Krystian Minda is not only a world-class international extreme artist. He is the best Polish fakir, two-time semi-finalist of the Mam Talent program, and the first sword-swallower in the history of Poland. Multiple country and world record holder, the official representative of Poland at prestigious foreign events.
He has performed, for example, in France, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, the Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, England, Portugal, Denmark, and Sweden. It is also important that he belongs to the International Association of Swallow Swallowers and was nominated for the title “Personality of the Year 2017”.
Thanks to incredible skills, perfect interaction with the audience, and incredible energy, the artist has been delighting viewers with his shows for years, offering an emotional and amazing show. His “Freak Shows” are deadly dangerous! Like on the borderline of common sense and the end of human endurance. Krystian Minda regardless of pain, limitations, and consequences exceed all possible barriers to the endurance of the human body. What’s more, he is also a star in television programs and music videos! At work, he’s a real professional. Privately, he is passionate about motorcycles and a collector of extreme experiences.
Interview with Krystian Minda
How long have you been perforforming on the stage and what can you call your greatest achievement in this field?
I am full-time stage performer since 2009. For years I have been crossing the limits of my own skills and developing wide variety of different talents. I have repeatedly appeared in television programs and music videos. I broke four world records in sword swallowing, I performed twice in the semi-finals of the “Poland’s Got Talent”, I visited dozens of countries around the whole world and stood on the stages with the biggest stars. But above all – I made my life beautiful.
Which of your many artistic skills did you learn first and which one next?
At the very beginning of my adventure with shows I dealt with fire. I trained tirelessly. The trainings cost a lot of effort and a lot of work, but the vision of development inspired me to train despite the many adversities that happened along the way. After the fire I fell in love with juggling. Juggling was a long and hard love that accompanied me for several years of my life. It was the last stop before what I do now – before I became Freak.
How was learning sword swallowing looked like?
Sword swallowing was one of the biggest challenges in my career so far. It is one of the most dangerous skill I’ve ever had to learn. Apart from the fact of the difficulty of the skill, it is a skill that can cost life in the case of the slightest mistake. The learning process may vary, depending on the person and his individual predispositions. In my case it lasted two years – from the first attempts to swallowing a real sword. During the training I had many accidents – esophageal abrasions, problems with eating, damaged vocal cords, and the most dangerous of all – internal bleedings.
Thanks to your passion you travel around the world. Where do you perform best and what is most important to you during performances?
Thanks to my shows I have had the pleasure to visit dozens of countries around the world. I remember every country as an amazing experience. Each tattoo convention has its own individual atmosphere and amazing people. I love to perform and I definitely perform best where I get the best energy from the audience. When the audience is having fun – I intensify this energy and have fun with them even more. Being a stage artist is all about giving people emotions, and that’s what I can do best.
Is there any person or group of people with whom you dream to perform together? Maybe there is also a place where you would most like to do the show?
Over the years of working on stage, I learned one thing – I am an independent solo artist. I admire people for their skills and for the shows they create, I also admire groups, but when I create my programs and my creations – I create myself. Starting from the details, the entire creative process aims to create a show in which, above all, I stand out from the other artists with my individuality. I want to surprise with innovation, creativity and skills that led me to the place where I am. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m in the theater, on TV or in the street – only people matter. Only thanks to them art still exists.
What would you say to yourself and what advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the time when you started perform on the stage?
First of all – don’t be afraid to take risks. The world gives you endless possibilities to do whatever you want in life. Second – do everything you do as best you can. Don’t waste time on half measures. Third – live among good and developing people. Don’t waste time on people who are pulling you down. Fourth – just be happy, regardless of the difficulties and problems that arise in your life.
What do you like most about being a performer?
Unlimited creativity, endless possibilities and huge adrenaline. Being an artist is a unique experience. You don’t realize how addictive it is until you try it yourself. You can create. You can experiment with the possibilities. You can look like you want. You can be whoever you want. You don’t have to limit yourself. The whole world stands open to you and your unlimited imagination.
You also performed many times as a street artist. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of performances?
Being a street artist is one of the most difficult experiences. Changing weather conditions, random audience, problems with the police and many factors that made working on streets one of the most difficult work I have ever taken. Each city has completely different rights regarding street licenses. Different types of shows are also received differently by the audience. In a word – performing as a street artist is totally hardcore. It harden character as hell.
What are your other hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
The passion that accompanies me has always been a traveling. Traveling fantastically complements my artist’s life. I love off-road motorcycle riding. In my free time I also create websites, take pictures, create videos, train in the gym and I’m a handyman of many skills. I love to develop my skills and connect them across multiple disciplines, which I do.
I’ve already achieved a lot in my life. I know who I am and where I would like my life to go. My main goal is to find my place in the world. A place full of peace, happiness and people I love.
All photos were taken by Kamila Burzymowska.