#98 Sonya Esman

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Sonya started her career creating youtube vides while a teenager in Toronto. Now a fashion blogger, model and youtuber. We were put together for an editorial and she changed my perspective on NYC life. We decided it would be fun to shoot together again and recorded this conversation between the two projects. 

In this episode we talk about:
• What it means to be a Free Spirit
• Spotting our own prejudices in the connected world
• How being an influencer allows one to live a life with more freedom
• Ways things can improve for businesses connecting with influencers
• Embodying love
• Dealing with depression as a spiritual person
• Spiritual games to play

This show is dedicated to Autumn! Happy Lovetober! 

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#67 Allie Smith

Allie Smith is an amazing makeup artist based in LES. We take a break during fashion week to talk about moral flexibility, gender equality, trends in images and being open to real talk. The conversation takes a turn and we spend time investigating Bi-Polarity - Allie opens up while I learn more about the life of someone with bipolar disorder. 

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#66 Petite Meller

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Petite Meller is an amazing musician who is bringing her imagination to life in the form of her own little empire. We both found ourselves back in NYC for fashion week and decided to catch up at her midtown hotel to discuss consciousness, philosophy, spirituality, dreams, art, imagination and so much more. NOTE: A small sample of Petite's songs are used as reference including Backpack, Baby Love, and NYC Time. Support the art and buy your copy of her music today. 

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#58 Emily Van Raay

Quite simply, beauty has a purpose beyond the pixels. Modeling’s reputation for drugs, eating disorders, and cattiness has pervaded the social imagination for decades however now, in 2015, we have a group of models working promote inner and outer health. Amongst the catalysts for this model movement is Emily Van Raay. Emily started Models for Wellness and joins me at the park to discuss a range of topics including: 

  • Explaining “Models for Wellness” and the option toward real health
  • Growing up in the changing fashion industry 
  • Realize you can create anything you want and you have a choice
  • Inspired by the uninspired 
  • Inner and outer beauty
  • “Why me?”
  • Plus Size, Straight Size, and every other size 
  • Organizing change from within to be free
  • Regardless of Biology or Media training, inner health is critical
  • Manifesting beauty beyond the pixels
  • Making things right when you’ve participated in something

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#56 Annestine Bae

AnneStine B. is a true multidimesional creative being. After leaving Norway for Copenhagen where she competed in the barista world championships, she eventually found herself in NYC. She now finds herself balancing life as a stylist, creative director, foodie, editor and publisher of Brutal Magazine. We catch up in the East Village's 6BC botanical Garden. Discussion includes: 

  • Defining brutal and weird
  • The transitions of emotions when things end
  • Creative collaborations to raise funds to support your work
  • Making it as an artist in NYC
  • The frustrations and potential with the modern commercial art market 
  • The art world’s jello cake mix of talent and money
  • Putting value toward work that connects with people
  • Beyond boring corporate mediocrity with authentic hooks
  • Building collectives and networks filled with authentic people for scale
  • Making death exciting
  • The view of life through the eyes of an international barista foodie
  • The beauty of nerds
  • The life and flow of the freelancer in Manhattan

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#45 Matt Baron

Today's guest, Matt Baron, is an extremely talented visual artist. For the last five years, matt has been busting his ass to get his vision out to the world. His strong light play, amazing color, and great storylines build an exciting world which eventually led him to work alongside the worlds greatest fashion photographers. Matt's excessive hard work and eye for directing has brought in clients such as Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, and others. We get in to a conversation of film vs photography, directing, working with brands, aesthetics and more. 

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#44 Kat Goyette

At 25, Kathryn has found herself working as a professional dominatrix in NYC. After moving to NY with a backpack and $700, Kathryn entered the fashion world interning for various stylists. She didn't quite fit in and found her way to make art and inspire artists as an alt-model. Eventually she found herself working in an area that she felt completed her more the most: working as a dominatrix. We get in to the role of an artist's muse, finding light in the shadows, healing, and embracing weirdness. We also dig in to a life of living in the shadows, sexuality, and shit. We find the spirituality, love, and the way some find healing personal issues through BDSM world. 

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#35 Brett Bailey

Bailey is working somewhere near, but beyond, the traditional worlds of fashion and art. Inspired by his grandmother and utilizing the lessons he learned through challenging experiences in his formidable years, Bailey now finds himself using his creations to push hard boundaries in the institutionalized world. Today Bailey visits us from his ranch in LA to discuss the good and the bad in fashion and art, spirituality, creating his alter ego while in jail, his grandmother, and more... all this while we seek inspiration.

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#9: Chadwick Tyler

#9: Chadwick Tyler

NY based Photographer Chadwick Tyler created a buzz for his dark photographic work expressed through his series, Tiberius. Later the work would be replicated by other artists and Chadwick would have to grow from this experience. Here we discuss what it's like to see our work picked up and appropriated by other artists while working in the community. We also go down the rabbit hole to talk about design, ideal clients, the photographic and fashion industry, social media, and more. 

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