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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 36 - Dave Kloc, Illustrator & Screenprinter

Dave Kloc’s journey as an illustrator and screenprinter is creative in it’s own right. He’s never had a plan and didn’t even set out to be an artist, but was ushered into his career because of his go with the flow approach to life after he volunteered to create weekly show posters for the wildly successful comedy show, The Meltdown in Hollywood. As an illustrator his approach is similar; it's a stream of consciousness on paper resulting in posters that project a surrealist, dreamlike absurdity. Despite his laid back approach, he’s a perfectionist and always wants to put out work he can be proud of believing that learning occurs in the process, but not in the product.

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.

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 29 - Tommy Honton, Narrative Experience Designer - Part 1

How do you design adventure?  Tommy Honton is a game and narrative experience designer in Los Angeles. Sometimes known as “escape rooms,” Tommy’s 3-D puzzles with their choose-your-own-adventure-style storylines draw people out of their solo, blue-screen existences and thrusts them into a high-stakes, collective, and dynamic environment. Tommy’s best designs are felt more than they are observed. And while the experience may be manufactured, the users’ excitement, fear, and (hopefully) feelings of accomplishment are very real.  But the greatest escape Tommy has designed may be his own. In next week's part II episode, we hear how Tommy escaped and designed his own career change. 

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Ep 28 - Courtney Nichols, Party Programmer

Does the idea of planning a party make you want to curl up in a corner and cry? For Courtney Nichols it took numerous attempts at higher education before she finally embraced the idea that she is a creative person. Once she nurtured her penchant for fun, love of disco and fine dining, plus her wild imagination,  Courtney became a visionary behind some of the most unique parties in Los Angeles.

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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 25 - Emily Biondo, Graphic Designer and Artist

Emily Biondo is a passionate, process-conscious artist and graphic designer based in Washington D.C.  who’s work ranges from large-scale interactive art installations to intricate hand-drawn lettering. In her personal, paid, and pro-bono work she combines digital and physical mediums to create art that pops from a distance, draws you in, and begs for a closer, interactive look. We talked about her process, about working with clients, and why creating “the perfect work” would be a major bummer.

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 21 - Elahe Izadi, Washington Post Reporter

Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.

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.