We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Catalano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
For me work and life balance is everything. As I’ve grown older and responsibilities have increased it’s become an important factor. When I was younger I had a lot less on my plate and it was easy to focus on work. However at this point in my life I have so much to do that i can’t do it all in a week or a day so I have to be organized. Over time I’ve become much more goal oriented. This includes making lists and following up with them. I make daily lists of what I need to do as well as weekly or yearly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I go by Owl Green and I am a Rapper. Ive been working on my craft for over 10 years and hope I never stop. Music is my life. I am sort of a do it all type of guy. I rap, I sing and I make all my own visuals. That includes photos, videos and graphic design. I think being able to put a visual branding on your music is just as important as the music these days and what better way to visually represent yourself than to make it all yourself. I consider my genre of Rap music to be a fuse between the original Hip Hop sound and Pop music. I’ve worked really hard to get to the place I am today. Countless hours writing lyrics or melodies, studying music, recording music or playing live shows. It hasn’t been and the work is never done. Two very import lessons I’ve learned from my music journey is to keep going and also how to balance. Ive been going for 10 years strong so id say I learned that lesson pretty good, and I’m still working on the work life balance thing but ill tell you its mad important. What I want the world to know about my story is that no matter where you come from, or how you were raised, being a positive person will make you and the people around you better. There was a lot of negative things happening around me at a young age and it taught me that even on the darkest days some positivity could bring out the light. So that’s why I make music with a smile.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I defiantly don’t want to give up my secret super fire spots cause that’s the type of guy I am, I hate a line. But some places I don’t mind sharing are Tribal Cafe in Echo Park. Right across the street from them is a coffee shop called Bloom & Plume coffee. It is a Black owned business and I think its super import to support and buy from local Black Owned shops so check them out forsure! I’d also like to shoutout the best burger joint in LA 25 Degrees in Hollywood. Its located on the boulevard and in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt. They have super bomb dinner food and my homie Chef Freddy is one head chef’s there and is an absolute beast! Also check out St.J Los Angeles. Its a locally owned coffee shop in east Hollywood that has fantastic coffee and monthly art exhibits as well as super dope pop up events!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m shouting out my girlfriend Izzy. I can’t express how lucky I am to have such a genuinely great person in my life. She’s my biggest supporter and her encouragement is what motivates me to get ahead in life and do great things. She is such a hard worker and is such a good communicator it’s inspiring. She has such wonderful energy I’m just so happy to be able to share everyday with her. I’d also like to shout out my mom! She is the reason I am the man I am today. She was a single mother and made it happen. She did whatever she could to make sure I had a good life growing up and I can’t thank her enough. She’s my superhero, thank you mom I love you!
Photo Credit: Isabella Brown, callmestevieray and Catalyst Bars.