I'm Bill Wadman, a commercial portrait photographer in New York City with a lot of amazing and accomplished friends. Occasionally I'll record an hour long interview with one of them about what they do, how they got here, and why it's important to them
Episode 40: Chris Molanphy Returns - Chart Analyst / Pop Critic
Back for his second episode. Slate magazine's resident rock critic & chart analyst Chris Molanphy chats with me about the definition of a "Smash", why the demographics of the artists on the charts have changed over time, and how much he hates most Diane Warren penned songs. Always great to talk to Chris.
Episode 39: Sandi Robertson - Art Teacher
The rare Skype episode of Pals with art teacher Sandi Robertson from the UK. We discuss Sandi's deep love of the color darkroom, her early beginnings as a young artist in Scotland, and her belief that a student's understanding of photography is as vital as maths and sciences.
Episode 38: Eran Bugge - Home Sewing Enthusiast
My good friend Eran isn't just one of the best modern dancers working today, she's also an accomplished home sewer. That's right, she's makes most of her own clothes and some for other people too. I just had to know how she got into the hobby!
Episode 37: Keri Thibodeau - Theatrical Lighting Designer
I've been trying to get lighting designer Keri Thibodeau in front of my microphone for a couple of years now, but working at The Metropolitan Opera means that she doesn't have any free time. What she does have is a great story and a whole lot of fun nerdy insider information about the process of modern stage lighting.
Episode 36: Molly Magerman - Footwear Designer
Our young friend and footwear designer Molly Magerman is heading back to the west coast, so took the opportunity to talk to her about outsoles, lasts, and manufacturing shoes in China. It's fascinating stuff.
Episode 35: Brad Rego - Filmmaker
Filmmaker Brad Rego was ramping up to shoot his next horror film "Cryptid" in April just as the Coronavirus shut down the world. In this episode we'll talk about independent film production and how unknowns and additional time have effected his process.
Pals with Bill Wadman is an excellent podcast featuring intimate and interesting conversations with an array of talented and accomplished professionals that happen to be his friends. Mr. Wadman's smooth interview style allows his subjects to relax and easily express themselves. The interview subjects never disappoint and provide the listener with real insight into their world.
Pals with Bill
1. Bill does seem to have interesting friends.
2. Don’t be scared off by the “pals” thing. These aren’t chummy backslapping conversations between the “cool kids.” They know each other, sure, but there’s not really any “inside” talk to speak of that would alienate the audience.
3. Bill is a generous conversationalist and enough of an autodidact that he can ask relevant and probing questions of people in wide ranging fields and allows enough of himself into the conversation to draw out the other person without making it all about him. Everything comes back to the commonalities of creating or the small “a” artistic process, regardless of the profession.
4. And everything is creating. Finding out that sometimes film editing mistakes are intentionally made in view of the greater vision was fascinating. And when I googled Michael Malice before listening I was like “uh, no” but by the end of the interview I may not have agreed with a lot of things, but I was won over. Museum curation, dance. I imagine if bill interviewed a hedge fund billionaire he’d manage to draw out their humanity and self doubt.
Kristen Gaylord, Museum Curator
Great interview with Kristen Gaylord about what is involved with curating a retrospective exhibit. I look forward to seeing exhibits she is involved in curating at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art which I visit frequently.