In this episode I talk to musician and creative producer Becky Sui Zhen about straddling two careers, and how to make creative career plans around life decisions like Having Children (currently one of my most potent fears).
By night Becky is a musician, working under the moniker Sui Zhen, and touring with the 8-piece party extravaganza that is NO ZU. By day Becky is a digital creative director and all around god of the new media landscape.
What I found most surprising about Becky is that she treats her creative projects kind of clinically, like a small business. To quote her “if it’s not financially viable, I have more important things to do”. Now I don’t know about you, but that is not a sentiment I hear a lot, in fact it’s the opposite of a sentiment I hear a lot: that creatives should be putting it all on the line, and have one true passion and calling, and sacrifice all to get there.
The other thing that Becky and I talk about in this interview, is family. When we recorded this interview Becky was going through some really tough times with her family, and she reflected on how that’s made her think differently about having a family, who we can count on to be there in the end, and how important her creative projects are in the Much Bigger Scheme Of Things.
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All the linky goodness for this episode:
- Becky works as a producer at Art Processors most famous for making the first "mobile interpretive solution designed to replace traditional wall labels", 'The O' at MONA (for Australian art nerds, Art Processors was co-founded by David Walsh, the Australian art collector who made a lot of money from gambling, and then built MONA)
- More info about Lady Gaga's Haus of Gaga
- Check out Becky's other band NO ZU, (the vid for Ui Yia Yia gives a great insight into them as a live band - also it's a bloody funky song)
- South by Southwest is that largest music festival of its kind in the world (and it's a bit of a big deal to play at)
- A thing I wrote on Instagram about riding my bike a lot
- Grants: Australia Council, Creative Victoria - showcase funding, new work grants
- CMJ is another Big Deal music festival in New York City
- Becky's Two Seas EP from 2012
- The successful Kickstarter campaign I did featuring a very old video of me being publicly proposed to
- Check out a film Lena Dunham's made when she was 19 called Pressure
- Miranda July aka one of my favourite artists
- I also thought I'd ad in here an article I wrote about break-ups, biological clocks, and being told I work too much
- Web-based list program: Workflowy
- Or Becky uses Wunderlist