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Dan Blank interviews writers and artists who have taken the leap from merely dabbling with their creative vision, to becoming successful doers whose work has a positive impact on others.
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Now displaying: March, 2015
Mar 26, 2015

How does a career novelist make ends meet and navigate her way through a mid-career slump? Today I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share this interview with Tammy Greenwood, author of nine novels. If you are a writer — especially if you are a novelist — I beg you to listen to this podcast. Tammy takes us behind the scenes of her writing career, and provides an unfiltered view of the reality of what it means to write every day, and and publish nine books.

Mar 19, 2015

Today I am thrilled to share my interview with Jeremy Chernick, a special effects designer for Broadway productions, Cirque Du Soleil projects, museum installations, music videos, TV, and film. Basically, Jeremy makes it snow, rain, burn, bleed and explode on stage. He has worked with J&M Special Effects since 2006. In our discussion, we cover:

* Breaking big creative risks down into management moments.

* How lots of bad ideas are a part of the creative process.

* Communication, and the agreement you make with your audience.

* The pressure of creating the spectacular.

* The part of the creative process that no one wants.

* His creative career journey.

* How his personal life affects his professional life, now that he is a father.

Mar 11, 2015

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people.  In our chat, we discuss:

* How she took a huge risk in leaving her safe corporate job to pursue a creative career. 

* Her path to becoming a full-time writer and illustrator.

* How she got the opportunity to illustrate the most recent Judy Blume reissues. 

* How she deals with both positive and negative feedback.

* How she approaches social media, and why she finds it to be an essential part of her career.

* Her productivity tips and an in-depth look at her creative process. 

Mar 5, 2015

How does one person going from being a painfully shy child who barely spoke five words per day in school, to being a well-known children's book blogger, librarian and author? In today's interview, I chat with Betsy Bird, who takes us through her experience going from an introvert as a child, to someone who shares so much of herself online, and even — unintentionally — courts controversy in the book world.

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