First of All

First of All

First of All is a real, unfiltered conversation on career, family, love, & modern culture. Your host is actress/director/entrepreneur Minji Chang, who will bring in her friends & special guests from all walks of life to kick back in her virtual living room. Together we will laugh, drop whatever knowledge we have, & speak our truth on weekly featured topics plus a special advice segment called IMO (In My Opinion) addressing questions from listeners. Get ready for good times & all the feels.

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    #34 - Liquor Store Babies w/ So Yun Um

    This episode is a special shoutout to all the immigrant babies out there and an inside look for those who are not! Fresh off of attending the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Minji chats with her friend So Yun Um, who just premiered her short film "Liquor Store Babies" as part of the festival's Armed with a Camera Fellowship. Inspired by the themes of the documentary short, Minji and So discuss growing up the children of immigrant parents working in the service industry as small business owners and the untold stories of middle class Asian American families.

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    #33 - Dealing With Anger w/ Paul Dateh

    On this super-sized episode, Minji and guest, musician Paul Dateh, take a trip into the Anger Zone. They chat about their respective experiences of dealing with rage and sometimes even being categorized as "angry people." They dive deep into the layers behind the emotions they've learned to navigate over the years. This includes how they've each learned how to channel these very powerful feelings into proactive and constructive action, while also just accepting them for what they are. Minji and Paul discuss how they cool down from heated exchanges and not to dwell in toxic emotions that hurt others and themselves.

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    #32 - The Most Important Relationship

    On this solo episode of First of All, Minji talks about the most important relationship a person can have in their life. Which one is that, you ask? Well, the one with yourself, of course. In light of a month filled with emotional twists, turns, and growing anxiety that doesn't always (or ever) show up in her Instagram feed, Minji reflects on her process of self-realization and what it all means to her as she begins the next stage in her career. Welcome to act two, everyone.

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    #31 - Goody Two Boobs w/ Priska

    On this episode, Minji invites her marvelous & eloquent friend, singer-songwriter Priska, to chat about a persona that they both know a few things about, the "goody two shoes." Minji and Priska break down the pressures of growing up with overwhelming and oftentimes problematic expectations to always be a "good girl." Together they start to peel back the layers of pressure that their respective backgrounds (Asian American, religious, multi-sibling family, millennial) put on them and the deeply rooted pros and cons of that journey. In a conversation that just starts to address the tip of the iceberg in a much wider conversation about complex gender norms and expectations, they also share how they have been able to break through and live much more honest, fulfilling, and balanced lives as strong women.

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    #30 - Coaching Life w/ Abraham Heisler

    In this episode, Minji dives into her decision and experience working with her good friend turned life coach, Abraham Heisler. As society continued to get more in each other's face with social media, mental health issues running rampant and unaddressed, and huge life decisions looming over Minji's head back in 2017, she made a life-changing and rather uncomfortable decision to invest in gasp herself. Minji and Abraham get very real discussing some of their worries, concerns, and some of Minji's deeply rooted hangups about becoming "one of those people". What does that even mean??? They talk about self-limitations and how a life coach serves as a catalyst to help bring out the most authentic, badass version of you possible. Abraham even walks Minji through a quick (and unexpected!) coaching session on air for all you to hear. And for those who are curious but have no intention to get a life coach, or you're just not ready yet, they both share their fav ways to practice self-care and use other effective life hacks to relax, grow, and thrive.

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    #29 - Toxic Masculinity w/ Slim

    Steve Lim returns as Minji's guest to talk about a topic on both their minds - toxic masculinity. Together, they explore their own early experiences dealing with gendered expectations and how it has shaped their lives, especially as their understanding has become more nuanced over the last few years. While this isn't a new experience by any means, it's a more newly coined term to identify problematic norms and stereotypes that have brought us to our present #MeToo and #TimesUp era.

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    #28 - I QUIT MY JOB

    In this episode, Minji explains why she has made the big life decision of quitting her non-profit job to pursue her dream of becoming an actor/writer/director. She also shares 12 life lessons for anyone looking to switch it up and/or do big things in their career.

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    #27 - How to Introvert w/ Melly Lee

    Photographer and world traveler Melly Lee returns to First of All to educate us on what it's like to be an introvert in an extrovert's world. As an unabashed extrovert, Minji learns about the myriad ways she might've been driving her introvert friends crazy (amongst others). In the end, we learn that the secret is to appreciate each other's strengths while acknowledging each other's needs.

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    #26 - Wait, YOU Run A Business? w/ Jane Lee & Eva Chan

    On this episode, Minji chats with Jane Lee and Eva Chan, the co-founders of Launch Pop, a startup lab that focuses on launching exciting new brands and companies. Jane and Eva share their experiences as power women in the entrepreneurial world, as well as the struggles and discrimination they still face way too often as female business owners. They also share their secret to starting a company with your best friend, knowing and defending your value, negotiating like a pro and how to keep growing as a professional!

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    #25 - Getting Over Your Ex

    Ever been in love? Ever had to let that love go? Whether it was you who made that difficult call or received it being made on you, letting go of someone you once cuddled, pet named, introduced to your family & friends, doodled in your notebook as your life partner, fought with over roadtrip snacks, & basically navigated the ups & downs of life So. Much. Suck. In this solo episode, Minji opens up on her personal journey of letting go of her last ex. Through rebounds, promising dates, single lady liberation, & mind numbing loneliness, Minji gets real on the process of (actually) letting go & moving on as well some of her biggest lessons learned.

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