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059: Meitha Al Mazrooei, WATAD Architecture & Design Magazine
Meitha Al Mazrooei, Official Photo Provided

059: Meitha Al Mazrooei, WATAD Architecture & Design Magazine

“I don’t think an idea starts from zero.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Meitha Al Mazrooei, Founder and Editor of WATAD architecture and design magazine.

Listen to what Meitha had to say about curiosity, printed matter, aesthetics, Dubai, and creative honesty.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 059, with Meitha Al Mazrooei.

Get a copy of WATAD Magazine at WTDmagshop.com and follow their kick ass Instagram account at @wtdmag.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Episodes release twice a month on iTunes. Please rate the show on iTunes (I’d really appreciate it), follow our Instagram @notesondoing, and join the Notes on Doing Facebook community group.

Until soon! In the meantime, do you.

058: DJ Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP Seattle
Sharlese Metcalf & Sade, Photo by Brooklyn Benjestorf, Seattle Peach Photography

058: DJ Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP Seattle

“I think that my place in the world, my existence in the world, is to make sure that music is heard. That’s the job that God gave to me. That’s why I’m here.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Sharlese Metcalf. Sharlese is a DJ at KEXP Seattle. She hosts and produces Audioasis, a Northwest music show. Sharlese is also KEXP’s Music Community Events Coordinator.

Listen to what Sharlese had to say about beloved songs and mixtapes, fanmail, the importance of music, hosting her show (while also dancing in the booth), and being a part of KEXP.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 058 with Sharlese Metcalf.

Listen to Sharlese’s show Audioasis on KEXP Seattle and check out all the amazing music KEXP has going on at kexp.org. Also, a huge thanks to everyone at KEXP for making this interview happen, totally last minute, and thank you for what you’ve all created.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Episodes release twice a month on iTunes. Please rate the show on iTunes (I’d really appreciate it), follow our Instagram @notesondoing, and join the Notes on Doing Facebook community group.

Until soon! In the meantime, do you.

 

055: Dan Maccarone, Charming Robot, Story in a Bottle
Dan Maccarone, Official Photo

055: Dan Maccarone, Charming Robot, Story in a Bottle

“I know that when I get bored, it’s dangerous.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Dan Maccarone. Dan is the Co-Founder of Charming Robot, a product design company. He also interviews people for the company’s podcast, Story in a Bottle. Additionally Dan has a bar named Fool’s Gold, on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Listen to what Dan had to say about starting a newspaper at age ten, performing sketch comedy off broadway, lovingly arguing with Charming Robot’s clients, partners and team about user experience, the secret to running a great bar, creating a familial business, interviewing people for Story in a Bottle, and the pursuit of never getting bored.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing Episode 055 with Dan Maccarone.

Check out Dan’s company Charming Robot, and listen to his podcast Story in a Bottle on iTunes.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Please rate the show on iTunes, follow our Instagram @notesondoing, and join the Notes on Doing Facebook community.

Until next week. In the meantime, always do.

 

 

054: Ward Roberts, Artist, Photographer
Ward Roberts. Photo by Bo Puinar Hui

054: Ward Roberts, Artist, Photographer

“Call it destiny… or call it stubborn.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Ward Roberts. Ward is an artist. He’s also the photographer behind the celebrated Courts photo series – a gorgeous collection of photos of empty sports courts (think tennis courts, basketball courts, you name it).

Listen to what Ward had to say about photographing people with character, finding your voice, believing in yourself, connecting with others, and making honest work.

Also, there is now an original Notes on Doing poster illustrated by Luna Adler. Links for Luna’s Etsy store are featured on notesondoing.com. It’s amazing. Check it out and buy it! Also know that 100% of all proceeds directly support Luna, @lunaadler.

All right, plug over, here’s Ward Roberts:

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing Episode 054, with Ward Roberts.

Check out Ward’s work on Instagram @ward.roberts and online at ward-roberts.com. You’ll also find information for where to buy his books there.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Episodes release weekly, every Monday on iTunes. Please rate the show on iTunes, follow our Instagram @notesondoing, and join the Notes on Doing Facebook community.

Until next week. In the meantime, always do.

