The path to success is rarely a straight line. And the path to success as a creative professional? That line tends to be especially squiggly. In the new series, Journey of an Artist, singer-songwriter and poet, Emmeline, talks to creatives from all walks of life about their passions, their paths, and the persistence they’ve employed to reach a point of professional and personal fulfillment. Emmeline sits down with voice actors, poets, dancers, musicians, graphic designers, stylists, and more to discuss the decisions they’ve made, the challenges they’ve faced, the obstacles they’ve overcome, and where they’d like their vision to take them next. She also reinforces the belief that—with love, grit, perseverance, and an abundance of joy—anything is possible.You can live the life you want, the life that brings you the most joy, and Emmeline's guests are living proof. Episodes air every Sunday night at 5 PM CST on Deep Ellum Radio. Then, each episode is available as a podcast the very next day! For behind-the-scenes information and insights, follow Emmeline on Instagram at @EmmelineMusic.
Episode 31: Lamar Strait
“It’s normal to have ups and downs. That comes with the world. It’s how you handle those ups and downs.” - Lamar Strait
Do you ever feel like you can't focus on just one thing? Do you ever feel like you have too many ideas and too little time? Are you fighting negative voices in your head that say that you can't do it all? This episode is for you!
In this episode of Journey of an Artist, Emmeline sits down with the multi-passionate entrepreneur Lamar Strait to talk about bringing ideas to life--from music to TV to fashion. Lamar discusses the ups and downs of his artistic journey and shares the ways he stays motivated to keep growing, maturing, and deepening his understanding of himself and his art. He also gives a sneak peek into his plans for his clothing brand, Mind Control; his new album, The Transition; and his upcoming film, Triple D. You can even hear some of his music!
To learn more about Lamar Strait, or to follow his artistic journey, visit him on Instagram at @iamlamarstrait. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage.
Episode 30: Mona Jhaveri
How to you fight for your dream in spite of the challenges? How do you use the obstacles as motivation? How can you turn roadblocks into new paths to success?
In this episode, Emmeline and Dr. Mona Jhaveri tackle these questions and more. Mona is a research scientist with a degree in biochemistry who began her career in science by working on a cure for cancer. Her discoveries led her to start Foligo Therapeutics, Inc.--a biotech start-up designed to bring cancer treatments to the masses. After challenges in funding made it difficult for her to bring treatments to patients in need, Mona started Music Beats Cancer, an organization designed to help crowdfund products introduced by new biochemical research. Here, she shares how obstacles inspired her to change paths, how her desire for positive change has deepened over time, and how she's more motivated now than ever.
To learn more about Music Beats Cancer and how you can get involved, please visit their official website. You can also follow the organization on Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Mona Jhaveri, or to follow her journey, you can join her on Twitter or Instagram. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage.
Episode 29: Cryste DeShields
Are you seeking proof that God has a plan for you? Have setbacks or traumatic experiences discouraged you? Are you looking for ways to get back into your art?
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, Cryste DeShields has a story you need to hear. As celebrity photojournalist and co-founder of Dallas Music Network, Cryste has found multiple ways for her artistic passion to manifest. However, she's also faced setbacks that could've ended her career. Exposure to toxins left her with medical complications, and she was present as a photographer for the Las Vegas shooting in 2017. Yet those medical complications inspired her to pursue painting and photography, and her experience with PTSD inspired her to co-found Dallas Music Network.
In this episode, Emmeline and Cryste talk about purpose, passion, and how something good can come from something bad. They also discuss their mutual work with Dallas Music Network and how Cryste is hoping to use the organization to change the world for musicians and their fans.
To learn more about Cryste or to follow her artistic journey, find her on Instagram at @crystedeshields. To learn more about Dallas Music Network and how you can get involved, please visit their official website. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage.
Episode 28: Rebekah Prim
Did your artistic journey take you in a different direction than you'd initially anticipated? Do you struggle between satisfaction with your current path and doubt about whether you should've stuck to your initial direction? This episode is for you!
Here, Emmeline sits down with singer-songwriter and music instructor Rebekah Prim to talk about the call to perform, the desire for connection through music, and the ways in which our paths as creative professionals can deviate from our initial plan. Rebekah shares the unconventional path she took toward teaching and the joy she gets from sharing music with students. She also discusses the importance of continuing education, how production complications can stall a project, and how she stays inspired to create.
To learn more about Rebekah Prim, visit her official website or inquire about lessons. You can also find her on Spotify and Instagram. To learn more about Melody of Hope, visit their official website. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage.
Episode 27: Al & Linda Lerner
"Never discount any of your talents or that you can make use of them.” - Linda Lerner.
Want to learn more about broadcast media? This episode is for you!
From television to radio, comedy to drama, writing to production, CBS to ABC, and NPR to Disney, Al and Linda Lerner have done it all! In this episode, Emmeline sits down with Al and Linda to discuss the decades they've collectively spend in broadcasting. Linda talks about her time as a journalist, and Al shares some stories about how he scored a job as a sports anchor. They offer their best advice to anyone seeking a career in entertainment--plus, hear what keeps them busy on the side! Al and Linda now run Movies and Shakers, a website dedicated to film reviews and interviews.
To learn more about Al and Linda Lerner, read their movie reviews, or watch the interviews they've conducted with some of your favorite stars, visit their official Movies and Shakers webpage.
Episode 26: Charlie Wendell
"God did not create you to create by yourself." - Charlie Wendell.
Do you have a heart for service? Do you feel called to make a difference? Are you letting the fear of mistakes or inadequacy keep you from doing what you love? This episode of Journey of an Artist is for you!
University of North Texas and Full Sail University alumna Charlie Wendell started out with good friends and a dream to unite her three passions: Jesus, people, and music. Now, she serves as Executive Director of the non-profit she founded, Melody of Hope--which seeks to bring hope through music. In this episode, Emmeline and Charlie talk about the challenges and joys of creating a business, allowing that business to adapt, and pushing past the mistakes to pursue your purpose. Charlie talks about the experiences that inspired her to create Melody of Hope, the way the organization has evolved, and the lessons she's learned along the way.
To learn more about how you can help support Melody of Hope, or to submit a musician who might be a good fit for the organization, visit Melody of Hope's official website. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of an Artist, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic.
Emmeline and Journey Of An Artist is Awesome
This podcast is awesome. Emmeline is an incredible interviewer. The subjects are great. I love how every journey is different and how they got to where they are in their journey.