*Exclusive* Interview with LA Artist, Joseph Lee

Ever see something so badass/amazing/beautiful on Instagram you’re just inspired and need to know more? Well that’s exactly what happened with @joeyunlee. I saw his artwork on instagram and just had to meet him. 

He graciously agreed to give me some of his time and so we scheduled to meet early morning on a very hot Saturday. He arrived a bit late because he was picking up some supplies beforehand and to my surprise, he brought a print of his work to give to me with his sincerest apologies, which was incredibly sweet and thoughtful of him.

Needless to say, I’m glad I got to pick his brain before he gets too famous. ;) It was the most fun I’ve had “interviewing” someone.

Read on for the conversation I had with the incredible artist, Joseph Lee. And yes, he’s as handsome, awesome and real as he sounds/looks.

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My intent- what’s your word?

 Over the weekend I attended Kollaboration’s very first EMPOWER conference. It’s an event where API youth & young professionals gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational individuals.

I was happy to be in attendance to support a great group that is all about sharing communities, generations, industries and innovative minds. It’s the kind of conference I wish existed when I was younger.
There’s a lot to be said about what I learned and saw at the conference, but in the meantime I wanted to share a small token I walked away with that day: My Intent.

Chris Pan, founder of the My Intent Project, made a special appearance before the conference seminars to ask us a few questions about our intentions.

What virtue do you want more of in your life?

What is a challenge you want to overcome?

What are you most passionate about and want to do more?

 As someone who is very deliberate and thoughtful in everything I do, but is surrounded by so many choices (especially these days), this question meant a lot to me.


We had the opportunity to stop and think about a word that speaks to us and get our word printed onto a bracelet right before our eyes.

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My first art gallery experience in LA! The Street Art House x Paper and Fabric

Wherever there is street art, I’ll be there.

I mean, I snap photos of it wherever I spot it (as you’ve probably seen on Instagram) so when I found out that there was going to be a street art pop up gallery, of course I had to go. Last night I went to the inaugural opening reception of The Street Art House which featured 8 fascinating artists, including Christina Angelina, Rolland Berry, Calen, FISHE, Hagop, Colette Miller, VALØR and Wrdsmth…and I couldn’t have had a better time. I was super excited to see street art displayed in a gallery, as public art is usually well… in the public. Its presence in a gallery shows how much it has evolved and how important/ influential it’s become in Los Angeles- and dare I say the all over the world!

  

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*Exclusive* Interview with ‘Always’ Filmmaker, Derek Ting

I’m going to my first movie screening in LA this week, and what makes it doubly special is that I’m going to support someone and something that I’ve been keeping my eye on for years now. I’ve blogged about Ryan Matthew Chan and how he in his early 20’s created Acceptance, a film that introduces the “Third Culture Kid” perspective, something I wish I saw more often in theatres. Derek Ting is also someone who seems to have a knack of creating movies that depict the stories I know are true/exist/can relate to, but ahead of his time and for a broader audience. Needless to say, I’m inspired by both of these gentlemen as they 1) really wanted to do something and 2) went and did it in a big way- maybe/technically without “credentials,” or “experience’ but with a solid team and vision to see it through.

I first came across Derek Ting when I saw the trailer of $UPERCAPITALIST, the first independent US-China co-production. This financial thriller is about a young and ambitious hedge fund trader from New York, who is sent to Hong Kong to orchestrate a mega deal. Think Wall Street meets The Firm out in Asia. I first discovered the trailer in 2012, when I saw and had friends who started to get immersed in the world of Finance, something that was unfamiliar to me.

Fast forward a few years later and Derek’s latest movie Always, the romance drama I’m seeing this week, is quite different.

Sounds pretty straightforward- a movie is a movie just watch it, right? Well, besides the fact that Derek has accomplished something by creating this movie, we both spent some formative years in New York and we both have made considerable changes in our life…  if anything, I had to ask some questions.

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Blogiversary

I got an email this morning saying that it was 3 years ago today that I started my blog.

THREE YEARS AGO!

Gosh, for how long it has been, my blog is nowhere near where I want it to be but I’m still here writing, and I’m committed to getting more consistent, slowly but surely.

In light of the anniversary, I can’t help but think about everything I’m grateful for.

There’s a lot of things in my life that could be a bit more stable, easier or better right now (and there always will be). But despite everything, I’m overwhelmed by how good things are.

