Backstage with SXSW Interactive Festival Director Hugh Forrest

hughforrest-sxswIn this 30-minute audio interview, SXSW Interactive Festival Director Hugh Forrest shares the hilarious story about how he first got involved with SXSW, how he and his team keep the festival relevant and engaging year after year, the importance of community in the interactive space, how they are working to address the infrastructure problems due to crowding in Austin during the festival, and why it’s important to plan your festival, but also “surrender to serendipity”.

SXSW Interactive is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, featuring the brightest minds in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. With past keynotes from notable guests such as Elon Musk, Howard Rheingold, Bruce Sterling, Ev Williams, Limor Fried, Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg, DJ Spooky, Malcom Gladwell, Larry Harvey, Heather Armstrong, Tony Hseih, and Ray Kurzweil among others, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.

Backstage with Influential Content Producer / Strategist and URB Magazine Founder Raymond Roker

Raymond RokerIn this informative 42-minute interview, URB.COM founder Raymond Roker shares how his passion for urban youth culture, art, electronic and hip-hop music, technology, and club life helped him transform a ‘zine based out of his L.A. studio apartment into a prominent media powerhouse with a dedicated global audience. Raymond also discusses his work with the successful launch of the Scion brand for Toyota in the U.S. market, content strategy for Red Bull, how he approaches the balance between art and commerce, how to prioritize which media projects to take on, important areas of electronic music culture that entrepreneurs can find lasting solutions for, and good music that currently moves him.

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Raymond Roker is an Artist, DJ, Head of Content Strategy and Production at Goldenvoice (they produce the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival) / Founder of URB.COM. Raymond is a seasoned media producer, communicating progressive culture in a multichannel cross platform world. documenting cultural movements, shifts and lore; a 23-year history of putting passion and authenticity first; a forerunner in independent media targeting emerging urban culture; convergent youth marketing; brand development, branded content; alternative and social media; Raymond is an urban historian, deeply knowledgeable in music and cultural anthropology

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Late Night Alumni: Backstage Interview with John Hancock

Late Night Alumni TourIn this candid 23-minute interview, Late Night Alumni’s John Hancock shares his insights about the challenges and opportunities that technology has created for musicians and entrepreneurs over the past 25 years. He also shares advice on how to prioritize which projects to take on and which ones to say no to, what he wishes he would have known when he got started, and talks about scaling his live show so that LNA maintains  a strong connection to their audience as they transition from clubs to their current arena tour.

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John Hancock is a composer, arranger, performer & producer. His passion for music came early as he followed his music educator and performer parents into their musical world. His early lessons in piano and violin soon gave way to guitars and synthesizers and Hancock quickly gained a reputation of combining technology with his musical artistry as he composed for radio, television, and multimedia. Known among his peers for his “out of the box” creativity, he soon found himself sought after for his unique sound, producing and writing for everything from local singer-songwriters to national ad campaigns. This lead to the formation of his own music production company, Tritone Productions.

His music can now be heard daily on television shows like The Today Show, Showtime, ESPN, and Fox Sports” and the KBYU original series “Granite Flats” among many others. His compositions can also be heard in a many films such as Steve Carrell’s “Crazy, Stupid Love” and “The Cyclist” (for which he created true original score). Hundreds of his compositions are found in the popular Warner Chappell/Non-Stop Music Library. John is also a member of of the band “Late Night Alumni” with Becky Jean Williams, Finn Bjarnson and Ryan Raddon (Kaskade). They are about to begin their 5th studio album and are currently on tour.

SXSW V2V 2013 Review

Scott Belsky SXSWV2V 2013For the past 26 years SXSW has been practically synonymous with Austin, Texas, so why did they decide to take their newest conference SXSW V2V on a road trip over 1,200 miles away to Las Vegas, Nevada?

As you would expect from a 4 day event focused on bringing together the startup, venture capital, and creative communities, it was much more of a smart solution to growing pains than it was a roll of the dice.

The SXSW series of events including SXSW Music, SXSW Interactive, and SXSW Film have become so popular that the current infrastructure in Austin (hotels, traffic, sanitation, safety etc.) can quickly become overloaded and impact the quality of experience for attendees.

Solution: In addition to successfully hosting over 4,944,014 attendees at 21,615 conventions in 2012, Las Vegas is home to The Downtown Project which approaches the entire city as a startup ecosystem and brings together entrepreneurs, creatives, and capital to create Lean and holistic solutions to the city’s long term growth. Through that lens SXSW V2V in Las Vegas makes a lot of sense.

