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40 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Moby on Reprise, Collaboration, Stumbling Forward, and the Existential Meditation of Moby Doc
Moby is a musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. With more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, Moby is responsible for bringing dance music into the mainstream in the United States, United Kingdom, and beyond. His documentary Moby Doc covers his life and career, his many musical collaborations with artists like David Bowie, and is an existential meditation on success and happiness. Moby’s 19th studio Album, Reprise, was released in May of this year, and features collaborations with artists like Gregory Porter, Kris Kristofferson, and Mark Lanegan. What you will learn: Why he produced a documentary about his life - the aptly titled Moby Doc, which took six years to make and began as a request for a memoir. [0:00-8:05] Why Moby doesn’t read reviews or news regarding himself. What musical influences shaped him as an artist and how a job in a record store served as a formative, unique musical education. [8:05-14:12] Why Moby collaborates so frequently with not just iconic artists but with lesser known artists, and how he approaches the collaborative process. How he balances the necessary evil of marketing with maintaining authenticity in his work. [14:12-20:31] How Moby connected with Kris Kristofferson and Mark Lanegan on the song The Lonely Night on Moby’s most recent album, Reprise. The importance of humility in the creative process. [20:31-25:52] Why the music video for his song Why Does My Heart Feel so Bad? is his favorite music video. The importance of purpose-driven art and activism. [25:52-29:50] How Moby’s professional relationship with David Lynch began with Moby’s sampling of a song from Twin Peaks, which then evolved into a 20 year friendship. Why Moby asked David to appear in Moby Doc. [29:50-34:53] Moby explains the thought process behind the touching final scene of Moby Doc, describes his friendship and work with Wayne Coyne, and discusses the importance of compassion when responding to existential questions in life. [34:53-39:38] Resources: Moby’s: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube, Spotify Steve Cutts’ animated short, Man
27 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Susan Wrubel Recap, YouTube Love for B.J. Thomas, and Moby Zoom Call Turbulence
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the interview with Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director Susan Wrubel, marvel at all of the love on YouTube for B.J. Thomas and his chat with Bryan in September of last year, and talk about an edge of your seat moment during Bryan's interview with Moby, which launches next week.
58 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Aspen Film Executive Director Susan Wrubel on Film Production and the Future of Film Festivals
Susan Wrubel is the executive producer behind films such as Maggie’s Plan (starring Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawk, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph) and Still Alice (also starring Julianne Moore, who took home the Oscar that year for the role, and Alec Baldwin). Susan is currently the executive director of Aspen Film, which organizes three annual film festivals, including the Oscar-qualifying Aspen Short Fest. What you will learn: Susan shares what her 4th year as an executive and artistic director for Aspen Film entails, and breaks down the details of the three film festivals they put on each year. She also discusses how they had to pivot quickly after the pandemic began to make their festivals “virtual.” [0:00-10:58] The importance of short films for audiences, actors, creators, and film in general. The sense of community fostered in the Aspen festivals and how inspiring it is to see the raw talent of thousands of filmmakers every years. [10:58-21:46] Susan weighs in on the fairness of having big name actors (like Will Ferrell) or directors (like Zach Woods) attached to independent film festival contenders when they are competing for limited slows with lesser known actors and filmmakers. The balance Aspen Film tries to create in selecting a diverse range of films, and what the selection process is like going from 3,000 submissions to 80 chosen films in the Short Fest. [21:46-26:45] Going back to the start of her career, Susan recounts how she steadily worked her way to the top, starting at a PR department in Manhattan, to moving print copies, then moving to LA to work for Paramount, then to London, until she eventually found her way back to LA working as a producer. [26:45-36:40] The relevance of the Alliance Film Series Aspen put on in 2018, and other films that deal with heavy, topical issues. The difference between a producer vs. an executive producer in the film industry. [36:40-42:52] How Susan’s formal education did (and didn’t) prepare her for work in the film industry and the skills that can really only be learned with experience. What Susan hopes film festivals will look like in 2022. [42:52-51:20] Why some shorts are difficult to find streaming online, and the logistics behind why Aspen can’t put the films online, but resources where many can be found. The opportunities that accessible platforms like YouTube can provide. [51:20-56:50] Resources: Susan Wrubel’s: LinkedIn, IMDb Aspen Film website
