PE025: Josh Lewis, Saving Elephants, on Impostor Syndrome and Conservatism for Millennials

One of the magical things about podcasting is that sometimes you get to have a great conversation with someone who may have different opinions than you AND simultaneously find out how much you have in common.

This interview with Josh Lewis of the Saving Elephants podcast almost didn’t happen because his show is about conservative politics (not my cup of tea), BUT I really loved our talk and his fresh perspective on impostor syndrome when it comes to having a message you feel is so important you want to get it right!

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About Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis is a CPA who lives in Tulsa and works for the Oklahoma State Auditor’s Office.  A former candidate for City Auditor with nearly a decade of experience in auditing governments, Josh has a unique and practical perspective as an outside observer of politics put into practice.

Josh graduated from College of the Ozarks–Hard Work U–majoring in Accounting with a minor in Speech Communications, where he was president of the College Republicans.  Though a lifelong Republican, Josh stepped down as Treasurer of the Tulsa County Republican Party in 2016 when he could no longer support the candidate chosen to represent his party.

As a diligent student of the conservative movement championed by Edmund Burke, Russel Kirk, William F. Buckley, Thomas Sowell, and many others, Josh is passionate about conservatism surviving and thriving in the 21st century.

​Josh is also a contributor to The Millennial Review, a group of politically-engaged millennials who promote and defend the conservative values of freedom, limited republican government, and a robust civil society that have made America truly exceptional.

048: Write your own roles, Fawzia Mirza

“You will fail, and it’s awesome.” ~Fawzia Mirza

Breaking down stereotypes…

Fawzia Mirza is an actor, writer, producer. She is also a Pakistani, Muslim, queer woman. And she is using her platform, her voice, and her art to break down stereotypes across a multiplicity of identities: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and defy the concept of the “model minority”.

I’ve known Fawzia for 10+ years and she’s one of those people I can say “I knew her when…” I’ve been following her work and her career ever since and am honored to bring you this conversation about art, identity, pop culture, activism, changing careers and what it takes to write your own roles, and follow your creative passions.

So take a deep breath, relax your mind open, have a listen, and let me know what you think over in the Facebook Group…


And if you haven’t already, check out Episode 045: Talking to strangers, where you’ll hear how I met Julie and why I’m taking on a theme on the show that pushes me out of my comfort zone. Also, Episode 046 with Andrea Ranae Johnson on how to use your power and privilege for good and Episode 047 with Sarah Dennis and Ashley Lana Scott about becoming a co-conspirator for social justice.

“My artistic mission is to break down stereotypes across my different identities… I love to use comedy to disavow those stereotypes.” ~Fawzia Mirza

Connect with Fawzia

Fawzia’s Website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Signature Move Movie
The Muslim Trump
Kam Kardashian
The First Session on Hulu
The Queen of my Dreams

“I’m basically like — What can I do? How can I do it? How many lives can I have?” -Fawzia Mirza

Connect with Andrea

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Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

I was featured on Jessi Frey’s video blog talking about “What to Do When You Feel Like a Fake!

One of my guided meditations was featured on the ASMR-based Sleep Whispers podcast. Skip forward to the 1hour mark just for the meditation (otherwise Harris might whisper you to sleep before you hear it if you listen to the whole episode!)

Resources & Links

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — Created by my high school student podcast mentees!!!

Mother’s Quest podcast with Julie Neale

Support the Creative Impostor

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

About Fawzia Mirza

Act. Write. Produce.

Using performance, personal storytelling & comedy to break down stereotypes across a multiplicity of identities: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender & defy the concept of the “model minority”. #Artivist

Co-wrote, produced and star in my first feature, Signature Move which world premiered at SXSW and won the 2017 Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature. Signature Move was a 2016 Tribeca All Access program Fellow & Tribeca grant recipient of the LaboDigital/Los Cabos post production grant.

Featured in the Emmy-nominated, Gotham/Peabody/GLAAD award-winning web series Her Story.

Co-created, co-wrote, starred in web series like Kam Kardashian & Brown Girl Problems & short films like the award-winning The First Session, co-starring Parvesh Cheena and Mouzam Makkar (NBC Universal Short Film Festival Finalist), (AmPav Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Cannes), (Chicago South Asian Short Film Audience Award).

Produced, co-created & starred in the mockumentary The Muslim Trump, about the Muslim illegitimate daughter of Donald Trump, featured in Marie Claire, VICE, The Red Eye Chicago, DNAInfo, .Mic, Expo Chicago, The AV Club, Jezebel & more!

Theatre work includes creating and writing my solo show Me, My Mom and Sharmila, which Zia Mohyeddin called “concise and razor-sharp, interspersed with an adroit mixture of humor and pathos”. She’s also turning the play into a screenplay with writer Terrie Samundra.

Other theatre work includes Aditi Kapil’s solo show Brahman/i, or as one of four actors to perform in the solo show White Rabbit/Red Rabbit presented by the MCA and the Chicago Humanities Festival. I’ve performed at The Goodman Theatre in both Pulitzer Prize winner, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, where I originated the role of Shar and I was also an ensemble member of Christopher Shinn’s world premiere play, Teddy Ferrara.