052: Nick Rhodes, NickyDigital.com
Nick Rhodes, Official Photo nickydigital.com

052: Nick Rhodes, NickyDigital.com

“There are other parts of life that have to be fulfilling in order for your job to be fulfilling”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Nick Rhodes, the Founder and CEO of NickyDigital.com – *the* place to go to find out where the hottest events, concerts, and parties are happening across New York City… and to see great photos from last night.

Listen to what Nick had to say about mustaches, miming, adventures in retail, faces, work/life balance, backpacks, and out of office emails.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 052, with Nick Rhodes.

Check out NickyDigital.com! It’s across the internet and on social @nickydigital.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Episodes release weekly, every Monday on iTunes. Please rate the show on iTunes, follow our Instagram @notesondoing, and join the Notes on Doing Facebook community.

Also, there is now an original Notes on Doing poster illustrated by Luna Adler. Links for Luna’s Etsy store are featured on notesondoing.com. Check it out and buy it! Also know that 100% of all proceeds directly support the artist. Check out Luna’s Instagram at @lunaadler.

Until next week! In the meantime, always do.

050: Pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums
The Notes on Doing Podcast

050: Pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums

Welcome to Notes on Doing. Conversations with people who love what they do. I’m Jenna Matecki.


Exactly a year ago on October 10th there were only three episodes in this podcast. At the time I tried to juggle publishing two episodes a week (and that didn’t last long).

There’s been so many interviews since then. Now, this is Episode 50.

The biggest question that I get asked with Notes on Doing is always “How do you find these people?” And I think that’s an interesting one.  

I find people who love what they do are everywhere, and since the series started more and more people have been introduced to me under the lens of Notes on Doing. And I’m lucky to live in this gorgeous mecca of opportunity and creativity that is New York City, and to be privileged in that I can devote time to this series – so it’s continued.

But the thing is, and this is key, is that I know someone’s perfect to be interviewed when they are hesitant to do it.

We live in a time where everyone’s self promoting, competing, and trying to be the best. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But because of that it strikes me more when people would rather just continue doing their thing instead of talking about it and asking for attention.

There was this sailing race that happened back in 1968. A group all competed to be the first man to circumnavigate the world single handedly. The person who won, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said:

“It was all a bit of a dream. You look at all these people, and say ‘I’ve done this.’ This thing that people said you couldn’t do. I’ve done this now. I don’t have to yell, scream and shout about it, it’s inside.”

And, among the many insights that I’ve uncovered from this series, this is the one that I want to convey for Episode 050.

When you truly love what you’re doing, and don’t feel like you have to compare yourself to anyone else – it doesn’t matter if you’re silent. You have all the recognition you need, because the best kind of recognition comes from yourself.

So, that’s Episode 050. A celebration of that internal thing. In Notes on Doing it’s sometimes revealed not in what the interviewees say, but in their pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums. It’s revealed in their hesitation to be interviewed in the first place.

Because the people interviewed are good at being themselves. And they already have the recognition they need because of that. And that’s why they’re featured on Notes on Doing.

I’ll leave it at that, and I’d love to plug that a group of us are throwing a party in New York City this Thursday (that’s October 13th) at this great bar/restaurant called Freehold, starting at 7:00pm. I’d love to see you there.

In the meantime, always do. And what I mean by that, is always do you.

Notes on Doing is a series of conversations with people who love what they do. notesondoing.com

049: Troy Ogilvie, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Director
Troy Ogilvie, Photo by Franziska Strauss

049: Troy Ogilvie, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Director

“I like bliss because it’s more radical than joy.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Troy Ogilvie. Troy is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director. She’s danced for and collaborated with so many amazing, incredibly talented people. To name a few things that she’s up to – she’s a Creative Director for The McKittrick Hotel’s Super Cinema parties, and is currently dancing solos by Margie Gillis and Itzik Galili. In the past she’s performed with the LA Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera, and starred as Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

Listen to what Troy had to say about a certain 9-year-old who wanted to dance at parties, discovering things instead of finding things, play, and curiosity.

Also, psssst. Mark your calendars. The next Notes on Doing meetup will be next Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm in Brooklyn, New York at FREEHOLD. Come hang out with the people featured in NOD, other fans of the show, and yours truly. I couldn’t be more excited to see you all.

