The Underground Artists Podcast is brought to you by @isabeldickson_. This show delves into the lives of artists from a variety of professions, hearing their stories and advice for those seeking to follow in their footsteps. We aim to empower, inspire and educate you with relevant and impactful conversations. Subscribe to stay in the loop. We hope you enjoy hanging out with us!
We shot a movie. Here's how we did it.
In this episode your host @isabeldickson_ discusses with Curtis Lee her recently wrapped film, @rapidthefilm, of which she wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in. In this episode Isabel delves into what it was like going public with her bipolar disorder to make a film about rapid cycling, and together they discuss writing in an altered state of mind and channelling it into creativity, how they raised 82% of their crowdfunding target, steps to make your crowdfunding campaign a success, uncovering fear around mental illness, and so much more.
We discuss some members of the 'Rapid' crew in the film. To check out their work visit here:
Ella Deane: www.elladeane.com
Rhys William Nicolson: http://www.rwnicolson.com/
Mental health in entertainment with the Equity Wellness Committee
In this episode of @undergroundartistspodcast, host @isabeldickson_ sits down with entertainment worker and former co-chair of the Equity Wellness Committee, Liam Mcllwain (Les Misérables, The Pirates of Penzance, Mary Poppins).
We discuss the eye-opening statistics found in the groundbreaking study into Australian actors wellbeing by Sydney University and the Equity Foundation, contributors to the problem, duty of care institutions have for supporting and educating students, the importance of "cooling down" after a performance, tips for maintaining mind fitness, why and how things are changing in our industry, and so much more.
For more information about the Equity Wellness Committee and to access their resources visit: www.meaa.org/campaigns/equity-wellness/
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Costume design & making for film/theatre with Martin Heusel
This week's guest is esteemed costume designer/maker/researcher Martin Heusel who has worked on films such as Moulin Rouge, Superman Returns, Alien Covenant, and on London's West End, to name just the tip of the iceberg.
In this episode of @undergroundartistspodcast host @isabeldickson_ (Sydney) sits down with Martin Heusel (Greece) to discuss versatility in the industry, why his background in research and history has been crucial to his career, balancing style with realism, how to be employable, why it's worth pursuing costume design/making as a career, and much more.
Rise to the demands of being an artist with coach and actor Shane Savage
"Any work you create should be to entertain, to educate, or to inspire. The best work is all three. That's the work that changes the world."
In this episode of @undergroundartistspodcast host @isabeldickson_ (Sydney) sits down with actor and coach @shanesavage (Vancouver) via Zoom to discuss the differences between the Australian and North American markets and why he made the move to Vancouver from Melbourne, why you should move overseas for the experience and not the outcome, the "f**k yes or no" method in choosing work, why you need to have solid training in order to be working at a level that affects people, what you should look for in training, what he works on with his clients, and so much more.
Photography and conservation with photographer Reed Plummer
In this episode of @undergroundartistspodcast host @isabeldickson_ sits down with renowned photographer @reedplummerimages to discuss how the ocean and nature inspire his photography, the role photography plays in conservation efforts and awareness, and his journey from making his own pinhole camera as a kid to becoming a household name in nature-inspired photography. Reed's work has been featured in media around the world including on BBC, CNN, Sky News, as well as with Tourism Australia. In 2019 and 2020 he was a finalist in the Australian Geographic Nature Photo of the Year. Reed also owns his own business, Central Coast Drones.
Being a self sufficient actor with Isabel Dickson
Buckle down 'cos we're flipping the switch. @consistentlycurtis from the very first Underground Artists podcast interviews regular host, @isabeldickson_. In this episode we talk about the benefits of acting school, moving to a new city to pursue your dream, finding your own acting work in an overcrowded market, and keeping your skills sharp, particularly during self isolation. This episode is the third in our ZOOMPOD series recorded via zoom.