We had the good fortune of connecting with Pedro Asfora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pedro, how do you think about risk?
I think risk taking is the make-it or break-it part of life as an artist. If it’s not a big risk, it’s probably not worth doing, but if it’s too big a risk, it’s probably just a bad idea!
In my life in general, risk taking has been a somewhat calculated game. The most recent and crazy one is I left the safety of my home in Brazil to meet again with my fiancé in Russia so we can move somewhere else afterwards. Both of us weren’t satisfied with the professional opportunities we had in our native countries, so we decided to go after them together.
It’s a huge risk and involves huge sacrifices, but again, if my passion for being. Musician and my love for her weren’t enough for me to make life decisions in favor of them, what’s the point, really?
I’m very fortunate to have the safety net of my family to fall back on in case everything goes wrong, so in my eyes, as long as you have one of those in life, you should always shoot for the stars.
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 that whatever sets me apart is simply the fact that I accepted who I am and always have in mind to do things the way I feel will make the lives of others the best. That doesn’t mean necessarily that I’m this incredible altruist who is a guru on music education and teaching, but the lives that I HAVE reached and HAVE changed, in whatever way it may be, were definitely due to a certain “giving without focusing on return” mentality. The act of giving itself is the reward, the opportunity to make someone’s entire world a bit easier.
Of course, we all got bills to pay and eventually that comes into the picture, but the more ways I can find to do things that way, I feel like in the end the more things will be as they should, because that’s simply how things go.
Along with that, I’ve learned honesty is a big part of everything going well in general. I think whatever branding or marketing an artist does is absolutely essential, but when things aren’t authentic and honest people can feel it. On the other hand, when something is above a certain threshold of trueness and honesty, it always touches me the most, and I think that goes for more than just me!
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.
Being that currently I’m in Moscow for the first time, I’d just take them to a coffee shop and figure out how to order a donut, I think that’d be enough of an adventure!
If it was in my hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and they were from another country and culture, probably something revolving around food, good music and an interesting are of the city called Vila Madalena.
Depends on the person really, but I believe that with the taste and smell of the food, the sound of the music and walking around in an interesting place, all the boxes get ticked 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My entire success, if you can call it that this early in my life, is due to the support of my father and my mother, and more recently to my fiancé as well. These are people that never wavered in giving me their full support and everything I will ever do is unconditionally a tribute to them and their spirit, their souls, and their love.
All photos taken by Viktoriya Gurskaya