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The Creative Alchemist

The Creative Alchemist

By The Creative Alchemist
At The Creative Alchemist Podcast, your host, Zulynette, will be sharing opinions around art and artistry, interviewing rad creatives she knows, and giving you helpful information on the intersection of art and business. This is a database of knowledge of art, artistry, and arting. Thanks for tuning in!

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Episode 65: Andre Rochester, the 2022 version

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Episode 65: Andre Rochester, the 2022 version

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Episode 70: Answering my Patrons: What goes into the art?
On this episode, I answer the last question (for now) from my Patrons on Patreon - what goes into the art that I make?  Tune in. Subscribe. Become a supporter! 
04:09
March 15, 2022
Episode 69: Our values, our GPS
On this episode, I talk about the importance of values, what they are, and how we can identify and use our values to help navigate us through our creative practice... and maybe even our whole lives? Cool. 
07:18
March 08, 2022
Episode 68: Answering my patrons: Overcoming obstacles
On this episode I answer a question posed to me on my Patreon by one of my Patrons (hey y'all! ♥) regarding obstacles I've faced as an artist and how I overcame them. To become a monthly supporter of the podcast, you can go to https://anchor.fm/thecreativealchemist and click "Support." You can check out the rest of the things I do at www.zulynette.com. Thanks for listening!
09:45
March 01, 2022
Episode 67: Affirmation meditation for creators who be creating
On this episode, inspired by a meditation app I downloaded,  I do a guided meditation for artists. Keep your eyes open if you're driving, folks! Remember to subscribe and become a monthly supporter of the podcast ♥ here. 
09:53
February 22, 2022
Episode 66: Preston Wilson
Preston Wilson is an independent broadcaster, podcaster, & voice over artist. He is a producer on a morning radio show & has been involved in helping his community by teaching teenagers to write their own news stories & radio commercials. Having been involved with media since 2013, Preston enjoys using his radio skills to contribute on his radio show, “Behind the Brand”, with co-host EZ Bluez. Preston graduated with an Associates Degree in Broadcasting in 2008 from “Briarwood College” and graduated with two broadcasting certificates from the “Connecticut School of Broadcasting” (CSB Stratford Campus) in 2011 & 2013.
39:33
February 15, 2022
Episode 65: Andre Rochester, the 2022 version
On this episode we have a returning guest: THE Andre Rochester.  Andre Rochester is a Fine Artist from the Greater Hartford region of Connecticut. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College. He also earned a MS in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.  His preferred medium is acrylic painting, but he also creates works on paper, using charcoal or soft pastel.  Andre uses his art to make statements for which words are not enough, highlighting the underlying emotions connected to the subject. It is a combination of portraiture and conceptual works connected by narratives of his personal experiences. At a young age, art became a tool for healing and a catalyst for connection. It developed into a way for Andre to let people know they are not alone. Andre is a 2021 Artist of Color Accelerate Fellow, collaborating with The Amistad Center for Art and Culture at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Windsor Art Center (2019-present), a non-profit arts organization in Windsor, CT and previously served on the City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs (2014-2015). His work has been featured in various publications, including CT Fashion Magazine and the Hartford Courant. You may also find Andre painting live at events throughout the Northeast United States. In addition to his activity as an artist in the Greater Hartford community, Andre assists emerging artists with portfolio development, curation, and consultation for exhibits. He encourages young artists to develop their craft without losing focus on learning professionalism and business acumen. He believes that with every step forward, we must remember to make room for one more to join us and clear a path for others to travel. 
39:14
February 08, 2022
Episode 64: Answering my Patrons: Dealing with discouragement
On this episode I answer a question posed to me on my Patreon by one of my Patrons (hey y'all! ♥) regarding discouragement and how I deal with it. To become a monthly supporter of the podcast, you can go to https://anchor.fm/thecreativealchemist and click "Support." You can check out the rest of the things I do at www.zulynette.com. Thanks for listening!
08:46
February 01, 2022
Episode 63: The benefits of being an artist
Oh, ya know, just challenging the idea that being an artist is all starving and torture and whatnot. There's perks! In this episode I talk about some of my favorite things about being an artist. Come to the dark side, we have paint. To become a monthly supporter of the podcast, you can go to https://anchor.fm/thecreativealchemist and click "Support." You can check out the rest of the things I do at www.zulynette.com. Thanks for listening! 
