Episodes

  • Ep #45 Asian American Pride (Solo Episode)

    Another special solo episode for these... special times. Sierra talks candidly about the thoughts and emotions that come with being an Asian American right now. Buckle up for some rambling, some half-baked ideas, but all from the heart. Stay strong and safe. And check-in on yourself and your friends.

  • Ep #44 Mixed Identity + Self Expression w/ Joe Hernandez-Kolski (Gilmore Girls)

    Joe chats with Sierra about poetry vs. stand-up comedy, dashed last names, feeling like you don't live up to your identity, supportive moms, and how you sometimes just need to get out there and express yourself! Joe recommends the 10% app (for meditation) and the book Buddhist Boot Camp. He runs Downbeat 720, an open mic for teenagers to find their voice (now on Zoom). Check out his work, especially his video about getting emotional on Soul Pancake's YouTube channel. Happy New Year!

  • Ep #43 Being a Therapist + Adult Friendships w/ Natalie Shiung (Women's Workshop)

    Another cousin joins the pod - Natalie! She chats with Sierra about how she found her way to her passion of being a counselor/therapist, her pet bunnies Sam and Chewy, and moving to Hong Kong from the US as an adult!

  • Ep #42 Shame + Emotional Goals w/ Aidan Park (The Art of Being Yay!)

    My first repeat guest: Aidan Park, now author of the brand new book "The Art of Being Yay!" Aidan chats with Sierra about what "shame" is and how it can affect you, losing a loved one, why it's bad to have "good vs. bad," emotional goal setting, and how his life experience has made him into the person he is today. Buy his book if you can, foreword and audiobook narrated by Margaret Cho!

  • Ep #41 Dating Coaches + Attraction Preferences w/ Ruby Le (GoodGentleman.com)

    Ruby, labeled the "Asian female Hitch" chats with Sierra about what it means to be a professional DATING COACH! Sierra asks her the hard questions - Can someone change their attraction preferences? Are racial preferences ok or just racist? Is there such a thing as the "Friend Zone?" Is there hope for dating in quarantine? Ruby answers all with grace and expertise! Check out Ruby's coaching services for all your dating and love-search needs at GoodGentleman.com!

  • Ep #40 Being Meghan Markle's 1st Kiss + Beatboxing through Anxiety w/ Joshua Silverstein (Drop The Mic)

    Joshua chats with Sierra about parenting 3 kids in quarantine, his experience being the official beatboxer for Drop The Mic, and being Meghan Markle's first kiss!

  • Ep #39 Sharing Private Stories + Grief w/ Sofiya Alexandra (Father's Day, Comedy Central)

    Sofiya chats with Sierra about recording her comedy album, her legendary grandpa, sexism behind the scenes of stand up comedy, and exploring the world via the topic of sex!

  • Ep #38 BLM + #MeToo in Comedy! (My First Solo Episode)

    My first solo episode - I talk about what's been rattling around in my brain in support of the BLM movement, allegations against Chris D'elia, #MeToo and sexism in the comedy world, and wearing soft pants in quarantine! More interviews to come!

  • Ep #37 Short-term Pain + Celebrating Small Wins w/ Eric Schwartz (Podcast The Musical)

    Eric chats with Sierra about how short discomfort can lead to long-time good a la cold showers and how you feel inside vs. how you present outside. He recommends the book CAN'T HURT ME by David Goggins. They also chat about the concept of worldwide celebrity (blegh Tr*mp, the anti-celebrity) vs. how now EVERYONE can be a celebrity. (Yes, even you!) They also chat about the importance of celebrating small wins to pump up to that big one! And we get it! Eric loves to run! We conclude that Eric needs to flip his house so his door opens inward and that will solve all of our problems. The End! Check out Eric's podcast, Podcast The Musical! And watch Jo Koy's Netflix special "In His Elements."

  • Ep #36 Dating + Impostor Syndrome w/ Christy Leung (Shade and Fog podcast)

    Christy chats with Sierra about being cousins, horoscopes, getting recognized for her podcast "Shade and Fog" about dating in SF, quarantine dating over Zoom, and impostor syndrome! She recommends The Birthday Book - a guestbook-like book where you can look up friends' birthdays to see what they're all about, astrologically. Also, don't go on a restaurant date for your first date! NO FORKS AND KNIVES!

  • Ep #35 Reality TV Guilty Pleasures + Cleaning Your Room w/ Danielle Perez (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

    Danielle chats with Sierra about 90s fashion trends she wished had stayed dead, why we're contouring our damn faces too much, the joys of Real Housewives, and her exploration in cleaning her room and making wellness shots.

  • Ep #34 Gardening + Chronic Pain w/ Melissa Kelly (my big sister!)

    Melissa chats with Sierra about her illustrious garden, what it means to plan ahead, being Katow siblings, the joys of Animal crossing, and suffering from chronic pain in her neck!

  • Ep #33 Disneyland + Taking Real Weekends w/ AJ Rafael! (Musician)

    AJ chats with Sierra about longevity as a musician, finding inspiration from his parents, taking real weekends and vacations, and pressing pause on his typical music path to take on musical theatre, and EXCLUSIVE INSIDER TIPS to getting on Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland (once we're allowed to go to Disneyland again!) POD LISTENERS: Email me your thoughts on how you separate your "career" from "you" to staypodsitive -at- gmail.com!

  • Ep #32 WOC Representation w/ Gabrielle Elyse! (In The Mix podcast, Snatchers)

    Gabrielle chats with Sierra about acting professionally at a young age, being homeschooled (before it was cool), and representing as a mixed WOC!

