By Kevin Jackson
Welcome to my podcast where I talk film, animation, games, design and just about anything creative from my experience and others in the industry. We talk about tips to help you survive as well as learn from the journey of others. My podcast has had a few name changes, so let's hope this one sticks.
S2E2: Animation Is Like Building A House
Animation is like building a house In this episode we talk about how animation is very similar to building a house. It requires a team effort of expertise and it can bring great value you your business if you do it right the first time. Know what you want, or work with your creative to figure it out, plan, find the right team and execute. This podcast is for animators and business owners or managers alike. @nivekproanimations firstname.lastname@example.org
June 03, 2022
S2E1: Create SMART goals
It's not enough to set a new year's resolution or just say I want to do this. Your goals have to be SMART enough to accomplish what you want. In this episode, I talk about how we as creatives can systematically achieve our goals time and time again with consistency. Screw procrastination. Where procrastination a go? Get SMART Follow me: www.nivekfilms.com IG: https://www.instagram.com/nivekproanimations/ linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-jackson-animator/
May 20, 2022
S1E14: Interview with writer, actor and filmmaker Dario Shields
Dario Shields is a young filmmaker from Montego Bay Jamaica. This man has achieved so much and encountered many tribulations on his journey. He holds and associate degree in business studies and marketing and an Associate Degree in chartered accounting. His goal is to some day win an Oscar from Montego Bay Community College. He has made over 10 short films, wrote a book, achieved many awards as an actor, filmmaker and youth advocate and is getting reading to make his first movie. Humbled by harsh life experiences himself, the talent that God has given him, Dario is a Youth Advocate who is very active in not only his church, but his community, former college, but Jamaica on a whole. His goal is to inspire the world, and sharing the simple but powerful message that as a youth, child or even an older folk, despite what it is you go through, you simply need to believe in yourself, even if others doubt you and sometimes when you think you’re a failure and no one believes in you, just blink you will see just how lucky you are. He has titled his first novel as “Ghetto Born, God Raised’, a tremendous story similar to his own. Growing up in the ghetto himself and seeing many persons giving up on themselves simply because they don’t have the funds, support or the resources they need, Dario has decided to use his God given talent to inspire others with the message that, ‘you only need one thing and that’s God.’ Currently Dario has his eyes set on venturing into the world of Filming as another avenue to inspire the world. Today, he preaches a simple message that, ‘it’s not your setbacks, it’s how you comeback.’
May 22, 2020
S1E13: Interview with Actor Marlon Walker - The roaming walker
This episode we interview an up and coming Jamaican actor Marlon "Rome" Walker. Known for his physically expressing style, he has been in award winning films suchs as "Gone", "Heart Shaped Box" and "Learning How to Swim". He also played a double in the latest James Bond Movie "Time to Die". He has played everything from the loving husband, to a psycho killer, to a mute character in the popular Jamaican series "Me and Mi Kru". If you don't know him this is your chance to learn more about him.
January 14, 2020
S1E12: Glen Henry game developer
This episode we talk with Glen Henry an indie game developer living in Jamaica. He is active member of the Jamaica Game Developer's Society and very knowledgeable on the international indie game market. We are going to hear about his struggles, successes and what's next for game development in the Caribbean.
January 07, 2020
S1E11: Work Family Balance
Someone asked how do I keep up with work now that I have a newborn son. I decided to wait until he was 8 months old to do this Podcast because I wanted to ensure I got a good feel for how much it disrupts my workflow. In this podcast you hear me talk about the effects it initially had and how I attempt to manage it. P.S. It a'int easy.
November 12, 2019
S1E10: What's next for Abeeku & the maroons
Abeeku & the maroons showcased it's short film back in 2017 and we did a crowdfund for it in 2018. It won 5 awards in 3 festivals in 2018 and it is screening at different festivals in 2019. What we really want to know is what is next for the episodes. What is next for the story? When are we going to see more. Hopefully I can answer that questions in this podcast.
May 09, 2019
S1E9: Leachim Semaj Claims Creatives are some of the worst business people
In an article on Loop Jamaica dated March 23, 2019 titled Creatives should build partnerships for success - Dr Leachim Semaj, the respected Dr. Makes claims such as "The failure rate for small business is phenomenal. Artistic people are some of the worst business people because their brains are not wired that way. When artistic people say 2+2, they get 50, so that's them now trying to be a business person. It is like a fish trying to climb a try." While he makes great points in the article the above statement high offended many creatives for how extreme it was. I wanted to give me opinion on it.
April 09, 2019
S1E8: Don't Fear Failure
Following up from Episode 7's "Self Doubt" episode I thought I would talk about fearing failure.
February 11, 2019
S1E7: Self Doubt
Self doubt, we all face it from time to time. Am I good enough? Can I finish on time? I'm not cut out for this? Maybe this is not my thing? People tell me I am awesome but I don't feel like it. If you have ever said any of these or anything close then you know what I am talking about. Well, let's talk about it here on the NivekPro Creative Motivation. Corretta Singer's podcast on "Self Denigration" https://player.fm/series/corretta3d-3072875/episode-2-self-denigration
December 15, 2018
S2E6: My Opinion pursuing your passion.
This is a dual podcast. Marlon "Rome" Walker invited myself and the lovely Trician McTavit on his podcast "My Opinion". We answered a viewers question on pursuing your dreams. We touch a little bit on Buju on his release. LAST but not least we touch a bit on the struggles of an actor in Jamaica and being type cast based on looks. A topic I plan to explore further with Marlon in the future.
December 15, 2018
S1E5: Directing Animation on a short called "Agwe"
I had less than 6 months to direct the animation for a short called "Agwe" and a limited budget and crew. Here is how it all went down.
December 10, 2018
S1E4: 9 to 5 or 9 to freelance?
Do you work a 9 - 5 and wondering when is it time to move on or how do you move on and do what you really want to do. In this podcast I weigh in with my perspective.
November 29, 2018
S1E3: How to get noticed as a new animator/creative
When you are a young creative, very often we are discouraged from living and enjoying our passion. This is especially true in a third world country where the society and economy revere doctors, lawyers, engineers and bankers. Not realizing that creativity is responsible for the clothes they spend thousands on, the cars they pay tens of thousands for or even the house they pay hundreds of thousands and millions for. With that said, it is hard to get noticed when just starting out. I will tell you what worked for me. Hopefully it can help you or someone else further their journey toward their goals.
November 06, 2018
S1E2: Creative Burn Out
Creative Burn Out. What is it, how do you handle it, how do you avoid it for a productive and healthy lifestyle as a creative.
October 13, 2018
S1E1: Abeeku and the Maroons Animated Series Reflection
For my first podcast, I want to talk about an animated short I created and the journey it took me on. I am a self taught animator from Jamaica and I have a passion for telling stories. My head is like a movie theater, there is a new movie playing everyday. If you have never heard of Abeeku and the Maroons, check it out here Abeeku. It has won 6 awards so far and has been used to talk about telling cultural stories native to Afro-Caribbeans.
September 25, 2018
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September 24, 2018