11:36
January 25, 2022
Episode 62: Eric Rey part 2
Eric Rey is dedicated to creating spaces of belonging. He cultivates transformation through the healing power of human connection. His fascination with the nuanced ways in which our growth as humans is intertwined with one another is what brings him to this work.  With his background in coaching,  workforce development, facilitation, and entrepreneurship he is most at home when he is helping people and groups connect to their purpose. He co-creates an environment for people and groups to live and move with intention and to share their gifts and talents with the world. IG:@blackobsidianhealing CashApp: $EricRey731 Venmo:@Ericrey-coach www.blackobsidianhealing.com
01:16:01
September 08, 2021
Episode 61: Eric Rey part 1
Eric Rey is dedicated to creating spaces of belonging. He cultivates transformation through the healing power of human connection. His fascination with the nuanced ways in which our growth as humans is intertwined with one another is what brings him to this work.  With his background in coaching,  workforce development, facilitation, and entrepreneurship he is most at home when he is helping people and groups connect to their purpose. He co-creates an environment for people and groups to live and move with intention and to share their gifts and talents with the world. IG:@blackobsidianhealing CashApp: $EricRey731 Venmo:@Ericrey-coach www.blackobsidianhealing.com
12:15
August 25, 2021
Episode 60: Capturing inspiration
On this episode I talk about the meaning of inspiration and how we can harness it into processes that lead to - you guessed it - more inspiration. 
12:47
June 09, 2021
Episode 59: Josh Loera from Time Machine Creative
Josh Loera is an artist that recently quit his job as a Technical Sales Engineer to build a new creative career. He focuses on illustrations of people of color to bring light to the beauty in diversity. Most recently, he's been focusing on learning a style influenced by "comic book style" art while developing a new comic book series. With skills in UX/UI/web design, Logo design, and Illustration, he is open to learning new skills and applying them to his art business. His new podcast, Creative People Time, is an exercise in learning the medium and practicing storytelling while bringing light to stories of creatives that otherwise may not be heard. website: https://www.timemachine-crtv.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/timemachine.crtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TimeMachineCrtv Podcast: https://anchor.fm/timemachinecrtv Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngba5YxSt_DcfSOxeeHHRA
28:56
May 26, 2021
Episode 58: Jas LaFond part II
On this episode, the remarkable Jas LaFond and I finish up our conversation about last week. We discuss things that have helped them along the way, advice they have for the queer babies, and shenanigans. Lots of shenanigans. 
11:17
May 19, 2021
Episode 57: Jas LaFond part I.
On this episode, I interview my bestareeni con fettucine, Jas LaFond (they/them). We discuss their passion for drag, upcoming plans, and petty ways to get under the skin of neighbors and co-workers. Here’s Jas’ bio: Jas LaFond (they/them) is a therapist, podcast host and writer, genderqueer advice columnist, Drag performer, event organizer and activist. Helping to advocate and create spaces for marginalized communities is their passion and purpose, and they have dedicated their life to redefining ideas on mental health and what it is Queer and what it is to be a Person of Color. Their work in the field has connected them with people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences adding to a lifetime of learning. Jas is currently completing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. They have worked closely with marginalized youth since 2011 and have hosted events to create a sense of community for LGBTQIA+ people and People of Color since 2015, from networking and speed dating events to the Ask A Brown Feminem podcast where they give advice and highlight all issues Brown and Queer. They have had the privilege to work with youth and families with varied behavioral and mental health concerns in the microsphere as well as lobby for policy change around mental health issues. Currently Jas is working to create safe, uplifting spaces for the Queer folx and People of color in New Hampshire where both groups make up just a fraction of the population. It is Jas’ goal to eradicate stigma and stereotypes around what it means to be a part of a minority and to promote equity for marginalized groups. Jas lives in Southern New Hampshire with their spouse and two children.
29:48
May 12, 2021
Episode 56: The value of your work.
On this episode I talk about how we value our work and how that should change/grow over time. 
08:46
May 05, 2021
Intermission: Break time
Letting the good listeners of the podcast know your host will be taking a short break until May. Let's stay connected on the Instagram page: www.instagram.com/thecreativealchemistpodcast
03:24
April 12, 2021
Episode 55: Quoron Walker (and the Band) Part I.
