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Bobby Lee Next to George Washington?: Asian American Artists at the Smithsonian in DC

'Shimomura Crossing the Delaware' is a knock-off of the iconic 19th century painting, 'Washington Crossing the Delaware."

'Shimomura Crossing the Delaware' is a knock-off of the iconic 19th century painting, 'Washington Crossing the Delaware." via The Voice of America

Loving this feature story on Asian American artists being featured  in the Smithsonian! Crazy!  I mean they have displayed portrait art of comedian Bobby Lee next to whatever old white guy’s marble-carved bust all in the same building!  That’s blowing my little Asian American mind.

This painting (featured above) shows what it would look like if it was all Asian Americans as Washington crossing the Delaware and winning the Revolutionary War to found the nation. Ha!

Too bad I’m not in DC.  Would definitely check this out.

(Source: “Asian-American Artists Explore Their Identity.” Voice of America. September 24, 2011)

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Teaser: What Does Upcoming Guest Atsuko Okatsuka and Dani Pudi (NBC’s Community) Have In Common?

The answer? They have the same manager. And they both share a quirky and unique personality with an honest and compelling on-screen presence. Upcoming podcast relaunch guest Atsuko Okatsuka is blazing her trail in acting and film and I am super-stoked for her.

I recently had the pleasure of FINALLY seeing Atsuko’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature film debut in “Littlerock” (Dir. Mike Ott). She was both star, and co-writer for this tale that can be crudely described as an inverted “Lost In Translation.”

My Hot Summer Afternoon Treat: 88 minutes of loveliness in "Littlerock"

My Hot Summer Afternoon Treat: 88 minutes of loveliness in "Littlerock"

The Los Angeles run of the film at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 has just ended, but they are still showing in select cities until October. If you get a chance, support these filmmakers on the rise and my uber-talented friend, Atsuko Okatsuka!

And if you can’t catch Littlrock in theaters, look out for the follow-up film they just finished shooting that was funded by film festival awards for Littlerock! Well shoot!  Apparently it’s nice to get financing when folks in the film community believe in your work!

Here’s the trailer! And look out for her upcoming The CreativeLife podcast episode!

What do you think?  Any other up-and-coming filmmakers and actors that you’ve been excited about?

Attention All Creatives: Blogging is Mandatory! [VIDEO][BlogHer Conference 2011]

If it’s not online, it does NOT exist.

Say it with me.

If it’s not online, it does NOT exist.

Whether you are an artist, musician, comic, producer, composer, or freelance whatever, staking out some prime online real estate is a mandatory line item on the budget.  Telling quick and regular stories about your journey gives your audience another way to engage with you and your voice.  These days, people expect to get the type of transparency and personality behind the entrepreneur or creative that is promoting their talent or product.

From free services like Blogger, WordPress and Livejournal to full-blown search engine optimized (SEO), branded, self-hosted masterpieces with e-commerce and community forums, the world of blogging BOGGLES the mind.  What is a creative to do?  There are so many components!  Blogging is where writing, technology and commerce meet.  Where can I find the unholy union of grammar geeks, tech heads, and small business self-starters? Particularly if you want to learn all this in a mostly female setting?

ENTER: The BlogHer Conference 2011

My dear friend Sandy of The Inspiration Habit and I set out on a mission: discover how we can become lady blogger champs. Why blog?  Self-expression, building community and possibly a small business?

I got excellent advice on taking my websites and writing to the next level. I also met a bunch of awesome bloggers.  Since sifting through faceless business cards is the last thing I want to do after meeting tons of new people, I captured video of them.  Check out their websites after the jump!

AND you can find them in person on this new video where they answered the question:

Thank you to all the awesome people I met at the conference and those featured in this short video!  Loved hearing your answers about what living a life of creativity means to you!

What types of conferences for creatives or entrepreneurs have been helpful for you?  What types of meetups locally have really nurtured your creative life?  Tell me about it!  Comment at the end of this post!

BlogHer 2011 Conference New Friends Roll Call!

