BLOG   /  Posted on March 13, 2023

Finding Your Voice: Embracing Self-Discovery and Authenticity

Discover how embracing authenticity and self-discovery can lead to personal growth and deeper connections with others, as we chat with SuChin Pak, an Asian-American journalist who left the traditional world of network news to find her true identity.

Widely known for her contributions to pop culture as an MTV News Correspondent from 1999-2008 and most notably as the cohost of the widely popular podcast, Add to Cart, SuChin Pak shares her insights on how embracing vulnerability and storytelling can help us build deeper connections with others, overcome imposter syndrome, and build our personal brand.

by Vinnie Potestivo

"The creative process is often a very painful process. My hesitancy... my fear... my nervousness is a part of what feeds the project. And I'm okay with that"

SuChin Pak

5 Pathways to Finding Your Voice: Increase Brand Visibility
👉 Explore the intersection of creativity, culture, and identity
👉 Balance career and personal life while avoiding creative burnout
👉 Effective time management in creative pursuits
👉 Evolution of media and adapting to change
👉 Finding inspiration in unexpected places

1. Your Unique Voice

One of the key themes that emerged from our conversation with SuChin was the importance of finding and owning your unique voice. This is something that can be challenging, especially in a world that often values conformity and fitting in. As SuChin points out, it's only by embracing our differences and standing out from the crowd that we can truly make an impact and find success.

SuChin shared with us some of the challenges she faced in her own journey towards authenticity. Growing up as an Asian-American, she often felt torn between two worlds and struggled to find her place in society. Over time, she learned to embrace her identity and to use her unique perspective as a strength rather than a weakness. By sharing her story and speaking up about issues that mattered to her, she was able to build a powerful personal brand and make a real impact in her field.

2. Self-care & Personal Growth

Another theme that emerged from our conversation was the importance of self-care and prioritizing personal growth. This is something that is often overlooked in the business world, where the focus is often on productivity and achievement.

SuChin reminds us, it's only by taking care of ourselves that we can truly reach our full potential and make a positive impact on the world. One of the challenges that SuChin faced in her own journey towards self-care was managing creative burnout. As someone who is deeply passionate about her work, she often found herself pushing herself too hard and neglecting her own well-being. Over time, she learned to set boundaries and to prioritize self-care, whether that meant taking time off to rest and recharge or seeking support from others.

3. Learning From Our Mistakes

Throughout our conversation, SuChin emphasized the importance of reflection and learning from our mistakes. This is something that can be difficult, especially in a world that often values success and achievement above all else. It's only by reflecting on our experiences and learning from our mistakes that we can truly grow and improve.

The journey towards authenticity and self-discovery is a deeply personal one. As SuChin reminds us, it's one that is worth taking. By embracing our true selves and sharing our stories with others, we can build deeper connections, overcome imposter syndrome, and make a real impact on the world around us.

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About the Author

Vinnie Potestivo is an Emmy Award-winning media brand advisor, personal brand strategist, and content coach. He is a well-trusted connector who creates, develops, produces, distributes, amplifies, and helps to monetize some of the most talked-about brands in modern pop culture. 

As host of I Have A Podcast, his goal is to inspire your creative potential.

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