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Steranko
Interview 95 - March 4, 2010
In a world of superlatives, there is only one Steranko. A one-man creative tour de force, raconteur, and entrepreneur, Jim Steranko has reshaped and redefined the boundaries of pop culture with countless creations including his graphic novel Red Tide available through Dark Horse Comics this summer.
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Donald Roller Wilson, part three
Interview 94 - January 14, 2010
Donald Roller Wilson is much more than paintings of guerrillas with flowers on their heads as you will discover in this part three of my interview with him. Roller discusses the celebrity of being a hermit, fantasy role-playing during his childhood, Blue Chip stamps, and the end of things.
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Donald Roller Wilson, part two
Interview 93 - November 20, 2009
Donald Roller Wilson is much more than paintings of dogs wearing green suits with ties as you will discover in part two of my interview with him. Roller discusses his lack of agenda, the embarrassment of acclaim, and concerns over being commoditized.
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Donald Roller Wilson, part one
Interview 92 - November 7, 2009
Donald Roller Wilson is much more than paintings of Chimpanzees smoking cigarettes as you will discover in part one of my interview with him. Roller discusses the beginnings of things, the cognizance of right now, and the "equipment" we are given.
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Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia
Interview 91 - July 22, 2009
Late night horror show host Mr. Lobo will be at Comic-Con starting Thursday July 23rd for his appearance in the horror host documentary "Every other Day is Halloween." And you can always view his show Cinema Insomnia on AMGTV.
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Lamont Hiebert of Ten Shekel Shirt and Love 146
Interview 90 - September 26, 2008
Not only is Lamont Hiebert lead singer and guitarist for Ten Shekel Shirt with their new album Jubilee available on Rounder Records, but also he helped start Love 146 devoted to stopping human trafficking around the globe.
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Rayona Sharpnack
Interview 89 - January 4, 2008
Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports, and business, Rayona Sharpnack founded the Institute for Women's Leadership and wrote her new book Trade-Up! 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Life from the Inside Out.
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Duke Sayad, part two
Interview 88 - October 7, 2007
In this part two of a two-part interview, Duke Sayad discusses the "Holy Grail" of most who desire successful self-employment in any field: how to be paid fairly earning as much money as one wants while delivering quality work to the client.
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Duke Sayad, part one
Interview 87 - October 5, 2007
More than a graphic designer, Duke Sayad had a successful career retiring early from an industry where many are lucky to retire comfortably at all, and without benefit of a low badge number, stock option grants, or the dot-com boom.
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Skycar's Paul Moller
Interview 86 - October 3, 2007
Engineer, entrepreneur, and academic: Dr. Paul Moller has spent the past forty years developing the Moller Skycar, and some would say help champion the fight for entrepreneurial vision and determination in light of skepticism from critiques and the Pentagon alike.
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Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia, part two
Interview 85 - September 28, 2007
In this part two of a two-part interview, Mr. Lobo discusses the not-so-secret secrets of being a nationally syndicated horror show host and the many ways his fans attempt to unravel the mystery that is Mr. Lobo, and explains how his soon to be hit single Halloween Candy has nothing to do with candy.
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Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia, part one
Interview 84 - September 21, 2007
In this part one of a two-part interview, Mr. Lobo host of the nationally syndicated TV show Cinema Insomnia describes getting creative juice from mentoring, and explains the value of having his show on BitTorrent not to mention cohosting Midnight Mass with Elvira and Peaches Christ.
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Sylvester the Jester, part two
Interview 83 - September 7, 2007
In this part two of a two-part interview, Sylvester the Jester explains both sides of the creative problem solving coin: the will to defy limits and the willingness to compromise. Also he discusses making monkeys out of peach pits.
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Sylvester the Jester, part one
Interview 82 - August 31, 2007
Sylvester the Jester's slight of hand is an invitation for his audience not only to ponder his act, but to question reality as well. In this part one of a two-part interview, Sylvester explains how what a person does creatively cannot be expressed in an academic form.
