A Modern Chat with Kamaryn Potter

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-John Pizzolato

You there?

-Kamaryn Potter

hi, i am.

-John Pizzolato

one moment

Kamaryn Potter

uno

John Pizzolato

Happy National Selfie Day, it's true, it's a real thing. You like this?

Kamaryn Potter

is it true? i can google it.

John Pizzolato

DO IT!

Kamaryn Potter

ellen degeneres says it was june 21. She follows me on twitter.

John Pizzolato

bleh the morning ladies said it was today, the winos

Kamaryn Potter

kathy

John Pizzolato

Yes her. I think she's kewl. You are a pioneer of social media (and selfies with friends and customers) for international playground, The Reformation, and now Free People, did you know what you were doing or was it just timing and and magic?

Kamaryn Potter

it was new and fun and cool back then and i really liked taking photos but was too insecure to tell people that i liked taking photos. so i guess when instagram came out it was a way of experimenting with photos in a less serious and judgmental way. funny how things change

John Pizzolato

You are/were genius at it. you snapchat?

Kamaryn Potter

thank you, ill take it

John Pizzolato

if so, help!

Kamaryn Potter

yah. i do.

John Pizzolato

What did you do today? What are you up to work wise?

Kamaryn Potter

i didnt understand it at all, but being in a position where a lot of my job overlaps into social media and marketing and executives always asking whats new??!? i did my research

John Pizzolato

That is smart.

Kamaryn Potter

like, i kind of got it. but not really but there was a great article harvard business review where i think a 14 year old broke it down

snap chat vs instagram

ill send it to you- it convinced a lot of non believers to join

John Pizzolato

Please do. I was just scolded by my photographer friend Noah to get into it or else.

Kamaryn Potter

i think my full time job is secretly turning non believers into believers of pretty much anything. im kind of like an undercover magician

John Pizzolato

Undercover magician is an intense role to play--do you have energy to use your powers for you? or just other people?

Kamaryn Potter

its so much easier to swirl things for other people than yourself. Im trying to find a balance

John Pizzolato

I am making coffee now for other people on the weekends upstate and it's theraputic.

Kamaryn Potter

yeah i think its great. i think you have to help others to be a whole happy human

but there are times where you forget about you and you get depleted which i have a hard time with in jobs, friendships, relationships

and then you end up resenting them, well i guess i do. and i turn into the opposite end of the spectrum where i completely seclude myself from others because i feel so drained. and the thought of having to take on someone else's shit makes me go running for the hills

John Pizzolato

You were out of town for a bit, where did you go?

Kamaryn Potter

im secrelty really sensitive so i absorb a lot of what the other person is feeling and it can be detrimental if its super negative

i went to peru and then nashville

John Pizzolato

I know you. It's not a secret. I like it, ALOT.

Kamaryn Potter

hahhaha. right. remember when i called you crying from a parking lot upstate?

John Pizzolato

Yes, I do. It made a lot sense, at the time. You were in the midst of a big change.

Kamaryn Potter

yeah

John Pizzolato

What is magical about Peru?

What did you learn there?

Kamaryn Potter

everything is magical about peru.

John Pizzolato

tell me about it. I haven't been. Why did you go there, who did you meet?

Kamaryn Potter

i went there for a catalog shoot for free people with erin wasson, who is a very nice magical lady

its funny how magic works

it can be so quick but also take so much time

i had this thought which is maybe off topic

and maybe wont make any sense

John Pizzolato

I've always admired her from afar

wha?

Kamaryn Potter

but i remember sitting in my apartment 10 years ago- so young. and i was with one of my oldest friends

and i've always had these dark circles under my eyes that i would cover up and i said something about them to my friend, amanda

and she said "no. they are beautiful. they are chic and very erin wasson"

John Pizzolato

she's nice, and I like them.

Kamaryn Potter

i didnt know who she was or much about fashion really at all and i googled her and felt so cool to be like her

and then 10 years later im with her high fiving in peru talking about magic

John Pizzolato

Really, I think they tell a story, and it's a beauty mark of sorts

Sounds like self-fullfilling prophecy plays a role in your life

Kamaryn Potter

i think feelings turn into magic and come back around when you least expect it

so many feelings are numbed and repressed and i think they matter so much more than we even know

i remember being really young, super young like 10, and thinking about the one thing i wanted to accomplish in life and i told myself i wanted to be genuinely happy.

John Pizzolato

that's deep and unexpected for 10. I wanted to live in NYC. very vague

Kamaryn Potter

yeah nyc was on the list in my brain too

here we are

John Pizzolato

I think you are on the way to being happy. I love your self awareness. When Regina was taking pictures of you, you know exactly where to be and how. Which is not usually your style when not in front of the camera.

Kamaryn Potter

i think i am on the way too, there are so many obstacles that try to block you from it. You need really good navigation

sorry but peru was so sick. everyone there is beautiful and happy and respectful. there is a kindness on and inside of everyone.

i met an old man named Elmer who i fell inlove with. Truly. I felt like he was someone from a different world or life who i had been with before. he was probably close to 80 years old but his eyes were so young and i sat next to him for hours and chatted in broken spanish and smoked marlboro cigarettes with him

no, i dont smoke, really

every pebble, every piece of dirt every brick in every wall you can feel a soul radiating from it.

John Pizzolato

I hope you meet again.

Kamaryn Potter

wow thank you me too

it was an indescribable experience

John Pizzolato

I have to ask you a questions from Virginia, "If you had an around the world tour ticket w/ 5 stops where would they be"?

Kamaryn Potter

hm

somewhere like blue lagoon where i could swim with a wild dolphin

i would have to go see elmer again in peru

i want to go to mars

back to tokyo

John Pizzolato

That's it.

Kamaryn Potter

thats 4.

Do you like hotels or home better?

Kamaryn Potter

but im having hard a time picking the 5th

John Pizzolato

The dolphin place.

Kamaryn Potter

forever it was hotels, but more recently homes.

John Pizzolato

Not necessarily your home, just a home....

Kamaryn Potter

yes

John Pizzolato

What did you think of the Marmara where we shot? Could you live there?

Kamaryn Potter

ive unfortunately turned into a bit of a hotel snob

by choice, no. if i had to, fine sure brillaint

great spa downstairs

and a pool is so nice to have

John Pizzolato

What have you been dreaming about lately?

Kamaryn Potter

man my dreams are so wild

i havent been writing them down

which is so dumb

so i don't remember

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