Audio Up has collaborated with New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, to release a new educational podcast series titled Occupational Therapy.
“Jingle” Jared Gutstadt (creator of the hit musical podcast Bear and a Banjo) is the number one jingle writer of all time for film and television (shows like The Voice, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Real Housewives of Atlanta and countless shows about pregnant teenagers for MTV). Jared recently sold his company Jingle Punks and now is in a two-year period of (what they call in the startup business) a "non compete." That's quite sad because Jared really really likes to work, so now he’s looking for a new job... and he has 24 months to find one.
Join Jared and his co-host Zach Selwyn (Comedy Central, Attack of the Show, Audio Up News Network) in this podcast as they talks to people who have "made it" in their respective careers, as Jared tries to figure out his next big move.
Featuring TV legends, NBA players, photographers, artists, musicians and more, these interviews will help us all understand how they've accomplished their ambitions, and will help Jared determine whether or not there's could be his next occupation.
Nic Pizzolatto: TV Creator, Writer
Jared is joined by writer, producer and show runner Nic Pizzolatto to discuss his incredible journey from art student to creator of True Detective and beyond. In this spirited episode, Nic reveals some of his past adventures that lead him to where he is today, the moments when he saw opportunities and took them and how it’s impossible to place the process of a writer’s journey in a defined box or category. As Jared goes into deep detail about Nic’s Hollywood career, we are once again treated to an atypical pathway that resulted in incredible success.
Cleto Escobedo III: Orchestra Leader
Cleto Escobedo III has been the head of Jimmy Kimmel's Late Night Orchestra since 2003. His story of how he got here from his humble beginnings on the Las Vegas strip is too unbelievable to be true. Jared has a discussion with Cleto about what it takes to make it in the late night space as a house band leader.
Brent Montgomery: Media Mogul
Brent Montgomery created the massive reality TV show Pawn Stars seemingly by accident and eventually became one of the most successful people of all time in cable television. This is a story of humble beginnings and all the little twists and turns that it takes to build a media empire.
Lee Trink: Assistant District Attorney Turned eSports CEO
Lee Trink’s diverse career path is highlighted in this episode as Lee shares his journey from an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn to the music industry to management and more recently to the world of esports. As the CEO of the most popular esports company in the world, FaZe Clan, Trink has been able to utilize his many experiences throughout his nearly 3 decade career to establish one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Jared gets to the bottom of Lee’s success one step at a time- and learns that there is no straight path to your final destination.
Fred Savage: Actor, Director
Fred Savage grew up in America’s living rooms as the star of massively successful TV series The Wonder Years. Although he still performs in front of the camera, he has made an amazing transition into becoming one of the most successful directors in network television. Find out how he did it in this hilarious and insightful episode where Jared tries to see if he himself could transition into the director’s chair.
Michael Davies: TV Producer
Jared sits down with dynamically successful TV producer and host of Men in Blazers Michael Davies to hear how his humble beginnings lead him from a shuttered tennis career to running some of the most successful TV shows of all time. In this laid-back, charismatic and hilarious episode, Jared and Michael go back and forth on topics like believing in yourself after failure, the enormous success of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and his numerous current projects that exist as worldwide TV staples to this day.