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Author: Chris Campbell

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Interviewing amazing people in the creative industry about their experiences, how they started, and advice they would give to others. If you want to be inspired by people who have successfully built relationships with brands, creatively gained a following on social media, and successfully pursued a freelance career, this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Chris Campbell. Instagram: @CreativeCatalystPodcast
52 Episodes
Gabe Stone Shayer is a Ballet dancer who is a soloist for American Ballet Theatre. Performing around the globe and training in multiple countries, Gabe has some really interesting perspectives to share.In this episode we talk about his mentality when deciding to pursue ballet, experiences he will never forget with ABT and collaborating with creatives like Alicia Keys.
Kathy Dongo is an incredible person within the gaming industry, who has worked for some amazing companies. From Vendor & Category Manager of Video Game (US & Canada) at Amazon to Marketing Manager of Digital Games and Services at Nintendo and now Area Sales Manager (US & Canada) at Capcom, Kathy has some interesting stories to tell.In this episode we talk about how comic books and video games shaped her childhood, being a women within the gaming industry and how she reflects and maintains her identity while working for different companies.If you want to find Kathy on twitter:  @ladycuttlefishCreative Catalyst Instagram:
My guest this week is Blair Dunlop! An incredible singer songwriter who I have followed for years. He has released multiple albums to great reviews and has also won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award.He has toured around the globe also playing gigs such as Glastonbury in the U.K. In this episode we talk about forging your own career, the battle of writing music, some of his favourite gigs and featuring in Tim Burton’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as a child actor.Find Blair online:Website - https://blairdunlop.comSocials - @blairdunlopCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Artist - Frankie Cihi

