We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonny Kosmo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonny, what inspires you?
I am inspired by stories. Your stories, my client’s stories, fictional ones, my own, stories of the caterpillar’s journey down the block… you name it… I LOVE STORIES! They are a pool of imagination for me. Whether I’m collaboratively helping others to re-author their lives or sitting at the piano with a notebook writing a song, stories continue to be the vessel for inspiration. There is an inherent resourcefulness that I continue to be curious about in storytelling. The passing of narratives has always felt so fertile for me and it’s where I like to live and grow.
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 find that my work as a therapist and a songwriter reciprocate themselves. Songs are like little worlds with narratives and lives of their own. As a therapist and writer I am always bringing the same type of curiosity and creativity to the process. Currently, I am most excited about my new record that came out June 4th on Feeding Tube and Dinosaur City Records. It was the first time I really set out with the intention of bringing psychological themes of healing and hope into my songs so directly. These songs also ring particularly close to my own struggles with addiction and depression. It was through music and therapy itself that I found my own sense of healing and re-authoring to my world. Something I’ve come to believe is challenges are invitations to look inward. I hope to keep this close to my heart and pass it to those I work with.
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.
I am obsessed with the food of Los Angeles. So if a friend were visiting I would be taking them to all of my favorite eats. A first stop would have to be the San Gabriel Valley. First we would go to Kang Kang Food Court and get some juicy bao. After that we’d slide over to Mian for some cold noodles and black fungus with mung bean tea. Following we would top it off with the delicious compliments of Chengdu Taste. The next day we would visit little Tokyo and stroll the markets. A must is getting Hama Sushi on second street. This place is truly mind blowing… that doesn’t even begin to sum up their fish. Up next is Thai town to visit my favorite friends at Ruen Pair. I have been going there for years and love being greeted at the door. They are open until about 2:30am so I’d say we’d hold court there and play Settlers of Catan until we grazed the entire menu.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout out to a mentor of mine Charley Lang. Charley is a professor at Antioch University in Los Angeles and has truly helped facilitate shaping my connection to purpose. He has taught me about the power of curiosity in both myself and others. I often find myself calling upon his voice in the face of uncertainty. He has nurtured my ability to question what voices are my own versus the social constructs that try to recruit me into doubting myself.