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37 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Episode 112: Save the Stage
Previous SANE Show guest, Javier Alcaraz and his wife Elizabeth asked Cliff to cover their wedding. Jav & Liz's wedding wasn't a typical wedding ceremony. While celebrating their union, they used it as an opportunity to give back to their community, the touring and live entertainment industry. Jav & Liz asked Cliff to share the story of the occasion. Cliff sat down with friends of Jav & Liz that took part in helping bring their vision to life. Listen as Jav, Liz, Danny, Caroline, Jake, and DJ Mick recount their thoughts leading up to the occasion, after, and how it's affected their perspective of the what future of touring and live entertainment will look like.
35 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Episode 111: Equity & Excellence in Urban Education
Featuring Licensed Educator in North Carolina, she has a B.A. in Early Childhood Development, a Masters in Urban Education, a Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism & Urban Education; Kimberly Perez. (2:04) We have a conversation about how local school districts have an effect on the real estate market. Kim touches on how low income families whose children attend lower performing schools are being affected the most by the changes in the real estate market. (12:21) Following that discussion, we have a conversation about modern day segregation. Kim gives us insight into how segregation has evolved from the 1960s to modern day society. (22:16) During the final segment, we discuss restorative justice. Kim talks us through her restorative justice study with local teachers and the results achieved through the study.
35 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 110: Be Where Your Feet Are
Featuring CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils, and one of the NBA's most storied franchises, the Philadelphia 76ers; he has a new book, Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving: Scott O'Neil (1:59) We have a conversation about skill and talent, and how the two work together. Scott offers up some advice on how to be a successful professional. (11:34) Following that discussion, we have a conversation about converting failure to success. Scott shares from his personal experience, and how we should embrace the lessons we learn from failing in order to succeed. (20:18) During the interview, Scott shares what inspired him to write his book. Scott shares what work-life balance means to him and what it actually looks like in his life. We learn about Scott's four step process to become more present and being where our feet are. Lastly, Scott shares what he hopes his book will inspire amongst readers. Link to Scott's book, Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving
36 minutes | May 29, 2021
Episode 109: Music Festivals
Featuring SXSW Director of Global Sponsorship, Scott McNearney (1:43) We have a conversation about how major music festivals will adapt following the COVID 19 pandemic. Scott give us insight into how SXSW had to adapt and some of the things they will need to consider going forward. (11:23) We discuss audience engagement; Scott explains how SXSW bridges the gap between brands and creatives. Scott also shares some of his favorite brand activations from previous festivals. (21:26) During the interview, Scott goes into detail about SXSW creates proper alignment between brands and creatives. Scott shares a little bit about how SXSW selects sponsors in relation to the themes. We learn how Scott's background as a performer has helped prepare him for his position at SXSW. Lastly, Scott shares some of the things that he's learned whilst organizing virtual festival events.
36 minutes | May 23, 2021
Episode 108: Voiceover Artists
Featuring Voiceover Artist; his has done work for The National Museum of African American History, History Channel, the Boston Celtics, The City of Los Angeles, and the YMCA, Owner of Andre White Voice Acting, LLC; Andre White Jr. (2:29) Andre gives us insight into being a voiceover artist and what it takes in to successful at it. We have a conversation about different career paths for voiceover artists. (10:59) Following that conversation, we have a discussion about representation in the voiceover artist space. Andre tells us about some of the challenges that Black voiceover artists face in the industry. (19:15) During the interview, Andre tells how not having much help has helped him develop as a voiceover artist. Andre talks about how to open doors for other Black voiceover artists looking to get into the industry. We learn about how Andre improves his voiceover skills and he began to master his craft. Andre explains the ambiguity of the industry and what it has taught him as a voiceover artist.
32 minutes | May 1, 2021
Episode 107: Television Directors
Featuring Television Director, her credits include The Bernie Mac Show, Black-ish, Grown-ish, The Chris Rock Show, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and many other of our favorite television series, Linda Mendoza. (2:07) We have a conversation about continuing education. We discuss how continuing education isn't limited to formal education, but how you can learn from anything. (12:56) Following that conversation we discuss episodic television. Linda shares her experience in the industry as a television director. (21:20) During the interview, Linda shared some things that she's learned recently and how they've helped her grow in her career. Linda also talks about what makes working on a set of television productions enjoyable. We get Linda's thoughts on what makes a good director, and what makes some directors better than others. Linda gives us more insight into the difference between single camera and multi camera television productions.
