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Monetizing Your Creativity - Pursuing a career in film, television, writing, theatre, music & design with your talents

Monetizing Your Creativity explores how use your creative talents to pursue a career in film, television and related media (theatre, music, gaming, design, publishing). Industry veterans and mentors Marvin Polis and Fred Keating interview people who've been there and done that.Subscribe:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity in your podcast app on your mobile device.Please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Follow us on Instagram: @monetizingyourcreativity

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093 Diana Frances (CBC's Irrelevant Show) Giving up your day job

What can we tell you? The woman likes to make people happy. From improv onstage (TheatreSports League) to writing comic sketches on radio (CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show) or working as part of a team in television series writing rooms, Diana Frances knows what she needs to keep herself happy as well.Apparently there’s a lot to be learned waiting tables! In this interview from the Banff World Media Festival, Diana talks about taking responsibility for other peoples’ experience. She also shares thoughts on passive-aggressive workplaces and what it takes to please individuals in an audience who are paying to be served … whether the product is French fries or a side order of satire.Diana is serious about being funny. And very honest about how hard it can be to juggle what you love to do with what you have to do until you can make a decent living doing what you love to do. So do what you need to do to make that happen.Run yourself like you are your own business. Cuz you are!Diana Frances is a story that needs to be told. And she tells it best.Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

14mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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084 Garwin Sanford (Film Arts, Langara College) Film production is an intense, team sport

Garwin Sanford is a professional actor and the Head of the Film Arts Program at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada. He has been cast in hundreds of projects including recurring roles in over 16 television series.The program at Langara College is a very successful example of the kind of short-term intensive production programs available to those who have the time, talent and inclination to take advantage of them.This particular film arts program has actors, writers and directors working together as a group and also in their own separate professional streams. This approach gives each student a broader appreciation of what their colleagues experience and are responsible for in related craft categories.Students arrive from all over the world and the mix of cultures increases exposure to the various ways that stories can be shared with collaborators and audiences.You may need to realize (or be told!) that you’re just not ready for an intensive program such as this. But you won’t really know until you apply, audition, interview and are assessed. And being told you’re not ready yet is not a “no” … it’s an invitation to continue to sharpen your skills elsewhere and re-apply at a later date.Do you have the spark that creative leaders such as Garwin Sanford seek in aspiring students? There’s only one way to find out.And listening to this episode would be a good way to start!You can learn more about Langara College at www.langara.caSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

17mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #2

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080 Alix Blum (Fairmont Hotels) What clients want from freelancers

Alexandra (Alix) Blum is the Vice President of Global Public Relations and Partnerships at Fairmont and Raffles Hotels International (FRHI). She is responsible for the company’s relationships with the ad agencies, photographers, copywriters and crews who create promotional campaigns celebrating the luxury treatment on offer from FRHI's hotels and resorts.While Alix often deals with large ad agencies that assemble the most appropriate teams for her promotional projects, she has great respect for freelancers who stay sharp and reliable ... and hungry for creative challenges.Her message: You don’t have to relinquish your creative spark and spirit when you work for a corporate organization, either as a staffer or freelancer. You may be exactly the breath of fresh air those businesses need to promote their products or services. For instance, Alix talks about the work Natalie MacNamara's photographic agency (Namara Represents) has done for FRHI. We'll post an interview with Natalie very soon.In this interview from the Banff World Media Festival, Alix suggests that a “warm introduction” or endorsement by friends and clients who are impressed with your work is a great way to expand your personal and professional relationships. But if a cold call puts you in the sights of a potential engager of your services, you better have your two-minute “elevator pitch” rehearsed to perfection so you can take advantage of that opportunity to advance your career.Turn your perceived obstacles into stepping stones. Find the lessons hidden in each of your professional encounters. And, like Alix, focus on the people who help you succeed.You can monetize your creativity by building bridges with corporate clients. They may provide an environment where you and your creative ideas can thrive. Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

12mins

1 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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003 Katsu Tanaka - A former National Geographic photographer monetizes multiple talents

Being exceptional at your creative talent is only “table stakes.” Working for National Geographic helps. But what are the non-creative skills that make this incredible photographer unique and successful in a profession that takes him around the world to some of the most exotic and extreme environments on the planet? And what can you learn from his business approach, regardless of your creative discipline?Interviewed in the back of a New York City taxi on his way from one assignment to another, Katsu tells Marv how he uses his multiple talents, including communication and self-promotion, to attract clients and sponsors.Discover the importance of storytelling when proposing ideas and fashioning an approach that makes it easy for a decision-maker to contract you from among the many individuals competing for a job or assignment.More on Katsu’s photo workshops in extreme environments: www.katsutanaka.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

