We had the good fortune of connecting with Dimitra Korri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dimitra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think it is important to take risks and I do believe in taking calculated risks. If I’m going to take a leap of faith I usually try to think of all the ways that a decision could go well or wrong so that I know how to properly promote a project. If you never take a risk it means that you are constantly operating in the comfort zone. I believe that in order to succeed and grow as an artist it is important to get comfortable with being in the discomfort zone because that is where the magic happens. One of the biggest risks that I took in 2020 was writing and starring in my first short film “Kaliope”. We had just finished filming and as we were starting the editing process the pandemic began. The lockdown situation worked well for editing the film but it was unfortunate that most film festivals became virtual events. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful for the exposure that I have been getting during the pandemic. “Kaliope” was an Official Selection for the 2020 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, an Official Finalist for the 2021 Jelly Film Festival, an Official Selection for the 2021 Golden State Film Festival which screened on the Shorts Daily Roku Channel and also now an Official Selection for the 2021 Global Short Film Awards Festival in Cannes, France. Starring in, writing, co-producing and editing this indie film was a challenge that I chose to take on and I am so excited to be sharing this feminist and culturally diverse short film with the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what I’m most excited about is this next love song that I am about to release which will be available for streaming on all music platforms. You can follow me, Dimitra Korri, on Spotify and check me out on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Anghami, and iTunes. I think what sets me apart from other artists is that I can sing, skate, dance and act. Balance is an important part of my career and finding down time is quite the challenge but I’m not really somebody who enjoys sitting around anyways. I got to where I am today professionally by asking questions, collaborating with other artists, and not taking no for an answer. I cannot stress the importance of collabs and combining skill sets to stand out amongst the saturated market. It’s definitely not an easy career path trying to market yourself in multiple industries but I would not have it any other way. My most recent music collaboration with new artist, Kitteh x Kitteh is going down in the books as one of my favorite collaborations because it was my first time tackling the beast that is the EDM genre. I recently directed the first Kitteh x Kitteh music video for the song “Quarantine Valentine” and I am looking forward to releasing that video later this year. Electronic sounds are a whole other animal when compared to organic instruments. I learned a new language of sound and found ways to express myself through beats, rhythms, and synchronization of movements to not just words but buildups and drops. In many ways it opened the door for creative risk and exploration. In regards to what I would want the world to know about me and my brand is that “Dimitra Korri” is open minded, willing to collaborate, and excited about the future of film and music. I’m always pushing the limit, challenging myself and as I said before not afraid to be vulnerable by stepping out of my comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to shoot me a dm if you want to work together.
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 would probably start off with a nice walk down Rodeo Drive, add a stop for brunch, and a little bit of shopping in the mix. I would follow that up with a day of hiking to the Hollywood sign and a visit to the Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. I think the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is also a fun yet spooky and iconic tourist attraction as well. Hermosa Beach is a must in Los Angeles. A walk down the boardwalk in Venice would be fun too and of course a few taco truck stops along the way followed by a nice Thai or sushi dinner. The TCL Chinese Theater would definitely be a stop along the way and of course the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Out of everybody that I could potentially give a shoutout to I am indebted to giving the biggest shoutout to my mother. Without her moral support and involvement in my creative endeavors I would not be where I am today. It certainly helps having a family member that provides overall support and mentorship. I feel that lots of times managers and agents provide guidance but do not always have your best interests in mind. My “Momager” so far has provided me with encouragement in ways that surpass what any life coach or person for hire could provide for a client. However, I can’t say that our relationship is perfect with rainbows and butterflies. Of course at times we butt heads, she’s a Greek mom from Sparta for God’s sake! (Laughs) I certainly have had to convince her to take some risks with me, but I think that having her always looking out for me has played a crucial role in my focus, drive and success.
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