6 episodes

Welcome to The Takeback Podcast, where women of color creatives come together to inspire, empower, and encourage each other. Hosted by Jess Pillay, an Indo-Fijian-American independent singer/songwriter, and Angelica De Anda, a Mexican-American licensed mental health counselor and singer, each episode explores and elevates the stories of women of color who are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, and more as they navigate and take back creative environments that weren't necessarily designed with them in mind. Visit thetakebackpodcast.com to learn more and join the creative revolution.

The Takeback Podcast Jess Pillay and Angelica De Anda

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Welcome to The Takeback Podcast, where women of color creatives come together to inspire, empower, and encourage each other. Hosted by Jess Pillay, an Indo-Fijian-American independent singer/songwriter, and Angelica De Anda, a Mexican-American licensed mental health counselor and singer, each episode explores and elevates the stories of women of color who are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, and more as they navigate and take back creative environments that weren't necessarily designed with them in mind. Visit thetakebackpodcast.com to learn more and join the creative revolution.

    5. Angelica De Anda (Part 2): Why Singing Is Like Therapy

    5. Angelica De Anda (Part 2): Why Singing Is Like Therapy

    In our fifth episode and the second part of Angelica De Anda’s story, Angelica explains why she got into the mental health profession and discusses the legacy she dreams of leaving for her bicultural daughter. She then takes us through some favorite self-care practices and reflects on how her creative journey has influenced her work as a therapist. She and Jess also give listeners tangible tips on finding a therapist! Explore the resources below for the directories mentioned in this episode.TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING: Note that mental health challenges, grief, loss, and suicide are mentioned around the 5-minute mark.Resources & References:Follow Angelica on InstagramAnything for Selena (Podcast)The Body Keeps the Score (Book)Therapy Directories:Therapy DenInclusive TherapistsLatinx TherapyLatinx Therapy InstagramLatinx Therapy PodcastAsian Mental Health CollectiveTherapy for Black GirlsMelanin & Mental Health

    • 40 min
    4. Angelica De Anda (Part 1): Name It and Claim It

    4. Angelica De Anda (Part 1): Name It and Claim It

    In our fourth episode, our co-founder and co-host Angelica De Anda reflects on how she reclaimed her name and cultural roots. She shares how music has always been a consistent thread in her life: from childhood experiences in church, to not practicing her instruments, to meeting Jess in choir during their first year of college. Angelica also takes us back to a core high school memory where she landed the lead role in a musical production (in true Sharpay and Gabriella fashion—for all you High School Musical fans out there!).Resources & References:Follow Angelica on Instagram Angelica on Therapy Den

    • 40 min
    3. Jess Pillay (Part 2): Can Anybody Hear Me?

    3. Jess Pillay (Part 2): Can Anybody Hear Me?

    In the third episode of The Takeback Podcast, Jess digs deeper into her music and mental health journey. She describes the influence Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) had on her artistry, discusses significant family events and relationships, her education, and the pressures of keeping up with societal expectations. Jess and Angelica address the heart of this podcast: what is it like as a woman of color to navigate and make a career in the independent music industry? TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING: This episode strikes a few chords regarding mental health. Note that depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies are mentioned around the 12-minute mark.Resources & References:jesspillaymusic.com Jess Pillay on Bandcamp Tightrope Walker (Rachael Yamagata) Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis)

    • 53 min
    2. Jess Pillay (Part 1): When Form Does Not Equal Content

    2. Jess Pillay (Part 1): When Form Does Not Equal Content

    In the second episode of The Takeback Podcast, Jess & Angelica dive head first into Jess's story: what it was like to grow up as an Indo-Fijian-American in the Pacific Northwest, how and why Jess fell in love with music, and that time a teacher crushed her acting dreams.Visit our official website & sign up for our email newsletter: thetakebackpodcast.comResources & ReferencesThe Forgotten GirmityasShine On Official Music Videojesspillaymusic.com

    • 28 min
    1. What Exactly Are We Taking Back?

    1. What Exactly Are We Taking Back?

    In this first episode of The Takeback Podcast, best friends and co-hosts Jess Pillay and Angelica De Anda discuss why they decided to start this podcast. They also talk about how everything leads back to therapy and fangirl over their favorite Asian American singer/songwriter, Rachael Yamagata, who inspired the name of this show.

    • 24 min
    Trailer: Welcome to The Takeback Podcast!

    Trailer: Welcome to The Takeback Podcast!

    Official trailer for The Takeback Podcast, where women of color creatives come together to inspire, empower, and encourage each other. Hosted by Jess Pillay, an Indo-Fijian-American independent singer/songwriter, and Angelica De Anda, a Mexican-American licensed mental health counselor and singer, each episode explores and elevates the stories of women of color who are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, and much more as they navigate and take back creative environments that weren't necessarily designed with them in mind. Visit thetakebackpodcast.com to learn more and join the creative revolution.

    • 1 min

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