Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

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Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

"The Choice" (thechoicepod.com/) is a six-episode audio drama, a feminist dystopian thriller set in the refugee camps of Los Angeles. Set in the year 2047, Dr. Margaret Carter is facing the death penalty. These are a series of recordings played as evidence in her trial.

Misty Eddy is a director working in Portland, Oregon. Her obsession with radio dramas started early when, at twelve years old, she fell in love with classic radio theater programs like The Shadow, Suspense, and Orson Welle's War of the Worlds.

Molly Silverstein is the Director of Programming for the Portland Film Festival and the host of the Portland Film Podcast. She studied film at Yale and London Film School.

Nick Escobar is a design manager at a digital marketing agency in downtown Portland. As a producer, he has been recognized by the Portland Comedy Film Festival, premiered a short film at the 2016 Rose City Comic Con, and co-founded Blue Envelope Productions.

Smarthouse Creative's Leroy Mack sits down with "The Choice" creators, Misty Eddy, Molly Silverstein and Nick Escobar, to learn about the creative inspiration behind "The Choice" and what elements make the series unique, for example including an animator on the team to help listeners visualize the tone of each episode. Misty, Molly and Nick describe the fundraising tips that they've learned through their current Kickstarter campaign, ways to encourage your audience members to become "brand champions" for your work, long-term branding strategies, for example creating a project media-plan, and much more!

Visit "The Choice" on Kickstarter:
smrths.com/TheChoice_Kickstarter

Check out “The Choice” on Facebook:
smrths.com/TheChoicePod_Facebook

Visit the official “The Choice” website:
www.thechoicepod.com

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 18: Sam Berliner

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Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Sam Berliner (www.donutfilms.org) is a Seattle-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 200 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as a Senior Programmer at Three Dollar Bill Cinema. He leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks webseries and is the founder of Queer Scouts Bay Area and Queer Scouts Seattle, hosting monthly skill-shares for LGBTQA adults. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013.

Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke sits down with Sam Berliner, director of Three Dollar Bill Cienma's Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, to talk about Berliner's work at the festival, his own filmmaking career, how he connects with his audience, and what to see at this year's Translations (May 3-12 in Seattle). They also cover Berliner's efforts building an IRL community at Translations and the importance of trans education & allyship via partnerships, panels, workshops and screenings.

You can check out Sam's Facebook page here:
smrths.com/SB_FB

You can check out the Translations Film Festival website here:
translationsfilmfest.org/

Visit Sam’s current projects on his website here:
www.donutfilms.com

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 17: Heather Brown

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Episode 17: Heather Brown

Episode 17: Heather Brown

Heather Brown (www.mindthebirdmedia.com) is a PR and events professional currently providing publicity, production, and communication services to individuals and literary and cultural organizations from her home base in Portland, OR. She activates her extensive network, her background in public education, and a master’s degree in creative writing to approach each job with inclusivity, rhetorical sensitivity and service-oriented, trust-based leadership.

In this TAMP episode Smarthouse Creative talks with PR and events professional Heather Brown about her work as an editor & social media manager at YesYes Books and launching her own communication and events company, Mind The Bird Media. Brown has extensive experience with audience building for artists & authors with a focus on creating authentic connections, which she'll discuss, in addition to describing her approach to building buzz for her new company.

You can check out Heather's Facebook page here, www.facebook.com/mindbirdmedia/

Visit Heather’s current project "Mind The Bird Media" at this site;
www.mindthebirdmedia.com/

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

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Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings (www.alexandrabillings.com) is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. Currently, Ms Billings plays Davina on Amazon's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning hit TV show Transparent. In 2005, Ms. Billings played Donna, opposite Katherine Heigel, in the ABC film Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning. It was the second time a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. She's had guest starring roles on How To Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, Eli StoneE.R., Karen SiscoNurses opposite Lynn Redgrave, and playing opposite Dot Jones in the Ryan Murphy pilot Pretty/Handsome, co-starring Blythe Danner and Robert Wagner. She finished her first feature film role as a non Trans character in Valley of Bones in the spring of 2016. She is the recipient of five After Dark Awards and one Joseph Jefferson Award. 

Ms. Billings' activism stretches across the continent. She has won the TPA Award and the Rainbow Spirit Award, and she was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2007. Living with AIDS since 1995. Her life story “From Schoolboy to Showgirl, produced by Alex Silets for PBS television, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary.

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke talks to actress Alexandra Billings about her role on Transparent and her experience communicating with her growing audience. Alexandra discusses how she navigates her personal vs. public persona, how living publicly as a trans actor has informed her career, and what she believes her responsibility is being a part of the Transparent cast. Alexandra’s work is inspired by, “allowing more people to be heard, bringing more people in.”

You can check out Alexandra's Facebook page here, bit.ly/AlexandraBillings_Facebook.

