Always do the right thing. If we go into anything, whether acting, music, business, etc. with a purpose to serve, we will be successful, but at the same time we need to know who we are, so we can be true to ourselves and others. Always do the right thing, and the right will come to you…
As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kaye Laine. Inspired by a combination of both of her parent’s talents, Kaye started designing and sewing at a young age. She was born in Florida, and raised in Oregon due to her father serving in the military. Her father was raised with a houseful of sisters, both foster and biological. Kaye’s grandmother lined him up with the rest of the girls, and was taught the craft of sewing. Along these lines he passed down this skill to Kaye. Her mother taught her how to sew by hand at the young age of five, and later her father instructed her how to use the sewing machine. Beginning with darning socks, sewing missing buttons, she later graduated to designing her own hand bags, apparel, and formals. In addition, he showed her how to combined fabric colors, and prints with skin tones and different body types. On the other hand, her mother was amongst the most talented artists she knew, and still knows today. She recalls the days when her mother would draw exact images from the daily newspaper, watercolor painting from found objects, and even the delicate skill of paper cutting. Ms. Laine grew up with the finest art teacher a child could have. Kaye Laine has completed a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University San Bernardino in Studio Art. Ms. Laine studied color, balance, design and a number of methods that expanded her talents in the field of art. At CSU, Kaye learned how to adapt electronics to fashion apparel. She programed a chip for LED lights to interact with music and sound through her computer. This was sewn into the fabric with a specific thread that an electrical current could travel through. The collaboration between the music, LED lights and clothing, made for a great show. For many years Kaye has been a print model in the world of fashion. She started out modeling in Portland, Oregon as a child in the industry, with the help of her grandmother. She is now modeling, acting and designing in southern California. She has learned what it takes to put a great catalog and portfolio together. Her modeling and acting career have been used in her life to understand the fashion industry. Currently Kaye has displayed her clothing line on the red carpet, in Hollywood, CA along with a number of other events in the Los Angeles area. She has dressed stage models and celebrities for the Los Angeles Music Awards and many other events. Ms. Laine is always exploring new ways to share her abilities in world of fashion. She continues to keep up on the latest colors, fabrics, and her natural surroundings that she draws from.
Thank you so much for joining us Kaye! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Having a television with a few fuzzy channels and rabbit ears, no video cassette recorder (VCR), along with living in the country in the middle of nowhere, I had to use my imagination quite often. From making wormy mud pies with my siblings, learn arts and crafts from my mother to gardening and taking care of animals, having an imagination was necessary. I grew up on a farm in Oregon, where I was stuck indoors because of the rain. When I entered into kindergarten, I learned that there was another world that could expand from what I was already taught. In this world I discovered the stage, small plays, school musicals, and more. At the young age of 5, I figured out how wonderful it felt to perform in front of a live audience. Being on a stage was marvelous. As I entered into each grade, I noticed that these theatrical events happened every year, and made sure that I was a part of them. After the years went on, I no longer was asked to audition and just handed the roles. This continued on until I completed high school. Before graduating from West Albany High School, I studied and acted in school musicals, theater productions, competed in solo competitions, performed in an acapella choir, along with anything else that had to do with a performance. I also learned about lighting, costumes, and make-up, attended field trips to the opera, and anything that involved the arts. I look back on myself and I used more of my creative right side of the brain. Later I found out that I was over compensating for a learning disorder. I was always the class clown, enjoyed telling jokes, and performing in front of other students to distract from the lesson or completing assignments. I did this because the schoolwork was too hard, and at the time I did not know that I had a learning disability. I was dyslexic, in other words, I have Irlen Syndrome. When I was in grammar school I was placed into special education, because of my learning disabilities. I did not find out until my last year at a University exactly what I had in order to get the help that I needed. I thought that I just had tired eyes, which created my problems. It was not that, I had Irlen Syndrome, along with auditory processing issues that I was diagnosed with. The resources that were available, when I found out, could have made the earlier part or my schooling so much easier. Down the road I can call to mind and know that I overcompensated with the right side of my brain, just because I of my learning disabilities. Thanks to my impairments, I focus more on the performing arts side of who I am.
