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Creative Ops

Author: Christopher Tallon

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Creative Ops is a podcast for creative people, by creative people. We talk to artists, musicians, writers, small business owners, and more, finding out about the awesome things people are making, and learning about their creative processes.
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Kyd Kane is a poet, artist, and educator. She was the first spoken word artist to make the finals in ArtPrize. Recently she became Grand Rapids' first black, queer, female poet laureate. Since then she's made her it mission to elevate poetry (and poets) in the city, do something different with (for) the laureateship, and challenge privilege. Check out Kyd Kane at www.kydsaidit.com Check out the show at www.christophertallon.com Buy the host a coffee at www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops   Thanks folks! -CT
As a young child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Vincent Mcintosh dreamed of being a businessman, owning 250 restaurants, and living life on his terms. Now in his mid-20s, he joined Creative Ops--online from the restaurant--to talk about his path on that journey. At 17 he dropped out college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. At 19 he founded IRIE Kitchen (organic, Caribbean street food) restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only is it the first fully-organic restaurant in the area, Vince is also the youngest restauranteur in Grand Rapids history! In 2019 he co-founded Irie Lemon, a media company with Liz (The Lemon Bowl) every week the give us tips on entrepreneurship and how to build the life you want. Together, they co-host Passion to Profit Podcast. ... Shout out to Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, Hey Guys Media, and IRIE's social media genius, Corinne Bass (on IG @corinnesconnections)! ... Thanks as always. -CT www.christophertallon.com
Jennifer Soucy is an excruciatingly talented woman. In her novels, she has a darkly poetic style that delivers intense emotion while, at the same time, keeps an expert eye on the pace and flow of the action. She writes strong and complex female leads that guys and girls alike love to follow on their dark adventures. Jen highlights the best and worst of humanity in a way you can't help but pay attention and keep flipping pages. She's truly a writers' writer. Hear her thoughts on horror, books, movies (especially remakes...), the writing process, editing, publishing, promoting, and everything else an up-and-coming indie writer has to think about these days. ... JENNIFER SOUCY: www.jenniferlsoucy.com Twitter: @bansheetales Facebook: @bansheetales Insta: @therealjenwah ... CHRISTOPHER TALLON: www.christophertallon.com Insta: @christopher_tallon Twitter: @TallonWrites FB: @TallonWrites ... CREATIVE OPS: www.creativeops.podbean.com www.christophertallon.com/creative-ops-podcast www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops
Randi Ford is a phenomenal talent in the world of painting. Her nature landscapes are beautiful and have a sense of depth and movement unlike anything else I've seen. We talk about her style, influences, creative process, business, hiking, camping, life, and all kinds of fun stuff. . . . Randi Ford: website: www.randifordart.com IG: @randi_ford_flow_paintings FB: @RandiFordFlowPaintings YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/RandiLynnFord   Creative Ops: Show: www.creativeops.podbean.com Host: www.christophertallon.com Support us: www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops IG: @christopher_tallon FB: @TallonWrites Tweety: @TallonWrites
As a drummer, I was excited to nerd out with my new buddy, Jake Bryan. Jake is the drummer for HEARTSICK, the Lansing-based band that's been playing loud music for 20 years. I started following this band even before Jake joined. As you'll find out, he joined the band around the same time I left the Lansing area for good. Jake came from a musical family, where his passion for drumming was highly encouraged from a young age. In his teens, he found his passion as a traveling performer with the school band when they performed in Florida and New York City. Before joining Heartsick, he played drums in a Final Fantasy themed metal band--something I wasn't aware was a thing. Follow all the fun stuff:  Jake's IG @bryantalmadge Heartsick  Official Website Instagram Facebook YouTube Spotify Apple Creative Ops Podcast Website (shows, descriptions, links) Apple Spotify (Host) Christopher Tallon's Website  Buy Us a Coffee! Friends of Creative Ops IRIE Kitchen River Town Adventures Baby Farm Soaps Hey Guys Media
Peter Taras is an icon in the world of surf photography, starting in the profession at a young age. With his magazine days behind him, Peter continues to tell stories with his amazing pictures on Stellar Storytellers, and has fun with his wine reviews on his Instagram. He has collaborated with Jonathan Freeman on the Ultra Core Surf Hour. Hilarious. He's also part of the Kook of the Day series. Also hilarious. Go check him out! Thanks everyone! www.steller.co/petertaras www.instagram.com/petertaras/ www.instagram.com/jonathanwaynefreeman/ www.christophertallon.com www.instagram.com/christopher_tallon/ www.twitter.com/TallonWrites www.buymeacoffee.com/creativeops
