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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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S2/EP12 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Matt Armendariz - Photographer
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's final episode of season 2, I sit down and talk with photographer Matt Armendariz. Matt shares about his career starting out at Whole Foods, making his way into graphic design/art and creative direction and then jumping into photography through his food blog with husband/food stylist Adam Pearson. Matt is an amazing Zumba instructor who took to Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and brought people together from around the US, through dance and joy-filled-connection, when everyone needed it the most. Armendariz has photographed many celebrities for their cookbooks including: Tia Mowry, Eva Longoria, What's Gaby Cooking's Gaby Dalkin, Leila Ali, Fabio Viviani and Tabitha Brown to name a few. His energy both on and off his photo-sets is palpable and joyful, you can tell he loves what he does and the people around him. Not to mention he's hysterical and so fun to follow his Instagram for his garden tours/Zumba sessions and his mouth watering food photography posts.  To check out more of Matt's work, follow him on instagram @mattarmendariz or online at www.mattarmendariz.com  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:09:53
December 17, 2021
S2/EP11 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Sierra Sophia Mercier - Impact Artist / Figure Skater / Actor & Host
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with impact artist, figure skater, actor and on-air host Sierra Sophia Mercier. Mercier shares about growing up in the Idaho, the struggles of competitive figure skating, revealing the not-so-pretty side of the industry. Her compassion and LOVE for life shines through in our dialogue and her honesty on where she is currently at in her career and the unknown of where it will go, is a breath of fresh air. Sierra is a multi-talented woman, she recently created the Cosmic Love Guidebook to help women (and men) find their Cosmic Love Partner, based on her own cosmic love story. She also has a love of floral design (Buddha Blooms) and travel. Her travel show Love Set Run with co-host/husband Andre is streaming on YouTube, where their love for travel and volunteer work are interwoven. Checkout the details below for Love Set Run and all of Mercier's endeavors.  To check out more of Sierra's work, follow her on instagram @sierrasophiamercier @love.set.run @buddha_blooms or online for her Cosmic Love Guidebook www.sierramercier.com and on YouTube Love Set Run Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:28:47
December 03, 2021
S2/EP10 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Kristen Taekman - Model / Blogger
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with model/blogger Kristen Taekman. Kristen shares about her struggles of starting in the modeling industry at a young age and continuing now in her 40's with two children and a husband. Taekman opens up about her life, traveling throughout Europe, living in NYC, meeting her husband and raising their kids in LA post-2020 pandemic life on the east coast. Kristen was also on the infamous Bravo TV show The Real Housewives of NYC for two seasons, she shares how it happened and the outcome of it. Oh, and she has a LOVE of Elvis! Listen to hear all the details.  To check out more of Kristen's work, follow her on instagram @kristentaekman or checkout her blog at www.lastnigtslook.com  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:13:23
November 26, 2021
S2/EP09 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Greg McGoon - Children's Book Author / Writer
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with children's book author and writer Greg McGoon. Greg and I have known each other since my first year living in Los Angeles when he was modeling. He's since gone on to live in NYC and recently has moved back to LA, where he is busy writing children's books, working behind the scenes doing scenic work on theater sets and productions for the likes of Disney. McGoon opens up about his trials of relationships, the struggle to keep creating new writing projects, while also juggling self-promotion. His adorable dog Oliver, who is also the star of Greg's book "Oliver Gilmore A Doxie's Diary" enjoyed sitting on Greg's lap while we chatted for almost two hours for this episode.  To check out more of Greg's work, follow him on instagram @themcgoonies or online to purchase one of his amazing children's books, go to www.gregmcgoon.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:44:10
November 19, 2021
S2/EP08 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Cecilio Asuncion - Model Director of Slay Models
