We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Catania and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I keep discovering that the more willing I am to risk – the better the results. Staying within my comfort zone creates what I already know, what I’ve already experienced. I spend A LOT of time outside my comfort zone. I just finished a project with a group of collaborators (several new personalities in the mix) that was ALL about being outside typical parameters. It was during the entire process, from start to near finish. It is an epic music video filmed in the Sequoias. The entire team (a skeleton crew of 5) was outside its comfort zone from preliminary conversations to shoot days to post-production. I’m hoping it turns out as beautiful and interesting as its potential!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It all depends on the priority. During COVID I have been back in the producer’s chair – creating music in Pro Tools and Ableton Live. If there’s an upcoming show or tour – then I’m practicing for those performances, and that’s my priority. I just released a new single, so the past few weeks have been ALL about putting my promo hat on and doing my due diligence over there. \
I just filmed the most epic music video of my career! ‘Suitcase’ was released worldwide on December 7th. [Watch the video HERE – https://youtu.be/Q_8hJ32F2UA] That one project was such a journey. It is undeniably the result of a team of creators. Everyone involved in the music (co-writer Beth Thornley, contributor Rob Cairns, co-mixer Michael James) to filming the video (co-directors Sue Ann Pien, Michael Khachadoorian; assist. cinematographer Drew Tolley; make-up & props artist Kathleen Shifs) to post-production (Michael cut the teasers; Sue Ann edited the ‘Hot Press Magazine Premiere’). I am so excited about it! Every single work I have put out is a pure result of that commitment to making the best art I can – in that moment. That has been my life’s goal and I most certainly have touched upon it at times, but not without a lot of help. I really have to credit every band member, collaborator, co-writer, mentor, and champion (like Hot Press Magazine’s Niall Stokes)! It really does take a village.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, there are so many day trips from LA. I like Joshua Tree for camping, treasure hunting, and being in the desert. Palm Springs is great for resorts, swims, and good eats. I like drives up the coast to Ventura and Malibu; all the magnificent beaches north and south. The scenery from PCH alone is breathtaking all the way up the 1 to Big Sur. You can spend the whole week on that one trek! I have nieces and nephews I hope will visit after COVID. We’ve all kinds of fun trips up our sleeves for them. I am particularly fond of treasure hunting. Clothes, furniture, musical gear – It’s a favorite past time.
Locally, I like the Eastside neighborhoods for shopping and food – like Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Ole town Pasadena, Atwater Village. I like Venice and Santa Monica as well – for bike rides, beach walks, and shopping. During the pandemic, most of our favorite eateries are local – like Cindy’s diner, Mi Piache, Viet Noodle, and a new Mexican place we discovered in Highland Park called Pocha LA.
My favorite museums are the Norton Simon’s, Griffith Park Observatory, LACMA. I can’t go to the Getty museums after learning more about the Getty family on Netflix. /: Even during the pandemic – Los Angeles is bubbling with quiet adventures. I do miss a good day trip into distraction and fantasy at Disneyland. The good news about the long pause is I have many things to look forward to!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The first person I want to acknowledge is my partner Sue Ann Pien. It’s true what they say – it’s about who you surround yourself with. Sue Ann has been a consistent inspiration and source of encouragement. Perhaps because she walks that road ‘where dreams are made’ every single day. In some ways, our partnership reflects each other’s individual potential. That mirror has personally helped strengthen my resolve to keep going, to choose to grow, to choose to create, to express my truest self, no matter what the results may turn out to be. I also want to acknowledge Michael Khachadoorian for his talents on ‘Suitcase’ – he was a huge part of this video and passion project! His friend Drew Tolley, my friends Kathy Shifs, Beth Thornley, Rob Cairns, and Michael James – who are all credited above. They add so so much to my creative life.
Other: http://www.monolidproductions.com http://khachadoorian.com
photos by Sue Ann Pien, Michael Khachadoorian, Kathleen Shifs