A special live podcast event featuring four of skateboarding’s brightest trailblazers: Jennifer Charlene, Briana King, Hilary Shanks and Victoria Taylor—four young women who are the essence of skateboarding’s DIY ethos, redefining what it means to be a skateboarder, and changing the landscape for future generations of women in skateboarding. Moderated by Robert Brink.
Creative + Cultural is an interdisciplinary podcast dedicated to creative collaboration and cultural innovation. Each series is designed to provide community leaders a platform to share stories about business, history, technology, and the arts.
While growing up in Southern California, Jennifer Charlene lead an active lifestyle from playing outside, to training in ballet & modern dance. In middle school, skateboarding naturally caught her attention. After completing the Royal Academy of dance curriculum, skating soon became a lifestyle for Jennifer, which she now spends most of her time doing, while acting and enjoying an occasional dance class.
Briana King is a skateboarder, actress, and model born to a stylist mother in East Los Angeles. Briana has spent time working between Australia, LA, New York, and New Zealand, appearing in two feature films and a host of ads and editorials for the likes of Apple, Bally, Converse, DKNY, G-Star, Gap, I-D, Nike, Puma, Teen Vogue, Uniqlo, Vans, and more. Personal highlights in her career have been “The Ones” campaign with Jordan and her work with Element skateboards, teaching girls to skate at Camp Woodward’s Girls Rule Week.
Much of Briana’s work focuses on inspiring confidence in young women. She often organizes and hosts girls-only meet-ups on both coasts to provide a comfortable and judgment-free skating environment. These meet-ups are growing in popularity along with a passionate social media following.
Hilary Shanks is a model and skateboarder from Missouri, living in Los Angeles. She loves traveling and connecting with other female skateboarders. Outside of skating she is pursuing a degree in business.
Victoria Taylor, otherwise known as Skatemosss, is a 22-year-old fashion major and skateboarder. Victoria moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her career in fashion and met all of her best friends through skating. She now runs her own business has designed and launched Grizzly Grip tape’s first ever woman’s line, and appeared on skateboarding’s most popular podcast, The Nine Club. Victoria plans to continue pursuing her love of fashion, have her own brand in the future, and travel the world to skate.
A skateboarder since the age of 12, Robert Brink began his career as a writer in 1999 while attending grad school in his native New Jersey. While the primary focus has been skateboarding, contributing to dozens of magazines and websites over the years, including Thrasher, ESPN and Playboy, Robert has also interviewed celebrities, worked as a food and travel writer, written for films and consulted for brands like Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Primitive, DC, Element, The Hundreds, Mountain Dew, and more.
In recent years, Robert is most known for hosting and co-producing the popular skateboarding talk show, Weekend Buzz, on Tony Hawk’s Ride Channel, which had a 5-year, 130 episode run and paved the way for skateboarding podcasts and talk shows as we know them today. He resides in Laguna Beach, which he will never leave, and drinks a lot of tea while writing and operating his candle brand, The Hundredth Acre, with his partner, Bardot the French bulldog.
Photo credit: Nicolas Delvalle