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VP017: David Obuchowski — The Creative Process and making a career in art for yourself

David Obuchowski is a freelance essayist whose work has been published in Jalopnik, Longreads, The Awl, Gawker, Deadspin, The Daily Beast, and others. He is the creator, host, writer, and producer of the acclaimed documentary podcast, Tempest. He has a TV show in development with award-winning film and television makers, and his fiction is published in several highly regarded literary journals. A musician as well, David's bands include Publicist UK (Relapse Records), Goes Cube (The End Records, Warner Music Group, Greenway Recordings, Old Flame Records), and Distant Correspondent (Hot Congress Records, Old Flame Records, Static Caravan Recordings).

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VP016: Greg Amanti - Supporting your creative community as you master your craft

On this episode, I talk with Greg Amanti, a master mold maker, stone carver, and critically acclaimed artist and artisan based in Bend, Oregon.  We discuss how art is akin to an athlete getting into the flow state, as well as how he feels about “writer’s block” and how he manages it in relation to his artwork.  We chat about how he breaks through those periods of “inertia” and self-doubt, and oppositely where he finds inspiration for his creative projects.  Finally, he shares his ultimate goal, which is to live an “integrated life," and explains what that means for him as he and his wife, Heather help to support their local artist community so it can thrive and grow — creatively.  Heather is also a guest on the show — if you are interested in hearing her episode you can check out episode 003 on the benefits of being uncomfortable while being true to yourself

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VP015: Greth Ligon - Inciting emotion through the exploration of music and sound

Greth Ligon is a Colorado-based composer and music producer. After singing for a number of bands growing up he eventually transitioned into writing music for various media. He has composed music for feature films Whensday and Crash & Burn Stories, and additional music for the thriller anthology film, Locker 13. He has also written music for many short films, commercials, animations, and currently the upcoming indie video game, The Archivist: VR.

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VP014: Nicole Cacciavillano - Moving people through sound not hype

Are you a music fan?  What about dance music?  Do you know what “dubstep” is and where it came from?  Well, you’re about to learn.  In this episode, I sit down with  Nicole Cacciavillano, a former teacher-turned-promoter, artist agent, music venue owner, and now the owner of a studio that not only offers space for local and touring artists to utilize for producing and collaborating on music, but brings her full circle by also being a space where upcoming artists can learn the art of music production.  They discuss the path that took her from being a full-time teacher and fan of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene — specifically dubstep and bass music, to becoming one of its visionaries and leaders paving the way towards the future.  

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VP013: Chuck “Emit” Krausz — Finding true freedom as an artist through graffiti

Have you heard the term “street art” lately?  What about “graffiti” or “tagging”?  I bet you have.  These terms have continued to be used in the mainstream more and more over the years as the art form and counter-culture have grown in popularity.  Well, on this episode, I have a treat for you.  I sit down for a rare in-person interview with my buddy, Chuck Krausz a.k.a. “Emit”, a 30-year veteran graffiti writer, as we discuss his work and hear stories all the way from the streets of New York to the walls of Denver.   We talk about the history of graffiti, the scene and how it’s changed over the years since he started writing in 1989, as well as his crew, called The DF Crew, the coffee-table graffiti books that he’s produced with them as well as self published.  We also talk about how more and more artists are being commissioned to do “legal” graffiti and murals for business owners, festivals, and events, as the art form becomes more popular.  Now a husband and over 40, he is a designer and co-founder of a thriving business by day and graffiti writer by night, and has found a perfect marriage of a day job that allows him to create for clients and pay the bills while what started out as a hobby has turned into a 30-year passion project that allows him the opportunity to truly be free as an artist.

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VP012: Maggie Hart - Using the gift of storytelling to create positive cultural shifts

As a self-starter in the indie film world, Maggie Hart is no stranger to wearing multiple hats with shoestring budgets. While attending film school and working full-time as a production manager, Maggie had the crazy idea to make a feature film. Over the next five years she wrote, directed, produced, and edited what would become her first feature, Impressions. After moving to Los Angeles from Colorado, she did the same thing with a comedy web series called, “The Romantic Method.” She also produced the dramedy feature, Instructions For Living, which won the audience award at the Twin Cities film festival in 2017. The rest of her years in LA were spent as an award-winning writer, commercial producer, and screenwriting teacher. She recently made a big shift out of LA and into documentary filmmaking. She currently lives in Kansas City where she works as an documentary editor for Exodus Cry/Magic Lantern pictures, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation. No matter what medium she’s using, Maggie is passionate about crafting stories that make a difference. 

