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1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E03 Trailer - Time is Everything
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 3. A listener writes: 'Nice balance of bonkers, funny character stuff and very fascinating, useful content...'In this trailer Jim has a Scotch Egg in his coffee (which he asked for) and Mr b has a very good reason for recording Jim's brain.Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E01 Trailer - The Pilot
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 1. A listener writes: '...there are elements of genius in the writing.'In this trailer we hear Jim ponder the use of a fourth traffic light and disagree with Mr b regarding Nigel, the squirrel, playing another drum solo. Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E02 Trailer - Going Wrong is Great
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 2. A listener writes: 'I love your podcast.' Roxana Gramada, becomingwords.com In this trailer we listen to Jim being upset by Nigel the squirrel playing drum solos and we hear about the latest awards for award ceremonies. Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E04 Trailer - The Great Mapping Adventure
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 4. A listener writes: 'Part Mighty Boosh, part Skillshare, this is a podcast like no other...'In this trailer we listen to the boys spotting George Clooney busking and we learn if the mime industry really exists. Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E05 Trailer - The 8-Bit Edition
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 5. A listener writes: 'Part Mighty Boosh, part Skillshare, this is a podcast like no other...'In this trailer we learn that Mr b likes to multitask by playing online games, toasting crumpets on his computer and when he gets round to it, making a podcast. Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
1 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
S01E06 Trailer - Reincorporation
Listen to some of the highlights of Jelly Trumpet Episode 6. A listener writes: 'Part mighty boosh, part Skillshare, this is a podcast like no other...'Jelly Trumpet is a comedy podcast about creativity. It's packed with silly surreal humour interspersed with practical advice, exercises and tips to make you as creative as possible.In this trailer Mr b guesses exactly what Jim is thinking and Jim does one of his awful impressions of someone very few people have heard of...Enjoy!Jim & Mr b
34 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Here we are at episode 6 and it’s the last in Season 1 of our attempts to promote creativity for all and to make you in particular the most creative you can possibly be dear reader.Reincorporation looks easy at first understanding. What does it mean to you? It’s the familiar, the familiar reworded by referring as to what went before. We like it because we recognise that the creator of the work knows what they are doing.In your field what can you use more than once? Have you listened to the audience? What do they like? It’s where character traits lead to catchphrases and something even more important, anticipation.When you watch a comedy and a situation crops up and you know the character and how they are going to react, then that’s anticipation, which comes from (character writing first) reincorporation.Do subscribe to Jelly Trumpet for future ways of expanding your imagination. O’ and leave as a thrilling review, well, if you think Jelly Trumpet is of merit…This is my favourite episode so far because I can look back and reuse ideas that went before.
33 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
S01E05 The 8-Bit Edition
Time for episode 5. Another episode full of ideas for making yourself more creative and having some laughs along the way.It’s not easy is it? Or is it easy for you? Being as creative as you can be requires effort, continually working at your craft. That includes ‘reverse engineering’. For example, copying out word for word your favourite book, sitcom or movie.You see you can watch, you can listen and you can read but as a writer you want to know how the drama or comedy came about. You only learn that from copying and seeing how the writer spent his or her words.Who is your favourite? The person or persons you admire, the ones that inspire, find them copy the best bits and you are going to learn a lot very quickly.Do subscribe to Jelly Trumpet for future ways of expanding your imagination. O’ and leave as a thrilling review, well, if you think Jelly Trumpet is of merit…Why is it the 8-bit edition? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out.
