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62 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
S2.EP2 | The Healing Power of Singing | Emm Gryner
Emm Gryner is a Canadian singer/songwriter, and now author. Her new book, The Healing Power of Singing, is a delightful journey of 25 steps filled with fascinating insight from her life—from getting a record deal and later ditching the music industry, to single parenting and touring as a singer with the late and great David Bowie. She even collaborated with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his famous cover of “Space Oddity”, the song that made history as the first music video filmed in outer space. I was delighted and honoured to speak with her at length about her life and what she’s learned.
97 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
S2.EP1 | The Natural Artist | Cesar Santos
Cesar Santos is a world class painter and illustrator, perhaps best known for his incredible ability in portraiture. Born in Cuba and later raised in the United States, he now resides in Italy with his wonderful wife, Valentina. To see his work is to be amazed. His highly instructive and insightful YouTube videos showcase his process and bring his audience along what I consider a most riveting artistic journey. That he has over 150,000 subscribers means I’m not the only one who thinks that. His art is sought after across the globe and his mastery has inspired thousands of artists all over the world. Follow him on Instagram here.
80 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
#24 - Juliette Fogra - What makes you an Artist?
Juliette Fogra is a Brooklyn based illustrator, designer, and maker of fine art. Her artwork is inexplicably profound and strikes a very raw chord with me. She’s one of those people who make art that stares back at you. In this conversation we discuss what it takes to actually be an “Artist”, the nature of art, life as art, and we confront many orthodox maxims around creativity in thoughtfully circuitous and reflective ways. Follow Juliette on Instagram. Check out her website.
68 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
#23 - Jax Delisle - Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Jax Delisle is a diverse creative, a media entrepreneur, and advocate for small business. She lives in my hometown of Hinton, Alberta, as the head of her company, ‘JD Consulting’. She’s also the writer of a well-known recipe blog called “Cooking with Jax” and her recipes have gone viral. We sat down in my studio to discuss marketing and creative work through the lens of a small town, the pitfalls, strengths, and challenges. She shares her experience as a professional in the social media stratosphere and gives tips on how to grow your brand. Follow Jax on Instagram here.
64 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
#22 - Halee Pierog - Acting and the Mystery of Emotion
Halee Pierog is a very fine actor currently based in my own small town of Edson, Alberta. She’s not only been cast in the lead role for my upcoming music video (“Her Smile”), she has immense talent and diverse experience in both theatre and short film. I found this conversation to be equal parts fascinating and refreshing. We not only talk about the art of acting, channeling emotions, being an introvert, but also about being an actor in Alberta, and all the challenges that come with it. Acting is a difficult career path. I love Halee’s perspective and the honesty she brings to this conversation. Follow Halee on Instagram, here. This episode was recorded on May 25th, 2021.
68 minutes | May 20, 2021
#21 - Eric Myers - Representing Film and Literature
Eric Myers is a New York-based literary agent who has had a long vibrant career in not only books, but film. He has been representing authors for over a decade, but prior to that he worked behind-the-scenes as a publicist for many well-known films including Julie & Julia, Zoolander, Shaft, Fatal Attraction, Regarding Henry, and more. He is also the author of three art-deco books published by St. Martin’s Press. As a literary agent, he represents award winners, thrillers, memoirs, young adult fiction, and as a person, his integrity, charm, and style are rarely matched. We talk about his story, the importance of history, what his interactions with authors are like, his literary agent pet peeves, and much more. Learn more about Eric at his website here. This episode was recorded on May 10th, 2021.
84 minutes | May 13, 2021
#20 - Tammy Peterson - Gratitude and Humility
Tammy Peterson is an artist based in Ontario well known as the beloved wife of Jordan B. Peterson, a man who is perhaps the western world’s most influential intellectual of our time. Tammy’s perspective on creativity, sanity, and spirituality is truly insightful and worthy of note. We ruminate on the difference between wanting and needing to make art, on raising children and balancing life around your passion, the role of humility, gratitude, and beauty, and what her recent brush with death has taught her. Follow Tammy Peterson on Instagram here. This episode was recorded on April 18th, 2021.
63 minutes | May 8, 2021
#19 - Ben Wallace - Purpose and Marketing
Ben Wallace is a professional marketer from the UK who works for both Mikhaila and Jordan Peterson—two very well-known public figures. He is also a podcaster (Ben’s Learning Lounge), an aspiring comedian, and all-around creative guy. We talk about his personal battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how he managed to still get his Degree at Lancaster despite it, how he stumbled into being a marketer, and the overall importance of having a life’s purpose, among many other topics.
76 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
#18 - Marta Madison - People Skills and Fashion Illustration
Marta Madison is a fashion illustrator from Sydney, Australia, and tomorrow (May 1st) she launches her new book, "Girl Can Draw". We discuss her experience as a successful commissioned artist, the world of bridal fashion, and what she's learned along the way to keep sane. We relate about the importance of good communication and people skills, which often create more opportunities than even an artist's craft. Her advice for artists trying to make a living from their passion is truly thought-provoking.
