We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephània Pourgouri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephània, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks is one of the best things a person can do for themselves. Sure, uncertainty can be scary but I’d rather live a life full of failed attempts than a life where I tiptoed around security and comfort. Taking risks doesn’t always lead to success but you can grow so much from a lost attempt. Failure can make you more resilient, stronger and builds character. The point of taking a risk in my opinion isn’t the outcome, but the journey and process of it in itself. I truly stand by the fact that failure is not the opposite of success, but that it is part of success!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an r&b/soul singer-songwriter currently based in Boston, MA. I’ve lived in Boston for 4 years after moving all the way from my home country, Cyprus to study at Berklee College of Music. Boston feels like a second home to me as I’ve grown an incredible amount as a person and artist, I met people I will have in my life forever and is the place that introduced me to sounds I never knew existed and that I know integrate in my music. I am really proud of the person and artist that I am becoming. What excites me the most, is the next step that I’m about to take which is to move to Los Angeles, CA in the near future. I have some new exciting projects in the making based in LA which is why I plan on moving there soon!
Coming to the United States as an international musician wasn’t the easiest ride. I had a lot of important people in my life such as teachers that were close to me, discourage me on a daily basis telling me that I wasn’t good enough to make it in the U.S. Of course, their words brought me down for a period of time and didn’t help my confidence at all but I am proud to say that I overcame them and went for my dreams anyway. I learned so much from those kinds of people; to just never listen to them because their discouragement doesn’t help you in any way at all. They taught me that I can be unstoppable and that I am worth way more than their opinion of me and my abilities.
What my main purpose is as a musician, is to help people through my music. If I people can relate to my music that helps them in any way, I consider my mission accomplished.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! Boston is such a beautiful city. I would take my best friend to Bartaco restaurant in the seaport for food and drinks as well as Barcelona Wine Bar for the yummiest tapas in South Boston. I would also take them to the Boston Commons Park, Little Italy and for a bike ride by the Charles River! There’s so much to see.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My amazing family. Everything I am and everything I have, I owe to my family. My parents are two of the strongest, most hard-working people I will ever know and I am so proud to be their daughter. I am so blessed to have parents that inspire me and who I look up to every day. Other than my parents, I am so grateful for my grandmother and aunt who have supported me in every single way possible.