Meeting Charlie Jones, a curious audio/video creative

Recently I (virtually) met Charlie Jones, a gifted person with diverse talents for all things music and video, intense interests in movies and video games, and passion for exploring his creative limits — if those even exist. He’s a really nice guy and so very humble. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet…

Catching up with writer and artist Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli

Kathleen and I met while working together at a newspaper in upstate New York over a year ago. The minute I started talking to her, it felt like I had known her for a lifetime — as cheesy as that sounds. Kathleen is a wonderful human being: she’s kind to any animal she comes in…

Question of the week: 2/22

So, maybe last week’s question didn’t really work out. You know what else didn’t work out last week? Me. And you know what? I’m a little pudgy and I don’t mind it, ok? Last week I asked everyone who follows me on my insta as well as the Q&A insta how they think art can…

Shooting the shit with podcasters Emily and Caleb

Even though Emily Neville, 27, and Caleb Baumgartner, 36, live about 100 miles apart in the lovely, wintry state of Minnesota, they still manage to record two episodes of their podcast, Shit Showtime, every month. Their podcast is hilarious and it almost has nothing to do with the movies they pick to review/talk about —…

Question of the week: 2/8

Earlier this week, I asked this question on my Instagram story: “What songs hit you with nostalgia every time you listen to them?” Since this was my first time doing this virtual man-on-the-street type of thing, I didn’t expect too much of a response. But when it was all said and done, it actually wasn’t…

Q&A with Kuang, a young illustrator who travels the world

On Saturday, I awoke to a message from a friend of mine who said I needed to interview this wonderful, Taiwanese artist he knew right away. (He’s on the other side of the planet, so it was about 6 a.m. my time.) I was intrigued, so I got out of bed while everyone else was…

A conversation with jewelry maker Rachael Cross

St. Louis native Rachael Cross is the wonder woman behind Simply Chic Jewelry, a business she started in the mid-2010s. She is 100 percent a #girlboss if I’ve ever seen one. I’ve been following her journey of hand-forging her own jewelry for almost as long as she’s been doing it. She and I talked Saturday…

Artist Ethan Shantie on creativity, labels, and not sweating the small stuff

Even though Ethan Shantie has published a book of poetry, the 30-year-old doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself a poet. Instead, he refers to himself as an artist. And it makes sense: other than writing poetry, he can be found immersing himself in a myriad of other creative endeavors. He plays drums (and sometimes other instruments)…