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The NOT REAL ART podcast celebrates creative culture and the artists who make it. NOT REAL ART is fresh, fun and inspiring. It contains material not suitable for pretentious art snobs. Guests include the world-class artists, designers and creatives who drive the $2T creative economy.

NOT REAL ART is hosted by L.A. based art world insiders Man One and Sourdough who bring their devil-may-care attitude to discussing their mutual love — and hate — for the contemporary art world, creative culture, and everything in between.

If you're an an arts professional or creative culture enthusiast, NOT REAL ART is for you!

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

The NOT REAL ART podcast celebrates creative culture and the artists who make it. NOT REAL ART is fresh, fun and inspiring. It contains material not suitable for pretentious art snobs. Guests include the world-class artists, designers and creatives who drive the $2T creative economy.

NOT REAL ART is hosted by L.A. based art world insiders Man One and Sourdough who bring their devil-may-care attitude to discussing their mutual love — and hate — for the contemporary art world, creative culture, and everything in between.

If you're an an arts professional or creative culture enthusiast, NOT REAL ART is for you!

    Diarra Bousso: From Wall Street to Sustainable Fashion Design

    Diarra Bousso: From Wall Street to Sustainable Fashion Design

    Not everyone would leave behind a cushy career on Wall Street to pursue their creative pipe dreams. Then again, not everyone is Diarra Bousso. Today, the Senegal-born, Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur joins us to discuss her remarkable journey from financial trader to founder of DIARRABLU, a sustainable, size-inclusive fashion and lifestyle brand. Using algorithmic design and crowdsourcing to reduce waste, DIARRABLU fuses technology with traditional craftsmanship to promote ethical consumption within the fashion industry.
    For more information, please visit http://notrealart.com/diarra-bousso

    • 52 min
    Asheville: The Capital of American Craft

    Asheville: The Capital of American Craft

    It's the height of summer in North America, making it the perfect time for a getaway. If you're planning a trip, consider this episode your friendly travel guide! Scott “Sourdough” Power recently embarked on an inspiring journey to Asheville, North Carolina, which we at Not Real Art proudly call the Capital of American Craft. Whether you're an artist, an art lover, or simply a curious explorer, you'll be captivated by the pristine natural beauty and the impressive array of contemporary American art and craft in this region. In today's episode, we offer a sneak peek into what makes this part of the country so unique. You'll learn what to expect when you visit, gain insight into the history of craft-making in the area, and find out who to contact to learn more about the artists and artisans that make it so special. For more information, you can also tune into the Artsville USA Podcast to celebrate the vibrant contemporary arts and crafts scene from Asheville and beyond!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    The valuable partnerships that made the Artsville USA Podcast possible.Natural and manmade beauty you can expect in Asheville, North Carolina.Insight into the history and provenance of art and craft-making in the area.Why we suggest you visit Asheville (and who we recommend to show you around!)Challenges that the region is facing and how your support can help.
    For more information, please visit http://notrealart.com/asheville-capital-of-american-craft

    • 15 min
    Announcing the 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant Recipients

    Announcing the 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant Recipients

    Submissions for the 2024 NOT REAL ART grant have come to a close, marking the end of a rigorous and methodical selection process by our esteemed panel of judges. With six $2,000 grants at stake and over 1,200 incredible applicants to choose from, the journey has been long and challenging, but the wait is finally over. Today is the day that we announce our 2024 grant recipients! Tune in as we reveal the six amazing artists who will receive not only a tidy financial reward but also substantial PR and marketing support to propel their careers forward. For further details, check out the NOT REAL ART blog where we'll publish the results. A sincere thank you to all the artists who shared their exceptional work with us!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Why methodically evaluating each applicant is a job we take very seriously.The four criteria that we score each application on. A special shout-out for our panel of esteemed judges.What grant recipients receive, including financial and promotional support.Without further ado: introducing our six 2024 Not Real Art Grant recipients!
    For more information, please visit http://notrealart.com/2024-not-real-art-grant-recipients

