Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayte Demont.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 with an English degree, a concentration in Studio Art, and no idea what I wanted to do with my life. From there, I started a Tumblr called Mass Musings. Once I moved to Boston, it became a more legitimate fashion blog, but I quickly started to realize that I wanted to move more towards a collection of inspiration for creative individuals. 6 years, 3 cities and lots of experience later, Mass Musings is still a hub for creative inspiration and offers a variety of creative services, mentoring and educational workshops, as well as community and events.
Has it been a smooth road?
In the beginning, it felt a lot smoother. I started Mass Musings at the start of the blogging/social media boom. It was much easier to grow a following and at the time and in Boston, I was one of the only people really showcasing an alternative lifestyle than the typical preppy uniform. It made it easier to gain attention from brands as well because I was able to work with some companies that might not have resonated with a more classic style blogger’s audience. Additionally, The Boston Bloggers were becoming a strong crew of women and men who wanted community and were eager to learn and support each other. Having that support made the cumbersome learning process of running your own business a lot easier to navigate. Once I moved/expanded to Los Angeles and now Denver, I have a whole new set of challenges and struggles.
I think the one thing I would say to people who are just starting their entrepreneurial journey is to be very mindful when building your support system. Your vibe truly attracts your tribe and it’s important to connect and collaborate with people who share the same vision and values as you do. Don’t be afraid to grow and change and move forward!
We’d love to hear more about Mass Musings.
I am a professional photographer, teacher, mentor, creative director, and community leader. I specialize in connecting people and creatives to brands and artists that they may not have found otherwise.
I would say that I’m most widely known for my blog posts (specifically on personal style, music, and musings on life), as well as founding the Mass Musings Tribe. Mass Musings tribe members are kind, friendly, accepting, open-minded, obsessed with music, dance with no inhibitions, smile like there’s no tomorrow, and care deeply about personal style and self-expression. They believe that good energy and positive vibes are what powers a more loving world and that creating is the most important factor in their soul’s happiness. Therefore, Mass Musings only promotes brands that embody this message or add to it.
If you’d like to be a member of the Tribe, head over to massmusings.com/what to learn more!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I found my first mentor by doing a lot of internet stalking and sending a cold email. I literally emailed this woman out of nowhere and asked her to get coffee and pick her brain. She became my cheerleader and was able to set me up with experiences that I would never have had access to otherwise.
I would say that my biggest tool that I use to this day is the General Assembly. Not only do I teach several workshops through them, but I’ve also attended my share of events as well. They primarily offer educational courses on UX design and technology but they also offer a variety of free or affordable events and networking opportunities. Everyone should know about GA!
- Website: http://massmusings.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/massmusings
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/massmusings
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/mass_musings
Rachael Zimmerman Photography (@rachaelzimmermanphotography), The two DJ festival shots: Will Clarke (@djwillclarke) at Global Dance Festival 2018, Woman with arm on her head: Minyoung Lee (@ohmyleemedia), Pride photo: Makeup by Abby Ruhman (@abbywrenartistry) Models and Creative Direction: Kayte Demont, Rachael Zimmerman (@rachaelzimmermanphotography)