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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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
On this solo episode I talk a lot about mental health. My personal struggles of not being able to do the healthy things I love to do because of the pandemic & how that’s weighing me down. I spend most of the episode talking about the fallout of the band Beach Slang after the band’s manager Charlie Lowe made allegations of mental abuse & the circumstances that led to front man James Alex checking into an inpatient facility after attempting to take his life. Punk News articles referenced in this episode: https://www.punknews.org/article/73860/james-alex-of-beach-slang-accused-of-emotional-abuse-by-former-manager https://www.punknews.org/article/73885/beach-slang-responds-to-former-managers-claims-of-emotional-abuse-breaks-up You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #58: Taylor Czerwinski

JWN #58: Taylor Czerwinski

2021-01-1101:20:40

Taylor Lee Czerwinski is a portrait & lifestyle photographer, artist, & musician based in Charleston, SC. She’s also the founder of 9 To 5 Magazine, which is a print magazine that focuses on music and art submitted by readers. Here’s how to connect with Taylor: 9 to 5 Magazine: https://www.9to5magazine.com/ 9 to 5 IG: https://www.instagram.com/9to5mag/ Photography: https://www.taylorlczerwinski.com/ Taylor’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/taylorczerwinski/ And the demo version of her song "Pocket Change" heard at the end of the episode can be streamed here: https://soundcloud.com/taylorleecz/pocket-change-demo You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this solo episode I get back to my regular routine of talking about fun stuff I did or experienced, and tell fun stories of days gone by while dreaming of sunsets and ocean breezes while reporting the latest creative news. Who am I kidding… I vent. I ramble and get stuff off my chest about one of the most historic days in the history of the USA. If you don’t want to hear about my views on politics and current events, please skip this episode. You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #56: Shaquille Fontenot

JWN #56: Shaquille Fontenot

2021-01-0401:27:37

Shaquille Fontenot is a private chef, recipe developer, educator, and serial entrepreneur specializing in 100% plant-based cuisine and strategic brand growth. One of her companies, FairyFresh Foods, offers private dining, meal-prep, and consultation services in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Her mission to bring healthy foods to the community expands into all facets of her life, including a sense of activism and community development based on equity, not just equality. You can check out more about her plant based food initiative here: https://www.fairyfreshfoods.com/ You can follow her on Instagram at @heyshaquille You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Welcome to the 1st show of 2021! It’s a solo show and on this episode I talk about the holidays, the new wave of infections in my area, and a few of my favorite records that came out in 2020. There’s also a bit about the two major Christmas movies, Wonder Woman ’84 & Soul. I briefly dance into the political world but I maneuver my way out of it pretty quickly. All in all, the message is clear - Take good care of yourself this year and you can change the world! Some songs in the podcast: “Automatic Love” by Babe Club https://joinbabeclub.bandcamp.com/track/automatic-love-2 “Going To Hell” Baby Yaga https://babyyaga.bandcamp.com/track/going-to-hell This awesome news: https://nyti.ms/3o4cuXp This crazy story: https://bit.ly/2MnzUZM You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
About a year after she first picked up a guitar, Presley Randall formed her band Baby Yaga and started writing, recording, & performing original music. Her natural ability to put her mind to something and generate results is uncanny. The Post & Courier just named Baby Yaga’s fist EP, which is entitled “F*ck” as one of the year’s best records from South Carolina. That’s not an easy feat to pull off considering the name of the record along couldn’t even be printed in the southern newspaper’s feature! She’s also taken to the visual arts to explore her spirituality and how that connects to her understanding of sexuality. On top of all that she’s also been organizing women’s support groups to help empower women in the community. Baby Yaga on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2WRt5l0 Baby Yaga on Band Camp: https://babyyaga.bandcamp.com/ Baby Yaga on Instagram: https://instagram.com/baby.yaga.band Presley Randall on Instagram (for art & women's group info): https://instagram.com/from.the.priests.meadow You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Happy holidays to those who celebrate! This episode is mostly a discussion about dealing with holiday depression. I skipped the news on this one just ‘cause I wasn’t feeling newsy. Here’s a good article about Holiday Depression: https://www.psycom.net/beat-holiday-depression/ “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” performed by Bill Wilson: https://spoti.fi/3aIxnU2 You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #52: Chad Dyar

JWN #52: Chad Dyar

2020-12-2101:34:43

Chad Dyar is a photographer, musician, and artist who found his way into a career in professional photography by working at a photography studio before he even owned a camera. After he did get his own gear, he decided to a take an adventure and capture landscapes across America, Thailand, & Bali. His love of capturing spaces landed him a career in architectural and real estate photography. He recently tapped into his love of art and artists to help organize the “For the love of art” Art festival in Charleston, SC, and that’s where our conversation today begins. Check out Chad’s portfolio on his website: https://chadmdyar.com/ Follow his Instagram accounts @itschaddyar and @chaddyarphoto You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
As the year winds down, I discuss how we’ve adapted to a being safe while living our lives. I also feel like I’m narrowing down where I want to see my creative projects going, and I talk about dealing with what happens when one of your favorite artists gets canceled. Link to the Purple Buffalo’s Holiday Market: https://www.facebook.com/events/861326128008356/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
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