Artist Spotlight: Jessica Boehm Part 1

Jessica Boehm, yoga teacher and freelance writer, is a dear friend and talented young woman who we’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years. I literally sat and worked behind Jessica, and she has always been a positive – and entertaining – force in my life. Be sure to show some love for this month’s artist, and visit the Hot Yoga House Studio!

Years practicing yoga: 6, Years teaching yoga: 4

Jessica Boehm, hot yoga house

RevPub: Other than health benefits, why is yoga important to you?

I could probably write an entire book about why yoga is important to me, but I’ll try to hit the high points! My yoga practice gives me the opportunity to get still – both in my mind and body. Like most people, I’m usually on the move, and sometimes I forget how important it is to just BE. Yoga reminds me that everything I’m seeking has actually been within me all along.

My practice is also important because it connects me to other people – some like me and some very different – and they all teach me so much. Without yoga, I would have never met several of my close friends, and those friends are some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever come across.

RevPub: What is your favorite pose? What is your most difficult?

My students all know my favorite pose by heart now – it’s supta baddha konasana (also known as reclining bound angle pose or reclining cobbler’s pose). It’s a restorative pose that allows the hips to gently open, and it just feels amazing (especially for anyone with low back issues and/or tight hips).

My most difficult pose … that’s a hard question because it really depends on the day and the practice. In general, I tend to struggle with anything that requires a ton of flexibility because I’m very tight and always have been. So, deep folds and binds can be rough. Even though they’re hard for me, I try not to avoid them because the poses you want to avoid are typically the ones you need the most.

RevPub: What made you want to become certified to teach yoga?

To put it simply, I just wanted to share this fantastic thing I found. I wanted to hold space for students like my teachers held space for me. Misty Parrish, the owner of The Hot Yoga House, was really my main inspiration and continues to inspire me every time I take her classes.

Jessica Boehm, Hot Yoga House

RevPub: How has yoga affected your life?

Again, I could write a book on this question alone! I guess yoga just makes me a better person. It helps me be more in the moment, calmer, more honest with myself and others, less judgmental (again, of myself and others), and more peaceful. That probably sounds cliché, but it’s true.

I think it’s important to clarify that yoga doesn’t necessarily change lives. Instead, yoga helps people become AWARE of their lives, and at that point, they can make changes to better themselves. Another way to think about it is yoga shines a light into dark places.

RevPub: What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened in a class?

This was actually pretty embarrassing – and in case you’re reading this and thinking about coming to one of my classes, let me start this off by saying I learned my lesson, and this has only happened ONCE! So, at the end of class, each teacher passes out cold washcloths while the students are in their final pose (savasana or corpse pose). The washcloths are usually infused with essential oils, which are SUPER strong and should only be used in very small doses. Well, I didn’t know that at the time, and I dumped a ton of oil into the bin of washcloths. As I was passing them out, I felt a bit of a burning sensation on my hands … Turns out I practically burned the flesh off my students because of the high oil concentration! Whoops! We still joke about it and call it the time they got a “free chemical peel.”

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And check out Jessica’s hubby, Chris Boehm, and his awesome woodworking!

*Photos from Jessica Boehm



Sources of Inspiration: The Majesty of Marvel

Marvel Movies – How to do a Comic Universe Right

I’d like to drag the world kicking and screaming from Batman worship for a bit and snap everyone into reality. He’s kind of a bore and to quote Ben Yahtzee Kroshaw, he’s always the dullest character in everything he’s in. That expands to most of his movies (not his 90s animated series though which was GREAT) and DC in general seems to make movies that are so severe and so serious with themselves they are difficult to really enjoy.

Marvel on the other hand somehow gets it exactly right…and I find their expanded universe on film to be an extreme source of inspiration.

I haven’t really been in to reading comics since I was about 20. I think it’s a valid creative art form but many of the stories at the time were so hashed and re-hashed I felt I’d seen a lot of the best there was to offer. I’ve seen a few here and there since and even read some newer Judge Dredd material but nothing captured me like the Fatal Attractions and Age of Apocalypse stories in the 90s.

But Marvel MOVIES have been doing just about everything right recently. From the great X-Men franchise which, despite a single rocky entry, has had its ship righted and full sail since the excellent First Class to the absolutely stunning achievement of the Infinity Wars story they’ve been building up to for years now.

I can’t remember any other franchise in history that has crossed so many stories, so many characters, and so many genres to tell what will end up being one, super, super-hero story. Furthermore, Marvel has the wherewithal to know NOT to make every movie a super hero story. DC hasn’t gotten the hang of that… Even at their best with films like The Watchmen DC’s tone is such a drag it’s hard to say the movies are “fun” to experience.