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The Adventure that is (my)Life

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text sent to me May 30, 2015

I love how spontaneous and adventurous your life is”

Ha- I wouldn’t say my life is adventurous… I’m not skydiving and eating bizarre foods…From the outside in, all you see are the pretty photos I post on instagram of the things I see or experience here.

But yes, I guess it’s relatively true. If there is anything that my life is, it’s one hell of an adventure.

Everyday is different. It may not be glamorous. It certainly isn’t popular. I am not rolling around in money. Moving and starting again is a time consuming and expensive endeavor. When I reeeeally think about it (and I try not to), it’s actually kind of scary; nothing is guaranteed or stable. My days are still very much filled with difficulty, transition and struggle. I meet all sorts of people every week. My mind expands from the amount of information I’m learning everyday.

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One day I feel like I’m getting it and I’m getting settled, another day I’ll feel like the proverbial rug is getting pulled underneath me. People pass in and out of my life everyday. I lose and gain something every weekend. I get physically exhausted from all the change that occurs. It’s tiring to fight for the kind of life that you want.

But, that’s just it. It’s the life I wanted and worked for. I signed up for this. The people around me tell me I’m headed in the right direction. How things are slowly but surely falling into place, that these are signs that i’m getting close.

I figure this adventurous life of mine filters out the people who want to be around me for the wrong reasons and it attracts the ones that can go through it with me. I’m grateful to have the people that I do to keep me sane and grounded, and to hang out with when things get overwhelming. 

My life is an adventure and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The question is, can you keep up?

 

You with me? if yes, find me on instagram.

“If it doesnt challenge you, it wont change you.”

New City, New Banner

I still can’t believe I’m actually here. You know, in LA.

It’s about time that I changed my “about me” description and banner now that I’m officially in Los Angeles, don’t you think?

Out of the 4 options, I’ve only put 3 on the blog. What do you think?

Let me know :)

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After:

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Now who wants to help me with my whole website? :P
Special thanks to Daniel for helping me out with this. <3

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It’s not the journey or the destination…

With any life change, transition or awe inspiring moment, cliche sounding quotes and sayings are sure to follow.

Some fitting examples of inspiration guiding my relocation to LA from NYC:

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There are a million sayings that can apply to this LA adventure of mine… One quote in particular that has really struck me is:

Not because it’s the most relevant, but because I actually kind of disagree with it.

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LA vision board

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I’ve had quite the imagination ever since I was young. I used to go through catalogs that advertised houses and home goods, clipping out items for “my dream home,” flipping through magazines for photos that caught my eye and words that described the kind of person I wanted to be. There was even a point when every inch of my room during high school was covered in magazine ad pages.

I guess it comes as no surprise that my instagram looks like a real life pinterest board, and that I’m into making vision boards to keep me focused.

Whether or not you believe in visualization, have read The Secret (the book on the law of attraction), or believe in dream boards, I’ve come to use it as a tool to remind me of what I’m working towards.

Here’s the vision board I made in freshman/sophomore year of college:

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It took me weeks to go through magazines and find words that I found compelling.
The main difference this time is that instead a lot of images, I’m using words and sayings as I’m finding that the images are so specific, whereas the words can change meaning as I grow and change, therefore changing context and perspective.

Here’s the final product, at least for now.

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Hoping to achieve everything that’s on this board in a year or two.

What’s on your vision board?

-AndreaM

“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” – Bo Bennett

Why I moved to LA

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To many people, my decision to move to Los Angeles seemed like an impulsive, random and almost reckless decision. In reality, moving was something on my mind for quite some time; I just didn’t know it was going to be LA until that time I visited for a week in April.

Fact:

I did not move for a significant other.

I did not move for a job.

I did not move because my family was on the west coast.

I did not move for the weather (though it is definitely a plus).

I made the conscious decision to take myself completely out of what I knew and insert myself in a new environment.

I quit my job and left everything I had in New York (blog post on that here) to give myself a trial month here in LA to see if I could live here long term. I figured a month would be a long enough time to see if I would get bored, etc. After the month came to an end, I realized that I could see myself here, so I bought my official one way ticket, went back to New York for a week to pack up and say my good byes (to make sure one last time that I wouldn’t regret leaving of course), then I came back July 15th to continue my LA adventure.

So… to answer the question I get asked all the time:  Why did I want to leave New York? Isn’t New York the city of dreams?

Well, it really depends what you’re looking for and the dreams you have, but here are my reasons:

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