INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Champion Horses
Q: Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life! Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?
A: We always try to! It is such a wonderful charity and much needed in this world.
Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?
A: We have done all the winter breedable fairs as well. No, unfortunately I’ve never had the chance….yet
Q: Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year. Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?
A: For this Expo, we created a stunning new coat, the Silver Buckskin, available in many different breed packs, to be sold exclusively here at the event. We also created a Champion Warrior, a warpaint Thoroughbred, OOAK (one-of-a-kind), to ‘champion’ the fight against cancer.
Q: When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?
A: I started Second Life over four years ago, and like many, followed a friend from another game I played. You know, at first, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but I am a people-person, and it was a great fit for me.
Q: Tell us about more about your SL business?
A: I am actually the General Manager of Champion Horses, having been the personal, real-life assistant to the owner, Ken Edge. He has left them in my hands to grow and expand and make people aware of the great race horses they are. Their racing mechanics and fluidity is, I think, the closest Second Life came come to real racing. They are challenging and take real skill. They are also just fun to breed. We have many that just enjoy that aspect.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing business? Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?
A: You know, I said earlier that I am a ‘people person’.. .that wasn’t always the truth. I was rather closed off in many ways. Second Life has changed me, for the better. In the beginning of my SL journey I explored and experimented, like most, but that random wandering isn’t really for me. I like to have purpose, meaning, and I love to help people. I actually enjoy keeping my ‘campers’ happy, and I love creating all the new horse coats and manes and tails, and learning, in baby steps, the scripting aspect too.
Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up a community there? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?
A: I have mixed feelings on that. I believe the owner of Champion Horses would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂
Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?
A: I am happily married, with two grown boys. My mother doesn’t really understand Second Life, lol, but they all support me in my endeavors in it, and actually think ‘its cool’. I work for the same man, the owner of the horses, in real-life also, managing his many servers and his radio company and just about anything and everything he throws at me….it can be a lot!
Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or someone who has really inspired your business?
A: Not really, and the horses are their own inspiration. Having had horses in real-life, it was a great fit for me. I will say, I recently lost a very dear friend, in real life and SL, and she was involved in these Champion Horses in a big way, our own little personal ‘champion’. She has been the glue that held this wonderful equine community together, and she continues to do so. She left big shoes to fill and will forever be a part of us. (Blessings to her always, Cheryl Baskein.)