• Business,  Illustrating,  Writing

    Ep. 9 – Gavin Aung Than on Taking Risks to Live the Life You Want

    Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils) is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist, illustrator, and author. Gavin is a cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for eight years, he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched his website, Zen Pencils, at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.

    Zen Pencils has been featured by The Washington PostThe Huffington PostSlateMashableUpworthyBuzzfeedGawkerThe A.V. ClubBrain PickingsComic Book Resources, National GeographicProBlogger, and The Design Files. It was named one of the best 100 websites by PCMag and there are two New York Times bestselling book collections of Zen Pencils comics currently available. Gavin’s most current book, CREATIVE STRUGGLE: Illustrated Advice From Masters of Creativity is also out wherever books are sold.

    In this episode, we discuss how Gavin got started in his journey to become a bestselling cartoonist and the struggles that he overcame in getting to there, especially starting out. We talk about his creative process and what it takes to make Zen Pencils comics and books. Gavin also dives in to what he learned by taking risks in his career and starting his own company and brand. Gavin provides some great stories, advice, and tips for everybody, no matter what industry you’re in.

    Enjoy!

  • Politics,  Sports

    Ep. 8 – Wrestling Hall of Famer and Congressman Jim Jordan

    Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) is an American politician and is the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district. Jordan is also a Hall of Fame wrestler after winning back-to-back NCAA Division I national championships at the University of Wisconsin.

    During Jordan’s time at Wisconsin, he was a three-time All-American and two-time national champion. Jordan placed sixth in the 134-pound weight class as a sophomore followed by NCAA titles the next two seasons. His 1985 NCAA title was particularly memorable, as he defeated eventual six-time World and Olympic champion John Smith of Oklahoma State in the finals. Jordan’s final college career record was 15628-1.

    Said Team USA Wrestling of Jordan, “Jim Jordan might be the best wrestler ever to occupy an elected position in the United States Government. His wrestling credentials alone speak volumes, especially in a profession where a strong voice must be heard.”

    In this episode, we discuss Jordan’s early wrestling career and what it meant to be coach by his father. We also talk about the transition from his small high school wrestling program to major college wrestling at Wisconsin before finally discussing his political career.

    Jordan preaches work ethic and toughness and that will be a common theme that listeners will hear throughout the interview whether it comes to wrestling, politics, or his workout regimen. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.

    *Fun fact: this was my first official interview. I was very nervous and you’ll probably be able to hear it. To go along with that, I did have some minor audio issues but those get cleared up within the first couple minutes of the interview.

    Enjoy!