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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    #57 - The Nice Guy Episode w/ Nice Guy Scott

    Do nice guys really finish last? And um, when & why did being "nice" become such a loaded, problematic thing? What's the baggage of this word & are we just giving it grief for no good reason? WHO WILL DEFEND THE NICE GUYS?? In this inaugural 2019 episode, Minji sits down with her friend Scott to unpackage all this & more. It's time to dive in deep with some funny anecdotes, painfully hard lessons learned, & of course, some very real talk from many perspectives. Welcome to 2019 on First Of All!

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    #56 - Keep On Keeping On w/ Producer Schmarv

    The man, the myth, the legend - Producer Marvin joins Minji for the first time on First of All. After 5 years of working together for the Asian American grassroots organization Kollaboration, 180+ episodes of co-hosting KollabCast podcast, launching First Of All & multiple years of nagging, venting, regrouping, & apologizing...Marvin & Minji are pretty familiar with powering through hard times. In this episode, they reflect on how they've handled getting through tough times, with themselves as individuals & with one another as colleagues & friends. Sidebar: Marvin shares one or two (or five) anecdotes of Minji's meltdowns, so suffice it to say it's an entertaining journey. Hope you all close out the year on a strong & positive note!

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    #55 - Don't Kill My Vibe w/ Kevyn Fong

    HEY GUYS, it's that time of year again. 2018 is rapidly coming to a close & it's time to reflect, plan, & strategize execution of the most INCREDIBLE, FULFILLING, & ABUNDANT YEARS OF OUR LIVES Y'ALL. You know, to counteract whatever stressful, debilitating, anxiety-inducing nonsense this year may have caused you to lose hope in humanity or.. just simply killed your vibe. Whatever it may be, Minji is with you. Seriously. And figuring out how to protect your energy with good vibes & constructive habits is what we're here to discuss. In this episode, Minji brings back her AMAZING friend & talent manager KEVYN FONG to do what they do best - spill the tea (literally/figuratively) & Marie Kondo deep clean their hearts in preparation for 2019. Together they share what they're leaving behind as they move forward into the new year with more clarity, compassion, self-care, & habits. We're talking mind, body, money & so much more. Happy Holidays First Of All fam!!

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    #54 - The Geisha Incident

    On this solo episode, Minji recounts a recent racially-charged incident in her growing acting career - getting asked for "geisha" photos from a prospective Hollywood manager. As a millennial woman of color who has participated in the growing outrage culture around her, Minji is faced with an important and uncomfortable choice. She must decide how to address this triggering request with integrity, courage, while also not ruining her career that's just getting started.

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    #53 - Into the Wilderness of Cuffing Season & Dating (One Year Later) w/ Jess Ju

    The last time Minji invited Her Royal Empress Ratchet & Captain of #TeamExtra Jess Ju on this podcast for Episode 12, they dove head first into their experiences with online dating. In an in-depth analysis of favorite dating platforms, unsolicited dick pics, unique criteria for swiping right, & implementing questionable boundaries, they explored, celebrated, & lamented the untethered single life. Now one year later, they both find themselves in serious relationships. Ohhhh how the tables have turned.. Tune in for an equally entertaining conversation on how Jess went from fling to ring (at least talking about it) within weeks of that fateful Episode 12 as well as the unexpected transition of Kenji from Facebook friend to boyfriend. This episode comes with reflections & advice for all lovers, unattached, coupled, or otherwise. Happy HoliBAES!

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    #52 - Thank You, Next

    Happy Thanksgiving First Of All fam! In Minji's second Thanksgiving episode, she continues a tradition of reflection on the past year, & what a year it has been. Thanks to Ariana Grande, we have a flow to this one: what taught her LOVE, PAIN, & PATIENCE & looking forward to what's NEXT. Diving right into the heart of holiday season with this one. Let's close this year out right!

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    #51 - Overcoming Rejection w/ Dia Frampton

    It's annoying, it's paralyzing, it's inevitable... it's REJECTION! Whether dealing with it at work, between friends or strangers, and most certainly in our romantic lives, rejection is that ugly reality that can mess with our sense of self-worth and ultimately our progress in life. In this week's episode of First Of All, Minji sits down with her marvelous friend, singer/songwriter/actor Dia Frampton. Together they dissect the many ways rejection has played a pivotal, albeit frustrating, role in their lives and how they've learned to cope with its many forms. While no two people or experiences are the same, Dia and Minji discuss how we can learn to develop courage and resilience through the pain of it all. Together they share ways to power through and hopefully find silver linings even in the most unexpected ways.

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    #50 - Completely Broken

    Content Warning: Discussion of depression & suicide

    After an unexpected and extensive absence, Minji returns with a solo episode to talk about some difficult things that she's been dealing with for the past few weeks. She expands on her experience losing one of her close friends to suicide and the process of grieving, feeling, rationalizing, accepting, and learning from the process. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please seek help and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

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    #49 - Feeling FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) w/ JoonLeeComedy

    “Is everyone hanging out without me? Why wasn’t I invited? Wow, their life seems amazing..and mine... sucks. I mean, I’m broke and exhausted and have a million things I need to do.. but.. I can’t NOT go. I hate this, but everyone else is doing it..might as well.” Sound familiar? Welcome to the age of FOMO- fear of missing out. This episode, Minji sits down with one of her favorite ATLiens on the planet- comedian Joon Lee. Together they go down the rabbit hole of dealing with daily, relentless, obnoxious, distracting, toxic & sometimes soul-crushing FOMO. They get real about how much it influences their lives in different ways, and a reality check on how to deal with it all. If you’re getting swept up in constantly comparing yourself to others in this extra triggering social media society, we got you.

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    #48 - Opportunity Costs

    In high school, Minji fell asleep in Econ class. In college, she tried it once more, only this time became completely intrigued & inspired by its concepts. One of her absolute favs? OPPORTUNITY COST - the benefits an individual misses out on when choosing one alternative over another. It's a concept that's more & more significant as she works hard at making smart, productive, healthy decisions. As time, energy, and bs tolerance become increasingly scarce in Minji's life, she realizes the importance of stepping back & recognizing the impact & payoff of her decisions, big & small. What are we giving up to prioritize the choices that we make? How can we assess if giving up X, we'll be more satisfied with Y? How do our actions align (or misalign) with our values & beliefs? Whether these decisions regard health, money, or relationships, Minji reflects on it on this solo episode of First Of All.

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