Quoron is a singer, song-writer, actor, and model. His musical style is similar to that of Luke James, Usher, and Sam Smith. His love of music first started with his mother and Whitney Houston, his biggest musical influence. Quoron’s musical journey began at Shiloh Baptist Church at age 11 and propelled him to perform at weddings, political events, festivals, and more. He’s currently working on original material to set to be released later this year. Follow Quoron on social media for updates @QuoronW. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and, if you can, become a monthly supporter!  Stay in touch with the podcast on Instagram at www.instagram.com/thecreativealchemistpodcast
44:42
March 17, 2021
Episode 54: Derek "Super Santiyoga" Santiago
Derek Santiago’s mission is health and wellness advocacy with a focus on underserved communities and vulnerable populations. A former swim coach for over a decade and an AmeriCorps alumnus, Derek has a love for teaching and service. In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he became a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Services Derek offers include yoga, group fitness, and health coaching. As a father, he intentionally works to break destructive generational patterns and be an example for his children as well as other parents. To appropriately stalk Derek, follow his Instagram page: Instagram.com/supersantiyoga.
40:30
March 03, 2021
Episode 53: Do something besides what you love
If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life... LIES. It's still work and just like any other work, we  need a break from it sometimes. In this episode, I talk about why it's important to take breaks from what you love to do, why we sometimes don't, and suggestions for things you can do besides the thing you love. Happy listening, Alchemists!  Support the podcast if you can by becoming a monthly supporter. [Insert hearts here].  Got questions, feedback, loving comments? Let's connect on www.instagram.com/thecreativealchemistpodcast
08:59
February 24, 2021
Episode 52: Accountabilibuddy with Ebonie Goulbourne
On this episode, I chop it up with my accountabilibuddy* Ebonie Goulbourne (she/her). We talk about what we were looking for in someone helping to hold us accountable, why having someone else hold you accountable is important, and what we've gotten out of our accountabilibuddy relationship.  *accountabilibuddy is a term I have borrowed from the wonderful poet/playwright/author/dope ass co-facilitator, TS Hawkins (they/them). Click on this link to learn more about them: http://www.tspoetics.com/.  
27:58
February 17, 2021
Episode 51: Contracts. Yum.
In this episode I'll be going over what a contract is, why you need one, and some of the important things that you should have in there. Do you make sure you have a contract with your client? What do you include  in yours as a creative? Let's chat on the IG page: www.instagram.com/thecreativealchemistpodcast Want to support the podcast? Become a monthly supporter at this link https://anchor.fm/thecreativealchemist and click on the support link.  Love what you hear and want to become a supporter of your fab host? Support my patreon at www.patreon.com/zulynette
12:26
February 10, 2021
Episode 50: The art of NO
In this episode, I talk about why saying no is hard, when to say no, and why saying no is SO important. Vital even. Ya know? No? Well, you can find out in this episode. 
20:34
February 03, 2021
Episode 49: Storytime - Find your Flo
In this episode, I share a story about someone who, early on in my career, affirmed the trajectory of my life, gave me a big opportunity at the time, and the nugget of wisdom they shared with me that I carry throughout all of my work. Grab some hot cocoa and gather 'round. It's storytime! 📖
07:55
January 20, 2021
Episode 48: 'Do you have a budget?' 💰
In this episode, I discuss discussing budgets when it needs to be discussed. Which is early on. Here are some tips on how to ask about a budget. 
07:58
January 13, 2021
Episode 47: Let's talk about rest, baby 🎶
In this episode, I talk about the importance of rest, how it makes us better at our art, and even more importantly than that (WHAT? MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN WORK?) how it makes you a better human being to other human beings. This episode may or may not have been inspired by a mix of How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell and The Nap Ministry which you can follow on social media. 
12:28
January 06, 2021
Episode 46: The Swivel 2021
In this episode I'll be providing you with 3 things:  Delicious questions for you to reflect on  regarding 2020 Scrumptious questions for you to noodle on for 2021 A succulent menu of what things you can expect from me in the coming year.  Enjoy! Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and become a monthly supporter of the podcast. Follow the podcast on Instagram!
17:50
January 03, 2021
Episode 45: Should I charge for my work?
On this episode, I’ll answer a question I get > very < often: should I charge for my work? Tune in for the answer and more.
11:32
October 14, 2020
Episode 44: A Newsletter? For why?
On this episode I'll get into the upside of having a newsletter (because ya should!) and helpful tools to creating one. 
