We had the good fortune of connecting with Radheya Reinkarn8d and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Radheya, how do you think about risk?
Many of us confuse risk and uncertainty. If we don’t know how something will turn out, it feels risky. And because we don’t like that feeling of uncertainty, we don’t put ourselves in unfamiliar situations.

I’ve learned that uncertainty and risk are two completely different things. In my view, risk is the potential for actual harm. For example, the possibility of losing all my money and ending up on the street. Or the possibility that someone hurts me or my family. Even though uncertainty feels uncomfortable, uncertainty by itself does not constitute a real threat.

In my life, I try to limit my risk and embrace uncertainty. In other words, let me make sure that I have enough resources to survive and that my family is safe. And then let me go out and have some fun, try new things, and if I fail, so what? Failure by itself cannot hurt me.

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’m the Lion With a Mic. I perform behind a lion mask, and in the virtual world, I communicate through a lion avatar.

The lion mask is symbolic. In today’s society, most people wear a mask. We wear one mask when we go to work. We put on another mask when we post on Instagram. But we rarely express ourselves authentically.

For me, putting on the mask is like taking off the mask. I’m not worried about how I look, or who I offend. I have the freedom to speak from my heart. To speak my truth.

I write poetry about contemporary social issues, such as racism, immigration, and cancel culture. My perspective challenges conventional thinking. It forces the audience to think!

A big challenge has been getting people to listen to a longer message, as opposed to short clips and catchy beats. I’ve been stepping up my live performances. These allow me to really get into character and deliver an entire experience, instead of just reciting a poem.

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.
Oooh, a weeklong trip…good question! I usually hit up an open mic at least once a week, and would definitely bring them along. I would take them to the beach in Playa Del Ray, a little enclave at the end of Culver Blvd. To me, that area feels separate, distinct from the rest of Los Angeles. After a walk on the beach, we would hit up Dharma Health Institute for Yoga and Tai Chi. Nzazi Malonga, the founder, is a good friend and mentor, and has built an incredible wellness business over the last thirty years.

We would walk around Beverly Hills and have breakfast or lunch at Urth Caffe, which has a wonderful menu. Spend a day in Pasadena, which is.a beautiful area, and has lots of fun restaurants and bars. And if we had enough time, we would catch up with my producer friend, Chopmaster J, and lay down some tracks!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Donald Lacy, comedian and activist. Donald is a good friend who has helped me develop my style and has taught me how to perform in front of a crowd. In fact, Donald asked me to open for one of his shows a few years ago, which was a great honor and a big boost to my confidence! On a personal level, I admire Donald’s warmth and incredible sense of humor. He has this ability to connect with anyone, just by cracking a few jokes and opening his heart.

Website: lionwithamic.com

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Youtube: Lion With A Mic

Image Credits
Kyle Anderson (for the digital avatar images)

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