Special Guest: Katie Chonacas - Kyriaki
This week on the Tragedy Academy podcast, Jay rolls out a very big welcome for the talented multi-disciplinary artist, Katie Chonacas (aka KYRIAKI). Not only has Katie acted in numerous productions with A-list stars, but she also recently released a book of poetry and her debut album, Dreamland 1111. Jay and Katie dive deep into her musical inspirations, her revolutionary work creating NFTs and the future of art in the blockchain. Be sure you don’t miss out on this episode, and don’t forget to check out Katie’s podcast, She’s All Over The Place!
😤Dealing with Toxic People
🔐NFT Art & The Blockchain
[1:46 ] - Katie recounts her fond memories of growing up in Detroit’s EDM scene. Attending raves and after-parties until the early morning, Katie loved the incredible energy she felt and the connection with others in the crowd. The music of her childhood would go on to influence her own artistic journey.
[6:12 ] - Katie explains that she has always been on a spiritual path, but after being introduced to Eric Thompson, an energy scientist, she began to experiment putting certain frequencies in her music to promote emotional healing.
[12:16 ] - Referencing Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts, Katie discusses the misconception that most people have about micro versus macro choices. While people may assume that macro choices are what govern our lives, Katie argues instead that it is the daily micro choices that are most important. Micro choices build the habits and behaviors that shape our lives.
[17:17 ] - Continuing on this theme of choices, Jay emphasizes the impact mindfulness and meditation have had on his ability to shape his own life. Cultivating mindfulness, allows us to take a step back from any situation and choose how we would like to respond. Katie agrees that meditation is vital in creating this “space in-between”.
[27:13 ] - Katie points out that we typically only have the capacity to focus on one thing at a time, but if the thing that we are focusing on is negative, this serves to amplify that negativity in our lives. Katie recommends that if there are toxic people in your life, gradually limit the amount of time that you spend focusing on them. This isn’t about maliciously cutting people from your life, but lovingly letting go of emotions that do not serve you.
[32:45 ] - Jay congratulates Katie on her success as an NFT artist. Katie is at the forefront of this new movement and works actively to get more people into the space. When she released her album, Dreamland 1111, on the blockchain, two of her songs were purchased by artist and NFT collector, Blake Jamieson. Jay also reveals some exciting new directions for the Tragedy Academy podcast.
[40:23 ] - Jay and Katie discuss how the blockchain can be a difficult topic to discuss with others as it is still so new and not well understood. However, Katie emphasizes the incredible diversity and financial benefits that this space can have for artists. There are many options for people to support causes that are important to them, and not all platforms within the blockchain are destroying the planet.
[48:23 ] - To finish out the episode, Jay and Katie discuss authenticity and gratitude. Katie mentions Miguel Ruiz’s book, Mastery of Love, which argues that at our most primal state we are beings of unconditional love, both for ourselves and the world at large. Finally, Jay reminds us of one very important part of life: we have the honor of being grateful.
Connect with Katie
Website | https://www.chonacas.com/
Podcast | https://bit.ly/3AC8ggu
LinkedIn | https://bit.ly/3rUaQe4
Facebook | https://bit.ly/3o0wQTl | @KyriakiChonacas
Instagram | https://bit.ly/35oSvhr | @chonacas
Twitter | https://bit.ly/3rgvxln | @katiechonacas
Tiktok | https://bit.ly/3G7oPSL | @chonacas
Spotify | https://spoti.fi/3g4aUSN
Patreon | https://bit.ly/3IIEQAm
Youtube | https://bit.ly/youtube-KatieChonacas
IMDB | https://imdb.to/3b2OQG3
NFT Art | http://bit.ly/opensea-NFTKatieChonacas
Book Website: https://www.aloversfairytale.com
Check out Sturman’s artwork in A Lover’s Fairytale and more on his website at robertsturmanstudio.com.