Was it worth attending? To me yes, but it depends on why you are going.

There were expected motivating keynotes from Tony Hseih, Steve Case, and Lauren Bush Lauren , over 200 dynamic speakers and panelists sharing their hard earned insights from a wide spectrum of industries and cultures (I especially enjoyed Brian Solis’s talk), hands-on workshops, 1 on 1 mentor sessions, a live startup pitch competition, and fun networking and entertainment events. Beyond that, what made the conference worthwhile for me was that SXSW V2V facilitated an amazing amount of serendipitous events that were very satisfying professionally and personally.

Most business conferences I’ve attended although useful, tend to become an echo chamber of the same thoughts, ideas, and schmoozing. What I liked about SXSW V2V is that you had approx. 1,500 action and solution oriented attendees in a small space, cross pollinating ideas and resources, and you never knew who you’d bump into. Since much innovation and growth comes from reaching outside your direct area of expertise, it just makes sense that a conference focused on entrepreneurship would be framed this way.

If you attend SXSW V2V focused on lead generation, then you’ll probably come away disappointed. If you attend it with a contribution and exploration oriented mindset, then you just might walk away with your next co-founder, source of funding, marketing strategy, or yes…big client.

Despite a few minor hiccups with shuttle buses downtown and mentors getting booked up too quickly, I felt those issues can be overlooked given the ease of  getting around Las Vegas via Taxi (I also met some cool entrepreneurs in a shared cab from The Golden Spike) and the fact that this is their first year hosting this event.

I definitely plan to attend SXSW V2V next year.



Startup Advice for Female Entrepreneurs — with Signalfy CEO Kara Dake

Kara DakeWant to get past your self-doubt and finally create that successful business you’ve been thinking about?

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Joining me is Kara Dake. Kara is the founder and CEO of Signalfy which is an online social connectivity platform for electronic music event promoters and event seekers. Her diverse background includes digital marketing consulting with her company, an MBA from NYU in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, event marketing, and trying to forget about her days working on Wall Street. Kara has been a featured panelist at the EDMBiz conference and was awarded a coveted Skylight grant for female entrepreneurship in the music business on behalf of Signalfy.

 In this approx. 26 minute video interview, Kara shares a behind the scenes look how she refined her idea into a viable business, key mindsets to understand when pitching potential investors, the challenges and opportunities of being a female CEO in a male dominated industry, the importance of leadership role models, and advice on creating alternate revenue streams to support yourself while you’re getting your startup off the ground.

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The Business of Online Electronic Music Festivals – with Mixify CEO David Moricca

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Social and Digital Media have played major roles in the explosive growth of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) culture and helped it to become the global multi-billion dollar industry that it is today.

For this approx. 26 minute video interview, I invited a guest with a strong understanding of the business, artistic, cultural, and technical areas of the EDM space to share his insider perspective on EDM Entrepreneurship and leveraging digital platforms to create value for DJ’s, Fans, Entertainment Properties, and Lifestyle Brands online. He also shares behind the scenes insights into their business model and gives advice on how to balance organic and “authentic” growth with satisfying mainstream demand.

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Joining me is David Moricca. David is the Founder and CEO of Mixify and comes out of the media, entertainment and learning space. Prior to starting Mixify, he was the Director of Online Learning Services and Business Development for Scholastic. He was formerly a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mixify is an EDM focused digital events platform that provides unparalleled access and social engagement between DJs and fans worldwide. Mixify works with the world’s biggest DJs, music festivals, dance labels, venues, and brands, and authentically connect them with EDM culture – the leading sound and lifestyle of the millennial generation.



Why Youth Media Matters – with Spy Hop Programs Director Matt Mateus








What is Youth Media and why is it critical for our communities to REALLY support it?

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Joining me is Matt Mateus. Matt is the Programs Director for Spy Hop in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a nationally recognized Youth Media expert. In this approx. 45 minute video interview, Matt explains why Youth Media is such a powerful medium for creating a positive and lasting impact in the lives of our  youth who otherwise feel forgotten, ignored, or brushed aside. He also talks about why their local programs attract the interest of major media players like Disney,  Sundance, and the Grammy Foundation and how Youth Media experience can provide a competitive edge over other candidates when applying for future employment.

