Rank #1: #024 Fred Satterfied: Grammy Winning Drummer of the Oak Ridge Boys
Fred Satterfield is a Grammy & Dove Award-winning drummer, and graphic Illustrator. Fred was the Oak Ridge Boys' drummer for 20 years, winning 2 Grammy's, 2 Music City News Awards for Band of the Year, 1 CMA Award (along with 7 other nominations), and contributing to 35 Top 40 Hits including 25 #1's. He's made 4 appearances at the White House for 3 sitting Presidents, and 25 appearances on the Tonight Show. In additional to his musical acumen, Fred is also an accomplished illustrator, having produced more than 4 dozen coloring books for Dalmation Press, and numerous album covers for Benson Publishing. He is currently illustrating the graphic novel versions of C.G. Cooper's popular Corps Justice Series. We cover a ton of fascinating topics in this episode including: • Starting as a professional touring drummer at the age of 15 • Causing a Secret Service incident at the White House while testing out the bass drum • Entertaining Ringo Starr on the Tonight Show • Having Jay Leno open for the Oak Ridge boys while he was an up-and-coming comic • How the Oak Ridge Boys helped pioneer HBO's concert series • Getting sponsored by Pearl Drums after having his own drums stolen • Playing jingles in New York City for a series of commercials with Larry Bird • Recording the theme songs for the '84 Olympics • The mechanics, logistics, and creative requirements of playing on a studio recording sessions • The pros and cons of using click tracks in the studio • How being in the right place at the right time led to a career transition as an illustrator • Breaking into the graphic design business by designing Jimmy Buffett's first tour t-shirt • Learning the proper mindset to be a successful creative professional by studying Kenpo Karate with Elvis Presley's head of security • And so much more!
Rank #2: #023 Manny Cuevas: Fashion Designer to the Stars
Manny Cuevas was born into fashion design royalty. He began working with his father - the renown designer Manuel - at the age of 6, designing for and dressing everyone from American Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and both George Bushes - to music royalty such as Liberace, Johnny Cash, The Rat Pack Elite, John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson Five, David Lee Roth, Kid Rock, Jack White, and Kenny Chesney - to Hollywood icons like Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, and Sylvester Stallone, to name a few. After being approached in 2005 by Alan Tucker (who helped Calvin Klein create and launch "Calvin Klein") about creating a ready-to-wear line, Manny has developed into a global fashion force of his own. He's headlined fashioned weeks in New York and Mexico City, and his signature clothing line "Wear it Out by Manny" can be found in stores and boutiques around the globe. Manny designed the suit that Johnny Cash was laid to rest in. We cover a ton of cool topics in this extended episode including: • Getting started in his dad's shop at the age of 6 by digging leather scraps out of the trash and sewing them together • Working with Country Music elite like Johhny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Little Jimmy Dickens, Marty Robbins, and Porter Wagoner • Being bounced on the knees of Salvador Dali as a child • When major designer labels knock off your designs • Being mentored by Alan Tucker, co-creator of Calvin Klein • How taking big, unheard-of risks paid off in big ways headlining fashion weeks in New York and Mexico City • Working in the shadow of his father, Manuel, and the challenge of making a name for himself • Designing Bob Dylan's stage outfit for his concert in front of the Pope at the Vatican • A run-in with Sylvester Stallone as a kid • Learning lessons about how a man should talk to a woman by watching Ronald speak to Nancy Reagan • And SO much more!
Rank #3: #022 David Peterson: Language Creator for Game of Thrones
David Petersen is an American linguist and language creator. He has studied over 20 "Earth" languages, and created more than 40 artificial languages for tv and movies, including Dothraki and Valyrian for HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.. Additionally, David has created the languages for Thor: The Dark World, Syfy's Defiance, CW's Star-Crossed and The 100, Dominion, Penny Dreadful, The Shannara Chronicles, Warcraft: the Beginning, Doctor Strange, and Emerald City. He is the author of Living Language Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention, and is the co-founder of the Language Creation Society. We cover a lot of fascinating topics in this episode including: • JRR Tolkien's contribution to modern language creation • The workflow of sound development between himself and Hollywood show creators • Winning a language creation contest to land his first job with Game of Thrones • The linguistic rules and framework for creating a "realistic" fake language, and what makes a made-up movie language sound fake • Why language creation is living art that is never finished • Why the languages from Star Wars were all "crappily" done • The process of teaching an actor how to speak a new language • The Game of Thrones character he thinks speaks the best Valyrian • And so much more!