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Jerry Andrus, magician, inventor, and philosopher
Interview 81 - August 26, 2007
Jerry Andrus was one of the most original thinkers in magic with optical illusions having been featured on television shows and in magazines the world over. It is with tremendous reverence for Mr. Andrus on this day of his passing this interview is being posted.
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John Joss, writer, part two
Interview 80 - July 27, 2007
In this part two of a two-part interview John Joss discusses the value contracts add and take away from a writer's career, the need for pathological self confidence, and how success comes from being good at everything and being lucky.
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John Joss, writer, part one
Interview 79 - July 20, 2007
In this part one of a two-part interview John Joss explains how, as Napoléon Buonaparte wrote, "Ability is of no account without opportunity" in the book trade, and describes what goes into getting a quality book deal not to mention the possibilities and pitfalls of being an author.
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Bill Vogel, Trilliant Networks president and founder
Interview 78 - July 13, 2007
Bill Vogel explains leadership dynamics for the successful startup in the new millennium, the value of sticking with integrity, and why things should be as simple as possible but not simpler.
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Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer cofounder, part two
Interview 77 - June 22, 2007
In this part two of a two-part interview Apple Computer cofounder Steve Wozniak explains how the fun is out there for someone to find the next new thing, and describes how creating something so great, so incredibly above the rest can help anyone build the career of their dreams.
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Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer cofounder, part one
Interview 76 - June 15, 2007
Engineer, company founder, philanthropist, and teacher: what can be said about Steve Wozniak that hasn't. In this part one of a two-part interview, Steve describes how his fascination with and enthusiasm for scientific discovery led him to cofound Apple computer.
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Mark Greenblatt, MacEnthusiasts founder and operator
Interview 75 - May 25, 2007
Mark Greenblatt founder of MacEnthusiasts, the premiere Apple Authorized Dealer and Service Provider specializing in the Film and TV industry, explains how going against industry trends while specializing in the niche marketplace helps him grow his business.
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Andy Birol, founder of Birol Growth Consulting
Interview 74 - May 11, 2007
Entrepreneurial growth consultant Andy Birol describes strategies for the novice wanting to start his or her own business or the professional in need of help, and explains why it is best to move on rather than endure a bad client or employer.
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Ryan Gerber, founder of V2V Design
Interview 73 - May 4, 2007
Ryan Gerber founded V2V Design supplying quality service to high tech and consumer products and services companies. Ryan discusses his entrepreneurial test, and explains what makes an entrepreneur successful and the value of lessons learned.
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Hilary Cochran of Filter
Interview 72 - March 30, 2007
Hilary Cochran of the creative staffing firm Filter/Talent offers sound strategies for getting a great job, and explains how today's job climate for creative people is the best it's been in years.
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Frank Frazetta Jr.
Interview 71 - March 23, 2007
An accomplished artist himself, Frank Frazetta Jr. paints a vivid picture of not only his father being one of the world's most influential fantasy and science fiction artists, but also what it was like growing up a Frazetta.
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Nita Whitaker
Interview 70 - March 16, 2007
Nita Whitaker has performed and shared the stage with countless celebrities including Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Richard Marx, Josh Groban, and Stevie Wonder. Nita discusses her new album LifeStories, and explains how anyone has the right to get better.
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Pearl Jam's photographer Lance Mercer
Interview 69 - March 9, 2007
Lance Mercer was Pearl Jam's official photographer from 1992 to 1995 with a new book 5x1 Pearl Jam through the eye of Lance Mercer. Lance discusses becoming Pearl Jam's photographer, and describes his ability for capturing the band on film.
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High Maintenance 90210's Jack Lippman
Interview 68 - March 2, 2007
Jack Lippman not only stars in the TV show High Maintenance 90210, but also runs the Elizabeth Rose Agency. Jack describes how he got his show, and explains how doing what his clients need and not what his staff wants helps him grow his business.