For nearly 15 years, Spy Hop has mentored Utah’s young people in the digital media arts as a vehicle for free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation. Their afterschool and community programs in film, audio, design and music production are a model for youth development programs across the nation and Spy Hop is recognized by the White House as a leading nonprofit arts and humanities organization.

Beyond Guitar Camp: London School Of Guitar Workshop — with Johnny London and Emily Platts

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Since many people are now seeking out incredible high-touch experiences instead of spending their money on buying more “stuff”, I invited two friends to give us a backstage glimpse into how they run one of the world’s premier guitar camps from an exclusive Park City Mansion that draws guest artists like finger style master Andy Mckee, Kiss rock god Ace Frehley, country/blues/hip-Hop master G. Love, Jim Fairchild of Modest Mouse, blues legend Sonny Landreth, and more.

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Joining me is Johnny London and Emily Platts. Emily is the Founder and CEO of The London School of Guitar Workshop and is responsible for organizing and running the business side of the event. Johnny London, a 6’7″ British composer, master guitar instructor and life coach, has been playing for over 20 years and has taught 1,000’s of students his world class method for playing the guitar. Johnny has been a member of several charting bands in the UK, has performed at the BBC’s Children in Need benefit concert, The Cornbury Festival, and was a member of the house band for one of the UK’s top morning shows with over 20 million daily viewers.

Adventure Time: Backstage Interview — with Nate Cash


How do you go from wanting a career in Art to Directing an award-winning TV Show on the Cartoon Network? For this program I invited a friend to share his insider perspective on the pros and cons of art school, the power of persistence, creating web comics, the importance of authenticity in humor, and where the business of animation is headed in the next 3 to 5 years.

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Joining me is Nate Cash,  Nate is the Supervising Director of Cartoon Network’s hit Animated Television Series “Adventure Time” and was Nominated for Daytime Emmy “Outstanding Direction in an Animated Program” (2012). Prior to Adventure Time, Nate has worked on SpongeBob SquarePants, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack,  The Simpsons, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and The Powerpuff Girls.

The Business of Mashups and Remixing — with Ithaca Audio’s Chris Evans-Roberts


Many people know I’m a huge fan of Mashups and Remixes from an entertainment perspective, but an innovative company called Ithaca Audio from Brighton, UK kept popping up on my radar as the one to watch on the business side of Digital Media because of their creative and entertaining video Mashups. You can read my email interview with the Director of Ithaca Audio, Chris Evans-Roberts below:


John:  Chris, how long have you been working  in Pro-Audio and Sound Design and why did you start Ithaca Audio?

Chris: I’ve been composing and producing music and dabbling in sound design for around 10 years now. Around 4 years ago I made the decision to start my own company and spent the next year researching the market and getting funds to enable this to happen. Initially Ithaca Audio was going to be called Ithaca Music and deal purely with music composition for advertising and short films. While we do undertake a degree of this kind of work I felt that restricting the company at the outset would be a bad idea and as it turned out the company mainly takes on audio visual remix work and consulting for interactive audio based projects. Last year Andy came on board as a producer and we may be expanding further this year.

John: There are a lot of great Mashup and Remix artists out there, but you’ve really raised the bar high by including captivating visuals that correspond to the audio tracks, innovative backgrounds to frame the videos as with “The Mixtape”, and what I think is a small but important touch psychologically, including a frame of you triggering the tracks in Ableton Live etc. While you’re innovating and growing, a lot of other studios are closing down. Can you talk about using Mashups and Viral Video as a tool to showcase your talent and generate new business for Ithaca Audio?

Chris: I think for many years there has been a lack of visual feedback in electronic music. Audiences find it hard to see what goes into creating and performing a piece of electronic music. I think it is really important to try and show the elements of a performance as much as possible. This is a philosophy we take into all the live audio visual remix work that we do.

I think it’s a tough time for businesses but there are still a huge amount of opportunities out there. Being a small flexible studio is really key to our current success. We took the decision to offer a very diverse range of services at start-up to see what worked and put a lot of effort into creating viral promotional material for the company. The high profile this gave us and the varied service offering allowed us to pick up work from around the world from an incredible range of organization types and produce very different work for each. Slowly we have become a company that people go to for a different take on the audio process.

