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The artisan podcast taps into creativity, inspiration and the determination it takes to be an artisan. Guests share stories of lessons learned along their creative journey. Created for artisans, by artisans. This podcast is brought to you by artisan creative, a staffing and recruitment agency focused on creative, digital and marketing roles. Tune in to hear creators, designers, artists, and innovators share their story and inspire. artisancreative.com

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The artisan podcast taps into creativity, inspiration and the determination it takes to be an artisan. Guests share stories of lessons learned along their creative journey. Created for artisans, by artisans. This podcast is brought to you by artisan creative, a staffing and recruitment agency focused on creative, digital and marketing roles. Tune in to hear creators, designers, artists, and innovators share their story and inspire. artisancreative.com

    the artisan podcast | darcel danielle | stuntwoman & actress

    the artisan podcast | darcel danielle | stuntwoman & actress

    Darcel Danielle
    Welcome to the Artisan Podcast where we explore creativity, inspiration and the determination it takes to be an artisan. I'm speaking today to Darcel Danielle, who is a professionally trained actress and stunt performer.
    Today she's going to be talking to us about what it takes to pursue your passion, and what she does on a daily basis to fuel that fire for herself to be able to keep motivated and laser-focused on pursuing this career choice.
    She's been acting for the past 10 years and performing stunts for the past two. She has performed in numerous feature films, short films, commercials, and TV shows, most recently she is performing stunts in HBO’s Watchmen, starring Regina King, and she has on a regular basis, has been the stunt double for Jill Scott on Black Lightning. 
    This is such a motivating and inspiring story of passion and determination. Enjoy.
    You can find Darcel Danielle on Instagram and Facebook, and on IMDB 

    • 39 min
    the artisan podcast | daniel hernandez | fashion stylist

    the artisan podcast | daniel hernandez | fashion stylist

    Welcome to the Artisan Podcast! Where we explore creativity, inspiration, and the determination it takes to be an Artisan. This podcast is for artisans, by artisans. I'm your host, Katty Douraghy, and I'm thrilled to introduce you to our next guest. 
    My guest today is Daniel Hernandez, who is an LA-based fashion stylist and artist. Interestingly, Daniel and I knew each other about 20 years go and have not been in touch for the past 18. And through the power of social media, we connected and decided to have this conversation today. So, let's welcome Daniel to the podcast. 
    You can find Daniel Hernandez on Instagram
    dannyhernanny/  and nanohernandezartas well as online at http://nanohernandez.com/

    • 30 min
    the artisan podcast | hisano shepherd

    the artisan podcast | hisano shepherd

    Hisano Shepherd is a multi-award winning pearl designer who has created quite the buzz in the industry with her unique and innovative pearl creations.  She is the founder and designer at littleh and the Chief Creative Officer at PearlParadise.com.
    Tune in to hear about her journey and the lessons learned along the way.
    You can see Hisano's work here
    https://littlehjewelry.com/  
    Follow her on Instagram and facebook at @littlehjewelry

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    the artisan podcast | joni yamashiro | ux/ui designer