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Don Wexler, Mid-Century Modern architect, part two
Interview 67 - February 23, 2007
Don Wexler describes how GQ magazine put Mid-Century Modern architecture on the map, what Mid-Century Modern architecture is, and explains how staying the course with his style of design ensures his place in architectural history.
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Don Wexler, Mid-Century Modern architect, part one
Interview 66 - February 16, 2007
Don Wexler describes what is was like designing buildings such as the Palm Springs Airport, gives his take on today's architecture, and explains what went wrong with the Alexander Brothers Steel Homes.
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Stu Shostak, Shokus Internet Radio owner and program director
Interview 65 - February 9, 2007
Stu Shostak describes going from warming up TV studio audiences for shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, and The Jeffersons to founding Shokus Internet Radio, and discusses the challenges of and plans for building his internet radio station.
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Paul Nelson, guitarist and manager, part two
Interview 64 - February 2, 2007
Paul Nelson discusses in this part two of a two-part interview how he teamed up with Johnny Winter, being nominated for a Grammy, his plans for the not to distant future, and describes how to maintain a successful career.
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Paul Nelson, guitarist and manager, part one
Interview 63 - January 26, 2007
Equally at home being a guitarist and manager, Paul Nelson discusses in this part one of a two-part interview the business of being a musician, the value of thinking less and doing more, and explains how variety is no longer the spice of life but a necessity of life.
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Don LaFontaine, voice-over artist
Interview 62 - January 19, 2007
Much more than just the guy on the Geico commercials and considered by many as "Mr. Voice," Don LaFontaine's voice is heard on network TV promotions and movie trailers for such mega hits as The Godfather, Fatal Attraction, Batman, and The Terminator.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Wendi Thumudo, exhibit specialist
Interview 61 - January 12, 2007
Wendi Thumudo describes creating exhibits for rock stars at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and working with the general public, and discusses how to avoid falling into the cliché of being a starving artist.
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Mute Math's Paul Meany
Interview 60 - January 5, 2007
Paul Meany cofounded Mute Math, a rock band from New Orleans. Paul discusses how Mute Math was founded, their recent album on Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records, and describes resolving writer's block and the difference between creating and working.
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Johnny Winter, blues musician
Interview 59 - December 22, 2006
Arguably the most important blues musician of his generation, Johnny Winter plays guitar and sings the blues for millions of fans worldwide. Johnny discusses recovering from recent health problems, his next album Roots, and what it means to play the blues.
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Jennifer Wren, stage and screen actor
Interview 58 - December 15, 2006
Having appeared in Sleepwalker, Witch Hunter, and most recently the Discovery Channel's new series Sensing Murder, Jennifer Wren discusses the difference between the East and West coast acting markets, and describes how to handle rejection while building a career.
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Lego builder Eric Harshbarger
Interview 57 - December 8, 2006
A professional Lego builder having spent more than six years creating for among others radio, TV, and corporate America, Eric Harshbarger discusses turning Lego blocks into photo-realistic mosaics.
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Syd Mead, visual futurist, part two
Interview 56 - December 1, 2006
In this part two of a two-part interview, Syd Mead discusses China as an emerging superpower and the future of the American nation, its people, and technology.
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Syd Mead, visual futurist, part one
Interview 55 - November 24, 2006
A true innovator in every sense of the word, Syd Mead continues to inspire generations of fans. In this part one of a two-part interview, Syd describes synthesizing reality, and explains why the future as he envisions it will never come true.
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Photographer, painter Matt Elson
Interview 54 - November 17, 2006
Matt Elson has had a prolific career in technology working with such companies as Dreamworks and Disney Feature Animation. Matt explains his photography, paintings, and inspirations, and discusses the creative, obsessive-compulsive nature.
