We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Izek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what’s your definition for success?
Success is an extremely powerful concept that has the ability to hold us back or propel us forward. The mere idea of success is attached to the idea of “making it”, of feeling that you have reached maximum potential. For me, success is about taking action in your individual pursuit. Just one step forward every day. Success is to start. Success is to continue to go. Success is to never stop. Success is to learn from your accomplishments and failures, to recognize that there is always space to grow, and to never max out on “making it”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Prioritizing my creative outlets has always been important to me. Previously, my art has taken the form of starting a publication (SPEC Magazine), drawing fashion illustrations, creating costume designs, and pursuing creative writing. Currently, my art exists as a podcast. Why a podcast? One, because I love to talk. Two, because I have something to say. Three, because this medium creates a space for all of us to listen, and more importantly, to learn. Podcasting is so unique in that it truly feels like there is space for everyone. My podcast, Typically Peachy, is based on my life, my experiences, my passions, my recommendations, and my guidance, all while I continue to listen and learn in real time. Typically Peachy is an outlet to take you out of your world, find new things to love and enjoy, and give you some advice on how I live my unguided life into adulthood. I named it Typically Peachy because the joke’s that I’m not. I think it’s a really unifying feeling to know that everyone is just trying to stay peachy. No one knows what they’re doing. We’re all just figuring it out one step at a time, and that’s what I do with my listeners every Thursday. The process of starting this podcast wasn’t easy, but it was manageable because I was positive that I wanted to do it. Once I decided that this was going to be my next creative endeavor, I got started on the steps. I created a website, took original product photos, posted on the social accounts, applied for the copyright, made an RSS feed, and recorded my intro episode. I think that the biggest challenge in anything new is just starting and mentally preparing yourself to not know the majority of the steps. Just like a lot of what I talk about on the podcast, creating something from scratch is a lot about winging it, and being confident enough in yourself and your abilities to figure it out along the way. Google is your best friend, and it will never judge your questions, no matter how small. Even though I’m now more than twenty episodes in, I’m still winging it. The advice I am continually giving myself, and I encourage others to follow, is to stay true to who you are no matter how many changing forms your art takes. You are the constant. At the end of the day, if you like what you’re putting out, that should always be your driving force. People love passionate people. Stay passionate and stay peachy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is ALWAYS something to do in LA. I think that’s my favorite part about the city. You have to actively try to be bored. My favorite spots have a lot to do with my memories. Call me a tourist, but driving to Santa Monica Pier at night with the windows down listening to “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield is why I fell in love with LA. If you’ve never done that, I just gave you your Friday night plan. Guisados in Echo Park is where you need to go if you want to find genuine people that also happen to make amazing tacos. Go to Fred 62 in Los Feliz if you missed your flight and are far too upset to eat dinner food for dinner. It’s not even a little bit close to LAX, but it has all day breakfast and mac and cheese balls, so I think my reasoning for the trek is clear. If you want to get a little fancy, go to Manhattan Beach, get ice cream from the Creamery, spend the money you don’t have at the adorable beach front stores, and watch the sunset. If you want a reality check after that boujee outing because you have limited funds and a can-do attitude to have a great night anyways, go to Colori Kitchen in downtown. They have a BYOB policy and Italian food. That is all, and that is enough. For good music, good drinks, and good people wanting to have a good time, check out Hotel Cafe on the Cahuenga Boulevard strip in Hollywood. Some of the greats have performed there and the to-be-greats are always welcome. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my family and friends! I have received an amazing amount of support from the people in my life both near and far. I am fortunate to be surrounded by individuals that champion my creative ideas and are always eagerly waiting to see what I do next. When I founded an on campus publication, SPEC Magazine, they read every issue. When I was published in magazines, they bought every copy. When I designed costumes for plays, they were front row. When I created my podcast, Typically Peachy, they listened to every episode, and still do! Starting something brand new is always challenging, but it is significantly easier (and more fun) when you have cheerleaders by your side. I am forever grateful that whenever I look up, I always see a familiar face. You know who you are. Thank you for everything.
Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/typically-peachy/id1531377160 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/typically-peachy