Auggie is a brilliant mind and great guy. In 2016, Auggie placed 5th world-wide in the Dyson Rethinkers Challenge. Then in 2018, Auggie won the Red Bull Mind Gamers Quantum Challenge. In 2019, his team placed 10th in the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship. He's designed multiple rooms, including one in a hotel at the world championship for the competitors to play, that the hotel didn't even know about, haha! He also had a hand in the SYGNYL podcast that I talked about on Ep.17!  Check him out on social media @okapikid, and get in touch with him. He also has a website with a game built into it...www.okapikid.com. . . . If you like the show, BUY ME A COFFEE! Thanks to Jeff M. for the cup this morning!!!!! . . . CHECK OUT OUR SPONSORS: Irie Kitchen: www.irie.kitchen River Town Adventures: www.rivertownadventures.com Baby Farm Soaps: only at @BabyFarmSoaps on Facebook Hey Guys Media Group: www.heyguysmediagroup.com If you want more, go to: www.creativeops.podbean.com www.christophertallon.com I'm @christopher_tallon on IG @TallonWrites everywhere else I'm on Litsy and Goodreads, too
Jeff Hull joined me, via the magic of the internet, to discuss literature, culture, Nonchalance, and his latest project--a revolutionary podcast--SYGNYL. Listen as we discuss past and present projects, how how created and implemented them, and how the lines between art and reality can blur to create something unintended, both in our art and, as we've seen recently, in our culture. That blurring, as Jeff puts it, "can lead us to chaos or meaning." Join us and try to find the meaning in the chaos. If we can't find it, we'll make our own. -CT . . . LINKS: GUEST Nonchalance: website | IG | Twitter | Tumblr SYGNYL: website | IG | Twitter | FB | YouTube SHOW Christopher Tallon: website | IG | FB | Twitter | Goodreads | Litsy | Buy Me a Coffee Sponsors: Hey Guys Media Group | River Town Adventures | Baby Farm Soaps
Nate Williams is the co-founder of River Town Adventures, a proud sponsor of the show. After leaving RTA, he found a travel gig in Seward, Alaska, where he was a professional kayak guide, showing tourists glaciers, bears, and whales via kayak. Then he went to Europe on a work/stay program and explored a few countries for next to nothing!  While he waits for tourism to return, he spoke with us from his home in Lansing, MI, about what he's done, where he's been, and (hopefully) where he's going. It was a long chat with a good friend. I hope you enjoy it. See pictures from Nate's trips in his Instagram. ... Thanks for checking out the show! I appreciate it. Check out my website www.christophertallon.com to see my blog, learn about the book I wrote, and find my social links. Shout out to Hey Guys Media Group for the technical and spiritual support, and to River Town Adventures and Baby Farm Soaps for existing (and for sponsoring the show)! Stay tuned for more creative people! -CT
Creative People! Justin D'Autremont (host of Drunk Conspiracies Podcast) joined me from across the great state of Michigan after I recently did an episode of his show. We talk about all things podcasting, what got him into it, how he does it, and what his plans are moving forward. We also talk about the pros/cons of life in the north vs life in the south, and other random stuff. (Alcohol may or may not have been in play on this episode...) Justin's a talented young man (I can say that, he's younger than me), and I'm excited to watch his podcasts grow. Please download DRUNK CONSPIRACIES PODCAST wherever you get podcasts! Follow his show on Facebook and Instagram. . . . Thanks to Hey Guys Media Group (my technical overseers), as well as River Town Adventures and Baby Farm Soaps. Looking forward to doing some fun promotional stuff (ie. giveaways, contests, river events!) in 2021. Stay tuned for that, and follow what's going on with me (Christopher Tallon) and the show at www.christophertallon.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Litsy (a cool spot for avid readers).   -CT
Hey Folks! Were you looking for this on Friday? Well, #CreativeOpsFriday has given way for #CreativeOpsMonday. Look for episodes to drop every other Monday until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. I promise to let you know ahead of time next time. Maybe. No guarantees. But I will. I promise. Ya know...most likely. . . . IN THIS EPISODE... My in-studio producer/friend/technical overlord (Jason Tieri, Threads Podcast:Life Unfiltered; The Gig Economy Podcast; Hey Guys Media Group) and I discuss/reflect on the first year (13 episodes) of the show and all the behind the scenes gaffs/mishaps/mistakes/planning/preparation/etc.... . . . Thanks to all the supporters of the show: Hey Guys Media Group Check out the other shows they produce! River Town Adventures Baby Farm Soaps And humongous thanks to all the listeners, especially folks like shakespeares_fire & cherylscreativesoup for reaching out on social media and helping to spread the word about the show--stuff like that keeps me excited about doing all this! (Even the writing-show-notes part...) . . . Check out www.christophertallon.com for more on the show and its host (me!), read some blogs (my personal ones, not the ones I write for other people, although this and that aren't bad writing...), and all that shnazzy stuff. Please also go check out the past guests and their goings-ons! . . . Past Guests Paul Brogan, River Town Adventures Jennifer Soucy, Novelist (New Book Coming Soon) Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered hosts Ben Kraker & Jason Tieri Alfonso Civile, Heartsick Vocalist, podcaster (Beats and Beatdowns) Fresh Coast Seed Co, Award-Winning Cannabis Farmer Andrea Draft, Hobby Farmer/Stay-at-Home Parent Aaron Daane, Soccer Coach/Businessman Brandon Scott, Novelist Zach Snyder, Muralist/College Prof Nurses Meaghan and Rachel (Our wives...lol) Mike Breymann, award-winning visual effects artist/producer Clay McAndrews, Creative & Bright Walls Mural Festival Organizer Dajon, CA Hip-Hop Artist See you on the next #CreativeOpsMonday everyone! -CT