59 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Remembering Music Legend B.J. Thomas. August 7, 1942 - May 29, 2021
B.J. Thomas passed away after a battle with lung cancer last week. In this special bonus episode we are replaying his interview in its entirety, as it aired in September of 2020, as a tribute to B.J. and the 50 years of hits he gave to the world. RIP B.J. Below are the show notes from the episode. ------------------------------------------------------------------ With over 70 million records sold, BJ Thomas is the artist behind classic hits like “Hooked on a Feeling”, Oscar-winner “Raindrops (Keep Falling on My Head)”, and (Hey Won’t You Play Another) Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. With a total of Eight #1 hits, 26 top 10 singles, and 5 Grammy Awards, BJ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. He has also been ranked by Billboard as one of the top 50 most played artists over the last 50 years. What you will learn: What the music scene was like in Houston in the 1950s and 60s, what BJ’s first musical influences were, how BJ found his way into the pop and soul music scene, performing with acts like Jame Brown. [00:00-08:45] Why BJ focused on songs he connected with, what the collaborative process was like early in BJ’s career, and how he got his start musically in a high school band. [08:45-15:50] How BJ achieved his first big break as a performer, how he overcame stage-fright, and how he found a renewed sense of health and fulfillment by learning to balance family and work life. [15:50-26:34] What is was like performing at the Oscars, working with the iconic Burt Bacharach, coping with the talk-show circuit as an addict (including a shocking admission to Johnny Carson on a Tonight Show appearance), and why he took a break from interviews until he achieved sobriety. [26:34-36:52] How BJ looks to inspirational performers like Tony Bennett while striving to live a life of longevity and maintain relevance after decades in the spotlight. [36:52-45:17] What business mistakes he made, what he would do differently if he could do it all over again, and what BJ has learned from his mistakes; also, the drawback of digital music recording and streaming vs. traditional studio recording and record sales when it comes to artist collaboration and artist royalties. [45:17-58:20] Resources: BJ Thomas’ Website, YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook
13 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Animation Week Recap, R.I.P. B.J. Thomas, and Mystery Guest Goes Up In Smoke
Bryan and Jason recap Bryan's interviews with animators Michael Surrey (Disney, Dreamworks, Spire Studios) and Shawn Krause (Pixar, Spire Studios). They also remember and honor previous guest BJ Thomas (Hooked On A Feeling, Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head) who passed away last week from lung cancer, preview next week's interview with producer and Aspen Film Festival Director Susan Wrubel, and talk about some exciting interviews scheduled for June, including Moby and a mystery guest whose name Bryan shall not mention until their chat is "in the can."
45 minutes | May 28, 2021
Shawn Krause on Animating Toy Story & UP, and Trouble with Danny McBride at Spire Studios
Animator Shawn Krause spent 26 influential years at Pixar Animation Studios, working on classics like Toy Story and Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, and leading the animation team on Cars 2, Inside Out, and Up, which opened the Canne Film Festival, won an Oscar for Best Animated Featured, and was nominated for Best Picture. Shawn is now creative director for Spire Studios, where he is developing Trouble, an animated feature with Danny McBride. What you will learn: What it was like starting his career at Pixar and working with the company as it evolved and refined its computer animation style. [0:00-9:10] Shawn’s opinion on the necessity of aspiring animators today knowing the traditional draftsman skills, and the advantages of mixing old and new techniques. [9:10-13:26] Why he has focused on character throughout school and professionally, and how fantastic the working environment was at Pixar. What it was like animating Inside Out, turning emotions into movie characters. [13:26-21:09] Shawn’s perspective on director/writer input during the animation process, when animators make characters resemble the voice actors portraying that character, and What it was like working on Pixar’s most recent film Soul. How the animation team size at Pixar has grown over the years and how he incorporated a logo from his father’s locksmith company into the movie Inside Out. [21:09-30:52] Whether formal education is necessary for aspiring animators, what inspired him during his formative years, why he made the choice to move on from Pixar after 26 years to work as Creative Director at Spire Studios, and what future projects Shawn is excited about, including an animated feature called Trouble with Danny McBride. [30:52-41:22] Resources: Shawn Krause’s: IMDb, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
60 minutes | May 26, 2021
Michael Surrey on Animating for Disney and Dreamworks & Making Trouble with Danny McBride
