Believing in Yourself and Everyone Else

In our last episode, educator in training Chloe Nuñez doesn't want to throw away her life by focusing on money and success. We talk spirituality, feminism, how love makes the world go round, and how having a little bit of faith goes a long way. 

Things we talk about:

  • Disappointing your parents
  • Teaching art to kids
  • Loving yourself
 
 

Thank you for sticking with us throughout  over the last 1.5 years and 21 interviews with people just trying to share their art. 

Composing and Concentration

 This week, 14 year old Ben Cauley talks about how he loves composing classical music, what it means to have someone interpret your creative work, and how the results make the journey worth it. 

Things we talk about: 

  • The perks of classical music
  • Watching Star Wars through the score

  • Improvising

All the music for the intro and outro were composed by Ben, so pay attention to those!

 

 
 
Songs featured in this episode:

Rondo in Red- Ben Cauley
Aftermath- Ben Cauley

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Fears, Flaws, and Fashion

This week, Gabriel Sommer tells us about his experience with fears, insecurities, and life as a formerly international runway model. 

Things we talk about:

  • Validation and approval
  • Finding your flaws
  • Interacting with people you'll never see again
  • Making people happy
 
 

Song featured in this episode:

"City Escape"- from the Sonic Adventure 2 Soundtrack


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Professional Relationships, Plans, and Practice

This week, we talk to a pair of high students on the verge of graduating and going off to face their futures. Also, they manage to keep a purely professional relationship, meaning they don't really hang out other than when they practice music. 

Things we talk about:

  • Our futures
  • Practicing until you're good 
  • What it means to grow up 

 

 
 

Shunklings will also be performing at The Stoop at SUNY Purchase on October 14th, and in Philly on November 5th. 


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No Fucks To Give, Fun, and Friendship

Two lifelong friends, Michael and Austin, now face the realities of growing up, doing things that fulfill them (but don't pay), and liking the same girl. They're also pretty funny throughout it all. 

Things we talk about:

  • Censoring yourself for the internet
  • The difficulty of being funny
  • Almost fighting over the same crush
  • Smiling all the time
  • Youtube hijinks (RealTalkTV)

     
 
 

Go check out Austin and Michael's channel @ RealTalkTV for skits, concert reviews, and rants about life! 

Songs featured in this episode:

Ruff Ryder's Anthem- DMX

So Fresh, So Clean- OutKast


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Instagram and the Ice Caps

This week, we talk to Kenji Yamada about being super practical, the culture of instantly making art through Instagram/Snapchat, and going into electrical engineering.

Things we talk about:

  • Coming from a family of artists
  • Combining electrical engineering and art
  • Photography/music/fame
 
 

Props For Finding Your Passion

Writer, costume designer, tech thingamajiggy doer, and all around artist Konstantin Kahl talks to us this week about graduating college and facing a cold, scary world. 

Things we talk about:

  • Making light-up costumes for Halloween
  • Growing up with around Coney Island Burlesque shows
  • Struggling and coping through writing
  • The uncertain future
 
 



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The Act of Teaching

Good friend and Brooklynite, Nicky Chase, talks to us about working with The Possibility Project, an acting project that lets students tell their life stories, what actors and teachers have in common and the strength in listening to someone's story. 

Things we talk about:

  • Why do teachers make so little money?
  • The Possibility Project
  • Empathizing with other people
     
 
 

Playing to A Crowd of One

Band members Caleb and Max talk about doing something meaningful when no one is looking, and how difficult it is to make it in the music industry.

Things we talk about:

  • Investing in yourself
  • Following your dreams
  • Crashing and burning
  • Still working on the dream

 

 
 

Music featured in the episode is provided by Max, Caleb and Ian! You can check out their music at shaketheband.bandcamp.com or on facebook at facebook.com/bandcalledshake

Love Bites- Shake

Live Performances- Shake


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Sanity in the Schools

As a hopeful teacher-to-be, Elmo King talks about the future of education, the need for creative spaces for everyone, and the importance of self-expression for children. Also, learn how to stay young and how to hold on to your “inner kid”.

Things we talk about:  

  • The meaning of self-care
  • Addressing mental health with middle schoolers
  • Defining a community
  • Changing the public school system
 
 

Songs featured in this episode (made by Elmo King!) :

Pick Up- Mandaughter

Mr.Spoon- Mandaughter

Check out the rest of his instrumentals at soundcloud.com/mandaughter


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The Punk Rock Lack of Black

This week, join Evan Lawrence as he talks about analyzing the idea of fitting in and "blackness", creating long-distance music in college, deconstructing neighborhoods, and the hoops that everybody jumps through in life. 

Things we talk about:

  • Self-hate within minority communities
  • Why aren’t people receptive to socially conscious music
  • Expressing emotions through music
  • Why are liquor stores popular?
 
 

Go check out Evan's band, Jelani Sei, which he describes as a mix of D'Angelo and Radiohead and is featured in this episode!
https://jelanisei.bandcamp.com/


Songs in this episode:

Aye- Jelani Sei
Forget That- Jelani Sei
 


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Framing Mental Health in FIlm

This week, Ming Cooke opens up about the importance of mental health awareness, exploring her own health through writing and photography, and the power of film. We also talk about how support networks are pushed to their limits, and the difficulty in addressing mental health.  
Things we talk about:

  • “Mental illness is fighting a war against yourself”
  • Fighting people that think mental illness isn’t real.
  • Student suicides as an issue on campus
  • Word choice “disease” vs “affliction”
  • Accidentally writing a book
 
 


You can watch Ming's documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Cx1_cLf5x-M

Learn more about the work being done by the organization Ming talks about, Active Minds:  http://www.activeminds.org/index.php

For more resources and stories about other experiences with mental health and overall awareness, go check out Beautiful Minds Magazine:  https://beautifulmindsmagazine.com/
 

Songs featured in this episode:

Derty : Roland Jenkins

You Know What : N.E.R.D


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