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Ready to get inspired to change your Career? Guests share their very non-linear career stories and how they have changed the ways we create and reimagine in music, art, live events, virtual events, video, film, education, and social innovation. Interviewed by Gigi Louisa Johnson, creators and innovators share how they became change agents in their own creative sectors -- and what drives them. Join us and get inspired for your own career transformation.

Creative Innovators with Gigi Johnson Maremel Institute

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Ready to get inspired to change your Career? Guests share their very non-linear career stories and how they have changed the ways we create and reimagine in music, art, live events, virtual events, video, film, education, and social innovation. Interviewed by Gigi Louisa Johnson, creators and innovators share how they became change agents in their own creative sectors -- and what drives them. Join us and get inspired for your own career transformation.

    That Was an Accident . . . with Martin Atkins

    That Was an Accident . . . with Martin Atkins

    Question: How do you decide what adventures to take in your nonlinear career?  What are intentional plans vs. accidents?

    Guest: Martin Atkins, Music Industries Coordinator, Millikin University; producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ, and teacher

    Photo: Kara Hammond and NARAS

    Martin Atkins talked with our host, Gigi Johnson, from his studio that also acts as a museum of all of the adventurous projects around his career.  Martin shared how he began drumming at age 9 and persistently getting into Public Image Ltd, waiting through 5 drummers.  He talked about believing early on that he had a job -- "it's being me."  He diversified by accident and kept adding roles as blockages came his way, including launching bands and labels.  Each time, he picked the best option that arose and looked for both safety nets and for solutions IN the problem itself. 

    Our Guest

    Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 35+ years in the music business spans across genres, borders, and industries.
    He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails (for which he has a Grammy) and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). He is the author of "Tour:Smart, Welcome To The Music Business….You’re F*cked!” and "Band:Smart."  He is the Music Industries Coordinator at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois. Martin is a producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ, and father of four.

    Whatever the future of entrepreneurial music business education is, you can pretty much bet that he’ll be in the middle of it.

    Mentioned Links:
    Twitter @marteeeen (with 4 e's)martinatkins.com, with free download of Band:Smart






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    • 45 min
    Tidbit Tuesday . . . Postcard Moments and Planned Happenchance

    Tidbit Tuesday . . . Postcard Moments and Planned Happenchance

    This was fun.  Your host, Gigi Johnson, has been speaking for college classes this past week and kept being asked to tell her/my story of the pivot points and non-linear decisions over 9 careers.

    So in this Tuesday Tidbit segment, I share the story of how I changed into a film major at USC based on postcard from my teaching assistant for a single class.  That changed my life and direction and those changes echo through my choices to this day.

    What postcards have you gotten in your life -- or elements that nudged you to turn left or right?  Do you see them?  Do you send them?  
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    A Very Human Culture . . . with David Hernandez

    A Very Human Culture . . . with David Hernandez

    Question: What if you could build a company around your passions?

    In this episode, David Hernandez shares how he is unlearning and relearning what he knows to create competition for his company . . . in his own company!  He runs Colonize Media, a multiplatform network music aggregator.  He has worked to create “a very human culture” with his team of 30+ people and now works to “break artists from nothing.”

    Guest: David Hernandez, CEO, Colonize Media

    David Hernandez is the CEO and co-founder of Colonize Media, a digital content distribution service created in 2015. Originally from Jalisco, Mexico, David Hernandez grew up in a family of performers and entertainers. David Hernandez has applied his love and passion for the music and entertainment industry to Colonize Media, which was first founded to help increase traction for Latin artists and their content. Colonize Media now serves over 10,000 independent artists and record labels across all genres with 600,000 tracks and videos and 3,000,000,000 monthly streams.
    Colonize Media’s goal is to aid in maximizing creators’ content, through marketing, advertising, and promotions. Colonize Media also helps artists to develop content strategies by analyzing digital data to better understand the music community as a whole, including listener demographics and listening trends. By helping clients reach a larger audience and generate more revenue, Colonize Media helps artists keep creating content they love. 
    Links:
    David Hernandez - davidh@colonizemedia.comColonize Media - https://colonizemedia.com/The Book Gigi Mentioned: “Overcoming Underearning” by Barbara Stanny


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    • 38 min
    Tidbit Tuesday - What is a Creative Career?

