BRC Imagination Arts presents Masters of Storytelling, a new podcast about the legendary people, ideas, and strategies that have redefined how we think about storytelling, across every medium: from books to the board room, film to physical spaces.
Hosted by BRC’s marketing director, Maya Guice, each episode offers candid conversations with the world’s greatest storytellers, illustrating each subject’s unique point of view, atypical career trajectories, lessons in grit, and key insights into how each storyteller translates the principles of storytelling into their own creative practice and process.
Bonus: Bernard Semerdjian and Creating the Thing You Want to See
In this bonus episode, Maya talks to Bernard Semerdjian, an incredible graphic designer, art director, experience designer, and mensch. The two sat down a couple of weeks ago to talk about Maya's interview with concept artist and art director Philip Boutté Jr., world building, and what it means to create the thing that you would like to see in the world.
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Phillip Boutté Jr.: Character Design, Costume Design, and the Permanence of Practice
Phillip Boutté Jr. is a concept artist within the costume designers guild. He's worked on a multitude of different blockbuster projects—films like Black Panther, Inception, Once Upon a time in Hollywood, Bohemian Rhapsody, Captain America, Hunger Games, The Greatest Showman—and as a production designer on musical tours and music videos for artists likeMadonna, Ariana Grande, The Black Keys, and Panic at the Disco.
Phil is also co-founder and CEO of 9B Collective, which he started with two friends, Michael Uwandi and Aldis Hodge. Their goal is to provide a shift in the entertainment landscape by working towards true inclusivity both in front of,and behind the camera. The collective includes artists working across multiple disciplines, from Feature Films, Animation, Television, Video Games, XR, Graphic Design, and more.
In this episode of Masters of Storytelling, Maya talks to Phil about costume and character design, the permanence of practice, and how his experience as a child actor influenced his purpose today. As you’ll hear, Phil’s someone who experienced a problem, saw the possibility, and rather than sit comfortably as pawn, he’s a become player, unafraid to effect change when everyone else said they didn’t know how to.
For more information about Phillip Boutté Jr., visit: www.artstation.com/phillipbouttejr
For more information about 9B Collective, visit: www.9bcollective.com
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Bonus: Brad Shelton and Pulling Inspiration from Various Mediums
In episode in five Maya interview Abigail Rosen Holmes, a lighting and production designer for concerts, special events, and installations. She’s worked artists like Phish, The Cure, Janet Jackson, The Cure, CHER; for companies like Disney, Nordstrom; and on projects the span from the High Roller Observation Wheel at Caesar’s in Vegas to Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall,’ which was performed live at the site of the Berlin Wall shortly after it had been torn down.
To follow up on this conversation, Maya speaks with Brad Shelton, Vice President and Creative Director at BRC and the man behind many of BRC's music focused projects. A fellow ex-theater kid turned theater-adult, he’s a storyteller, writer, and director who’s overseen the development of entire entertainment resorts and guest experiences around the world that span music, sports, entertainment, space, and everything in between.
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Abigail Rosen Holmes: Storytelling with Light & Media
Abigail Rosen Holmes is a lighting, video and production designer who's worked on live concerts, special events, and installations for artists like Phish, The Cure, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Cher; for companies like Disney and Nordtrom; and on projects the span from the High Roller Observation Wheel at Caesar’s in Vegas to Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall,’ which was performed live at the site of the Berlin Wall only eight months after it had been torn down.
A D.C. native and graduate of Brown University, Abigail spent years touring the US and Europe with some of the world's biggest music acts before spending six years as a Disney Imagineer. Her unique and varied background lend to her habit of leaning into otherwise unfamiliar mediums, platforms, and tools. This has contributed to a depth of experience that is fundamental to who she is today.
In this episode of Masters of Storytelling, Maya talks to Abigail about her experience as a roadie, the power of abstraction in lighting and media design, and the magnificent things that happen when you just say 'yes.'
For more information about Abigail and NYXdesign, visit: www.nyxdesign.com
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Bonus: Cara Pico and Building Design Teams
In Maya’s interview with Chris Do, an Emmy award-winning designer and director, the two discuss business storytelling, brand strategy, finding your purpose, and the importance of doing what you love.
To follow up on this conversation, Maya spoke to Cara Pico, BRC’s Design Studio Director. She leads all of BRC’s casting and recruitment, studio operations, and supports practically every department at BRC from project development to marketing, finance to design and production.
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Chris Do: Storytelling in Business and Design
CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind Inc, Chris Do has lectured all over the world. Storyteller, businessman, designer, teacher, and creative strategist among other things, Chris has spent over 15yrs teaching at schools like ArtCenter College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and has reached millions through his second company, The Futur—an online education platform with close to 2M subscribers on YouTube.
He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Graphics/Packaging, where he has taught Sequential Design for over a decade. He’s lectured all over the world on subjects including pricing, sales, negotiations, content marketing, branding, storytelling, building community and influence.
In this episode of Masters of Storytelling, Maya talks to Chris about his journey starting and growing a creative agency, business storytelling and the importance of knowing your audience, and the magic that happens when you do work that has meaning.
For more information about Chris and his company Blind, visit: www.blind.com
For more information about The Futur, visit: www.thefutur.com
To learn more about BRC Imagination Arts: www.brcweb.com
Master of Podcasting
Thoughtful, creative, unique interviews!
Great Interviews and great music
Great interviews that take you into the mind of creators. The accompanying music is awesome too
Insightful and Fascinating
Masters of Storytelling brings together an eclectic group of creative minds. It’s not your typical podcast on storytelling. I find it full of rich, useful content from creators across a diverse array of disciplines. I learn something in every episode. One of my new favorites!