The Creative Alchemist

Episode 9: Alicia C. Cobb

An episode of The Creative Alchemist

At The Creative Alchemist Podcast, your host, Zulynette, will be interviewing dope creatives every week. We’ll be getting into what they do, how they do it, the business side of it, and whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. Thanks for tuning in!
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Episode 24: Honoring your craft, sources of inspiration, & Maltas (Q&A 1)
On this episode, I am answering questions  submitted through Instagram about being full-time artist and poet. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions!
June 12, 2019
Episode 23: Artist dos and don'ts - A not so thorough list
Ever wondered how NOT to approach an artist? Wonder why we DON'T want to work for exposure? Want to find out ways to support us for FREE? Well, do I have a podcast episode for you! Enjoy. 
May 10, 2019
Episode 22: Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose is a Portuguese singer, songwriter, and multi-media artist who uses art as a medium for change. Drawing from diverse influences from riot grrrl feminist punk, to hip hop and Islam, to jazz and bossa nova, Sarah Rose fuses the energy of resistance across time and space to create her own ethereal indie-jazz to continue the legacy in Hartford, CT. She performs regularly across the state of Connecticut and New York, with notable international performances in Bofete (São Paulo), Brazil and Montreál, Canada. In June 2016, Sarah Rose co-founded The Anti Division League, a grassroots collective of artists & musicians who combat social and racial injustice in our communities. In addition to music and organizing, Sarah Rose started business Sarah Rose Aromajewelry in 2018, where she makes and sells her one-of-a-kind, wire-wrapped essential oil diffuser necklaces and jewelry. Through diffuser necklaces, she seeks to share the healing experience of scent and the role they can play in reprogramming negative thought patterns through new associations and reconnect to the earth from which they came. Sarah Rose will be releasing her debut album of original music April 5th, 2019, entitled “Breaking the Shell of Understanding”. Purchase the album, in the novel format of a signature Gold Rose USB Necklace, as well as CD and digital download and her essential oil diffuser necklaces, at Stay in the loop by subscribing to her mailing list on her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @sarahrosemakesmusic and @sarahrosearomajewelry.
March 24, 2019
Episode 21: Chris Pressley
Chris Pressley is a writer, social worker, and community organizer who resides in Hartford, CT. The focus of Mr. Pressley's writing and social work is self-care, gratitude, and the path of "spiritual warriorship." He is also an avid empanada enthusiast and advocate. To appropriately stalk Chris:
March 17, 2019
Episode 20: Tang Sauce
Tang was born and raised in Hartford, CT and the Greater Hartford area. He has been involved in the Tri- State arts scene for years involved in productions like "Afropunk Battle of the Bands", "Under the curtain (A Hip- Hop cultural exchange between Russia and USA)", and WNPR's "Where we live" show. He has hosted the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, has his own station, and has been featured on the cover of Connecticut newspaper CTNOW. Tang brings various Hip-Hop flows with a cultured perspective, with which he spreads peace, love, and positivity.  To appropriately stalk Tang: @bangdollatang all social media.
