6 episodes

Featuring honest conversations with professionals from across the creative industry, Rough Draft explores the creative process, tools and resources used by some of the best in the business. From directors, to journalists, to content creators, we shed light onto what it looks like to break into the industry, make mistakes, collaborate with other creatives, and the essential tools that help us along the way. New episodes are released every two weeks on Thursdays. Visit rev.com/podcast for more content and to join our community of listeners.

The Rough Draft Rev

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Featuring honest conversations with professionals from across the creative industry, Rough Draft explores the creative process, tools and resources used by some of the best in the business. From directors, to journalists, to content creators, we shed light onto what it looks like to break into the industry, make mistakes, collaborate with other creatives, and the essential tools that help us along the way. New episodes are released every two weeks on Thursdays. Visit rev.com/podcast for more content and to join our community of listeners.

    Al Black on Reaching Global Audiences with Accessible Content

    Al Black on Reaching Global Audiences with Accessible Content

    Today on The Rough Draft, we're joined by Al Black, the COO of Voquent, a company that specializes in talent matching services for global content creators and businesses seeking expert localization solutions. With over 25 years of experience in expanding global reach for brands and creators, Al shares valuable insights into the significance of accessibility in content, offering strategies for effective online localization. We delve into the evolving landscape of AI's impact on creative industries, exploring both its opportunities and challenges. Al underscores the importance of adapting to technological advancements while also emphasizing the need to protect artists' rights in this rapidly changing landscape. 
    Further, Voquent has been kind enough to offer Rev customers 10% off their first order of voiceover or dubbing services. Simply mention “Rev” when making an inquiry.
    Guest Bio
    Al Black, co-founder and COO of Voquent, boasts a 25-year career helping creators reach new global audiences through translations, voiceovers, and dubbing.
    Additional Resources
    voquent.comLinkedIn: Al BlackVoquent YouTube: @VoquentX: voquentEuropean Accessibility Act
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    • 32 min
    Brandon Carter on the Delicate Dance of Defining a Brand

    Brandon Carter on the Delicate Dance of Defining a Brand

    Join us on The Rough Draft as we chat with Brandon Carter, a seasoned brand strategist and copywriter with over 12 years of industry experience. Brandon's expertise lies in crafting strategic narratives for VC-backed startups and publicly traded tech companies, helping them define their brand meaning and connect with audiences across various media platforms. Together, we delve into the essence of "brand," exploring its rising significance in today's business landscape, what it means to be a “Creator Brand,” and his go-to productivity hacks. Brandon's invaluable insights illuminate the path to navigating organizational chaos, bringing clarity and cohesion to the intricate fabric of brand identity.
    Guest Bio
    Brandon Carter is a strategist and copywriter with over a decade of experience shaping the narratives of both tech behemoths and beloved childhood brands. Beginning his career in business development for iconic names like Peanuts and Sesame Street, Brandon later transitioned into the tech world, where he made his mark as an early employee and marketer at Outbrain, pioneering content marketing workshops for Fortune 500 giants such as L'Oreal and Bank of America. His journey continued as he took on leadership roles at Codeword, spearheading content programs for leading platforms like Snapchat and Waze. 
    Based in Brooklyn with roots in Maine, Brandon's passion for both his work and personal pursuits shines through, whether he's crafting brand strategies or immersing himself in creative endeavors and tennis matches.
    Additional Resources
    brandoncarter.coLinkedIn: Brandon CarterInstagram: brandedcarterTwitter: brandedcarterperplexity.ai
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    • 38 min
    John Rains on Being a "Doer" Among Creatives

    John Rains on Being a "Doer" Among Creatives

    Today on The Rough Draft we sit down with Austin-based commercial producer, John Rains. Along with his experience in handling multi-million dollar productions, John’s impressive portfolio boasts collaborations with iconic brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Nissan, and Reebok, to name just a few. Central to John's work is his dedication to building upon Austin’s reputation as a production hub and fostering a positive on-set culture. We explore the evolving role of social media in advertising, its effects on consumer engagement, and how this shift has shaped John's approach to his projects. We also talk about the importance of networking, assembling a talented crew, and the synergy required on set to create outstanding work.
    Guest Bio
    John Rains is a commercial producer based in Texas. While Austin is home, he’s traveled all across Texas and the US to produce commercial work for various brands like Nissan, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Ford and more. John is a partner in the rental house Convoy. Opening their doors in 2020, Convoy wanted to inject Austin with a new rental experience that prioritized quality and customer service–making Austin a destination city for commercials of all sizes. Whether through equipment being used or budgets being managed, John’s desire is to positively impact the productions he’s working on in as many ways as possible and loves doing it all here at home. 
    Additional Resources
    LinkedIn: John Rainsjohnrains.netconvoyatx.comInstagram: convoy_atxbackstory.usInstagram: backstory.us
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    • 52 min
    Courtney Johnson on Leveraging Content to Build a Personal Brand

