France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.
EP 216: Antique specialist, house flipper, Sculptor Porter Scott shares his life in France
My initial concept was to create a totem pole configuration with a vertical buildup of elements (all of which symbolize the town or the region). Then I got the creative inspiration to make some of the elements movable like a wind vane.; thus the 'Totem Girouette' came about. We've named it 'Autant en Emporte le Chanvre' in nostalgic reminiscence of the hemp industry, which was the source of wealth in Bréhémont up until the advent of nylon ropes, which killed the hemp industry. To give the sculpture a bit more gravitas, however, within the basic shapes, I introduced a mathematical abstraction from ancient Greece. The Greek mathematician Euclid came up with what is called 'Euclid's 1st Proposition. By overlapping two circles, the resulting space in a lozenge in which two equilateral triangles can be placed, one pointing upwards (a symbol for fire) and one pointing downward (a symbol for water). Since water is a key feature of our town, this water symbol is quite appropriate...and it is a lovely combination of geometrical shapes!
Backup to my main courier business. When this business died, I decided to focus on the furnished rental business along with the complementary renovation business in Paris. Many of the flats that I ended up managing for rentals were apartments that I renovated for the owners.
Rue du Cherche Midi Paris Furnished Apartment Rental
Loire Valley Garden Retreat Furnished Apartment Rental
The TOTEM GIROUETTE of Bréhémont, France
Photo Selection by Porter SCOTT
Assorted Paintings and Photos by Porter SCOTT
My Children, Nature, and the Outdoors
French People and Their Dogs
PARIS: A Visual Tribute
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EP 215: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Le Marais)
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EP 214: The Once Blind Painter, Joe Langley shares his Paris Story
Joe Langley's story is the most remarkable of all the expatriates that I know - AfricanAmerican or otherwise! His love affair with the French language began when he
found his brother's copy of Saint Exupéry's Le Petit Prince at home. He liked the
"look" of the French words and loved the illustrations. These inspired him to pursue
art and the French language as life-long passions. He went on to spend a year in the
Dordogne region as an exchange student at the age of fifteen, and a year in
Montpellier in the junior-year-abroad program at Davidson College. The French
Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited Joe to teach English to high school students in
Montpellier upon his graduation from Davidson. He spent a year in this post, which
provided him with the legal working papers that are so coveted by expatriates. He
went on to work as an acrobatic rider and singer for the traveling circus Zingaro for
Subsequently, Joe enrolled at the Sorbonne to study French and American literature…
and Romanian! He went on to work for L'Oréal Cosmetics, where he became a
director of the company's black hair care subsidiary, Goldys International. He traveled
in this position as well, working for the company from 1990 to 1995. He was posted
in Avignon in 1995 when he lost his vision.
Josephs Gift is the name of the book of poetry that Joe began writing in 1997. He
describes it as a "creative last will and testament," one that he began when he did not
know that his blindness was temporary. Slowly, it has become part of a greater project
which incorporates his music as well as his art. He has converted poems into songs
and songs into videos. To date, he has written and recorded roughly 350 songs and has
created over 500 paintings. The project has evolved and matured into a YouTube site -
Joseph Langley, and songs available os Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music etc. Art and
Music now represent Joe's full time occupations.
Josephs Gift has also evolved into a project that helps others gain exposure for their
art, music, or whatever medium they find for self-expression.
Joe is currently spending a lot of time in the studio working on or researching new
sounds and melodies. Though many musical artists influence him, he is particularly
fond of Al Jarreau because of the diversity in Jarreau's music and "the variety of
textures that he can give to his voice, thus giving him a more important vocal range."
Joe has also spent time on the radio. In October 2010, he participated in a show called
Black Feeling on Radio Fréquence Paris Plurielle (http://www.rfpp.net/). He had
called his friend John Dossavi, who hosts the show at RFPP, to ask if tenor
saxophonist Chansse Evanns could publicize a concert that he was organizing in
honor of Lena Horne. Joe ended up interviewing Evanns on the air, whereby Dossavi
asked Joe if he would be interested in doing regular interviews of artists, musicians,
and others. The Universe of Joseph Langley was born!
He continues to paint. He says that he paints in a "very fluid and spontaneous style,"
and that his work is "somewhere between modern and pop art with a touch of
'fauvisme' He calls it HapArt.
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EP 213: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Haut Marais)
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EP 212: Renaissance Woman and local Parisian Artist Kate French
I’m a Multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in Paris, exploring femininity through the study of historical psychology and mythology.
Social Media: @kgs.french.works
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EP 212: Michael Pereira: Parisian Performer, Singer, and Teacher
After spending 22 years as a working and teaching professional in New York City, Michael decided to follow his instincts and try living and working in Paris.
Michael is currently teaching several different disciplines in Europe.
Musical Theatre Techniques
With the help of his collaborator Marion Martelin and guided by the original creator Stephen Schwartz, Michael is in the midst of bringing the beloved Broadway musical PIPPIN to France. He is the director and choreographer. He also opened France’s 1st American Musical Theatre Academy. His students have been cast as performers at the world famous Crazy Horse, tours, and moved on to London’s top schools.
Michael is also a singer/storyteller in Paris. He has sold out some of Paris’ most popular jazz clubs (Cave 38 and Cafe Universel) with his jazz concerts.
As a performer, Michael has performed all over the world. His 1st professional job was dancing in the acclaimed European production of West Side Story. His other credits include Anything Goes, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, amoung others. Most recently, he was thrilled to portray Patrick in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens directed by Bill Russell. Michael also worked closely with Tony Award Winner Ann Reinking in the workshop productions of Chicago for Broadway/Encores, Applause for Papermill Playhouse/National Tour and Bye, Bye Birdie for ABC-TV.
As a teacher, Michael has taught at Marymount Manhattan College (Musical Theatre Program), The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Intergrated Program), Ballet Hispanico, Dance Masters of America, Studio Harmonic(Paris), Madrid Dance Center (Madrid), Stage International de Danse (Liege), amoung many others.
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Listening to my favorite podcast on my way to work every morning has become my routine, very interesting and informative..... keep up the awesome inspiration
I can’t believe I haven’t written a review! This has become my favorite podcast this fall! Very inspiring! Not just about all the interesting people and places, but as an artist and aspiring art business owner, I love her perspective on keeping it real! Krystal’s questions are very intuitive, and she is able to get so much intriguing information from her guests. Take a listen!
Inspiring and entertaining discussions with creatives about creativity and French culture. This has become my favorite podcast to listen to. Krystal’s guest are interesting and her interviews are great, informative and easy to listen to. I especially enjoy the Paris History avec a Hemingway podcasts with Claudine Hemingway. All around a great podcast!!