33 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
S01E04 The Great Mapping Adventure
Welcome to episode 4. This episode comes live from the castle keep atop the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City.If you want to make the most of your creativity then you have to work for it. I’m not one for processes that go from A – Z because my mind doesn’t work like that. I suspect yours doesn’t either.Like me, your mind goes from Z to the beauty of a leaf in a puddle to C then D, E, a story written, a picture made, the end of the Holy Roman Empire (that might just be me), to F, G, H and more…think of visiting all the planets and stars in the universe. I do.Stuff We’ll Hear in this Episode:I disappear from Google Maps and wonder where I really am?I experience Linkedin overloadThe power of mime and how to use it on radioWriting letters, remember?In the show I talk about stuff I’ve done. In this episode I talk about taking a holiday from writing plays and writing short stories. Just to see how easy it was I published this short story (containing three story threads) on Amazon Kindle.You Are Your Own Medicine‘You are Your Own Medicine’ is all about recording your creative moments, stuff that works and what doesn’t, it’s you making the difference by being your own coach / medicine.We touch on a very broad part of creativity, preparation and incubation. Then we’ll go into mapping, creating a structure to hang your work on, like a skeleton.For me, who writes characters I see it as a map of a world, which is fenced in. I then ‘release’ my characters and they run around. The best and the most annoying part of that is if you get that write they don’t do what you expect. Bastards.In short, in this episode:02:20 You Are Your Own Medicine, the process of creative mapping for characters and plot05:05 Challenge at Home, combining ideas and mapping them to your work07:55 Creative Hero Time, Pixar Studios and creative detail10:17 Guest Spot, with James Berg, Captain of Picaroons, content marketerGuest Spot: James Berg, content marketing11:50 The different types of content12:49 Earliest memory of being creative14:05 Creative heros15:38 What’s something no one knows about you?18:52 Our key competencies20:12 Checking in with the crewPlus:23:55 Challenge Jim, creating a character you would meet on a train26:44 Tot Topic, writing Story Wars and publishing to Amazon Kindle28:57 List of The Week, a variety of lists used for writing28:29 Further Thinking Spot, The Secret Language of Symbols29:26 Music from ‘We Paint Houses’, ‘No Fear’33:24 EndsGuest Spot – James Berg, PicaroonsWe talk to James about running a content marketing studio. Picaroons is an original content marketing agency producing all manner of funky and creative content for a wide range of clients.Don’t forget to leave us a review on your streaming platform of choice. Everyone is a positive signal and we hope will encourage others to make the most of their creativity.
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
S01E03 Time is Everything
In the third episode the show delves into the value of time discipline. Sounds a mite dull? Well you’re wrong. You could call it a ‘secret to being creative’ but that would be ‘clickbait’ and that makes me grit my teeth and wish to pour warm marmalade up the writer’s nose (yes, they would have to be held upside down first).Creativity and being creative shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Did you know that 94% of comedians are 87% cleverer than fish? Yes. A lot of stuff doesn’t make sense online but Jelly Trumpet does. Why? Years of experience and a willingness to be silly every moment and for every breath on this planet.Stuff We’ll Hear in this Episode:How the literal world means you could be drinking a Scotch EggNigel, the drummer performs his first soloWe meet Henk van Mann, Professor of Liquid CreativityWe talk Jungian archetypes, well a little bitAnd I share stuff. In this episode I experience darkness and how to avoid the pits, wells, and puddles of despair that comes from creative intent.You Are Your Own Medicine‘You are Your Own Medicine’ is all about keeping a journal. The journal becomes your coach.We’re all about the use of your time for the best in this episode. If you write and you find it difficult to start then pay attention to ‘setting a time to write’. This is hardcore. I suspect not many will be able to do it. But from my experience it works if you are persistent. I am also sure it works for any creative discipline. You just have to put in the graft.In short, in this episode:02:18 You Are Your Own Medicine05:03 Challenge at Home,preparation & incubation plus ‘the compost heap’07:46 Creative Hero Time, Eddie Izzard and the art of reincorporation10:17 Guest Spot, with Jess King, actor & teacherGuest Spot: Jess King, actor11:35 Earliest creative memory 13:38 What influences you?15:12 Documenting every audition and job18:24 The Scowling Dusk19:56 Which three things wouldn’t you take to a desert island?Plus:23:10 Challenge Jim, 10 ideas for plays featuring mice24:30 Tot Topic, writing deadlines and self care26:43 List of The Week, Jungian character types 28:29 Further Thinking Spot, Bored Panda29:26 Music from ‘We Paint Houses’, ‘Don’t Take Me Home’31:50 EndsGuest Spot – Jess King, actorWe talk to the talented Jess King. I’ve had the joy of performing on stage with Jess, she saved my bacon every night. Jess is also a teacher, singer and dancer, plus working in the movies. We have a insightful conversation about creativity for an actor. Thank you for reading and if you would like some more info or have some questions drop us a line, details on our Contact Us pageDon’t forget to leave us a review on your streaming platform of choice. Everyone is a positive signal and we hope will encourage others to make the most of their creativity.