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with model director Cecilio Asuncion of trans modeling agency Slay Models. Cece shares his struggles of coming to America from the Philippines at a young age, making his way from NYC to California, and ultimately opening up Slay Models in 2015. Asuncion has won a GLADD Award for his TV show Strut on Oxygen, which gave viewers an inside look into the modeling world of his modeling agency, which was co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Most recently, Cece has built a strong modeling agency of new fresh faced trans models who are working in ad campaigns, lookbooks and commercials in LA and NYC. His agency's work can be seen throughout the US and Internationally. My recent podcast guest, trans supermodel Arisce Wanzer is also represented by Cece Asuncion.  To check out more of Cece's work and his models, follow him on instagram @yetasuncion and @slaymodelsla or online at www.slaymodels.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:19:23
November 05, 2021
S2/EP07 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Koichi MacGregor - Plus Size Tattooed Male Model / Mental Health Advocate
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with plus size tattooed male model and mental health advocate Koichi MacGregor. Koichi shares about his life growing up in LA, his deep connection to his family, his inspiration to become a plus size male model and the tattoo work across body. MacGregor opens up about his own mental health and how sharing his personal stories on social media and dialoguing with others has helped to spread awareness to the importance of taking care of your mental health daily. Koichi also attributes many of his benefits as a plus size tattooed male model to his buddhist practice.  To check out more of Koichi MacGregor's work, follow him on instagram @koichimynichi or on twitter @koichimynichi #plussizemodel #bodypositive #tattooedmodel #mentalhealthawareness Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:07:15
October 29, 2021
S2/EP06 - The Creative Lotus Podcast - Parker York Smith - Content Creator
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with content creator and fashion expert Parker York Smith. Parker shares his stories of coming to Los Angeles, going the route of acting, until realizing his creative talents of making educational and fashion related content on social media platforms was better suited for him. He shares his views on the fashion industry, how he inspires and communicates with his audiences and the hard work he puts into constantly creating new and exciting content that he loves. Smith also opens up about the struggles of sharing his life with the world on social media, while keeping his relationships with friends and family a priority.  To check out more of Parker York Smith's work, follow him on instagram @parkeryorksmith, on YouTube, TikTok and online at www.thelooksmith.com  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:29:35
October 22, 2021
S2/EP05 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Fernanda Kelly - Actress / Host / Philanthropist / Emmy Winner / CEO NYTAQ
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with two-time Emmy Award Winner, Actress, Host, Philanthropist, and CEO of NYTAQ Fernanda Kelly. Fernanda shares about her life growing up in Tijuana, MX; living in San Diego and Los Angeles, to then pursue her dreams as an actress in Hollywood. Kelly keeps it real and opens up about her struggles trying to make ends meet, making it as a successful TV host on Spanish daytime television, and most recently her successes as Founder/CEO of NYTAQ her female owned shop empowering female artists.  To check out more of Fernanda's work, follow her on instagram @fernandakellyyy or shop her online store at www.nytaq.com  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:15:37
October 15, 2021
S2/EP04 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Arisce Wanzer - Trans Supermodel
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with trans supermodel Arisce Wanzer. Arisce shares about her struggles of working in NYC as a fashion model, coming to Los Angeles, where she finds her rebirth of her modeling career. She opens up about fostering and supporting the next generation of trans* models in LA and NY through Slay Models. Wanzer has been on the cover Vogue Magazine, in the pages of V Magazine and campaigns for DSquared and other top fashion brands. Most recently she has been hosting events, writing her own scripts for TV and will be seen on a major network TV show very soon.  To check out more of Arisce's work, follow her on instagram @ariscestocrat or pickup some of her sickening merch online www.dragqueenmerch.com Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:24:51
October 08, 2021
S2/EP03 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Kaori Matsusturu - Entrepreneur / Lifestyle Brand
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with entrepreneur and lifestyle brand creator Kaori Matsusturu. Kaori shares about her struggles of moving to Los Angeles from Japan to pursue acting and the entertainment world. But her perseverance and strength through COVID-19 led her to create her own lifestyle brand Kaorifornia where she creates one of a kind beautiful jewelry. She also live-streams, has YouTube channels with ASMR and other lifestyle content and most recently is getting back into acting.  To check out more of Kaori's work, follow her on instagram @kaorifornia @kaorifornialifestyle or online at www.kaorifornia.com  Allen Zaki's Social: Let's Connect! IG: @allenzaki @thecreativelotuspod 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...