When I attended Memorial Middle School, I took sewing classes and failed miserably. I am not sure why, but thanks to my mom teaching me how to darn socks, sew buttons, bean bags, along with small purses, followed by my father instructing me how to sew my prom dresses, I have the knowledge and know how to sew anything. Throughout my middle school and high school years, I worked small jobs just to afford clothes and fabric. As a result of growing up in a single-wide mobile home with six children, my parents could not afford much. By the time that I entered into the 6th grade, I became tired of wearing my older sister’s hand-me-downs. So I saved every penny that I had, from working small paper routes, babysitting, under to counter paid jobs, and later working in fast food, retail, to purchase my own clothes. I ended up altering all my purchased clothing from stores and thrift shops to my own style. Kind of like Molly Ringwald in the film; Pretty in Pink. This helped me achieve my own taste, and fit in at school all at the same time. My father also took part in teaching me how to sew. He was the one who went fabric shopping with me, and taught me how to match colors and prints with skin tone and body shapes before purchasing the amount and type of material that I needed. From there I was always drawing model illustrations with my designs on them, and trying to create something.
As a young adult, my high school years were not always easy or fun, filled with designing and amazing youthful activities. During the twelfth grade, I became homeless. Between watching my parent’s marriage fail and trying to figure out who I was, I acted out and ended up on the streets. I barely completed high school, but I did not give up on myself.
After graduating high school in 1995, I continued to create and perform, but not much until I entered into marriage in 1998. I acted in local business commercials, and started to model, even after my first child was born in 2000. A year later I started to attend Portland Community College, and studied art, and took courses in dance at Portland State University (PSU), but did not finish there. My husband at the time, graduated from PSU in the Spring of 2002, and the three of us relocated to southern California. This is where I completed two associate degrees at Palo Verde College, and went on to finish a Bachelor’s degree in studio art at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2013, intermingled with have and raising two more children and still modeling. Attending CSUSB, I studied a number of subjects, but my main concentrate was sculpture. Within the chosen medium, I welded up to 500 pound sculptures from old farm equipment for a little over two years. Just as welding is a three dimensional art, fashion is too.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
My daughters always had one of a kind dresses for the holidays, as they grew up. After graduating with my first associates in 2009, Palo Verde College honored me with a gallery show displaying my work, which is also published in books in the community college English department. My work is displayed in doctor’s offices, colleges, along with buyer’s homes. And now I am currently working on adapting my art to print and embroidery on fabric. Who knew that fashion and the performing arts would come together in my life.
With a year left before graduating from , I decided to start working on a clothing line which consisted of evening gowns, so I could have some type of income coming in after I completed school. I was doing some modeling, and decided that I had to push it more. I needed a face with the product. The company was called, Kaye Laine Exclusive. Through this journey, I became a MMA ring girl in Yuma, Arizona, became Miss April with Vive Latino America in the Latin world, and pushed social media like crazy, along with many other projects. I have also worked on a number of television and film projects, and have a few coming up in the near future. I had the opportunity to play a judge’s wife in a Kevin Sorbo film; One More Round.
My company, Kaye Laine Exclusive consisted of custom designing evening gowns for red carpet events. I had the opportunity to design for Charlene Tilton, along with a few other celebrities, and stage models for big events, including Los Angeles Music awards.
There is a lot more to my story than what I have shared. Looking at the past, a lot of bad things that have happened. But, I do not call it bad luck. I look back and call it a life lesson learned. I have three beautiful children. My oldest,19, is in college, my son, 16 has Autism, and has taught me a lot, my youngest is 12 and trying to conquer the world.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
One person that I have always looked up to is Oprah Winfrey. And I continually look up, and repeat her three steps to success, along with applying them to my life.
Currently I am still going through a hard time. But I keep in mind that Heavenly Father, and the Universe have something to teach me, before my life becomes amazing. Even when life becomes so bad and there are several roadblocks, take those roadblocks as a lesson, and know that something better is coming. Especially if you are doing the right thing! I felt that last years challenges were the worst in my life, when I was doing everything I could. I had a few family emergencies this last year, helped a family member in trouble, followed by a car accident, then I lost my home. At present I am living out of my car. I look at this as an excuse to start over and do things even better than the first time. These obstacles have not stopped me from moving forward, and finding other ways to do things, and think outside of the box. I am still working toward being a great designer and actor.
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!