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
S01E02 Going Wrong is Great
Welcome to the second episode of Jelly Trumpet, the podcast making you more creative. Tips, tricks and ideas for expanding your imagination.We’re not too serious and we have a fun show like an old-time radio programme. This episode we meet Nigel, the squirrel who loves drum solos.Stuff We’ll Hear in this Episode:How to use a red flag for argument’s sakeAn award ceremony for award ceremonies.3 fabulous tweets from the Swansea branch of WaterstonesAnd I share stuff I’ve done as a creative writer. This episode I talk about my first stage play and about the regret of working with a friend.You Are Your Own Medicine‘You are Your Own Medicine’ is all about keeping a journal. The journal becomes your coach. You record what works for you and what doesn’t. Only you can make yourself as creative as a doughnut and pretty as a Victoria Sponge.In this interlude I cover the power of the humble index card and the pleasure of using a scale on each journal entry.How to be creative is all down to you. Finding your own time and space, the tools that make you creative AND productive, plus finding ideas you wouldn’t have got to without ‘being your own medicine.’In short, in this episode:01:52 You Are Your Own Medicine05:29 Challenge at Home, ‘What if?’ Plus a quota.07:41 Creative Hero Time, Edward de Bono, 6 Thinking Hats10:01 Guest Spot, with Adam Hunt, White Label ComedyGuest Spot: Adam Hunt from White Label Comedy:11:02 Combining comedy with marketing12:09 Knocking it [the brief] into shape12:13 Accessing the Campaign14:18 ‘I can do anything I want’15:37 Innocent Drinks17:01 ‘Different sizes of paper’20:15 The One Show, Jeremy Vine and All SaintsPlus:24:12 Challenge Jim25:01 Hot Topic, ‘Saying NO!’, Owning your own work27:03 List of the week, Waterstones Swansea and tweets ‘…the thesaurus leak’28:24 Further Thinking Spot, Tony Buzan and mind-mapping29:19 Music from ‘We Paint Houses’, ‘One of a Kind’32:14 EndsIf you like the show please let us know, leave a review or share it!If you don't like it best not mention it eh?
33 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
S01E01 The Pilot
Welcome to the very first episode of Jelly Trumpet, the podcast for creatives; tricks, tip and ideas to expand your imagination. Jelly Trumpet is a fun and not too serious podcast which goes way, way beyond the simplistic ‘How to be Creative’ blog post loved by many tired content writers.Dive in for silly, surreal and odd interludes, o’ and some great music from the house band ‘We Paint Houses.’Stuff We’ll Hear in this Episode:The famous glacier in WatfordWhy we need a fourth traffic lightWhat if the United States of America finally invaded the United Kingdom?We meet Arthur-Maurice ‘Butcher to the Stars’ (giving the lowdown on Rita Ora)And I share stuff I’ve done as a creative writer in ‘Stuff I’ve Done’ interlude.You Are Your Own MedicineWe’ll be tackling the core of this season’s help for creative types and that is ‘You are Your Own Medicine’. We’ll be encouraging you to take the ‘Challenge at Home’ and we have a guest spot in each episode that enquires of each person what makes them tick, where their ideas come from and their one magic tip that makes them the creative person they are.All this and utter daftness, where, I, yes Jim gets challenged live on air with a creative exercise (spoiler, I may cheat depending on the amount of coffee in my system), we look at a hot topic to do with creativity and we have a ‘List of the Week’ everyone loves lists eh?In short, in this episode:01:54 You Are Your Own Medicine04:53 Challenge at Home, Wildmind08:33 Creative Hero Time, Michael Bentine11:31 Guest Spot, with Mr b from ‘We Paint Houses’Guest Spot: Mr b, from ‘We Paint Houses’12:23 Logic Pro13:50 Writing Down the Bones, ‘The Compost Heap’18:49 Why getting the bass down is important20:45 ‘What do you do when stuck?’23:28 ‘What would you tell a 10 year old about how to be creative?Plus:24:53 Challenge Jim26:38 Hot Topic28:14 List of the Week, Top 10 Animated Movies29:22 Further Thinking Spot30:20 Music from ‘We Paint Houses’ play ‘Breathe’36:36 EndsGuest Spot – Mr b of ‘We Paint Houses’Well, this is a pilot and Mr b was around so I thought I’d interview him. Why? He’s highly creative and has a rather unique way of working on his music projects.We hope you love it and leave a review or follow us on social media.If you don't like it then please keep schtum eh?
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