48 minutes | Dec 22, 2020

Ep. 29 Buddhist Monk and Global Makeup Artist: Kodo Nishimura

Welcome to Have a Blessed Gay, your weekly spiritual-comedy podcast! Join holy host, Tyler Martin, as he critically discusses social norms, current events, mental health, religion, and spirituality from an outcast's perspective. In this episode, Tyler talks with Kodo Nishimura! Kodo is a global makeup artist and a certified Buddhist monk. He grew up in Tokyo, in a Buddhist temple. As a child, he practiced Japanese flower arrangement for eight years. And at the age of 18, he moved to the US, graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in NY, then in 2015, he switched gears, and decided to complete his two-year Buddhist monk training in Tokyo. After becoming a monk, in 2017, he sought to further his makeup training by enrolling at Makeup Designory in LA. His story as a makeup artist and a monk has been featured globally including BBC Radio, Vogue, The New York Style Magazine, Buzzfeed, and so on. As a celebrity makeup artist, his makeup work has appeared in national shows such as Miss Universe, Miss USA, The View, and major magazines like Esquire, US Weekly, and the cover of Life & Style. He recently gave a TEDx Talk which I highly recommend you watch (see link below). But where I originally saw him was on "QUEER EYE: We’re in Japan” on NETFLIX in 2019. He was brought on the show to give encouragement and words of wisdom, which he is full of. His mission is to empower all people of all gender using makeup skills with a hint of Buddhism. Kodo breaks down what Buddhism is, comparing it to Disney, he then tells his journey of becoming a monk, and how he uses makeup and Buddhist teachings to encourage people to live openly and proudly. Also, his voice is so soothing, so for all you ASMR fans, this is gonna be a favorite episode. Get ready for some tingles and an amazing discussion! Guest: Kodo Nishimura IG: @kodomakeup Website: https://www.kodonishimura.com/ Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWQ4lzXesmE 10% Off Q Christian Fellowship Conference: Enjoy the festival and watch Tyler’s first live podcast episode! Here is a special 10% off discount code for all you spiritual sluts: BLESS2021 This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp! Get 10% Off BetterHelp therapy by using my code! www.betterhelp.com/blessedgay Your Host: Tyler Martin Instagram: @tylerisaacmartin Follow Have a Blessed Gay and Reach Out! Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @haveablessedgay www.haveablessedgay.com Email: hello@haveablessedgay.com U.S. Helplines National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Trevor Project Helpline (LGBTQ+ Youth): 1-866-488-7386 Trans Helpline: 877-565-8860
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