    • 16 min
    Samuel Douek of Thunderflix: Netflix for Metalheads

    Samuel Douek of Thunderflix: Netflix for Metalheads

    While struggling to watch a concert by one of his favorite metal bands online, Samuel Douek realized there was a gap that needed to be filled. Thus, Thunderflix was born, the world's first on-demand video streaming service dedicated exclusively to heavy metal music and its ardent fans. Samuel built his career as the founder and director of the Hola Mexico Film Festival and a former film distributor. In this episode, he joins us to tell the story of Thunderflix, a place where metalheads like himself can access new releases, live performances, documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and official content from their favorite artists. You’ll learn what goes into launching a streaming platform and curating digital content directed at a subculture of highly passionate fans. We also discuss the challenges of licensing, how the platform helps viewers discover new bands, and so much more! Regardless of whether you’re a metalhead or not, you’ll see that Thunderflix is a testament to the dedication of one enthusiast's unwavering vision for a "Netflix for metal.” This episode promises insights and inspiration for music enthusiasts, art lovers, and entrepreneurs alike, so be sure to tune in today!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Insight into the Hola Mexican Film Festival, which is in its 16th year.When Samuel first discovered heavy metal and fell in love with the art form.The ardent passion that heavy metal fans have for the bands they love.Where the idea for Thunderflix came from and how it satisfied Samuel’s needs as a fan.How he went about negotiating licensing and copyrights with record labels.Challenges of curating and organizing the content available on Thunderflix.What goes into building a streaming platform and populating it with data.Different ways Samuel and his team marketed Thunderflix to their target audience.The future of Thunderflix, which includes producing their own films and concerts.How the platform helps metalheads discover new and incredible bands.Why Samuel believes that work is work, even when you love what you do.A look at some of the many ever-evolving sub-genres of metal.
    For more information, please visit http://notrealart.com/samuel-douek-thunderflix

    • 52 min
    SNL Cue Cards: Behind the Scenes With Wally Feresten

    SNL Cue Cards: Behind the Scenes With Wally Feresten

    Wally Feresten, iconic cue card writer for shows like SNL and Late Night with Seth Meyers, Explores his craft's artistry and his journey during the pandemic. He shares how he adapted to the challenges, starting his successful business, Cue Cards by Wally, and the joy of bringing personalized cue cards into people's lives globally. Wally also reflects on his relationships with hosts and performers, stressing the importance of rapport and discussing the unforeseen inventiveness brought about by navigating COVID-19 restrictions. The conversation rounds out with insights into the supportive and creative environment of his work and the significant but often overlooked role of cue cards in live television production.
    https://notrealart.com/snl-cue-cards-wally-feresten
    Episode Contents00:00 Wally is a lovable, funny, cue card writer.
    07:33 Discussion of various dimensions of sign painting.
    12:44 Discussing tradition, design, and obsession in conversation.
    21:25 Building trust and relationships for successful collaboration.
    24:03 Building trust with SNL hosts every week.
    29:50 Grateful for long-lasting job on TV show.
    36:33 SNL returns with COVID restrictions, logistical challenges.
    39:24 Wife entrepreneur rejects personalized cue card idea.
    46:41 Christopher Walken hosts SNL, asks for card.
    51:39 Sharpies, Power pilot pens, and old markers.
    57:18 Meeting artists and celebrities can be challenging.
    01:00:42 Talent, hard work, and kindness matter most.
    01:05:13 Endorsement for custom cue cards by Wally.
    Topics DiscussedIntroduction to Wally Feresten
    - Introduction of Wally Feresten as a guest on the Not Real Art Podcast.
    - Explanation of Wally's role as a cue card writer for notable TV shows like SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
    - Mention of Wally's personal life, including his family and recreational activities.
    Cue Cards and Artistry
    - Discussion on the artistic aspect of writing cue cards.
    - Comparisons made between Wally's work and famous sign painters.
    - Reflection on the history and evolution of cue cards in the entertainment industry.
    Business Ventures and Adaptations During COVID-19
    - Exploration of Wally's business "Cue Cards by Wally" providing personalized cue cards.
    - How the pandemic influenced Wally to start the business.
    - Transition to remote work and adaptation of the business model during COVID-19.
    Operational Details and Employee Management
    - Insight into Wally’s operational and billing practices for shows.
    - Discussion of employee status transitioning from independent contractors to full-time staff with benefits.
    - Wally’s approach to maintaining a good work environment, highlighting the importance of being nice.
    Impact of Cue Cards in the Industry
    - Highlights of famous cue card writers and their contributions.
    - The preference of cue cards over prompters by traditional hosts.
    - Story about Wally's mishap during a live show and handling different personalities.
    Creative Side Projects and Personal Stories
    - Wally’s involvement in creating cards for various personal events and celebrations.
    - Mention of his sons’ careers and personal projects.
    - Story about Wally’s interaction and relationship with fans and other industry figures.
    Reflections and Philosophy
    - Wally’s reflections on the stability and changes in the entertainment industry due to strikes and other disruptions.
    - His philosophy on work ethic and the advice of being nice as pivotal to success.
    - Scott and Wally’s shared experiences and appreciations...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Why the Creative Arts Are Experiencing a Full-Blown Renaissance