All right, plug over, here’s Troy Ogilvie –

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing Episode 049 with Tory Ogilvie.

Check out Troy’s amazing work and see a schedule of what’s next at troyogilvie.squarespace.com.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing! Episodes release weekly, every Monday, on iTunes. Follow the show on Instagram @notesondoingjoin our Facebook group, and if you’re in New York come to the Notes on Doing meetup next Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm at FREEHOLD! 🙂

Until next week! In the meantime, always do.

047: Sam Valenti IV, Founder & CEO, Ghostly International
Sam Valenti IV, Photo: Phil Chang, @heyphilchang

047: Sam Valenti IV, Founder & CEO, Ghostly International

“Having money obviously is a thing, but having agency or control over your destiny is another.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Sam Valenti IV. Sam is the Founder and CEO of Ghostly International – home to the record labels Ghostly and Spectral Sound. Ghostly is the cultural nexus of some of the best music, design, technology, art, clothing, stuff, and good ideas made today.

Listen to what Sam had to say about creating work with intention, building communities, operating out of your comfort zone, becoming yourself, and finding meaning.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 047, with Sam Valenti.

Check out all things Ghostly at ghostly.com, or on social @ghostly.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing. Episodes release weekly, every Monday, on iTunes. It’d be great if you could rate the show, check out our Instagram @notesondoing, and Tweet me with any thoughts or ideas @jennamatecki!

Until next week! In the meantime, always do.

046: Ann Yang, Phil Wong, MISFIT
Ann Yang, Phil Wong, Misfit Photo by: Jeff Prost-Greene

046: Ann Yang, Phil Wong, MISFIT

“I don’t want us to learn ourselves out of our idealism, or personalities.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Ann Yang and Phil Wong, the founders of MISFIT. MISFIT is a juice company that repurposes food waste – lovably misfit fruits and vegetables – into delicious cold-pressed juices. Listen to what Ann and Phil had to say about their deep friendship and partnership, strawberries and cash, and thinking tender thoughts.

Also, psssst. Mark your calendars. The next Notes on Doing meetup will be Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm in Brooklyn, New York at… are you ready for this? FREEHOLD. Come hang out with the people featured in NOD, other fans of the show, and yours truly. I couldn’t be more excited to see you all.

Here’s Ann Yang and Phil Wong from MISFIT –

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing Episode 046, with Ann Yang and Phil Wong.

Buy one of MISFIT’s juices. I have a few at my studio here and they’re scrumptious. You can check out if a store near you stocks them at misfitjuicery.co/locations/. Be sure to follow MISFIT’s Instagram and Facebook at @misfitjuicery.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing! Episodes release weekly, every Monday, on iTunes. Tweet me @jennamatecki with any and all thoughts and ideas about the show. Follow @notesondoing on Instagram and check out quotes from the show written out in my beautifully horrible handwriting. And, last plug I promise, if you could please give the show five stars on iTunes that’d be awesome – it helps more people to listen and get to know the incredible people featured.

Until next week! In the meantime, always do.

044: Brandon Sugiyama, Wushu
Brandon Sugiyama Chen Taiji Fan 2014 World Traditional Wushu Championship Jiuhuashan, China, Photo credit: Bryan Kao

044: Brandon Sugiyama, Wushu

“There’s always more to learn. True mastery doesn’t exist.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Brandon Sugiyama. Brandon is very, very, very good at wushu, also known as Chinese kung fu. He knows, practices, competes in, and judges competitions for contemporary wushu – changquan, tajiquan, and bagua. Brandon also has a career as a creative director and motion graphics designer.

Listen to what Brandon had to say about learning wushu basics in a basement gym, a monkey stealing a peach, Sifus, passion-filled burritos, and the subject of mastery.

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 044, with Brandon Sugiyama.

The best way to look through Brandon’s work, including wushu videos, is to Google him.

And, subscribe to Notes on Doing! Episodes release weekly, every Monday. Tweet me @jennamatecki if you want to chat, join the Notes on Doing Facebook community, follow the show on Instagram @notesondoing, and I’d love it if you’d give the show five stars on iTunes, it helps more people to find it and listen to the great people featured.

Until next week, in the meantime, always do.