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Head Automatica's Daryl Palumbo
Interview 53 - November 10, 2006
Daryl Palumbo is lead vocalist and guitarist with Head Automatica, a music group on tour in support of their new album Popaganda. Daryl discusses his band's new album on Warner Bros. Records, being on tour, and his songwriting process.
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Flushed Away directors Sam Fell and David Bowers
Interview 52 - November 3, 2006
Sam Fell and David Bowers directed Flushed Away, the new feature length movie from Dreamworks and Aardman Animation opening in movie theaters on November 3rd. Sam and David describe making the movie while building upon the great heritage of Wallace and Gromit.
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Build or Bust and Exile Cycles' Russell Mitchell
Interview 51 - October 27, 2006
Russell Mitchell not only founded and runs Exile Cycles in Los Angeles, but stars in the TV show Build or Bust on the Speed Channel. Russell describes how he founded Exile Cycles, and explains how doing what he loves doing helps him own his market niche.
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Jack Kirby discussed by Mark Evanier, part two
Interview 50 - October 20, 2006
Mark Evanier concludes his discussion of Jack Kirby, and describes how it was to have worked with the King of the Comics in this part two of a two-part interview.
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Jack Kirby discussed by Mark Evanier, part one
Interview 49 - October 13, 2006
Mark Evanier not only writes and produces for comics and television, but was once assistant to the late Jack Kirby, arguably the most important artist in the history of comics. Mark discusses Mr. Kirby's career ups and downs in this part one of a two-part interview.
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Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia
Interview 48 - October 6, 2006
Mr. Lobo discusses his upcoming Halloween TV special and festival appearances, and describes how he went from having a local show in Sacramento to one seen on television stations across the United States.
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Alexis Scott, Workbook publisher
Interview 47 - September 29, 2006
Alexis Scott is publisher and cofounder of the Workbook, the premier resource helping art directors, graphic designers, corporate art departments, and publishers with project fulfillment.
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Inventor, fabricator Jos Goble
Interview 46 - September 22, 2006
Jos Goble built his first electric car while still in his teens and traveled the globe before the age of twenty-one. Jos discusses how his car project came about, his upcoming projects, and his preference for green energy.
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The Sex Life of Robots' Michael Sullivan
Interview 45 - September 15, 2006
Michael Sullivan, whose short film The Sex Life of Robots was shown at the Tribeca Film festival, has been a commercial artist for nearly forty years. His work has appeared in Time magazine and on MTV.
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Trina Robbins, underground cartoonist and author
Interview 44 - September 8, 2006
Trina Robbins has segued from being a fashion designer for rock stars including Jim Morrison and Andy Warhol movies, to one of the best known woman underground cartoonists and now author of acclaimed books.
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Jason Love, syndicated humor writer
Interview 43 - September 1, 2006
Jason Love describes flying by the seat of his pants and creating passive income by making his work as funny as possible, and discusses falling in and out of one's creative state of grace.
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Gary Numan, musician and electric pioneer
Interview 42 - August 25, 2006
Gary Numan is interviewed backstage at the Fillmore just hours before going on stage. Gary discusses his new album Jagged and North American tour, explains how the pressures of worldwide success had him losing his career, and describes what he did to get it back.
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Basil White, stand-up comic
Interview 41 - August 18, 2006
Basil White explains how testing your beliefs in order to find something to believe in is a short path to real success, and describes how to make yourself laugh by listening to your inner voice.
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Chloë Bronzan, stage and screen actor
Interview 40 - August 11, 2006
Chloë Bronzan, whose credits include Inherit the Wind, The Glass Menagerie, and Much Ado Abt Nothing, can be seen in the new, feature length movie Generic Thriller. Chloë describes what makes a performance successful and explains the value of creative teamwork.
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Rick Chavez, KRON 4 news anchor and field reporter
Interview 39 - August 4, 2006
Rick Chavez continues to have a successful career working in front of and behind the TV camera. Rick explains the value a being a career hybrid, and describes how being a creative jack of all trades helps turn opportunities into jobs.
