American Bandito

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American Bandito is a podcast about becoming an artist. Artists of all types and places in their careers. Beginners, hobbyists and professionals.

I'm Tom Ray and I started this show because I wanted to get back into making art and getting involved with the art community where I live in Madison, WI. And what better way to do that than to find artists and talk to them directly.

I wanted to hear about how people create, promote themselves and in the meantime still manage their own well-being.
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The Artistry Studio & Mississippi Mayhem: Art, Trains and Online Carts
In this season of the podcast, I decided to try and start my own business. It's going to be a multimedia podcast studio and retail space. And I'm doing it in an old 1930's train car! One of the things I need to figure out is what I'm going to sell and what online shopping cart I want to use. So I meet with two artists here in Madison, WI to talk about the different cart options out there and ask why they are in the process of leaving Etsy?
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June 16, 2019
S04 Episode 9: Emily Balsley, Illustration, Murals and Publications.
Today I get to meet Emily Balsley. She's a full-time self-employed artist whose illustration work I really admire. We've tried to get together to talk a few times. When she started working on a mural here at the University of Wisconsin, I stopped by and we were finally able to get together and talk. Links https://www.emilybalsley.com Instagram: @emilybluestar
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March 3, 2019
S04 Episode 8: Grant Baciocco - Cartoons, Stories, Puppets, Movies & Wrestling.
Grant Baciocco is a puppeteer, comedian, writer and professional wrestling host from time to time. He also is the creator of the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd which I happened to make an animated cartoon pilot for. He is known for his work on Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017), Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017) and The Happytime Murders to name just a few of the many creative things he's done. We've known each other for years, there's just one thing... We've never actually met face to face. Grant on twitter https://twitter.com/ToasterBoy Links http://www.saturdaymorningmedia.com http://thetoiley.com http://www.mrgrant.com Music by Lorenzo's Music https://www.lorenzosmusic.com
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February 24, 2019
S04 Episode 7: Ben Walker Storey, Print On Demand and Horror Flicks.
Ben Walker Storey had listened to the podcast and contacted me on Instagram. The funny thing is I had actually been looking at his work online earlier that day. So I asked him if he wanted to meet with me on the show. He runs a podcast of his own called The Cheap Chills Show where he and his wife watch trailers of old horror movies and talk about them. His artwork also lends itself to that style which I really dig. But what really interested me about him was that he had his own Amazon Print-On-Demand store. We talk about that and a whole lot more on the show.  Also, I realize there is kind of a "Spotify for your drawings" type thing out there, where you can get paid when people just look at your drawings.  I started one with just a collection of drawings on my phone - https://tapas.io/series/phonedrawingsminicomic
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February 17, 2019
S04 Episode 6: Peter Krsko, Public Art and Science!
Peter Krsko had been listening to the podcast and contacted me. And meeting him was a delight! I had checked out some of his stuff on his website and one thing that caught my eye was these large sculptures that he did. They were these giant wooden things sprouting out of the ground. It also said that he discovered a way to use a traditional scanning electron microscope as a focused electron beam lithography instrument, enabling him to create artwork viewable only with a microscope. So needless to say I had some questions about how he makes his artwork. But I learned a lot more about how his mind works too. Plus, I look at the ad promotions I've been making to sell my artwork and learn that the second time around really is the charm. See Peter's work on his website http://www.peterkrsko.com Music for the show by Lorenzo's Music https://www.lorenzosmusic.com
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February 10, 2019
S04 Episode 5: Tack Video - You're gonna make it after all.
Spencer Blesi and Rob Griffen are two guys I used to work with at a corporate job. They were in the video department. Spencer even recorded a video for my band Lorenzo's Music. After I left that company I later heard that they also left and started their own video production company, Tack Video. I met with them at a coffee shop to talk about running their own business. I also have kind of a revelation while continuing my experiment to create sales for the things I make one piece at a time.  Tack Video Website - https://www.tackvid.com  Music for the show by Lorenzo's Music  https://www.lorenzosmusic.com
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February 3, 2019
S04 Episode 4: Steev Baker, Shauna Koszegi - Libraries and Landing Pages.
Steev Baker & Shauna Koszegi work at the library. They spend their whole day trying to get people to think about it as a place that has tons of resources for creative people. So how do you get people to come to a place that has just always been there? One of the things they did is start a podcast about it. Tallest Building In Town https://tallestbuildingintown.com  Music for the show by Lorenzo's Music  https://www.lorenzosmusic.com  Get my graphic novel "Then This Happened..." on Amazon  https://amzn.to/2B6mTeC
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January 27, 2019
S04 Episode 3: Bradley Flora - Photography, Painting & Finding Multiple Outlets.