Hey folks! Dajon joined me on Zoom from CA to talk about his new EP "Love, Dajon" and all the things that went into making it. We went back to early musical influences at age 6, to how he's rockin now, in his mid-twenties. Energetic, awesome music. I. Can't. Stop. Listening. Check out Dajon on IG, FB, and Twitter And check out his producer's band Oh! The Horror ... Thanks to the supporters of this show  Hey Guys Media Group, Baby Farm Soaps, & River Town Adventures. You're dear to me as people, and you inspire me as a creative. ... Thanks for listening! Subsribe, rate, yadda yadda... Check out www.christophertallon.com for more on the show and its host.
Woo! I loved this episode. I sat down with Clay McAndrews to talk about the Bright Walls Mural Festival, which he founded and co-directs in his hometown of Jackson, Michigan. So far, Bright Walls has brought artists from all over the world to Jackson, where they've created 36 absolutely amazing murals, transforming the city. Clay, an artist and all-around creative type, has a background in graphic design, advertising, photography, and events. Clay graduated from Central Michigan University with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising. Learn more about Bright Walls at www.brightwallsjackson.com, and about Clay at www.claymcandrews.com. . . . . . SUPPORTERS OF THE SHOW: River Town Adventures - the most fun you'll have outdoors Baby Farm Soaps - the best soaps, lip balms, you name it Hey Guys Media Group - let em help YOU make a podcast Listeners - please subscribe, rate, and review the show! . . . . . SOCIAL MEDIA Get all the links from www.christophertallon.com, or go straight to Instagram, FaceBook, and/or Twitter. (Betcha my Instagram is better than yours!)   Thanks everyone! -CT
Hey Folks! I talked to renowned visual effects artist Mike Breymann, who has worked with influential artists and filmmakers all over the world. To name just a few projects: Mike made the island and background shots for Jurassic World, recreated Paris for Benjamin Button (which won an Academy Award for visual effects), developed worlds (real and fictional) in virtual reality, and creates software that more easily allows himself (and others) to do what he does. A fun and fascinating guy. If you want to see his portfolio and get a deeper dive into what he's up to, visit www.michaelbreymann.com! . . . Thank you to Hey Guys Media Group, Baby Farm Soaps, and River Town Adventures for supporting the show! I love you all. . . . On a personal note, thank YOU for listening to the show. If you rate the show, leave a review, AND tell me about it at www.christophertallon.com, or on FaceBook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, I'll give you a shout out in the the next show opening! (Pinky swear.) Holla. -CT 
For this episode, we sat down in-studio with 2 local nurses from different hospitals in the Grand Rapids (MI) area. Meaghan has floor and management experience, and works in pediatrics. Rachel has worked in Intensive Care and Post-Op in Michigan and Florida. They sat down with me and Jason to talk about nurse-life, nursing in COVID times, and their experiences working in health care. If you're looking for an awesome career, check out nursing. Good pay, you can work full time as little as 3 days a week, and you don't have to buy a bunch of work clothes...just a few pairs of scrubs. Think about it. . . . If you don't listen to this one, you don't deserve to wash your body with Baby Farm Soaps--the best soaps, lip balms, bath bombs, and moisturizers, not just in Kentucky, but anywhere out there. Period. If being inside is bumming you out, check out River Town Adventures, Lansing, MI's hottest outdoor spot for fun and recreation. . . . Hey folks. If you have a sec to rate and review the show wherever you downloaded it, I will be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for listenening, -CT
Zach Snyder is an artist. It his passion, freelance profession, and now, his job as a college professor. How does a 24 year old get a job as a college prof? LOTS of talent, for starters. Listen to find out more. Check Zach out on IG @sneedart Get more info at www.sneedartdesigns.com . . . Check out the folks who make this show possible: River Town Adventures; Baby Farm Soaps; Hey Guys Media Group . . . Please connect with the show on social media: Facebook: @TallonWrites Twitter: @TallonWrites IG: @christopher_tallon and visit www.christophertallon.com . . . Please, please, please rate and review the show. It helps us grow. (Or give us money. Yeah, that's what we thought...)  