    Courtney Johnson on Leveraging Content to Build a Personal Brand

    Today on The Rough Draft we talk with content creator & solopreneur, Courtney Johnson. Courtney has such a fascinating methodology on creative storytelling. Her delivery mechanism is primarily social media, but she uses many types of digital marketing to grow her personal brand as a mentor and consultant. We talk about how she focuses on creating a lot of content - no matter how good or bad she thinks it is - and how this not only led to her overall success, but also generated nearly 8 million views on what she would say is objectively a bad piece of content. We get into her simple daily habits, different tools used in her workflow, and how a content creator should never leave anything in their drafts. Alright, here’s our conversation with Courtney Johnson.
    Guest Bio
    Courtney Johnson is an Austin-based solopreneur, social media consultant, personal brand manager for tech execs, and content creator who writes about motivation, personal brand, career, and marketing. She is the creator of the Monday Megaphone Newsletter, Level up on LinkedIn Program, and Level up on TikTok program. 
    Additional Resources
    LinkedIn: courtneylynnjohnsonInstagram: courtlynnjohnsonTikTok: @courtney..johnsonYou can find info on Courtney’s new podcast “Slay the Gatekeeper” on her instagramCourtney’s PatreonCourtney’s Problematic Career Cheat CodesCourtney’s “Level Up on LinkedIn” ProgramCourtney’s “Level Up on TikTok” Program“The One Thing” - by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan Flown
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    • 53 min
    Jacob Hamilton on Directing a Feature Documentary Film for Over Seven Years

    Jacob Hamilton on Directing a Feature Documentary Film for Over Seven Years

    Today on The Rough Draft, we sit down with director & cinematographer Jacob Hamilton. With over 20 years in the industry, Jacob is best-known for his award-winning directorial debut Jump Shot, and his cinematography can be found in places like the documentary Facing Nolan, and more recently on Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines. On today’s episode, Jacob breaks down what it’s like to work on a documentary for over 7 years. He explains his process of preparing for interviews and how he finds the right people to contribute to the story. We talk about the unpredictable nature of documentary storytelling, as well as the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. Alright, let’s jump into our conversation with Jacob Hamilton.
    Guest Bio
    Jacob Hamilton is director and cinematographer based in Austin, TX. With over 20 years in the industry he is best-known for his directorial debut JUMP SHOT (2019, SXSW WORLD PREMIERE), an award-winning feature length documentary about Kenny Sailors, the man who invented the modern day jump shot in basketball, his cinematography on critically acclaimed FACING NOLAN (2022, SXSW WORLD PREMIERE), and more recently his cinematography on MAGNOLIA TABLE with JOANNA GAINES for Warner Discovery & the Magnolia Network. 
    Episode Topics
    (1:12) Getting started & pursuing a feature documentary
    (5:30) Pursuing a documentary story
    (7:10) How to conduct interviews for documentary films
    (9:39) Securing celebrity athletes to interview for Jacob’s film
    (14:32) Volume of interview footage, b-roll, archival footage
    (17:36) Cutting a documentary story with transcripts
    (22:01) Committing to the story
    (26:58) Caring for the story subject & the unpredictability of documentary storytelling
    (32:58) Surrounding yourself with the right people
    (36:52) Being a dad while directing a feature film
    (42:48) Childhood dream to reality
    (45:12) Technology, tools & storytelling
    Additional Resources
     jacobryanhamilton.comInstagram: @jacobryanhamiltonTwitter: @jake_hamiltonjumpshotmovie.comfacingnolan.com
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    Introducing: The Rough Draft

    Introducing: The Rough Draft

    Featuring honest conversations with professionals from across the creative industry, The Rough Draft explores the creative process, tools and resources used by some of the best in the business. From directors, to journalists, to content creators, we shed light onto what it looks like to break into the industry, make mistakes, collaborate with other creatives, and the essential tools that help us along the way. New episodes are released every two weeks on Thursdays. Visit rev.com/podcast for more content and to join our community of listeners.

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