March 10, 2019
Episode 19: James Rosa
James Rosa, aka "Drift", can paint a wall mural or he can paint a person that cherishes the meaning, travels, and spreads the word. Therefore, since 2003, Drift has been connecting with the Manchester/East Hartford community through tattooing, graphic arts, and body painting. All working together to strengthen the other, twofold. To appropriately stalk James: (860) 292-0636
January 20, 2019
Episode 18: Chad Milling
Be different. Creativity fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Over the years, my passion for creative expression grew—from art to music to fashion—the originality and boldness of my influences inspired me to be different. My love of collecting tees with original and imaginative graphics motivated me to start my own unique graphic tee business. My greatest influences for Rejecks stem from 90s pop culture—from Johnny Cupcakes and Kyle Crawford to LA Gears, Busta Rhymes, Duckman, and Child’s Play. The 90s encouraged me to think outside the box—there was no normal—and dared me to unleash my creative spirit. I first encountered Johnny Cupcakes in 2008 when I came upon his store in Boston. Walking into Johnny's store, I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail devoted to making the bakery concept come to life. Even though I was in a clothing store, Johnny truly captured his artistic vision by immersing his consumers in an environment that was a real-life extension of his imagination. At that moment, I realized that attention to "detail" is critical to being successful. As well, Kyle Crawford of Electric Zombie motivated me to express my own passions through tees and accessories. He shared his passion for 80s and 90s pop culture—and zombies—through his tees. Crawford’s love for zombies, the WWE, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instantly grabbed my attention and the honesty of his blog only furthered my interest in him. These people and the culture of the 90s inspired me to make my own creative legacy—and to be bold about it. I wanted to share my love and passion for detailed imagery and pop culture with others through my own designs. Then, in came Stephanie who shared my ambition to create—as well as a love for graphic tees and 80s & 90s pop culture, and our partnership was born. Along with our shared interests and passions, we both wanted to capture these ideas through our tees. And so, Stephanie and I started on the path to bring you Rejecks. We hope to share our interests and passion—and our individual creativity—through each shirt with all of our fellow Rejecks! To appropriately stalk Chad:
January 13, 2019
Episode 17: Earle "DJ B-EZ"
Earle "DJ B-EZ" Nelson has been a staple event DJ in the GHO for the past five years. Earle Specializes in large events and has stayed busy as the CCSU official MIx-up DJ on WFCS radio. If your looking for a professional DJ who is "in the know" and "in the game" Earle is always on the cutting edge. Earle specializes in spinning Freestyle, Hip-hop, Reggae/Caribbean, Top 40 and Dance. To book DJ B-EZ and 8605952876
January 6, 2019
Check in 1: 2018 review, 2019 menu, & omygah wtf
In this episode, I check in letting you know what happened in 2018, what's coming up in 2019, and some lessons learned along the way. I let you know some changes that are coming this way to the podcast and that check ins will be happening more often. Enjoy!
January 1, 2019
Episode 16: Jasmin Agosto
 Jasmin Agosto is the founder of Sageseeker Productions, an event/experience curation company based in Hartford, CT that centers Black womxn, womxn of color, non binary folks, and the queer POC community, as shown with her latest performance installation series, #LaSalaFemme. She has been organizing cultural arts and history/herstory focused festivals, events, exhibitions, and programs for more than a decade. Jasmin started doing performance poetry in high school and will be reemerging as a performer in A Little Bit of Death with a ritual infused presentation of her intergenerational story of trauma and release.  To appropriately stalk Jasmin:
December 23, 2018
Episode 15: Constanza Segovia
Constanza Segovia is the creative director of VEO VEO, a bilingual design and visual note-taking practice focused on using design as a tool to address issues of equity, social justice, and access to the arts. She is also adjunct faculty of Visual Communications at Tunxis Community College. For 8 years she worked as a senior designer at CO:LAB in Hartford CT, assisting social-value clients with the creation of visual experiences that help them connect with what’s most meaningful to their audiences while staying true to themselves. Her leadership experience includes having served on the board of the Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone for 3 years, and on the board of AIGA Connecticut for 5 years. Her roles in both were centered around community outreach. She is currently one of the leaders of the Hartford Deportation Defense collective, and is a member of the Immigrant Bail Fund’s steering committee. Constanza was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina and moved to the US at the age of 17. She lives in Hartford CT with her husband and his two kids.
December 16, 2018
Episode 14: Aurelia Clunie
Aurelia Clunie is a director, actor, and theater teaching artist. She has worked with Hartford Stage, Hartbeat Ensemble, Capital Classics, Chestnut St. Playhouse, and Long Wharf Theatre. She holds a bachelors from Northwestern University, and has taught ages three to seventy-two. Aurelia uses her work to amplify rarely heard voices and foster deeper dialogue.
December 9, 2018
Episode 13: Just Dan
Dan Warren from Honja Photography is a Hartford, Connecticut based photographer. Music Producer. Song Writer. Graphic Designer. Poet. A self proclaimed jack of all trades and master of none. Currently, he is embarking of a semi break from photography to focus on music and reshaping his poetic roots.
