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Stephanie Fuccio

Host & Show Notes and Social Media on Creatively Complicated
Stephanie is an American who has been living overseas for the majority of the past 15 years. Since moving to Asia in 2003, she has lived in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and now Shanghai, China. Most of Steph's projects started after leaving a PhD program in the U.S. in late 2016. The program was great but it was not leading to the creative or research path she intended long term. But she still needed a space to create, share and think: thus these podcasts (and their accompanying YouTube channels) were born. All of the projects revolve around a question that Stephanie is trying to answer. The podcasts have changed and grown a lot since the first one in April 2017 and she imagines that they will continue to do so going forward. What doesn't change is a desire to share language and culture and quite often, where they intersect. Steph is very open to collaborations, questions and suggestions.
Recent episodes featuring Stephanie Fuccio
Ep 20: The Creative Comparison Trap
We fell deep into a rabbit hole in this episode as we pondered the differences between writing and podcasting, as well as what it means to compare ourselves to others in our creative space(s). Both of us seem to think that podcasting feels lighter and "easier" than writing, but why?  Gatekeepers, community, cultural reverence are all covered in this packed conversation—as evidenced by the fact that this episode is nearly 17 minutes longer than our intention. Oops. Quotes: “We can look at somebody else who appears to be at the same level as us; maybe in terms of experience, quality of work, whatever the case may be. And if it seems like they’re getting something more or better than we are, the reality is that we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes with them.” -Summer “I find it (podcasting) a lot easier of a product because people aren’t as nit picky with audio as writers are with playing with language.” -Steph on word play tolerance in writing versus speaking “I think when you bring money into it and there is a limited opportunity, there is competition.” -Summer on hiring one writer for a task “Although writing wasn’t thought of as a profession that would lead to a high paying job; we did study literature, we did read from books, libraries were revered. There was a respect for the written word but there wasn’t necessarily a respect for the spoken word.” -Steph on the  respect given to both ways of communicating growing up (writing versus speaking) Music: And a big thank you to Alex of Kwick Lights (https://kwick-lights.de/de) for recording our snazzy new intro/outro jingles! Thanks also to Lena of Lena On The Move (https://lenaonthemove.com/) for the sound idea and pulling this together for us! Check out Alex and Lena's Nuremberg-based band, Off The Grid, at https://www.instagram.com/offthegrid.music/   Contact us:  Creatively Complicated (in Internetland): Twitter: Creatively Complicated Podcast, @stephandsummer Email: creativelycomplicatedpodcast@gmail.com Summer (in Germany):   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/summeroutside Blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/ Stephanie: (in China): https://linktr.ee/stephfuccio This episode was created with: Steph and Summer’s microphones Samson Q2U  Auphonic, free online leveling software We see each other (and our various facial expressions) on the remote video software, Zoom. This is also our back up audio file.  We are now recording our own tracks with Audacity and then Summer is doing two track editing on them.
Ep 19: The Shelf Life of a Creative Idea
If only sourcing good ideas were as simple as walking down to the Amazing Ideas Emporium and loading up a basket of suitably fulfilling, challenging, and hopefully money-making creative visions. But it’s not.  So how do we “get” ideas? And how long do they stay fresh? Should we push through with an idea just because it was strong for a moment OR learn to let them go if the energy behind it fades?  Quotes: “Messiness is an inherent part of creativity.” -Summer “Acknowledging the messy, admitting the messy, working around the messy, I am comfortable with those. It kinda has to get messy to get done.” -Steph  “We are protective of those concepts, when we have a new idea that we’ve started. Is this protection of our idea or of ourselves?” -Summer “I used to feel very confined by notebooks. If something wasn’t working or I couldn’t find a place for it to exist in the world or I just got really sick of working on it I would literally burn it.” -Steph Music: And a big thank you to Alex of Kwick Lights (https://kwick-lights.de/de) for recording our snazzy new intro/outro jingles! Thanks also to Lena of Lena On The Move (https://lenaonthemove.com/) for the sound idea and pulling this together for us! Check out Alex and Lena's Nuremberg-based band, Off The Grid, at https://www.instagram.com/offthegrid.music/  Contact us:  Creatively Complicated (in Internetland): Twitter: Creatively Complicated Podcast, @stephandsummer Email: creativelycomplicatedpodcast@gmail.com Summer (in Germany):   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/summeroutside Blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/ Stephanie: (in China): https://linktr.ee/stephfuccio This episode was created with: Steph and Summer’s microphones Samson Q2U  Auphonic, free online leveling software We see each other (and our various facial expressions) on the remote video software, Zoom. This is also our back up audio file.  We are now recording our own tracks with Audacity and then Summer is doing two track editing on them.
