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Current Mood

Current Mood

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Current Mood is an interview series exploring self-care in a digital world. Pulling in experiences from creative thinkers across music, technology, and culture, Current Mood conversations dig into the core patterns and frameworks propelling our experiences to offer up new mental models, perspective-taking tools, and maybe a joke or two.
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Finding Your Voice With Sidney Madden
Music journalist Sidney Madden (@sid_madden) from NPR Music and I dive deep into her background in the storytelling industry in this episode. We talk about navigating new spaces and personal boundaries, establishing self-confidence through mantras, managing your mental health in a corporate environment, and moving the ball to the next generation – particularly to women of color. Throughout this layered conversation, I really get the chance to understand Sidney's unique perspective and cultural mark as we speak super transparently about the foundational pieces of journalism, what goes into the production of news, and some of the do's and don'ts of working with journalists. Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"
1:31:57
August 12, 2020
Understanding Health Anxiety With First Responder Rachelle Chua
In the first episode of Season 2, I catch up with Rachelle Chua – a Physician's Assistant who has been on the frontlines of COVID in NYC. With a calm demeanor, excellent taste in music, and medical training with some of the best in New York, Rachelle and I talk about the structural side of healthcare during a pandemic and how to deal with anxiety around your health. Rachelle shares her first-hand experiences in the ER in recent months, opens up about some personal tricks for relaxation, and gives important insights on how to relate to your body.   Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
1:02:19
July 6, 2020
Tending To Your Loving Relationships With Steven "Sweatpants" Irby
In this last episode of Season 1 of Current Mood, I had the honor of speaking with New York-based photographer and Co-Creator of Street Dreams Magazine (@streetdreamsmag), Steve "Sweatpants" Irby (@stevesweatpants). As a pioneer of the Instagram street photography movement, complete with his own TED talk, Steve and has traveled the world documenting culture working with brands like Sony, Nike, Bleacher Report, The New York Knicks, and New Balance, and was recently honored by The City Of New York for his contributions in Arts and Culture. We talk about what it takes to turn your passion into your job, why keeping it simple is the best way to operate, and how to have tough conversations in business. We dug deep into family and how to deal with illness, grief, and loss, and what it takes to embrace hard times with loved ones. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
56:13
May 22, 2020
Finding Your Identity Outside Of Work With Sara Auster
In this episode, sound therapist Sara Auster (@saraauster) and I talk about the harm in catering to categories other people want to put you in. In a landscape of increasingly shifting professions for remote and creative workers, we often associate our identities with our work which negates our immense power as whole human beings. We cover self-inquiry, building connections and stronger bonds through community, and how deep listening can transform our relationships across the board. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
1:01:13
March 11, 2020
When Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy With Ashley Outrageous
In this episode, I sat down with digital native Ashley Outrageous to talk about mental health during the era of Instagram. Ashley is a creative consultant, artist manager, and event producer who has been working at the intersection of music and technology since before MySpace was a thing. Her first big digital project was running social media for Kendrick Lamar's Section80 album which was the tipping point for the elevation of her career as a boss. We get to cover some fun stuff in this convo – music marketing during the internet's emergence, working horizontally, and incorporating your friends into your projects, how a simple thank you note can get you new clients, and of course, addressing social anxieties catalyzed by our digital lives. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
53:12
January 16, 2020
Representation & Access with Sahra Nguyen of Nguyen Coffee Supply
In this episode, I had the honor of speaking to Sahra Nguyen (@oneouncegold), Founder of lifestyle coffee brand Nguyen Coffee Supply (@nguyencoffeesupply). We covered so many important topics like immigration history of Asian Americans (that shit they don’t teach you in school), specifically from a first-generation, female perspective, what it’s like building a business in a new industry, why “hustle porn/culture” is trash and what recognizing the need to slow down looks like. More on Nguyen Coffee Supply: www.https://nguyencoffeesupply.com/ Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
45:31
December 31, 2019
The Internet and Overconsumption with Shawna-X
In this episode, artist and visual director Shawna-X (@shawnax) and I talk about trusting yourself and your work, the transitional path from 9-5 to full-time artist, motherhood and work – and how we're affected by the amount of content we're constantly overloaded with. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
54:24
October 30, 2019
Staying Connected To What You Love With Julian Alexander
In this episode, artist, designer, and creative/art director, Julian Alexander (@slanginc) and I talk about the importance of staying connected to what you truly love. With 20 years of experience as an art director in music and culture, Julian shares insights on building a sustainable career around passion, how to protect your work as a digital creative, and how shifting the language around your achievements can propel stronger self-worth. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
50:46
September 24, 2019
Imposter Syndrome with Bobby Lyle (2 of 2)
In part 2 of episode 4 of Current Mood, I dig into imposter syndrome with a leadership coach and global facilitator Bobby Lyle (@nsightout). Imposter Syndrome is that feeling that you're somehow not good enough or skilled in the thing that you actually are – a story that is often perpetuated or magnified by social media and digital living. We get into some "polarity work" where Bobby shares basic exercises and mental models to incorporate into your self-care toolbox. Throughout the conversation we touch on the creative benefits of curiosity, self-love, and wrap it up with how to end professional or personal relationships with a "clean ending". Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
36:44
August 12, 2019
Being Intentional with Bobby Lyle (1 of 2)
In this episode, leadership coach and facilitator Bobby Lyle (@nsightout) drops so many gems that you better bring your notebook with. We talk about our relationship to our thoughts, how to see and create an ideal scenario, working with self-doubt, recognizing triggers, and how child-like curiosity can propel creativity. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
27:10
July 9, 2019
How To Do 'Self-Care' At The Rave With Nigel Rubirosa
In Episode 3 of Current Mood, Nigel (@nastynigel.jpg) and I nerd out on music and he teaches me about the evolution of DJ and rave culture through a NYC lens. We talk about social etiquette in the club, drugs, and bad stuff we did as teenagers. Sorry, mom.  Music: Nigel Rubirosa – "No Watermelon In The Mezcal"  Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
23:06
June 15, 2019
The Art of Collaboration With Jarell Perry And Hollis Wong-Wear
In this episode, I sit down with singer/songwriter Hollis Wong-Wear @wongweezy and singer/songwriter/producer Jarell Perry @stillmindco to talk about how to have productive collaborations in 2019. The three of us talk about establishing a baseline level of trust as a core tenant of collaboration, how to create intentional collaborations, ways to navigate mental preparation to collaborate with others, creating boundaries within collaboration, and the business side of artistic collaboration. Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement" Produced and Edited by: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco) Artwork: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc. Recording Location: Los Angeles
56:49
June 4, 2019
Showing Up For Yourself With Anthony Demby
In the first episode of Current Mood, I sat down with Anthony Demby, Co-Founder of Humbleriot to talk about what showing up for yourself looks like. Key concepts we cover in this episode: self-care and why it's actually cool, redefining masculinity, checking your ego, meditation, how slowing down can help you speed up, opening up limited perspectives with new mental models, navigating spaces where you feel you don't belong and connections between mental and physical health. Music: Anik Khan – "Big Fax" Produced and Edited by: Jarell Perry Artwork: Julian Alexander, Slang Inc. Recording Location: NYC
40:48
April 25, 2019