35 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Episode 106: Award Shows
Featuring award-winning editor and Emmy judge whose credits include Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free, the centerpiece for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, and Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, previously featured in the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Her credits include Nina Simone, Tupac Shakur, Chicago, N.W.A., Janet Jackson and The Cure's induction films for HBO's: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Mari Keiko Gonzalez (2:15) We have a conversation about award shows. Mari gives us insight into the nomination process and the politics around major entertainment award shows. (11:20) We also have a conversation about being present. We discuss the importance of living in the moment, no only when working, but outside of work too. (20:10) During the interview, Mari shares why she believes it's important to listen to the younger generation. We learn how Mari balances her work and downtime. Mari details the challenges of capturing someone's career in a few minutes when creating reels for their Hall of Fame induction. Lastly, Mari shares what makes editing certain projects more difficult than others.
35 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Episode 105: Figure It Out
Featuring former Hollywood Agent, Producer, and Executive. His previous clients include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Chuck Russell, and many others. He produced The Call starring Halle Berry, and was instrumental in putting together The Shawshank Redemption, The Mask, Terminator 3, among other films. He is one of the founders of big three Hollywood agency, United Talent Agency (UTA), and is now CEO of RobEri Media; Robert Stein. (2:26) We have discussion about figuring things out for yourself. We talk about will vs. skill, and learning from your failures. (10:53) Following that conversation, we discuss being an agent. Robert shares what it takes to be a Hollywood agent. (19:40) During the interview, Robert shares his thoughts on Hollywood agencies having more requirements for entry level positions. Robert shares his thoughts about being successful and coming from an immigrant family. Robert tells us what he thinks about HBO's Entourage and compared to the reality of being an agent. Lastly, we get Robert's honest opinion about UTA 30 years later after it's conception.
45 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Episode 104: Generational Marketing
Featuring Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing at Universal Studio Group; Kelly Harrington. (2:24) We have conversation about marketing to different generation. Kelly gives us a breakdown of Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. Kelly also explains what makes NBCUniversal's content appealing to multiple audiences. (21:12) We have a discussion about changing plans. We discuss how change is god and could bring about even better things. (29:45) During the interview, Kelly shares her transition from photography to entertainment. Kelly explains the difference between Hollywood and London's when it comes to entertainment. Kelly offers her thoughts on the current media landscape and it's portrayal of society. Lastly, Kelly shares her travel journey during her period of transition.
34 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
Episode 103: Bring Value to Others
Featuring Film Composer, Singer-Songwriter and Instrumentalist; Alton James. (2:17) We have a conversation about the back door to success. Alton talks about the importance of bringing value to other people. (13:07) Alton gives us insight into being a film composer. Alton also breaks down how film composers think about and score music. (20:30) During the interview, Alton tells us who inspired him. We also learn how Alton finds balance with everything that he does. We learn why human connection is important to Alton. Lastly, Alton tells us why growing knowledge is important to personal and career growth.
38 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Episode 102: Broadcast Television Masterclass
Featuring Emmy winning Television Executive & Content Creator; Richard Borjas. Richard recently as Vice President of Programming & Development at NBCUniversal, he's served as Vice President of Production at Telemundo, Supervising Producer of "The Balancing Act" on Lifetime, and Freelance Producer on Good Morning America. (4:14) Richard offers his take on how syndicated television programs are doing in the current media landscape. Richard gives us insight into the different types of viewers and how nostalgic syndicated programs are benefiting from streaming. (14:04) Richard shares what goes into the process of greenlighting television productions. We also discuss the relationship between television networks and their talent. (23:39) During the interview, Richard shares some of his biggest takeaways of his career in the television industry. We learn about completing television projects and some of the challenges that may arise. Richard tells us about some of his biggest accomplishments. Richard offers up some advice to aspiring television network executives.
35 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Episode 101: Legacy Recording Artists
Featuring Director of A&R at Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment; Jeffrey James. Jeff manages the catalogs for the Luther Vandross Estate, the Whitney Houston Estate, P!nk, Usher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and many other respected recording artists. (2:22) We have a conversation about the importance of legacy recording artists. We discuss how legacy recording artists have impacted music and culture. (12:20) Jeff gives us insight into being an A&R, the difference between front facing A&Rs and legacy A&Rs. Jeff shares with us the importance of A&Rs that manage music catalogues of legacy recording artists. (22:07) During the interview, Jeff offers advice to those only looking to get into music only to become famous. Jeff shares his thoughts on what makes music timeless. Jeff also shares his favorite method of listening to music. Jeff briefly shares what made him decide to return to the music industry and stay.
46 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Episode 100: Right Place, Right Time
Featuring CEO of Walter Latham Entertainment, Filmmaker and Producer of The Original Kings of Comedy, The Queens of Comedy, Bad Boys of Comedy, he's worked with many of comedy's greats from Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, Tyler Perry, Sommore, Monique, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy and many others; Walter Latham. (2:08) We have a conversation about taking it from the best. Walter talk about being prepared for opportunities. (11:01) Following that conversation, we talk about being in the right place at the right time. Walter talks about not letting your circumstances determine your future and how you can do whatever you want to do in life. (25:22) During the interview, Walter tells us how one finds their niche. Walter offers his thoughts on how the digital age has affected comedy. Walter gives his thoughts on the impact he's made on the culture. Lastly, Walter shares what success has taught him about the entertainment industry and himself.