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VP011: Mark Martin - Using beatboxing to help people free the power of their voice

NYC and Denver based artist Mark Martin is known for playfully blurring the lines between language and sound. Winner of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships, Mark has battled in and judged many international battles.  Martin is a passionate educator who has taught groups, workshops, and private students all over the world for over 10 years. Mark collaborated with World Champion Beatboxer Kaila Mullady to create a curriculum utilizing beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy. 

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VP010: Alex Mixter - Being an ambassador for change through your craft

Alex Mixter is a community filmmaker in his hometown of Saginaw, MI.  After living and working in Chicago and Denver, Alex returned home and started Hound Lab Films, which specializes in producing web content with an emphasis on local activism.  His first feature-length documentary, RE: SAGINAW, premiered in May 2017.  The film put a spotlight on the pending demolition of the historic Charles Lee Mansion, which has since been halted.  Alex is currently the project manager and marketing developer for the Lee Mansion Restoration Project.

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VP009: Windy Borman - Casting light on the Women of Weed and the Puffragette Movement

Windy Borman, MST is a multi-award-winning director and producer, as well as the founder of DVA Productions, a socially conscious production company. She is currently the Executive Producer and Director of "Mary Janes: The Women of Weed", which features a powerful interview from Grammy®-award-winner Melissa Etheridge and 40 female “ganjaprenuers” we call Puffragettes® (as in Pot + Suffragette). “Mary Janes” has garnered “Best Documentary” and “Visionary” awards on the festival circuit and has been featured in Variety, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Forbes, NBC, and ABC. 

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VP008: John Bourbonais - Leading a revolution in storytelling with Virtual Reality

John Bourbonais is owner of Bourbon Street Productions and Lever VR, based out of Colorado Springs, CO.  He is a Director of Photography, Producer, and Director and has worked on myriad of projects spanning feature films, documentaries, commercials, music festivals, sporting events, and training applications.  During his 20 years in the industry, he was not only early to HD video, but yet again with Virtual and Augmented Reality.   John and his team are pushing the boundaries of interactive, VR and AR modules designed for a variety of training applications.  They’ve worked with a multitude of high-profile clients like National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, SXSW, USA Basketball, Gymnastics, Swimming, and Volleyball.  And more recently, he has become an inventor, including hardware, software, and app design, which came out of necessity as he has continued to be a pioneer in the VR industry.

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VP007: Ryel Kestano - Transform yourself, your relationships, and the world

Ryel Kestano is Co-Founder and Senior Course Leader of ART International, also known as Authentic Relating Training. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area's largest and most successful creative arts collectives. Ryel has four beautiful kids and lives in Boulder, CO.  I caught up with him after his return from the Summit LA18 Conference in Los Angeles to discuss ART International and all of the great work they are doing for individuals, groups, businesses, and even, prison inmates.  We talk about their approach to bridging the divides that are so prevalent in our world today through their process of developing ways to relate and have deeper connections with each other in a truly authentic way.

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VP006: Kelly Shroads - Healing yourself so you can serve others

Kelly is an artist, entrepreneur, and healer who offers lifestyle/branding photography, essential oil coaching (has developed her own custom blends), as well as affirmation cards, prints/canvases of her curated photographs, crystal/stone education, and she partners with wellness professionals and teachers for retreats in nature. She also owns an e-commerce business that sells high-end luxury spa robes - which is just awesome!

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VP004: Getting intimate through the power of audio with Josh Mattison

Independent radio producer and designer, Josh Mattison, is the creator of the award-winning podcast, Denver Orbit, an audio magazine featuring voices, stories, and music from Colorado’s creative community.  In addition to Denver Orbit, Josh is also co-host of The Revisitors, a podcast where he and Patrick Brown take a look back at movies and albums to see if they stand the test of time. He is also production designer for Birdy Magazine, a monthly magazine published every month in Denver, CO.

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VP 003: Benefits of being uncomfortable while staying true to yourself with Heather Crank

Heather Crank is an artist and entrepreneur who owns Crahmanti, an art + design collective she runs with her husband Greg Amanti.  She is an award-winning visual artist and designer, based out of Bend, Oregon.  Her films have been showcased at the Guggenheim, SUPERNOVA Animation Festival and RESFest, and she is also a recipient of the Adobe Achievement Award.

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