We had the good fortune of connecting with Spencer Kimmins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Spencer, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Creating and building CAFECREEP, as a business, has very much been unplanned and unexpected. I would draw and write music in my free time and, as many do, I began posting my work on social media. It was humbling to see the amount of engagement my work would receive. Looking back, I would say that the habit that helped me succeed and create longevity within my business is that I was releasing art as an expression of my own interests and day-to-day inspirations. I have never chased “likes”. My focus has always been to build a community that fosters mutual engagement and connection by sharing my love for all things horror and Halloween.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I have a lot of exciting things coming up. My work is currently being featured at Gallery1988 both individually and soon to be alongside many other talented artists. Up next is snagging a table at one of the many conventions/events in the area.
I’d like to think that CAFECREEP is still in the early stages of its story. That is what I am most proud of and excited for. I have no idea what sets me apart from others, but what I can speak to is that I will never permanently define my product or brand. Yes, horror and Halloween will forever be at its center, but there’s always room for new inspiration and direction. My business was unintentional until it wasn’t. I am still growing as an artist and so is CAFECREEP.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Something that I feel often gets lost in the LA lifestyle stereotype, is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time. As much as I love pretending to be a tourist (studio backlot tours is a bit of a guilty pleasure), I’d say grab a coffee from a local shop and hit the road for a little self guided tour to soak up LA’s history and culture.
Though, with that said, support small businesses!
Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
I’ve always considered my work to be an ode to Halloween; a Halloween love story if you will. At its core, is my upbringing in New Jersey. The experience my mother created during Halloween season year after year was a literal dream. My mom could do anything creatively, and luckily that gene passed down to me. Thanks, Ma! My two older brothers are also artists and it would be accurate to refer to them as mentors, however their most impactful influence was them letting me watch scary movies that I was way too young to see. Overall, the unsolicited encouragement I have received from my family and close friends over the years contributes largely to where I am now.
Living in LA has opened the next chapter in my artistic pursuits and has enabled me to level up. I have so much respect for the Halloween/haunt community here and take comfort in the fact that so many others close to me share my interests and also express themselves in so many talented ways.
All illustrations by CAFECREEP