Animator Michael Surrey is the artist behind some of Disney’s most iconic films, including Beauty and the Beast, which was the first, full-length animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Michael went on to animate the title character in Aladdin, Timon in The Lion King, and Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among many others. After 18 years at Disney, Michael animated for Dreamworks, where he worked on Shark Tale, Tangled, and the Oscar-nominated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, among others. He is currently Creative Director of Story and Animation at Spire Animation Studios, where he is developing the animated feature Trouble, with Danny McBride. What you will learn: What called Michael to California 30 years ago and what Disney film inspired him to work for Disney. How an unconventional summer job (animation posing artist for the Care Bears TV series) opened his mind to the possibility that animation could be a career. [0:00-11:52] Michael’s earliest memories of drawing and being asked to draw pictures and pen “tattoos” for fellow classmates. How fundamental school was in transitioning from drawing to animation. The commitment it took to overcome rejection before finally being accepted to an animation school. [11:52-17:26] Michael’s perspective on Disney’s animation style when he began working for the studio, how many drawings and time it took to create just a few seconds of film, and why initial animation concepts often have to be simplified over time. [17:26-24:50] What it was like for Michael to work on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin early on in his career at Disney, and how the passionate, collaborative work environment at Disney shaped him as an artist. Why he appreciated the openness Disney had to employee input on story changes and why it makes for a stronger finished product. [24:50-32:43] How knowing who will voice a character before its creation can affect the artist's approach when animating the character. The best and worst parts of his day as an animator. [32:43-41:58] Why Michael left Dreamworks to become Creative Director of Story and Animation at Spire Animation Studios. Why we are currently in a renaissance period for animation and the importance of having a progressive work culture. [41:58-49:55] Why he is excited to be working on Spire’s upcoming project, Trouble, with Danny McBride, and why he believes there is a wide audience now more than ever for animation. [49:55-59:49] Resources: Michael Surrey’s: IMDb, LinkedIn, Instagram Spire Animation Studios
15 minutes | May 19, 2021
Songwriter Takeaways, Voicemail from a Super-Fan, and Animator Week Preview
Bryan and Jason recap last week's interviews with songwriters Los Angeles-based songwriter Emily James and Seattle-based songwriter Sue Ennis, who co-wrote more than 70 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson, of the platinum-selling rock band Heart. Bryan talks about why his personal connection to Sue, through his dad who passed away in 2003, made that interview special. Jason plays a message from a super fan. And Bryan and Jason preview upcoming interviews with animators Michael Surrey and Shawn Krause who joined Spire Animation Studios in 2021 after working for Disney/Pixar for decades.
78 minutes | May 14, 2021
Sue Ennis on Four Decades of Songwriting with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart
Sue Ennis is an internationally-recognized songwriter. Best known for co-writing more than 70 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the platinum-selling rock band Heart, Sue has more than 35 million records sold, including 10 gold, 4 platinum, 1 triple platinum and 1 quintuple platinum album. Sue recently co-wrote and performed on Nancy Wilson’s first solo album, You and Me, which was released last Friday. She also teaches songwriting workshops and her “Craft of Songwriting” class sells out every quarter at Shoreline Community college. What you will learn: How she met Ann and Nancy Wilson as a teen, and how that friendship blossomed into a decades-long songwriting collaboration. What it was like writing songs in the early days with Heart Ann and Nancy, and how they have been able to maintain that same rapport and collaborative spirit for so long. How Sue collaborated with Nancy Wilson and Nancy’s first solo album, You and Me, which was written and recorded during the pandemic, and released in May of 2021. How Sue and Nancy collaborated to write and record the title track, You and Me, for Nancy’s first solo album which was released in May of 2021. Why Sue chose not to pursue a career as a live performer. What she learned early in her career about copyright and publishing in the music industry. The origin story of the Lovemongers, a band Sue formed with Ann and Nancy Wilson in the mid 90s. How music royalties are divided between songwriters, performers, and publishers. What it was like touring with Heart throughout Europe. How Sue met Bryan’s Dad, Greg Smith, when Greg was Heart’s tour pilot. Sue also tells the story of an adventure with Greg in Germany, which involved landing a plane at a closed airport on a dark runway. How songwriting is both a craft that can be taught/learned, and an art with an element of magic that perhaps can’t be taught/learned. What it was like receiving a limited edition, signature Nancy Wilson Martin Guitar in the mail. Sue’s advice for Bryan about how to finish a song he wrote in high school but never finished. Resources: Sue Ennis’ Website and Twitter YouTube Video for the title song from Nancy Wilson's first Solo Album, You and Me
42 minutes | May 12, 2021