There was an art installation at a local coffee shop in the fall and the artist, Bradley Flora heard my podcast and asked if I wanted to stop by and check it out. We ended up sitting down to talk, and he told me about how he’s been expanding on what he wants to do, going from photography to painting. Listen to the episode Listen on: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I also ponder ideas about other options for income besides freelancing. Check out Bradley's work on his website http://bradleyflora.com  Music for the show by Lorenzo's Music https://www.lorenzosmusic.com 
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January 20, 2019
S04 Episode 2: Zines & Personal Comics With Emily Mehr
My wife and I were taking a weekend trip to Minnesota. I took that opportunity to meet someone that lives there that I'm friends with on Instagram, Emily Mehr. Listen to the episode Listen on: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Like me, Emily also draws a personal daily comic and you can check out her work on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/ejoymehr
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January 13, 2019
S04 Episode 1: Jessica Abel
What cool way to start off the new season of the show, I got the opportunity to meet Jessica Abel!! Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube She is the comic book writer and artist who has made so many books, ranging from stories to instructional including the books Life Sucks, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, La Perdida, Growing Gills and Radio: An Illustrated Guide (with collaborator Ira Glass) just to name a few. You can check out her latest graphic novel Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars on Amazon. https://amzn.to/2Szq1pP
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January 6, 2019
S03 Episode 13: Ivan Brunetti
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Previously on American Bandito, I spoke with artist Rachal Duggan and I discovered we had a mutual person that inspired us both. After I posted that interview, I got a silly idea in my head. I figured it would never work but it was worth a try. I sent Ivan Brunetti a link to that episode and just told him I would love to talk with him on the show. I figured what could it hurt? If he didn’t respond or said no at least I tried right? To my surprise, he said yes! He is currently at Columbia College in Chicago, just a few hours away. So my wife Merijoy and I took a trip to go meet him. So today on this special episode of American Bandito I meet Ivan Brunetti.
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September 30, 2018
S03 Episode 12: Stripe, Tattoo Artist
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Back in the first season of the show, I talked to a young artist named Salma Carreon. During the interview, she told me about how she briefly apprenticed at a tattoo shop. And it occurred to me I didn’t really know much about tattoo artists. How they start out, what it takes to become one, anything really. And since then I thought I should talk to one and find out. And it turns out one found me. He had messaged me on the American Bandito Facebook page. He runs a shop called Ultimate Arts Tattoo out on Commercial Ave. So he invited me over there to sit down and talk with him about what he does. Website - https://ultimatearts.squarespace.com Stripe's Bucky, Ink’d Wisconsinly https://buckyonparade.com/find-bucky/inkd-wisconsinly/
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September 23, 2018
S03 Episode 11: Luke Bassuener, Art Teacher
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person that I meet today I read about in the Isthmus. He was creating a stop-motion film with the students he teaches in his art class at Crestwood Elementary school. And the film they made was screened at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. After reading that article I kind of had to talk to him. How could I not? And he’s a musician too. We decided to meet at the Monona Terrace during the Mini Makers Fair. But the pop-up interview I’m going to play for you this week took place just a few weeks ago when Merijoy and I had visited Browsers Bookstore on state street. After meeting the woman that worked there we just had to come back and talk to her again, because she was kind of awesome. See the animated short "A Valkyrie's Tale" on YouTube - https://youtu.be/LR6MB_4TeRM
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September 16, 2018
S03 Episode 10: Stitch Boom Bang, Embroiderer
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The first thing I saw by Heather Boggs of Stitch Boom Bang, was a portrait of Hall & Oates she embroidered on a doily. After seeing that, I kinda needed to meet this person. And it turned out she was also a fan of zines. So we met each other at a zine event that was happening in the downtown Madison library. And in another one of my pop-up interviews, I meet Elliot and his friend who walked up to my booth at Hibernation Liberation and asked what it was that I do? So I turned on my recorder and showed them. Check out Stitch Boom Bang https://stitchboombang.bigcartel.com Instagram @stitchboombang
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September 9, 2018
S03 Episode 9: Lakeside Press, Printers
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube The person I asked to meet with me today I contacted out of pure curiosity. I’ve driven past the lakeside press on Willy street like a million times and have never known a thing about it. And I always turn and look at it when I drive by. So I decided to contact them see if I could just come by and ask about the place. The story took so many turns as I listened. It was fascinating. Learn more about Lakeside Press - www.lakesidepress.org And in the pop-up interview segment, I meet Heather Rabata, a local Madison artist.
