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The Creative Lotus Podcast

The Creative Lotus Podcast

By Allen Zaki
Allen Zaki talks with creatives of all different genres, on how their struggles have pushed them to become the creative force they are today.
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S1/EP09 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Joseph Alexander - Photo Retoucher/Finisher
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with photo retoucher/finisher and friend Joseph Alexander. He opens up about his personal struggles with his health, living in Los Angeles, making difficult career decisions, finding joy and happiness both in his work and creatively. Joseph has worked with some of the major tv networks creating billboards and advertising for the likes of The Kardashians, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Netflix, E!, Hulu, The Hunger Games franchise, just to name a few. He finds himself relaxing and enjoying time with his beautiful bengal cats and making cement pottery when he's not finishing for the next action flick about to drop in theaters this summer.  To connect and see more of Joseph Alexander's work, follow him on Instagram @joseph__alexander or online via www.inertiadigital.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:21:15
June 11, 2021
S1/EP08 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Robby LaRiviere - International Beauty Brand Ambassador
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with International Beauty Brand Ambassador Robby LaRiviere. He opens up about his personal life growing up in Massachusetts, his stint on gay reality TV, his buddhist faith and how through it all the fortune he's created to be the international beauty brand ambassador for Nick Chavez Beverly Hills. You can see Robby's work on QVC, TVSN, ShopTSC, in LA on KTLA5 and NBC CA Live.  To connect and see more of Robby LaRiviere, follow him on Instagram @robbylariviere or online at www.robbylariviere.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
58:08
June 4, 2021
Memorial Day Weekend - Stay Tuned for June!
Hello Creative Lotus Family!  This week there isn't a new episode, however I have many new interviews lined up for June! Looking forward to sharing more stories this summer! 😎Have an amazing Memorial Day Weekend, please stay safe and healthy out there!  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:06
May 28, 2021
S1/EP07 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Jeff Trotter - Interior Designer
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with interior designer and creative Jeff Trotter of Jeff Trotter Design. He opens up about his career, following his gut when it comes to career and personal decisions. Jeff shares about his LOVE of marble, his amazing Surf Board Line (JTD Stone Surf and Skin Surf), his unique design esthetics, his loving relationship with his family, and his support and love for the design community. Jeff's work has been featured in ELLE Decor magazine, he's a Contributing Editor at Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, been interviewed on CNN, and the winner of the 2017 LCDQ Legends award, just to name a few.   To connect and see more of Jeff Trotter's work, follow him on Instagram @jefftrotterdesign or online via his website www.jefftrotterdesign.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:04:09
May 21, 2021
S1/EP06 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Nicole Maguire (Wittman) - Makeup Artist
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with international makeup artist and creative Nicole Maguire (Wittman). She opens up (a can of beer for Cinco de Mayo), chats about her career struggles, how her never give up spirit has kept her going through it all, having her beautiful baby Frankie, and thriving with her family, while appreciating all the wonderful things and people she has in her life in LA. Nicole's work has been seen on the covers and pages of Variety, Nylon, Who What Wear, Atlas, Maxim and Kinfolk to name a few. Clients include Gucci, Dior, Chanel Haute Couture, Vivienne Westwood, Rick Owens, ASOS and Banana Republic. To see more of her creative work checkout her website (www.nicolelmaguire.com) To connect and see more of Nicole Maguire's work, follow her on Instagram @nicolewittman Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:19:20
May 14, 2021
S1/EP05 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Michael Sasaki - Actor and Figure Skater
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with actor and figure skater Michael Sasaki. He opens up about his personal struggles with acceptance, his relationship with husband Pierrick, his acting career and how through it all, he's kept creating work that spotlights the Asian American Queer Hero narrative that he has always wanted to see. Sharing the screen with Hollywood's A-List actors in TV shows such as Shameless & Cobra Kai, Michael has been able to express himself in his most authentic version and bring to life his short film Masaru sharing the beautiful Japanese American story based on his life.   To connect and see more of Michael Sasaki's work, follow him on Instagram @mikeisready or Twitter @michaelisready Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ... https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:00:00
May 7, 2021
S1/EP04 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Gene Kang - KTLA 5/France 24 TV Reporter
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with TV Reporter Gene Kang (KTLA 5 & France 24). He opens up about his personal struggles with family, his ups and downs in his journalist career and how through it all, he's kept going. Gene uses his social platforms to bring light to those stories that aren't necessarily in the news, standing up for AAPI & LGBTQIA+ rights, all while enjoying his BobaTime® drinks. He is an advocate for mental health, a buddhist practitioner with the SGI-USA and can be found bird watching with his husband Dan on his days off.  To connect and see more of Gene Kang's work and fun social media posts, follow him on Instagram @genekangtv or on Facebook @GeneKangLA Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr​ https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ...​ https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:09:13
April 30, 2021
S1/EP03 The Creative Lotus Podcast - She and the Bandit - Ryan Adames - Musician
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with musician and creative/best friend Ryan Adames of She and the Bandit. He opens up about his personal struggles with music, relationships, career and how through it all, he's kept creating music and being the most authentic version of himself through She and the Bandit. Creating videos to go alongside the newly released tracks, pulling inspiration from artists like Michael Jackson, Adames' creative perspective and eye shines through alongside the self-written lyrics and sounds. Inspired by the 80's and horror films, Ryan brings a new and creative sound to the monotonous current pop music scene in 2021. Checkout the awesome videos on YouTube To connect and see more of She and the Bandit's work, follow them on Instagram @sheandthebandit or online via Apple Music or Spotify Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr​ https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ...​ https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:09:01
April 23, 2021
S1/EP02 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Jessica Armstrong - Wardrobe Stylist
Hello Creative Lotus Family!  On today's episode I sit down and talk with wardrobe stylist and creative collaborator Jessica Armstrong. She opens up about her personal struggles with health, relationships, career and how through it all, she's persevered in Los Angeles. Using her eclectic style and fun and fiery personality she's been able to work with large commercial clients, editorials in international magazines and personal styling for private clients.  To connect and see more of Jessica's work, follow her on Instagram @jessicaarmstrong_style or checkout her website www.jessica-armstrong.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr​ https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ...​ https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
01:08:20
April 16, 2021
S1/EP01 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Intro to Allen Zaki
Hello, thank you for listening to episode one of The Creative Lotus Podcast, I share my personal story as a creative and the struggles I've gone through and the reason for starting this podcast. I hope you'll join me for the next episode to hear from guests on their creative journey through struggles to creative success.    Let's Connect: IG: @allenzaki FB: @allenzakiphoto Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/allenzaki Intro/Outro Music: Track Info: Title: In Your Orbit  Artist: tubebackr  https://soundcloud.com/tubebackr​  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NXfZ...​  https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tub...
27:16
April 3, 2021