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Creative Genius Captivated

Creative Genius Captivated

By Yiqing Zhao
A podcast for multi-hyphenates to integrate creativity and business acumen. Join award-winning actor, filmmaker, and creativity coach Yiqing Zhao as she speaks about mindset and strategies, and discusses the \”secret sauce\” with artists and entrepreneurs.If you are a passionationate creative or heart-driven entrepreneur looking to create a more fulfilling and balanced life and career, this is the podcast for you. For more information, visit
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Ep13: Two Powerful Phrases to Challenge Your Thoughts
In this episode, I teach you why you need to develop the habit of challenging your thoughts, and two simple, powerful phrases/questions to help you with this process – "What if" and "So what".  Give it a listen, and please leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
August 01, 2022
Ep12: Becoming a Well-Rounded Artist with Lauren Sowa
In this episode, I invited award-winning actor & filmmaker Lauren Sowa for a discussion on finding communities, handling stress, our favorite credits and experiences, as well as how learning on set helps you become a more well-rounded, "3D" artist and human being.  Give it a listen, and please leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lauren Sowa is a New York-based actor and filmmaker. As an actor, she has been featured on FBI (CBS), The Plot Against America (HBO), The Rainbow Experiment (Paramount+), and The Devil's Well (Amazon Prime). Upcoming: The indie feature Paris is in Harlem (Slamdance '22). Training: BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She is the co-founder of Form & Pressure Films, a production company dedicated to diversity and equality on set and on screen. Their first film, Marisol, won the 2019 HuffPost Impact Award and was licensed by HBO. Other films she’s produced can be seen on DUST, Tubi, Amazon Prime, and at film festivals all over the world. Select festival credits include: Slamdance, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Immigration Film Festival, Cinequest. She is also the co-president of Pano, a non-profit dedicated to women filmmakers and serves on the board of NYC Makes PPE. Lauren is a big-time animal lover, and has yet to meet a pretzel she doesn't like. When not acting, you can find her reading a good book, taking photographs, catching up on old films, and doing yoga!
July 25, 2022
Ep11: What Can You Do to Help Alleviate the Fear with Casting Director Jeffrey Dreisbach
Hey! I was very lucky to have invited casting director Jeffrey Dreisbach from McCorkle Casting for a guest episode. We talked about having fun in self-tape auditions, working in the show business, interesting casting stories, talents VS careers, and of course, lessons for artists. If you're in the show business–theatre, Film/TV, this episode shall not be missed.  Give it a listen, and please leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As a former actor turned Casting Director, artist, teacher, and author, Jeffrey Dreisbach began his professional acting career at an early age in Michigan. He received a BFA Degree from Wayne State University after performing at Walt Disney World (Cal Arts) and advanced theater training in London, (Roger Williams College). For the next several years, Jeff found success acting in New York, accumulating Theater, Film, and Television credits. On Broadway, he was in the original cast of A Few Good Men and A New York Summer. He’s also played roles Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and with multiple regional theaters. TV and  Film credits include Splash, Die Hard 3, Thomas Crown Affair, Monday Night Mayhem, Another World, Max Bickford, etc. among many others. Jeffrey also performed in numerous national commercials and voice-overs. Major clients included KFC, Pepsi, Spidel Watch, Palmolive, HBO, etc. as well as animation voicing for Mattel Toys and voice chip manufacturer, Pragmatic Designs. As a teacher and administrator, he developed extensive voice-over and on-camera presentation techniques. Using his acting experience and teaching skills, Jeffrey now incorporates his unique background and personality as a Casting Director with McCorkle Casting in New York. His second book, Conversation Pieces out of the Studio, A Workshop for Actors, is due out in late fall, 2010. Jeffrey’s podcast, Casting Actors Cast has garnered over 75 thousand downloads. McCorkle Casting Ltd
July 18, 2022
Ep10: Creatives & Money with Cynthia Frunzi
In this episode, I chatted with my mortgage broker Cynthia Frunzi on money: money mindset, debt, investing, and money mistakes (especially among creatives) Give it a listen, and please leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cynthia has been a licensed financial strategist for over 20 years. Her 6 Steps For Financial Freedom: 💲 Know Your Flow- Do you know how much cash you have? Do you know how much your lifestyle costs? Being aware of your cash flow is a great indicator of your financial strength. 💲Rainy Day Account- This cash flow is the golden parachute that's put in place for whenever you have an unexpected episode. Flexing your fitness muscles is easier when your debt is under control - allowing you to start saving up! 💲Get Your Debt in Line- Working towards eliminating your debt or even just implementing a plan to manage it, can transform your life and your bank account. 