We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayah Rybar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayah, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
It sounds so cliché, but I try to find inspiration in everything. I really enjoy meditating and find I get a lot of my creative ideas naturally just being in that state of mind. Especially through guided meditation, I like to listen to different ones maybe with mantras, meditating on chakras, colors, sensations and then try to create based off of the things I see or feel. I also find a lot of my inspiration through nature, other artists, fashion and especially music. I’ve been grateful to work with a lot of musical artists recently that give me full creative freedom to build something from what I envision when just listening to their music. Thankfully i’m surrounded by a lot of other creatives in life so that definitely inspires and motives me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, like I mentioned in the previous answer, I come from a very creative family. There’s been times where, naturally I compare myself to other artists or the people who’ve come before me. Recently i’ve been trying to just honor that I was almost destined to become an artist of some sort. I know that sounds so “out there” but I look at the paintings my great grandma made, the costumes and clothing my other grandma has either made or collected, the collages she would make of people from different cultures, admiring their backgrounds and the music she’d play growing up. My other grandma loves collecting antiques and has a booth she sells stuff at. So I think to myself, how could I deny ideas that come naturally, I grew up around this and it’s clearly in my blood. Mostly I love doing makeup and trying to add in all types of mediums I can stick to someones face. I’ve recently started styling some more of the looks I do along with the makeup because I love fashion just as much. And through all of that I’ve found I love setting the theme, finding locations and building props or sets to fully get the whole idea into action. I will forever love painting and drawing, and hope to learn more about music as well which is a whole other artistic world. I think what maybe sets me apart from others is that i’m really trying to just follow my intuition, constantly adapt to the ways of the world and in my personal life. So, yeah, it has been hard finding my place in the world as an artist, thinking I have to stick to one specific thing sometimes. Although, lately i’ve been trying to just go with the flow and not limit myself to any kind of job, lane or art. I’ve also realized that there’s totally enough room for everyone and to just go where my heart and mind wanders. To add onto that, I have a lot of projects coming out in the next few months. Including a series on women artists with Victoria, some music videos with two other women in the music industry and maybe more? I guess you’ll have to follow me to see whats coming next haha.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ooooh, as a San Diego native I love this question! I think i’ll just make a little list of my favorite things and places here. Recently I’ve loved starting my Tuesday mornings at Elka Yoga & Wellness center (where i’m actually taking a yoga teacher training at the moment.) Anyways, She teaches this amazing class at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays that i’ve been trying to take all my friends to. Sometimes after class i’ll head over to Ocean Beach, since it’s so close and spend sometime in the water there. I’d have to take them to some of my favorite restaurants like Candor by Guiseppe which is like my new favorite spot in La Jolla, it’s a family owned restaurant with some of the best food i’ve tasted in a while *chefs kiss*. A few of my other favorites are: City Tacos, Street Car, Luigis Pizzeria and RB sushi. I think in True San Diego fashion you have to go look at either a Sunrise or a Sunset at least once and some of my favorite lookout spots are: Whittier & Edith in Point Loma, Bird Park (not really a view but just so chill to listen to the wind in the trees and lay in the grass) Mt. Helix, Mt. Soledad and I guess we have to Put Sunset Cliffs in there because I think how can you come to San Diego and not go to sunset cliffs at least once. I also love going crystal shopping, plant shopping and thrifting so my favorite places for those in that order: Crystal Blue Vibrations and Cave of Wonders. Green Garden in PB and Eden in University Heights. Hunt & Gather, Flashbacks, Frock You and La Loupe (they have two locations) Last but not least, you have to spend a day in Balboa Park, wether it just be having a picnic, going to the museums, walking around, finding secret trails or going to the Zoo. I’ve realized how lucky we are to have such a huge park in the middle of the city and you can still experience on a budget.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are *many* people that I forsure would dedicate a shoutout to. I think i’d dedicate my success overall to my family, friends and boyfriend, but in the more recent months these specific people have given me an extra push and that seems a little more relevant for the weird times we’re living in right now. I started slowly inviting some people into my ~quarantine circle~ and with that came so much creative energy and a new sense of motivation. I’ve been working on a really cool project with Victoria Cunanan @worldclassy on IG, and Kass Rose @Kassrosegold on IG so I think both of those creative individuals deserve a little shoutout for getting me fully immersed in something new . Definitely my boyfriend Jaycee @ElezD_music on IG who is a sickkkk music producer, he’s really adapted to the changes in the past 6 months and i’ve really benefitted from having someone like that in my life. We constantly feed off each others creations, goals and accomplishments. Lastly, I’ve recently been inspired to create through just realizing I come from a cool line of creative women (and some men) and finding more out about their backgrounds and art, trying to integrate that into some cool projects and ideas.
1. Annabelle Gabrielle by Victoria Cunanan 3. Me by Anthony Quisay 2. Victoria Cunanan by Jessica Smith 4. Me by Adriannah 7. Aleena by Anthony Quisay