A key point to success in the difficult business climate today is realizing where your market lies. While even 10 years ago an audio composition/production studio, based where we are in the UK would probably be dealing with clients on a local and national level and could probably get a reasonable turnover from that alone. These days, with the proliferation of high quality home studios the supply has far overtaken the demand in the composition business. For every ad agency or production company there are hundreds of composers and producers with home studios capable of producing excellent music for them.  On the flip side, the advantage of doing business in 2013 is high speed internet access. You suddenly have access to far more clients internationally. While there is also more competition internationally, if a studio specializes as we have in a few different areas and is able to generate enough exposure, then clients wanting that specific kind of audio work will always come to them first.

While 10 years ago the key to a successful studio might have been doing a bit of everything for their clients, these days clients can find and use the best in the business where ever they are in the world. So rather than using one jack-of-all-trades, they have fast access to the kings of each. The key is to be one of the best at a nice selection of services and you will quickly gain a reputation. It’s surprising in an international market how many potential clients there are in some very specific areas, such as audio visual remixing.

John: If you could go back in time and give yourself business advice when you were just starting out in Pro-Audio and Sound Design what’s the #1 thing you would say?

Chris: I think it would be to focus on what a new company could do differently from other existing companies rather than to try to emulate other studios and play catch up with the industry. Also really understanding how the internet works these days will stand you in great stead for the future. Understanding how to market a company online, develop a social following and communicate with potential clients and the general public will all help raise a company’s profile. The higher your profile the more clients you can attract and it makes the whole marketing/sales cycle so much easier too. If you contact a potential client and they already know your work you’re half way there.

John: What are you currently working on and what are your plans for Ithaca Audio over the next few years?

Chris: We have a really diverse range of projects on the go at the moment. We have teamed up with an exciting new events company in the US and will be rolling out a series of pieces for live events over the next year across the states. We are working on two audio visual installations, one for a major fashion brand another for UEFA who we have worked with quite a bit over the past year. We are also working on an innovative remix style sound track for a series of short films for TV here in the UK. Add to that, we have just finished our latest live audio visual set and will be taking that out live to gig across Europe and the US throughout the Summer and to the end of 2013.

John: If someone wants to hire you for Sound Design, Remix, Mashup, Composition or other Audio work, what’s the best way for them to get in touch with you?

Chris: The best way for anyone to get in touch to chat about projects is to email me or call (+44) 0844 332 1233


Inside Nashville’s Music Rewards Startup — with Mykas Degesys and Ben Fruin

Mykas Degesis & Ben Fruin

Although Silicon Valley typically comes to mind when someone mentions the words “Music Tech. Start-up”, it was actually Nashville’s rising tech. scene that kept popping up on my radar so much that I had to invite two of its emerging stars to give us an inside look.

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Joining me is Mykas Degesys  and Ben Fruin, co-founders of ListenUp a Nashville based music technology start-up that specializes in targeted marketing across streaming music platforms.  This service help bands and artists promote their shows and merchandise to their fans and reward those fans with special offers like backstage passes, discounts, and limited edition merchandise for being an integral part of that band’s success. is a graduate of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s incubator program and recently launched in beta to the public.

Hustling To The Top In Hollywood — with Celebrity Barber Razor Blade Champ


Although there is no easy route to the top, it definitely helps to model other successful entrepreneurs to get to where you want to go.  For this program I invited a man who has taken the barber game to ridiculously new heights to share the story of how he went from a kid hustling on the streets of Maryland to elite barber to the top names in Sports and Entertainment. He also shares key mindsets that help you stay at the top and pitfalls to avoid along the way.

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Joining me is Nick The Barber aka Razor Blade Champ. Nick is a West Hollywood based Celebrity Barber to the biggest stars in Hip-Hop, R&B, the NBA, the NFL, Boxing, Film, Comedy, and Television. In addition to his barber practice, Nick is also the founder of Love The Truth Clothing and Razor Blade Champ.

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Digital Strategy and Marketing — with Oniracom CEO Jacob Tell

Oniracom CEO Jacob Tell

There are so many marketing, social media, and design resources available today that it’s often difficult to know which tools and services will be the most effective in growing and monetizing your audience online.  For this program I invited a world class digital strategist to share the top 3 things to keep in mind when creating your digital strategy, how to genuinely connect with fans and clients online despite the constant changes in technology, and marketing pitfalls to avoid.

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Joining me is Jacob Tell. Jacob is the co-founder and CEO of Oniracom which provides a full line of digital strategy and marketing services to artists, labels, and management for some of the world’s most successful entertainment properties including Jack Johnson, Matisyahu, Disney Records, Universal Music Group, The Wailers, Epitaph Records, Tom Waits, Ron White, and Chris Cornell.