They can be space stories, science fiction stories, fantasy stories, social justice stories. Marvel turned the entire “comic book” genre on its head with these movies. Even critics who often excoriated films based on this so-called ”childish” material, now have found how broad and operatic these narratives can be.

For me, I see how even minor stories, LIKE Guardians can be utterly re-invented and turned into something we’ve never seen before, and even better than expected. How a universe can be moulded to fit a medium, and how vast a universe can be…even when only experienced in 120 to 180 minute blocks. I’ll list a few of my current personal favorites below:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: It’s better than the Avengers. That’s right Joss Whedon lovers… It’s better. More fun. More action. Clever without being snarky, funny without being brash. It’s heart but doesn’t wear it on its sleeve. It’ll even bring a tear to your eye. It’s everything we LOVED about Star Wars minus everything we hated about it. No melodrama. No choppy writing. Everything fits, and everything works. I watch it more than any of the others.
  • X-Men: First Class/Days of Future Past: I can’t decide which of these two films I like better. First Class was a stunning study in the dichotomy of opinion. Militants versus peaceful protests. Marvelous acting. Amazing story telling and perfect casting. Days of Future Past brings everything we loved about the first Bryan Singer ­X-Men movies and combines it with everything that made First Class such a revitalizing shot to the franchise. Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellan and James McAvoy/Michael Fassbender Xavier/Magneto relationships and actor choices are phenomenal. Oh and Quicksilver. Terrific…
  • Captain America: First Avenger/Winter Soldier: I thought I’d HATE the first Captain movie. A hero known as a goody-goody just couldn’t be appealing could he? Yes he can. You cheer for him because though he becomes a hero he does it for the right reasons and uses his abilities in the right way. WWII sci-fi story WITH Hugo Weaving as Red Skull?! Oh and Hayley Atwell. Yeah. Worth it. Winter Soldier is the Bourne story. Good guys may be bad…old villains may be able to help… Action packed and one of the tightest stories I’ve seen on screen in a while.

Yes that’s not all of them but those are the ones that find their way onto my Bravia the most. I’m not telling the entertainment world anything it doesn’t already know…but those seeking inspiration don’t have to look far with this material out there.

Sources of Inspiration: I Know that Voice!

Why would a writer/illustrator find inspiration in a documentary about animation voice actors? All forms of creativity can help other creative people. Nothing is more empowering than hearing a whole slew of creative people discuss why they love being creative and their own creative process. That’s exactly what John DiMaggio’s documentary I Know that Voice! did for me.

I’ve been a fan of animation since I was a child and I believe many kids share a love of cartoons. Brought up with Garfield and Friends and The Real Ghostbusters as personal favorites and then adding great cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even then I knew the characters were voice actors behind mics and even noticed crossovers, like Garfield and Peter Venkman had the same voice. I loved the character voices and how much they added to the characters, so much that if they changed the voice to the wrong kind of performer it could put you off the show.

Futurama is the show that truly brought the art and skill of voice acting into full light. Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, Tress McNeille, and Maurice Lamarche all voiced performers in other shows I knew.  The shows’ characters were so unique I wanted to know more about them.  The more I learned the more I learned the actors behind them.  This led to listening to the audio commentaries for the entire series repeatedly (EVERY episode as commentaries check them out they’re as good as the show!). I remember hearing of DiMaggio’s documentary when it was still in development when he mentioned it during one such audio commentary and it immediately piqued my interest.  When I saw it on Netflix I was psyched.

I Know that Voice features much of the cast of Futurama and more. The voices from Rugrats, Batman, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and even Looney Tunes all make an appearance.

You hear about how it is acting first. How doing a silly voice, or imitating a famous character is nothing…anyone can do it. In my favorite segment they clearly point out how it is not enough to sound like Porky Pig…can you do Shakespeare as Porky Pig? Followed by clips of your favorite voice actors reading a famous monologue from As You Like It.

You get to know not only the process of the actors, but of voice directors. Casting agents. How the show is assembled. How they all interact. Even the history of the art in animation (the voice recording started out with radio talent and is indeed still pays homage to its radio roots during the record.)

DiMaggio himself is present, but not overpowering, which shows his dedication to the project, as he seems to have a personality that is naturally a showman. Here he pays homage to his friends and colleagues and takes a background role. Which is another element of the voice acting population: they all seem to have reduced or lack of star ego. That camaraderie is impressive, especially in show business!

John DiMaggio “the voice of Bender and others” as he says often in the Futurama audio commentary.

This entire process was profoundly inspiring to the creative process. My own writing and creative brain is deeply moved by the processes of others, and you won’t find a better example of a process in action than I Know That Voice! AND the extra bonus is it’s damn entertaining!

The official site!