27mins

29 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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004 Abel James (Fat Burning Man) Monetizing 100,000+ listeners and readers

Abel James is using the internet to build his own media brand and rock the world! He’s a bestselling author, musician and podcast host – not to mention, star of ABC’s hit TV show: My diet is better than yours. His award-winning #1 podcast, Fat-Burning Man, has helped millions reclaim their health with real food, cutting-edge science, and Wild Workouts.Abel was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness (Greatist.com).You’ll hear how Abel left a life in big business consulting to pursue his creative passion. His background in business, music, writing and his own health challenges spurred his creativity and helped him shape the unique array of revenue streams that has given him the opportunity to exercise his creative passions in a variety of educational and entertaining ventures.Check out Abel’s website: www.fatburningman.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

23mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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005 Dann Florek (Law & Order) An acting legend offers his mentorship

You know the face even if you've only seen one of the almost 400 episodes of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" where Dann Florek played the role of Captain Donald Cragen from 1990-2015.What you probably don't know is that Dann left a potential career in mathematics and physics when cast in a university production of the musical, "Paint Your Wagon". He never looked back. His theater training and professional performances on stage in New York and Los Angeles drew the attention of producers and directors in television and film. In this Los Angeles interview, Dann offers tips to those of you who may be unduly stressed in audition situations. Dancers, musicians and actors need to realize that other craft categories such as directors, set designers, wardrobe artists, makeup artists ... even casting directors themselves, must audition or interview for their positions on film, television and theater projects. So everyone can learn from Dann.Dann's unique take on mentoring – both giving and receiving – is well worth your consideration. Enjoy.Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

22mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #6

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106 Manika Gaudet (Manik Fashion) Collaboration is crucial in film, television & fashion design

Marvin is on the loose in Montreal again! In this episode of the Monetizing Your Creativity mentorship podcast, Marvelous Marvin elicits great advice for creative entrepreneurs from fashion designer, stylist and boutique boss Manika Gaudet.Manika describes moving from creating dresses for her childhood dolls to real live fashion models and actors. Whether designing fashion for runway and retail, or wardrobe for television shows, Manika creates pieces that are distinct. She understands that standing out from the crowd is a key aspect of marketing yourself.Manika shares all this and other very worthwhile advice for entrepreneurs in any business or creative venture.From working at home to building a team, from selling online to outreach via social media, Manika Gaudet is a role model who knows how to manage and promote her creative career internationally.Meet Manika at:www.manikfashion.com/en https://www.facebook.com/manika.gaudetSUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE MONETIZING YOUR CREATIVITY PODCAST:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

15mins

27 Nov 2016

Rank #7

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011 Michelle Allen (The Revenant, The Good Wife) Casting for an Oscar winning film

Who chooses the who from which the choosers choose? The casting director.She's the gatekeeper. In place to keep a space from being overrun by people who believe they belong on the other side of the ‘gate’.What is the casting director’s role in the production process? And why is it necessary?In this Vancouver interview, Michelle Allen, the Canadian casting director for the Oscar winning film The Revenant, describes the hunt for finding the right selection of performers to be inspected and tested by the producers and directors of large and small film and television projects.Sometimes the story behind the “story” is as compelling as the drama. Truth can be stranger than fiction. And how and why are the final decisions made?Listen and learn from the one who stands between you and the final decision makers. There are lessons here that apply to a range of craft categories and situations. Yes, the crew heads of most departments on a film set (set decoration, make-up and hair, wardrobe, etc.) and the directors and music composers also often need to submit to interviews and pitch their specific skills to the producers of the project.You'll also learn about the difference between agents, managers and casting directors. Who works for whom? Find out now.Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

20mins

2 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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013 Mitch Dubin (Bridge of Spies, a dozen other Spielberg films) Be good at what you do and be nice

Know Dallas-born Mitch Dubin? No? You have indeed seen his work if you’ve caught little-known films such as Bridge of Spies, Godzilla, The Avengers, War Horse, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, War of the Worlds ...We could go on, but we don’t have enough space.Mitch is Steven Spielberg’s long-time camera operator, having worked on more than a dozen of his films. He has also operated camera and collaborated with the amazing Oscar winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on 20 films!Spielberg, Kaminski and other famous directors and cinematographers trust Mitch to bring the visions in their heads to life in moving images, which get passed on to editors who shape the Oscar-worthy scenes for the big screens.But get this! After Mitch graduated from college, it was tough to get a job. Sound familiar? He worked as a janitor to pay his rent. Mitch tells of getting his first film job putting stickers on camera gear for Francis Ford Coppola and his gradual rise to becoming Steven Spielberg’s go-to-guy. Mitch focuses on the basic principles of on-set procedures and protocol. Yet, his perspective on the world of story telling goes far beyond the scope of great camera operators. Zoom in on what one of the best in the business has to say about building your career.Check out Mitch Dubin on www.imdb.com. You’ll feel like you’ve known him forever.“Always be nice to those you meet on the way up … they are the same people you will meet on the way down.” - Wilson Mizner Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

