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Meet Cathrine Khom of Local Wolves in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cathrine Khom.

Cathrine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m the founder and editor-in-chief of an online and print magazine, Local Wolves. The magazine focuses on featuring creative minds from diverse fields of work. I started to collect magazines since middle school from Teen Vogue to Nylon. I’ve always been fascinated by magazines with the design, fashion and photography. I spent my downtime just making collages and my own version of a magazine with composition journals. Long story short, I spent that year taking photos at concerts ever since I dreamt of photographing the Jonas Brothers after I saw them in 2008 and wanting to be a photographer in that photo pit. Spoiler: I ended up photographing them and still one of the best highlights of my life thus far. This also brings me to MTV’s The Hills and a part of me wish I was in Lauren Conrad’s footsteps because she did an internship at Teen Vogue and it made me realize that unconventional jobs actually exists. Growing up in Asian household, I’ve been told to go to college and pursue a career in the medical field because it will provide stability for my future. I’ve always questioned those thoughts and flash forward to my senior year in high school—Local Wolves was born on April 12, 2012. I created Local Wolves to share content from the Los Angeles and Orange County music scene. As I started my first semester at CSU Long Beach, I took at break from LW to focus on my nursing courses. During winter break, the creative part of me—needed to break free! I came across a YouTube video and sent a cold email to the content creator’s manager. We got the yes for a cover slot, and the issue was released online. The team and I received so many replies for print copies and boom, Local Wolves as a magazine was born and the rest is history.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been running this magazine for seven years and the entire journey so far has come in waves with highs and lows. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I knew that in order for me to make things happen with my team, the dedication was a huge component of where we are today. There would be times when I would get so anxious to send a cold email because you just never know. Looking back now, I’m glad those emails were sent because in the early stages of LW, I self-taught myself everything as I was my own manager, PR, graphic designer, coordinator, writer, photographer and the list goes on. With all the struggles and deadlines, if it wasn’t for those moments and hiccups along the road, I honestly don’t the stake of Local Wolves. I’m fortunate that we are able to take the mistakes, issues and feedback and work as a team to create a collectively curated but more refined issue for our readers.

Please tell us about Local Wolves.
Local Wolves is a magazine based in Long Beach, California and the team is from all over the globe, which it’s pretty neat. I’m the founder and editor-in-chief—I oversee the magazine’s distribution and editorial content. I love working hands-on and being involved in the projects and shoots that we have planned for any upcoming features. As mentioned earlier, I was immersed by the magazine world and creative direction along with design was one of the reasons why Nylon was a huge inspiration to me. I’m proud to have a dedicated team who not only talented individuals but also we’re in this together and I’m really grateful to have all their creative juices poured into this magazine. I’m always amazed and super appreciative of the content we create a team. Local Wolves is more than just a magazine, it’s a part of the growing process as a creative. We all go through creative funks and feeling uninspired—the magazine is another source of inspiration especially for those who may be curious of other industries or often times, we provide a space for our community publish their work in open arms. Honestly, it’s a tough crowd out there to get your work published as there are several of logistics and such that goes into this. I wanted to create a magazine that I would actually want to read and find interesting to see content that isn’t usually seen or not accepted in mainstream platforms and media outlets.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
To be frank, I would like to invest in Adobe Creative Suite because of two important programs: Photoshop and InDesign. I remember when I would find alternative programs to create a cover or layout design spread. Sadly, they didn’t have a feature like InDesign for facing pages so I would manually add each page member and it was an actual mess. Although, for some reason I still managed to make it work, which is still mind-boggling to me but you live and you learn!

Contact Info:

Cathrine Khom

Local Wolves

Image Credit:
LW Cover Issue of Wallows by Gabriella Hughes

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