Rank #4: #021 Steve Feldman: Emmy Winning Director of Sesame Street
Steve Feldman is an Emmy award winning director who has worked with talent as varied as Bill Nye, Linda Ellerbee, Bill Maher and Elmo for PBS, CBS, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, MSNBC and Discovery. His work on “Sesame Street” earned him an Emmy Award, while his work with “Barney and Friends,” “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss," "The Nick News," and “The Christopher Lowell Show” contributed to nine other Emmy awards and nominations. Steven’s other credits include "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "Lazy Town," and the debut musical theatre production for Walden Media, "Rock Odyssey." In addition Steve has produced and directed documentaries on prison life for MSNBC and is currently developing a documentary feature examining the life of David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam”. He is the Executive Producer of “The Breakdown” debuting this spring on DanceNetwork.TV. Recently, Steve directed and produced six short films for Sesame Workshop’s Military Initiative. Additionally he directed a tablet-based television series for pre-school children, "Charlie and Company;" produced video content and provided design supervision for “Nowdebatethis.com," a teen debate website that wrangled with the question: “Who was the better President, Washington or Lincoln?” He has produced web content with acclaimed flautist, Sir James Galway, and directed a twelve episode science series for AMS Pictures in Dallas, TX. He just finished producing a series of videos teaching applied mathematics to young children, for Hammer, Inc. Steve also teaches Film and Television courses at Lipscomb University in Nashville. We cover a ton of interesting topics in this episode including: • The unique skill set required to be a Sesame Street puppeteer • What all goes into shooting an episode of Sesame Street, and how he changed their directorial style • Hilarious pranks at the annual Sesame Street staff Christmas party • Why 95% of the Creative Process in film & tv is done at casting • Who really runs the show on a film or tv set, and what Producers and Executive Producers actually do • Why artists and creative types often work across many different fields and platforms • How storytellers store creative ideas, and why someone would pay $25K for a napkin • Why a balanced life and getting out of your comfort zone are essential to the creative process • Advice for playwrights, screenwriters, and actors • The different types of acting methods, and a funny story about Lawrence Oliver and Dustin Hoffman • Steve's favorite directors in Hollywood and why • And SO much more!
Rank #5: #020 Karl "Koppertop" Hein: Professional Magician and Creator of Illusions
"It's not about having facts. It's about having ALL the facts." Karl Hein, a.k.a. Karl Koppertop is in international performing magician, lecturer, and creator of illusions. He has appeared on The Pete Holmes Show, and his ideas have been featured on America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us." He has authored numerous instructional DVDs and done seminars for elite magic organizations in dozens of countries including the world famous Magic Castle. We cover a lot of fascinating topics in this episode including: • The differences between closeup magic, stage magic, and tv magic • The many different ways to go about creating the same illusion • The many skills and components beyond sleight of hand that go into crafting an effective illusion, including choreography, music, lighting, script writing, joke writing, and interpersonal interaction • When magicians play pranks on each other.... • Karl's ideas about Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" • Performing on the Pete Holme's Show • The problem with revealing the secrets behind how tricks are done • The differences between just performing magic and actually creating it • On being torn between the desire to understand how everyone's tricks work and retaining the awe and wonder of a viewer • The secrets and essentials for being a successful creative professional • And so much more!
Rank #6: #019 Nicole C. Mullen: Dove Award Winning Gospel Recording Artist
Nicole C. Mullen is an award winning Gospel Recording Artist, songwriter, and dancer/choreographer. She's won 7 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards including 2 Female Vocalist of the Year honors, and received 2 Grammy nominations as well. Mullen is the only African American artist to win the Dove Award for Song of the Year ("Redeemer"), and in 2011 was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. In addition to her her solo career, Nicole has also toured as a backup singer for Christian artists like Michael W. Smith, the Newsboys, CeCe Winans, and Amy Grant. Nicole established an international mentor group for girls called "The Baby Girls Club," where she mentors girls worldwide through the arts. We cover a lot of cool topics in this episode including: • Singing back up for Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, The Newsboys, and many more, and doing dance choreography for Amy Grant • Learning the daily habits it takes to be a professional singer • The role her personal faith plays in the creative process • The importance of learning the basics before improvising in the studio or on stage • The ultimate advice for aspiring singers and songwriters • The importance of taking your time in the songwriting process - don't be afraid to spend a year if that's what it takes! • And much more!
