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Notes on Doing is a series of conversations with people who love what they do, hosted by Jenna Matecki. notesondoing.com
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Feb 21, 2019

In retrospect, Jenna has some things to say about Notes on Doing. Check out what she's up to today at postcardsfromjenna.com,  holajenna.com, and @jennamatecki on Instagram. 

Sep 19, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast episode 064 where Jenna interviews Mark Osborne. Mark Osborne is an animation film director. He directed The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda, Spongebob Squarepants, music videos for Coldplay and Weird Al, and the short films More and Greener. Lately he's working on a trilogy film adaption of the epic comic book series Bone.

Listen to what Mark had to say about getting started in animation, the risks of being successful, creative control versus independence, the art of the pitch, the importance of a family-first approach, and all those essential things that are invisible to the eye. 

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Jul 26, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 063 where Jenna interviews Eric McCoy and Justus Meyer, the filmmakers behind McCoy Meyer. They're a directing duo that's produced over 100 commercials, short films, and music videos.

Listen to what they said about being professional problem solvers, gratitude, gut checks, and big laughs, what it's like to have death as a best friend, surprise and empathy, directing on set, finding your voice, having fun, and making it all happen – together.

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May 11, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast episode 062 where Jenna interviews Caitlin Pasko. Caitlin is the music publicist running Drunken Piano, a company managing and representing over 35 bands. She is also a musician and just released the album Glass Period.

Listen to what Caitlin had to say about leading with a feather, being both brave and shy, music as a career, and self-respect. 

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Apr 3, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 061 where Jenna interviews Danielle Jackson. 

Danielle is a writer, focusing on culture and social dynamics. She founded the consultancy Culture Culture, and has a background across arts administration, community development, media, social justice, photography, and more, including co-founding the Bronx Documentary Center.

Listen to what Danielle had to say about making, thinking, creating, and leading.

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Mar 17, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 060 where Jenna interviews Jon Bowermaster, an environmental filmmaker, writer, and adventurer. Jon is an oceans expert who has spent his career telling stories about climate change and conservation. He has traveled from his home in New York's Hudson Valley to over 90 countries around the world, often by sea kayak.

Listen to what Jon had to say about running a newspaper out of a basement in Iowa, leather jackets, 8inch floppy disks, writing for every major print magazine in the 80s and 90s, dogsleds, polar explorers, sea fossils on the chilean altiplano, the true nature of danger, the birthplace of the winds, and learning.

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Feb 23, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast episode 059 where Jenna interviews Meitha Al Mazrooei, Founder and Editor of WATAD architecture and design magazine.

Listen to what Meitha had to say about curiosity, printed matter, aesthetics, Dubai, and creative honesty.

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Feb 7, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 058, where Jenna interviews Sharlese Metcalf. Sharlese is a DJ at KEXP Seattle. She hosts and produces Audioasis, a Northwest music show. Sharlese is also KEXP's Music Community Events Coordinator.

Listen to what Sharlese had to say about beloved songs and mixtapes, fanmail, the importance of music, hosting her show (while also dancing in the booth), and being a part of KEXP.

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Jan 25, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 057 where Jenna interviews Jim Estill. Jim is the CEO of Danby, a Guelph, Ontario-based manufacturer of electrical appliances. Jim recently took over a million dollars of his own money and organized a massive community-wide effort to sponsor and support over 58 Syrian families immigrating to Canada. Jim also is an immensely successful businessman who, throughout his career, has invested in, led, and scaled companies worth billions of dollars.

Listen to what Jim had to say about inspiration, intuition, time management, cowboys, the psychology of failure, entrepreneurial angst, and doing the right thing.

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Jan 9, 2017

Welcome to Season II of Notes on Doing. I have some updates for you -

1. Episodes are now happening twice a month, and I need some great suggestions for interviewees. Do you know someone amazing who loves what they do? Send me a note!

2. Thanks to you there’s now a Notes on Doing Community, join it on Facebook and come to the meetups! Also, if you could take a second now to review the show on iTunes you’ll make my day and help bring in more listeners.

3. And ever wonder what this is all about? I’m writing a book about Notes on Doing. These interviews on the podcast are contributing research to the book - through the voices and perspectives of people who show what it looks like to love what you do. Do you know anyone in publishing world, book agents, authors? If you could connect me with them I’d really appreciate it. I have so many questions about how all of that works. 

