Jordan Gillis – Musicianship, Discipline and Permaculture

Jordan Gillis is a versatile young performer who has been a full-time musician his entire adult life. With nearly 10 years of experience, he combines a soulful voice with virtuosic guitar playing – a rare combination! From rock, funk, soul, and jazz to heavy metal and country music, he can play virtually all genres of guitar-based music. Jordan has been on tour all over the country and has experience doing just about every type of gig in the book. We talk about the roots of discipline, the strategies to balance it all, we get into some technical talk and we even touch upon his empowering alternative passion of permaculture farming practices. Please enjoy! 

Show Notes:

[1:50] Interview begins

[8:30] The movie Cross Roads was a spark for Jordan’s guitar inception 

[12:00]Truevirtuosostudios.comis one of Jordan’s websites for teaching

[19:00] On songwriting –  One of Jordan’s first songs

[22:00]How To Think Like Einstein  by Scott D. Thorpe and the beginner’s mindset and music theory talk

[24:00]  This is Your Brain On Music really cool book to check out for music and science lovers[30:00] Tony and Jordan talk guitars love

[33:30] Finding the perfect key for you

[35:30] What does creativity mean to Jordan

[42:45] Covering songs and the benefits

[45:45] What type of person is a good fit for the music industry

[49:00] On disappointment[56:00] Staying in shape Bruce Lee book Tony mentions Tao of Jeet Kune Do

[102:00] How to Zoom out and recharge if overworked

[108:00] On dealing with business relationships[116:00] On film and music

[125:00] Find Jordan and instagram @jordangillisband and twitter  @jgillisband

[128:00] Jordan’s valued resources and some final rapid fire questions

[140:00] Thoughts on passion

[142:00] Jordan’s other passion, permaculture!

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Cyrus Wymer – How to handle inconsistencies in the Film Industry

On to this episode! I a have a fun conversation with a dear peer of mine, Cyrus, who is in the film industry like me. Specifically in the sound department. He is an extremely talented man who can build practically anything. He crafted a specialized sound cart out of random metals he came across and it impressed the hell out of me. We get into his experience starting from scratch in the industry, we talk about the onerous yet fortifying paths he has navigated through and we also have some tangents. And here we go, please enjoy this episode with Cyrus Wymer.

[3:00] Interview begins: Inconsistency and disagreements 

[13:00] Getting into the film industry

[25:00] Creative Inceptions

[31:30] Skateboarding Mindset Great skateboard film The End (Tony Hawk) [39:30] Doing your best

[44:00] Getting by in between the passions and more resources

[46:20] I am a failure? [55:30] The union

[1:08:30] Separate rankings and job duties

[1:24:00] Favorite parts of the film industry [1:33:15] Inspiration (Lords of Dogtown Lords Of Dog Town Documentary

[1:43:00] Cy’s contact info and final thoughts Find Cy on IMDB Cy’s IMDB and Facebook Cy’s Facebook

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Actions and Options – A Reflection

This episode is a short reflection and an example of how “letting go” can lead to taking action. I was disappointed with myself for lack of discipline until my 4am revelation. There is no guest in this episode, only me. Please enjoy!

[2:00] Reflection begins

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Marc Ricos – Music Passions, Geographical Dreams, and Getting Out There

[2:15] Interview begins
[5:00] The music Industry in Spain
[12:45] When traveling to Los Angeles from another country
[18:45] Creativity as a kid, as an adult
[25:00] Music Production and making money
[32:00] How Marc loses track of time
[34:00] Find Mark’s music here and all over the net. On IG @marcricos
[38:30] Marc’s final thoughts
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Eric Joyner – Donuts, Robots, and Art

My guest today is Eric Joyner @eric_s_j on Instagram and he is a contemporary American artist who is best known for his artwork which focuses on robots and donuts with beautiful background imagery. He has created over 350 paintings of them, some of which were purchased by praised by renowned film directors J.J. Abrams as well as George Lucas. Some of his artwork has been featured in the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory and has made international headway like when Duncan Donuts from Korea pitched him do contribute to their promotional products. Please enjoy my all-inclusive conversation with Eric Joyner.

