An insider dialogue that invites the listener to pull up a seat at the table with A-list creatives from a variety of disciplines. They share their insights on the process, craft, and inspiration. Join us for a better understanding of this elusive muse every Thursday with Pat Hazell (Seinfeld, The Tonight Show) and his friends as they demystify the transferable nature of creativity.
Produced by: Amanda Rosenberg
In Partnership with Sweetwood Creative & Stoney Island Audio
STEVEN PRESSFIELD: The Write Stuff
The Author of The War of Art, The Artist Journey, Do The Work, Turning Pro, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, Last of The Amazons, and A Man at Arms. In addition to historical fiction and inspiring non-fiction books, Steven also wrote the screenplays for King Kong Lives, Above The Law, Feejack, and Joshua Tree/ Army of One. In this episode, he shares tips for avoiding “The Resistance” which plagues us all, and gives advice on how to maintain a healthy relationship with the muse. If you are an aspiring writer this is a great voice to hear talk about the creative process.
JERMAINE ROGERS: THE ILLUSTRATED MAN
An influential artist in the modern resurgence of rock/pop poster art as well as serigraph and fine art production. Rogers has designed poster imagery for musical powerhouses such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Neil Young, Tool, Deftones, Radiohead, Tori Amos, David Bowie, Morrissey, The Cure, and Public Enemy. He is also a noted designer in the field of limited-edition vinyl art figures with releases through Strangeco, Jamungo and Kidrobot. His work is included in the permanent collections at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this episode, he shares the ins and outs of being a visual artist and reveals the way that he infects his artwork with words and ideas by continuously crafting images that push boundaries, whether social, cultural, or aesthetic. He is riding high on the top shelf of low-brow art.
JASON ALEXANDER: Alexander The Grateful
A versatile actor and director best known for his role as George Costanza on NBC’s Seinfeld for which he was nominated for seven consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes. He is also recognized for his work in the films Pretty Woman, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the title character in the animated series Duckman. Jason has guest-starred on many TV shows including Dream On, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Alexander is an accomplished singer and dancer that has graced the boards of Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Kander & Ebb’s The Rink, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway for which he won both a Tony Award and a Grammy Award. He appeared with Martin Short in the Los Angeles production of Mel Brooks’s The Producers. He served as the artistic director of Reprise! Broadway's Best in Los Angeles, where he has directed several musicals.
In this episode Jason lets us in on the advice he gave Larry David about the rigors and routine of being in a Broadway show and he tells us about the creative and therapeutic sensation of working in ceramics that quiets his mind.
JENN CORNELL: You Had Me At Cello
A dynamic musical artist and film composer that takes cello to new heights with her visionary style of creating songs and inspiring young musicians through her mentoring, film scoring, and education in the arts. Jenn collaborates with double platinum billboard artist B.o.B.; Michael Malarkey of the hit TV series Vampire Diaries; and filmmaker, Chris Anthony Hamilton on the original music for his film Body and Son. In this episode of Creativity in Captivity she explains the art of looping when creating a film score and treats us to an impromptu concert by accepting a spontaneous cello challenge from Pat to underscore random scenes that he tosses out on the fly.
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FRANK OZ: The Honesty Sheriff
The Iconic voice actor, puppeteer and filmmaker responsible for bringing to life Yoda, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear & Cookie Monster as well as being the Legendary Director of the movies “What About Bob?” “The Score,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Bowfinger,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Dark Crystal” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” You will hear why Frank is described by Steve Martin as being “Precise and Playful” and learn how with both drama and comedy he keeps his focus on the honest impulses.
DREYA WEBER: A High Flying Creative
An actress, producer & director whose talents and curiosity allow her to shape-shift to many mediums. Dreya is well known for being the Aerial Choreographer for Pink & Cher, but also produced and starred in the films The Gymnast, The Aerialist, and The Marine Story. Her directing credits include the stage and movie versions of Frank Ferrante’s Groucho. She is a former Olympian that starred in the P90X DVD fitness series and the immersive theatrical experience: Teatro ZinZanni. She has toured nationally with Rihana, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. In this episode, Dreya inspires us in a dynamic conversation infused with her vibrant energy as she explains the intoxication of being able to truly fly and the understanding of the catastrophic risk she undertakes. You will think you can achieve your wildest dreams after an hour with this uplifting artist.
Deep Dive Creativity
The depth of creativity in this podcasts is masterclass level. Each episode has so many quotable thoughts that really open your understanding of creativity. I also love that every guests has connections to so many other well known artists and we get a glimpse of their relationships. To tap into the minds of so many top notch creatives in an intimate setting is a gift. Thank you, Pat Hazell, for your commitment to this podcast and sharing your brilliant guests with us!
A great listen!
Pat Hazel has found a group of truly eclectic and fascinating artists to interview. Each one with different and valuable insights into their work and the mechanics of creativity. It’s a joy to listen to and learn from. 5 stars!!!
Enlightening and Entertaining Interviews
The podcasts are very enjoyable! Pat Hazell is gifted interviewer; witty, entertaining and enlightening. I love that he explores the creative process with some of the best in their fields. I look forward to new episodes every week!