    the artisan podcast | joni yamashiro | ux/ui designer

    artisancreative.com
    Katty: Welcome to the Artisan Podcast. Where we explore creativity, inspiration, and the determination it takes to be an Artisan. This podcast is for Artisans, by artisans. I’m your host, Katty Douraghy and I’m thrilled to introduce you to our next guest. My guest today is Joni Yamashiro, a Los Angeles based UI / UX designer who has been one of our freelancers for a number of years here at Artisan Creative.
    I have worked closely with her for our internal collateral, our website, as well as quite a few marketing pieces, as well as several assignments with number of clients. And I just love working with her. There is nothing this girl can't do. From illustrations to avatars to HTML to web graphics to collateral pieces you name it, she can do it. And she always does it with a smile. I’m thrilled to welcome her today to this episode and would love to hear how she got her start. Good morning!
     Katty:  I was thinking about a theme for our talk about this morning. And I thought of determination since certainly you and I have been determined to make this podcast happen.
    Joni: Amen! It’s so true. We surely are.
    Katty: For the listeners out there. This is Joni and I’s third attempt. We’ve had equipment issues…
    Joni: Lots of technical difficulties.
    Katty: Lots of challenges. But here we are.
    Joni: Yes, here we are. Third time’s a charm, we are determined, we are here.
    Katty: That’s right. So, so true. So, on that theme of determination. I wanted to talk about determination in your career path. What was that fire in the belly for you that kept you going?
    Joni:  I think as most creatives are. You have to use that creativity to sustain your life really. I feel like if I wasn’t doing something in the creative field then I couldn't really survive and speak my truth and what's truly who I am. So, I think that it really sparks the fire. And because it's hard to sustain a full time gig as a creative, you really have to keep pushing on and like finding that lane that's for you that you can monetize. And, you know, make a living off of. So, being determined to find that creative path, it definitely helped me find my way.
    Katty: Yeah. When did you know though, when did you know that creativity, and being an artist was the way that you had to go?
    Joni: Well, I always liked art, growing up, and you know, like to draw and all the stuff that kids do, but I never thought that I could make that into my profession. I think most creative people are scared to do that. Because it just doesn't seem like you know, a path that's, that most people do, especially, you know, like... I'm an Asian kid, I was raised by Asian parents, you know, that whole thing, like, you just, you don't see a creative, as the traditional lawyer, doctor, engineer type path. So, I kind of have to, like, figure out what worked for me and like, how I could really use that -- use my creativity to create a lifestyle.
    Katty: Yeah, yeah, exactly. And not an easy lifestyle to get started in, right? It's just knocking on lots of doors and going on a lot of interviews.
    Joni: Right. Like on that same thing, on determination, you really have to just build your own stuff up. Like I didn't study graphic design, you know? Like, I went to Berkeley, and I started off in Public Health and Art, but I always, like, knew within that path that I wanted to go into design, like at that point, I knew I wanted to go to industrial or product and kind of just because the field is so vast and so, you know, there's so many different paths of design that you could you can follow through like you kind of really have to find, you know, that lane that type that sparks joy for you.
    Katty: Exactly. So you are an Angeleno through and through born and raised. But you decided to move away for school, and then you came back, you couldn’t stay away?
    Joni: Yeah, I know. Well I

    • 28 min
    the artisan podcast | anna bondoc | designer & letter artist

    the artisan podcast | anna bondoc | designer & letter artist

    You can find Anna’s work on instagram @annabondocartist  and her website http://www.annabondocartist.com/
    Anna Bondoc is a Los Angeles based artist, writer, and educator who was originally born in the Philippines, raised in Ohio, and now resides here in LA with her husband, her daughter, and their dog penny. In 2005, Anna started her business on the Bondoc designs, creating just very intricate layered paper cuts for fine art creations, stationery, and creating patterns. Her work has been featured in Apartment Therapy, Traditional Home, as well as Cloth Paper & Scissors, and in 2012 she created a how to book called Simply Paper Cutting. However, since then she has changed gears and she is now working with Pen and Ink, as well as with Alcohol Inks, and I'm curious to talk to her today to find out what else is on the horizon. Ever since I've known her she has been curious, been innovative, and always trying her hand at different things. So I'm really excited to welcome her to the podcast today and learn what else is on the horizon.
    Katty: As long as I've known you, you have been dabbling in some sort of a creative endeavor, which is so interesting for me and looking in it's always been so exciting to see all the various mediums that you're touching. I'd love to tell our audience really talk about how you got your start and, you know, where you are today.
    Anna: Sure. Well, I love that you use the word dabbling because it sort of characterizes how I approach creativity. And if you ask me how I got my start it, I often have no answer because I have never until recently, and I'm now 50, I hadn't considered myself an artist in professional terms, until I don't know the last five or so years. I know it sounds late but I think because I have always been motivated by almost being a beginner, and being a little bit out of my element and trying a new medium. It's taken me a long time to realize that is my primary motivation and it is not a singular, you know, painting, drawing, graphic design. I've just followed my curiosity, to a large extent, and that's led me to, every medium from Paper Cutting to Pen and Ink drawing to photography graphic design and it's taken me a while to reconcile myself with that because dabbling is not something that I was brought up to do. I was brought up to focus and to choose and so I never really committed to one type of art or creativity, and that's just the way I am, even though I have tried to commit to one thing or another.
    So there's been actually no particular start, but where I find myself now is an interesting time that you come to me because I finally had my first solo show of art, and had a business which didn't do so well under my belt, but I feel like an artist and they have not gone back to teaching which is what I did in between doing creative projects.
    But I had a bit of sort of fallow period at the start of January where I had this great show and everybody said to me, “oh you're going to keep drawing, or your going to keep doing your paintings, you have momentum now you've had sales.” And to be honest, when I sat down with myself I just was not feeling it for those things anymore, and they felt like finite experiences as though I'd written a book and I wasn't going to rewrite that book. So where you find me now is, after a period of frantic creative block, I finally have found some momentum in a project that combines my writing, drawing, and design skills, and it has no particular form, so I'm a little bit insecure about it. But it's it's one of those times where, you know, creative people tell you all the time. “I don't know where this one came from, but it's here and now I'm either going to work with it, or I'm not” and I decided that I want to work with this one. Even though I'm not exactly sure where it's headed.
    Katty: Okay. You letting the creative process guide you...
    A