November 26, 2018
Episode 12: Chad Browne-Springer
Chad Browne-Springer is an Audiovisual Artist from East Hartford, Connecticut. He has released a multitude of eclectic compositions. Growing up, Chad dove into multiple musical quests, having some classical, musical theater, and jazz vocal training. With a developing interest in instruments, he started to fuse these different elements into a unique sound of his own. His first statement to the world was what some would call Frank Ocean meets John Mayer an acoustic EP entitled "Hi I'm Chad".  Following the intrigue of this project, Chad picked up a new "instrument". FruityLoops Studios opened up a new world of crossing genres. Creating the new sound "E.R.B" (Electronica and R&B), he made a second statement displaying his wide array of tastes and potential on the full-length album "The Wonders of the Wanderer". After a period of time, Chad released a body of work, entitled "Miscellaneous Morsecode: Frequency", which portrayed where his artistic intrigue lies. In more recent times Chad has taken a more aggressive look at vocality, vocal manipulations, and harmonic stacking/looping, as well as being the front man in a New Haven based band Phat A$tronaut. Phat A$tronaut released there debut album “The Fifth Dimension” in April 2018, Chad’s anticipated solo album “Love’s Letter is expect for August 2018.
November 18, 2018
Episode 11: Keith Claytor
“The perfect image can be defined by composition, lighting, exposure and tons of other terms. I think the perfect image makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It moves you.” - Keith As a commercial, wedding and fine art photographer, Keith Claytor creates images that move the viewer and inspire them to think and act. A self-taught photographer and lover of light and shadow, his work has taken him around the globe and has been published in countless magazines and online outlets. In todays digital world he takes an analog approach to his images, relying on his camera as a tool to tell a story and capture the emotion of a moment. Each image speaks to his passion to make an impact and contribute to the art form that changed his life. A native of Bloomfield CT, Keith began his career in the audio industry. Here, he discovered his love for the art of sight and sound, as he excelled in an 18 year corporate career. Keith used his formal career to develop further his technique and style as a photographer. In 2005, he felt a pull into the freelance world of photography, when he founded TimeFrozen Photography. By using the subject’s body, captured in action, Keith achieves art without artificiality. Keith’s work brings about a freshness and emotion, which has attracted many of his current clients. Keith’s love for travel with his wife, Chinenye Claytor, has expanded his photographic perspective to bring the beauty out of each image. Images from his travels to Nigeria, Ghana, Paris, Lisbon and other excursions have been exhibited in various galleries and viewed by people all over the world. To appropriately stalk Keith, go to:
November 11, 2018
Episode 10: Zulynette (Oh snap! That's me!)
On this episode I, Zulynette, your hostess with the mostess, get interviewed by my best pal, Patrick "Rico" Williams (season 1, episode 2). In this episode I discuss upcoming events, life as a full-time entrepreneur, depression, my native land of Chicago, gym time, the necessity of being around dope people, and more! This is where I copy and paste a bio: A Chicago native who was raised in Hartford, CT., Zulynette is an alchemist. As a full-time artist, she does it all – performances, workshop facilitation, mentoring, commissioned work, and producing and directing one-of-a-kind storytelling shows. As a creative change agent, she uses art, poetry, a research background and her MSW as social work tools to inspire others to heal and empower themselves. Zulynette is the author of Building a Powerhouse and the owner of The Alchemy Door Studio in Hartford, CT. She is also the god of The Creative Alchemist Podcast... which you should become a monthly subscriber of.
November 4, 2018
Episode 9: Alicia C. Cobb
Alicia C. Cobb is a professional, visual artist and body painter currently residing and working in Bridgeport, CT. Her biggest inspirations are transformation, the human body, emotion, nature and her children. Her body art has been featured in several published magazines (S.L.A.M.M, 2013; & Skin Markz, 2015). She was also among the highlighted artists in New York City Body Painting Day (2014, 2015), The Flesh Art Show (New Orleans, 2015). Alicia placed top ten in the 2016, North American Body Paint Championships in Greensboro, NC. which is the only sanctioned body art competition in the U.S. She was a 2017 “Bridgeport Girls Rock” honoree and she won the award for best artistic concept from the BNT Shark Tank “Do West” competition in September 2017. Alicia says, “Painting the human body is particularly one of my favorite mediums because it's like being part of a metamorphosis and seeing people transform is always a special experience.”
