The Podcast I Listen To

Radio shows have always existed. I may have never matured into a loyalist listener the way my grandfather did towards his evening shows, but for me the straight-forward equivalence of his commitment to audio enjoyment comes in the form of podcast. If well produced, there’s a timeless attribute to each episode, allowing your imagination to fill in the blanks and make you feel engaged. It really adds a new dimension to the content.

I hardly listen to music. In fact, up until now, I have no qualms about having cancelled my Spotify membership. I’m all about podcast and the reality is that regardless of what interest you may have in any topic, there’s a chance there’s a podcast for it and once that consistency ethic kicks in about listening to them, believe me you’ll be hooked.

When I'm not self-educating through books, I'm more than likely listening to a podcast.

When I'm not self-educating through books, I'm more than likely listening to a podcast.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the old adage that “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” and so I would say that the same principle applies to the type of material you consume. Without question, podcast have had a major influence in who I am as a person and in shaping my life. I easily listen anywhere from 15-25 shows a week, all covering a variety of topics, including some unfamiliar ones which I never thought I would have an interest in until you subsequently come across the right people who make a topic like business and economics more palatable.

Podcast are like books in that just because you “subscribed” to one, it doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to stick to it in the event you happen to lose interest down the road. Ditch and discover new ones! With that said, as of now, these are podcast I’m listening to on a weekly basis like clockwork in no particular order:

As for when I have the chance to listen to these you ask…the majority of time during my commute to work and a few at the gym. As if I didn’t subscribe to enough, the one type of podcast I’ve yet to find is one fully in Spanish. The only one I’m familiar with is Radio Ambulante but I’m searching for more!

Michael Middleton

I'm an early bird. For me 8am is already late as I tend to religiously wake up at 6am regardless of whether it's a weekday or weekend and so one of the advantages of shooting with people in the fitness industry is that they would never have any qualms about an early wake-up call either. I met up with Michael in Dumbo, Brooklyn at 7am on a chilly Saturday morning.

SOLO NYC: Creative Freelancers

There’s not many creative freelancers who I’ve met in New York who are not ecstatic about the unique position they’re in but they’re also not shy to talk about the challenges that come with saying you work for yourself. There’s clients, their admin stuff, theirs banks, there’s branding, there’s marketing, there’s networking, there’s those chills of not knowing when your next gig will come, etc. It’s a lot and it’s something I haven’t fully experienced since I have a day job that covers my expenses and photography for me at the moment is a passionate hustle.

SOLO NYC is this very fascinating 6-minute documentary that takes “an intimate look at the trials and triumphs of New York’s rising class of creative freelancers. Beautifully done and it showcases people who I already feel a bond with simply because we can’t help create stuff we’re passionate about and we can’t envision ourselves doing anything else.

The Beauty of Self-Doubt as a Creative

When you are sitting alone in a dark room—as I often do—contemplating your value and self-worth, wondering if what you say matters, it does. Know that you are not just good, you are more than good. You are great.

Keep creating, and keep working through self-doubt. The world needs your art.

This may sound a bit disturbing to say but I’ve come to learn that in the creative field, as thrilled as you may be with seeing fellow peers succeed and receive accolades, it’s equally gratifying to uncover that they also have their own share of sh*t moments that comes with the package. The difference is that not many people are candid about those roadblocks. Do you have to be? Not really, but you’d be surprise to learn how a little glimpse of vulnerability in others can help boost your own self-esteem.

I struggle with this “self-doubt” a lot with my work and I’ve noticed it happens predominately when I overthink shoots as oppose to accepting that someone’s hire more for a reason and that I shouldn’t pretend to be someone else in order to meet their expectations. What we create matters and although it may not for other people, as long as we’re fulfilling our own creative itch, that’s all that matters and if people are willing to compensate your for it then of course that’s a bonus!

