the Creative Alchemist podcast

This podcast focuses on conversations with creatives who fuse together the worlds of art and business. We discuss sources of inspiration, how bills are paid, lessons learned along the way, and much more. It gives listeners motivation, nuggets of knowledge, and priceless mentors. 

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Episode 1:

Lindaluz Carrillo

Lindaluz Carrillo is an urban artist and graphic designer based in Hartford, CT. In this episode we discuss her work, female empowerment, and letting people know the real deal. 

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Episode 2:

Jus Hues

Jus Hues is a the owner of Jus Move Studios. He is a Hartford-based dancer, vocal coach, artist developer, and instructor. In this episode we discuss dancing, paying attention to the vibes, and not being paid in snicklefritz. 


Episode 3:

Patrick "Rico" Williams


Patrick Williams is a writer, author, connector of people, educator, and creator of great things.

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Episode 4: 


Stephanie Sandoval

Stephanie Sandoval is one half of the School of Rejecks, LLC squad - a brand that encourages consumers to be different, to take a stand against bullying, to hone your creative voice, and utilize your natural skills and turn them into entrepreneurial opportunities. School of Rejecks create apparel designs that fuse together pop culture references, comics, and positive messaging. Along with her business partner, Stephanie facilitates fun, interactive, youth-centered workshops that encourage team building, anti-bullying, and creative entrepreneurship at a young age. 


Episode 5: 


Andre Rochester 

Andre Rochester is a native of Hartford, CT. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College. While working Corporate America by day and moonlighting as a professional artist in his time away from his 9-5, Andre uses his traditional work experience to help others by sharing lessons learned as his career progresses.

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Episode 6: 


Sistah Anyangō

Sistah Anyangō is the founder and CEO of FLYY Fitness Healing & the Arts. FLYY stands for Freedom to Love You in You! She is a Dancer, Lecturer, Fitness Professional, Wholistic Counselor, Freedom Coach, and workshop facilitator. 

Sistah Anyangō holds a Bachelor’s degree both in English and Afrikan American studies as well as a Master of Arts degree in Afrikan American Studies. She is a Phase 2 trainee at Hartford Family Institute and holds her City of Hartford Family Development Credential as well as Middle Management Certification. Sistah Anyangō is certified to teach Zumba. As a soul inspired entrepreneur, mother of four and catalyst for change; passion, purpose, prosperity, peace, and soul happiness are her guide posts to flying and soaring.


Episode 7: 


Hector Navarro

Hector Navarro is a Marine Corp Iraqi War Vet who recently graduated from NVCC with an Associates degree in IT security. He is the former Chair to the Student Advisory Committee of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, Vice President to non profit Brass City Gamers Tournament in Waterbury, CT, social media manager for Jahana Hayes, a poet, and recently published blogger along with podcasting website called BeardedEggHead.

He has coined the term "Wannapreneur"


Episode 8: Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best

Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best’s 30-year artistic sojourn began as a spiritual practice and preaching medium during her theological study at Hartford Seminary. Her artist portfolio includes acrylics; mixed media; up-cycling; and activist photography that emerges from her life of service inspired by meditation, prayer and community change-making.
Dr. Best’s most significant installation is a 30,000 square-foot adaptive reuse art space in Hartford, CT called The 224 EcoSpace. Dr. Best’s extensive travels to Israel, Palestine, South Africa, India, and the Caribbean have informed her efforts as a human rights ambassador. Rev. Best has a BA in communication from Central Connecticut State University; a Master's degree in religious leadership from Hartford Seminary; as well as a Master's in divinity from Yale University. She also earned a Doctorate in ministry from Hartford Seminary. 


Episode 9: Alicia C. Cobb

Alicia C. Cobb is a professional, visual artist and body painter currently residing and working in Bridgeport, CT. Her biggest inspirations are transformation, the human body, emotion, nature and her children. 
Her body art has been featured in several published magazines (S.L.A.M.M, 2013; & Skin Markz, 2015). She was also among the highlighted artists in New York City Body Painting Day (2014, 2015), The Flesh Art Show (New Orleans, 2015). Alicia placed top ten in the 2016, North American Body Paint Championships in Greensboro, NC. which is the only sanctioned body art competition in the U.S. She was a 2017 “Bridgeport Girls Rock” honoree and she won the award for best artistic concept from the BNT Shark Tank “Do West” competition in September 2017. Alicia says, “Painting the human body is particularly one of my favorite mediums because it's like being part of a metamorphosis and seeing people transform is always a special experience.”