31mins

9 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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075 Aaron Bidochka Part 2 (RC Adventures) Getting 1 million views a day on YouTube

Do it.That’s the two-word mantra of one of the world's most successful YouTube producers, Aaron Bidochka. Your dreams become possible only when you DO something to make them come true.If opportunity isn’t knocking … build a door! (That’s another one of his).This eight-year overnight success has 1.2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. At the time of this interview, he was closing in on 800 MILLION overall views of the 1,000 episodes he’s posted on his passion for radio-controlled vehicles (trucks, cars, boats, planes, drones) from miniatures to full scale skid steers!Aaron is a total believer in “letting your passion lead your job destiny”.Our Part 1 interview with Aaron (episode 024) took place at the Storytelling Summit at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In Part 2, we visit Aaron at his Calgary-area ranch (complete with racetrack, lake, canal and film studio). Aaron takes us on a tour and shares tips with you on how to turn your hobby into a business. Instead of costing you money to support your hobby, you can make money with with Google and YouTube. Bonus: the assets of your business can become redefined as legitimate business expenses. (Talk to your accountant about this. We're not great with math.)Aaron has turned his passion for RC vehicles into a business that still brings him as much joy on a daily basis as when it was merely a hobby outside of his day job.Aaron reinforces the need for relationships to help you get where you want to go, how to maintain creative control over your pet projects, and how to have international impact on people who love the same activities that you do.Check out Aaron’s videos and ratings at www.rcadventures.com or www.rcsparks.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

22mins

20 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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099 Scott Benzie (Brunico Communications) Marketing film & TV festivals and yourself

OK, here's a really interesting twist on a creative career. Go to film school and then don't actually produce films. Instead, get into marketing for the creative industries!Promoting major international media events for people who often produce major international media events themselves is quite a challenge and a great career.Scott Benzie tells you all about it. Scott is the Director of Marketing at Brunico Communications where he arranges the websites, promotional content, media releases and marketing strategies for the company, as well as facilitating business meetings and opportunities for delegates at events such as the annual legendary Banff World Media Festival.Scott finds the appeal of marketing is that your success can be measured objectively in the numbers achieved in the various tasks you are assigned. And one can still do business and socialize with the movers and shakers in media as “they often need your services as much as you need their business."Describing the many steppingstones to his current position, Scott has found that the various puzzle pieces in your career present themselves when you are ready to work them into the mix.Our favourite piece of advice from Scott:“Never fall in love with your job. Fall in love with what you do.” We’ll let Scott explain why. SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE MONETIZING YOUR CREATIVITY PODCAST:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

13mins

9 Oct 2016

Rank #11

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095 Norm & Chris Fassbender (Rantdog Animation Studios) Multigenerational collaboration

Two. Two. Two generations for the price of one! Sometimes a business passes from father to son when father retires and son takes over. And sometimes … there is a delightful overlap. Such is the case with Rantdog Animation Studios duo Norm and Chris Fassbender. Marv and Fred tracked down the talented twosome at the annual Banff World Media Festival. After many years spent pitching ideas at Banff, this year father Norm hands the reins to son Chris who takes the lead with the pitching. The in-house intergenerational dynamics are refereed by producer (and mother!) Kate Holowach. Mother, father and son all bring perspectives to Rantdog that are influenced by their unique life experiences. It's a complex dynamic that creates fantastic results.Don’t have a parent in the business to give and take advice? That’s what mentors are for. You might be surprised at the ways your youthful energy and approach to your craft might contribute to a veteran’s creative output.Network, Network! Network! Create your own alliances. You have more to contribute than you might think. Rantdog Animation has a bumpy barking approach that works for them. There’s yippin’ and nippin’ but the results pay off. Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

9mins

15 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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082 Michael Brooks (goLance) Learn how to earn as a freelancer