    Tidbit Tuesday - What is a Creative Career?

    Today starts the first segment of Tidbit Tuesday, which brings in parts of the Redesigning Your Creative Career program from NextCareer.me.

    What is a Creative Career?
    What are we talking about when we throw around the term “creative career”? This could be having a traditional career in a creative industry, or it could be doing something that has creativity in the actual job. In terms of being different from non-creative careers, they tend to recruit differently, and often you can build your career differently. They tend to be both skill and relationship orientated, but don’t fit in nice little square boxes. As a result, there is often a lot more freedom which, in turn, can make it a more complicated career path to navigate on your own.
    Take a moment for some reflection. What are some differences that you anticipate or have experienced when navigating a creative versus a more traditional career path?

    And "see" you Thursday for our next guest on Creative Innovators. 
    Redesign Your Creative Career Redesign your next Creative Career with resources at the Creative Innovator's Club. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/creativeinnovators)

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    Ceremony and Story . . . with Beatie Wolfe

    Ceremony and Story . . . with Beatie Wolfe

    Question: What if you could pursue the creative projects that you already saw in the world? 

    Guest: Beatie Wolfe, Singer, Songwriter, Technologist (Photo: Ross Harris)

    In this episode, Beatie Wolfe takes us through her creative journey to become the technologist and artist she is today.  Back when she was 7 or 8, she began to imagine the “music books” (album covers) that she wanted over music and moved to reimagine the vinyl experience in her later work.  She shares her journey through projects like “Raw Space” (the anti-stream in the more quiet room in the world).  She also discussed “From Green to Red,” which she created for this year’s London Design Biennale, and “Postcards from Democracy” with Mark Mothersbough that will be a Featured Session at March 2021’s SXSW Online.  Enjoy Beatie’s journey to create and re-create our ceremonial experiences around music in the real world.

    About Beatie:
    “Musical weirdo and visionary” (Vice) Beatie Wolfe is an artist who has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the V&A Museum. Named by WIRED as one of "22 people changing the world,” Beatie Wolfe is at the forefront of pioneering new formats for music that bridge the physical and digital, which include: a 3D theatre for the palm of your hand; a wearable record jacket - cut by Bowie and Hendrix’s tailor out of fabric woven with Wolfe’s music - and most recently an ‘anti-stream’ from the quietest room on earth. Wolfe is also the co-founder of a “profound” (The Times) research project looking at the power of music for people living with dementia.
    The Barbican recently commissioned a documentary about Beatie Wolfe's pioneering work titled "Orange Juice for the Ears: From Space Beams to Anti-Streams" and Wolfe's latest innovation is an environmental protest piece built using 800,000 of historic data that will be premiered at the London Design Biennale in 2021.
    Mentioned Links:
    Beatie Wolfe: https://beatiewolfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beatiewolfe/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BeatieWolfe/ Punk Rock by Virginia Boston - https://beatiewolfe.com/this-beats-blogging/punk-rock-by-virginia-boston-19788ight (2017) - “World’s first 3D Interactive Album App” - “Theater for the Palm of the Hand” - https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/beatie-wolfe-8/id666096956 Montagu Square (2015) - Album Deck of Cards - https://beatiewolfe.com/shop-list/the-mongatu-square-album-deck-of-cards Raw Space (2017) - Documentary about the album and Bell Labs - https://beatiewolfe.com/raw-space-beam Victoria & Albert (2018) - “The Art of Music in the Digital Age” - https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/bJR1B3Ng/ldf-2018-the-art-of-music-in-the-digital-age-a-series-of-world-first-designs SXSW Session - Mar. 18, 2021 - https://www.sxsw.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/creativeinnovators)

    • 47 min
    Welcome to Tuesday Creative Career Sessions

    Welcome to Tuesday Creative Career Sessions

    Starting next Tuesday, we'll be sharing parts of the NextCareer.me career exploration programs to tie in with the non-linear career stories from each of these podcast interviews.  

    We'll be sharing each week on Tuesdays a bit of the programs we have been working on for a few years with groups on how to expand your creative career, using examples from past and future interview episodes.  Listeners can continue the programs for free in our online program spaces and can share them with friends. 
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