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September 2, 2018
S03 Episode 8: Rachal Duggan, Illustrator
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I met Rachal Duggan at the Tone Madison anniversary party. She had a table set up to do butt portraits. People would turn around and she would draw a picture of their butt. Afterward, I sent her a message and asked if she would want to meet and talk. We decided to get together at Madison Sourdough in her neighborhood. During the interview, two surprising things happen. We ran into Hailee from episode 4 and I learn Rachal is one degree of separation from the very thing that inspired everything I'm doing here. Website - rachalduggan.com Follow Rachal on Instagram - @radillustrates Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2LqkSvZ BTW, here is the Instagram story she posted of our portrait along with the bumper sticker we bought from her.
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August 26, 2018
S03 Episode 6: Gavin Folgert, Animator
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I went to a local animation meet up in February and afterward Gavin had posted a stop-motion short he made on the meet up's Facebook event page. I've only made 2D animation and have always wanted to try stop-motion. So, I reached out to Gavin to learn more about what he does. He met with me at the Colectivo Coffee Shop on Monroe St. After the interview we got together and made this little claymation short film. https://youtu.be/lIOPX95zI2Y Also, another one of my pop-up interviews, I meet fabric artist Stacy Stone. You can view Gavin's portfolio at https://folgert.myportfolio.com Fetch by Gavin Folgert & Tom Ray
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August 26, 2018
S03 Episode 5: Eli Quinn, Illustrator
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Eli had contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. He's an illustrator and also tells me about work he's done as a 3D artist for game design. And it turns out he created the artwork for the Madison band Droids Attack as well as the artwork for their new microbrew from Ale Asylum. I got a chance to sit down with Eli in his neighborhood at the Barriques in Fitchburg. Plus, in my pop-up interview this week I meet someone I already knew Sarah, and learn that she worked on a film that was in the Wisconsin Film Fest that I had no idea she was involved in called The New World Horror. You can check out Eli Quinn's work Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eliquinnart/ Storenvy - http://eliquinn.storenvy.com/ Also, don't forget to subscribe to my comic blog - https://www.americanbandito.com/book
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August 26, 2018
S03 Episode 7: American Trash, Graphic Design
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I found American Trash while looking at stories located in the Madison area on Instagram. I liked the style. It reminded me of the type of skateboard art that has always appealed to me. I sent him a message and we ended up meeting each other at the Johnson Public House. American Trash on Instagram - instagram.com/americantrashcorp And in the opening pop up interview this week - I meet Finn who makes soy-based candles. And don't forget to check out:"Rom-Comm Mixtape" the new release by my band Lorenzo's Music https://www.lorenzosmusic.com/mixtape
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August 26, 2018
S03 Episode 4: Hailee Von Haden, Embroiderer
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube I saw Hailee's work on Instagram while searching for local artists. She is a fashion designer turned embroidery artist who recently graduated with a B.S. in Textile and Fashion Design from the University of Wisconsin. After a chance meeting at a gallery showing she was involved in, I asked if she wanted to tell me more about how she got started. So we met up at the Johnson Public House. And I do a pop-up interview with Laurel from The Ugly Apple Food Cart. Which leads to an interesting connection. You can see more of Hailee's work at her website haileevonhaden.com
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July 29, 2018
S03 Episode 3: James Kreul, Filmmaker
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube James Kreul has been very involved with films in Madison, he runs programs like The Rooftop Cinema at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the upcoming Mills Folly Microcinema at the Arts + Literature Laboratory to name a few. The first time I went to one of his underground film screenings was last year at Coney Island Studio and I knew I wanted to meet with him to be on the show. I finally got a chance to talk to him on the north side of Madison at Warner Park. You can learn more at his website madfilm.org
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July 22, 2018
S03 Episode 2: Linda Lenzke, Writer, Showrunner
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Linda is a writer and blogger. She has a site called "Mixed Metaphors, Oh My!" that she has been doing since 2013. She joined a Facebook group called Madison Indie Filmmakers and after going to some of the meet-ups they encouraged her to start a new web series for one of the ideas she had. So she did. With the help of the people she met in this group, she is running a new show called "Hotel Bar". I met with her at the Madison Public Library downtown to ask her how this all happened. Also, I share another one of the pop-up interviews I did at the Hibernation Liberation event. But the person only told me her first name. So, if anyone knows who she is please let her know that she's on the show for me. Hotel Bar is in production right now. Subscribe to the YouTube channel to find out when it begins. Hotel Bar - web series channel on YouTube 1 light short is an independent film company helping with the production www.1lightshort.com
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July 15, 2018
S03 Episode 1: Kelly Sauvage Angel, Writer
Listen: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Google Podcasts | YouTube Kelly is a writer who contacted me through the American Bandito Facebook page. She's written a book called "Om Namah..." available on Amazon. As she explains it's a story of healing from betrayal, discovering spiritual discernment, and the best ribs on the east side of Madison. We talk about the book while walking around the Atwood neighborhood in the fall of last year. Plus, a segment from a series of pop-up interviews I did at the Hibernation Liberation event. You can buy the book Om Namah... for Kindle or paperback here.