💲Protect Yourself- Having necessary and proper protection will take you on the direct path to financial freedom. It's a challenge to determine what your best option is, but speaking with a financial advisor is a great way to discover what's right for you. 💲Wealth Building- This is as simple as putting a little cash aside toward your future goals while you're working on managing debt, building an emergency fund, strengthening cash flow, and protecting the ones you love. 💲Wealth Reservoir- The future is unpredictable and it's crucial to prepare for all and any outcomes by establishing your financial legacy. ---------- Build a life of freedom and abundance through Millionaire Within’s services: 💲Financial classes 💲 One-on-one counseling 💲Freedom seminars To find out more about these tips or how to adjust to any financial situation, contact me today and sign up for a free 15-minute consultation (
July 11, 2022
Ep9: Trauma, Imposter Syndrome, and Celebration
In this episode, I share my insights about trauma, imposter syndrome, and the most effective way to embrace it: Celebration.  I introduce ways to reframe trauma, look at imposter syndrome with a loving eye, and practice celebration & gratitude. This can be pared down into 3 steps: 1. Look at it ( observe, and reframe your thoughts) 2. Study it ( the root cause-where does it come from?) 3. Celebrate it ( look at the gain, not the gap) Give it a listen, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me
July 04, 2022
Ep8: Serve the Big Picture with Visual Artist Nathalie Tierce
In this episode, I interviewed visual artist Nathalie Tierce about her work as a scenic designer for film/TV, colors and emotions, as well as balancing motherhood and her career as an artist. The common thread is "Serve the Big Picture"-in work, and in life. Give it a listen, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In her career as an artist, Nathalie Tierce has worked on projects as diverse as productions for Shell Silverstein, Andrew Llyod Webber, The Rolling Stones, period dramas for the BBC, feature films such as Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island, Tim Burton’s Alice, and painting murals for Disney. In her work as a visual storyteller, she uses cartoon and symbolic imagery to convey psychological struggles in her paintings and drawings. Her two books, Fairy Tale Remnants and Pulling Weeds from a Cactus Garden - Life is full of pricks, are surreal fairy tales for grown-ups, compiled of her mixed media work, accompanied by her short prose. The acclaimed counter-culture cartoonist and artist R.Crumb wrote about Tierce; “ a genuine visionary artist with a direct line to (her) subconscious". Dave Cooper, artist, animator, and cartoonist said, "Tierce's paintings are wonderful. Bizarre and genuine and unsettling. Some reminded me of the great George Grosz. The Comics Review U.K. Included her book, Pulling Weeds from a Cactus Garden in “Best of 2021” and said, “The marriage of image and text...can simultaneously tickle like a feather, cut like a scalpel and hit like a steam-hammer.” Born and raised in New York City, Nathalie received her formal training at Pratt Institute in New York and L’ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then spent ten years in Europe refining her craft as a painter. Tierce has a solo show opening on August 20 at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. Her artwork appears in publications such as Mineshaft and Spread Love. In April the fringe culture magazine Carpanzine did an interview about her work. She maintains a studio in Glendale, CA, where she lives with her sculptor husband, Chris Towle, and son Joshua. Website: Links to books on Amazon: ncoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
June 27, 2022
Ep7: How to Make A Living Creatively with Jim Jermanok
In this episode, I have the pleasure to invite Jim Jermanok to talk about networking in the entertainment industry and some of the biggest mistakes artists make. Give it a listen, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me Jim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director, producer author, and speaker based in NY. He is currently directing and producing a feature documentary about the life and art of Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau featuring interviews by Chris Rock, Diane Ladd, Jon Voight, Woody Allen and Ellen Burstyn.  Mr. Jermanok wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy, “Passionada,” which was released by Columbia Tri Star in over 150 countries. His  film “Em”won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Criterion International Inspiration Award. It was released by Vanguard Cinema and SnagFilms.  Jim Jermanok recently wrote and directed “Homophonia,” a political comedy film on gay marriage which has appeared at over 50 film festivals while winning several of them.  Also active in TV and New Media, Jim Jermanok’s  new web series “LIFEADVICE.TV” has drawn tremendous praise since going live globally in November, 2015. Mr. Jermanok is a former ICM Agent who represented Arthur Miller, Shirley MacLaine, John Chancellor, Ben Kingsley, Dudley Moore, Helen Hayes, Alan Arkin and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others. Jim also speaks and has conducted over 300 workshops worldwide on the subject of his 2017  book, BEYOND THE CRAFT: What You Need to Know to Make A Living Creatively!-- , Making Your Projects Happen: Successful Film/TV Producing and Financing as well as The Art and Business of Screenwriting.  
