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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 cameracraziness!  (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, 8Asians.com.

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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Episode 8 – Steve Nguyen (10/21/11)

Steve Nguyen Color Portrait
Steve Nguyen, Producer and Community Building Superhero.  Art by Technodrome1 Photo: Tommy Su of SnapItStudio

What’s behind the stunner shades and shiny earring? I turn the mic on Steve Nguyen, and attempt to uncover the man, the myth, the mystery that is Steve Nguyen of Stickblade Productions and channelAPA.com. Who knew he became legend at UC Riverside playing Superman and other characters with his theatrical, masked “flash-pranks” during lecture classes?

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He puts all hyphenated artists to shame with his multi-project multi-tasking. I peel back the layers like an onion of truth until we’re both in tears of conversational joy. (yeah. i said that.) We cover some serious ground in intimate conversation with one microphone on my lounge couch in Highland Park. One 7up and an hour and a half later we finally get some details.

And, hold on!  Did you know he once appeared as an Asian student character on “The Man Show” with Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel? Not his proudest moment, but highly educational.

Some things you’re gonna learn: how important building community is for Steve, Steve’s vision for providing the ultimate platform for talented Asian Americans in media and entertainment, what he did behind the scenes in one of the “Fast and Furious” movie productions, and the inspiration behind his latest passion project, the animated short film about a survivor of the atom bomb in Japan called “Hibakusha.”

We give a shout-out to professional photographer Tommy Su of Snapit Studios (http://snapitstudio.com/) because we got some GOOOOD cafe food in Monterey Park together with Steve after the interview.  Mm. Mm!

With socially awkward comes different and innovative. – Steve Nguyen

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MUSIC:

Episode 8 of The CreativeLife podcast features the talented work of independent artists Anna Su (“Oh My Stars” and “Howling Tree” from “Howling Tree” 2010) and Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun (“Baby Please”).  Be sure to catch Andrew and support him when he competes at the November 5th, Kollaboration concert in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre!

Anna Su Music
Anna Su Music

FROM ANNA SU’S WEBSITE:

Los Angeles-based musician, Anna Su, explores music as community property, drawing influences from the sounds of her travels and experiences. Through haunting melodies and heartfelt lyrics, mixed with the floor-stomping pulse of her eclectic band, Anna Su’s songs bring players and listeners together to celebrate the simple joys of making music.

Debut album, “Howling Tree” now available on iTunes and Bandcamp

Produced by Nate Vaughan, Mixed by Al Fleming
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Recorded at Bronson House, Runaway Sound & Hollywood Sound Systems, Drums engineered by Meredith Jung, Artwork by Molly Burgess. All songs by Anna Su except “Over Ourselves” by Anna Su and John Isaac Watters & “City Ain’t That Much Fun by Anna Su and Rachel Vaughan.
Featuring: Al Fleming, Will Gramling, Kris Karlsson, George Krikes, Mike Lindsay, Niccolo Menichini, Alex Rhodes, Gavin Salmon, Brian Song, Dave Torstenson, Nate Vaughan, Rachel Vaughan & Dave Wilson

Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun
Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun

FROM ANDREW’S WEBSITE:

Andrew Figueroa Chiang is every bit an entertainer. A sweet-voiced songwriter with a genuine love of performing, Andrew has the unique ability to transform any space into a joyful one. His disarming charm, off-the-cuff comedy, and heartfelt delivery make his shows both moving and fun.

This year, Andrew released his first EP! The self-titled, acoustic record is full of earnest performances, energetic arrangements, and big harmonies.

Andrew is currently playing solo and with his rock and roll band – the Blazing Rays of the Sun. He thinks it would be very nice to meet you.

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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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Episode 7 – Quan Phung (9/27/11)

Former Fox Broadcasting Executive, television producer and Asian American arts community leader Quan Phung hasn’t grown up simply translating between his Vietnamese heritage and American culture…Download Episode 7 mp3: Quan Phung
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…but also bridging creative and business cultures in network television.

Jenny and Quan had a lot to discuss. They were both Coro Fellows in Public Affairs in Los Angeles.  Then Quan decided that producing was his passion rather than the business of politics and policy.  He is now Head of Television for Stuber productions and Executive Producer of a hot new NBC prime-time comedy, “Whitney.” (“Whitney” Thursdays, 9:30PM PST on NBC)

How does one journey from working in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice to developing Emmy-award winning series like “How I Met Your Mother” and “My Name Is Earl for Twentieth Century Fox Television”?

