and supportive this community is, as opposed to being competitive and brash. It aligns with my own mentality, which makes me even more proud to be a part of this industry. I’ve found such a strong network of fellow creatives in the art world as well as in the spooky community specifically, and having such a positive foundation really allows for a more enjoyable experience of my craft overall.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The creative journey I’ve taken since starting Lively Ghosts has been the utmost rewarding, but it certainly wasn’t/isn’t easy. If anyone has had an easy experience in growing their craft or business, I sincerely envy you. I’d imagine for most people there’s always room to learn, experiment, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. Personally, I believe that if you aren’t learning something new from your business or craft every day – then something is wrong. I really love experimenting with new ideas/concepts, new products, new marketing tactics, and seeing what gains traction and what doesn’t. At the end of the day, any ‘expert advice’ could become outdated in this rapidly evolving culture we’re a part of, so its good to keep trying new things and keep it fresh. If for no other reason, switch it up for your own sanity. Monotony can become dull and unfulfilling. One of my biggest challenges, which also serves as my biggest reward, is constantly being on the hunt for creating something that’s never been done before. I thrive off the feeling of inventing something unique and new. Of course, innovation is harder to come by as time continues and more brilliance get unleashed into the world, but it’s not impossible. Additionally, my artwork falls in a more niche community of the spooky, macabre, victorian, and also horror genres – but I try my best not to allow any barriers for my creativity. When concocting new concepts, I usually have it stem from one of those forementioned themes, and blossom from there. My proudest creations are the ones that are entirely unique on their own and never-before-seen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy. There are SO many glorious nooks in Los Angeles that I am oh-too-familiar with, so this list will be a grand one. As someone who likes to work from their laptop in coffee shops, my list naturally has to start there. If you love being surrounded by botany, Verve in DTLA will please your aesthetic goals as well serve you a solid brew. Dayglow in Echo Park is another ~vibe~ of a place that I’d really recommend for both the ambiance & coffee/tea. One more mention in that category is Bourgeous Pig in Los Feliz – a dark and moody ambiance that will transport you away from the reality of the outside world for a bit. What goes great with coffee/tea? Bookstores. Any Pinterest article will lead you to the Last Bookstore in DTLA. It’s great, definitely visit, and then hit these spots: Stories in Echo Park, The Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood (a personal favorite), and Dave’s Old Book Shop in Redondo Beach. If we’re going to keep on the hipster theme, here are some other places I’d recommend: Fingerprints in Long Beach & The Record Parlour in Hollywood are go-to’s for vinyl shopping. There’s also a snazzy section on York Blvd in Highland Park that is well-worth the visit, both for unique small shops/vintage stores as well as amazing food and drink (night on the town recommendation: grab a drink at Block Party, hop across the street to Ramen of York for dinner, and finish your night with a donut or 12 at Donut Friend a block away. If you really wanna spice up your night, peek whatever band is playing at The Hi Hat). Lastly, LA has a good handful of themed bars, so you’re in luck if that’s what you’re after. Hollywood must-visits: The Black Magic Rose (magician themed), Madame Siam (carnival themed), Beetle House (Tim Burton themed), Sassafras Saloon (Old West/New Orleans themed), Good Times At Davey Waynes (70s themed/retro). A tad further east is Bigfoot Lodge is Los Feliz (great outdoors themed). For tiki-themed: skip north and you’ll find Tonga Hut in North Hollywood…and south you’ll hit the Bamboo Club in Long Beach. Into 80s arcade? Eighty-Two in DTLA is grand, Button Mash in Echo Park is my favorite, and The One-Up in Sherman Oaks is always a fun time. I could go on and on, but those are my favorite finds!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think growing up, and still to this day, some of my biggest inspirations are badass women & go-getters. I’ve always found myself surrounded with female powerhouses, and it’s been incredibly motivational for me. Since I was young, I’ve been inspired by my mom & grandmother. In school I leaned in closer when learning about Anne Frank & Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart & Eleanor Roosevelt, Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo, Shirley Temple & Judy Garland. Today, we’re so lucky to live in a society filled with female leaders like Gwenyth Paltrow, Lori Greiner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, and Ariana Grande. These women taught me bravery, entrepreneurship, leadership. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Jose Paz, Lindsay Kaye