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How To Pitch A Movie Or TV Show — with Voyage Media CEO Nat Mundel

Nat Mundel CEO Voyage Media

Successful Film and TV Executives are extremely busy, are constantly being pitched on new projects,  and are difficult to get access to.

How do you structure your pitch for a movie or TV show so that it stands out from the competition, gets in front of the right Executives, and increases the odds that they will want to green-light it?

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Joining me is Nat Mundel. Nat is the founder and CEO of Voyage Media. Voyage has provided development and creative services for a long list of top-tier entertainment clients for almost a decade. They have consulted on over 1,500 entertainment projects for clients such as Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and many others, functioning as a powerful secret weapon in the creative, sales, and packaging processes.

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Movie Marketing: Documentary Promotion — with Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson

In this audio interview Filmmakers Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson talk about how they got their hit documentary film Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone into so many film festivals, they give strategic PR advice for maximizing press coverage, and share the behind the scenes story about how this amazing film came together.

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About Everyday Sunshine: “From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America, Fishbone rose and became one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and the political order of the music industry and of the nation. EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.”

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Music Tech and Marketing — with Todd Tate

In this interview Web music technology expert Todd Tate talks about his work in the early days of digital music, highlights some artists that are doing a great job of leveraging technology to connect with larger audiences, and shares why it’s a good time to get into the music tech world.

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Todd currently develops Websites for musicians ranging from wet-behind-the-ears to Grammy-award winners, helping them navigate the dynamic world of social media to help build loyal, engaged fans in the most effective, creative ways.  He also helps developers and entrepreneurs develop their products to go-to-market, one current project being ““.  In addition to serving as the Community Engineer for The SF MusicTech Summit, Todd co-owned and operated San Francisco’s Blue Room Studios, and served as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Angry, which launched the first publicly-available web-based interface to Napster and Napster-like networks just as the Internet emerged as a musical force.

Computer Animation Pioneer and Sociative CEO — Brad deGraf

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In this interview computer animation pioneer Brad deGraf talks candidly about his work in the early days of computer animation, the importance of being both an artist and technician in your craft, and his latest company Sociative.

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Brad has been an innovator in computer animation in the entertainment industry since 1982, particularly in the areas of realtime characters, ride films, and the Web. He founded and/or managed several ground-breaking animation studios including Protozoa (aka Dotcomix), Colossal Pictures Digital Media, deGraf/Wahrman, and Digital Productions. In 2000, Wired called Brad “an icon in the world of 3D animation”. Brad is currently CEO and co-founder (with Michael Tolson formerly of XAOS and Envoii) of Sociative Inc.

Credits include:

  •, a campaign with Garry Trudeau to get his Ambassador Duke character elected president;
  • Moxy, emcee for the Cartoon Network, the first virtual character for television;
  • Floops, the first Web episodic cartoon;
  • Peter Gabriel’s Grammy award- winning video, Steam;
  • “The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera”, the first computer-generated ride film;
  • Feature films “The Last Starfighter”, “2010”, “Jetsons: the Movie”, “Robocop 2”,

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Effective Music Business Networking — with Lupe Fiasco Guitarist Erik Hammer

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What does it take to make it to the top of the music business and get the best gigs?

Learn how to network strategically in the music business , tips on making your work multidimensional, how to connect with your audience, and pitfalls to avoid from one of the top guitarists in the business.

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Joining me is Erik Hammer. Erik is the lead guitarist for Lupe Fiasco (whose album LASERS debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 earlier this year), an in-demand session musician, music producer, and high level guitar instructor.

How To Work From Home — with Rachel Rofe

Rachel Rofe

Want to  finance your creative lifestyle  from anywhere you have an internet connection, while having free time to travel and work on your art?

Like me, you’re probably sick of all of the ridiculous get rich quick spam going around TV and the Internet, so I wanted to invite a  guest who will cut through the B.S. and give solid real world advice regarding what she is doing (and pitfalls to avoid) to generate a consistent upper 5- figure a month income while setting her own schedule, traveling to amazing places, and genuinely making an impact on the world through her efforts.

