13 episodes

Follow Your Art is a home for art creators and appreciators. Hosted by artists, Alexandra March and Nicole Zell, this podcast promotes collaboration and community through hearing the stories of creatives from all different walks of life. The intention of Follow Your Art can be encapsulated by the mantra we share at the end of each show: “May I love myself. May I love others. May I have joy for myself. May I have joy for others. May I inspire myself. May I inspire others. May I love to live. May I live to love. May I live to create. May I create to live.”

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Follow Your Art is a home for art creators and appreciators. Hosted by artists, Alexandra March and Nicole Zell, this podcast promotes collaboration and community through hearing the stories of creatives from all different walks of life. The intention of Follow Your Art can be encapsulated by the mantra we share at the end of each show: “May I love myself. May I love others. May I have joy for myself. May I have joy for others. May I inspire myself. May I inspire others. May I love to live. May I live to love. May I live to create. May I create to live.”

    Learn From the People You Love (feat. John Oates)

    Learn From the People You Love (feat. John Oates)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview John Oates, singer, songwriter, musician, author of "Change of Seasons: A Memoir", and one-half of the top selling duo of all time, Hall and Oates.  John discusses what he's been up to during quarantine, certain excerpts from his memoir including his childhood, the extravagant, fast-paced life of the 70's and 80's, how adversity shaped him into who he is now, and insight for aspiring songwriters.

    About the guest:
    John Oates is one half of the best selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.
    You can find out more info on John here:
    https://johnoates.com/
    You can get his memoir here:
    https://johnoates.com/projects/book/

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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 40 min
    Straight Shooting (feat. Zach Thompson)

    Straight Shooting (feat. Zach Thompson)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview Zach Thompson, photographer, brand manager, apparel designer, and super dad. Zach discusses the fortuitous encounter which led to his photography career, living a creative life guided by love, joy, and giving, and shares some parenting tips as well.

    Originally released on May 24, 2020. You can watch the video here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CAlgzmfDiET/

    About the guest:
    Zach's passion for photography & videography began ten years ago during a visit to New York City. Zach felt a sensory overload like never before while walking the streets, and realized that what struck him the most were the extremely powerful visuals. Everything around him offered a perspective he had never quite experienced before. Living in the south central part of Pennsylvania does not extend the same invitation, but his city does provide its own special allure.  In Pennsylvania, Zach has been able to explore his passion for nature and landscape photography.  As well as the art of story telling through movement and lighting with videography. Over nine years, Zach has built a portfolio that includes work with professional portraiture, special events, weddings, product photography and commercial videography. 
    In addition to Zach's love for cameras and their ability to tell stories, his enthusiasm for art is also expressed through his eleven years of graphic design and apparel creation.  The ability to convey a message via custom designs on apparel is such a huge asset for any organization. With a degree in business, Zach also has a thorough understanding of the importance for proper advertising and marketing. 
    You can find out more info on Zach here:
    https://thinkthompsonstudio.com/
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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 46 min
    Listen to the Birds (feat. Ursula Rucker)

    Listen to the Birds (feat. Ursula Rucker)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview Ursula Rucker, poet, spoken word artist, activist, mother, and living legend. Ursula discusses the impact quarantine has had on the art community as well as herself personally, reminisces on her career thus far, shares her visionary take on how COVID-19 is giving humanity the chance to slow down, wake up, and listen to the birds.

    Originally released on May 10, 2020. You can watch the video here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CAAibC0DXwT/

    About the guest:
    Ursula Rucker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a graduate of Temple University’s journalism program. She is of African-American and Italian descent. Rucker had been writing poetry since adolescence but kept her writings to herself until she read poetry in 1994, at Philadelphia's Zanzibar Blue, which is credited as her debut. Throughout her extensive career, Rucker has collaborated with numerous recording artists and producers including King Britt, 4hero, Jamaaladeen, Tacuma, Josh Wink, and The Roots.
    You can find out more info on Ursula here:
    https://www.instagram.com/urucker/
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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 38 min
    Keeping Your Inner Yoda (feat. Will Wells)

    Keeping Your Inner Yoda (feat. Will Wells)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview Will Wells, producer, composer, songwriter, musician, and more. Will discusses his approach to life in quarantine, the major opportunities and successes he has had thus far in his career, the importance of mentors, giving back to the community, and keeping your inner yoda.

