Category Archives: Artist Files

Your Golden Opportunity Is Coming Shortly

Last Summer, I attended a conference in Philedelphia and got to spend some time with one of my favorite people, K. On Sunday, ate some delicious food at this Malaysian restaurant in China Town.

Afterwards we both opened our fortune cookies (which neither of us could eat because we are both sensitive to gluten.) But we read the fortunes anyway. Mine was quite optimistic and a very apt fortune to receive at the end of a very positive and successfully network heavy conference.

Your Golden Opportunity Is Coming Shortly.

From being selected to attend multiple conferences and workshops to being selected for an awesome mentorship opportunity with Women Photograph, I feel like I’ve been lucky enough to receive multiple golden opportunities over the course of the last few months!

At the beginning of Finals week, I even had an interview for an internship program this summer, so fingers crossed that it becomes another thing on the list of golden opportunities this year!

Wish me luck!

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Summer Road Trip #CaliforniaBound

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Staying at Thayer’s Parent’s House in Iowa. #friendsparentsarethebest

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We are too cool for school #roadtrip #somewhereintheUSA

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Most well dressed hikers I ever saw #ontopofarock #somewhereintheUSA

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Detour for documentation #mountains #somewhereintheUSA

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Sometimes depression hits at the most unexpected places #documentingdepression

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Hanging out on the biggest trees in the world #sequoianationalpark

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Climbing things #themeofourtrip #somewhereintheUSA #wherethebigtreesare

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More Mashups! #experimentalart #expressionism

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Mashups are so fun! Great trip with great friends. And my car survived the 3,000 miles. 

 

 

 

A Year in Selfies (Part 2)

 

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Semester 2 began with a fun non-literal photo project. #stilldepressedtho

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Some days were harder than others. #documentingdepression

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What the button says. #newpronouns #theythem #pronounsmatter

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Started working on a new documentary art project. #gonnabemymastersproject

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Carrying around all the photo equipment #forthenewproject #foundmyniche

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Went to Chicago for an LGBTQ College Conference. #queer #outandproud

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#documentingdepression

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That time Pete Souza came to town and I got to frame all his photos. #photorolemodel

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First time on a tractor! #thatmudtho

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#documentingdepression

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Did I mention about my new pronouns? #theythem

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Fresh haircut #arttherapy #shadowselfie

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Having fun at a photo shoot. #newdocumentaryartproject #masterprojectinprogress

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A photo of me taking a photo of a photo of someone’s door, hanging on their door. #meta #inception

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That time I flew home for a weekend wedding, when I thought I might be failing out of school #ididn’tfailtho

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Best wedding ever! #highschoolreunion

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Walk with Dad and the Dog #newfoundappriciationformydogafterhunting

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Another shadow selfie #arttherapy

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That time I came out of a meeting determining my future at school. #stressful

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One of my favorite photos from the semester when I started to experiment with mashups.

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Birthday Mashup

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That time I bonded with my room mate by running down the street barefoot to catch the sunset. #cooplife #friendshiphump

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That time school was almost over but I wasn’t quite done yet. #doesiteverend

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A view of the awesome zen tangle mural on my living room ceiling. #arttherapy #cooplife

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That time someone smashed my car but my housemates were there for moral support. #selfiesmakeeverythingbetter

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Final Mashup of the semester. One step closer to living my dreams. #arttherapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Year in Selfies (Part 1)

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Started Grad School in Ohio

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Golden Hour selfie with the cohort buddies

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Road trip to Geek Fest in D.C. #gradschoolisaboutthecarrides

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Lived in a co-op

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Went to A’s wedding in D.C.! #kindergartenfriends #madeitjustintime

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Favorite Fancy Shoes

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#Bowtiesarecool

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Bought a bike before I bought a car. #ofcourseidid

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Rest Stop on the way home from Thanksgiving Break with S. and K. on the East Coast. #friends

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Started anti-depressants. #documentingdepression

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Spent a lot of time being depressed because #gradschool so decided to start taking pictures of the experience. #documentingdepression

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Finally Bought a car. Walk home after taking it to the shop for repairs. #arttherapy

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End of Semester 1 with a day at the art museum #designtherapy

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Winterbreak in S.F. with the Dad. #Ileftmyheartinuniqlo

New Year, New Semester

It’s the start of a new semester in Ohio. I’m taking a more manageable load this semester, so that I can really focus on my most intense photo class and still have time to breathe. Here are some other changes I’ve implemented to help myself have a fresh start:

-I moved rooms in my co-op.

-I rented a locker in the gym.

-I don’t have any classes that start before 10:30am.

-We are painting a giant zen tangle art therapy mural on the living room ceiling.

-Oh, and I finally took a self portrait today. I haven’t taken one in a while.

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Alternate Path. Self Portrait. #withoutdisguise

First Gig

That potential gig I mentioned is actually happening. Performing next week at a bar in Itaewon called Link. Super stoked!

I have a whole 15-20 minute set to myself. I have 5 songs picked out to play, all but one of which I’ve written in Korea. So it will be a good send off for myself. And it will be good to burn some karma, and leave it here before I go.

The Next Level

I’ve finally reached the next level as a musician. I’ve been invited to perform a gig.

It’s now been about 5 years since I started writing music and performing open mics. Over the course of the last 5 years, I’ve performed at open mics in about 8 different cities, 1 national park,  and 1 foreign country. Seoul is the biggest city I’ve performed in, and while I’ve been here I’ve played at 3 different venues.

Last weekend, I performed at a monthly open mic in Itaewon. Afterwards one of the other performers came up and complimented my first song. He said the chorus really touched him. I appreciated the affirmation, because it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve written so far. Have a listen here.

He recently opened up a bar in Itaewon and said he’s planning to have some music nights, and invited me to perform. I told him thanks, but I’m leaving next month. He said, he’s planning to have one in July and to email him to get in touch. As I left the bar, the bartender also complimented me and invited me to come back and book a show sometime.  2 invitations to have a gig in one night!

I’ve never had  a gig before, and partly it was because I never felt ready to. Writing music has always been a hobby and a therapeutic outlet for my emotions, so I’ve never felt the need to put myself out there beyond open mics. However, I feel like I’ve reached the point where I feel proud of enough of my songs that I would feel confident to play a whole set. So we’ll see. Maybe I’ll have my first gig before I leave this country.

Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s nice to know that I’ve reached the next level and I  actually feel confident enough about my own talent to feel like I deserve to be here.