Artist - Frankie Cihi


My guest this week is Frankie Cihi, a Tokyo based artist who has worked in collaboration with brands like Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Adobe and Instagram.She has had an interesting art career spanning different countries and shares in this episode her role models as a child, loosing her artistic voice through higher education and discovering her love for murals.Find Frankie Online: https://www.frankie-cihi.comFind Frankie Instagram: @furpuffCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Zara McLaughlin is one of my favourite ceramicist ever! She has managed to build a strong community around her work and is now selling out the 200 mugs she hand makes in under 1 minute when she does her drops.In this episode we talk about the power of building a business while at university, how instagram stories is the key to her connection and where she wants to take her craft in the future.Zara Ceramic Websites: https://www.zaraceramics.comZara Ceramics instagram: @zaraceramicsCreative Catalyst Instagram:
My guest this week is Okiem, a musician and creator of the infinity orchestra. Along with playing for musicians like Leona Lewis and Tinie Tempah, he has performed at shows for over 100,000 people and taken his cinematic orchestra into night clubs to perform Dr Dre’s tracks.In this episode we talk about making an impact at every gig, finding his feet in the London music scene and experiences he will never forget.Find OKIEM on instagram @okiemofficialFind OKIEM online : http://www.okiemofficial.comFind OKIEM's Sunday Slowdowns with this link: Catalyst Instagram:
In this special edition episode of Creative Catalyst I am speaking to members of the team behind Royal Shakespeare Company - Dream! An amazing and innovative immersive theatre production! The production was put together by RSC, MIF, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra.We talk about the experiences each individual had during the show, their role and how it developed and what Covid threw into the works when it comes to live and in person production.My guests are:Sarah Ellis - Executive Producer (RSC)Sarah Perry - Movement DirectorPhoebe Hyder - Cast MemberIf you want to get a ticket to Dream the link is: Dream.onlineSocials:@thersc@marshmallowlaserfeast@philharmonia_orchestra@mifestival@Phoebe_I_hyder@Sarah_perry_movementCreative Catalyst Instagram:
My guest this week is Miles Holder. Editor-in-Chief of Fault Magazine, miles has managed to create a really unique voice for the medium. In this episode we talk about how miles worked his way through multiple roles in Fault before becoming their Editor-in-chief, how he stays curious and what he wants to see from the future of the magazine.Find Miles and Fault online: https://fault-magazine.comInstagram: @Miles_Holder + @Fault_MagazineCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Lucie Davis is a multi-award winning jewellery designer and creator of the Oyster card nails that can be found in the London Design Museum’s permanent collection. She has worked for names like Tiffany & Co and is now pursuing a freelance career within the industry.In this episode we talk about: the value she took from university, questioning what jewellery should be perceived as and what she would like to see the future look like in the industry.Find Lucie at: and on instagram @luciedavisCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Krishan Parmar is a fashion editor and wardrobe designer based in London, he has had an incredible career within the creative industry working with some amazing brands and celebrities.In this episode we talk about being interested in fashion from young, discovering it was a career that was possible and how he puts himself out there to gain opportunity.If you want to find Krishan online his instagram is @KrishanParmar_Creative Catalyst Instagram:
Bex Edwards is an amazing tattoo artist based in Bristol. She has her own creative studio call “The Hideout” where she tattoos but also gives space for other creators to express themselves.In this episode we talk about finding her voice as an artist, her first tattoo apprenticeship and the tattoo studio she setup to be an inclusive space for all.If you want to find her online: Catalyst Instagram:
Elliot Walker is a contestant on Netflix Original Series “Blown Away”. He is a glassblower based in the U.K. and has over 15 years experience in the industry.In this episode we talk about, discovering glass, the experience he gained through education, navigating such an expensive profession and his time on Blown Away.Find Elliot Walkers work @ewalkerglassart and Catalyst Instagram:
Jade Asha is an actor, voiceover artist, producer, and writer.In this episode we are talking about how she discovered her voice, what value networking has for her and the benefits of working in all parts of the production.Her socials are @jadeashaa on instagramCreative Catalyst Instagram:
My guests this week are Mark and Alasdair, members of the Multi Award-Winning Indie-Folk group Elephant Sessions. They have travelled all over the world performing at various festivals including Glastonbury and have really defined their sound to push the boundaries of their genre.In this episode we talk about how the band formed, what a year with no live music has made them think about and advice they would give to other bands who are starting the festival circuits.Links to their Lockdown Special at Celtic Connections on the 30th of January 2021: to Elephant Sessions Website and Socials: , Instagram @elephantsessionsCreative Catalyst Instagram:
My guest this week is the incredible Sam Newton, a travel filmmaker who has made a splash on YouTube in 2020, travelling to over 30 countries for brands, setting up his own company @movetocreate and successfully calling out Peter McKinnon, this dude is killing it right now!In this episode we talk about discovering the business of filmmaking, collaboration and what legacy he wants to leave behind.If you want to find him on social his insta is @samnewtonmedia and search Sam Newton on YouTube.Creative Catalyst Instagram:
Laura Benetton is an artist based in London. Learning her craft at the Academy of Fine Art in Venice, she has had a career spanning 12 years in the industry. Having exhibited around the world and even in the Houses of Parliament, she has learned loads over her journey and shares her views today.In this episode we talk about finding your identity in your teens, truly mastering your craft and the way in which she finds inspiration.If you want to find her on social media she is @laurabenetton on Instagramand more info on all things Creative Catalyst, follow us on Instagram :DCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Mike Will is a professional photographer who has works on some incredible projects for brands like Xbox, Sony, and Samsung. He has traveled the world creating work for various tourism boards, all while setting up and running @uk.shooters and @worldshooters, community groups that love to take photos.In this episode we talk about: finding photography later in life, transitioning into a photography career, setting up @uk.shooters, and how he operates to keep opportunities alive for him.If you want to find him on socials he is @m.visuals on Instagram and his website is https://www.mvisuals.netFor more info on all things Creative Catalyst, follow us on Instagram :DCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Since moving to London I have met some amazingly creative people and just through conversation, they have inspired and taught me so much. I wanted to create a community space where people could come and listen to these conversations and either simply be entertain, or be inspired and motivated to be that catalyst for their own creativity.Through these episodes, you are going to hear from Artists, Musicians, Actors, Directors, Producers, and many many more people in the creative industry. They are going to share their experiences and how they shaped their career. This advice and conversation should give you insight into how others have pursued their dreams and maybe a way you could pursue yours. I am your host, Chris Campbell. I have been in the creative field my whole life and through music, photography, and presenting I have met people who have opened my eyes to other possibilities but also made me laugh at the amazing stories they have to tell.Welcome to Creative Catalyst - Season 4!Instagram:
Sam Bompas is the Co-Founder of Bompas and Parr: The leading expert in multi-sensory experience design. Bompas and Parr started from humble beginnings in jelly creations and took off into a fully-fledged creative studio offering food and drink design, brand consultancy, and immersive experiences across industries.In today episode we talk about starting with a delight for jelly, flooding the roof of Selfridges to host a floating cocktail bar, and the journey of his company.If you want to find him on social media he is @bompassandparr on Instagram and http://bompasandparr.comCreative Catalyst Instagram:
Jen Scott is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Hustle & Heels. Building an audience from 10 female entrepreneurs having a meal to over 100 attending events and now bridging out into online courses and talks, hustle and heels have really empowered their community to push for success.Her name is Jen Scott, and in this conversation, we talk about finding the Yin to her Yang in a business partner, working towards goals, and really listening to the community you build.If you want to find her on socials she is @hhllukHustle & Heels website: Catalyst Instagram:
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