INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Stray Cats
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 try to participate in at least one RFL event every year. This is such a worthy cause and much needed. Stray Cats enjoys helping however it can.
Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?
A: I’ve not had the opportunity to go to a real world relay yet, but it’s on my bucket list. In terms of other participation, we have also been in the last two or three Winter RFL fairs to help with support.
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: Well, as it is springtime, we created a new breed of Fawn kitty for exclusive release at this event. The fawns are precious, and available in many colors of pelts. Our OOAK is a Gryphon kitty, a wannabe gryphon, shall we say 🙂 Half eagle/half lion. I’m not sure where that idea came from, but it’s what I came up with, lol. Strong and powerful and able to fight 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 for Stray Cats, the owner being Ken Edge. I work for him also in real-life as an assistant and manager of sorts. Stray Cats are so darling, a truly lovely little breedable, but not without their ups and downs in the past. I have been managing for 1.5 years now, and love love making new kittens, pelts, eyes, ‘stuff’ for the community. I strive for not only to keep the creative and fun aspect of breeding these kitties alive and well, but also, to create and maintain a happy, homey, comfortable environment for all our breeders and patrons. We all know that Second Life can have maybe a little too much ‘drama’ sometimes…. Well, within this little kingdom of mighty felines, we are a family.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing residential community? 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 kitties, 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 Stray Cats would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂 There is only so much of me to go around….lol
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 cats, 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 that I can think of, at this moment. My breeders, my fellow cat-lovers are my inspiration, every day. I love getting to know them, to care for them, and to keep ever-growing in the myriad of possibilities that these wonderful Strays can be.