August 26, 2018
Episode 8: Rev. Dr. Shelley Best
Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best’s 30-year artistic sojourn began as a spiritual practice and preaching medium during her theological study at Hartford Seminary. Her artist portfolio includes acrylics; mixed media; up-cycling; and activist photography that emerges from her life of service inspired by meditation, prayer and community change-making. Dr. Best’s most significant installation is a 30,000 square-foot adaptive reuse art space in Hartford, CT called The 224 EcoSpace. Dr. Best’s extensive travels to Israel, Palestine, South Africa, India, and the Caribbean have informed her efforts as a human rights ambassador. Rev. Best has a BA in communication from Central Connecticut State University; a Master's degree in religious leadership from Hartford Seminary; as well as a Master's in divinity from Yale University. She also earned a Doctorate in ministry from Hartford Seminary. To appropriate stalk Rev. Dr. Shelley Best, visit linkt.ree/revdrshelley
August 19, 2018
Episode 7: Hector Navarro
Hector Navarro is a Marine Corp Iraqi War Vet who recently graduated from NVCC with an Associates degree in IT security. He is the former Chair to the Student Advisory Committee of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, Vice President to non profit Brass City Gamers Tournament in Waterbury, CT, social media manager for Jahana Hayes, a poet, and recently published blogger along with podcasting website called BeardedEggHead. He has coined the term "Wannapreneur" To appropriately stalk Hector, visit
August 12, 2018
Episode 6: Sistah Anyangō
Sistah Anyangō is the founder and CEO of FLYY Fitness Healing & the Arts. FLYY stands for Freedom to Love You in You! She is a Dancer, Lecturer, Fitness Professional, Wholistic Counselor, Freedom Coach, and workshop facilitator. Sistah Anyangō holds a Bachelor’s degree both in English and Afrikan American studies as well as a Master of Arts degree in Afrikan American Studies. She is a Phase 2 trainee at Hartford Family Institute and holds her City of Hartford Family Development Credential as well as Middle Management Certification. Sistah Anyangō is certified to teach Zumba. As a soul inspired entrepreneur, mother of four and catalyst for change; passion, purpose, prosperity, peace, and soul happiness are her guide posts to flying and soaring. To appropriately stalk Sistah Anyangō, visit
July 22, 2018
Episode 5: Andre Rochester
Andre Rochester is a native of Hartford, CT. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College. While working Corporate America by day and moonlighting as a professional artist in his time away from his 9-5, Andre uses his traditional work experience to help others by sharing lessons learned as his career progresses. To see more of Andre, appropriately stalk him at
July 15, 2018
Episode 4: Stephanie Sandoval
Stephanie Sandoval is one half of the School of Rejecks, LLC squad - a brand that encourages consumers to be different, to take a stand against bullying, to hone your creative voice, and utilize your natural skills and turn them into entrepreneurial opportunities. School of Rejecks create apparel designs that fuse together pop culture references, comics, and positive messaging. Along with her business partner, Stephanie facilitates fun, interactive, youth-centered workshops that encourage team building, anti-bullying, and creative entrepreneurship at a young age. To appropriately stalk Stephanie, visit
July 8, 2018
Episode 3: Patrick "Rico" Williams
Patrick Williams is a writer, author, connector of people, educator, and creator of great things. In this episode we discuss Jesus is Black, giving feedback nicely, and how I brought Patrick the wrong M&Ms. Fun things that happened while recording: A young woman ran up to the car and started dancing and we may or may not have heard gunshots in the background. Thrilling.
June 17, 2018
Episode 2: Jus Hues
Jus Hues is a the owner of Jus Move Studios. He is a Hartford-based dancer, vocal coach, artist developer, and instructor. In this episode we discuss dancing, paying attention to the vibes, and not being paid in snicklefritz. Fun things that happened while recording: I lost half the interview on this app. Discovered there were outlets outside of a library. Found out said library is closed on Sundays. Thought a man was having a staring contest with a wall when really he was charging his phone in said outlet. I learned. Riveting.
June 10, 2018
Episode 1: Lindaluz Carrillo
Lindaluz Carrillo is an urban artist and graphic designer based in Hartford, CT. In this episode we discuss her work, female empowerment, and letting people know the real deal. Fun things that happened while recording: Lindaluz enjoyed her candy. I learned how to keep my phone from going off. Oh! And I recorded my first episode. Exhilarating.
June 3, 2018
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