Michael Brooks is the CEg (Chief Executive goLancer) at goLance Inc., a global platform that connects freelancers with clients.The ability to trade on your talents in writing, design, animation, editing and many other skill sets allows you to generate work for yourself on an international level ... online through a secure service.If you are putting together your own productions as a producer, goLance allows you to access the skills of a variety of craft categories in a transparent, flexible and accountable manner that may well quicken the process as well as instantly add to your own personal and professional networks.With goLance, you can register as a freelancer, employer or both. Then search the list of talented freelancers to get your project started immediately or post your project to get bids from professional freelancers around the globe.The result? New relationships. New streams of revenue. Practising and sharpening your skills and creating for yourself a digital reputation that will increase opportunities for your future. The global search for freelance resources is a great idea. One of our previous guests, comic book publisher and filmmaker Brandon Rhiness, found his ideal illustrators by seeking out bids from around the world … and ended up with just the right fit to illustrate his stories. You can listen to Brandon's story in episode 058.goLance Inc. could make the process more effective for Brandon and many others like him.For more information, you can visit www.goLance.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

14mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #13

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104 Viveka Melki (Documentary Filmmaker) How "After Circus" became a CBC & film festival hit

“I pay attention to life.”So says a documentary filmmaker who actually gets “the shivers” when she senses the spark of a story that needs to be told.Some have been taught to follow their bliss. Viveka Melki (After Circus) taught herself to follow her instinct. And that has led to some incredible stories being shared with audiences around the world.Can history disappear? Are we doomed to forget? What if stories have been told and retold by millions but you have yet to do your version?Trust your vision. Use your voice. Find the stories that resonate with you and tell them from your perspective. What is YOUR perspective? (Ah, that’s the question!)Where is your community and who are you in that community? Viveka shares her perspective with you. Your move. Your turn.SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE MONETIZING YOUR CREATIVITY PODCAST:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

14mins

13 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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105 Julian Mayne (Symphony, Ballet, Opera, Theatre) A distinguished career in arts administration

Many people think of the term “arts administration” as an oxymoron. Similar to “deafening silence”, “living dead” or “jumbo shrimp”. People wonder what arts have to do with administration and what administration has to do with arts.Plenty.And the proof is personified in Julian Mayne, a musician who has capitalized on his management expertise to enhance the performances of many great stars by producing their concerts, converting and creating space where art can take place in a city, and pulling teams together for massive arts infrastructure projects. Yet, he still finds time for the personal pursuit and pleasure of his own performance talents.Julian shares with you some very personal decisions as to why his particularly stable (and successful) career has given him and other artists the opportunity to create more spaces and involve more faces in a city’s active arts scene. Arts administration gives an artist an opportunity to stay gainfully employed and keep his or her talent flourishing just as it gives an administrator unique experiences supporting the arts generally, and artists specifically, as they do what they do best. Successful and effective arts administrators get directly involved in shaping the creative process.Arts administration is a leadership profession that brings people together to accomplish the kinds of achievement they could never experience without the support of others.BTW: Are you aware of Marshall McLuhan’s influence on various media arts in the world? If not, look him up! This interview was conducted in the dining room of his birth home in Edmonton, Canada. No, he was not at the interview. But his spirit was!SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE MONETIZING YOUR CREATIVITY PODCAST:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

12mins

20 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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096 Jan Randall (CBC, Second City, international sports events) Creating for an audience of billions

Not everyone can say they fired their music teacher at age 6 and then went on to compose music for a worldwide audience of 4 billion people! But Jan Randall can.Jan uses his "perfect pitch" to create, produce, direct and perform music for radio, film, television and live events (we'll let him tell you the story about the audience of 4 billion). His skills allow him to work where and when he wants. In addition to his many contract gigs in the entertainment industry, he currently teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music on Vancouver Island, Canada.On the outside, Jan Randall is a real person. But inside, he is a world of music. He doesn't "live" in a world of music. He IS a world of music. Jan may have started earlier than most on the road to his music career and that road has had its own unique collection of twists, turns and bumpy stretches ... but his success was no accident. He tells a compelling story about how his fine-tuned networking skills, plus a keen understanding of a producer's vision, can cause one gig to beget the next. As they say, one thing leads to another.As Jan's career challenges became a bit more complex, he was constantly learning, adapting and acquiring the necessary tools to more quickly identify and deal with opportunities and obstacles.You can learn a lot from Jan the mentor! Have a listen.Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

17mins

18 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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091 Keena Herman (Noonright) An emerging artist's perspective on pitching