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July 8, 2018
S02 Episode 10: What mistakes do you wish you would have known when you started?
The shop owners this season should have some wisdom they can pass along to those of us trying to make it in the world creatively. So this week I ask the question: What mistakes do you wish you would have known when you started? Listen to the episode Subscribe to the show Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. This episode brought to you by Sticker Mule. Get $10 towards your first order!   Get a copy of my graphic novel "Then This Happened... A diary about breast cancer" available now - americanbandito.com/book If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian BaubleEach week I ask one question and find out where the conversation takes us, to learn more about how these people decided to take their process one step further.
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March 11, 2018
S02 Episode 9: How do you make time for your personal life?
If you do create your own things it's really easy to let it take up all of your free time. But you don't want to do it at the expense of enjoying life, family or friends. There has to be a balance, but when you're in charge of yourself how do you manage that? So my question this week is: How do you make time for your personal life? Listen to the episode  Subscribe to the show on the go Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. This episode brought to you by Sticker Mule. Get $10 towards your first order! Get a copy of my graphic novel "Then This Happened... A diary about breast cancer" available now - americanbandito.com/book If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian BaubleEach week I ask one question and find out where the conversation takes us, to learn more about how these people decided to take their process one step further.
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March 4, 2018
S02 Episode 8: How Do You Tell Your Story And Promote It?
When you make things the goal is usually you want people to come check it out? Like these local shops do? But how do you promote something like that? And where do you find the people to tell about it? That leads to this weeks question: "How do you tell your story and promote it?" Listen to the episode Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. My graphic novel "Then This Happened... A diary about breast cancer" is available now at - americanbandito.com/book This episode brought to you by Sticker Mule - Get $10 credit towards your first order!americanbandito.com/stickermule If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to
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February 25, 2018
S02 Episode 7: How Do You Pay Yourself?
I get following your dream as a creative person and artist. And so far, learning that was inspiration enough. But is it worth it? Lifestyle-wise that is. The question this week is: "How Do You Pay Yourself?" Listen to the episode Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode this season. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian BaubleEach week I ask one question and find out where the conversation takes us, to learn more about how these people decided to take t
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February 18, 2018
S02 Episode 6: What Risks Do You Take?
We've talked about how seeing the work in public makes a huge difference. But what about insurance in those places, not only for you but the items you display? What about planning for the future like emergencies or health issues? So, the question this week is: "What risks do you take?" Listen to the episode Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode this season. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian Bauble Each week I ask one question and find out where t
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February 11, 2018
S02 Episode 5: How do you find creators & the work you display?
The question I ask this week: "How do you find creators & the work you display?" With all the things we've learned about the people I've talked with this season, I wanted to know how do they find the people they work with? And what should an artist or creator do to get involved? Listen to the episode: Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode this season. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian BaubleEach week I ask one question and find out where the
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February 4, 2018
S02 Episode 4: Why open a physical place for art instead of an online business?
The question I ask this week: "Why open a physical place instead of an online business?" With the ability to sell and promote anything you make online, why would anyone spend the extra time and money opening a brick and mortar store? I wondered about the benefits of both choices. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode this season. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian BaubleEach week I ask one question and find out where the con
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January 28, 2018
S02 Episode 3: How long did you give yourself to succeed?
The question I ask this week: "How long did you give yourself to succeed?" How long would it take for someone to figure out if the risk they took to pursue their passion full-time was successful? I wanted to know if there is a timeline or some kind of method to say that venturing out on your own was worth it or should there be an exit strategy just in case. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBoh
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January 21, 2018
S02 Episode 2: When were you ready to take the leap?
This episode I ask the question: "When were you ready to take the leap?" It's one thing to say you want to open your own shop or gallery. But what does it take to go against everything you know and actually do it? Listen to the show: Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian Bauble Each week I ask one question and find out where the conversation takes us to learn more about how these creatives decided to take t
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January 14, 2018
S02 Episode 1: What made you decide to start your own business?