    Why the Creative Arts Are Experiencing a Full-Blown Renaissance

    Are the creative and performing arts experiencing a 21st-century renaissance? NOT REAL ART founder Scott “Sourdough” Power thinks so. “What's left when you've lost faith in your church, in your company, in your government?” he ponders in this week’s podcast episode. “What's left when you feel like all the fundamentals have lost their integrity and you've lost trust in the cornerstones of our societies? Well, I would speculate that art and artists are left.”
    In today’s episode, Scott delves into the rebirth of creative culture in contemporary America. Spurred by waning trust in corporations, capitalism, and religious institutions, this renewed appreciation for creative expression signals a cultural sea change in our society. Is this a quest for authenticity in an increasingly commodified world? Are we yearning for connection in an age of digital isolation? Where do we find truth and beauty in the modern world?
    “If you're looking for [integrity, honesty, purity, truth, empathy, compassion, and intelligence], what better place to look than the visual and performing arts?” asks Scott, adding, “Go look at art,” Scott says. “Go meet some artists because you're going to be inspired, and you're going to find positive energy that will give you faith, hope, and trust in our country, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
    Tune in today as we explore these questions, shed light on the cultural shifts unfolding before our eyes, and celebrate the resilience of creativity and the enduring power of artistic expression in shaping our collective consciousness.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Brands that have ignited a passion for creativity and design.Reasons that we’ve lost faith in institutions, corporations, and capitalism at large.Different ways that our governments and communities have eroded in recent years.How art fills the void that’s left when all the fundamentals have lost their integrity.Why looking at great art and meeting great artists is so inspiring.
    For more information, please visit http://notrealart.com/arts-renaissance

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

R Saez ,

Great resource for art biz newbie

As an Art business newbie and I love this show. I always learn something and Scott does a great job pulling out the personal and professional insights from his guests. Nice work!

Tijera Williams Review ,

Great Experience, Great Opportunity, and So Much Fun to Make!

As a podcast-virgin, being apart of the makings of the podcast was a tremendous opportunity and experience. Sourdough was a great host, and we could go on and on. I am especially appreciative of the opportunity to speak about my art on a new platform that I will definitely be exploring! It felt like the conversation was seamless to produce and was conveyed to the audience in an easy-to-understand delivery when discussing art history. If I could do it again, I absolutely would! These podcasts are great for art learners and art-lovers alike, and I’m so glad to be apart of the Not Real Art family! :)

Rachel O. ,

It’s like free art school!

Great podcast for anyone interested in working in the arts! Definitely a great selection of guests, art forms + processes discussed. A must-listen for any artist!

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