Been featured on Chicago Fire, a bunch of Indie films and web series. I’ve done educational performance work at universities and military installations performing Sex Signals, the most popular sexual violence prevention show in the world. I produced the award-winning documentary Fish out of Water and A Message from the East. I’ve been a speaker at National Geographic as their first #Further speaker, Chicago Ideas Week: Edison Talks, I’ve spoken on panels about Media, Performance, Storytelling and taught workshops.

Chicago Magazine named me one of its ’50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans’. #Awkwardbutfun

“I think it validates what you’re doing to call yourself the thing that you’re doing.” ~Fawzia Mirza


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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047: Become a co-conspirator for social justice, Sarah Dennis & Ashley Lana Scott

“We’re all different and that’s part of human nature, to celebrate those differences.” -Sarah Dennis

Calling in, rather than calling out…

In this episode, I had the privilege to discuss the history and the current reality of racism in our society as well as the potential for change from the inside out (and the outside in) with educator Sarah Dennis and artist & activist Ashley Lana Scott.

Sarah and Ashley had never met before so this was a truly candid conversation about what it takes to be an ally, how to support one another in looking inward at our internalized racism (regardless of skin color), and why these sometimes uncomfortable conversations are crucial to the cultural dialogue. (BTW, that’s the difference between calling in and calling out…  IN is initiating a conversation, OUT is pointing a finger in an accusatory way.)

Of course we talk about impostor syndrome and feeling like a total fraud when trying to have said difficult conversations, too!

This is a conversation that is humorous, sensitive, hopeful and deeply thought-provoking.

So take a deep breath, relax your mind open, have a listen, and let me know what you think over in the Facebook Group…

And if you haven’t already, check out Episode 045: Talking to strangers, where you’ll hear how I met Julie and why I’m taking on a theme on the show that pushes me out of my comfort zone. Also, Episode 046 with Andrea Ranae Johnson on how to use your power and privilege for good.

Connect with Ashley

Ashley Lana Scott’s Website
Ashley’s Facebook
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Ashley’s Twitter
Ashley’s LinkedIn

“At the end of the day, the thing that is pulling the strings is our silence, on every side, and that silence is deadly. Like Sarah was saying, when you allow yourself to feel that shame and then you don’t want to do anything about it, you allow it to overcome your action, it makes the decision for you… I suggest getting your hands dirty with that shame.” -Ashley Lana Scott

Connect with Sarah

Sarah Dennis’s Website

“I actually like the word ‘co-conspirator’ better, I think ‘ally’ is really soft and wimpy. For me it’s not a call to action, being an ally. But being a co-conspirator makes me feel like, “I want to dismantle this system and I’m going to do anything I can to figure out what that looks like.” -Sarah Dennis

Connect with Andrea

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Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

I was featured on Jessi Frey’s video blog talking about “What to Do When You Feel Like a Fake!

One of my guided meditations was featured on the ASMR-based Sleep Whispers podcast. Skip forward to the 1hour mark just for the meditation (otherwise Harris might whisper you to sleep before you hear it if you listen to the whole episode!)

Resources & Links

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Power Your Story — My students’ new podcast!!!

The Movement for Black Lives – Policy platform mentioned by Sarah
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: Revised Edition By Beverly Tatum
SURJ – Showing Up for Racial Justice
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
What Does It Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin Di Angelo
Article in the Atlantic: The Case for Reparations by Ta Nehisi-Coats
Online Seminar highly recommended by Sarah: http://www.37days.com/racism/

Mother’s Quest podcast with Julie Neale

Support the Creative Impostor

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About Ashley Lana Scott

Ashley Lana Scott is a Visual Artist and Community Organizer from the Westside of Chicago. She creates art from innovative ideas that are grounded in Social Justice, Self- Love and Community Empowerment.

In 2006, she presented her first Art Installation titled “Inspire A Generation”, using Installation Art and Film to introduce the history of the impact that oppression had on young people in underprivileged communities and how Hip-Hop grew out of poverty into an outlet from the oppression that still thrives in underground communities as a Socially Conscious Art Culture.

In 2012, she presented an excerpt of her art exhibition called (Her)story: A Journey through Womanhood and Hip-Hop during Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood Art Walk/Second Friday Event at the Chicago Art Department.

Ashley Lana Scott serves Creative Young Women in discovering their own personal power through Socially Conscious Art Engagement so that they can transform the global consciousness and inspire connection with their own innovative Ideas, ArtWork and Business.

About Sarah Dennis

Ph.D, Biography

I grew up in Chicago, attending a Chicago Public Magnet school that attracted children from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds near the Cabrini Green Housing Project in the mid-late 80s/early 90s. From the young age of about 10, I was inspired to become an engaging educator committed to social justice to help turn children on to the love of learning and reading, and try to change the inequities in many of the systems in the United States. Also from the age of 10, I was a proud member of the Chicago Children’s Choir, a multi-cultural, multi-racial, secular city-wide organization committed to social justice. My experiences at my elementary school and choir helped shape my commitment to social justice.