Emily James on Singing, Songwriting, and Blazing Her Own Path in Nashville and Los Angeles
Singer-songwriter Emily James began writing her own music when she was 10 years old, inspired by such musical influences as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and Adele. At 16, Emily moved from New York to Nashville and, a year later, released her self-written EP, Emily James, produced by Grammy award winners Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon). She relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 and released her debut album, Til the Morning, produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy). Emily’s most recent EP, Wanted You To Know, was released in February of 2021. What you will learn: How growing up in New York City, having a close-knit family who valued the arts, shaped her approach to music. How taking piano at an early age started her on a path to success as a songwriter and performer. [0:00-6:27] How performing at open mics in New York at the age 13 and being surrounded by supportive musical influences inspired her as a musician. Why she felt a connection to Nashville and what it was like to move there. [6:27-10:57] How she first got the attention of producers and how singers/songwriters work and collaborate with producers. [10:57-16:16] How Emily protects her work legally as an independent artist and the steps she takes to obtain licensing to perform covers of other songs. Emily’s opinion on the importance of being in Los Angeles to make it in the entertainment industry, and how covid has changed that dynamic. [16:16-23:13] The evolution Emily’s songwriting with her latest EP Wanted You to Know and what it was like making the music video for her song Back in the Summer. How her mother has influenced and supported her, and how the challenges of being taken seriously in the music industry as a young artist. [23:13-31:00] What is was like growing up in a post-9/11 New York, Emily’s plans for the future, and her take on the double-edged sword of social media. [31:00-39:12] Resources: Emily James’ Website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify
16 minutes | May 5, 2021
RECAP - Reflections on Rae, Police Reform, and Songwriters of All Generations
Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the interview with Rae Deslich, process the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial and what it means for racial justice in America, and talk about upcoming interviews with two singer/songwriter Emily James, and the platinum-selling songwriter on more than 70 Heart songs, Sue Ennis.
44 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Rae Deslich on Set Decoration, Promising Young Woman, and Breaking into Hollywood
Rae Deslich is an Emmy-nominated set decorator whose film Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan. was nominated for five academy awards and took home one for best original screenplay. They have also worked on notable shows such as Party of Five, Drunk History, Alone Together, and the upcoming HBO Max reboot of 1980s Head of the Class. What you will learn: How Rae approached the set decoration on Promising Young Woman, how they worked with the director and production designer to create the look and feel of the film, the importance of color palette in the film, and why the choice to use bright pinks and blues worked with such dark subject matter. [0:00-11:58] How they collaborated with director Emerald Fennell on Promising Young Woman, how the various set and design departments work together on films, and the importance of being versatile from production to production. [11:58-19:15] How much work Rae does before, during, and after a production, how mood boards were used during the production of Promising Young Woman, and the inspiration Rae draws from other films and shows. [19:15-26:41] How Rae got into the film industry, starting with film school, building a portfolio, and building their way up the industry. Advice Rae would give to anyone wishing to work in the film industry. [26:41-32:36] What Rae enjoys most and least about working in set decoration, and their preference of film or television. Rae’s future plans, and why there are so many work opportunities on television reboots in the last few years. [32:26-44:00] Resources: Rae Deslich’s: Website, IMDb, Instagram, LinkedIn
16 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Bryan and Jason on Strip Down, Rise Up, and Raising a Podcast Baby
Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from last week's interview with filmmaker Michèle Ohayon who directed the Netflix documentary Strip Down, Rise Up, which follows a diverse group of women as they attempt to heal from trauma and body image issues through the power of movement and pole dance classes; The different styles of documentary filmmaking that Michèle talked about during the interview, including the style she used to shoot Strip Down, Rise Up (cinéma véríte); The HBO Max documentary Q: Into The Storm; A listener review posted on Podbean; Bryan's upcoming interview with comic Monica Nevi; Bryan's plan to interview more performers at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima; The pride Bryan and Jason have in the podcast baby they have helped raise since March of 2019; and Next week's episode, featuring set designer Ray Deslich, who worked on the Oscar-nominated film Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan and directed by Emerald Fennell.