Rank #7: #018 Kyle Saylors: Award-Winning Filmmaker
"I think if you're nice to people, willing to do anything and work around the clock, you can get through doors that most people can't." - Kyle Saylors Kyle Saylors is an award-wining and critically-acclaimed filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. He has directed and produced projects as wide-ranging and diverse as FOX NFL promos, numerous MTV and BET chart-topping music videos with the likes of Master P and Snoop Dogg, and thought-provoking documentaries with global impact such as "Veil of Tears." He and his brother Kenny are the founders of Sailors Brothers Productions, and their work has been featured on, and in, Fox News, Newsweek, BBC, Time Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Indie Wire, Charisma, and Christianity Today, among others. This interview was a little different than previous ones because I tried to just let Kyle talk instead of peppering him a with a thousand questions. Filmmaking is all about storytelling, and Kyle has lots of them to tell. And even if I had questions written down, I forgot to ask a lot of them because I was so engrossed in the stories! We cover all kinds of ground in this episode including: • Learning film editing by bleeping movies from the video store because he wasn't allowed to watch films with swearing as a kid • The non-traditional path of going from ditch-digging at TBN studios to lead camera operator for a national show • How he once "accidentally" ended up as head of security for the World Cup • Covering football for NBC Sports from the Dallas Cowboys sideline • Using a late night chance encounter at Denny's to launch into shooting rap music videos for Snoop Dogg, Master P, SIlkk the Shocker and C-Murder • The challenges of getting a feature film made relying on funding from Middle Eastern terrorist organizations • Learning to accept that failure is just part of the creative process • How "awful" it is filming Ferrari and Maserati commercials in Italy (poor guy!) • How brothers who never went to film school and didn't know anything about lighting could create a cutting-edge style by just figuring out what "looked cool." • The value of breaking rules in the creative process • The power of storytelling to change policy at the government level • And so much more!
Rank #8: #017 Larry Lashbrook: Master Luthier, Inventor, Maker of the "Greatest Sounding Guitars in the World"
Larry Lashbrook is a world renown luthier ("a high-falutin' word for 'guitar maker'"), and the founder of Lashbrook Guitars. Larry's been building guitars since 1964, is the inventor of the Naturacoustic piezo bridge, and he is widely regarded in the industry as the maker of the finest sounding guitars in the world! He is is a passionate inventor and true revolutionary at heart with over 50 years experience performing set-ups and repairs and making high-end, hand built, custom guitars. He has worked with hundreds of professional musicians, most notably, Yngwie Malmsteen, with whom Larry has a strong working relationship spanning nearly two decades. Lashbrook's proprietary electronic components are the heart and soul of his instruments, offering tonal versatility like no other. Perhaps Lashbrook greatest achievement is the invention of his Naturacoustic™ piezo bridge, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge which utilizes tone wood construction and a patent-pending design that maximizes resonance transfer and creates truly authentic acoustic tones regardless of body type. Larry also developed proprietary humbucking pickups, and custom circuitry for his guitars which further expand the range of available tones. The Lashbrook LTH-1 boasts an unbelievable range of electric tones as well as authentic flat-top acoustic and big jazz guitar sounds, courtesy of the new piezo technology. The LTH-1 produces only natural sounds, there are no synths or chips, and there is no need for a battery or a preamp. The quality and range of natural tone can be attributed only to Larry’s keen understanding of electronics, principles of sound, superior engineering and hand made craftsmanship. The LTH-1, Lashbrook’s first production model is the culmination of his thorough knowledge of the instrument, countless years of R&D and his tenacious, inventor’s spirit. It may well be the perfect guitar! We cover a lot of interesting topics in this episode including: • How his world-class guitar-making business came about as basically the result of trying to impress a girl (of course!) • How and why you have to build the machines you use to build the guitars • Creating ultra-precise machines with parts scrounged up from the junkyard • The entire guitar making process from start to finish • The world-class musicians who swear by Larry's guitar • Combining "Old World craftsmanship" with contemporary technology • How he's able to make a concrete block sound like a pristine acoustic guitar through his patent-pending Piezo bridges • Forging a lifelong working relationship with prolific guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, for who he's built or modified over 100 guitars • How ADD/ADHD people make brilliant inventors, and getting lost finding your way home (just like Einstein) • An so much more!
