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Author: Emily O'Callaghan, Irina Dzhambazova

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Hosts Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova speak to original mavericks from the creative industries.

The name Green Rebel originates from our definition of a person who carves a unique path from their passion - and through hard work and persistence, makes this passion their career. This podcast aims to gather knowledge, inspiration and a touch of advice from those who have done exactly that. The conversations with our guests will also touch on subjects such as Ireland’s political and cultural past, present, and future.
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On this week's episode, we chat to Dublin-based illustrator Steve McCarthy. Born in Dundrum County Dublin, in 1984. Steve left school at the age of 8, he was homeschooled from then to adulthood. Steve has never sat any kind of exam. His lack of qualifications led to some “creative” methods of securing a place in Ballyfermot college, where he studied animation. After college Steve went to work in several small animation companies as a character designer, before quickly realizing he did not have the patience for animation and abandoned the vocation altogether. He then spent several years working every odd job in Dublin before venturing into Illustration. Steve also did a stint in Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon, as a key background designer for the Oscar-nominated animated feature Song of the Sea. Steve returned to Dublin to focus on commercial illustration, ill-conceived art shows, and children’s books. His first book Sally go round the stars was nominated for the Bord Gais energy children’s book of the year, and his second book A Sailor went to Sea Sea Sea managed to win in 2017. Both books were a collaboration with Sarah Webb. He’s currently working on his first self-written book. Steve feels totally comfortable writing in the third person, and we have been told via a reliable source of him attempting but seemingly failing to speak in the fifth person. You can see his art on www.mrstevemccarthy.com If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom.
A special live episode with Dublin-based poet and playwright Stephen James Smith, recorded at the Dublin Podcast Festival. Stephen is central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Noble Call), Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury Festival and George Town Literary Festival (ML). His debut collection, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House is out now. Stephen is about to embark on a huge UK and Irish Tour to promote Fear Not, which concludes with a show at the Button Factory on November 24th. You can get a ticket here You can buy Fear Not on his website www.stephenjamessmith.com You can find Stephen on most social media channels under @sjsWords If you are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom. The end song, "I'm doing fine just the way that I am" is by Enda Reilly Photo by Jason Sheridan​ and Laine of Grafton Photo
On this week' episode, we talk with Victoria Mary Clarke, a media and life coach who has had more jobs and incarnations than most. Victoria was born plain Victoria Clarke (the Mary was added for effect) in Dublin, Ireland. She learned to read Cornflake boxes at the age of two, and began work on her first autobiography ‘All About Me’ at the age of six. In the book, she stated her clear intention to become very, very rich. By the time she reached sixteen, Victoria had begun the process of becoming very rich, and was hard at work on the second volume of memoirs, ‘Brown Rice And Vegetables’, a tragic account of having to eat wholesome, organic food in the Irish countryside. Victoria’s life took an unexpected turn when she met and fell madly in love with the Pogues singer Shane Mac Gowan in a pub in London, when she was seventeen. From awkward beginnings, romance blossomed. Not many books were written during the years that followed, but a lot of fun was had. She did have a nervous breakdown at some point, which helped go in a completely new direction, which we talk about in much detail on the podcast. We can’t wait to bring Green Rebel live to the Dublin Podcast Festival on October 4th. We will host a live chat with incredibly poetic and well-versed poet Stephen James Smith. You can see the full line-up and grab tickets http://dublinpodcastfestival.ie. If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom.