46 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Michèle Ohayon on the Healing Power of Movement, and Directing Strip Down, Rise Up
Michèle Ohayon is an Academy Award-nominated director, writer, and producer. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Kavana Entertainment. Her documentaries include It Was a Wondeful Life narrated by Jodie Foster, Cowboy del Amor, and the Academy Award nominated Colors Straight Up. Her most recent film is Netflix’s Strip Down, Rise Up. which follows the journey of a diverse group of women who heal trauma and body image issues through sensual movement and the art of pole dance. What you will learn: Michèle’s inspiration for and intentions when she began working on Strip Down, Rise Up; how she was surprised by the supportive and cathartic experience that unfolded during the classes she filmed. How she was able to strike a balance between showing authenticity while not being exploitative of the subjects of hte film. [0:00-9:55] The grim statistics of sexual abuse cases, the problem the male gaze has created for women, and how the subjects of her film were able to find ways to heal and take back power through dance. How Michèle worked to create a safe space for the dancers in Strip Down, Rise Up and the powerful potential documentaries have to promote healing. [9:55-17:50] Why Michèle chose to hire a male editor for Strip Down, Rise Up after having a nearly entirely female cast and crew, what men in general can take away from the film, and the importance of not sensationalizing the female subjects. [17:50-21:46] How Michèle approached working with the women in Strip Down, Rise Up, from initial interviews to scheduling to capturing the perfect moments for the story. The 24/7 work schedule that comes with creating a cineéma vérité documentary and the connection it creates with the film’s subject(s). [21:46-28:01] The nitty gritty of film budgeting and making enough to financially stay afloat as a documentary filmmaker; Michèle’s experience making a documentary for Netflix. What first called her to documentary filmmaking. [28:01-36:01] How documentaries are making a reassurance in popularity, how filmmaking is more accessible than ever, and Michèle has planned next. [36:01-46:18] Resources: Michèle Ohayon’s website, IMDb, Instagram, LinkedIn Kavana Entertainment Strip Down, Rise Up website
16 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
RECAP - Lisa Foiles Takeaways, Wishing BJ Thomas Well, Grandfatherhood Update, and What's Next
In this recap episode, Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from Bryan's interview with actor, novelist, and screenwriter Lisa Foiles; What it was like to cover SXSW for the first time; BJ Thomas' recent diagnosis of lung cancer; Bryan's experience so far as a grandfather; and Next week's interview with filmmaker Michèle Ohayon.
47 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Lisa Foiles on Acting, Screenwriting, and Writing Ash Ridley and the Phoenix
Lisa Foiles has been acting in Hollywood since she was 12. Best known as a series regular on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That, she also appeared on Even Stevens and Malcolm in the Middle. Her film work includes the thriller Shiver and the comedy The Master of Disguise with Dana Carvey. Lisa currently stars on the YouTube series Stuff of Legends, created by Joshua Ovenshire, and authored the 5-star Amazon rated novel Ash Ridley and the Phoenix, about a 12 year-old's chance encounter with a bird named Flynn, who turns out to be a Phoenix. What you will learn: How Lisa’s childhood love of fantasy novels inspired her to create her own universe with the novel Ash Ridley and the Phoenix. Advice she has for aspiring fantasy writers. [0:00-7:13] What it was like to voice the audiobook for Ash Ridley and the Phoenix, and how quarantine almost ruined her chance to record it. What she learned about perfection versus authenticity in the process. [7:13-12:14] How Lisa was able to write and publish her book with no literary connections. Why she values fan responses over sales or critical reviews. [12:14-18:52] What it was like performing on the new Dungeons and Dragons YouTube series Stuff of Legends, created by Joshua Ovenshire. Why this series was a perfect fit for her given her love of D&D and fantasy games. [18:52-24:02] The story behind Lisa’s transition from Nickelodeon actor to the video game world. How acting has always been in her DNA, even if it wasn’t always her main focus. [24:02-31:37] Why she left the acting in her late teens, and how she was able to get grounded via academia and exposure to friends outside of Hollywood, whereas some of her colleagues who stayed in the industry did not fare as well. [31:37-37:44] How becoming a mother changed Lisa’s approach to social media. Lisa’s future plans in entertainment, which include acting and screenwriting. [37:44-47:09] Resources: Lisa Foiles’: IMDb, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Stuff of Legends
38 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Jess Brunetto on Editing Comedy and Making her Directorial Debut at SXSW with Sisters
After graduating from the prestigious SUNY Purchase Film School, Jessica Brunetto edited Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, and Sicko. She went on to become a highly sought-after editor on television comedies like Comedy Central’s Another Period, FX’s Man Seeking Woman, American Vandal on Netflix, Do You Want To See A Dead Body with Rob Huebel, and Broad City. She recently made her directorial debut with Sisters, starring Sarah Burns and Mary Holland, which premiered at SXSW 2021. What you will learn: How an experience in art class creating a collages inspired her to apply to film school; Why she chose editing as her discipline within film initially; What inspired her to write and direct her first film; How Jess broke into the film industry as an editor; How her background in editing trained to create an efficient narrative, which helped her make tough decisions as a director; The logistics of making movies on a limited budget; and What the future holds for her as a filmmaker.
