creativity

Ep 38 - Lee Duck, Concert Lighting Design

After gaining recognition for his musical talents, Lee Duck dropped out of college, signed with an agent, and began touring with his band full time. At just nineteen years old, he never imagined gaining any level of fame from music and gave even less thought to concert lighting. Dissatisfied with the lighting options that were available to a band on a shoestring budget, he took it upon himself to learn about and design lighting for his own band, drastically changing the trajectory of his career.

Ep 35 - Caryl Smith Gilbert, USC Track & Field

As a former elite sprinter with a Type A personality, coaching didn't initially come easy to USC Director of Track and Field, Caryl Smith Gilbert. She had to learn that while competing requires a somewhat selfish, inward, singular focus, coaching is just the opposite. It demands altruism and self-sacrifice so others may achieve their personal goals. Coach Gilbert's creativity lies in the design of her team; assembling athletes she can mold and motivate to triumph both on the track and in classroom, while ushering them into adulthood with the promise of success well beyond their years as USC student athletes.

Ep 34 - Lisa Gaeta, Self-defense

Lisa Gaeta is the founder of IMPACT, a self-defense training and personal safety program in Los Angeles. When the news of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of abuse, sexual harassment, and rape broke this week, women took to social media sharing accounts of sexual abuse in their own lives using the hashtag #metoo. The outpouring of stories was alarming, but sadly not that surprising given the frequency of high-profile sexual assault scandals that have dominated the media just in the past year. Reports like these give credence to the importance of Lisa Gaeta's self-defense training which isn't simply about fighting off an attacker, but becoming more assertive though communication in everyday life.

Ep 33 - KJ Knies & Sara Beil, VR Designers

Will we all eventually just live in a virtual reality? KJ Knies and Sara Biel are virtual reality designers, entrepreneurs, and a couple. In the past few years, with the release of various headsets and advances in video technology, virtual reality has become more and more accessible to the public, but as a medium it has had a difficult time becoming mainstream. KJ and Sara are in the midst of creating experiences that make the technology relatable, consumable, interactive, and fun. Hear how they are creating exciting content, navigating a relatively unknown medium, and navigating working together as a couple.

Ep 32 - Tony Soto, Drag Queen

“Everyone’s like, Tony, Why are you so confident that you’re going to succeed? And my response is…someone’s got to.”

While he never thought he'd make a living by doing drag, growing up in rural Illinois, Tony Soto always felt he had a unique voice and point of view that should be shared with the world. His creativity as a drag queen starts exactly where you would expect it. Ya gotta get dolled up baby!  After some careful adjustments, he slips on the dress, puts on his makeup, and slides into heels, resulting in a supremely confident 7 foot tall alter ego that can get away with anything she wants to.

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Extra Design - Tommy Honton, Biggest Success and Failure

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Narrative experience and escape room designer Tommy Honton discusses his biggest creative failure and biggest creative success.

Ep 31 - Ian Houghton, Performance Pianist

What goes into a musical performance? For Tucson based performance pianist Ian Houghton, it's a commitment to practice, tinkering, having a singular focus for months on end, and never forgetting that music is supposed to be fun. Classical music can be inherently difficult for many to appreciate on a deeper level and it's Ian's goal to make it a relatable genre within the context of today's contemporary world.

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Ep 30 - Tommy Honton, Narrative Experience Designer - Part 2

Tommy Honton tells the story of why he was fired from his soul sucking job and how it was the catalyst of his current creative endeavor in designing a narrative experience.

Extra Design - Courtney Nichols, Biggest Success and Failure

Courtney Nichols discusses her biggest creative success, her biggest creative failure and what it took to dive into creativity.

Ep 27 - Rosemary Wardley, Nat Geo Cartographer

Did you know there are still things to be mapped? As a cartographer for National Geographic, Rosemary Wardley combines science and art to diffuse geographic knowledge to the masses. Working in a field that precedes the ancient Greeks and Romans requires that she be a servant to the past, while continually using modern technology to design maps that are engaging, enjoyable, educational for the end user.

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Ep 23 - Tasha Judson, Yoga Instructor

Can yoga work for you? It’s about stretching your hamstrings and strengthening your biceps, but it’s also about improving your life. As a Yoga instructor in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Tasha Judson believes that small movements can have an enormous impact on fulfilling your potential as a conscious being. Teaching yoga gives her the opportunity to not only relieve her students of stress, but to express themselves creatively through freedom and happiness.

Ep 22 - Orion Howard M.D., Oncologist & Brewer

What's the common ground between cancer treatment and beer? As a successful oncologist, Orion Howard approaches each patient with honesty, compassion, and empathy, providing them with a dignified quality of life. His ability to listen and authentically connect with people has been one of the driving forces throughout his medical career and carried over into his new career as co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Like oncology, brewing is a science that requires careful attention to the appropriate mixture of components in order to achieve success while never losing sight of the needs of the patient or the patron.

Ep 19 - Claudia Santiso, Abstract Art

How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.

Ep 18 - Bill Greenwald, Problem Solving

Ever been stumped by a problem? When all of the potential solutions have been exhausted the people of North Adams, Massachusetts turn to the unique skills of Bill Greenwald. He’s a mechanical engineer, a mushroom grower, a pilot, and an airport manager, but at the heart of all of his talents, he is a problem solver. Whether he’s installing a kitchen sink, helping the local water company remain operational, designing the logistics for a dynamic piece of art, or developing a groundbreaking technique for growing Shiitake mushrooms, Bill’s creativity comes in the form of exploring pragmatic, cost effective, solutions to people’s problems.

Ep 17 - J.F. Fullum, New Balance Shoe Designer

What does wallpaper have to do with shoe design? Listen to Senior Design Director of Innovation for New Balance, J.F. Fullum, as we delve into his experimental approach to footwear design.  Through collaboration with his design team, he creatively explores the future of running, fashion, materials, and technology. By thinking outside the box and drawing inspiration from other industries not typically associated with athletic shoe design, he continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible. 

Ep 16 - Amy Winter, Public Housing

When most people think about public housing, they envision the failed high rise apartment buildings that were constructed in the 1950’s and 60’s. Many of those projects evolved into poorly managed slums and ghettos that were eventually demolished. Amy Winter is a planning administrator for the city of Cambridge Massachusetts, who is determined to not repeat the failures of the past. Through community outreach and innovative approaches, Amy and her colleagues are attempting to change the stigma around low income housing.