01:21:18
September 24, 2021
S2/EP02 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Keiko Elizabeth - Actress
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with actress/producer/mom Keiko Elizabeth. I had the pleasure to photograph Keiko at the beginning of 2021 for her press kit, and she graciously offered to be a guest on the podcast. Keiko is known most recently for her work as Karen Shimizu on City on a Hill on Showtime, staring across from Kevin Bacon (funny story in the interview). She can also be seen in How to Get Away with Murder and has been working on and producing a documentary about her family and their story within the Japanese Internment Camps at Tule Lake during WWII #inhernamefilm. Keep an eye out for the many great projects Keiko has coming out.  To connect and see more of Keiko Elizabeth's work, follow her on Instagram @imkeiko or online www.keikoelizabeth.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...
01:24:41
September 17, 2021
S2/EP01 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Despina Scandalis - Beauty Expert
Hello Creative Lotus Family! Welcome BACK to Season 2 of The Creative Lotus Podcast! 🎉 On today's episode I sit down and talk with beauty expert and friend Despina Scandalis. Despina Scandalis is a working Beauty Professional in Los Angeles, California with over fifteen years working in the Makeup and Skincare industry specializing in Wedding Beauty and Live Events including Red Carpet and Media. Despina thrives working with her clients delivering her signature luxury experience for all that book with her. As a Licensed Esthetician she satisfies her love of both worlds, Makeup and Skin, as they go hand in hand she conditions her clients to receiving regular Rejuvenating Oxygen Facials out of her Spa Suite located in Sherman Oaks. We speak of her Greek heritage, the struggles of owning her own business and the successes that come from persevering no matter what with the determination to follow your dreams.  To connect and see more of Despina Scandalis' work, follow her on Instagram @despinascandalis or online at www.despinascandalis.com to book your facial, your skin will thank you!  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...
01:07:60
September 10, 2021
S1/EP012 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Joseph Schles - Comedian/Actor
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with comedian and actor Joseph Schles. He opens up about his personal struggles with acceptance with himself, using his struggles as fuel for his comedy, romantic relationships and changing the patriarchy within American society. Joseph talks about dirty jokes, being openly gay within the comedy world, the ideals of LGBTQ+ culture and not fitting within the confines of the stereotypes. To listen to Joseph's comedy, checkout his comedy album released in 2020, you're gonna laugh, guaranteed.  To connect and see more of Joseph Schles' work, follow him on Instagram @josephschles or purchase his comedy album full of hysterical dick jokes online via Apple Music or josephschles.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...
01:21:08
July 02, 2021
S1/EP11 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Paul Brickman - Casting Director/Photographer
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with casting director and photographer Paul Brickman. He opens up about his life growing up in NYC, attending the prestigious LaGuardia High (Fame High), working in the fashion industry, the struggles of working as a freelancer, but in the end, he LOVES what he does! Spending time between Los Angeles and New York, Paul's work can be seen in print magazines such as Elle, French Magazine Paris, advertising for Cole Haan and Gucci, along work for NYFW and many other runway shows.  To connect and see more of Paul Brickman's work, follow him on Instagram @paulbrickmancreativeinc @paulbrickman86 or online via paulbrickman.com and paulbrickmancreative.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...
01:11:12
June 25, 2021
S1/EP10 The Creative Lotus Podcast - Cat Wright - Wardrobe Stylist
Hello Creative Lotus Family! On today's episode I sit down and talk with wardrobe stylist/best friend Cat Wright. She opens up about his personal struggles with styling, relationships, the ups and downs of living in LA, and her passion for creativity. Cat has worked with many actors and on-air talent including Gigi Gorgeous, Taryn Manning, Jeannie Mai, Sibley Scoles, Terrence Jenkins, Steve Aoiki, Justin Deeley, Brian White & Cory Hardrict, she works with brands Carbon38, LA Kings, Bao Tranchi and Red Cherry Lashes just to name a few.  To connect and see more of Cat Wright's work, follow her on Instagram @catwrightstyle or online via www.catwrightstyle.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...
01:12:57
June 18, 2021
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 04, 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 07, 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 03, 2021