In this episode, we chat with Irish artist Elaine Mai, whose atmospheric and melodic electronic music we love. We had the pleasure to see her perform at Body and Soul. She tells us a very interesting story about that performance that we both found kind of surprising. And as with all other interviews we have done, we don’t shy away from the more serious stuff like grief. In fact grief is a very big part of her quite positive and energetic EP Enniscrone, which Elaine released last year. Throughout the show, you will hear why it is that such a traumatic emotion inspires her to write happy tunes. You will also hear two of the songs from it, Enniscrone and Color of the Night, which Elaine was kind enough to let us use for the show. We talk about what it’s it like to not have a grand plan but to take things one step at a time, how she combines her regular job with doing live electronic music and the discipline it takes but also the kindness to oneself when you don’t quite fulfill the ambitious plan. We can’t wait to bring Green Rebel live to the Dublin Podcast Festival on October 4th. We will host a live chat with incredibly poetic and well-versed poet Stephen James Smith. You can see the full line-up and grab tickets http://dublinpodcastfestival.ie. We are on a double bill will the awesome lads from Pod Sqwod. You can find more of Elaine's music https://soundcloud.com/elainemai If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On this week's episode, we bring you a very special conversation and performance with musicians very close to our hearts: Molly Sterling and Laura McCabe. Molly has just released her second single "Stripped Down" which you will hear performed live alongside her first single "Plain Static" as well as the song "I am but a Man." Molly Sterling who is only 20 is a Dublin-based singer-songwriter and has been creating music for as long as she can remember. A wordsmith and songwriter by nature, her music is moulded by dark and affective lyrics, wrapped up in grounding piano riffs, and a vocal that is overflowing with exposed emotion - delivering every note and syllable with precise detail, giving the listener the feeling that it has been honed from somewhere buried and unfathomable. Laura is Molly's cellist as well as her manager and Artist Manager and Booking Agent with Frank Music MGMT. We first saw Molly and Laura perform back in March 2017 at their very first gig together at the Cobblestone and have been following them closely ever since. In our conversation, we cover the journey since that first gig, the experience of the band coming together and playing at festivals such as Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes and Vantastival among others, as well as Molly's own journey of facing her demons through music and healing through it. You can catch Molly and Laura playing this Friday at Whelan's as part of the "We've Only Just Begun" Festival https://www.facebook.com/weveonlyjustbegunfest/ We will be there so come say hi. You can also catch us doing a live podcast during the Dublin Podcast Festival on October 4th at the Sound House where we will interview the poet and spoken word artist Stephen James Smith. We are on a double bill with the Pod Sqwod. Grab a ticket https://bit.ly/2Omz0s9 If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On this week's episode, we bring you a conversation with award-winning comedian Niamh Marron, who has supported PJ Gallagher, Luisa Omielan, David Mc Savage, Foil, Arms & Hog and Gearoid Farrelly in the past. She is rightfully called “Consistently excellent ” by Hot Press Magazine. Niamh was 1 of 3 comedians chosen to perform in the infamous Vicar St venue for 'Dublin Does Comic Relief', and later again in the same venue alongside comic legends Eddie Izzard, Tommy Tiernan and Dara O'Briain. In our brief chat with Niamh, recorded backstage at Body&Sould, we talked about her ability to gig multiple times a night, for 10 days in a roll, the healing power of comedy when times are tough as they have been for her as she moved to London recently and the importance of loving yourself and surrounding yourself with the right people. You can find out more about Niamh https://www.niamhmarron.com You can see Niamh perform at The Folly this weekend http://www.thefolly.ie/tickets/ and at the Vodafone Comedy Festival next weekend https://vodafonecomedy.com If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On this episode, Emily interviews producer Adam Fogarty and rapper Karl Mangan, aka Mango & Mathman just before their gig at The Sound House, as part of a night celebrating the launch of the new Irish film Dublin Oldschool which they starred and performed in. We are fans of these guys here at Green Rebel for the past year and jumped at the chance to interview them. Hard working and two of the soundest people you will ever meet, Mango and Mathman made Emily's nerves slide away with their wit and good humour during this chat. 2018 continues to be an amazing year for Mango and Mathman, having played numerous gigs and festivals not least the National Concert Hall here in Dublin and also the Barbican Centre in London. Take a look at what they do: https://www.facebook.com/mangoxmathman/ https://www.breakingtunes.com/mangoxmathman If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