Visit Alexandra’s current projects Transparent and Valley of Bones at these sites;
bit.ly/TransparentTVSeries
bit.ly/Valley_of_Bones_Movie

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

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Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Michele Mitchell (www.filmat11.tv // www.theuncondemned.com
An award-winning investigative reporter on “NOW with Bill Moyers” (PBS), Mitchell began her broadcasting career as political anchor at CNN Headline News, where she specialized in US politics. At PBS, she developed a reputation for discovering overlooked social justice stories before leaving to start her own company. She was the director/producer/writer/co-executive producer of the groundbreaking “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” A graduate of Northwestern University, Michele wrote sports for the Chicago Tribune while in college, and then began her career on Capitol Hill. She is the author of three books.

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke talks to Michele Mitchell about her experiences as a journalist, filmmaker, and activist at the intersection of human rights and social justice. Michelle and Brad also discuss the inspiration behind the making of Michelle's new documentary, THE UNCONDEMNED, and her use of social media as a tool to engage, maintain and build her audience.

You can check out Michele's Facebook page here, bit.ly/Filmat11_FB , and follow her on Twitter at, @michelefilmat11.

Visit Michele's current project "THE UNCONDEMNED" here; www.theuncondemned.com.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 14: Donovan Janus

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Episode 14: Donovan Janus

Donovan Janus (www.17hats.com/) is Founder and CEO of 17hats, a Pasadena, CA-based software system that provides small business owners tools, knowledge, and expertise so that they can stay organized, feel confident, and look professional. Mr. Janus is a lifelong entrepreneur, and he and his team at 17hats share a passion for guiding small business owners on their respective journeys.

In this TAMP episode, Donavan talks with Smarthouse Creative's Rachel Green about developing 17hats and the importance of timing, simplicity and social media in building a brand. He describes marketing tips and various grassroots tools and methods used to identify and connect with an audience, "if you define your ideal client and have a clear message, the selling part really happens by itself." -Donovan Janus.

You can check out Donavan's Facebook page here, bit.ly/17hats_FB/ and follow him on Twitter at, @17hatsHQ.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 13: Larry Mizell, Jr.

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Episode 13: Larry Mizell, Jr.

In this TAMP episode, The Stranger's "My Philosophy" columnist, KEXP's Street Sounds DJ and musician, Larry Mizell, Jr. talks with poet Colin Walker about his unexpected career in the arts, why he loves what he does, and how he’s built his audience by following his passion for music and community.

“Whoever’s within earshot are my people - that’s my curatorial sense for a world of music and experience - I want everybody to understand. Music is universal and that’s what I’m dedicating my life to. Every culture has their own take on it. It’s infinite, you’ll never hear it all. It’s everywhere. It’s like church to me. I want everybody to come in.” -Larry Mizell, Jr.

Check out Larry’s KEXP Street Sounds Facebook page and follow him on Twitter at @larrymizelljr

TAMP music by Dude York.

Note: During the time of this interview, Mizell hosted Street Sounds, the weekly hip-hop show on KEXP. He wrote the column My Philosophy for the Stranger and was in local Seattle bands like Cancer Rising and Don't Talk To the Cops. He has since moved to Los Angeles.

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Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

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Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse co-founders Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke share helpful tips and tools to build your audience, boost your brand, and follow your passion.

They also discuss the origins of our in-house podcast and how it aspires to be a rich and generative resource for creative entrepreneurs looking to gain traction, promote their projects, and grow their fan base. Tune in and start putting your best foot forward when it comes to connecting with your audience, both online and off.

You can check out our Smarthouse Facebook page here, smrths.com/FB_SHC, and follow us on Twitter at @teamsmarthouse.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 11: Dani Menkin

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Episode 11: Dani Menkin

Dani Menkin (imdb.to/2nXMH3m) is an Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker for "39 Pounds of Love"(2005). The film, written, produced and directed by him, has been sold to HBO, and was short listed for the Oscars. Some of his films include: "Is That You?" (winner of "Best Indie Film of the Year" award), "Dolphin Boy" (2011), "Je T'aime - I Love You Terminal"(2010), and his most recent film "On the Map."

Dani is also a co-producer and a creator-partner of Ilan Heitner for the Israeli cult indie film "Wisdom of the Pretzel", which is one of the most successful independent feature films in Israeli cinema.

In 2005 Director, writer and producer Dani Menkin created his own Independent film production "Hey Jude Productions".

In this TAMP episode, Dani talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about what he believes is his most important role as a director, how "On The Map" has appealed to audiences not only in the sports world, but from many different communities outside of competitive sports, and the inspiration behind his filmmaking process. He says one of the biggest lessons he has learned is that it's important as a filmmaker not to "take any moment or any second in making films for granted."