Ep 18: Life Interrupting Art
Do life changes help or hurt the creative process? We have decided to create some geographical disruptions to help us investigate this quandary. Well, not really, but let's pretend that we are doing this for science anyway. Steph will be in Germany for at least the first 3 months of 2020 AND Summer is visiting Japan for 2 weeks around then as well! Hooray for swapping regions madness!  Don’t worry, our first season of Creatively Complicated will continue through 13 December but this week we're having a chat about what it's like when life interrupts our creative projects. Are "forced" breaks good or bad for our creativity? Should we scramble to compensate for missed productivity or just relax and go with the flow? Spoiler alert: The outcome of this discussion was more positive than we anticipated.  Links: Steph’s YouTube channel closure video (that she forgot to post for hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHwdOwwPapY  Quotes: “The more I add things to the Germany to do list, the more I put the list aside and work on the podcast. I have been in straight avoidance mode for at least a week now.” -Steph “I think it’s good to take a break sometimes. I am that big person on savoring anticipation. I enjoy the act of putting it off.”-Summer Music: And a big thank you to Alex of Kwick Lights (https://kwick-lights.de/de) for recording our snazzy new intro/outro jingles! Thanks also to Lena of Lena On The Move (https://lenaonthemove.com/) for the sound idea and pulling this together for us! Check out Alex and Lena's Nuremberg-based band, Off The Grid, at https://www.instagram.com/offthegrid.music/   Contact us:  Creatively Complicated (in Internetland): Twitter: Creatively Complicated Podcast, @stephandsummer Email: creativelycomplicatedpodcast@gmail.com Summer (in Germany):   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/summeroutside Blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/ Stephanie: (in China): https://linktr.ee/stephfuccio This episode was created with: Steph and Summer’s microphones Samson Q2U  Auphonic, free online leveling software Remote video software, Zoom
Ep 17: The Creative "Why"
Why do we create? Often, our motivation is money, entertainment or guilt because we feel like we “should" be doing something. Despite a long list of topics to discuss in our last episode on creative feedback, we both thought the episode felt unnatural and directionless. You might not have picked up on that because Summer saved us with her editing prowess by creating a narrative arch before we published the episode. Stephanie, known globally for her occasional bouts of brilliance, quickly realized that the ladies were lacking the reason WHY they were talking about feedback in the first place. We accidentally on purpose continue this discussion in today’s episode by trying once and again to answer this motivational question on an episode AND show level. Do our answers make sense? (That’s not a rhetorical question, we really want to know!)  Links:  None, we are deeply in our own heads in this ep Words we want to exist: IRV : in real voice (as opposed to online or recorded voices. Kinda like IRL, in real life but specific to voices) Polypodomous: working on multiple podcasts instead of just one (monopodpmous?) Quotes: “Let’s get meta on the meta…” -Steph on the accidental link between last week and this week’s episodes “If the why is intrinsic and you don’t necessarily have a direction that’s still enough of a why to keep going.”-Summer Music: And a big thank you to Alex of Kwick Lights (https://kwick-lights.de/de) for recording our snazzy new intro/outro jingles! Thanks also to Lena of Lena On The Move (https://lenaonthemove.com/) for the sound idea and pulling this together for us! Check out Alex and Lena's Nuremberg-based band, Off The Grid, at https://www.instagram.com/offthegrid.music/  Contact us:  Creatively Complicated (in Internetland): Twitter: Creatively Complicated Podcast, @stephandsummer Email: creativelycomplicatedpodcast@gmail.com Summer (in Germany):   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/summeroutside Blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/ Stephanie: (in China): https://linktr.ee/stephfuccio This episode was created with: Steph and Summer’s microphones Samson Q2U  Auphonic, free online leveling software Remote video software, Zoom
Ep 16: Do we ever really want creative feedback?
Love it or hate it, feedback is an inevitable component of the creative process when you choose to release your work into the wild. This week, Steph and Summer get meta with their thoughts on the whys, whens, and hows of receiving and giving creative feedback.  We ultimately discover that there seems to be a value tier when it comes to feedback and, big sorry to friends and family, but as it turns out, you guys are at the bottom of the pile. Cheers!  If you're feeling inspired to offer feedback after listening to us talk for half an hour about feedback, pop on over to Podchaser and leave us your thoughts: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/creatively-complicated-866546  Links:  -Episode with Nicole: https://creativelycomplicated.libsyn.com/ep-14-creativity-roundtable-with-nicole   Quotes:   “I hear these stories but I feel like they are Sasquatched or something. I don’t quite get  why you wouldn’t wanna know everybody that has the same interests in the world” -Steph    (in response to where the discomfort with feedback exists)  “...the anticipation that someone won’t like the work or that bad feedback is coming.”-Summer Music: And a big thank you to Alex of Kwick Lights (https://kwick-lights.de/de) for recording our snazzy new intro/outro jingles! Thanks also to Lena of Lena On The Move (https://lenaonthemove.com/) for the sound idea and pulling this together for us! Check out Alex and Lena's Nuremberg-based band, Off The Grid, at https://www.instagram.com/offthegrid.music/    Contact us:  Creatively Complicated (in Internetland): Twitter: Creatively Complicated Podcast, @stephandsummer Email: creativelycomplicatedpodcast@gmail.com Summer (in Germany):   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/summeroutside Blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/ Stephanie: (in China): https://linktr.ee/stephfuccio This episode was created with: Steph and Summer’s microphones Samson Q2U  Auphonic, free online leveling software Remote video software, Zoom
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Stats
Birthdate
Dec 26th, 1971
Location
Shanghai, China
Episode Count
23
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
14 hours, 11 minutes