June 20, 2022
Ep6: Beyond the Camera: A Conversation with VFX producer Zach Hamelton
In this episode, award-winning VFX producer Zach Hamelton shares his journey of making a career in the film/tv industry, a cupcake business venture in his early years, and helpful tips for early-career artists. Give it a listen, and don't forget to leave a 5-star review if you like the show! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG: Book a consult call with me Zachary Alexander Hamelton is an award-winning American post-production professional and former podcaster. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Zach knew he wanted to work in film at a very young age. However, it wasn't until he was much older after attempting a career in the emergency medical field and co-owning a cupcake shop that he decided to take his chance in the industry. Zach attended the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School out of Orlando, Florida, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in VFX Production. His first big break was working with MPC Vancouver as a compositor on "The Strain" (2017), "Justice League" (2017), "Fifty Shades Freed" (2018), and several other projects. As his time with MPC was coming to a close, he became enamored with the production side of the industry. Through some furthering education and immense drive, Zach landed his first gig in production with Falcon's Creative Group. While working in themed entertainment, he thrived as a production coordinator and later took on additional responsibilities as the casting director and unit production manager for live-action. During his time with Falcon's Creative Group, Zach was able to work with clients such as Marvel Entertainment, National Geographic, PBS, and many more. However, his favorite assignment was as the unit production manager and lead post-production coordinator for "Halo: Outpost Discovery" (2019), a traveling meta-interactive experience. Though he enjoyed his time in themed entertainment, Zach always longed to return to the film industry, and in 2019 Crafty Apes VFX offered him that golden opportunity. Since joining the company, Zach has worked on over sixteen film or television projects. He is known for his attention to detail and his thoughtfulness when it comes to clients. Some of his standout credits include "Hustlers" (2019), "Mulan" (2020), "Star Trek: Picard" (2020), and "The Little Things" (2021). In his time away from the studio, Zach enjoys helping up-and-coming filmmakers with their production, visual effects, and casting needs through his company, Throw the Knife Productions. You can find Zach here:  
June 13, 2022
Ep5: How to Really Let Go
In this episode, I talk about how to REALLY let go, which means you let go without holding onto any residual energy or thoughts. Here's a three-question framework to guide you through this process: * What do I want? * What serves me? *  What am I afraid of? Most likely it's not the things or people that you cannot let go of, it's the FEAR. If you like this show, please leave a 5-star review. Would like a free gift? Hit the links below! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG:
June 06, 2022
Ep4: Fear, Control and Creativity
In this episode, I start with a recent experience of my pup Lucy's first audition, and go on to talk about: * How we react to stressful or fearful situations * How expectations put us in "fight or flight" mode * How fear and control zap creativity out of us You'll walk away with a hands-on exercise to identify your internal fear triggers and create more inner safety. What triggers you? What makes you feel threatened? What makes you feel attacked? Enjoyed the show? Please follow and give a 5-star review. Would like a free gift? Hit the links below! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG:    
May 30, 2022
Ep3: Becoming a Heart-Driven Director with Award-Winning Filmmaker Nicola Rose
In this episode, I've invited Nicola Rose, an award-winning filmmaker based in NYC (also a very good friend of mine), to share her journey and stories from transitioning from performing to directing. We talked about: * How she became a director * The art of directing actors and achieving the best performance * Her journey of making her first feature, etc Nicola Rose is an award-winning, New York City-based filmmaker whose work is gathering acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2021, Nicola directed her first feature-length film, Goodbye, Petrushka, a coming-of-age comedy. She also produced the film, together with her producing partner Tierney Boorboor. The film will premiere at Dances With Films in Los Angeles in the summer of 2022. Prior to that, Nicola directed, produced, and/or wrote the shorts Creative Block (2017), In the Land of Moonstones (2018), Gabrielle (2019), and Biff & Me (2020), all of which have won numerous awards on the indie film festival circuit. Most recently, she was invited to show Biff & Me at San Diego Comic-Con International, where she spoke on a panel about the film. Outside of filmmaking, Nicola has worked as a translator of French, and a freelance casting director, and for a time, a professional puppeteer. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. Enjoyed the show? Would like a free gift? Hit the links below! FREE GIFT: 7 Questions to Get You Unstuck LinkedIn: IG:  
May 23, 2022
Ep 2: Start Before You’re Ready
In this episode, I discuss the WHY and HOW of starting before you're ready and dig deep into the reasons why you're stuck with inaction. We identify the common stoppers and do a deep dive into them, so you can GET IT STARTED after listening.
May 16, 2022
Ep1: Finding Your Gem
How to find your creative gem? In this episode, I use my own story to give you tips and thoughts about finding your thing. Spoiler alert: You already have it. You just need to be brave enough to embrace it. For more information, visit
May 09, 2022