Photo: Courtesy of Chona Kasinger

Photo: Courtesy of Chona Kasinger

CHONA KASINGER

Seattle | WA & New York | New York

Photographer & Writer

WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: I take pictures -- lucky me! I also love to watch movies -- I was a film studies major.

LADIES SHE ADMIRES: Bjork for her unworldly talent, wonderful weirdness and willingness to always push boundaries.

HER GOALS: Short term goal: Strike off the publications and bands on my bucket list and visit France. Long term goal: To continue improving and evolving in my work and live a life full of art, music and culture.

RECOMMENDATIONS IN HER CITY: Scarecrow Video and Café Racer

READING RECOMMENDATIONS: I read way more in New York than I do anywhere else -- I've been LOVING Lizzy Goodman's oral history of the NYC music scene, Meet Me In The Bathroom. I've also caught myself laughing out loud while reading Neil Strauss's Everyone Loves You When You're Dead on the subway.


What is one thing you do every morning/night that makes your day feel complete?

In the morning, I make coffee or grab one at the shop down the block from my apartment and walk my dog Brooklyn through Ravenna Park.

When and/or where do you feel most energized?

New York City

What is your favorite thing about your workspace?

That it's always changing! Sometimes it's at the airport, sometimes it's in Park Slope or a coffee shop in Bed Stuy and sometimes it's in my home office in Seattle.

What keeps you focused or inspired?

Coffee, lots and lots of it. For inspiration, I've always loved going to book stores and flipping through magazines for inspiration. My favorite spot for this in Seattle is Bulldog News and in New York, it's Mulberry Iconic Magazines. Music is the reason I even got into photography, so that's a constant for me. As far as staying focused, I'm a huge proponent of making daily to do lists.

What do you do or who do you turn to when you need creative inspiration?

I turn to nature for creative inspiration, which is super easy to do in the PNW. I used to hate driving, but strangely enough, I mind it less the older I get. Travel has been another amazing thing for perspective and I'm so lucky I get to do a fair amount of that for work. 

How do you build yourself up after self-doubt or adversity?

I allow myself to be bummed out for a second or two if I need to be, then work twice as hard to prove the buttheads wrong.

What is a challenge you've overcome, personally or professionally, to get to where you are today?

I'm an introvert, so putting that aside and just doing the dang thing was something I had to learn how to do pretty early on.

What has been your biggest sacrifice?

I don't see anything I've given to what I do as a "sacrifice" -- it's all an adventure. If anything, it's probably being willing to ride out the rollercoaster the lack of stability a career as a freelancer in this fickle industry can occasionally accompany. On the flip side, this is the same thing that lights the fire under you and keeps your on your toes, so it can be a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

What does success mean to you?

To me, success is something that happens incrementally rather than all at once. Success can mean achieving goals, but ultimately it's about personal fulfillment, more than it is about recognition or the money.

Follow her on Instagram:  @chonakasinger