Glynn's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Oakland, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

GLYNN WASHINGTON

Radio Host
Snap Judgment

“Never let yourself get comfortable, even after you've had some success. Or should I say, especially after you've found some success.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Radio

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Courage Determination Risk Values Culture Experience Opportunity Struggle Transitions Exploration Chance Doubt Success Passion Perseverance Acceptance Confidence Fear Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

acting, being lost, ceremony, comfort zone, contest, explore, fair, food, foreigner, grocery store, Japan, lost, national public radio, nonprofit, respect, success, tea, traditions, travel, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After school, he went to live in rural Japan for a year; calls it the most transformative experience of his life.
  • While in Japan, he seized every opportunity offered to him; he did some performing, acting, writing.
  • One helpful Japanese woman offered to teach him the Japanese tea ceremony; over the course of the year, he became close with her.
  • This was the spark behind Snap Judgement-he realized he could expand his own worldview by examining the stories, lives of others.
  • When he came back to the U.S., he entered an American Idol-type contest to become the next public radio host.
  • Was invited to make a radio show pilot; did the best he could, but the contest judges called the attempt "embarrassing."
  • Kept putting in the effort, fixed up the show-says he'd found a project that felt right, like one of the darts he'd thrown had "hit its target."
  • Says everyone has to make a living, but it's "essential" to keep your artistic fire lit by carving out an hour or two each day to hone your creative outlet.

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