17 episodes

Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

Writer Jaime Alejandro catches up with friends and artists in the written, visual, and performing arts to hear their origin story, how to overcome real-world hardships, and why it is essential to remain true to an artistic calling. We hope you join us in this celebration of the creative pursuit! Check out cruzfolio.com for more creativity podcasts and original content!

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Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

Writer Jaime Alejandro catches up with friends and artists in the written, visual, and performing arts to hear their origin story, how to overcome real-world hardships, and why it is essential to remain true to an artistic calling. We hope you join us in this celebration of the creative pursuit! Check out cruzfolio.com for more creativity podcasts and original content!

    Ep. 16 Máire Higgins | Respect for play, acting life, and the immediacy of compassion

    Ep. 16 Máire Higgins | Respect for play, acting life, and the immediacy of compassion

    Last one of the year!

    Today I am thrilled to be arts calling my friend Máire Higgins!

    Bio:
    Máire Higgins is a stage and film actor, accredited nationally and abroad. Recent credits include MACBETH (Telluride Theatre), THE WOLVES (BETC), and HOAX (Rum River). Máire holds a Masters of Philosophy in Theatre from Trinity College Dublin, and is based in Telluride, Colorado.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.mairehiggins.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capt.miggles/

    Thanks for taking the time to talk to me on the podcast!

    And a happy new year to all!

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

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    Ep. 15 A.J. Ross | Familiar Monsters, making indie web comics, and Wyoming origin stories

    Ep. 15 A.J. Ross | Familiar Monsters, making indie web comics, and Wyoming origin stories

    Hi all,

    I'm continuing this end of year sprint by Arts Calling my wonderfully talented friend A.J. Ross! So happy to catch up, have a few laughs, and learn how she is crafting the world of her web comic, Familiar Monsters!

    A few words from the author:

    My name is A.J. Ross, I am the author and illustrator of Familiar Monsters.

    Familiar Monsters is about two childhood friends, torn apart by a werewolf attack. Garrick, an outgoing aspiring musician, is taken and turned by the werewolves. Jon, a pained, loyal friend, takes up with a monster hunter thinking his best friend is dead, becoming a deadly hunter himself. They are accidentally reunited years later when the werewolf Jon is hunting turns out to be his long lost friend. Now they must learn to live with each other, and who they have both become. Navigating through lies, abuse, hidden loves, curses, monsters, and daily life, Jon and Gare hold on the the only thing that they ever had. Each other.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familiarmonsters
    Instagram: @fullmoongarrick
    Website: www.familiar-monsters.com

    Thanks for stopping by to share your insights and awesomeness, A.J.!

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show, consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and other stuff too!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    If you’re a creative in the written, visual, or performing arts, and believe the arts make us and our communities better, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me here.

    Ep. 14 Shaine Greenwood | The Aether, writing fiction, and finding online community

    Ep. 14 Shaine Greenwood | The Aether, writing fiction, and finding online community

    Hello all!

    Happy to be back from the holiday break! Today I'm arts calling Shaine Greenwood!

    Shaine Greenwood is a Seattle-based writer, artist, and weirdo. He writes poetry, sci-fi, and literary fiction with a focus on people and what makes them tick. You can find his work here:

    youaremuted.com

    Check out The Aether, now on Amazon!

    Also, here's Shaine's poetry collection, Faces.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to chat Shaine, all the best in 2022!

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    Ep. 13 Dre Ellis | Prophecy, indie art making, and representation in comics

    Ep. 13 Dre Ellis | Prophecy, indie art making, and representation in comics

    Hey there!

    Today I am arts calling my new Twitter friend Dre Ellis of Prophecy Comics!

    D'Andre Ellis is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from East St.Louis, IL, with years of experience in musical performance & production, screenwriting, and Auteur filmmaking.

    Stop by Kickstater to support his latest project, Heavy is the Hand. A comic book series about a black woman who plots revenge w/ a cosmic sledgehammer against a powerful group that destroyed her life.

    For more information, visit: https://direct.me/prophecycomics

    Thanks for talking with me, Dre! All the best on your creative endeavors!

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    • 41 min
    Ep. 12 Oscar Moreno | Screenwriting, low-budget filmmaking, and redefining border stories

    Ep. 12 Oscar Moreno | Screenwriting, low-budget filmmaking, and redefining border stories

    Hi there,

    Today I am arts calling Oscar Moreno from InkFilms! A great conversation with an outstanding talent, who is writing and directing films on the US/Mexico border with an incredibly refreshing perspective. A pleasure talking with you, my friend. Te deseo lo mejor en todos tus proyectos!

    OSCAR'S BIO:
    I'm an optioned bilingual Mexican writer and filmmaker from the U.S./Mexico border. My life here has taken me from witnessing the horrors of violence to the joy of seeing its survivors lead happy lives, and experiencing what it's like to be a musician and to soak up the moments of love and weirdness you can find here. My passion for storytelling has stemmed from filmmaking and impacted different aspects of my life. I’m mainly focused on writing and making the kinds of gritty and mesmerizing thrillers, horror movies and sci-fi that I’d stay up watching late at night as a teenager. But I also love powerful drama and believe all of these flavors can be combined and provide an exciting experience for audiences. These are the stories I love telling and seeing because they most closely resemble what I've experienced and witnessed living on the border, and this is what fuels me to bring unique, fresh perspectives to stories about this part of the world or about the kinds of people I've met here and can find anywhere. I feel they are necessary now more than ever.

    My prose work has appeared in the New York Times, Somos en Escrito, Levadura, The Wire's Dream Magazine, The Seattle Star and the Rio Grande Review. I am working on different projects with various producers, including Julio Abad of Autumn Leave Films, and Simon Warne and Luc Bégin of Triality World. I've had my scripts optioned by the likes of Showdown Productions.

    For Oscar's outstanding work for the page and screen, please visit: https://linktr.ee/inkfilmsinc.
    Be sure to stop by Oscar's Twitter as well! @InkFilmsInc89

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    • 57 min
    Ep. 11 L. Nicol Cabe | One person shows, new media, and theatre of tomorrow

    Ep. 11 L. Nicol Cabe | One person shows, new media, and theatre of tomorrow

    Hi there,

    This time around, I'm catching up with an amazing theatre artist: Today I'm arts calling L. Nicol Cabe!

    ARTIST BIO:
    I am a new media theatre artist. I create shows inspired by our potential future, using speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy tropes. I write and perform scifi story-telling shows, direct new plays, and help playwrights develop their work. Since 2016, I have travelled the world to fringe festivals with my speculative fiction performances. I have won sold out show, critic’s choice, and producer’s choice awards at several festivals over the years. When I perform my futuristic writing, I do so under my production company, Giant Nerd Productions. I am also a dramaturg, director, and writer who focuses on brand new plays. I have worked on innovative shows produced by Annex Theatre, Copious Love Productions, Theater Schmeater, and Taproot Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Currently, I am developing a thesis on new media and pandemic theatre in a Master of Letters program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland (commencing 2021). I am an alumna of Director’s Lab West (Pasadena, 2014), and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina (Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts, theatre, 2006).

    For updates and more information, visit: http://el-nicol.com.

    Visit Nicol's Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/giantnerdprod

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    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

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