On the Spot and Not on the Couch
This particular interview is a bit different. While it is another one of many in a series of interviews at the 2011 Indie Gathering which is an annual international event usually held at the Westlake Holiday Inn in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it is different from all the others in one respect.
What makes this one different is that it is not conducted by Lumpy. I know from much experience with “wannabes” that out of 100 people who come to me wishing to learn how to podcast less than 10 will actually follow through and do a single show. After that, less than 1 will actually stick with it long enough to put 7 shows under their belt. Most end up fading away with excuses about jobs, family, bad microphones and “the dog virus ate my podcast”.
When I met Georgie, as she likes to be called, she had expressed and interest in interviewing folks involved in indie film. I also know from years of teaching people the best way to get them going is to get them doing. Let them sit on the couch too long, they loose motivation to boredom and being “taught” too much. If the spark starts something smoldering, one best put wood on it while it is still hot.
She seemed genuinely interested and motivated. I asked her if I could put her on the spot and she agreed. Not only did she do a great job on this, he first ever, stone-cold-on-the-spot-with-no-prep-time interview, she is now one of our stations newest interns and still motivated as ever. While she did actually sit on a couch for this particular interview, she is not a couch-sitter like the 99% percent who spend most of their life dreaming and wishing. Georgie did a “georgous” job by “doing” this interview. She also placed second in the acting competition. You can get in touch with Georgie at firstname.lastname@example.org and friend this young talented actress on Facebook. You can also soon see her act in a soon to be released episode of The Black Ice Chronicles.
Speaking of young and talented, opposite on the couch from our green staff member, sat an equally young and talented film score composer. While I did not get to check out much of Danny Ryan‘s work at the event, he was nice enough to give me a DVD of his work. I have watched it three times since the event and absolutely love how he adds much emotion to the scenes he scored. There is a difference between background music and a film score. Background music is just that. A film score adds drama and impact to a scene. This young man really gets that. I particularly like the “alphabet soup” scene.
Danny and Georgie may not have technically done the best interview. I have taught Georgie much about using the Zoom since her first five minutes of exposure to it. However, they are both excellent examples of advice given by many producers, actors, writers, directors and almost every single individual I interviewed at the event. You become a writer, director, producer, actor or whatever by writing, directing, producing, acting or whatevering. I know that if you listen to this interview, you will see that they both have fire and passion in them for what they do. I don’t see these two fading away.
I must confess, that I often get frustrated with all the wannabes out there.. they burn me out and wear me down… they make me feel like I am wasting my time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater, it is not like that.. each to their own. All I ask is that one act in honesty and stop teasing with false promises. It seems that more like to live in denial and avoidance than reality. Get off the dam couch.
It is just nice to see something like this ignite to something more. I am confident that you will hear more from both of these young “doers”. It was a real joy and pleasure to meet both of them and watch an idea actually grow into something more. Hippies like myself live for those moments.
Regarding The Indie Gathering, the event is a must attend for anyone in the independent film industry. Whether you score movies, act, edit, direct, do make-up, costume or special effects, this is an event that you should mark on your calendar each and every year. The event features many, many screenings in three simultaneously running screening rooms, many seminars and demonstrations for all who attend and contests for those who enter. You can find out more about this event over at theindiegathering.com.
Ray is involved in or responsible for:
- The 48 Hour Film Project
- Worldeonline (World Entertainment Online)
- Cleveland Academy for Self Defense
- The Warrant Unit Cleveland
- North Coast Casting
- The Reel TV Network
- 2011 Indie Gathering Interview – Nan Slocum and Edmund Messina – Lily’s Mom and IVT Productions (indienation.fm)
- 2011 Indie Gathering Interview – William A. Alexander – Travelin’ Light Productions (indienation.fm)
- 15th Annual Indie Gathering – 2011 update 28 Aug (indienation.fm)
- An Interview with Brian C. Lawlor of Shock Star Studios (indienation.fm)