[2:30] Interview beings
[7:45]  Eric’s Kickstarter Campaign Eric’s endeavor for Donut and Robotic video game; And donuts on OG The Simpsons Nintendo game -Donut Section (8:45)
[15:15] Staying creative and Eric’s rules for financial transactions
[18:00] Eric’s first professional experience as an artist The Final Blow – Early 2003 Painting
[29:15] Angry robots and stomping donuts – Man Vs Machine
[31:30] Eric’s advice for starting out painting; 2 inch by 1 inch bass wood,  Miter Saw, Plywood lane board or birch wood. Basic Gesso for ground
[36:30] Rules for Eric’s art
[39:00] “You gotta do something” Rebel Without a Cause
[39:30] Dunkin Donuts in Korea
[42:45] Influencing the Android Operating company
[45:20] Recharging after too many donuts and robots
[47:00] Researching art for your inspiration
[49:00] Massive professional printer Eric uses Epson Stylus Pro 9900
[50:30] Mentors and resources
[101:30] Inspiring art to see art in the USA
[104:00] @eric_s_j Instagram  @robotsanddonuts on Facebook and twitter Twitter
[105:00] Discipline and final thoughts
DuoLing App for learning languages
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Asad Chaudhry – Entrepreneurship and Magic

Today’s episode is another special one because it is with an intuitive Entrepreneur and Magician, Asad Chaudhry who I’ve learned quite a lot of serious magic techniques from over the years. He not only teaches professional magic but has created an online platform for Magicians all around the world at His recent Kick Starter Campaign MINT 2 has become one of the most successful projects in playing card history! We talk his strategies as he transitioned and left his career as an engineer to a full-time entrepreneur, states of flow, and how video games lead to his current iconic company logo. Please enjoy!
Show Notes
[2:25] Interview begins
[5:00] Asad loves Online research (sub reddit),
[6:00] Creativity and Flow
[11:00] Getting into MAGIC
[17:00] Youtube dreams
[20:00] Asad’s winning youtube video The card trick that never happened
[22:00] 52Kards as a business and Kick Starter
[25:00] Transition from Job to Entrepreneur
[28:00] Small things that go a long way (WordPress, Shopify, Teachable)
[32:30] Mistakes and realizations
[36:00] Asad’s Logo inception via Diablo 2 the game
[38:30] Wasting time doesn’t have to be a waste
[40:30] Kick Starter advice
[45:30] Producing the MINT deck
[49:30] As a Magician
[51:45] As a Teacher
[55:00] Keeping people happy
[58:45] Classic Magic Book The Royal Road To Card Magic
[1:00:00] Final thoughts Discipline Equals Freedom
Find Asad:
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Matias Lanzi – Editing, Crafting Studios, and Meditation

Today’s guest is a Hollywood Film and TV Editor, Composer, and Sound Engineer. He also designs and builds audio and video post-production boutique facilities. We get into all that and we even touch on his experience at a 10-day silent retreat. Please enjoy my conversation with Matias Lanzi.
Show Notes:
[2:00] Interview Begins
[4:00] Building Studios and the role of an Agency
[10:30] When a producer calls…The process
[13:00] Creative modes and Time management
[17:20] Tired eyes cures Flux your eyes for Phones and Computers
[21:30] An editors desk: Mackie Big Knob, Wacom Intuos
[24:45] Creativity
[28:45] Preparing for the Entertainment Industry
[33:00] Questions to ask ourselves
[35:00] Priorities and change
[38:30] Delegating
[43:00] Starting out post-production houses
[48:00] Handling people
[50:00] Recharging and what Matias doesn’t do
Pivoting books
[59:00] Silent retreat!
[1:06:00] Matias tips on Editing
Favorite movies
[1:16:00] Final words
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Brittany Chandler – Fire Dancing and Adjusting

