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Meet Adam Yasmin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Yasmin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adam. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I had my first pot of single-origin aged Puerh tea exactly ten years ago in a San Francisco tea house. The stars must’ve been in a unique constellation because since then I’ve been dedicating more and more of my professional and creative life in alignment with the leaf.

Back then, I was a touring multi-instrumentalist (since 2005) and was playing percussion at the said tea house in a trio. A lot has changed this past decade. I’ve since become a first-time dad, started a design career, and relocated to Echo Park from the ‘westside.’

Recently, I’ve been freelancing as a user experience designer, helping brands build bridges to users’ needs with empathy. I’ve always been oriented and curious about other people; as a musician, as a dad, a designer, a podcast hose, and a chajin (tea person). Tea has this innate ability to connect us with others.

It also connects us to ourselves as well as to nature. 2019 marks my 10th year practicing Gong Fu Cha. Gongfu means the art of doing something well. In the tea ceremony known as gong fu cha, the implication is that time, dedication and effort will produce a profound tea experience.

Upon my pivot, to UX Design in 2015, I also started offering a unique Team Building service to tech companies that incorporates mindfulness and tea ceremony. This year, I launched a podcast called Wabi Sabi; a show that ponders about life through the lens of impermanence while imbibing bespoke teas.

No matter where I go in life, I’m always weaving tea in. It’s helped me navigate relationships, partnership, parenthood, professional life, art, creativity, and self-awareness.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth roads are for airport runways. Everything else is wabi-sabi (imperfect/impermanent). Along with my path, I’ve met with depression, anxiety, family estrangement, toxic relationships, failures, false starts, mistakes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, being in the right place at the wrong time, broken hearts, and more. There are stories behind every point, maybe we’ll discuss it over tea one day.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I do many things…

I started a podcast this year called Wabi Sabi. It’s an interview series that ponders about life through the lens of impermanence/imperfection/existentialism all while imbibing bespoke craft teas. Conversations are conducted with a jazz-like mentality; unscripted and unedited. You can stream episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play, and Stitcher. Looking into local sponsorship models. Subscribe and leave a review.

Freelance UX Strategist, which is another way of saying ‘creative problem solver.’ I also have a background in visual art which influences the way I approach design thinking.

‘Tea Ceremony + Team Building’. It’s an adjunct service to my design offerings. Along the way, I’ve also included art and photography into the mix.

The most important job I have is being a dad to a magical almost 4 year old daughter.  As a freelancer I’m remembering to say no to jobs that require long commutes that come with a heavy cost (childcare is $$$$$$).

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Was I lucky to be hosting a tea ceremony at an event I originally thought was an unfortunate waste of time only to end my stint there meeting and connecting with my life partner and mother to my daughter? Yes, that was lucky.

Pricing:

  • UX Design $60+/hour varies depending on scope and time
  • Tea Ceremony + Team Building $300/90 min

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