Creators in Isolation with Jessica Zollman, Dani DiPirro and Andrea Wise
The Darkroom Podcast
In the final episode of our Creators in Isolation series, we spoke with three of our favorite creators: photographer Jessica Zollman, designer and author Dani Dipirro and Co-founder of Diversify Photo Andrea Wise. Jessica talks through losing her full-time job and how her future plans of going back to freelancing and moving to Portland had become a present and hasty reality. After a brief time of processing the sweeping effects of Covid-19, Jessica is finding ways to stay creative and sane. Andrea gives insight into building Diversify Photo, a community that equips Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Directors with the resources to discover photographers of color available for work. She touches on the changes she has seen within the Diversify community and her advice for creatives to stay agile, viewing this crisis as a creative challenge. Dani's brand, Positively Present, is a much needed perspective in a time where constraints like social distancing have been emotionaly draining for many of us. In these often uninspiring times, Dani has doubleddown on creating as her outlet for what she is experiencing. Dani's work has always been highly personal and has become a raw and leading vocie for those who want to stay positive in this crisis. We took away a lot from listening to these three creators and hope their stories can be helpful in these trying times.
@JayZombie | Maintaining Your Sanity as an Artist with Jessica Zollman
The Darkroom Podcast
In this episode of The Darkroom Podcast we spoke with Jessica Zollman (@jayzombie), an LA based creator represented by Tinker Street. Jay was Instagram’s 5th employee and managed the community of the social media giant through their acquisition by Facebook. She now works as the Visual Coordinator for Go Get Em Tiger, a new Coffee subscription and store based in LA. We got to hear about her obsession with zombies and their underlying parallel to human crisis, working in LA as a freelancer and how to stay sane as an artist. Through her personal journey, Jay offers her advice on how to avoid burning out as an artist and how to rediscover your love for creating.
S1E11: Jessica Zollman on Taking Risk and Facing Uncertainty
This week the guys chat with Jessica Zollman, also known as @jayzombie on the internet. Jessica was Instagram's 5th employee when she served as the Community Evangelist.She now is a full time freelance photographer, specializing in commercial and lifestyle imagery. She chats with us about what it's like to take jumps, risks, and face uncertainty.
After discussing drugs (of all shapes and sizes), Caroline asks Jessica a series of questions about her social media past, present and future. HINT: Jayzombie was Instagram's 5th hire (and first female hire!) so she's got some seriously juicy answers! Don't miss this. Links: Jessica's Photography: JAYZOMBIE Jessica on Insta: @jayzombie Jessica on Twitter: @jayzombie The #CamerasandDancers series Jessica mentions The Charlotte's Web CBD Oil Jessica talks about Caroline Lee Caroline on Insta: @teamwoodnote Caroline on Twitter: @teamwoodnote Out of Line on Insta: @outoflinepodcast Out of Line on Facebook: Out of Line with Caroline Lee email Caroline: email@example.com
Jessica Zollman, also known as "jayzombie," is a self-taught photographer from San Francisco who is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Jessica was Instagram's fifth employee and first female hire back in 2011, and served as their Community Evangelist for nearly two years. She also spent a season working at a little company called Facebook. In 2013 she set out on her own to pursue her passion for taking pictures full-time. I put a call out on my own Instagram story, asking if anyone would be open to talking about drugs on the podcast, and I was over the moon when Jessica responded. She’s a fellow lover of bright colors, Los Angeles, and being an authentic human, so it was an absolute joy to have her over to my place to record this podcast. Links: Jessica's Photography: JAYZOMBIE Jessica on Insta: @jayzombie Jessica on Twitter: @jayzombie The #CamerasandDancers series Jessica mentions The Charlotte's Web CBD Oil Jessica talks about Caroline Lee Caroline on Insta: @teamwoodnote Caroline on Twitter: @teamwoodnote Out of Line on Insta: @outoflinepodcast Out of Line on Facebook: Out of Line with Caroline Lee email Caroline: firstname.lastname@example.org