BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Kyle Browne, Artist Entrepreneur of KBCreative

What is your name?

Kyle Browne

What is your title?

Artist Entrepreneur

What is your business name?

What is your website URL?

What is your Instagram handle?

What is your LinkedIn URL?

How long have you been a Boston Business Women member?

I just joined in July 2023!

Where are you based? How did you end up there?

Chelsea, MA - I bought a condo two years ago in Chelsea after living in Jamaica Plain for almost 10 years. I never thought I'd be living in Chelsea after growing up hearing about its negative reputation. Yet, I've only experienced the opposite. The universe gave me a gift with this 2-floor, work/live space with Boston harbor and skyline views, plus an incredibly welcoming community.

Tell us more about your company! What do you do and what pushed you to start?

First and foremost I am a conceptual artist. I can't stop creating, so when I was unexpectedly laid off from my teaching job in 2021, I made the anxiety-provoking leap to going on my own. I've wanted to be an artist since I was 5yrs old and have been practicing my entire life. Yet, for me, being an artist goes well beyond the studio - it is making a positive impact on the cultural sector and communities around me. KBCreative encompasses three parts 1 - Education (teaching, curriculum design, mentoring); 2 - Community/Public Art Consulting (creative community engagement, project management) and 3 - Original Art (fine art sales, In the Raw, Art). You can find me facilitating community arts workshops, designing STEAM curriculum, consulting with affordable housing organizations to coordinate art commissions, creating murals with students, working on my brand to honor women, 'In the Raw, Art' and drawing nature inspired imagery with colored pencils in my studio. There is never a dull moment!

What is your definition of success? How do you know when you’ve reached it?

This is such a hard question! I find success in moments of collaboration, in someone's shift in perspective by looking at my work and the satisfaction of making an idea into reality. One measure of success for me will be when I'm making enough from my business to donate back to a cause I care about. Another layer of success will be when I reach my ultimate goal of making a living fully from making art, with enough free time to enjoy life!

Tell us about your most transformational moment as an entrepreneur?

The most transformational thing for me about being an entrepreneur is that I finally feel I'm on the right path. I always innately knew this was something I'd do well at (because I'm such a hustler) but it's not until I took the leap that I felt it in my body. The underlying contentedness and peace of alignment.

What was one of your biggest challenges in business?

Worth and Value - these two are intrinsically linked. It can be very hard as an artist to feel your worth, let alone price things at the correct value. I also came from a service oriented industry, that guilts you into working so hard 'because it's for a good cause'. This way of thinking can be very harmful. I've been working intentionally to dismantle the 'starving artist' and 'if you are passionate about your work, you don't need to get paid as much' ideologies- moving on and beyond both!

How do you handle the harder days? The struggles? Those moments when you feel like giving up?

I usually know it's time to slow down, to get outside, go for a paddleboard, socialize with friends. The more isolated I am the more I can get into a spiraling mindset of doubt. I also have incredible mentors who help me see the bigger picture.

How has being a Boston Business Women Inner Circle member positively influenced your life + business?

I'm still such a new member - I am looking forward to what is to come!

Tell us about your most proud moment in your career.

This past year I self-produced a solo art show, Seaworthy Seduction: A Taste of Intimacy, at the Gallery at Spencer Lofts in Chelsea, MA. The intensity leading up to it - fundraising, marketing, promoting, organizing the events, applying for grants, not to mention making several large scale pieces and installations was just beyond what one person should do. Yet, opening night was more than I could have asked for. Over 150 people attended, the room was abuzz with positive vibes, people interacted with the work, bought several pieces and my core group of friends even serenaded me with a birthday song. In the following weeks I received fantastic press from the local papers, Artscope Magazine and The Boston Globe. It was a real expression of my motivation, skill and the incredible community I surround myself with. Needless to say, I was very proud.

Who is the woman behind your business? What does she like? How does she spend her free time? What does she value?

I am someone who will ride her bike all dressed up to the party and usually says yes to an adventure. Women's + LGBTQ rights, and considering the equity of all people are concerns I care about. I saw so much inexcusable inequity as a Boston public school teacher, that it still fires me up. I love nature, specifically the ocean, which always reminds me of the wonders of the world. Cozying on the couch, with a mug of freshly steeped loose-leaf green tea, and reading a book or writing in my journal is one of my weekend pleasures. It's important for me to nourish my spiritual side, and recently I started doing Qigong several times a week. Connection and community fuel me, I adore my broad network in Greater Boston, but I also am pulled to solo time, whether it be in nature or late nights making art in my studio with the music blasting. I am also a cat mom and couldn't imagine life without furry snuggles.

What makes you stand out from others in your field? What do you do differently?

With my significant experience as an educator and community artist I holistically approach my work as asset-based and people-centered. This is true whether I am creating a commission in my studio, facilitating a community workshop or managing a project from idea to reality. I am a flexible thinker and have experience working with a diversity of people and stakeholders. As a conceptual artist, the idea vs. medium is important, so I am well versed across mediums -including drawing, painting, digital design, sculpture and animation- and always open to experiment with new ways of making to achieve a vision.

Where can we keep up with you? What social media platforms do you use the most?

I mostly use Instagram for my two accounts (@kybrocreative @intheraw.art) and just joined Threads, which I'm not so sure about! You can also find me under Kyle Browne on Facebook!

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