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Episode 3: Eric Nam    

Episode 3: Eric Nam

Welcome to Episode three of The Madhappy Podcast,  a conversation on mental health with the  singer, songwriter, podcaster, and entrepreneur Eric Nam, hosted by Madhappy founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we spoke with Eric about his experiences with anxiety and the challenges that he’s faced as an Asian-American singer in the U.S. and Korea. 

We kick off by talking with Eric about his journey into podcasting and how it’s given him the chance to have engaging and eye-opening conversations with unexpected people and build a unique and intimate community (02:45).  We then chat about Mason’s sobriety anniversary (04:11) and move into a discussion about Eric’s childhood in Atlanta as a son of immigrant parents. Eric shares how he transitioned from life as a college student in Boston to building a career as a singer/songwriter (06:44), and the challenges that came with being an Asian-American artist in the U.S. and Korea (10:59). 

Next, we get into how much the mental health conversation and terminology have changed in the past ten years before discussing Eric’s experiences with anxiety, panic attacks, burnout, and depression beginning in college (16:28). Eric sheds light on the fact that mental health in Korea is under-discussed (21:23), which is part of the reason why he started his company MINDSET to create a safe space to talk about mental health. 

Later, Eric and Peiman discuss how their multinational backgrounds have impacted their sense of belonging (25:35) and how people shouldn’t feel as though they need to hide who they are to fit in. We then discuss self-care, and Eric shares how taking care of his physical health goes hand in hand with maintaining his mental health (28:53). Eric talks about how he built a strong business with his brothers without letting it impact their close relationships, something Peiman relates to through his experience co-founding Madhappy alongside his brother (31:26).  Before wrapping up, Eric shares one of the top K-Pop misconceptions (39:06) and a key tip for fellow podcasters (40:36).

Check out episode three of The Madhappy Podcast here:

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