Brenda talks to fellow twentysomething (and high school alumnus), Vanessa Elizabeth of the travel and lifestyle blog, Wander Onwards. Vanessa shares her early feelings of finding something better, just how the hell did she end up living in China, and just a few of the struggles of living abroad. They then discuss feeling unsafe in America vs. other countries, and the wealth of tips for cheap traveling. Also, OF COURSE, she talks about the insanely viral article “23 Things To Do Other Than Getting Married Before You’re 23” she wrote, and the aftermath that followed (spoiler alert: death threats). Get inspired to step out of your comfort zone!
Brenda sits with Jenny Yang: comedian and writer, producer of Dis/orient/ed Comedy, co-host of Angry Asian America, and all-around badass. Jenny shares some experiences from her youth that helped shape the person she is today, the quarter-life crisis that she muscled through leading up to a career transition, and what it really means to be an artist.
Brenda sits down with friend and former classmate, Edricdale Silla and catch up on life since graduation. They remember the days of art classes, and how exactly did Edric find his passion for film, editing, and most importantly, storytelling (those days of online RPing!). He shares his personal experiences of an unhappy job, the physical toll it had on him, the incredible turnaround that followed after, and some blunt but invaluable advice he has for twenty-somethings (and up!).
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Brenda sits down with actor Edward Hong and discusses the struggles of the acting life. Edward shares the difficulty of dating in LA, how his relationship with his father helped him in acting, and his first experience starring in an indie film, Dawn of the Crescent Moon which premieres in 2014! (Sorry for audio issues and a bit of echo at the end, we had some technical difficulties!) Continue reading
Photographer Melly Lee is on the podcast! Brenda and Melly talk about their alma mater art school days, how Melly’s freelance career has grown, when to turn down jobs, why failing is good for you, and when you should just say “fuck it!” Sorry for the background noise, we recorded in a coffee shop ~*cause we’re artsy like that.*~ [Intro song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Ten Thousand Hours”] Continue reading
Meet Korean-American poet and author EJ Koh and her boyfriend, graphic designer Cheikh Clark. This is Brenda’s favorite episode so far because it is LOADED: from roommate memories to Korean prejudice towards interracial couples, from dildo art to femininity, from the struggles of an artist to how creatives function in a relationship. And of course, EJ describes the experience of writing and publishing her first novel, Red.
Brenda talks out of her ass about why men/women do the things they do. She gets into why women wear crazy high heels, the endless toilet seat debate, and why the “friendzone” is complete bullshit. [Intro song: The Black Keys – “Howling for You”]
Another special travel edition: Seattle style! Brenda shoots the shit with her friend Charles about TSA stories (again), what the people are like in Seattle, moving to a new state with no network, and address a fan email.
Special travel edition: SF style. Brenda shoots the shit with her friend Kenny about moving to a new city for work, making new friends, online dating, and why third-wheeling can be a good thing. This is the BEST EPISODE SO FAR, so listen to this one if anything!