Brandon Scott is an amazingly talented (and very nice) guy. He joined me from North Carolina to talk about his books, style, influences, publishing projects, and writing process. His book Vodou was #1 on the Amazon charts at the time of the interview, and his sequel Sleight just arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I started it, it's AMAZING, can't wait to finish it. Check this guy out--he's the real deal, people! You Can Order Brandon's Books on Amazon, then follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook. Thanks for checking out the show. Follow Creative Ops on IG, FB, and Twitter, too! Go to ChristopherTallon.com for show info, to contact the show, and just because it's the right thing to do. Last but not least, the sponsors & supporters: Baby Farm Soaps - The. Best. Soaps. Other great products, too!!!  River Town Adventures - Best outdoor experience in mid-Michigan. Award winning, locally owned. Hey Guys Media Group - They helped me make my podcast; let them help you make yours!
For almost a decade, Aaron Daane ran a youth soccer club in west Michigan. He recently sold his club and now works as a coach and coach educator. We talked about what creativity means in the context of soccer and player development, as well as the challenges in youth soccer in terms of coaching, player development, and refereeing. Anyone who plays, has played, or has kids who play will want to listen to this. We discuss tactics, our favorite clubs and players, and where American soccer--at the youth level--is now, and where it is headed. If you like soccer...CHECK THIS ONE OUT!!! ***Please leave a rating a review if you enjoyed what you heard*** Also, check out www.christophertallon.com for more info on the show and its host. And please, connect with Christopher Tallon on social media... IG: christopher_tallon FB: @TallonWrites Twitter: @TallonWrites
My friend Andrea Draft joined us in-studio to talk about stay-at-home parenting during the pandemic, and how important it is to keep your sanity by finding something that brings you joy. In her case, it's chickens and a plentiful veggie garden.   Listen for parenting tips, chicken knowledge, and gardening wisdom!     - - - - - - - - - -   Duuuude... We got sponsors, y'all! Not just any sponsors, either. Check these guys out:   River Town Adventures in Lansing, Michigan, has canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and award-winning service. What better way to social distance than outdoors, on the water? River Town Adventures: FB | IG | Website   Baby Farm Soaps, out of Kentucky, has the best soaps, lip balms, and bath bombs anywhere on planet Earth. Order off their menu, or contact them directly for custom orders. I use their soaps and their Candy Cane lip balm. This place rocks! Hit em up on FaceBook!
Wanna know what goes into making award-winning cannabis? Oh good, because I packed up my podcast gear and drove into the wilderness of northern Michigan to record--on location at their grow facility--with Ross from Fresh Coast Seed Co., a medical marijuana and seed company. He has an interesting backstory--including time on an Alaskan fishing boat--and got into the cannabis industry first and foremost to help people. Fresh Coast is well known in the marijuana community, especially after taking gold at the 2019 Detroit High Times Cannabis Cup for vape cartridges. This interview is informative on an easy to understand level. I hope you enjoy it. Check out Fresh Coast Seed Co. on Instagram, and order seeds from The Bean Lodge. For more info about Creative Ops, go to www.christophertallon.com, or check out my social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  I would LOVE IT if you rate the show and left a review. It helps little shows like mine get some traction. Thanks so much for listening, and good luck with your creative endeavors! -CT
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