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Mike Owens is the co-creator of the Amazon show Danger and Eggs. The cartoon is hilarious and heartwarming. It’s received rave reviews and was nominated for a Critics Choice, GLAAD, and Annie Award. I had the pleasure of talking to Mike about his career in animation, the original short Danger and Eggs is based on, and what it’s like to create a show for Amazon. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mowensanimation) and Instagram (@therealmikeowens)

 

Show Notes: 

Danger and Eggs

Mike's Nice Moves Talk

Mike's Website

Direct download: Ep_107_Mike_Owens_Edited.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Welcome to part two of my chat with Dallas & Leigh Taylor of Defacto Sound. This episode focuses on their podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. Dallas and Leigh shared with me how they make the podcast and all the planning that went behind its launch. You can follow Dallas on Twitter @d_llas & Leigh @perfythegreat.

Show Notes: 

Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast

Defacto Sound

Dallas Taylor website

 

Direct download: Ep_106_Defacto_Sound_Dallas_and_Leigh_Taylor_Part_2_V2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

 

Meet Dallas & Leigh Taylor. They are the husband and wife team behind the award winning sound studio Defacto Sound. They've worked with tons of cool names including Netflix, Discovery, and Bethesda.

Dallas and Leigh also created one of my all time favorite podcasts Twenty Thousand Hertz. Their podcast explores the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds.

This interview is a two-parter. Part 1 focuses on starting your own creative business and the joys and stresses around taking that leap. 

You can follow Dallas on Twitter @d_llas & Leigh @perfythegreat.

Show Notes: 

Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast

Defacto Sound

Dallas Taylor website

Entreprenuer.com feature

Direct download: Ep_106_Defacto_Sound_Dallas_and_Leigh_TaylorV2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Allison Black is an illustrator and designer. She's worked with tons of companies including Target, Oh Deer, Chronicle Books, Google, and Nick Jr. If you are a fan of everything holiday themed at Target then you've probably seen Allison's work. Her designs are so fun that it is hard to pick just one illustration to highlight for this blog post! In this interview, Allison shares a few little stories behind her designs, what it's like to create designs for a corporation, and how to not think too hard about trends. You can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonblackillustration)

 

Show Notes: 

Allison's Website

Barnyard Boogie

Target Halloween Bat (my favorite!)

Hip-Hip

 

Direct download: Ep_105_Allison_Black.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Andrea Tsurumi (@AndreaTsurumi) is a writer and illustrator AND our first repeat guest! Her debut picture book Accident! just came out with HMH Books and it's magical. I remember talking to Andrea right when she got the book deal in episode 75 of People I Think Are Cool, and it's amazing to see where the book is now. I definitely recommend checking out both episodes to get a feel for the huge and talented range of Andrea's humor. Accident! is getting rave reviews, and Andrea shares all of her delightful storytelling secrets with us! 

 

Show Notes: 

Buy Accident!

Tumblr link to Accident storyboards

Buy Why Would You Do That?

Website

Ep. 75 interview with Andrea

 

Andrea's Social Media: 

Twitter

Tumblr

Instagram

 

 

Direct download: Ep_104_Andrea_Tsrumi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Deborah Haywood (@blytheface) is a UK based filmmaker. She is the writer and director of Pin Cushion. I caught Pin Cushion at Fantastic Fest, and it is my number one film of the year. Deborah's voice is so unique. She knows how to tell a story with heart, raw emotion, and humor. Go see Pin Cushion if it is playing at a festival near you, AND definitely check out her short films on Vimeo. In this interview, Deborah shares her experience with personal storytelling, the need for more female narratives, the fashion in Pin Cushion, and audience reactions. You can follow Deborah on Twitter, Letterboxd (@dollipop), and Instagram

Show Notes: 

Pin Cushion

Emily Sears Birth.Movie.Death piece on Pin Cushion

Deborah's short films on Vimeo 

Deborah Haywood on Letterboxd: @Dollipop

Raw

Fantastic Fest

Direct download: Ep_103_Deborah_Haywood.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Damien James Webb (@damienjameswebb) is a model maker & miniature artist based in Canada. His work has been featured in gallery shows across Canada and the US. In this episode, we explore using found objects for art, the techniques behind his mini replica of Monica's apartment from Friends, and making art for fun vs art as a career. You can follow Damien on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube

 

Show Notes:

Damien's Website

Damien's Daily Mini Interview

Miniature Replicas: 

Monica's Apartment

Mulder's Office

Up!

Bluth's Banana Stand

 

 

Direct download: Ep_102_Damien_James_Webb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Luke Flowers (@lafcreative) is a writer/illustrator based in Colorado. His latest book in the Scholastic series Moby Shinobi: Ninja in a Pet Shop is available now for preorder. In this episode, we talk about writing for level one readers, making deals without a literary agent, and our love of creative communities. Follow Luke on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 

Show Notes

Website

Moby Shinobi

SquaredCo Podcast interview

Creative South Podcast interview

Art of Show Podcast interview

 

Direct download: Ep101_Luke_Flowers.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Jimmy Reed is a writer, illustrator, and musician based in DC. He is also my creative partner, husband, and the co-creator of Cuddles and Rage. I saved my very favorite person in the whole wide world for episode 100! Jimmy is a creative force who inspires me every day. In this episode, we go deep into how we work together and open up on some of the challenges we faced early on in our creative partnership. We also explore how even the smallest goals can push your art further and the importance of having a creative community. You can follow Jimmy on Instagram (@lamarocket) and follow all of our work on Cuddles and Rage (@cuddlesandrage). 

 

Show Notes: 

Steal Like an Artist

Mondo

Sweet Competition

Cuddles and Rage

James Iha

The Secret Society of Film Masons (aka our Alamo Film Club)

 

Direct download: Ep100_Jimmy_Reed.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Orli Zuravicky (@ozsaidso) is a writer and a senior editor of children's publishing at Scholastic. This episode we dive deep into her charming new middle grade series Happily Ever Afterlife. In this interview, Orli and I explore her writing process, how to create natural sounding dialogue, writing for middle grade, her editing process, and the future of Happily Ever Afterlife. You can follow Orli on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Show Notes

Website

Happily Ever Afterlife Facebook page

Happily Ever Afterlife: Ghostcoming

Happily Ever Afterlife: Crushed

Book activities 

Stories Unbound Interview

Direct download: Ep99_Orli_Zuravicky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT