JWN

JWN

Author: Joseph W Nienstedt

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Explore how to get the most out of life through creativity, skill, and self-improvement. I'll be talking with people who have found meaning in their lives by mastering their crafts, overcoming great challenges, or by just being all-around awesome at living life to the fullest. It's about finding passion in the things that you never knew you could be passionate about. From writing a song to running a marathon, or from cooking an amazing meal to painting a masterpiece, discover how seemingly ordinary people are actually quite extraordinary.
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Aaron Utterback is a musician who grew up in Charlotte, NC along with his lifelong friends & bandmates in the indie electro-pop band Human Resources. When they decided to relocate to Charleston, SC they quickly fit right into the music scene. Aaron’s also played bass with bands like Brave Baby & has collaborated with many other artists as a session & gig player. We had a great in-depth conversation about music, the current state of the scene, and what it’s like living as a working musician & creative. He also performed the Human Resources song Sylvia & revealed just who Syvia really is and why she won’t choose a side! Human Resources Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hrtheband/ Human Resources Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1283809642 Expectations Video: https://youtu.be/PWRpqgze-2I Human Resources Website: https://hrtheband.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #78: Jordan Igoe

JWN #78: Jordan Igoe

2021-05-0301:31:55

Jordan Igoe is a singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Charleston, SC. She’s collaborated with some of the best musicians in the south & she’s a staple in the music scene simply because music is a part of her talented soul. She has a stockpile of original songs she’s written over the years and was gracious enough to perform one of her unreleased songs here. You can follow Jordan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jordanigoemusic/ And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordan.igoe.77 You can check out her music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/61HUJGehv5IYu6Nbl8iPKi?si=ExC6MwFRSymfhDgN0P6M3A Watch the video for “Sober and Sorry”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2bh_Rot74 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #77: Michelle Tompkins

JWN #77: Michelle Tompkins

2021-04-1901:47:19

Michelle Tompkins is a licensed professional counselor who practices expressive arts therapy where she uses multiple creative techniques to help people find the solutions to their problems from within. She believes that most people already possess the answers they’re looking for, but the traditional clinical ways alone aren’t always the most complete way to help people see them. She treats therapy as an art form as well as a science by using tools such as visual journaling which we discuss at length, as well as other ways to communicate alternatively. You can find out more about Michelle’s practice at her website: https://www.charlestoncreativecounseling.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #76: Aggie Flores

JWN #76: Aggie Flores

2021-04-1202:35:31

Aggie Flores is an artist, singer & songwriter who came to Charleston, SC after living & working all throughout the USA. Born & raised in Argentina, this energetic & creative soul traveled on a mission to find herself & in the process found the love of her life as well as her amazing band, the Wildflowers. You can check out her art and merchandise at her website: https://aggiefloresmusic.square.site Also check out her music on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PQqHL8 Follow Aggie on instagram at https://instagram.com/aggie.flores Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #75: Dos Bandidos

JWN #75: Dos Bandidos

2021-04-0501:52:42

William Kiser & Candace Patterson met a crossroads of their respective lives & found each other to be the yin to the other’s yang with a love of art as the glue that brought them together. After an epic adventure in Mexico they bonded together in love as well as professionally & formed the creative team known as Dos Bandidos. You can check out their website and store at http://www.dosbandidosart.com/ Follow them on Instagram at https://instagram.com/dosbandidos Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #74: Susannah Elliott

JWN #74: Susannah Elliott

2021-03-2901:54:23

Susannah Elliott is a photographer who loves to take environmental portraits with heart, light and music. I met Susannah through our mutual love for concert photography. A French teacher by day, at night she loves to photograph music as a way to fully engage with the performance and capture the magic that exists when a performer is connecting with their audience. We had such a fun time talking about photography, art, music & life through a creative lens. You can check out her work on her website at https://www.lyricphotographycharleston.com Or check her out on Instagram at https://instagram.com/whysure/ or her personal project of writing and images of leaves at https://instagram.com/storyofmy.leaf/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #73 - Landon Carter

JWN #73 - Landon Carter

2021-03-2201:35:48

Landon Carter is an artist of many different mediums and styles. Recently he’s delved into the multimedia realm combining acrylic paint and resin to create small 3D ecosystems carefully put together over several weeks. Landon’s story of how he found purpose though his art is one of nonstop growth and discovery. Check out Landon’s Website: https://landoncarterart.com/ Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/landoncarterart/ You can listen to one of the bands he’s in, Cubéo, on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3lv11PY Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #72: Marissa Sumwalt

JWN #72: Marissa Sumwalt

2021-03-1501:41:41

Marissa Sumwalt is an artist & musician currently based in Charleston, SC. Her musical identity with her band is known as “Maya Gold”, and they capture a psychedelic indie rock sound. Her artistic identity is “Marvels By Marissa” featuring acrylic sculpture, abstract paintings & more. Marissa’s degree in philosophy combined with her life’s experiences have strengthened her ability to overcome the challenges of life through a creative voice. You can follow Maya Gold on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mayagoldmusic/ And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mayagoldband/ And Marvels by Marissa at https://www.instagram.com/marvelsbymarissa/ Her personal account is https://www.instagram.com/marissashreds/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #71: Kate Ritchie

JWN #71: Kate Ritchie

2021-03-0801:13:23

Kate Ritchie is a mixed media artist who is constantly exploring new ways to create. She’s become known lately for her collage based artwork that explores the ideas of nature & sacred geometry. She has such a positive and outgoing personality that I couldn’t wait to get a chance to sit down and talk to her about her art! You can check out her work on her website: https://www.kateritchiestudio.com/ Give her a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kateritchiestudio/ Support Kate on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kateritchiestudio Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #70: Vik Hart