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New York Sun media sales rep Andrew Somer
Interview 38 - July 28, 2006
Besides working with the daily newspaper the New York Sun, Andrew Somer has acted in among other movies the upcoming Spider-Man 3 and Felice Navidad opening in theaters this holiday season.
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Warner Bros. Records publicist Fernando Aguilar
Interview 37 - July 21, 2006
Fernando describes how he got his job, discusses what makes a musical group successful, and explains why signing to a major label may not be a good idea for a band starting out.
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Gary Numan, musician and electric pioneer
Interview 36 - July 14, 2006
Gary explains the downside to going in five creative directions at once, describes his song writing process, and discusses his new album Jagged and North American tour.
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Carlos Goulart, designer and illustrator
Interview 35 - July 7, 2006
Carlos Goulart is the hardest-working man in graphic design. Carlos explains what drives his work ethic, and describes how he maintains his vigorous project schedule without suffering career burnout.
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Men, Women and Children's Nick Conceller
Interview 34 - June 30, 2006
Nick Conceller plays keyboards with Men, Women and Children, a music group with a self-titled, new release now available. Nick describes how the band got their record deal with Reprise Records, and explains how artistic integrity trumps being a fast buck artist.
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Misty Lee, magician
Interview 33 - June 23, 2006
Misty Lee's talent fills the stage with her unique brand of award winning magic. Misty explains how focusing on her craft and not being a girl helps build her career, and describes why she puts the magic in her magic act.
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Pixar's Cars directing animator James Ford Murphy
Interview 32 - June 16, 2006
James Ford Murphy is directing animator of Cars, the new film from Pixar now showing in movie theaters. James describes how him and his team make 3,000 pound cars come alive on the screen, and explains why unbridled ambition drives his creative process.
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Kathleen Archambeau, author and corporate warrior trainer
Interview 31 - June 9, 2006
Kathleen Archambeau is author of Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels, a book for women interested in having a rewarding career and fulfilling life. Kathleen describes how to have a successful, corporate career regardless of sexism in the workplace.
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Canadian rock band Dive
Interview 30 - June 2, 2006
Richard St. Pierre, Jonathan Helie, Michael O'Sullivan, and Daniel Tallent are Dive, a Canadian rock band with a new release Submerged. They discuss how making their new album was motivated by necessity, and describe how do-it-yourself marketing helps them grow their fan base.
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Paul Dini, hit TV show Lost and Batman writer
Interview 29 - May 26, 2006
Not only does Paul Dini have a new online interview show Monkey Talk,but also he has written for the hit TV show Lost, Detective Comics, and Mutant, Texas. Paul discusses Lost, Monkey Talk, the new Batman comics, and explains how perseverance helped him build his career.
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John Mattos, 2006 Winter Olympics stamp illustrator
Interview 28 - May 19, 2006
John Mattos illustrated and designed The Rocketeer movie poster, the 2003 Kentucky Derby logo, and the 2006 Winter Olympics USPS stamp. John describes how he got the Winter Olympics project, and explains how getting the career you want starts with acting like you want it.
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DreamWorks'Over The Hedge director Tim Johnson
Interview 27 - May 12, 2006
Tim Johnson directed Over The Hedge, the new film from DreamWorks Animation opening in theaters on May 19th. Tim describes how being a versatile, creative person helps him do his job, and discusses making DreamWorks' new feature length film.
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GGE design director Chris Radovich
Interview 26 - May 5, 2006
Chris Radovich is design director with GGE, a San Francisco exhibit marketing, design, and fabrication company in business since 1961. Chris discusses how smart work helps grow GGE, and describes how anyone can make a positive change to his or her job and employer.
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Stan Lee, cocreator of Spider-Man and many more
Interview 25 - April 28, 2006
Having cocreated Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and many more, Stan Lee cofounded and is the creative force behind POW! Entertainment. Stan explains what makes superheroes so super, and describes POW! Entertainment and his new TV show Who Wants to Be a Superhero?