41 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Episode 99: Record Labels & Music Marketing
Featuring Senior Director of Marketing at Epic Records; Dylan Brewer (1:53) We have a discussion about music marketing and music partnerships. We discuss how music artists and brands can work together. (11:11) Dylan explains how smaller agencies and independent record labels can benefit independent music artists. Dylan shares his insight on how major labels still can benefit music artists. (24:20) Dylan explains marketing's role in the development of music content. Dylan shares his thoughts on brand and music partnerships. Lastly, Dylan shares some of the biggest misconceptions he has to address in the music industry.
33 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Episode 98: Humanizing Brands
(2:16) We have a discussion about humanizing brands. Yulia gives us insight into her career and tells us what makes a brand human. (10:23) We also have a discussion about celebrity influencers. Yulia tells us how celebrity influencers match up against influencers that are more like everyday people. (20:54) During the interview, Yulia tells us which client she enjoyed working with most. Yulia talks about what it's like humanizing her clients' brands. Yulia gives her thoughts on where she thinks legacy brands should start when trying to revamp their image. Yulia shares her thoughts on what "real" looks like to her when it comes to entertainment content.
30 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
Episode 97: Too Funny
Featuring Actor & Comedian; Trevor Price. (2:20) We have a discussion comparing being a comedic actor to a stand-up comedian. Trevor tells us the benefits of being a comedic actor. (12:02) Following that conversation, we have a discussion about pursuing your passion at a young age. Trevor shares his thoughts and his advice with us. (23:33) During the interview, Trevor tells us how he got into comedy. Trevor tells us how was able to land opportunities to work with a few well-known comedians. Trevor shares what he has learned from his early influences. Lastly, Trevor shares a pieces of advice with his peers that have an interest in pursuing a career in entertainment.
30 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Episode 96: Production Purchasing
Featuring Director of Production Purchasing at the Madison Square Garden Company; Bill Jegle (2:00) We have a discussion about the responsibilities of purchasing in entertainment. Bill gives insight into how the purchasing department plays a critical role in supporting entertainment productions. (10:31) Following that discussion, we have a conversation about the Madison Square Garden Company. Bill gives a brief history of the company and the iconic venue, while giving us insight into what makes the Madison Square Garden company so successful. (19:23) During the interview Bill tells us how technology has impacted live entertainment. Bill explains why Radio City Music Hall remains an iconic venue. We learn how Bill manages the expectations and ideas of creatives in relation to budgeting. Lastly, we learn how Bill was able to leverage his accounting background after transitioning into purchasing.
28 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
Episode 95: New York, L.A. or Atlanta
Featuring Writer, Director & Actress; Chloe Aktas. (2:13) We have discussion about the prominent entertainment location, New York, L.A. and Atlanta. Chloe offers her insight while comparing the three locations. (10:59) We also have a conversation about creating within your means. We discuss ways to be creative without spending a lot of money. (18:41) During the interview Chloe tells us how she infuses her voice in each of her projects. Chloe tells us the importance of having diversity amongst film directors. Chloe speaks on how NYU prepared her for the entertainment industry. Lastly, Chloe shares how her career goals intersect with each other.
42 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
Episode 94: Lighting in Live Productions
Featuring Producer, Light Designer, and Technical Director at Boyd Design; Brendon Boyd; (1:49) We have a conversation about lighting in live productions. Brendon educates us on the importance of good lighting during live productions. (11:28) Following the first conversation, we discuss working with major clients. We gain insight from Brendon as he tells us about managing client expectations. (19:40) During the interview, Brendon shares his thoughts on why New York has a large-rich artistic tradition, Brendon explains to us why lighting it overlooked by the audience, Brendon also tells us what type of individuals are better suited for the demand of entertainment, lastly, Brendon tells us how he found his niche.
36 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
Episode 93:The Global Black Experience
Featuring British Podcaster, published writer, and host of The Social Saint podcast; Rianne Walters. (2:26) We have a conversation about the global Black experience. We talk about how we have learned from each other's experiences of being Black in America, being Black in the United Kingdom, and in other parts of the world. We discuss how many people in the Black diaspora identify as Black. (12:47) We also have a conversation about global religion & the power of religious communication. Rianne talks to us about being a Christian podcaster, the misconceptions, and how Christian podcasters can effectively communicate without alienating their audience. (22:39) During the interview, Rianne offers her thoughts on the difference between the United Kingdom and the United States, and the availability of faith based content. Rianne explains to us why she went form blogging to podcasting and the skills that she was able to transfer to podcasting. Rianne shares the misconceptions she faces when telling people that she's a Christian podcaster. Lastly, Rianne shares her thoughts about the current women's suffrage movement and her responsibility to the movement.
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