Kelly @ 3 Boys and a Dog – http://3boysandadog.com/

What’s life like for a mother of three boys and a pooch?  You find out here!

Lisa @ Yours In Bridal – http://yoursinbridal.wordpress.com/ 

Lisa presents information for vendors who work in the bridal industry!  Not just ANOTHER blog for brides to be.  She’ll give you the inside scoop.

Cindy @ Splendid Little Things – http://www.splendidlittlethings.com/ 

This is the destination for “the modern woman’s take on home economics.”

CJ’s Mom @ Raising My Rainbow – http://raisingmyrainbow.com/

A very specific and intriguing blog about the life of a mother raising a gender non-conforming child. Love the blog title!

Ann Marie @ The Succulent Wife – http://www.thesucculentwife.com/ 

The duo behind this blog is vivacious and passionate. You can just tell by speaking to them.  Here you can find a fun lifestyle blog for baby boomers.

Patricia @ Boomer Wizdom – http://boomerwizdom.com/ 

Pat’s energy was definitely oozing with wisdom and gravitas.  Here she talks to boomers about “common sense for owning your own time.”  She also gave me a great idea about how I can extend my home/office organizing service beyond my local geography!  Thanks Pat!

Rebecca @ Daily Rebecca – http://www.dailyrebecca.com

Rebecca personality and sense of humor was apparent in just the short conversation I had with her.  Check out this portal into her world!

Diana @ Hormonal Imbalances – http://www.hormonal-imbalances.com

If you’re ever curious the life of a “crunchy housewife,” then Diana’s blog is for you!

Sandy @ The Inspiration Habit – http://theinspirationhabit.blogspot.com

My dear friend on this Creative Life journey documents her own process of making a habit out of her inspiration.

[Breaking News][Streaming][Event] Ryan Andreas Not Going to Hollywood? Screw That! Let’s Take This Online!

America may have talent but the judges do NOT have good taste.  (Bird Lady gets through with a mute squawker in the Vegas audition?! REALLY, Howie?  Piers? Sharon? Le sigh)

Ryan Andreas on America's Got Talent, Vegas Audition, July 5, 2011

You're gonna choose Bird Lady over THIS guy?!? Ryan Andreas on America's Got Talent, Vegas Audition, July 5, 2011, NBC

After sailing through the first round of auditions, Ryan Andreas (Episode #4 guest of The CreativeLife podcast) was just eliminated from the reality competition, America’s Got Talent, on the first day of Vegas week!  The dedicated Ryanation fans only got a small clip of his performance, and some random quotes from Ryan expressing his nerves.

Well, fear not, Ryanation: I’ll be hosting an exclusive post-elimination interview AND online/LIVE/streaming interactive show with Ryan Andreas.  Let’s take this ONLINE and GLOBAL!: 

RYANATION LIVE ONLINE! | JULY 6th 2011 – 7:30 PST| 9:30 CST | 10:30 EST

All the event details at the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225147430841045

Be sure to log-on and get a USTREAM.COM account and LIVETWEET #ryanation to ask Ryan questions and requests during the show.

[Exclusive] Ryan Andreas Live Online Interactive Show: Streaming Just for the Fans!

Ryan Andreas in a recent live concert in Southern California. But soon he'll be available worldwide online!

Ryan Andreas in a recent live concert in Southern California. But soon he'll be available worldwide online!

Next Wednesday, July 6th I’ll be hosting a LIVE, interactive show with Ryan Andreas of America’s Got Talent.  We’ll be VIDEO streaming LIVE from Ustream.com so that everyone in the Ryanation can get their fix of Ryan Andreas LIVE and ONLINE.

We’ll be live-tweeting the show.  Use #ryanation to talk about the upcoming online show AND to give Ryan the questions you are dying to ask and the song requests that you’d LOVE for him to take!

If you’re excited, Facebook Like and Retweet just below! 

RYANATION LIVE!! | Wednesday, JULY 6th 2011 – 7:30 PST| 9:30 CST | 10:30 EST

Ryan Andreas’ USTREAM channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ryanation
The Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225147430841045
Twitter LiveTweet Feed: #ryanationlive 

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