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    the artisan podcast | daniel zimmerman | the king of ice cream

    the artisan podcast | daniel zimmerman | the king of ice cream

    Daniel Zimmerman, an LA-based digital marketer, took a year sabbatical and went on a 50 state search for the perfect artisanal ice cream!
    In this quest, not only did he get to taste some spectacular ice cream, he also met some fantastic people along the way. Here he is today to talk about the lessons learned on this journey in pursuit of ice cream. Well, welcome, Daniel. So happy to have you here.
    Daniel: Thank you for having me on.
    Katty: So I know that you and my colleague Laura had spoken at length about your adventures recently, and I just found it fascinating and I wanted to continue our conversation. I think the audience will just find it really interesting to see the journey that you took, the decisions that you've made to take the sabbatical, and the lessons learned along the way. So I really appreciate you coming on and sharing that with us.
    Daniel: Absolutely. If there's anything that you know, I could share with others that would help them along their way in their own journey, I would be more than happy to do it.
    Katty: Fabulous. Well, to give some context to the audience, you took a year sabbatical, and you went on the pursuit of tasting ice cream in all 50 states?
    Daniel: That is correct, yes.
    Katty: So what inspired you?
    Daniel: I've always had a love for ice cream. But more specifically then that, it was more like the fear of potential regret. This is, you know, everyone talks about, oh, I want to travel in my 20s I want to explore the world, I want to do all these things. But really, the idea of just always being talk and not actually following through scared me more than not doing it. Which I'm not kind of a strange way to think of it. And really, it was just something that I thought I was at that point in my life where I had some money saved up, you know, I didn't have any real responsibilities in terms of a mortgage, no kids. I still have my metabolism, so I can just eat loads of ice cream.
    Katty: Lucky you!
    Daniel: Yeah, so I had to do that while I was on the tail end of getting as much out of that metabolism as possible. Really it was just the perfect storm. And I just saw this golden opportunity and I was like, “yeah, you know, what I'm gonna follow through on this, you know, not just talk about it, but actually do it”. So that was kind of the onset initial inspiration.
    Katty: How long have you had this idea that one day, I'm going to do this ice cream adventure?
    Daniel: So it's always one of those like vague ideas. I never really put like a true concrete plan of going a road trip to all 50 states. It was more along the lines of you know, I've always had a love of ice cream. You know, like I had been eating like every day since a child. July is National ice cream month. So starting college, I would do this thing where every single day during the month of July, I’d try to find a different flavor of ice cream. And then like to eat it and write you know, a tiny review on it. And then like, over the years, they just, the reviews got longer flavors got crazier. And like, eventually people like you know, like, here are some other crazy things that you should do. So they would start sending me links. Someone sent me an ice cream cleanse, which is like a juice cleanse things, but with ice cream. You just eat ice cream for three days straight, and it's like a special vegan ice cream, but you like cleanse your body of toxins, and then you lose weight. So I did it and I lost three pounds in three days, and it was this crazy thing. And then like it just kind of kept snowballing where people would send the other ice cream challenges around the country. And so I just had this ongoing list of like, cool places around the country that you know, like I got to visit. And then from there, it just kind of snowballed into like well, you know, I have like at least two dozen states I need to visit now. So like why don

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