Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Some of you may know already, but for those who don’t, I am currently an undergraduate student. Well, I was up until very recently (I am currently on an indeterminate hiatus). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish my last semester because things once more took a turn for the worse with my health (more on that some other time).

During the production of snackeys, Kudos forced me to take a break from live casting in hopes we’d be able to get things under control. And when I say “things”, I mean everything—our finances, my health. Hell, even our relationship had taken a backseat to this crazy project we’d started. It was like it had taken on a life of its own and we were powerless to it. It had control over us, not the other way around.

Sure, my resin rash went away, but it didn’t take long before being exiled from casting took its toll on my mental health. I started going stir-crazy, tensions mounted between us at times, and naturally fights ensued. I begged Kudos to let me back in the lab, but fearful of any additional stressors in my already fragile physical state kept him stern; strong, the very thing I couldn’t be for myself.

On top of everything else, I was right smack in the middle of Chinese 2 finals at the time. (need I say more?) If I was lucky, or particularly persistent, sometimes he’d let me do post-work on snackeys, or package orders, but I was mostly delegated to conceptual work—that, and menial but necessary post-office trips to drop off the overwhelming amount of orders he was pretty much single-handedly fulfilling, and they just kept pouring in. Why am I telling you all of this? Because KeyKollectiv may imply that there are more than one of us, but if you want the truth, Kudos is definitely the greater half and heart of this endeavor.

Like many of you, I’m equally excited to see what he has in store for 2016. The most exciting part about all of this has been watching him pour his heart and soul into his creations. He has persevered when I was ready to give up at a moments notice. There were so many nights during the original Meowcaps when all it would have taken was one more failed cast, one more ruined double-pour to scare me away from casting forever, but he always stuck it out.

With that said, KeyKollectiv’s 1st birthday is coming up in just a few months—which Kudos pointed out earlier tonight is actually 6 days before my birthday, further demonstrating that life events have never stopped us from creating and experimenting since KK’s conception. In light of this, I’m especially inclined to reflect on our humble and colorful beginning. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a miracle that KeyKollectiv has survived its undeniably rocky infancy, especially to us. But at the end of the day, this endeavor is like a love child of sorts. And you don’t turn your back on your children just because they started in the intensive care unit.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Kudos and I spent our holiday processing caps and making delicious hot pot. We are looking forward to beginning the Meowcaps/Purrkeys sale in the coming days. Stay tuned!

– Koala-T