You can check out Dani's Facebook page here, bit.ly/2mOrWa8, and follow him on Twitter at, @danimenkin.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 10: Lindy Boustedt

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Episode 10: Lindy Boustedt

Lindy Boustedt (imdb.to/2hRRnYK) is a writer, director, producer and actor. Lindy co-directs movies with her husband, Kris Boustedt. They've written, directed, produced or edited dozens of films, including three features, and create media for non-profits and corporate clients on the side. Some of their films include: PERFECT 10, THIS IS OURS, BRIDES TO BE, TOGETHER FOREVER and PRACTICAL THINGS.

In this TAMP episode, Lindy talks with Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke about the first time she realized she had an audience and the tools she has incorporated into her practice that have helped she and her husband maintain a connection with their audience. Lindy describes the inspiration behind her filmmaking in terms of creating new norms via better representation and increased diversity.

You can check out Lindy's Facebook page here, bit.ly/2hRJm6l and follow her on Twitter at, @krisandlindy.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 9: Ingrid Jungermann

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Episode 9: Ingrid Jungermann

Ingrid Jungermann, (http://imdb.to/2esXduY)  is a writer, director and actor. Along with several short films, Ingrid co-created the web series THE SLOPE, and created the WGA-Nominated web series F TO 7TH, featuring Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Gaby Hoffmann, Olympia Dukakis and Janeane Garofalo. Her work has screened at various film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest and Frameline (read more by clicking the above episode). 

In This TAMP Episode Ingrid talks with Smarthouse Creative's Rachel Green about her belief in her responsibility as a filmmaker and her desire to offer her audience a new perspective. Ingrid describes how she connects with her audience - including which emotions and genre she chooses, and explains her inspiration and outlook as a filmmaker and the way that her vision of herself and where she sees herself in the industry, has shifted over time (read more by clicking the above episode). 

You can check out Ingrid’s WOMEN WHO KILL Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/2dZuKyv and follow her on Twitter at, @ingrid_etc.

TAMP music by Dude York.

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Episode 8: Will Durst

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Episode 8: Will Durst

Will Durst (www.http://willdurst.com/) is a political satirist and comedian. In addition to performing hundreds of live shows a year, Durst writes a nationally syndicated weekly column, posts daily jokes to his website, and voices radio commentaries. A regular guest on NPR, MSNBC and Fox News, heʼs received five Emmy nominations and seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. His 800+ global television appearances include HBO, The Today Show, Letterman, CNNʼs Inside Politics, Good Morning America, Showtime, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, CBS Morning News, the BBC, CBC, Greek, Scottish, French and Australian TV.

In This TAMP Episode Will talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about what inspires his unique satire and explains different patterns he’s experienced in building an audience and the tactics that have stuck. Will describes his most valuable marketing tip to performers and talks about how, amidst the heated political climate, his focus is on the fun.

You can check out Will’s Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/2cTTTaN and follow him on Twitter at, @willdurst.

TAMP music by BenSound.

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Episode 7: Rachel Belle

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Episode 7: Rachel Belle

Rachel Belle (www.hellorachelbelle.com) is a feature reporter, radio personality and host, best known for her segment "Ring My Belle," (www.mynorthwest.com/rachelbelle) that airs weekday afternoons on KIRO Radio's The Ron & Don Show. She was voted Seattle's Best FM Radio Personality by "Seattle Weekly" in 2012. As a freelance food and culture writer, Rachel has contributed to Lucky Peach, The Stranger and Eater Seattle, to name a few. She's a regular contributor, and fill-in host, on Seattle Kitchen, a culinary radio program and podcast co-hosted by James Beard award winning restaurateur, Tom Douglas. She was featured as a taco expert on the Cooking Channel show "Best in Chow," as a journalist on the Discovery Investigates programs "Happily Never After" and "Ice Cold Killers" and was a guest on "Check Please! Northwest," a PBS restaurant review program. She believes a good burrito can solve any crisis.

In This TAMP Episode Rachel talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about her production process, working as a one-woman band, and explains how she comes up with, develops, produces and publishes relevant and engaging media stories. She describes her use of social media as a tool, and how, by harnessing and directing its power, she is able to come up with unique story ideas.

TAMP music by BenSound.

 

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Episode 6: Russell Hodgkinson

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Episode 6: Russell Hodgkinson

Russell Hodgkinson stars in the SyFy original series "Z Nation", now in it's third season, and has guest starred on "Leverageand Grimm." He is a theater, T.V. and film actor. Since moving to Seattle in 2003, Russell has continued his theater career and become active in the independent film scene. His most recent film, STAR LEAF, will be playing at the 2016 Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival on July 29 and 30.

In this TAMP episode, Russell describes "how to love your audience" and gives a revealing answer to the question, whether or not he considers his audience when pursuing new acting roles. What do you think about Russell's response to this question?

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Episode 5: Jonathan Zwickel

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Episode 5: Jonathan Zwickel

Jonathan Zwickel lives and writes in Seattle. He's senior editor at City Arts magazine and contributes to Pitchfork, the New York Times Style Magazine, The Believer and SPIN and is the author of Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography, published in 2012 by Greenwood Press.

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