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Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly Blank Podcast

    • Performing Arts

Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

    Best of Blank Vol.2

    Best of Blank Vol.2

    It's the Spring break, so we though we'd put together a little selection of clips from some of our favourite episodes from last year to keep you going till we return in a few weeks time with some amazing new episodes.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Fiona Murden

    Fiona Murden

    Fiona Murden is a leadership psychologist and author of several books, including Defining You, that looks at the process of psychological profiling and fulfilling your potential.


    We've been wanting to speak to Fiona for quite some time to look at a bit deeper at some of the science behind what Blank moments occur and what is most effective in combatting them.


    We started off by chatting about the full out from the coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect people's mental health in the longterm.


    Fiona tells us about her work with big business leaders and what goes into doing a successful psychological profile of potential employees.


    We discuss sleeping habits and the many themes we hear each week on the podcast from public failure to imposter syndrome.
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Paul Pilot

    Paul Pilot

    Paul Pilot aka Paul Wilkinson is musician, composer and producer from Northern Ireland. Best known for his band The Amazing Pilots and his recent film scores on documentaries like Finding Oscar and Netflix production The Final Cut for Orson, Paul has been a producer and sound engineer on works by Duke Special, Athlete, Rue Royale and All the Luck in the World. He is also the composer of our very own Blank Podcast title music.


    Paul is based in Berlin and so meeting up to record had always been difficult to arrange so, a remote recording was always on the cards.


    We started our chat by talking about expensive microphones and how much of a difference they make to the fine margins in vocal recordings. Paul tells about his own creative process and how we often find it hard to be satisfied with what we've made.


    We discussed his time as a kid growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles and his desire to eventually seek a career in music by moving away.


    Paul tells us about collaboration and what it is like to be in a band with your brother. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Bonus Episode with Giles and Jim

    Bonus Episode with Giles and Jim

    In a special bonus episode (which we've been thinking of doing for quite sometime) Giles and Jim chat with each other about all number of subjects from minecraft and cult novels to creativity, daily stress, and of course the current news around coronavirus and how we are both dealing with isolation.


    A special thanks to Dominique White for a beautiful piece she emailed to us which is read out at the end of this episode.


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Marcus Brigstocke

    Marcus Brigstocke

    Marcus Brigstocke is a comedian, writer and actor. Known for satirical stand-up, musical theatre and radio broadcasting on stations such as Jazz FM.


    We met up Marcus a couple of months back, to discuss all manner of stuff, starting with all of our passions for the arts, particularly music, each of us talking about our first albums.


    Marcus tells us about his passion for cheese and the poignant moment in his life this passion stems from. The chat moved on to mental health and how Marcus makes a gratitude list each morning to help him stay level.


    We thought we'd give you all a little extra this week and have put together a little Spotify playlist to accompany this episode, see if you can spot the songs from our first albums https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3icMfrPwid1Stu2l9DTUsI For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Chris Addison

    Chris Addison

    Chris Addison is a comedian, actor, writer and director. Starting in Stand-up Chris made his name touring the UK and playing high profile slots at Edinburgh Festival before moving into acting with his role in the multiple award-winning The Thick of It. Further acting roles and regular appearances on panel shows like Mock the Week have propelled Chris to being one of the UK's most loved performers. He has recently taken up directing with his feature debut The Hustle starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.


    With the ongoing difficulties due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have had to adapt to how we do things a little. It has always been our intention with Blank to sit down in the real world with our guests, we feel that physical connection is truly key in making sure we have the most authentic, natural and relaxed conversations, however with social distancing now being imposed we had to decide whether to have a break from podding for a while or to try some different approaches, so we've gone with the latter, because most of all, we want to continue to bring you the show, and we hope that it might give all of our wonderful listeners a little respite from the very challenging situation we currently find all ourselves in. The Pod MUST go on


    So Jim and Giles sat down in our respective homes, in Amersham and Seaford, to record with the brilliant Chris Addison in London. We'd arranged to pod with Chris some time ago, but his work schedule had intervened, but with work going into shutdown, Chris messaged to say let's do a podcast.


    We started off by chatting about messy workspaces and how this might be a good time to address it, or not as the case may be.


    Chris talked about those difficult years directly after university and how people can often feel adrift and not know where their path will lead, for Chris it was dreams of theatre directing, but soon became a career in stand-up comedy.


    We talked to Chris about his move into directing and how much of it is down to the inspiration and mentorship of people like Armando Innaucci who took a chance on Chris whilst making The Thick of It. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 8 min

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