Today we’d like to introduce you to Spencer Kimmins of CAFECREEP.
Spencer, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Many of my current creative outlets originated when I was growing up. My hometown was honestly the quintessential setting for a very authentic Halloween experience. I leaned into the spirit of my community and was always drawn to the spooky history of the town whether that be the cemetery dating back to the 1700s, the haunted colonial houses, or the ghost stories that came with them. Fun fact: Charles Addams, the creator and cartoonist of The Addams Family, also grew up in my hometown.
I moved to Los Angeles five years ago to pursue a career in the film industry. While I was realizing that dream, I was afforded an opportunity to write music for television. All along, I found myself being inspired by LA’s spooky history. It felt familiar. Through that, CAFECREEP was realized. It began as a passion project; a forum for sharing my illustrations, music/scores and graphic art. The concept has been reimagined over my span living in Los Angeles. Local artists, small businesses, year-round conventions and the historic haunted attractions have reignited and influenced my artistic expression. LA has been a muse for my brand. On any given day, you can find me and my partner driving around in search of haunted hotels or our favorite horror movies’ filming locations.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Overall, the biggest challenge has been navigating an industry overrun with talented people. It’s easy to get lost in that competitiveness. My work is organic and sincere, so I feel fortunate that this passion project has been recognized. There’s been a lot of love and support. I’m very proud to be a part of this incredible community.
CAFECREEP – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
CAFECREEP is an ode to my love of horror art and music. While the subject of my illustrations are dark and horror inspired, my style tends to reflect a lighter, spooky/cute vibe; or as my partner refers to it, “Sp’cute”. I’m currently sharing my illustrations and my horror scores/horror pop on my Instagram. My music is available to stream on all platforms and I have t-shirts and other items for purchase. I’m proud to say that CAFECREEP continues to be reimagined. My hope is that it keeps evolving and grows into something that inspires others to create. In the future, I aspire to host art shows and continue finding new ways to engage with the community.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I have established a relationship with others within the horror community where the support is mutual. Actively supporting others and having it reciprocated is a main indicator for success to me. Leave your ego at the door. It’s easy to feel disheartened living in such a large city with so much competition. Loving art, music, Halloween and horror movies should never be exclusive.
- Website: www.cafecreep.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafecreep
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