We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikolitsa Boutieros and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikolitsa, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I relate success with being true to myself and feeling peace with what Ive done. Even if I write one line or get one picture that captures the essence of what needs to be expressed or revealed, then its good. There are different levels of success, as well. It doesnt mean you have to hit the “G spot” everyday. Sometimes, we make decisions from a place of “I should..” or compromise and sometimes it looks like your giving up but really your just letting go of what was the excess and unnecessary . Being your authentic self can be very inspiring to yourself and to others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well I’m pretty much a self taught musician and photographer. It’s mostly an intuitive process meaning I don’t force myself to take pictures or make music. I’m not a get your 10,000 hrs in kinda person. But basically my process might be considered slower but somehow it’s been a magical process. Sometimes it a struggle when I don’t trust myself and I’m influenced by external voices , or thing “prove” Something. It’s kinda ridiculous because there is nothing to prove but just the process of learning how to listen. I don’t think in terms of branding. I just want to communicate what wants to be expressed through me as authentically as possible. I want to dance with it. Sing along with it. Be in harmony with it. I trust that my art will serve in the way that will inspire others.
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?
If a friend was visiting me in LA.. well since I live in Santa Monica I’d take them down to the beach and take a walk along the path to Venice beach. Hit the speedway and check out the skaters. It all depends what my friend my be into of course. Venice beach reminds a bit of Coney Island. Some of the characters in Venice are a bit out there or just not even there. Which makes it interesting and fun. There is a good mix of people that stroll along the speedway. I’d take them as well to Cafe Gratitude , true food kitchen or Erewhon for some health food. Walk or scooter along Main Street back to Santa Monica. The promenade is a very mild Times Square at night with live music and dancing which always entertaining and can be fun. Of course the pier as well day or night but when it’s not so busy. Also, gotta take them on the PCH through Malibu and the winding road to Calabasas hills.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Krater studios: Jen Krater and Paolo Pagiacolo
Other: Another Instagram: @Nikolitsa_the_Comrades
First photo by Katie Mandell All live performance photos (black and whites ) by Alan Rand (his logo is on the photo) all other photos are by me