10:28
October 08, 2020
Episode 43: Sarah Vega of Dique! Media
Sarah Vega is an entrepreneur, bilingual content creator, podcaster, and tooth fairy; born and raised in Newark, NJ. She always had a love for media and culture ignited by her first recollection of a Vanidades magazine. Having a background in Journalism, Sarah has managed to take her talents and work with various publications, in regards to fashion and culture. All of her past experiences have led her to create and cultivate her multi media network, Dique! Media where she publishes her weekly podcast, Dique! Her goal with Dique! Media is to bridge the gap between the Latinx community and the African American community and make content for us by us. During this journey, Sarah Vega has founded a new venture, Lujo Toothpolish under her Lujo Wellness LLC which focuses on combining holistic and cosmetic dental care. Inspired by her now infamous logo, Lujo Toothpolish has managed to reach hundreds of households with a product that is combining media and self care to ultimately bring together the original goal of Dique! Media to fruition: to create a medium for us by us. Sarah Vega es una empresaria, creadora de contenido, bilingüe, podcaster nacida y criada en Newark, NJ. Sarah siempre le ha gustado la cultura sobre la "farándula" que comenzó cuando su madre le compró su primera revista de Vanidades. Preparada con su estudios de Periodismo, Sarah Vega ha trabajado en publicacion diferentes de música y moda. Las experiencias de Sarah la he inspirado para crear su propio red de medios, Dique! Media adonde ella publica su podcast, Dique! semanal.  La meta con Dique! Media es integrar las audiencias Latinx e Afro Americana y producir contenido para nosotros. Durante esta trayectoria, Sarah Vega comenzó su próximo negocio, Lujo Tooth Polish, un producto de polvo para cepillarse sus dientes. Lujo Tooth Polish ha logrado llegar a cientos de hogares combinando red de medios y la intención de enseñar  la prácticas de una vida saludable. Últimamente, logramos la meta original de Dique!: combinando e integrando las comunidades Latinx e Afro Americano. You can follow Sarah's work at:  instagram.com/diquemedia instagram.com/lujotoothpolish
32:28
September 23, 2020
Episode 42: Voice actor Joshua Tevyn Alleyne
Joshua(Tevyn) Alleyne is 28 years old, is an experienced Actor/Voice Actor, Photographer, Writer and Editor, and Certified Professional Life Coach. Joshua has been immersed in theatrical interpretation since middle school, landing the role of Scar in The Lion King. With his theatre experience continuing in high school, Joshua was cast as the lead character “Joshua” in Bang Bang You’re Dead. He was “Malcolm” in Hartford Stage’s Breakdancing Shakespeare Macbeth. And he played 4 ensemble roles that included singing and dancing in Annie with Hartford Children’s Theater; as well as part of the lead cast as Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray. Joshua has been helping those in need of all ages and walks of life since middle school, and now promotes and fosters healthy and positive growth of all kinds in his Life Coaching business. He aspires to be a real life cartoon in his Voice Over work! You can check out his voice over work here: http://www.bobbinrobbin.com/#site-header 
33:29
August 26, 2020
Episode 41: Wisdom from bebes (featuring my nephew)
In this episode I chop it up with a very special guest: my nephew. We discuss the importance of art, why he likes art, what art he likes to make, and what the world ought to do to be a better place. He's pretty cool.  Bee tee dubs, we got a new logo! 
11:56
August 12, 2020
Episode 40: The role of an artist in social change
In this episode, I talk about the role, nay, the responsibility an artist has in a social movement. Spoiler alert, it's to get involved. 
10:07
July 29, 2020
Episode 39: Expanding the podcast
In this episode, I talk about changes coming to the podcast, why it's been so long, and what's to come.
05:30
July 15, 2020
Episode 38: Artist resources during "these times"
In this episode, I share some of the resources for artists that are available to help them out during COVID-19 (there, I said it). The episode is a smidge all over the place BUT 3 things I definitely cover are: 1.) A good list for you to start with, 2.) tips on how to fill out these online applications, and 3.) documentation you may need when filling these out. I also mention CT-specific resources I found out about as well as things to be wary of when applying to any resource. Always protect your neck, my fellow artists [insert heart emoji here]. Here are links to resources mentioned in the episode: https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/ https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Arts-Culture/Funding_Opportunities/CT-Artists-RESPOND-grants https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Arts-Culture/Funding_Opportunities/Relief-Fund-for-Connecticut-Artists
16:13
May 01, 2020
Episode 37: Tirade against the Art Hunger Games
In this episode I critique organizations that are pushing art competitions as a way to “support” artists. And I go off on how artists are, yet again, being neglected because our work is seen as a hobby.