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Joining me is Rachel Rofe. Rachel is an author, speaker, coach, outsourcing expert, and internet marketing virtuoso who runs her businesses on the go while living in places like San Diego, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Ares, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia. Rachel’s ultimate plan is to live a 100% authentic, fun, happy life where she’s only doing what she LOVES and having other people do all the rest.

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Online PR — with PitchEngine CEO Jason Kintzler

Jason Kintzler

Think you need to be in a large metropolitan city to make your impact on the world?

Hear the amazing story of an entrepreneur who bootstrapped his Social Media business from a small town in Wyoming that is now used by more than 45,000 businesses worldwide in only 3 years.

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Joining me is Jason Kintzler. Jason is the founder and CEO of PitchEngine, a social publishing platform founded in 2009 that is  used by companies ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies like Pepsico, H&R Block, Cisco, and Zappos.

Jason has been credited with “heralding in a new era of public relations” by creating “one of the PR industry’s most transformative innovations.” Jason and/or PitchEngine have appeared in several popular books including; Engage, Twitterville, Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, SocialCorp and Social Media Marketing for Dummies.

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How to Successfully Crowd Fund a Project on Kickstarter — with Nathaniel Hansen

You’ve probably heard all the buzz about crowd funding your creative projects, films, and albums via websites like Kickstarter, but have you wondered what it actually takes to run a successful crowd funding campaign?

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Joining me is Nathaniel Hansen. Nathaniel is a crowd funding expert, Kickstarter consultant, and successful film maker. After his first film project was successfully crowd funded, he developed a unique set of “crowd funding must do’s” which has helped contribute to the success for 11 other projects totaling $313,059. These projects have been featured all over the web, from Wired to CNN, and have been spurred along by social media engines like Twitter and Facebook and an army of fans. Two projects are in the Kickstarter top 20, one is in the top 5 (most donated), and one recently earned an 2010 Kickstarter award.

Nathaniel recently completed his MFA in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College, where he also taught as adjunct professor.

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The User Experience: Exciting New Career Opportunities for Artists — with Char Easter

In this candid interview Char explains why artists and entrepreneurs should be checking out Human Centered Design and Engineering as an exciting new career path, and how you can set yourself apart from the competition when looking for a job in this field.

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Joining me is Char Easter. As an interactive producer and writer for MSN, she helped create branded entertainment sites for clients such as Visa, Dove, Coca-Cola, LeBron James, Toyota and Nokia. A kiosk from her work with the Experience Music Project won a MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums. From music to media, her goal remains the same, to reach an audience with originality and emotion. Char is currently freelancing for WEATHERHEAD Design on the new permanent exhibit for the Museum of History and Industry and for Daily Interactive as a photo editor for iPad and mobile magazine apps. Char has completed a Masters Degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.

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Beyond Stage Presence: What Separates World Class Performers and Public Speakers from the Forgettable Ones — with Ariana Hall

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What are the secrets that set world class performers and public speakers apart from the forgettable ones?

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Joining me is Ariana Hall. Ariana is a world-renowned Self-Expression Coach, Voice Trainer, Professional Singer, and founder of  Her recent performances include giving a private concert for renowned author Eckhart Tolle, performances for the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle, from the stage of the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, and at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She recorded for Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart, and has also appeared on the Wayne Brady and Craig Kilborn Shows with singing legend Engelbert Humperdinck.

Using her own career and life to experiment, she mapped out the many Self-Expression spaces a person goes through to transition from a passive audience member all the way to a masterful and expressive leader. Combining this understanding with the correct use of the voice as an instrument, the outer and inner voice simply opens. Her programs inspire new entrepreneurs to live their message with confidence while empowering the presentation and authenticity of seasoned professionals.

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How To Be A Film Producer: Solid Advice on the Business Side of Film Making — with Brent Geisler

What business principles do you absolutely need to know to be a successful Film Producer?

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Joining me is Brent Geisler. Brent is an award winning Director, Producer, and owner of Mint 400 Productions. Brent has worked on hit shows such as Nitro Circus, Thrillbillies, Disney’s High School Musical Series, and National Treasure. He has also worked as Assistant Director to industry legends such as Laurence Kasdan and Kenny Ortega, and has created some memorable music videos most notably for The Neighbors (currently on tour with Brandon Flowers of The Killers).

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Behind The Scenes of a High-End Television Production House — with Sam Prigg

What does it take to actually run a successful television production house, get your foot in the door, and avoid the costly mistakes that most production houses make?

