That’s why this conversation with Kurt Fick surprised me. Here was someone who from a very early age reached out to others who knew more than him, others who had experienced what he hoped to experience. In fact, I think that his reliance on finding and learning from his mentors sped up his process of getting to where he wants to be. Doing anything whether it be photography, filmmaking, or even singing is really really difficult. The ins and outs of each discipline could take years and years to master. The hack to speeding up that process, although it might not feel like a shortcut, is finding mentors.
Imagine my surprise when I reconnected with Dave Visaya. Turns out that he was making a living and growing a business through podcasting. His company, Podcast Engineers, is a service that allows creators to do what they do best by handling all the nitty gritty stuff like editing, posting, writing shownotes, transcriptions, etc. Not only does he make a living through podcasts, but he has one of his own called The Big Picture Podcast co hosted with Jo Librero. They interview entrepreneurs in Cebu to show the possibilities of business in the Philippines.
Fortunately before they bid goodbye, I was able to book an interview with Christian Linaban. We had a long conversation about the state of the movie industry in Cebu, how he likes to make movies, his experience producing Superpsychocebu, and even a little bit about nutrition and weed.
This lookbook is special because we brought back two ladies who helped us in one of our first official shoots. The last time Ronah (left) and Chennie (right) were featured in our pages was for the Zerothreetwo February 2015 Lookbook called A Look Back.
That was a pivotal time for us.
Connecting with current artists is a by-product of producing Zerothreetwo Conversations. It’s refreshing to hear the perspective of artists who are currently playing. I don’t want to fall into the trap of featuring people who are my contemporaries. The ability to learn from the new crop of musicians and artists is valuable.
With that in mind, that’s how I approached this interview with Luigi Miguel Balazo. Luigi is half of the music group called Sepia Times, and is currently promoting his new music project called The Sellout Club. Amongst musical circles, they’ve been making waves and I jumped at the opportunity to talk music with him.
I first met Boots Brandon Pajaganas years ago. He used to invite our band, Rescue a Hero, to play music for skate events. Back in the day, I remember talking to Boots about his experience skating around Cebu. It’s been a while since I last saw Boots, but I was updated on his goingons through Facebook and Instagram.
In the past four years, Boots made a name for himself as a tattoo artist. I remember seeing posts of him winning tattoo competitions, getting tons of clients, and finally tattooing celebrities like Angelica Panganiban and Kitchie Nadal.
When recording and interviewing creatives for Zerothreetwo Conversations, it became quickly apparent that there was a good number of listeners interested in the show.
A few even told us that what we were doing was important.
Important for preserving the stories of today for future generations, important for the young creative looking to hear the experiences of those before them, important in taking the steps to grow a creative community in Cebu, Philippines.
With that in mind, we hope to continue creating podcasts, but the truth is that it requires a lot of work, time, and effort. We need to find ways to make it sustainable.