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Life & Work with Kat Masley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kat Masley.

Hi Kat, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
In 2016, I left a six year abusive relationship. In 2017, I moved my life from New Jersey to Los Angeles in hopes of finding “myself” again, whoever she may be. Once I decided to start dating again, I realized how ridiculous it is to date in this city. This sparked the idea for a silly L.A. dating blog to share my absurd experiences and maybe make a few people laugh. It was through this that I re-discovered my love of writing (I hadn’t written in over six years prior to this – you can see the correlation). I was ignited and started writing like crazy. My blog soon became about anything and everything – I’ve got something for everyone, I think. I fell quickly back into writing poetry and am now working on putting a book together with my collection of poems recent and past. I’ve also launched an Etsy shop where I offer original photography and vintage art prints. I feel wonderfully creative after several years of darkness. Most recently, I wrote a guest blog for the NCADV. I’ve gotten a few messages from women across the country who found the courage and strength to leave their abusers because of my piece. Being apprehensive about publishing such content – this is the best outcome I could have imagined.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been anything but smooth. Dealing with the trauma of several years of abuse is an impossible feat sometimes, and you’re knocked down more than you’re picked up. I’m still struggling with PTSD, but this creative burst I’ve had has no doubt been a key factor in my recovery. I have an innate resilience. I don’t know where it came from, but I am extremely grateful for it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m just unapologetically me. I don’t tailor myself to fit any mold or expectation. I’m most proud of finally grabbing my life back and moving to Los Angeles, which is something I’ve wanted to do for over ten years.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I think more and more people are embracing Art in general. Being creative or “artsy” isn’t looked down on like it once was. I’m a staunch supporter of anyone in any aspect of the creative industry, be it music, art, acting, etc.

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