We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue a career in the creative field because, for me, nothing else made sense. I began to experiment with cameras at a very young age and I bought my very first Fujifilm Finepix camera right after I had my 8th birthday. After that, it all went downhill from there. I was obsessed with creating videos, making skits, and I took photos everywhere I went. It was my pride and joy and I have that camera to thank for leading me where I am now. I dabbled between studying psychology, getting my degree in journalism, or broadcasting, but none of those subjects could compare to the interest I had in film, acting, and photography. The creative part of my brain easily trumped all of the other options I made for myself. It took me until my senior year of high school to figure out that I wanted to pursue a creative career and it took me until my senior year of college to take my photography as seriously as I do now. There’s just something so fun in being able to create your own work of art and even though it can be difficult at times, being creative is what I am best at and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There are a lot of artists that can have similar work, but there is always going to be something different, big or small, that differentiates them from one another. As a photographer and fellow film creator, what sets me apart is my signature style. That could be referencing my actual photography and how I take my photos, but that could also be my editing style as well. I do a lot more nature photography rather than portraits, but I don’t try to limit myself to one area because I personally like to do it all. My work as a photographer is a journey that is just beginning and I am working hard whenever I can to focus on becoming a freelance photographer and possibly opening up my own photography business. It may take some time and money, but I know I will be able to succeed through my effort and hard work to make a living with my art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m originally from Las Vegas, Nevada so, if anyone is planning a trip there, I always recommend going to the strip. It’s the most touristy thing, but if you’ve never been, it’s kind of required to visit there if you’re in town. The Bellagio Garden changes based on the time of the year, but it has the prettiest creations and after visiting the garden, you can go outside and watch the fountains! We also have a variety of food options so, you can visit Korea town, China town, or go to Black Tap for really cool milkshakes! Even though it’s a desert, we’re surrounded by mountains and you can go to Red Rock on a hike or drive up Mt. Charleston in the wintertime to see some snow and visit the lodge. No matter where you go, there are plenty of activities and food to try.
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?
Shoutout SOCAL is doing great work by recognizing other fellow creators and giving them a platform to introduce themselves and hopefully inspire other people!