4. Through Notes on Doing I’ve found what it is that I love to do, and that’s interviewing people. I’m currently looking for projects where I can be hired to do so. Have a story to tell? Work in journalism or radio? Like having great conversations?

My email, for anything and everything, is jenna@mateckico.com and my twitter is @jennamatecki. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for listening. Until soon! In the meantime, do you.

Jan 9, 2017

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 056 where Jenna interviews Charlie O'Donnell, the venture capitalist behind Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. Here's what Charlie had to say about starting his own fund, investing in people because of their character, the work and time that goes into making ideas fly, the moments when he didn't realize that things were actually going well, and having a job that he'd still do - even if he had a blank check for life.

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Dec 7, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 055 where Jenna interviews Dan Maccarone. Dan is the Co-Founder of Charming Robot, a product design company. He also interviews people for the company's podcast, Story in a Bottle. Additionally Dan has a bar named Fool's Gold, on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Listen to what Dan had to say about starting a newspaper at age ten, performing sketch comedy off broadway, lovingly arguing with Charming Robot's clients, partners and team about user experience, the secret to running a great bar, creating a familial business, interviewing people for Story in a Bottle, and the pursuit of never getting bored.

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Nov 7, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 054 where Jenna interviews Ward Roberts. Ward is an artist. He's also the photographer behind the celebrated Courts photo series - a gorgeous collection of photos of empty sports courts (think tennis courts, basketball courts, you name it). 

Listen to what Ward had to say about photographing people with character, finding your voice, believing in yourself, connecting with others, and making honest work. 

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Oct 31, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 053 where Jenna interviews Scott Beale. Scott is the Founder of Laughing Squid, a blog that features art, culture and technology. Laughing Squid also functions as a cloud-based web hosting company.

Listen to what Scott had to say about ironic t-shirts, multimedia gulch, Burning Man, Santa Claus on the Williamsburg bridge, and a 21-year-old cephalopod (or should I blog!?) named Laughing Squid.

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Oct 25, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 052 where Jenna interviews Nick Rhodes, the Founder and CEO of NickyDigital.com – *the* place to go to find out where the hottest events, concerts, and parties are happening across New York City... and to see great photos from last night.

Listen to what Nick had to say about mustaches, miming, adventures in retail, faces, work/life balance, backpacks, and out of office emails.

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Oct 17, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 051 where Jenna interviews Friday Jones. Friday is a tattoo artist, painter, and according to me, a philosopher. She is one of the most credentialed and celebrated tattoo artists of today, having inked thousands of tattoos over the past 25 years – whether they're secret tattoos for famous actresses or the Tasmanian devil on your ankle. 

Listen to what Friday had to say about post office eagles, scab merchants, surfing with the guys, and the liberated mind. 

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Oct 10, 2016

Welcome to Notes on Doing. Conversations with people who love what they do. I'm Jenna Matecki.

Exactly a year ago on October 10th there were only three episodes in this podcast. At the time I tried to juggle publishing two episodes a week (and that didn’t last long).

There’s been so many interviews since then. Now, this is Episode 50.

The biggest question that I get asked with Notes on Doing is always “How do you find these people?” And I think that’s an interesting one.  

I find people who love what they do are everywhere, and since the series started more and more people have been introduced to me under the lens of Notes on Doing. And I’m lucky to live in this gorgeous mecca of opportunity and creativity that is New York City, and to be privileged in that I can devote time to this series - so it’s continued.

But the thing is, and this is key, is that I know someone’s perfect to be interviewed when they are hesitant to do it.

We live in a time where everyone’s self promoting, competing, and trying to be the best. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But because of that it strikes me more when people would rather just continue doing their thing instead of talking about it and asking for attention.

There was this sailing race that happened back in 1968. A group all competed to be the first man to circumnavigate the world single handedly. The person who won, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said:

“It was all a bit of a dream. You look at all these people, and say ‘I’ve done this.’ This thing that people said you couldn’t do. I’ve done this now. I don’t have to yell, scream and shout about it, it’s inside.”

And, among the many insights that I’ve uncovered from this series, this is the one that I want to convey for Episode 050.

When you truly love what you’re doing, and don’t feel like you have to compare yourself to anyone else – it doesn’t matter if you’re silent. You have all the recognition you need, because the best kind of recognition comes from yourself.

