Matthew Zaremba is a published visual artist whose work has been exhibited across the United States and abroad. His clients include Playboy, Vans and New Balance, while his work has been featured across: The Huffington Post, Style.com and HYPEBEAST, only to name a few.

Zaremba’s work examines the human condition, as well as the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of relationships, communication, and the mind. He currently is the director of marketing at Bodega.  

Today, Matthew joins us to talk about Mental Health. We discuss how artists like himself live and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Together, we also discuss many of today’s global issues surrounding mental health and the importance of regulating our use of social media. We also touch on a very sensitive subject: Suicide. Matt has lost 2 people to suicide, opening up about how these experiences were, and how he managed to overcome them.

It was an honour to speak to someone, whom we personally are a huge fan of.

Tune in to listen to Matthew Zaremba speak about the importance of mental health in his life and career!

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In this episode :

  • 1:00 – Matthew speaks about grief, his father loss and his approach to his art.
  • 4:00 – Matthew speaks about his raw style.
  • 7:00 – What stigma’s would we like to break as a Male?
  • 10:00 – Losing someone special to suicide.
  • 12:00 – How Matt manages daily stressors. (Social Media)
  • 15:00 – Work Life Balance in the Fashion Industry.
  • 17:00 – The Empower Directory Idea Discussion?
  • 22:00 – Matthew’s anxiety attacks and how he dealt with it.
  • 23:30 – Medication vs Holistic Health.
  • 26:00 – Nutrition and it effects on mental health.
  • 28:00 – Regulating Social Media and the pressure of social media.
  • 32:00 – Matthew’s genuine message to anyone going through something they can’t talk about.

Quotes from The Empower Series with Matthew Zaremba:

  • Understanding and having Empathy can do wonders to this world.
  • I never set out to try to fit in a certain lane, I think i’m just and still am focused on my own reality.
  • You need to have a sort of release to get it out. You need to be as honest as possible with yourself.
  • I’ve lost two friends to suicide. It doesn’t discriminate between race, gender or beliefs.
  • Take time. There’s a lot of societal pressures. It super important to take time cuz at the end of the day you’re all that you’ve got.
  • There’s no room for self anymore. There are some people that have 16h work days. Back in the days our parents generation would finish work and that would be it for the day for them. Today it’s different.
  • Social media is entertainment.
  • The sun always comes out tomorrow.


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