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The Ditty Bops' Amanda Barrett
Interview 24 - April 21, 2006
Amanda Barrett cofounded the Ditty Bops, a Los Angeles based music group with a new release Moon over the Freeway coming out May 23rd. Amanda describes how The Ditty Bops got their record deal with Warner Bros. Records, and discusses recording their new album, going on tour, and their Bicycle Bikini 2006 calendar.
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John Crane of Crane Digital
Interview 23 - April 14, 2006
John Crane founded and operates Crane Digital, an animation and graphics studio specializing in 3D technical projects for the corporate marketplace. John describes how to excel in a service driven industry, and explains why treating clients as people and not paychecks is essential to career success.
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Joe Kubert, Sgt. Rock and Hawkman comic book artist
Interview 22 - April 7, 2006
Besides being best known for his work on the DC comics Sgt. Rock and Hawkman, Joe Kubert founded with his wife in 1976 the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Joe discusses how and why he cofounded the Joe Kubert School, and explains the value of career serendipity and the motivation of being an artist.
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The Flux founder Ryan Ritchey
Interview 21 - March 31, 2006
Ryan Ritchey is founder and producer of the Flux, a web portal showcasing short films from some of the most creative student and independent filmmakers today. Ryan discusses what motivated him to found The Flux, what it is, and the value of a blessing in disguise.
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Sudi McCollum, print artist and home accents designer
Interview 20 - March 24, 2006
Limited edition prints, fine art posters, design for home accents, giftware, and stationary only begin to describe the creative output of artist and entrepreneur Sudi McCollum. Sudi discusses how she became a successful print artist, the importance of following one's true purpose, and explains why Bad Kitty is so bad.
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Sylvester the Jester, comedian and magician
Interview 19 - March 17, 2006
Comedian and magician Sylvester the Jester appears through March 25th at Theater West in Hollywood. Tickets can be purchased at Theaterwest.org. Sylvester discusses blowing up his head and making his arm disappear on stage not to mention Joseph Campbell, quantum physics, and what it means to make the impossible possible.
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Mark Evanier, writer and producer
Interview 18 - March 10, 2006
Mark Evanier has a prolific career writing for comics and television, among other accomplishments writing one of the longest creator owned comics Groo The Wanderer. Mark explains the importance of creating useful work, puts success in comics into proper perspective, and discusses the great comic book illustrator Jack Kirby.
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Allan Hayes of Pieces of the Planet
Interview 17 - March 3, 2006
Besides founding and running the design studio Emerson-Hayes, Allan Hayes created the Pieces of the Planet collection of photographic prints. Allan describes how and why he created the Pieces of the Planet collection, and explains how making time to be creative is critical to having a successful career.
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Michelle Reingold of Learning Annex
Interview 16 - February 24, 2006
Michelle Reingold is program director for the Learning Annex in San Francisco, a premier producer of seminars, lectures, classes, and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Michelle discusses the benefits and opportunities of taking or teaching continuing education classes.
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Laura Almada, artist and gallery owner
Interview 15 - February 17, 2006
Having been a graphic designer for the exhibit trade and illustrator of the successful children's book The Six Wrinkled Woos of Hawaii, Laura Almada owns and operates Earthly Treasures Gallery. Laura explains how turning "lemons into lemonade" helps in the building and marketing of her gallery.
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Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia
Interview 14 - February 10, 2006
Mr. Lobo is host of the horror show Cinema Insomnia seen on over thirty television stations across the United States. He explains why horror shows fit American culture, and discusses how goodwill, perseverance, and fortuitous timing helped him launch and distribute his show.
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Craig Butler of Workbook
Interview 13 - February 3, 2006
Along the way to being an accomplished fine art painter in Los Angeles, Craig Butler ran a graphic design studio and cofounded with his wife Alexis the successful, graphic arts trade publication Workbook. Craig describes how the Workbook was founded, and explains the philosophy he used in becoming an accomplished fine artist.
