Naomi: So, my mom’s Taiwanese and my dad’s Japanese. I was raised by my Taiwanese mom in Japan. I wasn't a good student, but ever since middle school I knew I wanted to be a comedian. At 18 years old I became one, and I’ve been one ever since.
How did you get into podcasting?
Naomi: I can't speak English very well yet, so doing standup was intimidating. I do think that when people come to watch things, they have certain expectations. But I wanted to show myself speaking English and communicating with people from all over the world, and this podcast is my platform to do that. I want to do standup comedy in English someday, but first I’m going to start with this podcast.
Naomi: Everyone is very free. They do what they like, say what they like, and lots of funny incidents happen on the regular. So it's very refreshing and fun. I grew up with Taiwanese and Japanese culture surrounding me, so this move has immersed me in New York culture—not just in fashion, but in the strength that people have. For a creative person like myself, it's great because I get to see and try different things.
How would you describe your personal style? Does it influence the way you create?
Naomi: Basically, I wear what I want, and I just try to be conscious of that. I do end up wearing things that are pretty colorful and that stand out, but that doesn't necessarily mean I only like fancy things—it's more about the story behind it. I feel the same about my creativity. I like to have a story behind whatever I'm doing.