We also sourced questions from Quan’s friends at youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com, fellow Visual Communications Board member Phil Yu of angryasianman.com, and Jenny’s colleagues – actors Daegan Palermo and Ben Whitehair, writer Brian Kane, screenwriter Jonathan Peters and television writer Josh Kamensky (Well, look at that! A veritable hit parade of Asian American blogging superstars and white guys with thoughtful questions).

Find out what a producer actually does for a show, how you get a job as a writer, the virtues of a multi-camera show, when executives decide to work with a comedic talent to develop a show, and whether Quan wears boxers or briefs (Just for the record, that last question? Not mine).

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Episode 6 – Ann “A’misa” Chiu (8/10/11)

What does it really take to make the practice of art-making into a way of life?  Ann Chiu has some answers, and it involves LOTS of glitter.

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At least that’s what she said off-microphone recently about her latest obsession.

Ann, or A’misa her artistic alter ego, credits Enid from the graphic novel Ghost World as the high school role model that launched her evolution into an art-committed life. One session of blue hair dye and a pair of combat boots later, Ann officially staked her claim on an independent high school identity.  Who knew that deep down inside this Japanese American, South Bay Los Angeles native was really a young angsty jewish girl?

Ann and Jenny share a few things in common.  They both went to North High School in Torrance and were “really” into Student Council.  They take a walk down memory lane, and discuss how their high school experiences shaped both their Asian American and creative identities.

Jenny attempts to uncover how exactly one grows from deep suburban Asian American roots to become a yarn-bombing, collage-crafting, daily-writing zine publisher who cites Yuri Kochiyama and the Black Power movement as key influences.

They talk zine culture, finding community through coffee, blogging and self-publishing, how to fit all that art into a single week and the grand master plan to culturally reconquer the South Bay into the vibrant Asian American/multiracial art scene that it always wanted to be.

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Episode 5 – May Lee-Yang (6/17/11)

According to May Lee-Yang, breasts ruined her life.  She also insists that she would be a horrible porn star.  May has flown in from Minnesota to explain herself through the solo show, Ten Reasons Why I’d Be A Bad Porn Star

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Episode 4 – Ryan Andreas (6/13/11)

It’s not often you see television closeups of people moved to tears at the sound of a voice, but that was exactly what happened when Ryan Andreas took the stage.  Ryan has had one heck of a ride.   15.6 million people watched him perform his music to a mesmerized panel of judges on NBC’s reality talent competition, America’s Got Talent just two weeks ago….

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Episode 3 – Jennifer Jajeh (6/10/11)

What’s brown, smart and has sassy written all over it?  After three years of nationally touring her critically-acclaimed solo “tragicomedy” show I Heart Hamas, Jennifer Jajeh is ready to put that confidence right in your face, Los Angeles…

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Episode 2 – Emily C. Chang (6/3/11)

What do you do when you’ve already been a nationally-touring, critically-acclaimed spoken word artist, won an Emmy for hosting a documentary-series about China, and produced groundbreaking television for the first ever Asian American television broadcasting company? And even make fun of your own spoken word past by making a mockumentary short slamming poetry slammers? Well, you find your way to Los Angeles and “wreck shop”!…

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Episode 1 – Sarah Negahdari (6/1/11)

What better way to kick off a podcast about being a creative rockstar than with an ACTUAL ROCKSTAR?! Sarah Negahdari is the front-woman, guitarist, and chief songwriter for Los Angeles indie rock darlings, The Happy Hollows!  Turns out Sarah and Jenny are BOTH “hoes for self-help books,” which makes Jenny feel less alone in this world…

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9 responses to “Listen to the Show”

  1. ann says :

    EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Go Jenny. You make NHS that much more cooler (than it was). ; )

  2. Anbinh Phan says :

    The podcast was really great- I learned a ton from it!

    This is a great idea & you are a great interviewer~ I can’t wait to hear more.

    You know I am your biggest PHAN!

    • Jenny Yang says :

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement Anbinh! It means so much to me!! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope the hour long interview format will work in your lifestyle. I am still going to ask for honest feedback to see how people are ACTUALLY listening to it (while doing laundry? driving?) so I can tinker with the format to keep it interesting. May I ask how and when you listened to it? All in one sitting or not? Were you doing something else while you listened?

  3. CPG says :

    I’d love to listen to episode 7, but I can’t find your podcast in Itunes (it says it’s not available in the US store) and the other links don’t work. Is that episode unavailable or do you have new links to it? Thanks!

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