Leah Minto​, the latest guest on Green Rebel​, is a​ theater and film ​act​or​​ from Dublin​​.​ ​​Her latest role is in Dublin Oldsch​ool, which was released nationwide this weekend. ​Directed by Dave Tynan and starring Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, ​it is rightfully described as one of the greatest Irish film​s​ of recent years​. The film takes place over a drug-fuelled bank holiday weekend in Dublin. Lead character Jason, played by Emmet Kirwan reconnects with his estranged brother Daniel, played by Ian Lloyd Anderson, a recovering addict living on the streets. Leah, playing Aisling is one of Jason's friends. Prior to Dublin Old School, Leah has starred in two seasons of the TV drama Red Rock and in the motion picture What Richard Did, in 2012​. ​Leah discovered​ acting at the Dublin​ Youth Theatre while still at school​ and immediately found her calling and her tribe.​ ​It's where she first met writer and actor Emmet Kirwan​. ​Leah lived for three years in Norway before returning back to Dublin two years ago. Now she is about to embark on another journey to attend the Oxford School of Drama in the fall. During our chat, we ​talk about creativity, acting, ​the Irish ​drink culture, mental health, ​the artistic unsteady and unpredictable work and its more conventional counterpart: the more predictable office ​work​. Both Leah and her sister Jess, lead singer in the music group Barq have opted for the artistic path. Recorded just before the Pride Parade, we also touch on ​key societal ​issues in Ireland and how their treatment differs immensely to places such as ​​Norway. ​Dublin Oldschool is in cinemas nationwide. ​Leah​'​s Filmography: ​https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4508855/ ​Leah's Showreel: ​http://lisarichards.vzaar.me/11631599 ​Casting Directors may also find her through Spotlight UK​ If you ​are enjoying Green Rebel​ please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. ​Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get the latest episodes.​ ​ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On this episode, we speak with Roisin Kiberd, a Dublin-based writer whose work has been published in The Guardian, Vice, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and other notable publications. Throughout her career, she has also worked as a contributing editor, a content creator and was once a cheese on the Internet. During our explorative chat, we cover many of Roisin's interests born on the internet, books she is into and authors she is following. A big consumer of Reddit, she finds it the origin of all good ideas and an unmatched peak into human nature and its varying and often times obscure curiosities and obsessions. We also touch on writing, culture, mental health and technolog​y, and the links between them. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On this episode, we speak with Tony Kelly, an actor, writer, producer, and comedian. A dynamic talent from Waterford in Ireland he has the type of vision, determination, and drive which has resulted in him being asked to work at creative events on Broadway and beyond. He was recently the lead in Writing Home, an Irish feature film currently touring festivals worldwide. Tony has several artistic interests and skills and is currently prepping his brand new radio comedy series “Busy Tonight?”, a ten-part series to be funded by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland. His YouTube series "The Hurler" is being adapted and turned into a feature film. ​He has​ co-written a new play called “The UnDocumented” about ​two​ Irish ​guys living illegally in the US​, which will be put on stage in 2019. ​ ​In this interview, ​we learn about the observations Tony has ​made​ along the way​, from working in ​North ​America to acting, doing stand up comedy​, and being sober for over five years. Th​e conversation also takes an unreserved deep dive into mental health​ ​of men here in Ireland. Tony's onscreen work is mesmerising and he is a true force of nature. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
Our next guest is poet Sahar Ali. Sahar is someone who we both admire and have seen perform live several times. We love her poetry​ and have wanted to have her on the podcast for a while now! Sahar brings something special to the spoken word scene here in Dublin. Her multi-layered poems explore huge themes in a darkly humorous and articulate way. They are clever and entertaining while making some serious points about our society. She writes and speaks with wit and elegance. Read more​ of Sahar's writing at www.saharcasm.net/videos/ Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
This is a funny, entertaining and emotional episode which we are so proud to bring you. We had a bewitching evening with Ms. Devereux and welcome you all to enjoy it too! Here is her animation which is called " A practical guide", It won joint best short at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBqqs_8LjJQ&t=1s "Art art" website http://cargocollective.com/sarahdevereux Her first solo show was called "Fun-erable" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH58Z6wKPDE Online shop www.thedirtbird.bigcartel.com Insta www.instagram.com/thedirtbird
On this episode, we speak with photographer Aoife Herrity. In the past five years, Aoife has become what she calls a "quiet" photographer, taking care to compose the perfect shot, filled with humanity and semiotics. Before studying photography, Aoife had dipped her toes into film and acting, a path which she hopes to revisit in future but at the moment, photography has become her main creative expression. We talk about the natural phases any creative goes through and how each has to figure out the place where they do their best work, how to keep loving what you do and not see it only as a source of income. Aoife opened up to us about the very real struggle of freelancing and how it is affected by the fast, efficient gig economy culture. We also touch on the extremely contentious upcoming abortion referendum taking place here in Ireland in a couple of weeks time. Aoife's work has been exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy and she has been recognised for her work by the Sony World Photography awards. Her work can be found at www.aoifeherrity.com.​ Aoife is​ also​ currently training to run the Dublin marathon. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On the latest episode of Green Rebel, we talk with Irish comedian Bláithín de Burca. We delve into her life while covering a range of topics including her writing process, stand up performances, confidence issues and how to keep going in a tough industry. We also speak about the hugely important Repeal movement taking place in Ireland leading up to the monumental abortion referendum this month. Irina and Bláithín bond over a mutual “deadline artist” trait while Emily giggles in the background. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom.