08:39
April 22, 2020
Episode 36: Copyrights and wrongs
In this episode I share my very limited knowledge on copyrights and why you, my artist friend, need to start learning about them to protect your art, yourself, and ya neck (that’s a Wu-Tang Clan reference).
11:04
April 06, 2020
Episode 35: Baby, I’m (not) gon’ be yo’ motivation
On this episode, I answer the question of how I stay motivated. Frankly, it’s because I don’t. Tune in to learn some tips for staying creative regardless of whether or not motivation wants to be your friend.
16:23
March 19, 2020
Episode 34: THAT word that shall not be named... but it is.
Diving into the impossible task of paying bills, eating, or surviving off of exposure.
14:39
February 20, 2020
Episode 33: Collaborating with community
In this episode I give you details about my upcoming event: The Vision. I also go into networking with the geniuses you already know in your community and creating the events you want to see happening in your neck of the woods.
12:29
February 05, 2020
Episode 32: Events, events, and more events
On this episode, I basically give y’all a rundown of things that are coming up on my side of the planet. It’s an invitation. And me holding myself accountable to being consistent.
10:35
January 17, 2020
Episode 31: 2019 wrap up & welcoming 2020
It’s 2020! Happy New Year! Ooh we made it! In this episode, I share some highlights from 2019, some lessons learned as an artist and business, and what YOU can expect in 2020. Big things coming.
25:03
January 02, 2020
Episode 30: Making A Little Bit of Death come to life with surprise guest Biaja Watts
On this episode, I walk you through the process of putting on my annual storytelling show entitled, "A Little Bit of Death." From ideas to booking venues, from storyteller selection to paying folks, I give you just some of what goes into producing and directing a show. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out.  As always - shout out and much love to our monthly supporters [insert heart emoji here!]
28:47
December 18, 2019
Episode 29: Helpful tools - Anchors, pencils, and booky wooks
Motivational speeches are great, but sometimes you need the practical things to have and use to get your art business going. On this episode, I’m sharing a few tools that have been helpful to me in different ways that YOU can use as well. Enjoy!
18:41
December 11, 2019
Episode 28: The Closing of The Alchemy Door Studio
Your hostess with the mostest, Zulynette, delves into the reasons for closing of her art studio, The Alchemy Door Studio. The end of an era. The opening of a new chapter. Got some thinky thoughts? Send a message on social media: @the_zulynette and/or @thecreativealchemistpodcast
32:57
August 31, 2019
Episode 27: Andrew Dean 2 - Authorial intent, muggle plumbing, & horse people
Part two of chatting with the poet/writer homie Andrew (@andrewdeanwrites) about authorial intent, how other people interpret your work, the death of the author, and more. Share. Subscribe. Feel free to DM us!
19:56
August 20, 2019
Episode 26: Andrew Dean 1 - Leaving for local love, post-death fame, and dragging my open mic
A conversation with the poet/writer homie Andrew (@andrewdeanwrites) about the theory of leaving your town to be appreciated (and compensated) at home, how many artists become famous after they die, and why my open mic just wasn't gonna work. Tune in. Subscribe. Enjoy. Let's connect on social media!
33:21
August 13, 2019
Episode 25: Questions for YOU
On this episode, I do some checking in with you all by asking a list of questions. Answer as you see fit. Reach out to me on Instagram and let me know what you thought: @the_zulynette or @thecreativealchemistpodcast
07:22
July 23, 2019
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!
19:12
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. 
16:27
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 www.sarahrosemakesmusic.com. Stay in the loop by subscribing to her mailing list on her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @sarahrosemakesmusic and @sarahrosearomajewelry.
01:00:10
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:  www.instagram.com/poshgibson www.chrispressley.art
01:35:12
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 pandora.com 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.
02:15:39
March 10, 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:  We.R@schoolofrejecks.com chad@schoolofrejecks.com
01:55:21
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 bookearlebez@gmail.com and 8605952876
02:12:40
January 06, 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!
15:20
January 01, 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: instagram.com/sageseeker0 facebook.com/sageseeker0 sageseeker0@gmail.com
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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.
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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.
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December 09, 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.
01:33:27
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.
01:34:49
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: timefrozen.com
01:20:50
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.
02:17:04
November 04, 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.”
01:50:59
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
01:55:57
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 www.beardedegghead.com
01:30:44
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 FlyyFitness.com
01:16:39
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 AndreRochester.com
01:50:00
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 Rejecks.com
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July 08, 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.
01:31:39
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.
01:12:32
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.
51:29
June 03, 2018