Andrew is a Landscape Photographer, Triathlete, and Entrepreneur based in Honolulu Hawaii. One of the things that separates Andrew from many other photographers in this day and age is his love of film. While many people have gone digital, Andrew remains a film die hard and prefers to shoot medium and large format. He's also an avid triathlete, adventurer and world traveler, and you can often find him commuting to work in a helicopter. Hope you guys enjoy this conversation on light painting and a whole lot more with Andrew McHowell!
Jody Kamisato is an entrepreneur and the owner of Ukulele Hale, an ‘ukulele studio in Honolulu that has produced some of Hawaii’s greatest rising stars. Many of his students have gone on to win international and statewide talent competitions including the dynamic duo Honoka & Azita. Jody is also a member of the award-winning group Heart & Soul. His debut album entitled “Take it Easy” was the recipient of the 15th Annual Hawaii Music Award for Island Contemporary and was nominated for 2 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards – Most Promising Artists & Contemporary Album of the Year. Jody was recently featured on the Island Style Ukulele Volume 2 album, which received the 2015 Nā Hoku Hanohano Award for Compilation Album of the Year. Currently, you can find Kamisato performing with Heart & Soul twice a week at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa’s signature show the Starlit Hui and mentoring his ‘ukulele protégés Honoka & Azita. Jody also spends a lot of his free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii as well as involving himself in many other charity events and activities. Jody is a rarity in that he not only has the respect and admiration of his fans as well as his musical peers, he also has found a way to build an incredibly successful business around it. When we think of entrepreneurs, we often think of someone in the tech space. There is a lot of bias in the media towards "the next big app", or the latest gadget that is changing our lives, for better or for worse. Because of this, the masses often don't think of music being an entrepreneurial pursuit. But make no mistake, Jody is the quintessential entrepreneur. He has the right mindset for success and has proven that you can take your passion, no matter what space it's in, and turn it into a wild success. What makes Jody so amazing to me, however, is not just his business and creative success, but also the fact that he has managed to design his business around his ideal lifestyle. Because of this, he spends every day doing exactly what he loves to do, with the people he wants to do it with. This, to me, beyond money, beyond notoriety, is a very high bar of success indeed and one we should all strive towards.
Brian Watanabe is a screenwriter, Copywriter, Creative Director and Blogger. He's written two screenplays which have both been produced for the big screen. His first, Operation End Game, has a stellar cast which includes the likes of Ellen Barkin, Rob Corrdry, Maggie Q, and Zach Galifianakis among others. His second screenplay was "Maisa", and it was the first ever animated film produced completely in the Chamorro language. Brian got his start in advertising and is now a freelance copywriter and director. His client list includes the likes of AT&T, McDonald's, Intel, Kraft, Mazda, Major League Baseball and many more. We cover a wide range of topics in this episode including advertising, screenwriting, and getting a script produced in Hollywood. For all aspiring screenwriters, filmmakers, Mad Men and creatives, this will be a fun one!
Nate is a good friend of mine and his interests cover a broad spectrum, from body surfing Sandy Beach to building cars. Early on when I started this podcast I knew I wanted to get him on the show. Nate has been working as an artist since 1990, with many of those years in the video game industry. He's been a lead artist, environment artist, TD and Art Director at some of the biggest video game companies. He's currently doing freelance work for the automotive and video game industries. Nate and his family have also been investing in real estate for decades and we dig a little into the nuts and bolts of that side business.
My podcast guest for this episode is the very talented Risa Beer (Risa Okamoto). She is an award-winning documentary producer/director, and a media educator. She has directed and produced numerous documentaries for major international broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Bio Channel, Crime & Investigation Channel, The Travel Channel, Channel News Asia, and Sony Pictures. Her recent awards include a Gold World Medal for Best Social Issues Program at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, and Silver World Medals for Best Directing, Best Biography/Profile and Best Community Service Program. Her work covers a wide variety of subjects, ranging from rodeo bull riders in Texas to human trafficking in Nepal; from the ancient wonders of China, to the history of Japanese food. In this pilot episode, we talk about a range of topics from filmmaking (of course) to surfing, to hanging out of airplanes while 8 months pregnant. We dive deep into the emotional substance at the core of her films and what drives her to pick up the camera and shoot.