We had the good fortune of connecting with Katia Moraes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe I think about taking an opportunity to express myself instead of taking risks. An opportunity to learn new songs, perform with other musicians, dance a different dance, communicate and inspire a different audience. Taking risks sounds kind of alarming. Taking opportunities sounds natural and possible.
What should our readers know about your business?
The first thing that came to my mind is “I don’t want to talk about business! I just wanna be an artist, that’s it.” I believe I’m different and unique because each one is different and unique. Parents are different, born in different places and different moments. Remember that the water of the river is never the same? That’s right, it’s the same thing with me and each human being. I see and feel the world differently from you and vice versa. And what a challenging and great opportunity to grow. Now, grow up and have a business is another story. The intrinsic freedom of a child can be constrained with education, religion, and social rules. It’s a challenge to keep that freedom of spirit your inner child drinks from when creating a piece of art. I think the key is to feed the curious mind and contact with nature. I believe I’ve doing this. I think. (doubt ia always an intriguing and good font for further growing). I’m a human being born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. At school I wanted to be a dancer, a singer and a writer. I guess I added visual arts along the way. I was blessed to have an encouraging mother who gave me a acoustic guitar that I never learned to play. Now that I’m in my fifties, I was drawn by the ukulele and have been composing with it. And the visual arts? Well, when my husband and I bought a house close a mountain outside of Los Angeles, we felt surrounded by the soul of Nature. What a blessing. A daily drawing became 80 pieces after 2 months. I took the courage to show them during a CD release show. Then some images became another show’s backdrop. Few years more and I created Brazilian Heart 5-cards collection (Singer Series, etc). And on my music video in 2020 I wore a t-shirt with my art in it. No clue what I will do next! And this is so exciting 🙂
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’d start with a hike at the Satwiwa State Park in Newbury Park, CA. From the mountain to the beach, about 3 hrs (someone would leave a car over there so we can come back to the starting point where my home is). Hang out on the backyard, then lunch with crunchy raw veggies plus a “moqueca,” a Brazilian recipe (fish stew made in a clay pot). While cooking we’d listen to music and dance and laugh and enjoy the conversation enjoying the sunny day. Fun, interesting and exciting people are the ones that are curious about life and see joy in the world and an opportunity in a challenge situation. Hiking trails are definitely cool places to check out and California is full of them.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ah…my list is long! So many kind and encouraging people has helped and supported my projects! It’s hard to list names because I know I will not mention everybody here, and I’m sure I’ll regret forgetting names. Neal Barbera, writer Kana Shimanuki, singer Marcia Argolo, producer Jorge Vismara, photographer, artisan Linda Yudin, Viver Brasil Dance Company Judy Mitoma, producer Peter Lownds, actor, writer, translator Dolores Mead, financial donor Cecilia Noel, financial donor, singer songwriter, producer Susan DiGiulio, encouragement Nando Duarte, musician, producer Rogerio Peixoto, musician, music video producer Ana Laidley, dancer, International Samba Congress producer Junior Lindbergh, journalist, Soul Brasil Magazine