Artist Spotlight: Zach West

Graphic design is in more than you realize. It takes a designer to build those eye-catching ads, the customized phone cases, and awesome T-shirts. This month, we’re spotlighting an up-and-coming designer and very cool guy, Zach West. Be sure to check out his stuff at zwgfxdesigns!

Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling; Photo and designed by Zach West:

Media types: Graphic Design, Drawing, Video Editing, Gaming, Social Media

RevPub: What made you want to become a designer, and are there any artists who influence you?

I started designing shortly after I graduated from high school. I discovered gfx forums, which are message boards dedicated to learning to design. When I joined, the community was focused on designing tags/signatures that appear below the user’s post. Some of the designs that people in the community were designing really inspired me to become a designer. They were industry professionals, but if I showed you some of their work, it would blow you away. THE artist who influenced me was a man on the forums named Cleveland Paige aka +mw.pmi. His work was amazing, and I made it my goal to be that good one day.

RevPub: What are your favorite things to design? Is there anything you want to do but haven’t yet?

My favorite things to design are signatures/tags and photo manipulation pieces. The feeling of accomplishment I get when I’ve finished one of those two are greater than the feeling I get from anything else. Plus, they’re just fun to do. As far as doing something I haven’t yet, I really want to get into illustrating something. Drawing and then using a tablet to ink and color the drawing in Illustrator is something I really want to get into.

RevPub: What are the must-have tools you need to draw or design?

For drawing, pencil and paper lol. That’s all I need. For digital designing, besides the computer and software, the pen tool is a must. The pathfinder bar in Illustrator. All the tools have their uses, but those two I use almost always in my designs.

RevPub: If you could design or draw anything for someone, who would it be?

It’s hard to pick one person lol. Probably Lindsey Stirling because she’s so awesome! 🙂

RevPub: You just graduated from college. Any tips for students entering the field?

Design as much high-quality work as possible for your portfolio and design work that you would be required in the design industry. Also, try to get experience anywhere you can!

Artist Spotlight: Blake Best

We at RevPub love music. It’s pulled us through good times and bad, and there’s truly nothing better than a good concert. This month, we’re spotlighting Nashville-area musician and guitar instructor, Blake Best. Be sure to reach out to him and show your support!


Contact info: Best Guitar Instruction, 615-406-7268,

Instruments played: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar

RevPub: How long have you been playing, and what made you want to play music?

I have been playing guitar for 15 years. My parents were both avid music fans, and my father was a professional guitarist, so I grew up surrounded by music.

RevPub: What is the most important thing to you in regard to your music?

The most important thing to me is for my music to retain my thoughts and feelings. I write music for me, and I always have. It just happened that others appreciated it and felt a connection to me through it. I also play multiple styles, which has helped keep me versatile and has kept my creativity flowing. I toured for five years as a member of a signed and well marketed metal band, but never gave up playing the rock and alternative music that defined me in my formative years.

RevPub: Who/what are your biggest influences/motivators?

What a question! There’s so many…Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, TRUSTcompany, Adam D and Joel of Killswitch Engage, Boston, Alice in Chains, Robert Englund (an actor but one of my greatest creative influences), my Mom and Dad, and my fiance Lisa. She has always been supportive of me and of my music career. She is my soulmate and encouraged me to continue on my musical journey.

RevPub: What are the most important things you’ve learned throughout your musical career?

Patience and gratitude. The music business is a cut-throat industry full of hard knocks and bumps. I strongly believe that if you’re patient, you’ll get your chance to show everyone what you can do. I also believe gratitude is important. Be thankful of everyone who supports you, because without them, what would you have?

RevPub: Why is music such a big part of your life and who you are as a person?

Music is just part of who I am; it’s natural to me, like breathing. I’ve always found music to be a source of comfort and peace, and I enjoy sharing this with others. Though I enjoy playing and recording and being involved in the music industry, I began teaching guitar in order to share my passion for music in a way I could never do as just a performer. Teaching is a way for me to ensure that others have the opportunity to enjoy music as much as I do. Hopefully, my sons will want to learn so my musical legacy lives on!

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

Artist Spotlight: Ciciley Bailee Hoffman

What do you think of when you think fashion? This month’s artist spotlight may change that.

We are pleased to have stylist and image consultant Ciciley Bailee Hoffman of mode. as out artist spotlight for August. As a long-time friend of the RevPub founders, Ciciley is one of our favorite people ever. She has style, grace, and an awesome presence that we hope you enjoy!

ciciley bailee hoffman

RevPub: What made you want to become a stylist, and how did you get your start?

