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The Creator Studio Podcast
41 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Episode 19 - Sculptor Jyl Bonaguro - Carving Out History
The Creator Studio Podcast sits down with Jyl Bonaguro, sculptor and playwright. We discuss this self-taught polymath's story and journey from Northwest Indiana to Chicago to Carrera, Italy to Athens, Greece. Jyl also is kind enough to explain her mission of sculpting a 17-foot tall Italian marble statue -- The Modern Athena -- a feat that would rival Michelangelo's David. This fun conversation delves into essential aspects of creativity -- like having more than one artistic discipline and needing encouragement from friends and family -- with plenty of laughs and lessons along the way. ...Who self-teaches Italian marble sculpting? This true champion of creativity and art. A must listen.
19 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Episode 18 - Anniversary Edition (& Holiday Fun)
Jeff and Dave jump back on the mics for one last episode before the end of 2019. And will you believe it? It has been ONE YEAR since the Jeff & Dave Podcast embarked on its "Maiden Voyage" in December 2018. What a year it has been! We get right into it... [And we are now THE CREATOR STUDIO PODCAST] The guys discuss creative processing and methods and creative connections (how creatives gravitate toward one another) -- delving into the psychology more than ever before. They also share updates on creative projects, giving inside to their personal experiences. And to cap it all off, Jeff and Dave share some holiday sentiments and 2020 excitement. Holidays, a new year, Christmas, creativity, and more! A great episode to snag during your commute or while working in the office.
61 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
Episode 17 - Weddings, Creativity, & More
Jeff and Dave return to the mic after a long summer away... but with plenty to talk about. Their creative ramblings start with Jeff's daughter's wedding this past weekend at Carnivale. Dave dives into the newest news for Beyond the Backlot as well as other creative musings. Plenty to discuss about life, family, love, happiness, and purpose. Onward, Creative Community!
44 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Episode 16 - Throw at the Wall and See What Sticks
Jeff and Dave continue their creative ramblings with a myriad of topics. Lots of life happenings. Writing Community on Twitter ... Voice Over gigs ... Disney Movies ... Baseball season ... Creative energy and endeavors ... Plenty of laughs, insights, and goodies along the way!
59 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
Episode 15 - Back in the Saddle with actor Lester Greene
Jeff and Dave kick off this episode catching up since it's been nearly a MONTH since the last episode. Lot of life happenings, including Jeff's cross-country train trip to California and Dave's Beyond the Backlot endeavor (www.youtube.com/beyondthebacklot). Then the hosts are joined by an up-and-coming New York (soon to be Atlanta) actor, Lester Greene. He regales his enlightening and lesson-laden story with creative ventures, athletic aspirations, and sacrifice to make his creative passion possible (meaning driving a night route on NYC's bus system). Plenty of laughs, insights, and goodies along the way!
56 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Episode 14 - Comedy Genius Among Us
Jeff & Dave are joined by esteemed Hollywood comedy savant, Steve Mallory! Also on the program is returning guest, John Cuneo! Steve has been a part of iconic comedy cornerstones, including the Groundlings, Los Angeles' famed improv and sketch comedy theatre, where he met some of today's biggest comedy players. From there he's collaborated with comedy film star Melissa McCarthy and director Ben Falcone. He discusses his ascent in the comedy ranks and the variety of projects he has his hands in, including a little something with a guy named LeBron James. The group talks comedy, writing, creativity, Hollywood success, and more in this laugh-filled episode.
47 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
Episode 13 - Changing to a Creative Career Path
Jeff & Dave is joined by TV and film actor Samuel Whitehill, a man who took a turn in his career after many decades as a business owner, FCC employee, and attorney. He brings us much wisdom and knowledge! Samuel discusses his entry into the business (only 3 1/2 years ago!) as an older actor, navigating an acting career, audition tips, and his creative process. With dozens of credits already to his name, he's a man to watch out for!
51 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
Episode 12 - Beyond the Backlot and Cross-Country Travel
Jeff & Dave Podcast shares exciting news about our hosts' new endeavors. Creativity abundant! Jeff is preparing for a cross-country train expedition that he hopes to document via video to share with loyal fans and listeners. Dave is working on a series called Beyond the Backlot (Beyondthebacklot on Instagram), which recently concluded filming in California. More on that in the coming weeks. For more information, visit: www.jeffzimmermanvo.com www.davidsalvi.com www.instagram.com/beyondthebacklot/ A special thank you to Hi Five Sports Camps in Chicago, IL as our episode's sponsor. Please visit www.hifivesportscampchicago.com.