After attending New York University for a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and then teaching preschool/Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at public schools in New York City, I began coaching and mentoring preschool teachers in the Best Practices in Early Literacy Project, which led to two Early Reading First projects (2002-’05 & 2005-’08). During these years, I earned a Masters in Literacy Education (2005) and a doctorate in Early Childhood (2008) from New York University.

I have presented at many dozens of conferences nationally including the National Head Start Research Conference in Washington D.C. (2002, ’04, ’06 & ’08), NAEYC’s Professional Development Institute (Pittsburg, 2007; Indianapolis, 2012), NIEER’s Conference (2002), the Early Reading First Grantees Meeting (2004 in AZ, 2005 in FL, 2007 in CA), the Illinois Reading Council Conference (Springfield, 2011-2014), and have provided professional development and coaching to many hundreds of teachers and coaches. I have also been assessing and tutoring children (Kindergarten-HS) for nearly 15 years in NYC and Chicago.

I am the founder and co-leader of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education: Advancing and Advocating for Social Justice & Equity, and have also founded and co-lead the Families for Racial Justice Chicago Facebook Group. I recently participated as part of a panel on anti-racism for the Quentin B. Young Equity Project (Feb 2017) (see photo below), and I am currently in training to hopefully become a trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

I hope to hear from you soon to see how I can support your work to inspire the children of the next generation!


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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039: Give yourself a real shot at your crazy dream, Jen Briney of Congressional Dish

“Give yourself a real shot at the dream, go for it, and if you fail, fine, but at least you gave it a shot and you’re definitely going to learn something that will help.” ~Jennifer Briney

Create the thing YOU want to exist…

We’re switching gears just a bit on this episode — we are talking politics — I KNOW TABOO!!!

But don’t roll your eyes in disgust, frustration and overwhelm. You are going to LOVE this conversation with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast.

I discovered Jennifer and her show earlier this year at Podfest in Florida where she was keynoting about how she funds her podcast, her production team and her life 100% through direct listener support  — no ads, no sponsors, no links to sign up for her XYZ course. Just straight up value for value between what she’s creating and the people who consume it.

You’ll get to hear about our mutually impostor-y experiences around Podfest, the awkwardness of asking for money, Jen’s huge leap of faith, and her take on what’s going on in government right now (without straight up ranting and bashing.)

Also…  we laugh a LOT in this episode. Who knew politics could be so funny? 

“I felt like one of those people that sits by the subway with a little cup in my hand being like, ‘Change sir?’ It was horrible!” ~Jen Briney, on the first episodes where she asked listeners for money

Connect with Jen…

Congressional Dish on Apple Podcasts

Website
Support the show on Patreon
Facebook
Show’s Twitter
Jen’s Twitter

Connect with Andrea…

Facebook
Instagram
Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Resources & Links…

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Support the Creative Impostor…

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

“Vote! People have died for the right to vote — it’s the thing that makes us different from these countries we’re so afraid of… so to just throw it away? I can’t fathom that.” ~Jennifer Briney

ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL DISH PODCAST

Congressional Dish is different from the “political” shows you have seen on television and have heard on the radio. Congressional Dish is not owned by a big company. There are no screaming matches. There are no commercials. The listener-supported Congressional Dish podcast is a show about the Congress and Jennifer Briney, the host, reads the bills that they pass.

If you are an American, you are your Representative’s boss and this show will help you judge their job performance. Using the information from Congressional Dish, you can decide if their actions represent you and choose whether to re-hire or fire them. This show makes your job easy, explaining complicated legislation in a way anyone can understand and exposing Representatives who accept legal bribes (“campaign contributions”) from industries that benefit from their bills. Congressional Dish will introduce you to the people using and misusing your government, and you may even laugh a few times along the way.

ABOUT THE HOST

Host of Congressional Dish

Host of Congressional Dish

Hi. I’m Jen Briney. I’m the host of Congressional Dish.

My husband and I currently live in Walnut Creek, CA but I was raised and went to school in Southern California. I have a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Congressional Dish is my full time job.

I have no affiliation with anyone with power in Washington D.C., any political party, or any political organization. I was a registered Republican in 2000 (before I knew anything about politics), a registered Independent in 2004 (before I knew that was a political party), and I’m now registered as “unenrolled”.

In December of 2010, I saw Tom Cole (R-OK) on C-SPAN successfully attach an amendment protecting secret campaign contributions into a government funding bill; that’s when I started reading the Congressional Record. After reading the bills, I realized that there is a lot of important news inside of them that is going uncovered. A year later, after teaching myself how to create a website and a podcast, Congressional Dish was born.

Want to know more? Listen to the podcast. Follow me on Twitter. Contact me. Ask.

Thanks for listening :)

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

“I created the thing that I wanted to exist… If you want something bad enough, chances are someone else wants it too. They might not know it yet, but when they find out about it, they’ll be happy that it’s there.” ~Jennifer Briney

 


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.


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