196 episodes

The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

The Compass Leah Walsh

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

    Mini Episode: Fearlessness in Difficult Times Edition

    Mini Episode: Fearlessness in Difficult Times Edition

    Host Leah Walsh reads from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
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    • 4 min
    Christina Rouner

    Christina Rouner

    Actor Christina Rouner shares her experiences with the dark side, resisting the comparison game, becoming a parent, auditioning, starting her own business, and gratitude.
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    • 1 hr
    Episode 165: Nija Okoro

    Episode 165: Nija Okoro

    Actor Nija Okoro shares her experiences with the dark side, the power of rituals in daily life, establishing herself in Los Angeles after growing up in NYC, falling in love with independent film, and lessons learned from her recent national tour of August Wilson's Jitney,
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Carolyn Michelle Smith

    Carolyn Michelle Smith

    Actor and coach Carolyn Michelle Smith shares her experiences with the dark side, making the move from NYC to LA, constantly learning and pivoting, community, and the embracing the self-tape audition.
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    • 52 min
    Mini Episode - Humility Not Modesty Edition

    Mini Episode - Humility Not Modesty Edition

    Host Leah Walsh reads an excerpt from Untamed by Glennon Doyle, check back soon for a new full episode!
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    • 10 min
    Han Tang

    Han Tang

    Writer and actor Han Tang shares her experiences with the dark side, diving in to playwriting and screenwriting when she encountered the lack of opportunities for asian actors after graduating from Juilliard, teaching artist work, storytelling in China and Los Angeles, community, and self-producing.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Krissidnyc ,

Wonderful and Renewing

It may pertain to the arts, but the core of it all will speak to the human in us all. Thank you for this gift.

bbLICny ,

The Compass restores my sanity!

Thank you for this beautiful investigation into the lives of artists and the heart of creative process!!!!!!

leya VD ,

Amazing and INVALUABLE

This is an inspiring and beautiful podcast that any artist and human should hear. The stories are so raw and real and I love getting into the "real talk" with these working artist professionals. It's so beneficial to learn from these people as a young artist and hear how they navigate this industry. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

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