For little more inspiration on this topic, I highly recommend watching this TED Talk by Casey Brown entitled Know Your Worth, and Then Ask for It

Closing Summer with Aimée

I could have very easily just published these photographs I took with Aimée but I at least wanted to give you a bit more context behind it all. In quantifying the amount of times I’ve visited Rockaway Beach this year in New York, which I have to say has always been a rarity, I would say around 9 times. For some friends, I’ve taken the role of unofficial ambassador in view that I’m always raving about how much it’s changed and how worth the long trek out there is.

Aimee had been mentioning throughout the Summer how she’d never been to The Rockaways and how she actually owned a old black dress she’s been meaning to get rid of but before doing so, she brought up how awesome it would be to take a plunge with it in the ocean while taking a few photographs along the way. So that’s exactly what we did!

As for the video portion of our impromptu shoot, it’s a medium I’ve slowly been embracing but still eager to continue experimenting with. In the past, every single video you might have seen me share has been edited with iMovie and yet I knew I would eventually have to graduate from that into a more sophisticated software like Adobe Premiere Pro. In dealing with both photos and video, I’m aware it might push back the turnover rate in which I typically publish anything but I’m really coming to enjoy how the 2 mediums compliment each other and that it’s worth putting in the extra effort to churn out something different.

Nguyen Le on Commercial Success

One of the biggest realizations I’m come to accept as an artist is that regardless of how long you’ve been at the game grinding away, showing up daily with every intention to give your work an even higher rise, is that you can’t compare why you’re not at the same stage every other creative within your social circle is at. Everyone has their turn or do they? That’s the question and a very good one which Nguyen Le addresses in a recent interview when asked about commercial success and the plethora of artist out there trying to make it:

So raw, so scary but so real.

Selena Samuela


I’ve always been vocal in stating that boxing is the one sport I feel I can follow and watch religiously with minimal interruptions because the majority of fights take place at night long after the kids have already fallen asleep. Once the actual fight comes around, it’s pretty effortless for me to feel entranced in seeing how each boxer strives to find that perfect balance, that mythical perfect place between hitting and not getting hit. This contrast is exactly what makes boxing so amazing to me. The mostly highly skilled boxers are not always necessary the brawlers but instead the technicians who their technical acuity to evaluate their opponent and know when to throw a punch.

Long before any fighter steps foot in the ring, there’s a sh*tload of training that leads up to that very moment which to me is equally as mesmerizing as the actual fight.


Selena is boxing instructor at Shadowbox in New York, and who I recently had the pleasure to accompany for a little light training around Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

When asking her about why boxing, her reply is one that can’t help agree with 100% because it’s exactly why I admire the sport myself: “Boxing is one of those sports that teaches you about YOU. If you throw yourself into this sport you're going to find out who you really are; not just your athletic ability or what you're physically capable of, it does that too, but boxing will also challenge you mentally and spiritually thus forcing you to truly grow. “


The Secret Lives of Virgins

For the most part, whether we acknowledge it or not, we all have access to certain people, places or experiences that we immediately take for granted by virtue of have them at our disposable 24/7. You may certainly appreciate every single one of them but it’ll usually take something compelling to happen for you to realize that what you have access to is truly special, particularly when it’s something not many people get to experience. Which begs the statement that regardless of how inconsequential something may seem to you, just know that it may be of value and interest to other people hence the reason for you to share and give us the viewer a tour of your daily narrative.

It’s that same plea to share that’s made me absolutely love Molly Choma’s photo series entitled The Secret Life of Virgins. It captures flight crew member when they’re out of sight of passengers such as when it’s downtime, it’s late or a flight is delayed. In order to “preserve it, not necessarily for the public but with friends and people”, Molly documented these beautiful moments that I’ll forever have present in my mind when I’m onboard a plane.

I’m curious if anything comes to mind for you either from work or anywhere where you have access to something that’s so unique which makes it even more of a reason to document it and share in whatever medium you feel most comfortable practicing.