In today’s episode, I interview a Fire Dancing Girl who runs her own Fire Dancing company! We talk about how she shifted from traditional college ideas to a professional DJ and then to an out of the box career choice, leading several fire teams to entertain people all over the world. Please enjoy my conversation with Brittany Chandler.
Show Notes
[2:45] Interview begins
[6:30] Dancing Fire and Costume Design
[13:00] Brittany’s company inception and growth
[18:00] Clients and Marketing
[20:30] The Eisenhower Matrix “To Do” list here Download it here  And here is the source where I found it with some productivity insight Original source
[22:00] “Walk away” strategies that bring big results
[25:00] Advice to transition into Passion that pays the bills
[27:30] Early inspiration and discipline carries over into other areas of life
[31:30] Big Mistakes and Idea sharing
[34:00] Recharging from exhaustion
[37:00] Positive relationships
[45:30] Brittany’s inspiration, “Flow Art Festival”, “Spin Jam”
[48:30] Find Brittany, Instagram @thedancingfire @thedancingfire  @brittanychandlerfire
[49:30] Final thoughts
[53:30] Last antidote – Brittany’s hair caught on fire on stage
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Losing Money, Producing, and Editing

This episode is short one about a few things I learned about the entertainment industry, specifically in the Film Industry and even more specifically, on Producing and Editing. I want to share them because they can save time, they can save money and they can reduce a lot of stress. I hope you find this episode helpful and as a reminder of how important efficiency, effectiveness and protecting yourself in the entertainment industry is.
Show Notes:
Amazing Lighting  Luminys Lighting
[2:20] Show Starts
[3:30] Orange County Productions Studio  OC Productions Studios
[5:00] Mistakes to avoid when it comes to Producing
[7:30] I was getting overwhelmed
[8:00] The importance of a producing partner. If you’d like to hear how I met My Producing partner Joey Chu, take listen to episode #3 of this podcast
[9:30] Losing money, neglecting to follow up in an email, and moving studio lights
[13:30] Offline editing Great tutorial Youtube Tutorial
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Dan Mirvish – Slam Dance, Feature Films, And The Academy Awards

Episode 18! I have another special guest who is the co-founder of the well known Slam Dance Film Festival, who have beautifully spawned some phenomenal filmmakers who have made big marks in cinema.  Dan is also a film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter with a recent movie out called Bernard and Huey. He is also the only filmmaker that I know of who produced a feature film for the sake of getting his previous feature film up for consideration by the Academy. He tells the captivating story in this episode as well as how he got creative when a meeting fell through by casually convincing a New York Publisher to take on his book, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking. I got so inspired by Dan, after the interview I stayed at the coffee shop for 5 hours longer to finish rearranging a script of mine that I wrote a couple years ago. It was fun this month I’m planning to have a table read of it. And now it is time for Mr. Dan Mirvish. Please enjoy!
Show Notes:
[2:20] Interview Starts
[5:30] Creativity with Dan
[11:30] On Patience
[13:45] Dan’s movie that changed the rules of the academy awards.  Open House The Musical
[31:45] Dan’s recent book on Indie filmmaking, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking
[36:15] How Dan accomplished his recent award-winning feature film, Bernard and Huey
[41:45] Dan’s New York film meeting was canceled – so instead he pitched and sold a book idea
[48:00] Advice if you’re new to the film industry
[56:00] Robert Rodgrigues’ first movie El Mariachi, Richard Linklater’s cult classic Slacker and Dan’s Omaha The Movie
[58:00] Slam Dance Film Festival inception
[1:02:45] Paranormal Activity, a Slam Dance Film Paranormal Activity
[1:07:30] Submit to Slam Dance via Without A Box or directly to
[1:08:00] How Dan recharges his life
[1:14:15] On Dan’s gravestone “The Man Who Changed The Rules Of The Academy Awards”
[1:16:45] On building a career with a body of work
[1:19:30] Where to find Dan on twitter @davmirvist and
[1:21:30] One word Dan is constantly working on: POSTURE
[1:22:15] Dan’s final words

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