Photo Recap of Francisco Palomares' Art Show

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Francisco Palomares art show. We had a blast meeting y'all and checking out the paintings together!

Food was generously provided by the Nopalero Brand. We will never forget the delicious tempeh chorizo! LoCo CoCo the Clown struck a pose next to his portrait, while the chill musicians set the mood for the night with their ukuleles, drums and voices.

The night was filled with fun company, relaxing acoustics, tasty food from Boyle Heights and even face painting. Talk about a good time!

Check out some of the photos below.

Photos Taken by Phoenix Tso.

Join Us at the Open House/Free Coworking Day

You're invited this Friday (4/28) to our open house/FREE coworking day.

We'll have tech recruiters, freelancers, writers, lawyers, real estate agents and cool folks from various industries joining us. Socialize, get work done and just enjoy the day in this quaint neighborhood.

Enjoy the day working at Opodz from 9:00am-5:00pm. Then come to the art show starting at 6:30pm!

*High Speed WiFi
*Kitchen Space
*Conference Room, based on schedule
*Free Coffee, Tea and Snacks
*Free Printing
*Discounts at Community Partnered Stores
*Awesome Community

Free food, music and art, courtesy of the Nopalero Brand and Francisco Palomares.

On-site Parking is operated by Joe's Auto Parks, $10/all day, $5/after 5pm. We also recommend the lots on 3rd/Central or on Judge John Aiso, which is a few blocks away. Street parking is available. 

Opodz is closest to the Metro Gold Line - Little Tokyo stop. We are also accessible through the Metro Red/Purple Line - Civic Center, and have a bike room to store your bicycle.

Five Tips for Fab Photos on Instagram ft. JR5

Hi folks.

You've probably seen ads promoting soap, cars, and for various products pop up on your social media before. The visuals look amazing! Have you ever thought about what goes behind the creative process?

Let us give you some tips on how to take great photos, so you can market your latest project on Instagram. This is especially a popular platform, when you want to target millennials.

1. Choose a non distracting, neutral background.
2. Add related items to provide context for your setup.
3. Mind the lighting, turn on the brightness for a pop.
4. Use a filter and crop when needed.
5. Break rules when needed. Creativity > convention.

Let's apply these five concepts to some Korean Army Soup...

Before - CliCk For Full View

Boo. We can do so much better than that. Let's see what a difference in setting, lighting and angle can do for us. We can slap on a blueish-white filter while we're at it.

Ready for the results? BAM!!!! It'll be magic.


Now that you've got the perfect image, don't forget to use relevant #hashtags to attract an audience. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any tips to share too!

Product courtesy of Joo of JR5, Meal Prep for Home Delivery. Check out the kickstarter here:

AAJA-LA The Freelancer Job Fair: Meet Publishers, Get Hired! Event Recap


Last Thursday, we had the luxury of meeting talented people at the AAJA-LA Freelancer Job Fair. It was quite a turnout, since the event had waitlists which spilled three times over the expected attendance number.

Nevertheless, newcomers and more seasoned AAJA-LA community members alike bonded over shared stories and experiences. The night matched freelancers and various publications in a style reminiscent to a group speed-dating experience. At a given time, about 5-7 individuals spoke a representative of a chosen publication seated at a roundtable. Then after fifteen minutes, the freelancers switched to the next table.

At the same time, some folks gathered in our conference room to speak with other publications over Google Hangouts. Judging from beaming smiles and countless times people exchanged business cards, we can safely say that each person gained a positive experience from the fair.

That being said, shoutout to Mariko, Anthony and the numerous volunteers for making the event a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again at Opodz.

Photo credit: Timmy Truong was kind enough to share his photos of the event.

Marketing & Branding Workshop was a huge success!

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Hello there!

We just wanted to thank all of those who came out to the Marketing & Branding Workshop last Thursday! It was a huge success. Special thanks to the teams from Dials, Casetify, and to Kate Amery from Pulp PR for making their way to Opodz to speak to our audience and for sharing the marketing strategies that have worked for them.

Many ideas were parsed out and numbers were exchanges. We are proud to have sponsored these talented hosts who answered the pressing questions of those attending!

Thanks again,


The Opodz Team.