Mar 27, 2019

How do you know it’s any good?

How we get all this vlogging done

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This week, we talk about judging the quality of your own work. When it’s abstract, do your criteria change? How do you know to keep working? What if you’re, gasp, mediocre?! It’s hard to make art!

Mar 26, 2019

It’s time for “Naps (official music video)”

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This ambient track should help you relax into your nap. … I said SLEEP!

Mar 25, 2019

No sleep ’til nap time

The less well-known Chinese “siesta”

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Everyone knows about the Spanish siesta, but did you know that China has an unofficial nap time after lunch as well? They do! Our building even turns off the ads in the elevator from noon to 2pm so that it’s quiet. Supermarkets and stores are still open, but government buildings and schools also take a break during that time. So, whatever you do, don’t try to go to the post office.

Mar 24, 2019

On location filming

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This week’s podcast topic is on location filming. We talk about our different location strategies, as well as what goes into a location shoot that is different (and often more challenging) than an in-studio shoot.

Mar 20, 2019

The same clothes (official music video)

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This music video features the score from our video “Don’t change your clothes” set to scenes from Luzhou in the years 2011-2017. Watch and enjoy. And don’t change your clothes. You look fine!

Mar 19, 2019

Don’t change your clothes

It’s fine

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Content warning for existential dread and meat. This week’s vlog thoughts consider how often one should change their clothes. In our part of China, it’s actually OK to wear the same outfit for a few days in a row. Not to bed, of course. That’s what pajamas are for.

Mar 18, 2019

Podcast: The best interview is a pre-interview

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Interviewing is all about getting your guest to say interesting things, and there’s definitely an art to it. This week, we discuss why pre-interviewing is necessary for a live shoot and some mistakes to watch out for.

Mar 17, 2019

Fish Mint (official music video)

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What do you do when you end up with fish mint in your dinner order? Get back on the phone!

Mar 15, 2019

Fish mint in Chinese cuisine ... at your own risk

Beware this stinky herb

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Fish mint is a delicacy … but I don’t want it. Watch what happens when some shows up anyway. Also, I can speak Chinese on the phone!

Mar 13, 2019

Putting work away at the end of the day

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Hello fellow Foreigners, wherever you are. This week on the podcast, we talked about our rituals for wrapping up our work at the end of the day. Closing down a project session is definitely a place where past-you and future-you can set one another up for success or failure, so it’s pretty important.