50 episodes

DreamPath explores the artistic journeys of successful musicians, filmmakers, writers, painters and other creatives. Through in-depth interviews we attempt to demystify and thus humanize artists and their creative process.

If you take the time to listen and ask questions with genuine curiosity, you will find that everyone - from a cashier at 7-11, to an executive at a software company, to a city mayor, to a stay at home mom - has an interesting story. But artists’ stories are often shrouded in enigma and even mythology - perhaps due to a common perception (or misperception) that creativity is something you are born with, or that successful artists have a “gift.”

While there is no clear path to becoming a successful artist, if we better understand the artist and their journey perhaps we can make them and their creative process more accessible, and in doing so help illuminate our own DreamPath.

DreamPath Podcast Bryan Smith

    • Arts
    • 4.8, 58 Ratings

DreamPath explores the artistic journeys of successful musicians, filmmakers, writers, painters and other creatives. Through in-depth interviews we attempt to demystify and thus humanize artists and their creative process.

If you take the time to listen and ask questions with genuine curiosity, you will find that everyone - from a cashier at 7-11, to an executive at a software company, to a city mayor, to a stay at home mom - has an interesting story. But artists’ stories are often shrouded in enigma and even mythology - perhaps due to a common perception (or misperception) that creativity is something you are born with, or that successful artists have a “gift.”

While there is no clear path to becoming a successful artist, if we better understand the artist and their journey perhaps we can make them and their creative process more accessible, and in doing so help illuminate our own DreamPath.

    A Time to Pause, Listen, Elevate Black Voices, and Unify

    A Time to Pause, Listen, Elevate Black Voices, and Unify

    In light of recent events in Minneapolis and throughout the country, and out of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, our regularly scheduled interview has been postponed until next week. This week we plan to pause, listen, reflect on how we can unify as a nation, and elevate black voices. One such voice is that of Michael Santiago Render (Killer Mike), a rapper, songwriter, actor, and activist. His 8-minute call to action can be seen here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rapfJYfPU38

    • 2 min
    RECAP: Takeaways from Bob Sáenz, Bryan's New Amp, and Farewell to Lynn Shelton

    RECAP: Takeaways from Bob Sáenz, Bryan's New Amp, and Farewell to Lynn Shelton

    Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the Bob Sáenz interview, gush over Bryan's new guitar amp, pay tribute to indie film genius Lynn Shelton, and preview next week's episode with filmmaker and Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen.

    • 17 min
    That's Not The Way It Works, with Actor and Screenwriter Bob Sáenz

    That's Not The Way It Works, with Actor and Screenwriter Bob Sáenz

    Bob Sáenz is an actor and screenwriter known for Extracurricular Activities (2019)(now streaming on Amazon Prime), The Right Girl (2015), and Help for the Holidays (2012). He is also the author of the 2019 book That’s Not The Way It Works: A no-nonsense guide to the craft and business of screenwriting. 

    • 56 min
    RECAP: Takeaways from Nick Cassavetes, Turning 50, and What's Ahead

    RECAP: Takeaways from Nick Cassavetes, Turning 50, and What's Ahead

    Bryan and Jason discuss takeaways from the Nick Cassavetes episode, what it's like turning 50, what life was like in 1970 (the year of Jason's birth), and preview next week's episode with screenwriter and actor Bob Sáenz, author of the book That's Not The Way It Works: a no-nonsense guide to the craft and business of screenwriting. 

    • 19 min
    Nick Cassavetes on Breaking the Family Mold as an Actor, Writer, and Director

    Nick Cassavetes on Breaking the Family Mold as an Actor, Writer, and Director

    Nick Cassavetes is an actor, screenwriter, and director. He wrote the screenplay for the 2001 biopic Blow starring Johnny Depp, directed The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and wrote and directed Alpha Dog starring Justin Timberlake, Emile Hersch, Amanda Seyfried, and Chris Kinkade. Nick is attached to direct a biopic starring Anthony Hopkins and a crime drama starring Robert Deniro.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    RECAP: Takeaways from David Frangioni, Pandemic Life, and What's Ahead.

    RECAP: Takeaways from David Frangioni, Pandemic Life, and What's Ahead.

    Bryan and Jason discuss last week's interview with David Frangioni, how they are coping as the pandemic drags on, the loss of folk/country music songwriting legend John Prine, Bryan's childhood trauma of being rejected by "Company 7" (an arts program in elementary school); and next week's interview with film director Nick Cassavetes, who directed The Notebook with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

HelloandNo ,

Excellent

Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes.
-Tabby from Your New Best Friends podcast

shay han ,

Love this podcast

Great interviewing style and compelling guests. Bryan really knows how to connect with artists naturally and with genuine curiosity.

harpshaman ,

These stories insprire and captivate!

Listening to these stories has provided inspiration for me. So often the process of living a creative life is often a solitary one with no guidelines. I found inspiration in hearing the process of these wonderful creative souls and look forward to more. Bryan Smith is a generous communicator who is interested in the people he interviews and it comes off as a comfortable living room discussion that we all benefit by being made a part of.

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