JWN #70: Vik Hart

2021-03-0101:38:00

Vik Hart is a visual artist who’s current work is primarily based on a fantastical world he created called “Firn”. Vik has found a way to connect with fans by sparking their imaginations through his very unique paintings and drawings using watercolor & ink. You can find out more about Vik’s work here: https://www.vikhart.com/ and follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/vik.art Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
This special episode is all about NFTs, or “Niftys” as they’re often referred to. NFT stands for Non Fungible Token and it’s a technology that’s revolutionizing the digital art world. Vik Hart (who’s also my guest on episode #70) joins me as co-host because he had no idea what an NFT was prior to this recording and I though he’d be the perfect person to bounce my understanding of what an NFT is and more importantly what it means to the future of digital art. You can find out more about Vik’s work here: https://www.vikhart.com/ and follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/vik.art Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #68: Madison White

JWN #68: Madison White

2021-02-1501:25:07

Madison White’s life story is one that is fueled by creative endeavors including opening a music school & studio with her husband right here in Charleston, SC. From fashion, acting, writing, and even stand-up comedy she has built upon all of her life experiences with a creative focus. Now she’s the GM at Tempest, which is a restaurant who opened its doors in Aug. 2020 & was just named as the “Best New Restaurant” in the country by USA Today’s readers! Check out Tempest Charleston here: https://tempestcharleston.com/ The music studio and school White Key Studios can be found here: https://whitekeystudios.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
This week’s solo episode covers a recent trip to the land that forgot COVID, AKA Florida. I then discuss Phoebe Bridgers on SNL and her resultant Twitter war with David Crosby. Also, I take a dive into the recent news of the Mandalorian’s Gina Carano getting fired by Lucasfilm. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #66: Brett Nash

JWN #66: Brett Nash

2021-02-0801:57:16

Brett Nash is a multi instrumentalist who is an invaluable part of the independent music scene in South Carolina. He’s performed with well over 50 musical acts over the last 10 years including bands & projects he’s fronted such as Secret Guest & Tempt Controler (yes, Controler with one L). We sat down to talk about music & life as the scene’s Swiss Army Knife of talent, and he even wrote a song on the spot to help raise awareness to the fact that he doesn’t own a functioning computer & kinda needs one. You can follow Brett on Instagram at https://instagram.com/west_ash To hear his music, open a window while driving around Charleston wherever there’s live music being performed & chances are pretty good that he’s a part of it. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
This solo episode reflects a bit more where last week’s solo show touched regarding anxiety and digs a little deeper into depression as the gravity of our situation lingers on. I take a quiz on the old Interwebs to figure out just how messed up I might be from it all! Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #64: Abby Duran

JWN #64: Abby Duran

2021-02-0101:29:13

Abby Duran is the creative director and founder of VeraNation.com, where music and storytelling collide. Abby also provides clients with technical writing services while spending a lot of her time and many talents advocating for North Koreans' rights. You can check out her website at https://veranation.com You can follow Abby on Instagram at https://instagram.com/veranationgirl & https://www.instagram.com/vera.nation/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this solo episode I talk about the stressful time leading up to this week and the ways it’s manifested in my life, from crazy nightmares to physical pain, I try to find some light despite all of the darkness I’ve been feeling. I also bring back the news! Today’s news topic revolves around transgender comedian Eddie Izzard and her fundraising/awareness feat of running a marathon every single day in January of 2021.  You can find out more about that here: https://eddieizzard.com/ I also discuss how Eddie has come out in J.K. Rowling’s defense after the author posted more controversial opinions about transgender folks. You can read that story here: https://news.avclub.com/eddie-izzard-has-come-to-j-k-rowlings-defense-1845984248 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #62: Amanda Lane Evans

JWN #62: Amanda Lane Evans

2021-01-2501:31:39

Amanda Lane Evans is a professional dancer and choreographer currently based in Charleston, South Carolina. Besides dancing professionally, she’s a dance instructor as well as a certified Barre and Yoga teacher. She’s such an upbeat and positive self-proclaimed “bun head” and she provides an honest account of what it takes to become a professional dancer. You follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mandalane/ http://amandalaneevans.com/ Palmetto City Ballet: https://palmettocityballet.org/ Unbound Ballet Project: https://www.crystalwellman.com/ Also check out episode #32 of the JWN Podcast w/ Crystal Wellman for more dance goodness! Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this solo episode, I have a very special guest! That means it's not actually a solo show, doesn't it? My lovely wife Amy comes on to discuss our nutty week. I start out the show talking about how Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate stole the show at President Biden's inauguration before Amy comes into my studio to chat and eat her dinner. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #60: Amber Vasquez

JWN #60: Amber Vasquez

2021-01-1801:32:45

Amber Vasquez is an artist who at the time of this recording is at the tail end of her apprenticeship as a tattooist. I wanted to talk to her about how she got to this point in her career to get a snapshot of what it’s like to embark into a career in tattooing from the perspective of someone who’s at the beginning of theirs. She’s a strong and intelligent person who’s drive coupled with her discipline are key ingredients beyond her talents that paint the picture of someone destined to succeed. You can check out Amber’s work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miss.amber.elise/ You can send your tattoo ideas to her via email: amber.elise.tattoos@gmail.com Also, be sure to check out JWN Podcast episode #2 w/ Marcus Cripps and episode #24 w/ Jason Eisenberg as they’re both people who come up in this conversation. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
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