70 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Episode 11 - Creative Swiss Army Knife Ruth Kaufman
Jeff & Dave are joined by Ruth Kaufman, a "creative Swiss Army Knife." We talk about a lot of Ruth's path to her many creative endeavors. We chat process, successes, how to avoid pitfalls, tips for aspiring creatives, and more. Laughs along the way (don't miss Ruth's impromptu speed-talking "segment!"). A bit about our guest: Ruth is an actor whose credits include features and short films, web series, national commercials, and videos for The Onion. Her thousands of voiceovers include e-learning courses, medical narrations, commercials and assorted characters. She’s performed with improv teams and at numerous corporate events. Ask what she did on America’s Funniest People and at the live judges round of America’s Got Talent, Season 8. She’s also the award-winning author of six novels, including MY LIFE AS AN EXTRA and MY LIFE AS A STAR, which may or may not be based in part on actual events. Her medieval trilogy reached #1 historical romance in the US, Canada, and Australia. She presents writing and acting workshops on a variety of topics, is a storyteller and enjoys singing in a symphony chorus. Websites: Author: ruthkaufman.com Actor/voiceovers: ruthtalks.com Amazon author page: amazon.com/Ruth-Kaufman/e/B00JH7Z40S Instagram: ruth.kaufman Facebook: facebook.com/ruthtalks
63 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
Episode 10 - Character Actor Legend Larry Hankin
Jeff & Dave Podcast is joined by character actor legend (nearly 200 credits), writer, and filmmaker Larry Hankin! You know his face, now you should know his name. Multi-talented actor from box office hits (Escape from Alcatraz, Home Alone, Billy Madison) and iconic TV shows (Seinfeld, Friends, Breaking Bad, Barry) shares his story of creativity - from a touring comedian to Second City member, to movie and TV regular. Let's not forget his Academy Award-nominated short film - Solly's Diner (1980). He's currently writing and directing his own material - vimeo.com/larryhankin.
61 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
Episode 9 - Tony Award-Winning Producer talking Broadway (and more!)
Jeff & Dave is joined by Broadway producer Doug Meyer - winner of two Tony Awards for The Producers (2001) and Hairspray (2003). An impressive man talks the producer-side of Broadway show business. Plenty of wise nuggets and fun along the way. Doug discusses his entry into the business, which started with his love of theater since age 7, his perspective on successful shows, what Mel Brooks is like, and what work he is currently working on. #creativity #creativecommunity #sports #producing #Musicals #Broadway #TonyAwards
67 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
Episode 8 - Hollywood Filmmaker Sam Irvin's Take
Jeff & Dave is joined by Sam Irvin for Episode 8 - talking filmmaking, Hollywood, creating, and his impressive story. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and successful director and filmmaker join the program. Sam is a veteran of the industry, directing dozens of films, including Horror icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (official) in Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001). He was also co-executive producer for Academy Award-winning film Gods & Monsters (1998). He discusses his story into Hollywood, shares valuable insights from his time with director Brian De Palma, advice for young, aspiring filmmakers, his student director Ryan Coogler (before the Creed fame!), and more (several laughs along the way). Please check out Sam's IMDB page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006787/ #creativity #creativecommunity #filmmaking #directing #producing #Elvira #HorrorFilms #AcademyAwards
67 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
Episode 7 - Booming Voices and the Mechanics of Creativity
Creative Renaissance man, Nick Sanabria (known as Fox 32 Chicago's booth announcer), joins Jeff and Dave to talk about the many aspects of his right brain and his litany of skills - voice acting, musician, writing, copy writing, painting, sculpting. The self-taught creative savant shares some of his stories and learnings from his long history of delivering creative content.
64 minutes | Jan 9, 2019
Episode 6 - Emmy Awards and One Liners
We were honored to be joined by our guest - Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award-winning writer and director John Cuneo! We discuss some of his work ("Art of Motivation" web series - www.artofmotivationwebseries.com - winner at the 2018 Chicago Comedy Film Festival; "Texting While Driving" PSA - earned him a regional Emmy Award), writing and directing process, filmmaking, dialogue, comedy, and more. Plenty of fun along the way!
64 minutes | Jan 2, 2019
Episode 5 - Fostering the Creative Community
Dug into some fun topics in the first podcast of the new year: why do we love celebrities? How 'bout them apples? How do we foster a #creativecommunity? What's up with comedy? And 2019 New Year stuff...
60 minutes | Dec 26, 2018
Episode 4 - Going Deep Post-Christmas
Jeff and Dave dive into a post-Christmas discussion dissecting traditions, gift-giving, and holiday connections that make it worthwhile. They then get deep into the feeling of blessedness and finding purpose. This one got DEEP. (Note: Dave said Maslov, meaning Maslow)
63 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Episode 3 - Family Matters
Jeff and Dave are joined by Dave's brothers - Chris and Will Salvi of Salvi Media, a media company specializing in video production. They talk Salvi Media's story, video production, creative process, holidays, family dynamics, favorite movies, family support, and other random stuff. Lots of banter. Plenty of jokes. A priceless episode.
63 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Episode 2 - Guest Chef Paul Young - Half-Baked Goodies & Life Recipes
In Episode 2, gregarious and talented chef Paul Young joins Jeff and Dave to discuss food, cooking, restaurants, cuisine, and life in this joke-filled episode. A lot of stories about mentors, teachers, and learning en route to becoming a better creative. Relax deep in a chair, grab a whiskey, and enjoy the boys banter around with glee.
60 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
Episode 1 - Maiden Voyage
Jeff and Dave set sail on the maiden voyage of their podcast focused on creativity and the creative process - hoping to make the world a bit smaller for creatives and their futile existence (they are very much included). In this initial episode, our hosts delve into their biographies and background to familiarize listeners with their personalities. Then the conversation investigates the creative process, particularly with writing. Creative discipline, feedback, and philosophies are involved. Dave talks way too much.
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