Keena Herman is one of a team of writers, animators and designers called Castle Acadia in Calgary, Canada. The group provides services to corporate clients as well as developing their own original projects.Having won a major competition for seed money for their latest animated fantasy adventure series called “Noonright”, Keena and team attended the Banff World Media Festival to pitch their concept to broadcasters and production studios.That's where Marvin had Keena pitch the series to him as she put it to her prospective buyers.There are certain principles of pitching to keep in mind prior to, during and after you put your project on the table.Keena describes for you the preparation process and the items one should have on hand to share with potential funders. Do you have a sizzle reel that demonstrates your proposed story and execution, should people ask to see samples of your work? Could you create a video portfolio so that the work can be seen and experienced? Yes, you could.Remember the old adage: One picture is worth lots and lots of words. Moving pictures are even better. (Or something like that).To view the sample animation for the series Noonright visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEO4NV1XS10Subscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

10mins

1 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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006 Benjamin Wheelwright is on Broadway (Curious Incident)! Perseverance lands the big gig

Feeling lucky? Despite all the right training and preparation since childhood, Benjamin Wheelwright was in the wrong place at the right time (twice), but still persevered to get the Broadway gig.In this New York interview, Benjamin explains how perseverance is a quality that pays off for all creative people from actors to musicians and everyone in between. That’s because coincidence, circumstance and cooperation conspire in strange ways to make history as stakeholders seek the absolutely “right” person for each particular assignment from cast to crew. It applies to stage and screen, the music industry, gaming, publishing … you name it! For every performance you view, hundreds and often thousands of individuals have had to survive a demanding series of escalating auditions, callbacks, and a variety of tests of endurance, patience and flexibility. As the number of rivals diminishes, the stakes grow ever higher. This is a young actor’s story, but it applies to you, whatever your discipline. It ends well, but the type of incredible steps along the way to his Broadway debut happen more often than you might think. All the training in the world did not prepare this 21 year old actor for the serendipity and rigorously-tiered levels of auditions prior to sharing the lead role of the Tony Award winning Broadway play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Lucky? Of course, but …"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Seneca, Roman philosopher www.curiousonbroadway.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monetizing-your-creativity/id1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.www.monetizingyourcreativity.com

20mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #18

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098 Michael Greenfield (Guitar maker for Keith Richards, other Grammy winners) The art of networking

How often do you as an artist contribute in practical ways to the success of other artists? And how will those supportive activities contribute to your own success, generate revenue for your business and fuel your own creative output?In this episode, Marvin is on the move in Montreal with custom guitar maker for the stars, Michael Greenfield. Marv tours the workshop of this musician and craftsman who has created unique instruments for some of the outstanding musical artists of our time. Michael shares the story of how Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones became a return customer!Michael also describes the challenges of keeping a business alive with such a narrow niche of purchasers of his high-end instruments. Agreements with artists regarding their support for his business as well as opening his workshop several times a year for well known musicians to play small informal concerts are among the marketing strategies Michael uses.And how does your own approach to your creative business resemble a freight train? Michael Greenfield explains. All you have to do is listen.You can learn more about Michael at www.greenfieldguitars.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

20mins

2 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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088 Barbara Pelham (Canada House Gallery) The business of art

We know there is a business side to show business. How much do you know about the business side in the art world? And what can you learn about the mindset of an agent, regardless of your creative discipline?Your best insurance for success is to understand how the business or administrative side of your art form works to promote your success and access to wider audiences.Barbara Pelham, owner and director of the world famous Canada House Gallery in Banff, Canada gives us a peek behind the canvas at the interactions between the artists, collectors and agents (galleries) that facilitate the movement of art from artists’ studios and galleries to the homes, offices and museums of collectors around the world.Dedicated to serving Canadian artists and a global network of art collectors, Barbara’s staff coordinates the marketing and promotion of artists and the pricing of their works globally in a unique win/win/win situation.One of the more successful practices is to arrange gatherings where artists and potential purchasers get to meet each other and create personal as well as professional relationships.One of the best training grounds for developing artists may be to work in a gallery atmosphere for a time to get a feel for how the deals are done and relationships are built. Learning to communicate with the gallery’s clients may in fact serve budding artists well in eventually marketing their work … especially if they’ve found their own niche and applied their knowledge, expertise and technique to create works that are unique.Barbara fills you in on the role each of these players play in a way that will inspire you to rethink your own approach to your own creative work.In whatever form it may take. More information and a great deal of gorgeous artwork can be seen at www.canadahouse.comSubscribe to the free Monetizing Your Creativity podcast:itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/monet…d1082894462?mt=2While you're there, please leave your comments and suggestions for future episodes. We love your feedback!Or search for Monetizing Your Creativity on Stitcher, Google Play Music, Overcast or your other podcast app.SoundCloud:www.monetizingyourcreativity.comFollow us on Instagram:@monetizingyourcreativitywww.instagram.com/monetizingyourcreativity

16mins

22 Aug 2016

Rank #20