Art, music, writing, design, dance, and film were a big part of my growing up —  I have four parents who all have different but well-cultivated tastes in such things. I was well surrounded by expression and given ample opportunities to find the form that was right for me. After being admittedly mediocre at painting and music, I found theater. I bounced around from acting to lighting design to set design before eventually landing on costumes in high school, by which time I had fallen in love with fashion and vintage aesthetics. Costuming in theater allowed me to travel from the past to the future to places that lived only in the mind — while existing alongside music, dance, etc. other forms of expression i adored — and I was head over heels. In the meantime, I gained a reputation for being an honest and chic second opinion on things like prom dresses and band looks, which became the personal fashion consulting and artist image work I do now. Theater became films, advertisements, and editorials. I learned to sew in college, and that was the clincher; sewing is a zen paradise to me, and along with the rest, everything just … fit (not to make a bad pun).

RevPub: If you could dress/style anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Tilda Swinton. She is amazing. She has this fascinating, androgynous look and is notoriously open to avante garde fashion and experimentation. She’s also a feminist, art lover, and a damn good actress. She’s so interesting; I would love to see what we could do together.

As far as films, I would love to style anything directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and/or Marc Caro. They’ve done fabulous work together (The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen), as well as individually, in which entire fantasies are created and executed. And are quite delightful their aesthetic is incredible, their understanding of composition and color is unparalleled. I’d love to add my voice to their visual symphony.


RevPub: What are your favorite pieces you’ve designed?

Tied for first are a fabulous purse I made myself in college (it’s made out of an upholstery bolt, and I used an industrial sewing machine to get through the thick fabric) and a Captain America costume I made for a film called The Once Mighty with Fighting With Forks. I was approached, designed, and made that piece in five days for under $50, while working full time on other things, so i am proud of it … but I was also bribed with a Lite Brite to pull it off.
But that said, I don’t consider myself a designer. I could never create and execute 12 seasonal cohesive looks with a point of view for runway. I can design and make individual costumes for particular needs, but most of what I do is styling, costume, and wardrobe supervision — meaning I put looks together from pieces made by other people. My favorite piece in that regard is an as-of-now unreleased video I called Dangerous Pet with Chad McClarnon of Best Part Productions; the direction is on point, the two actors are fantastic and gorgeous, and we had classic cars to boot, so the vintage duds I put them in look outstanding.

RevPub: What are you most proud of? Was there anything you really didn’t like after the fact?
I’m most proud of Lime and Davenport, a short film I made in the 48-hour film project in 2012 with Paper Ghost Pictures directed by Motke Dapp. The 48 is a competition that takes place in cities all over the world wherein film making teams are given a genre, character name, prop, and line of dialogue and then two days to write, shoot, edit, and score an entire short film. We got fantasy, and the story is of an unhappy thrower of a lame party who discovers that she can begin the shindig over by squeezing a magic atomizer. Every time she does so, all of the costumes change to help indicate the restart to the audience. The result is around 75 costume changes in seven minutes, which pretty much encapsulates my preferred aesthetic when left to my own devices. If a producer asks me for a demo reel, i send them “L&D.” You can see it here

TheOnceMightyAccomplishment-wise, however, I am most proud of the fact that I did wardrobe for four films that were selections of the Nashville Film Festival in 2014. Not only is it one of the oldest and most respected film festivals, it’s my hometown festival, too, so that was a thrill. (The films are The Upside of Down, To Be Loved, Bear With Me, and Sorry About Tomorrow).

If I’m ever disappointed in a final product, it’s usually because one cannot see the hat or necklace or another fastidious detail of something I have styled. I am meticulous about each element in every costume I design and exacting about checking test shots and camera monitors to be sure things look as I (and the client) want them to before they go to print or screen (this is why i insist on options and backups). That said, I have a particular fondness for shoes … unfortunately, footwear is generally what ends up on the cutting room floor during editing. Most people don’t realize it, but in films and commercials, the entire bodies of actors are rarely shown. Even shots of people walking down streets and stairs are not generally from the ground up. Fashion editorials tend to show the whole subject, so if Ive got some gear I really want showcased, I bust it out on those.

RevPub: What would you tell someone who wanted to get into fashion?

Hone your style and craft. Start with yourself; be true to what you like and how you want to look, not to trends. If you want to be a designer, draw/draft as often as you can and learn how to make clothes with skill. If you want to be a stylist, style your family. Style your friends. Style everyone who will let you and get adept. Learn to sew. If you want to be a costumer, learn the history of fashion, learn construction, and watch all the good movies, videos, commercials, and television you can. But regardless of what part of fashion interests you, be part of the community and do so confidently. find and use your voice. Oh, and weird doesn’t mean fashionable. Don’t ever mistake overdone or a designer label for style.


*All photos courtesy of Ciciley Bailee Hoffman.