80 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
#17 - Nicole Wolf - Making Art in the Pursuit of Truth
Nicole Wolf is an illustrator and fine artist based in Calgary, AB. She’s travelled to Syrian refugee camps to live-draw portraits, been tapped by huge clients for character design, mural work, and commercial art, and recently generated an exhibit with journalist Gavin John called “Inside the Fall of CHOP”, which gained international attention. We talk about the pros and cons of working as artists in Alberta, having a real life, whether you need to sacrifice your art career to have a family, and much more.
62 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
#16 - Krista Van Iderstine - Understanding and Embracing ADHD
Krista Van Iderstine is an ADHD Coach and Occupational Therapist based in Calgary, AB. Even if you don't have ADHD, this is a highly informative episode for creative people. We share our own experience as people with ADHD and talk about the disorder in detail, its biological signature, common myths, and strategies for how to thrive with it.
99 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#15 - Meredith Bull - TikTok, Going Viral, and Doing it All
Meredith Bull is a multifaceted artist whose experience ranges from touring in theatre productions to guest starring on Law & Order, plus voice acting and working alongside George Lucas. She's a musical artist and TikTok phenomenon with millions of views and hundreds of thousands of followers. We talk about TikTok, what it’s like to go viral (multiple times), what she’s learned along the way. She also distills wisdom from her friend and mentor, Hopsin, who is a rap artist whose work I’ve admired for years.
49 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
#14 - Nik Cherwink - Are you really an Artist?
Originally a full-blown artist, Nik Cherwink had a vibrant career in the music industry working at Capitol Records in LA, eventually teaching artists at Icon Collective. He then transitioned into life-coaching next, first working with artists to now coaching men in particular. We talk Identity and how artists seek validation through art, bringing up the question of whether or not being an artist is desirable. His insight is profound and invaluable for anyone needing to step back and see the big picture.
97 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
#13 - Lindsay Rendleman - Truth and Bullsh**
Lindsay Rendleman is more than a fantastic songwriter, she's my friend and collaborator. Fresh off the release of our song "Suspect", we wax creative about it and other things. She brings up the best advice she ever got as a songwriter, which involves balancing bullsh*t and truth precariously. We talk about the importance of having a supportive nest to bring out your creativity, how being in the zone is coping, meditative, and restorative, and why having a certain outcome in mind with your art is terrible.
72 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
#12 - Daniel Grove - Photography, Design, and Sanity
Daniel Grove is an absurdly talented photographer, design artist, and videographer in San Antonio, Texas. Besides all his creative work, he's a faithful family man and by my surmising---a generous and phenomenal human being. This conversation gets into many creative things and you should honestly just listen. Some topics: how we work with clients as freelancing artists, what a good creative attitude looks like, social media and why sharing is important, and why we're both grateful for our supportive wives.
80 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
#11 - Kevin Rosmer - On Loving the Process
Kevin Rosmer is a multi-talented and mega diverse artist. From his music project as 'Professional Help' to his work as a filmmaker, actor, and one of my frequent collaborators, Kevin is uniquely qualified as a jack of all trades to talk about creativity. We thematically cling to the issue of "Process" in one way or another and have a very deep discussion about how to love what you do and be yourself, among other subjects.
81 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
#10 - Qashus - On Hustle and Social Media
It's my honour to have had the chance to hangout and freestyle with Edmonton's own Qashus, a divergent and multidisciplined artist whose journey is so similar to mine it's scary. That said, his success and hustle is immense, from making commercials for the Superbowl to putting out rap projects and co-founding the successful '2nd Floor' Podcast. I learned a lot in this conversation. Plus we both rap.
75 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
#9 - Crystal Bourque - Storytime: Arthur
Crystal Bourque (www.crystalbourque.com) returns for Part 2 of our conversation as the dark fantasy author she is. I hope you've all had a great summer---I've been a little busy, but we're back. Today we discuss a story of mine called, "Arthur" which was written to the same prompt as Crystal's from the last episode. More than just a story and feedback, this episode is about how to give and receive good criticism.
91 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
#8 - Crystal Bourque - Storytime: The Bone Setter
Crystal Bourque (www.crystalbourque.com) is a dark fantasy author who is best known for The Book of Eve novels, but has also had many short stories published, including in her own anthology, 'The Last Gardener'. She writes for us an original short story called 'The Bone Setter', which delightfully entertains, and I follow up with some critique. In addition, we talk about how we have both striven for professional educations in the wrong subjects, how a passion can continue to call you throughout your life, and funnily enough, we get into how Crystal might possibly have written the inspiration for an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We examine the difference between books and film, how they inspire differently and how they influence the imagination.
98 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
#7 - A-F-R-O - What makes Hip-Hop so great?
A-F-R-O (All Flows Reach Out) is a rap artist, actor, aspiring director, and screenwriter from California. He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, was an actor in VH1's 'The Breaks', and has toured the world with the legendary R.A. The Rugged Man. We talk about what it was like to collaborate with each other on my latest single, "Metal ft. A-F-R-O", what Hip-Hop is all about and why we love it. We get into how he became an artist, his passion for film, why his mom disciplined him with a dictionary, and so much more. For being 22 years old, A-F-R-O has a lot of wisdom for every creative to learn from.
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