MikeyPod 230 | Filmmaker Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole is the writer, director and star of 37 Problems, a raunchy new comedy series about fertility and growing up. Ebersole plays a struggling 37 year-old screenwriter who finds out she has one egg left. Suddenly she has to get a guy to fertilize the egg, freeze the egg, or do nothing and live a different life than she imagined. The series is smart, raunchy, and moving — three of my favorite things! You can watch the whole thing in one evening and I highly recommend you check it out! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 229 | Composer Ben Brody

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing MADArt Creative‘s Inner Reaches: Year II, the second installment of a performance series that sought to serve as a chronicle of the quantum universe through dance, music, and design. Ben Brody composed music for this dance piece to be played by drummer Ian Chang using Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse. The performance was phenomenal, and I was thrilled to get to talk to Ben about his extraordinarily diverse work.

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MikeyPod 228 | Musician Christopher Willits

There are few artists who inspire and thrill me like Christopher Willits. His oceanic, shimmering music is a perfect representation of the kind and open human he proves himself to be each time I talk with him. We chat here about his soundtrack work on the new film The Art of Listening, in which he is also a subject. Christopher’s work has a decidedly meditative quality, and it was fun to scratch the surface of the music and talk about his spiritual relationship to his work. Christopher’s approach toward composition seems to be a practice in both creating intention and in letting go. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 227 | Writer, Filmmaker, and Actor Emmett Jack Lundberg

Emmett Jack Lundberg is the creator of the fantastic Brothers, the first narrative series about a group of transgender masculine friends.  Emmett and I talked about the history of the show, and then dug deeper into a discussion about gender roles and how we are each affected by them. I really enjoyed discussing our shared experiences as transgender and cisgender men, and I always dig talking creativity with artists who make work I love. I am so thrilled to bring you this ridiculously spectacular interview and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 226 | Writer and Performer Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower‘s solo show, Bad With Money, made such a big impact on me when I saw it at The Duplex that I tracked him down on Facebook the moment I got home to send him the greatest fan letter of all time. Ben’s work hits the perfect combination of poignant, hilarious, and courageous in way that makes for perfect theater. I loved chatting with Ben about his path from director to solo performer. We talk inspiration, fear, addiction and everything in between. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 225 | Playwright Daaimah Mubashshir

Daaimah Mubashshir and I first met in Houston in the mid-nineties. An always-present friend, we ran in the same circles, worked together as servers at a popular restaurant, and even explored spirituality together as angsty yet passionate twenty-year-olds. More than that, though, Daaimah was (and remains) a tremendous influence on my creative life. She was the first to introduce me to Julia Cameron’s The Aritst Way, a book and practice which inspired me to honor my creativity and musicianhood after many years of being afraid. I am really excited to have her on the podcast this week! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 224 | Author and Social Media Virtuoso Ariel Hyatt

I met Ariel Hyatt soon after I started this podcast in 2006. She was one of the first publicists to realize the potential that podcasting had for independent artists, so she was quick to start promoting her artists to music podcasters like me. Ariel has been a fierce entrepreneur for 20 years and runs Cyber PR, a boutique PR company based right here in Brooklyn, NY. Her agency places clients on blogs & podcasts, establishes their online brands, and coaches them to create authentic relationships. She has spoken in 12 countries and is the author of four books on social media for artists, two of which have hit number one on Amazon. Cyber PR handled the release of my album and book, Tentative Armor, and what I learned during that process continues to shape how I create and share my work. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 223 | Playwright and Performer Steven Fales

Steven Fales

Steven Fales and I have been talking forever about chatting on the podcast, and we finally got around to it this week. A well established playwright and solo performer, I met Steven when I was just on the verge of summoning the courage to start creating my own solo work. Discovering his successful Mormon Boy Trilogy and passion for creating and performing was a real point of inspiration for me. I was so pleased to talk with him here about his work, his process of creating it, and the joys and challenges of being a solo artist. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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