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Meet Catherine Hayes of Planet Makai Magazine in Korea town

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catherine Hayes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I moved here from Houston, Texas about 5 years ago to attend the fashion institute of design and merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. Where I graduated with an associate in textile design and bachelors in industrial design. My main goal is to work in the magazine industry as a fashion editor/ director. I was able to gain experience interning for multiple companies learning about eCommerce, public relations, styling and etc. After interning I decided to start applying to different jobs that I qualify for but no company wanted to hire me. I kept getting the same response ” wow your resume is impressive you have so much experience”. Then the next day I would get an email saying that they went with someone else. I wanted to give up and just quit but I said to my self I didn’t make it this far in life to just quit. So I decided to start my own magazine focusing on the unknowing (artist from different industries). Now this is where I can showcase my textile degree, so while studying textile design I learned how to edit pictures, artwork, and learn how to create layouts from scratch.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My struggles come from companies not wanting to hire me.

Please tell us about Planet Makai Magazine.
Planet Makai focuses on the unknowing. Basically Artist from different walks of life that most people don’t know about. I have a background in editing so my main focus is to make sure I’m capturing the right photo and embodying the artist who I’m interviewing. Makai is my first company that I’m starting solo and I know it’s going to be more then just a publication. What makes Planet Makai different from other digital magazines is that we are working with unconventional material in every issue.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would of study marketing at a different college then went to FIDM for textile design.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 410 s Hobart blvd
  • Email:
  • Instagram: planetmakaimag

Image Credit:

Creative director for first image @mrpearson photographer @bravocado_
Second image creative director @abstract3 photographer @istephaniemonique
Graphics created by @abstract3

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