Get to CAM Ambassador Kenzi Everitt through this Q & A!
What brought you to CU Denver, and specifically the College of Arts and Media?
To be honest, my mom brought me here. I was 100% set on attending school in Michigan for Music Industry Management and Photography, but after pricing it out, my mom suggested applying to CU Denver or taking a year off. I came here, and I’m so thankful things ended up the way they did, because I can’t see myself anywhere else.
What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why? When did you get started?
I’ve gone through several focuses – Music Business, Recording Arts, Singer/Songwriter, back to Music Business. I am currently a dual emphasis with Music Business and Recording Arts, but I’m primarily working on the business side of things and enjoying it immensely. Between managing several artists, doing social media marketing, event planning, and working for various projects with CCI, I’m learning a whole lot.
What helps you get inspired?
I tend to write primarily from emotions – whether those are mine or those around me. There is a lot of power in feeling, and a lot of power behind the reasons for people’s actions, and I’m fascinated by that. Usually writing is a way for me to better understand situations and move forward through action, rather than being simply a coping mechanism.
Do you have any rituals to get yourself motivated when you work?
When being creative, it’s mostly just finding a quiet, calm space. I have a hard time writing with other people around. Natural light is nice, and I prefer to write things by hand. When doing work that’s not necessarily creative, I can be a little more flexible – I’m fine with a cup of tea and my cat, or setting up in the corner of a coffee shop… As long as I can walk or move around. I’m most motivated when I’m learning about something new and exciting, especially when developing new projects or ideas.
Where is the best place to see art, in your opinion?
Anywhere. Art is unexpected and can/should happen anywhere, including (and especially) digitally.
Do you think traveling while representing CAM has been a fulfilling experience? Why?
Absolutely. Traveling while representing CAM has made me realize the potential for collaboration with other students around the country, and it’s been reinforced by the fact that they want to collaborate with us.
What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?
Traveling as a part of CAM has also made me realize how much I appreciate the contemporary nature of CAM’s MEIS program. So many of the students we worked with studied classical music, and all wished they had further opportunities to pursue business or audio production or singer/songwriter degrees. In fact, a couple people I talked to had completely overwhelmed themselves by trying to double major in Music and Business or Marketing in order to compensate for the lack of contemporary industry knowledge within their program, which made me even more thankful. I really appreciate how immersed all the faculty is within Colorado’s music scene/industry. It’s very inspiring and helps affirm that, yes, I actually can make a living working in a field that I love.
What would you say to yourself five years ago?
I would tell myself to buy a planner and to be less scared to talk to other people.
What is your favorite movie/film that you’ve ever seen?
That’s hard to narrow down, but I really like Better Off Dead because it’s weird. And Pride and Prejudice (the new one, obviously) because it makes me cry.
Who is your favorite non-mainstream artist and why?
Right now, I’ve been listening to a lot of Saintseneca, SOAK, honeyhoney, and Låpsley.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for your art? Do you regret it?
I wrote a song about guacamole once. I’m honestly not sure if any of my friends could tell me which song it is. It’s pretty subtle, which is probably a good thing.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Jack Conte. He’s the Founder/CEO of Patreon and half of the duo Pomplamoose, which is a really wonderful crowd-funding service. His beliefs line up with the likes of Amanda Palmer, but I relate to him a lot more. I also appreciate that he doesn’t make any money from Patreon profit, but instead only takes income from Pomplamoose’s Patreon page – kind of as evidence that it actually works.
Do you think anything can be art? Explain
I don’t think everything is art. I believe most things can become art with the right intent, but I also believe that there should be some form of meaning or intention behind the art. From that point on, the possibilities are endless.
If you had to create a new crayon, what color and name would it be and why?
I’ve got to be honest, I thought about this question all day and couldn’t come up with an answer that did justice to crayons. However, I did a lot of googling about weird crayon names, and learned that there is an “inchworm” colored crayon, which I thought was pretty important.
What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?
It’s not right in Denver, but I like driving up Lookout Mountain and just being able to watch cars drive from up top. It’s very peaceful.
Where is your hometown?
I’m originally from Spring Lake, Michigan, but I’ve lived in Golden, Colorado for most of my life.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Playing and watching music, photography/videography, wearing socks, riding horses (Western and Vaulting), making soap and lip balm, hanging out with animals, and drinking too much coffee.