Kayte Demont
Founder of Mass Musings / Photographer

Kayte Demont

FOUNDER OF MASS MUSINGS / PHOTOGRAPHER

Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

http://massmusings.com
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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I founded my own lifestyle and music collective, Mass Musings, in 2012. Mass Musings aims to provide inspiration to creative individuals through photography, curated events, and blogging.

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

Over the past four years, I've grown my blog from a small hobby to a known brand. I've managed several interns and contributors and specialized in collaborating with others on unique and creative projects. Additionally, I've worked full time in community management, marketing and styling fields and have taken all that I've learned through those roles and applied the knowledge to Mass Musings.

 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

As a novice blogger starting out, I was very diligent in my research. To this day I am constantly observing trends, learning from the creativity of others, and gaining inspiration from my surroundings. I think that I also posses an innate ability to connect with people on a very personal level. This helps me forge genuine relationships with people and aids in the completion of great collaborations.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I just finished working on my first Los Angeles event (I moved here from Boston six months ago). It was called Mass Musings: Girls' Night and was an intimate evening of networking, thrifting the closets of stylists, and culminated with a Wellness Goodie Bag filled with donated goods from curated lifestyle and wellness brands such as Living Proof, Sustain, and First Aid Beauty. I am now working on some lifestyle photoshoots for Free People social media as well as building an influencer database for a freelance event I'm assisting with.

 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

My style is eclectic, a combination of bohemian, classic, and pop-art. I've curated a lifestyle that boasts artistic expression, mindfulness and creativity and I like to think that this comes through in my personal style as well (although I do frequently enjoy an all black ensemble).  

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WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

I wish that I could focus more on my photography. It is a passion of mine that was only a hobby for most of my life until now. Lately I've been getting some great opportunities and exposure through Free People, but I would LOVE to work with brands on creative lifestyle campaigns that are genuine, cool, and fun, while still being professional.

My photo portfolio can be seen here.

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Generating enough income to complete certain projects/ tasks that meet and/or exceed my high standards for my work. Time is also a large factor - for example, I've been trying to take classes in graphic design for ages but have not been able to prioritize it, even though I know that it will bolster my career in the long run.

 

If you could hire someone for $20/hr, what would you have them do to make your day easier?

Sort and answer my emails/ run my financial spreadsheet.

 

Let's bring out the time machine. What do you wish you could have told yourself, when, and why?

I wish I had taken different classes in college or realized two years sooner that I actually wanted to be and could be a creative entrepreneur.

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

I would love to talk to other photographers and event planners about different ways to prioritize in an ever-changing and saturated market. I love researching and learning, but there's nothing that beats experience and insight.

 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Photography, Community Management, Social Media

 

Describe your ideal job/client/collaboration.

I absolutely loved working as a Community Manager for a social media startup in the food space. Meeting influencers, working on branding, marketing and PR was a perfect blend of my talents. I was one of two remote employees in Boston at the time and loved creating fun events and meetings with limited resources.

 

WHAT IS YOUR Hourly RATE, Retainer, or Salary range? 

My salary for a full time position is $60-70k - for freelance photography, I typically charge $200 for an hour of shooting and 10-12 fully edited photos. Event planning starts at $50/hr depending on the scope of the project.

 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

I prefer emails to kayte@massmusings.com - that way I can keep all of my work in once place. Additionally, please no canned emails. My response rate is 10x higher if the person actually takes 2 minutes to spell my name correctly as well.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Absorbing inspiration from other creative humans.

 


This member profile was originally published in October 2016.