  • Ep #31 Quarantining Solo + Art Camp w/ Veronica Kwiatkowski! (Comedian)

    Veronica chats with Sierra about art camp, 90 Day Fiance, and the joys of quarantining alone!

  • Ep #30 Japanese American Pride w/ Derek Mio! (The Terror on AMC & Hulu)

    Derek chats with Sierra about quarantine life, playing Chester on The Terror, Terrace House, and does his uncanny Trump impression! This is our very first remote interview!

  • Ep #29 Acting Against Hate w/ Joe Wong! (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

    Joe chats with Sierra in our last in-person interview given the pandemic (we'll continue with remote interviews next week)! They talk coronavirus, racism, and what went down in China, as well as more lighthearted chat about Joe's impressive trajectory as a comedian and trying to make change when it seems like things don't seem to be getting better.

  • Ep #28 Therapy w/ Harper-Rose Drummond! (FUNNY PRE-CORONA ESCAPE)

    STAY SAFE OUT THERE, FOLKS! Harper and Sierra chat about therapy, relationships, and other lovely things that we used to talk about PRE-CORONA. Enjoy!

  • Ep #27 Everyone Dies w/ Phil Wang! (Wong Fu)

    Phil chats with Sierra about his engagement and how everyone dies!

  • Ep #26 You'll Never Be Ready w/ Shilpa Yarlagadda! (Forbes 30 under 30)

    Shilpa and Sierra chat about Shilpa's designer ring (Shiffon Co.) being featured on Oscar-nominated movie stars, her ability to run a company out of her dorm room, and what it means for women to support other women! Plus, she dishes on how to use LinkedIn like a pro and how you can't wait until you're ready to do that thing you've been putting off - you'll never be ready, so just do it!

  • Ep #25 Finding Your Partner w/ Kornelius Bascombe! (#BecomingBascombe)

    Korn and Sierra chat about his viral engagement video, inspirational people, and expensive weddings!

  • Ep #24 Christine Little! (Comedy Central)

    Christine chats with Sierra about weighted blankets, soul mates, and morning journals!

  • Ep #23 Devon Guinn! (American Beatbox Loopstation Champion)

    Devon chats with Sierra about the joys of Coca Cola, being grumpy, and beatboxing!

  • Ep #22 Matt Torkelson! (Harvest Moon)

    Matt chats with Sierra right before he leaves LA for beautiful Merrill, Wisconsin!

  • Ep #21 CookSux! (Twitch)

    CookSux of Twitch fame chats with Sierra about #life.

  • Ep #20 Taylor Chan! (Wong Fu)

    Taylor chats with Sierra about his rise at Wong Fu life and feeling worthy of making art!

  • Ep #19 Atsuko Okatsuka! (Let's Go, Atsuko!)

    Atsuko chats with Sierra about dancing, married life, and being a hilarious human!

  • Ep #18 Aidan Park! (Laugh Factory)

    Aidan is the ultimate advice-giver and positivity expert! We dish on dating preferences, growing through the toughest of times, and avoiding the temptation to box yourself in!

  • Ep #17 Lisa Steen! (Sundowners)

    Lisa chats with Sierra about directing, Terrace House, and the pre-apocalypse life!

  • Ep #16 Patrick Jarrett, Jr! (Drummer)

    Patrick chats with Sierra about your personal "hard drive" and reading people's vibes!

  • Ep #15 Lexie Grace! (Comedian)

    Lexie chats with Sierra about being an optimistic comedian and her oh-so-winning smile!

  • Ep #14 Esther Ku! (Ku & The Gang)

    Esther chats with Sierra about hosting the AVN awards, her laugh, and cold calling friends.

  • Ep #13 Congyu E! (Searching)

    Congyu chats with Sierra about saving animals and the joys of traveling!

  • Ep #12 Joel Boyd! (Carson Daly)

    Joel chats with Sierra about The Artist's Way and not giving a f*ck!

  • Ep #11 #Community w/ Sam Clark! (Netflix)

    Sam chats with Sierra about the ~importance~ of #COMMUNITY!!!

  • Ep #10 DANakaDAN! (ISAtv)

    Dan chats with Sierra about the plight of social media and the general FATE OF THE WORLD!

  • Ep #9 Daniel Citron! (Google)

    Daniel chats with Sierra about the 3 keys to happiness: dogs, friends, and food.

  • Ep #8 Scarlett Bermingham! (Epic Night)

    Scarlett chats with Sierra about nurturing plants, acting and writing, and pitching a show around town!

  • Ep #7 Saad Amer! (Plus1)

    Saad chats with Sierra about his non-profit Plus1, handing his resume to Al Gore, and what we can do to save the planet!

  • Ep #6 Malcolm Hatchett! (Kill Tony)

    Malcolm chats with Sierra about living in his car, his rise in comedy, and paying it forward.

  • Ep #5 Megan Lee! (The Voice)

    Megan Lee chats with Sierra about The Voice, K-Pop, Nickelodeon, and more!

  • Ep #4 PK! (Hulu)

    PK chats with Sierra about being a dad and husband all while sustaining a career in stand up comedy.

  • Ep #3 Rafinha Bastos! (Netflix)

    Rafinha Bastos chats with Sierra about starting over as a comedian in the US, fearing for his life, and making plans in the future with friends when you could just hang out right now!

  • Ep #2 Sherry Cola! (Good Trouble)

    Sherry Cola chats with Sierra about ASMR, playing Alice on Good Trouble (Freeform), and always being happy to be there.

  • Ep #1 Welcome to Stay Podsitive!

    Want to know what Stay Podsitive is all about? It's a weekly interview with a new and special guest where we talk about how they've made it through the ups and downs of life. And what's a better way to get to know the podcast than diving in and listening to an episode?