Rank #9: #016 Kenny Dobbs: "The Greatest Dunker in the World"
Kenny Dobbs is a professional basketball player, International Slam Dunk Champion, and the man LeBron James calls "the greatest dunker in the world." He's been a youtube sensation for years, and has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports, NBA TV, as well as the new TNT show The Dunk King. His spectacular feats of aerial creativity have garnered him sponsorships from Sprite and Nike. Kenny has toured with the NBA and Sprite as a celebrity dunker, performing in front of sold out stadiums during Halftime Shows, Celebrity Games, and NBA All Star Weekends (where he is frequently brought in as a creative consultant for the NBA players). His amazing dunk moves were used as the inspiration for the dunks featured in the NBA 2K13 video game. Kenny is also a motivational speaker, using his foundation "Uprise Youth Movement" to empower youth of all ages with a challenging, yet empowering message of hope. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including: • Growing up around drugs, alcohol, gangs and crime; landing in jail at 17, and making the decision to turn his life around • The value of taking stock of your life, writing down your goals, and being honest with yourself about whether or not the things in your life are helping you achieve them • Breaking down huge, audacious goals into smaller, bite-sized goals in order to get a plan of action • The sacrifices you have to make when you have a dream you're dead set on accomplishing • Using his past to make recommendations on effective substance abuse and gang prevention, receiving $3 million in grants to create a Youth Advisory Counsel, being appointed chairman for the state of Arizona, and being invited to Washington to speak to legislators • Breaking into big time Slam Dunk events after getting discovered at a local event by Shaquille O'Neil's cousin • Winning the LeBron James-hosted dunk contest at NBA All Star Weekend in Orlando with Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant watching, and being offered a tryout with the Dallas Mavericks • Learning about training and work ethic from Adrian Peterson • The value of looking at the bigger picture when dealing with injury • Getting creative inspiration from Dominique Wilkins and Vince Carter • The power of mental barriers, and what it takes to overcome them • Kenny's influence on the current crop of NBA dunkers, and how he's brought in as a creative consultant for them • How a lack of creativity, and an emphasis on props and gimmicks nearly ruined the NBA dunk contest • The subtle techniques Michael Jordan employed to make dunks look more impressive • Investing your time on bettering yourself, rather than wasting it on entertainment
Rank #10: #015 Jamie Wigginton: Vocal Coach, Creator of The Vocal Edge
Jamie Wigginton is a performance and vocal coach who works with some of the biggest voices in the music industry. He is well-known both across the US and internationally for his exceptional ability to quickly assess and aid vocalists in all aspects of vocal performance and extending vocal range. He has done over 50 international tours in 11 countries - appearing in concert and presenting Master Classes on performance and vocal technique. Jamie authored “The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Greatness,” “The Pro Singer’s Warm-up,” and co-authored "Singing Success" – which was the biggest-selling self-improvement program of any kind on the entire internet for many years. He is the creator of VocalEdge, and his Vocal Edge Studio is located here in Nashville on historic Music Row. He also serves as full-time Instructor of Commercial Voice Performance at Belmont University. His prestigious elite singing group Phoenix - Belmont's best of the best - performs annually with at The Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony. Jamie is the only student in Belmont's history to graduate with a double major in both Vocal and Piano Performance. He has been a background singer for music superstars such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ray Stevens, Vince Gill, Donna Summer, and many more. He is also an ASCAP songwriter and composer/arranger whose orchestrations have been feature in over 500 broadcast;, and is the Musical Director for Musico A Musico, an international music education organization geared towards artists who use their gifts in the church. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including: • His upbringing in a “hillbilly Partridge family” • How his personal physical vocal problems led to becoming a great coach • The reality of tone deafness, and how it could be corrected • Becoming the first and only person to graduate from Belmont University with a double major in Piano and Vocal Performance • Working with John Michael Montgomery, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Luke Bryan, and others • What it takes for a singer to make a great bandmate • The challenges of voice coaching in other countries and languages • Creating a successful business, and the best advice he ever received • And SO much more!