This episode I ask the question: "What made you decide to start your own business?" It's the first episode of the second season. This time I travel around Madison and meet with people that own or operate galleries, stores and other places that sell and promote local art. Listen to the show: Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts (iPhone), Google Play (Android) and YouTube. If you create things in your spare time, you've probably thought about trying to do it for a living or maybe you're just trying to get the guts to put it out there for the first time. So what would it take to follow through and actually do it? To help understand what it's like, listen to what these local creatives say about what they do. Here's a list of the places I talk to in each episode. Yellow Rose GalleryAnthologyMother Fool's CoffeehousePieces UnimaginedHatch Art HouseStone FenceOne-OneThousandBooth 121ConfectioniqueBohemian Bauble Each week I ask one question and find out where the conversation takes us, to
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January 7, 2018
Melanie Jones
This week we get to meet photographer Melanie Jones. Melanie is an editorial photographer now based in Madison, Wisconsin, specializing in making portraits of companion animals, families, small business owners, and contemplative landscapes. When she moved here continuing her photography business was a hard thing to do at first but she's finding ways to make it work. 
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December 22, 2017
Sharon Bjyrd
This week I meet Sharon Bjyrd Sharon is a painter who moved here from Chicago. She started out going to school for commercial art, which I realize is what we called it before it was graphic design. The story for the inspiration that started her interest in painting? Grace Jones. One of my favorite reasons so far. You can see more of her work on her Instagram. 
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December 22, 2017
Stephenie Hamen
In the last episode this season, I meet Stephenie Hamen. She does crafts and helps teach people how to do them. But when it comes to her personal artwork she likes to paint and make things that are more abstract. 
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December 22, 2017
Robin Leigh Kling
This week I meet Robin Leigh Kling. Robin is an artist that has made watercolor landscape paintings over the years. She took time off to raise her son but still managed to find ways to stay involved in the arts. She recently launched a Facebook page to showcase her portfolio called Memories In Watercolor.
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December 22, 2017
Philip Salamone
This week I meet painter Philip Salamone One interesting thing I find out in this conversation... my studio is literally across the street from his and we have never met before. So I'm glad I got a chance to talk to him. Philip's work is all over town, including the "Faces of Incarceration" exhibit at the Overture Center. He teaches at both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and also has classes at his studio, the Atwood Atelier.
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December 22, 2017
Chris Lester
This week I meet author, Chris Lester. Chris saw my post about looking for artists in Madison for the show. He responded with the question, “What about writers?” I thought he had a good point. Writers are creative people also. So I set up a time to meet him. Chris is a Sci-Fi writer and he also releases his stories as a serialized audio podcast on his website. 
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December 22, 2017
Salma Carreon
In this weeks episode, I meet Salma Carreon. She makes ceramics, etchings and paintings. This includes hand painted shirts and a few commissioned murals around town. But what she really wants to do is become a tattoo artist. All this and she has only just graduated high school. 
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December 22, 2017
Jason Scott
This weeks episode I meet Jason Scott. Jason is a sculptor of large and small-scale pieces, which includes jewelry. And it all seems to relate back to when he studied to be a sushi chef years ago. 
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December 22, 2017
Colin Holden
This week I meet Colin Holden. Colin's work has a cartoon style, but he prefers to work on a large scale format, usually around five feet tall. He uses this platform to make pieces that express a timeline something that dates back to when he returned home after being sent away to boarding school as a kid.
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December 22, 2017
Jake Jensen
This week I meet Jake Jensen. Jake is a house painter that has the luck of being able to use an endless amount of art supplies thanks to his job. He recently changed the entire concept of what he makes because of an obsession he has with something smaller. 
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December 22, 2017
Hanifa Debling
This week I meet Hanifa Debling. Hanifa had a career in banking. During that time she went to school for Jewelry and Silversmithing. She made jewelry and other pieces for friends. Then, when she retired from banking she decided to launch her own boutique line. You can visit Bittersweet and Hanibling by Evie Designs on Facebook 
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December 22, 2017
You are beautiful.
I was out riding my bike the other day. For some reason, I decided to take a different path than I normally do.  I saw three people, one of them was on a ladder. They were just finishing up what looked like a mural that said "You are beautiful" on it. I stopped and decided to go ask them what it was.  Listen to the whole story and find out. 
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December 22, 2017
Holly Meyers
I begin my quest to meet artists in Madison, WI with Holly Meyers. After moving to Madison she was inspired by life changes and her new city's creative energy to devote herself more fully to art. She tells me about how early in life she lost all of her artwork in a fire. Then took that opportunity to reinvent what she does. We discuss how, even with kids and a job, she finds the time to create. Plus, she found out that claiming your living room as a studio on your taxes is an actual thing you can do! 
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December 22, 2017
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