We had the good fortune of connecting with KT Seibert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KT, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I consider the thought process behind starting this business, I realize it was never about starting a business to begin with, it was about figuring out how to sustain what I wanted to be doing every day. The business was incidental. I was actually really apprehensive about starting a business, especially as an artist. I think there is always some level of aversion to capitalizing on your own creativity. At least for me there is. It has a lot to do with not being sure that I’ll be able to sustain something long term, rely on my muses, produce good work, without selling my soul in the process. For my business partner and me, this is a way to help other artists, support our community and have space to make our own art in the process. So our work looks like nurturing our community through being a weird, accessible gallery. At the same time it gives us a great environment for our own art.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been doing art my whole life but somewhat recently made the move to do it full time. While the process of leaving my steady job was a difficult one, it wasn’t difficult once I did. I was working the same amount the only difference is that it was personally fulfilling and I felt growth so it barely felt like work. People around me would say things like “you should have done this years ago!” I was tempted to agree with them. But if I’m honest, I don’t think that’s true. It does feel great to be doing art professionally, but I also feel ready for this life now. I wouldn’t have been able to go into this with the level of success I had at such an early stage without my previous working experience. It gave me a strong foundation and I’m really glad I have that experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a weird question given the circumstances but not impossible. The first thing we’d do is take my dog, Bagels to the beach at Fort Funston. Get a Saigon Sandwich on the way to Moth Belly Gallery and go check out our haunted basement and see some cool art. We’d get coffee at Patricia’s green and walk around Hayes Valley and hopefully catch Saul and Cara Vida outside their quirky bedazzled house on Linden. At night we would go wheat pasting around the Tenderloin and hit up Bob’s donuts on Polk street. At some point I’d suggest playing Pokémon Go around civic center, going to to Teeth for wings and sure l, if there’s time, we can drive over the Golden Gate Bridge.
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 someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I could thank so many people for where I am now. To start from the beginning, Sam Peterson was one of the first truly artistic relationship I had. They encouraged my art making constantly and I grew so much with their inspiration and guidance. More recently I’d have to say Nora Bruhn for introducing me to the muralist gig here in San Francisco. She really helped me step into this world in a professional sense and I am so grateful for every opportunity and willingness to teach. Obviously my business partner, and friend, John Vochatzer. When I met John it was immediately apparent that I had found my person. He is one of the most genuinely creative and optimistic individuals I’ve ever met. He truly operates with a desire to do the most good for the people around him and it’s inspiring. I couldn’t have done this without him. I’m very lucky. Finally, I have to shoutout my wife because I actually couldn’t have done any of this without her support. It’s scary to change careers and start a business and I am so fortunate to have such enthusiastic support. I literally would not have had the courage to do this otherwise.