We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Kariotis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This has been something I probably have paid the most attention to over the last few years. I am true believer in a healthy work-life balance. As the years pass by, you ask yourself are you just going to work all the time and then attempt to enjoy life when you retire, but are physically at your worst state? That thought process has definitely encouraged me to try and balance a better work-life balance.
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.
Over my career I have been a lot of things. A business owner, a real estate investor, a community builder, and of course an artist. My art takes me into photography, filmography, and travel. Tying the three together. However, with my business mindset built prior, I figured let’s tie the 4 together.
I love shooting the country of Greece, both in photography form, and video, while loving to travel the country endlessly. I have a catalog of photography and a few films on my website which I hope everyone loves!! Using this content, I decided to start a company that markets Greece travel to the world. Showcasing it by traveling Greece myself, and with the help of modern technology everyone can come along for the ride. Streaming views, and teaching what the country has to offer to followers. The company is also set to offer travel itineraries, excursion bookings on demand, a podcast, photography and film for purchase as well has a docu-series that shows Greece to the world.
You can learn all about my latest company, called Greece Media, at greece-media.com
You can follow the journey on social media on Instagram @greece & @iamgreece.
@greece is the companies page and @iamgreece is the page where I show everything from my point of view, a follow along stream as I tour Greece 4 months per year, raw behind the scenes footage and interactions with the audience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If someone was coming to visit Greece for a week, I would try to show them as much as possible, but 1 week is difficult, but I’d definitely show them a lot!
First we would visit the heart of Athens and grab lunch or coffee on a rooftop that see’s the Acropolis of Athens. That is a must! If they’ve never seen the Acropolis, I’d take them, as long as its not a super hot day! It can get HOT up there!
We would take a long walk through an area called Monastiraki Square. This area is filled with people daily, filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and historic ruins every other corner!!
I’d then take them down to the Athenian Riviera. A long strip of sea views, beach bars, shops, and of course more restaurants!
After this, if they feel adventurous we can drive down to an area called Pireaus and hop on a ferry and visit a Greek island. Everyone knows Mykonos and Santorini, which are great, but there are a ton more amazing islands that are less popular which I prefer. But for the sake of convenience I would take them to Mykonos since its easy to get to, and I’m sure it would already be on the top of their list.
We would visit the Mykonos Town, which is filled with white washed buildings, tightly packed in an endless maze that is fun to just get lost in and find an amazing bar where you can sit in and mingle with others and make an amazing day out of it.
Mykonos is full of amazing beaches, but I would take this person to the popular ones since there will be great crowds there, and hey we could even run into a celebrity that is holidaying on the island! A few that come to mind are Ornos Beach, Paradise and Scorpios.
I would split this trip into 3 days in Athens, 3 days in Mykonos and on the last day back in Athens I would take them for a night out in Athens again, in the Monastiraki area I mentioned in the first part, there is a ton of amazing small bars hidden in the small streets. One of my favorites is called Noel and Six Dogs. We’d grab a drink, and talk about the week that just was.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is a tough one! There have been a lot of influential people in my life that have helped me get to where I am today.
First of course is my family. Supporting all the decisions I have made in my life.
All the organizations I have been a part of, such as my church community, all the people involved in my basketball foundation which supports students heading off to university and charities in Greece.
Lastly, a shoutout to all my mentors and supporters that I met since moving to New York City. They’ve made a world of difference.
One more shoutout, would be a book! The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris. It’s helped confirm a mindset that I was living by, but was uncertain of its potential success. Reading the book allowed me to truly believe I was doing OK!
Other: My company Greece Media’s instagram account is: https://www.instagram.com/greece — 2 more social medias of mine, they don’t need to be included but here they are: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@greek https://www.tiktok.com/@iamgreece_