Ep. 5: Working with Attention and Intention, with Charissa Lucille

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From launching her own business to battling endometriosis, Charissa Lucille uses creativity to infuse meaning into every aspect of her life. A self-taught photographer, zinester and entrepreneur, Charissa works tirelessly to uplift the voices of others. Between working a full-time job outside of the arts, running Wasted Ink Zine Distro, and organizing Phoenix’s annual zine fest, she still finds time to make personal work. 

In this episode of Creative Confessionals, Charissa shares how she prioritizes her many responsibilities, even through illness, pain, and surgery caused by endometriosis. Tune in to hear some freakin’ inspirational words of wisdom from Charissa’s Mom, learn about the inclusive and diverse world of zines, and why community is so important to this incredible artist! 

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About Charissa

Charissa Lucille is the founder of Wasted Ink Zine Distro and an organizer for the Phx Zine Fest. She uses different art mediums like zine making, photography, and writing to share her ideas and to tell her story. She represents hundreds of artists through her zine distro and self-publishing in order to inspire change and create community impact. Charissa is currently working on a zine about endometriosis and how it's impacted her and her mother's life. You can find Charissa at Wasted Ink Zine Distro having a cup of coffee and reading zines. 

What you’ll learn: 

  • How Charissa got started with photography and zine-making

  • About her passion for working in the darkroom

  • Why Charissa’s Journalism degree led her to discover the zine community 

  • How she started Wasted Ink Zine Distro (WIZD) without having a formal background in running a business

  • The importance of reaching out to people if and when you need help

  • The value that WIZD brings to the Phoenix Zine community

  • About Charissa’s experience as working as a professional photographer and why she’s chosen to create more personal work instead 

  • The difficulty of collaborations and how Charissa navigates those relationships successfully

  • How creative collaborations differ from group projects at work or school

  • How she balances work, art, zine-making, and running her own business 

  • Why making personal art requires time and patience — but why it’s critical to do if you’re an artist who’s deeply devoted to supporting your community

  • Charissa’s battle with endometriosis and how it’s affected her creative practice

  • Why she photographed and wrote about her experience being chronically ill

  • What Charissa learned about her zine community after recovering from surgery for endometriosis

  • Why she started Wasted Ink Zine Distro to begin with

  • The importance of not “pre-canceling your life” because of your circumstances

  • What the traditional art and design world can learn from zine culture

  • Why zines are for everyone 

  • The misogyny Charissa faced while she was working in photography

  • How to deal with toxic work environments and why “creative” jobs aren’t always right for creative people

  • How Charissa manages her time so that she can complete all the important work she does

  • What Charissa means by “matching attention and intention”

  • The methods Charissa uses to stay focused on each task at hand

  • Why both she and Mina chose not to medicate for ADHD

 Zines about Endometriosis from Wasted Ink Zine Distro and Charissa’s personal collection.

Zines about Endometriosis from Wasted Ink Zine Distro and Charissa’s personal collection.

Connect with Charissa and WIZD

Charissa Lucille: 

IG: @CharissaLucille
Website: http://www.charissalucille.com/

Wasted Ink Zine Distro: 

IG: @WastedInkZineDistro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wastedinkzinedistro/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WastedInkDistro
Website: https://www.wizd-az.com/

Phx Zine Fest: 

IG: @ PhxZineFest
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/298089237649092
Website: https://www.phxzinefest.com/

Links, Opportunities & Resources

  • Don’t miss the Phx Zine Fest on October 28 at Unexpected Gallery at 734 W. Polk Street in Phoenix, AZ. Click here to learn more about the event! 

  • Watch our previous video interview with WIZD’s co-founders, Charissa Lucille and Marna Kay

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