    Originally released on May 3, 2020. You can watch the video here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B_ur751DP79/

    About the guest:
    Will Wells is a producer, songwriter, professional musician and recording engineer. He recently served as executive producer and co-writer of the debut album from Anthony Ramos, whom he met while working as Electronic Music Producer on the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize award-winning hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. The critically acclaimed album, The Good & The Bad, was released by Republic Records. Additionally, he was commissioned by ESPN to write the first-ever theme for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony, and Music Direct the national live television broadcast in December 2019. Most recently, he collaborated with Gabe Fox-Peck to produce "Stand Up", the end-title song for the Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet, performed by the film's lead character, Cynthia Erivo. This song has received nominations for Best Song from the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and the Academy Awards.

    Will studied Film Scoring and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music. While there, he honed his skills as a songwriter, arranger, conductor, and musician. Since then, he has crafted an impressive resume working with renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, LMFAO, Pentatonix and many more in the studio and on stage.
    You can find out more info on Will here:
    https://willwellsmusic.com
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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 28 min
    One Soldier's Mission to Fight the Stigma of Mental Health in the Military (feat. Miguel Lopez)

    One Soldier's Mission to Fight the Stigma of Mental Health in the Military (feat. Miguel Lopez)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview Miguel Lopez, marine, visual artist, and advocate for veterans. Miguel discusses his military background, the struggles of PTSD, depression, suicide, and general mental health facing veterans and military personnel, and how he hopes to change that stigma through art.

    Originally released on April 26, 2020. You can watch the video here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B_cxIIYjfPT/

    About the guest:
    Miguel Lopez focuses primarily on portraits, putting his soul into each of them. Miguel's black and white portraits honor the Military. Drawing on his own experiences, he uses both these portraits and written words to reach Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. Miguel's goal is for those who see and hear his work to feel motivated, inspired, and alive.

    Working from historic photographs, the subjects of Miguel's "Voices of Power" series are depicted in bold color, a nod to the strength of the subject, but also to the emotion behind the painting. Each piece is finished with his personal touch, splashes of color and specific angles to emphasize the power within the painting.

    Miguel's work honoring the Military remains black and white, but is equally powerful. Colors invite us to observe. Black and white pushes us beyond mere observation and forces us to think, to imagine, to see what’s behind the brush strokes.
    You can find out more info on Miguel here:
    https://www.instagram.com/artbylopz
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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 15 min
    There Are Stories In Your Own Backyard (feat. Sarah Alderman)

    There Are Stories In Your Own Backyard (feat. Sarah Alderman)

    In this episode, hosts Alexandra March & Nicole Zell interview Sarah Alderman, a photographer, filmmaker, storyteller, writer, and community advocate as well as discuss how to make a professional living as an artist, manifesting your life goals, and Sarah's highly anticipated, soon-to-be-released documentary Bypassed.

    About the guest:
    Born and raised in Coatesville to a family of artists, Sarah always had creativity and art running through her veins. She fell into the world of professional photography when a Facebook photo that she took of her twins prompted a friend of hers to ask Sarah to shoot her engagement. Two weddings later, her photos were featured in Rock n Roll bride magazine and her career catapulted from there. Her work caught the attention of Eagles team member Jason Kelce, and she photographed his wedding shortly after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win.
    Having grown up in Coatesville, Sarah knew that this area was where she wanted to lay down her professional roots. For the past five years, she has been working on a documentary called Bypassed, which focuses on sharing the stories of Coatesville residents, their experiences residing in the city, and their hopes for the city’s future. One of the things she noticed was that many of her interviewees said that Coatesville needed more facilities geared towards the arts. When the opportunity arose to be a part of the Midway Arts community, Sarah wanted to, in her own words, “put her money where her mouth was,” and support the mission of infusing art and creativity into the surrounding area. Sarah says, “When you have such a diverse community, art builds bridges instead of walls.”
    You can find out more info on Sarah here:
    http://www.agp-collective.com/
    You can find more info on Bypassed here:
    http://www.bypasseddocumentary.com/

    Be part of the Follow Your Art fam! Subscribe to the podcast and follow us on social media!

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    If you have any questions or topics you'd like to explore or if you'd like to submit your art to be featured on our platforms, please email us:
    followyourartpodcast@gmail.com

    Music: Benya Barshai 
    Logo: Jess Spousta
    Producer: Mariano Mattei

    • 54 min

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14 Ratings

Mariano215 ,

Honest and artistic.

Nicole and Alex share such beautiful and inspiring stories from our diverse artistic community. Follow your art. Thanks for giving so many artists a voice.

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