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The Nonnative Creative Podcast

18 EpisodesProduced by Nonnative CreativeWebsite

Nonnative Creative is an interview project featuring individuals pursuing creative work in either a) a country that is not their home country, and/or b) a language different from their mother tongue. How did they get started? What’s difficult about what they do? What excites them about their work? W… read more

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How do you Work in Asia? And Are Side Projects Good? with Canadian-Egyptian Creative Ibraheem Youssef

August 31st, 2020


In this episode of Nonnative Creative, Toronto-based Ibraheem Youssef shares about how his road to becoming a creative director (though now he calls himself simply a "creative"). Beginning with the story of his …

What's it Like to Work in Travel Media? with Writer & Photographer Lance Henderstein

August 18th, 2020


In this episode of Nonnative Creative, writer and photographer Lance Henderstein talks about how he got interested in learning languages, the road that brought him from Detroit (USA) to various parts of Japan, and now …

How do You Build a Community in Another Country? with Black Creatives Japan founder Ayana Wyse

July 7th, 2020


Osaka-based New Yorker Ayana Wyse shares about her creative and community-building work in Japan. Ayana founded Black Creatives Japan in 2015 to create a community for Black creatives, and she now organizes events and …

How did You Start Photographing World-famous People and Artisans? with Photographer Irwin Wong

June 16th, 2020


In this episode of Nonnative Creative, Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong shares about how he got his start behind the camera, the interests that brought him to Japan, and his upcoming photobook Handmade in Japan. …

How did Pokémon Kick Off a Career in Design & Creative Strategy? with Creative Director Zélia Sakhi

June 9th, 2020


In this episode of the Nonnative Creative podcast, Zélia Sakhi shares about how her creative career and her interest in learning languages kicked off. When her mother brought home a computer, Zélia used it to get into …

Why go to Japan and Write a Book about Time Off? with AI Researcher and Author Max Frenzel

June 1st, 2020


In this episode of Nonnative Creative, Max Frenzel shares about how his studies led him from his home country of Germany to London, Greece, and Japan. While working and studying, Max had the opportunity to travel and …

What's So Special about Jazz in Japan? with James Catchpole (aka Mr. OK Jazz)

March 23rd, 2020


In Episode 12 of the Nonnative Creative podcast, we hear from James Catchpole (aka Mr. OK Jazz). James was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to …

Why move from Malta to Seoul to do video work? with videographer Franco Rizzo

March 13th, 2020


Episode 11 of the NNC podcast is from Seoul, South Korea and features Maltese videographer Franco Rizzo. In this talk, you'll hear about how Franco …

What's it like to become a soul singer in South Korea? with Canadian singer/songwriter Erockfor

March 2nd, 2020


Episode 10 of the NNC podcast is from Seoul, South Korea and features Canadian singer/songwriter Erockfor (also known as Rocky). In this talk, you'll …

How Does an Egyptian Dentist/Cartoonist Experience Japan? with Comic Book Artist Sherif Adel

February 24th, 2020


In Episode 9 of the NNC podcast, Egyptian dentist/cartoonist Sherif Adel shares about how he got his start making humor-based comics, how he brought this interest to Japan with him as he worked toward his PhD in …

How Do You Organize an Art/Music Festival in Japan? with MUTEK Japan Artistic & Communications Director Maurice Jones

February 17th, 2020


Episode 8 of the NNC podcast features Maurice Jones, the Artistic and Communications Director for MUTEK Japan. MUTEK is a worldwide organization that …

Why Should We Care about Rice? with Plant-based Tokyo Author & Food Consultant Momoko Nakamura

February 10th, 2020


In this episode, author and food consultant Momoko Nakamura shares about her experiences working in food media and how it led to her publishing a …

What's the Deal with YouTube in Japan? with YouTuber and MyChan app leader Hikosaemon

January 27th, 2020


In this episode, New Zealand-born Hikosaemon talks about the experience of growing up an "army brat" and moving around the world a lot. He shared about how he established his life in Japan and how the online community …

What's it like to go from Jamaica to Canada to Small-town Japan? with restaurant owner Dexter Greenwood

January 20th, 2020


In this episode, Jamaica-born and Toronto-raised restaurant owner Dexter Greenwood shared about the road that brought him to Japan. He described the process of visiting Japan for the first time, returning to Canada …

What's it like to translate books and manga from Japanese to English? with translator Emily Balistrieri

December 13th, 2019


Freelance Japanese to English translator Emily Balistrieri talked about how he got his start in the translation world, what it's like to be a translator for a Japanese publishing company (even part time), described some …

What's It Like to Run a Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan? with food producer Luuvu Hoang

November 30th, 2019


Tokyo-based Luuvu Hoang works in the role of creative director for food-related projects. Though he doesn't call himself a food photographer, you'll …

How Did a Kid with an RCA Cable Become a Pro Videographer? with Ice Elloso

November 22nd, 2019


Born in the Phillippines, videographer and cinematographer Ice Elloso found herself drawn to visual media and gadgets from a young age, even using cables she found around her house to record music from her favorite …

What's it like to have been transplanted to Japan as a teenager? with videographer and video editor Meg Igarashi

November 14th, 2019


Freelance videographer and video editor Meg Igarashi was born in the United States and had to move to Japan when she was a teenager. Not so …

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