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Joining me is Sam Prigg. Sam is the owner of White Rabbit Productions, an Emmy winning full service television production house based in Salt Lake City Utah. White Rabbit is the go to TV production house for clients such as Disney, Dateline, Comcast, Dyno Nobel, The NBA, 60 Minutes, Access Hollywood, BBC, Oprah, and the Sundance Film Festival.  In addition to providing skilled video acquisition crews for broadcast news, newsmagazine entertainment programming, sports, and documentaries, they also handle DVD/CD-ROM authoring, internet streaming, production management, and web development, television commercial production, and marketing and training videos.

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The Future of Digital Media Business & What It Will Take To Succeed — with Bryan Franklin

Bryan Franklin

What are some of the emerging trends and opportunities for Digital Media Entrepreneurs, and the skill sets necessary to thrive in this ever changing digital environment? Find out from a man who has helped entrepreneurs build their fledgling organizations into success stories–taking them from start-ups to billion dollar-generators (including Interwoven, Ariba, and Cadence).

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Joining me is Bryan Franklin. Bryan has been one of the world’s most successful executive coaches for the last decade. He has coached top level Silicon Valley executives at companies such as Apple, Logitech, Google, Cisco and LinkedIn, and provides some of the most impactful group experiences on the planet.

Before his coaching career, Bryan started FranklinMedia, a post production service business in the entertainment industry.  He worked on over 300 feature films including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and Polar Express.  He sold FranklinMedia in 2000 when Memento, edited at FranklinMedia, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Editing.

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Beyond Personality Types: Personality Hacking for Creatives and Entrepreneurs — with Antonia Dodge and Camronn Huff

Camronn Huff and Antonia Dodge

You’ve heard about different personality types and profiling tests that help map out the areas where you are most likely to excel. Have you wondered how you could quickly use that information to get massive results in your creative and entrepreneurial ventures? It turns out there’s a hack for that…

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Joining me is Antonia Dodge and Camronn Huff. They are co-founders of Personality Hacker, an organization designed to help people leverage their own mental processes to optimize productivity, communication, job satisfaction, and most importantly–happiness. Together, they have a combined total of over 15 years in applied psychoanalytics, and consulted for companies such as Zappos Insights, Hot Topic Media and Inquire Within Media. They have developed over 20 high level trainings, products and resources including the must see Genius Awakening program.

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From Dreams and Passion to Hit Cartoon Network TV Show — with Thurop Van Orman

Thurop Van Orman

How do you go from being an artist with big dreams and few contacts to creating your own Emmy winning TV show on the Cartoon Network and working with your heroes?

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Joining me is Thurop Van Orman. Thurop is a director, producer, writer, storyboard artist, and voice actor who is best known for creating the hit TV series “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”. He is currently working on a stop motion film project called “The Black Forest” and is creating concept art for a film adaptation of “The Little Prince”.

In this candid interview, Thurop shares how he got to where he’s at professionally, a brilliant way to pitch executives on your projects, and a few key resources that turbo charged his career.

Social Entrepreneurship: How Brands Can Win in the Digital Age — with Kyle Mortensen

Ever wonder why some brands are able to create an extremely loyal fan base while their competitors with similar products or services are left out of the party?

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Joining me is marketing expert Kyle Mortensen. Kyle is the CEO of the NEW SCIENCE agency. An unconventional company based on over 15 years in the youth marketing space, his far-reaching relationships, and his restless creativity.  He describes his approach to serving entertainment and lifestyle brands, products and initiatives as “expansive marketing”, and has worked with such brands as Coca-Cola, Nike, THQ, Scion, Ubisoft, Subway, and

In addition to his other efforts he manages rapper Slimkid3 of legendary hip-hop group The Pharcyde along with rock band A.i., and works with film composer Bennett Salvay (Jeepers Creepers, Friday Night Lights).

Get Unstuck and Live The Creative Life You Crave — with Joel Mark Witt

Joel Mark Witt

Feeling stuck in your life and wishing you could break free and live the creative life you crave on your own terms?

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Joining me is Joel Mark Witt. Joel is a digital media entrepreneur, author, speaker, marketing coach, and publisher of the popular small business social media blog FolkMedia.

Joel was living “The American Dream” with a nice apartment in the city and a good steady job, but the constraints of his lifestyle were limiting the amount of time he could spend on his passion of digital media. In this candid interview Joel explains how he broke through those constraints and is fast tracking his digital media career.

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