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Conversations on the Creation of Art in Our 30s.
Conversations on the Creation of Art in Our 30s.

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In this episode, I interview Brooklyn-based writer/producer Trish Harnetiaux. We talk about the early internet, self-producing work, her hilarious short comedy films, and leaving playwrighting to become firefighters, among other aspirations. Tune in! 
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We're back! In this episode, I chat with my good pal Levi Petree about his band The Radio Publica, who have just released their debut EP. We discuss our families in Louisiana, our time in Chicago, and his recent transition from actor to songwriter/musician. We also lament that life is long and real, and discus our growing appreciation for savings accounts. Listen in! 
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Today, The New Colony's Co-Artistic Director Evan Linder is my guest on ‪#‎MakingConversation‬. It is an excellent interview. 
"I am happy, without a doubt. I think that that definition just always changes for you... In order to constantly be fed and constantly be happy, we have to create our own work."
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In this episode of Making Conversation, I chat with Sheena LaShay--photographer, videographer, dancer, stage manager, businesswoman, etc, extraordinaire. We talk about knowing and standing up for the value of your art, the artist as advocate and activist, the beauty of abundance, and much much more. And we get a little gooey at the end.
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Episode 3 is live!
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In this episode, I talk with director Margot Bordelon, who currently lives and works in New York City. We chat about why she calls herself a "new play director," what we love about Chicago, how quickly we'd sell out (within reason), making theatre that is aggressive yet accessible, and how what we do is becoming as important to us as how we do it. Plus, of course, much more.
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In this episode, I chat with actress and singer Erin Parker. We discuss the theatre scene in Nashville, where she has lived and worked for a decade, as well as the "rules" that artists live by, and the importance of making your own work and opportunities. And Jon Hamm, etc.
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In this first episode of "Making Conversation," I speak with my good friend, actress Danielle O'Farrell. We discuss making storefront theatre in Chicago in our 20s, the pros and cons of joining a union, the importance of beauty and aesthetics in personal presentation, why she moved to New York from California, and much, much more.
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I know what it means to be young and scrappy and in your 20s, making theatre with no money, self-publishing books that no one will read, doing open mics and cabarets you don’t get paid for, and loving every single blistering second.  But what happens when you have a mortgage?  When you can’t, in good conscience, max out your credit card renting rehearsal space, and tell yourself you’ll figure out rent later?  What happens when getting paid for your time and creative contributions isn’t just a nice idea, but something you’ve actually come to depend on?  When you expect to get credit and have a certain amount of creative control, and it isn’t so easy to go along with the group and hope everything will turn out amazing in the end?  Is it possible to sustain the pace of making art catch-as-catch-can past your 20s, and if it is, should you really want to?  Or does trying to do the same things in the same way you always have lead ultimately to burn out, and disillusionment, and despair?
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