So, that’s Episode 050. A celebration of that internal thing. In Notes on Doing it’s sometimes revealed not in what the interviewees say, but in their pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums. It’s revealed in their hesitation to be interviewed in the first place.

Because the people interviewed are good at being themselves. And they already have the recognition they need because of that. And that’s why they’re featured on Notes on Doing.

I’ll leave it at that, and I’d love to plug that a group of us are throwing a party in New York City this Thursday (that’s October 13th) at this great bar/restaurant called Freehold, starting at 7:00pm. I’d love to see you there.

In the meantime, always do. And what I mean by that, is always do you.

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Oct 4, 2016

Notes on Doing's Episode 049 where Jenna interviews Troy Ogilvie. Troy is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director. She's danced for and collaborated with so many amazing, incredibly talented people. To name a few things that she's up to – she's a Creative Director for The McKittrick Hotel’s Super Cinema parties, and is currently dancing solos by Margie Gillis and Itzik Galili. In the past she's performed with the LA Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera, and starred as Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. 

Listen to what Troy had to say about a certain 9-year-old who wanted to dance at parties, discovering things instead of finding things, play, and curiosity.

Sep 27, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 048 where Jenna interviews Tim Einenkel. Tim has worked as a host, producer and engineer on the best shows in broadcast radio and podcasts for over a decade. Most notably, Tim's the host of The Library w/ Tim Einenkel, where he conducts in-depth interviews with hip-hop artists, scholars, authors, and entertainers.

Listen to what Tim had to say about mixtape presents from his Grandma, what Chuck D told him to do, and the things that are worth not being shy about.

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Sep 22, 2016

Episode 050: THE PARTY
One year, fifty episodes later
*Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm*
You + your friends are personally invited to FREEHOLD (S 3rd + Wythe), Brooklyn, NY to celebrate one year of conversations
with people who love what they do.

Come hang out with the people featured in NOD, other fans of the show, and yours truly.

And if you aren’t able to make it to New York, whether you’re in LA or very far away in Australia, (hey guys) send me a note and I’ll make sure you feel like you were.

Can't wait to see you there.
Love, Jenna

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Sep 20, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 047 where Jenna interviews Sam Valenti IV. Sam is the Founder and CEO of Ghostly International – home to the record labels Ghostly and Spectral Sound. Ghostly is the cultural nexus of some of the best music, design, technology, art, clothing, stuff, and good ideas made today.

Listen to what Sam had to say about creating work with intention, building communities, operating out of your comfort zone, becoming yourself, and finding meaning.

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Sep 12, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 046 where Jenna interviews Ann Yang and Phil Wong, the founders of MISFIT. MISFIT is a juice company that repurposes food waste – lovably misfit fruits and vegetables – into delicious cold-pressed juices. Listen to what Ann and Phil had to say about their deep friendship and partnership, strawberries and cash, and thinking tender thoughts. 

Also, psssst. Mark your calendars. The next Notes on Doing meetup will be Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm in Brooklyn, New York at... are you ready for this? FREEHOLD. Come hang out with the people featured in NOD, other fans of the show, and yours truly. I couldn't be more excited to see you all.

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Aug 30, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast Episode 045 where Jenna interviews Jill Eisenhard. Jill is the Founder and Executive Director of the Red Hook Initiative. RHI is a community-based institution that works to empower youth in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

Listen to what Jill had to say about instilling hope, leading through other leaders, strengthening a community, responding to Hurricane Sandy, and building the future of Red Hook – with Red Hook. 

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Aug 23, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast episode 044 where Jenna interviews Brandon Sugiyama. Brandon is very, very, very good at wushu, also known as Chinese kung fu. He knows, practices, competes in, and judges competitions for contemporary wushu – changquan, tajiquan, and bagua. Brandon also has a career as a creative director and motion graphics designer.

Listen to what Brandon had to say about learning wushu basics in a basement gym, a monkey stealing a peach, Sifus, passion-filled burritos, and the subject of mastery.

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Aug 15, 2016

Notes on Doing's NODcast episode 043 where Jenna interviews Luca Roselli. Luca is in the creative real estate business - providing great work spaces for artists, entrepreneurs, and creators around Brooklyn, New York. 

Listen to what Luca had to say about following your own directions, playing with fire, and creating inspiring spaces for inspiring people.

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