20 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
RECAP - Niki Takeaways, Keep Music Live, Dive Bar Memories, SXSW, and What's Next
Bryan and Jason: Discuss takeaways from the Niki Pilkington episode; Talk about a fundraiser for small music venues they watched live on YouTube, Keep Music Live WA, co-hosted by Sir Mix A Lot and Rachel Flotard, featuring the Foo Fighters, Rainn Wilson, Heart, and a mind-melting performance by Brandi Carlisle singing Nothing Compares 2 U. Reminisce about seeing bands play live in small music venues, and about playing at small music venues; Discuss the importance of helping independently owned music venues get through the pandemic; Catch up on Bryan’s press coverage of SXSW; and Preview next week’s interview with actor and writer Lisa Foiles.
58 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Niki Pilkington on Neon Illustration, Female Empowerment, and Mental Wellbeing in the Arts
Niki Pilkington is a London-based Welsh illustrator who creates playful yet highly detailed “extra neon” fashion portraits and lifestyle art, which echo her support for Women empowerment, body positivity & mental wellbeing. Her work reflects her love of fashion & nature, as well as her respect for Welsh culture. With more than 60,000 instagram followers, a thriving online store, commission work from all over the globe, and commercial work for Nike, Google, and Facebook, Niki is a unique and sought-after talent in the art world. What you will learn: Niki’s rich history of travel, from working and living in London, Paris, New York and West Los Angeles; how she has incorporated her interest in preserving the Welsh language into her art through her use of Welsh proverbs. [0:00-10:03] How a scheduling catastrophe in college ended up being “The best thing that’s ever happened,” for Niki; the moment she realized that people in LA and throughout the world were interested in her Welsh illustrations; what it mean to her to receive so much support from the Welsh community. [10:03-16:27] Why Niki moved from New York to LA; the differences between New York and L.A. in terms of business opportunities for artists and quality of life; why she decided to move back to the UK and how the covid lockdown changed her plans. [16:27-24:01] How Niki attempts to create art in a sustainable manner. What being a freelance illustrator is like, from social media promotion to having an exhibition [24:01-34:35] The importance of finding a supportive community, especially “super fans.” How Niki forms a connection with people on social media, through vulnerability and openness. [34:35-44:27] Advice Niki has for listeners struggling with anxiety, her ways of coping, and areas that she’s still working on; how she tries to navigate social media in a mentally healthy way. [44:27-58:05] Resources: Niki Pilkington’s: Website, Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
20 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
RECAP - Keith Thomas, Exorcist Trauma, Jason's New Toy, SXSW, and What's Next
Bryan and Jason discuss: Takeaways from Bryan's interviews with MooseCat Studios and horror filmmaker Keith Thomas who is remaking Stephen King's Firestarter this year with Blumhouse Horror. The trauma they still feel from watching The Exorcist. Jason's new recording equipment. Bryan's invitation to cover SXSW as a member of the press. The upcoming episode feature Welsh fashion illustrator Niki Pilkington.
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