The CreativeLife Podcast Ep.9: Joz Wang Blogs Harder Than You [Download] [Stream]

Episode 9 – Jocelyn “Joz” Wang

You know you were a true “early adopter” when you were blogging before most people could imitate the grating screech of dial-up internet!  Jocelyn Wang (more commonly known online as Joz Joz Joz) was blogging about her personal life when the internet was not yet littered with people who were comfortable sharing photos of what they ate for dinner last night. There was life before Facebook!

Jocelyn 'Joz' Wang

Jocelyn 'Joz' Wang knows writing and living online.

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In this podcast we talk about missing out on a Taiwanese-American rite of passage, “The Love Boat,” and how her an overdramatic post about the big sty in her eye could get ANY traction online.  Also, we discuss what it means to get comfortable with having an online persona including making the decision to write about a very personal loss in the family.  I mean…she even made national news because her likeness was used in some racist camera craziness!  (Yeah. Cameras can be racist too?)

There’s also tons of nuts and bolts discussions about what it means to be a blogger or even attempt to make a living from producing content on a blog platform versus other formats.  We learn all about how Joz was flexing her online journalistic presence through her collaborative Asian American issues blog,

Though this interview was recorded last year, let’s all congratulate her for becoming the new Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles chapter President, National Advisory Board Representative!

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Episode 9 of The CreativeLife podcast features the talented work of independent artist Giana Nguyen.

Giana Nguyen – Singer/Songwriter

Giana Nguyen - Singer / Songwriter

Giana Nguyen - Singer / Songwriter

FROM Giana’s Website:

“Her voice is strong and smoky, with range that could easily win votes on American Idol…That spirit of longing and perseverance can be heard in her self-released debut album, “For Now.”” – David Whiting, Front Page Columnist/Editor at Large, The Orange County Register

And when you’re done listening to it…leave a comment at the end of this post, or on iTunes.  Send me your feedback and comments!  What did you like about the interview? What did you learn that you hadn’t thought about before?  What was something that you wanted to learn more about the creative process?  What question were you DYING for me to ask but I never did!?

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VIDEO: John Cleese on Five Factors to Foster Creativity

Yup. It’s the guy from Monty Python!  Love this latest snippet from our friends at John Cleese on five factors for Creativity.

1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)

2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)

3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)

5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

Head over to BrainPickings.Org, one of our favorite sources for inspiration to see the full post:

John Cleese on Creativity

Ken Nordine’s “Green” is Dope. Words to Jazz Animated to Font.

Thanks to my musician friend, Monk Turner.  This might be the inspiration for a Monk/Jenny collaboration to come!

Ken Nordine is a new favorite. How did I not know about him? Watch this beautiful font animation of Ken Nordine’s words to jazz.


A Girl You Should Date (Book Love)

I had to repost this awesome blog that’s been circulating about “A Girl You Should Date” by Norah.

What’s beautiful about this is the girl you should date is the one who loves books and words.  Books and words are love to some of us.  And I’d like to think that we are awesome because of it.


Also. Thanks for your patience on the uploading of fresh interviews. We’re a little backed up here at the podcast.  But we do plan on getting you fresh episodes in February!  Very fun stuff!

True Retro: Detailed Recreations of Old Portraits [Oh. That’s Good.]

Love these photos.  My costumer friend, Jana, sent this link to me because it reminded her of the “Dear Photograph” project I wrote about earlier this year! So awesome.  These features the work of Photographer Irina Werning.  These are photos she is doing for Zefrank’s “young me now me” project.

I especially appreciate Werning’s attention to detail on recreating the lighting and props to go “true retro” and reinhabit the old photograph for the modern subject. A hint of melancholy is unmistakable throughout.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Werning will be in India.  Here are the details below.  ENJOY!


(If you try this at home email it to zefrank’s wonderful young me now me project (2006) at

What do you think?  How do you like these versus the Dear Photograph project?  What photo would YOU do if you tried to recreate something? Please comment below and let me know!

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