On this special Valentine’s Day episode, one host interviews the other. Emily O’Callaghan is the original green rebel. A scallywag, a hustler and an artist Emily has been searching for that which makes her heart skip since age 12. The wonder and curiosity have seen her dabble in things as varied as photography, acting, cobbling, massage, standup comedy, startups, cinemas and security at gigs. She once even promoted butter in the pouring rain dressed in a Santa costume. And she is only just beginning. What may seem like a meandering path is simply the natural way for Emily to follow her interests rather than just long after them. She isn’t afraid to give any of it a try even if that means failure. It’s the only way she knows to be. Happy Valentine’s Day! Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
Meet photographer Abe Neihum, a Libyan living in Ireland since 1996 whose story is incredibly fascinating. He discovered his passion for photography during college and would have gone on to pursue it had the Arab Spring not arisen in his native Libya. Join us to hear how he is slowly finding his way back to photography. Abe and his mother Fatima set up the Irish Libyan Emergency Aid to help Libyans caught in the revolution. The program would see the donation of over 9 million euros worth in medical supplies sent over to Libyan hospitals from Ireland and the acceptance of over 300 Libyan patients to be treated in Irish private hospitals. Following the program, Abe went on to serve as a diplomat in the Medical Attache Office in the Libya embassy in London. A post he held until 2016. It was fascinating to learn more about Abe’s experiences and his family, and in particular to hear about his mother, a surgeon who went nearly overnight from working in a hospital in Drogheda and raising her four children to being called to serve as the Minister for Health in a very fragile Libya. She faced heavy criticism before, during and after her time in Tripoli while she had only one desire, to help her own country. This is a gene that runs in that family, where every generation inspires the next. While Abe may appear as a cool customer, the things he has faced and been through would test the calm nature of anybody. Abe has remained a kind, generous, and fantastic man despite all of this. Our conversation with Abe naturally veers towards subjects like the political history of Libya and its problematic past and present, the inspiration Abe’s mother has played on his life, the tumultuous journey of helping in the time of revolution where no one leaves unscathed, and the creative pursuit of that which is in the heart. You can find Abe's portfolio http://www.abeneihum.com Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
Catherine Bohart is a really funny Irish comedian. The kind of funny whose jokes actually pay the rent (not in the ideal gaffe she would necessarily choose to, but still). She started performing stand-up in 2015 and since then has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks of UK and Irish comedy. In 2016, she was a finalist in both the BBC New Comedy Awards and Funny Women, drawing praise for having a "distinctive voice and a story you'd like to hear" and for being "pretty much the perfect comedy package". Catherine has been named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist and was runner-up in the Irish Comedian Of The Year final. Catherine is also a trained actor and she has written for several BBC Radio 4 shows. She is debuting her first solo show at Edinburgh this summer. Join us in getting to know Catherine better and hearing about her journey through the London comedy scene, self-doubt, confidence, political stances, writing, mental health, challenging suppositions and coming out to her Dad as bisexual while he revealed he was a priest. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom
On the latest episode of Green Rebel, we talk with musician Jackie Hennessy. She is the producer of the upcoming documentary Making Waves, which tells the story of the Irish music scene and what makes it so special. Through interviews with over a dozen musicians and other influencers in the industry, the documentary showcases the development and explosion of talent and styles in the scene. It is born on the stages of Other Voices, influenced by schools such as Bimm and nurtured by the inherent camaraderie in the industry. Along the way, the Irish music scene has become a movement. Jackie's love for music goes back to the family kitchen table where she would sing with her dad and brother Shane. Only 26 years old, Jackie has already played in two bands and is currently working on solo music. Music is so pervasive in Jackie's life that even when she is not performing or writing music, she is thinking about it. Making Waves, which is still in production, is the latest manifestation of the love for music that Jackie has. We also talk about Jackie's own influences as a musician, her fondest memories while witnessing the scene develop, discovering talent in the dingiest of places and what she has learned about herself from Making Waves. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom and Jackie Hennessy
This week, we are speaking with horror film director and writer Conor McMahon. Conor’s fascination with the horror movies originated after seeing audiences laugh and enjoy the goofy shorts he was making with his friends. It was also a way for him to deal with his own anxieties and worries. By the age of 16 he was determined to be a filmmaker and have his first feature by the age of 23. He achieved that with the horror comedy Dead Meat, the first ever horror to be funded by the Irish Film Board. Since then he has made the feature films Stitches and From the Dark. He is currently working on his newest film, Hive Mind. Conor exudes the very essence of the Green Rebel - a person who feels the passion for their creativity so strongly that it compels them to make things. In the conversation, we cover topics like: the power of determination and how vital it is in creating and succeeding, his sources of inspiration for characters and storylines, the importance of story versus the significance of aesthetics in filmmaking, getting over vanity and the paralyses of perfection, the importance of working with the right people and more. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom. If you like the show please take a minute to give us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. If you would like to sponsor, suggest a future guest or just say hi, email us at greenrebelpodcast@gmail.com ​
Whether it ​is​ ​compromising​ or ​putting in ​long hours working on a project until it is right​, the Green Rebels have ​a sense of dedication in common. Jill for example still draws​ and paints​ up to five nights a week to hone her craft. ​ Still only 33 and now represented by William Morris Agency, ​Jill​ is an Art Director, Production Designer, visual artist and animator who has exhibited in Europe, the US, and Australia. She has worked with David Lynch on Twin Peaks and some of his other projects, on Mother! with Jennifer Lawrence, Game Of Thrones, Spotlight and was recognised for her work on The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio. Presented by Emily O'Callaghan and Irina Dzhambazova. Produced by Irina Dzhambazova. Music by Le Boom. If you like what we are doing, there are a number of ways you can support this podcast. Please visit our profile on Patreon You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or anywhere you get your podcasts. While you are at it, please leave a review. Made with ❤️ in Dublin.
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