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Molly and Aaron of SCB Distributors
Interview 12 - January 27, 2006
Molly Maguire and Aaron Silverman cofounded SCB Distributors, distributing more than 3,500 book titles from over 110 publishers to chains and independent bookstores across North America. Molly and Aaron describe strategies for getting a quality book distributor, and explain how taming the ego leads to success.
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Tim Hale of Russo & Hale, LLP
Interview 11 - January 20, 2006
Tim Hale is a founding partners in Russo & Hale, a Palo Alto based intellectual property firm specializing in both registration and litigation of intellectual property rights. Tim explains why artists must use copyrights, trademarks, and service marks being proactive with owning their work, and describes when not to stand on principal.
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Steve McGrath of DreamWorks
Interview 10 - January 6, 2006
Steve McGrath is a model maker with DreamWorks where earlier this year he worked on Over The Hedge opening in movie theaters on may 19th. Currently he is working on Shrek 3 that opens in movie theaters next year. Steve describes how he turned a comfortable yet creatively stifling career into the one he always wanted working in film.
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Charlie Sweeny, creative director
Interview 9 - December 30, 2005
Creative director Charlie Sweeny has worked with some of the largest advertising agencies in the world including J. Walter Thompson, Foote, Cone & Belding, and Ogilvy & Mather. Charlie discusses strategies for earning a client's respect, knowing when to say no, and delivering project results that lead to more quality assignments.
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Squeaky Clean Comedy's Judy Brown
Interview 8 - December 23, 2005
Judy Brown is a prolific individual having edited a number of books on humor including her current titles Comedy Thesaurus and Squeaky Clean Comedy. Judy discusses how she went from writing for newspapers to being a standup comic in Los Angeles, and turning her passion for comedy into a prolific career editing humor anthologies.
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Andrew Somer, media sales rep
Interview 7 - December 16, 2005
Andrew Somer is a successful sales rep having sold media for such publications as Penthouse magazine. Andrew describes the value of contingency plans, networking, and ethics in finding a new job in advertising.
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Daniel Tallent, graphic designer
Interview 6 - December 2, 2005
Daniel Tallent had a successful career as a graphic designer in the Bay Area working with clients in the exhibit and high tech industries. Daniel discusses how he became happily employed and married by way of founding his business in another country.
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Cameron Foote of Creative Business
Interview 5 - November 18, 2005
Cameron Foote is president of Creative Business, a Boston based business information resource for the design community. Cameron explains why he founded Creative Business, and describes the upside to charging enough and downside to building a new career part-time.
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Marduk Sayad of Sayad Design
Interview 4 - November 11, 2005
Duke Sayad has had a long-term successful career as a self-employed graphic designer. He retired at the age of forty-five years old, moving down to Palm Springs where he tends to his mid century modern home. Duke discusses his creative, spiritual path to early retirement.
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John Joss, pilot, actor, and writer
Interview 3 - October 21, 2005
John Joss is a former royal naval pilot, actor on the London stage, freelance writer-broadcaster, and a motorcycle, car, and dingy racer. John has written and/or edited twenty novels and nonfiction books. John discusses ethics in the workplace, living in the now, and wonders what those DC9 pilots were thinking.
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Jo Jackson of Moejo Studios
Interview 2 - October 14, 2005
After a twenty-three year career as an on staff graphic designer, Jo Jackson gave it all up going back to college and graduating with her MFA degree. Jo discusses going from being creatively stifled to fulfilled by working with her creative nature rather than fighting it.
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Ryan Gerber of 5design and Dimensional Media
Interview 1 - October 7, 2005
Ryan Gerber is founder of the graphic design studio 5Design. Besides running 5Design, Ryan co-runs with his father Don Dimensional Media. Ryan discusses entrepreneurial vision, turning ideas into results, and gaining freedom through the use of his daily journal.
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