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Paul Carganilla and Kevin Gregg talk about the challenges and steps you can take to help you create your art. Whether you want to act, write, dance, draw, make music or make a movie, Paul and Kevin will talk about their experiences as working creatives to help you get one step closer to making your creative dream a reality.
27 Episodes
Korey Pollard is a DGA first assistant director, mentor, and lecturer.His previous television and film credits include Salem (WGN), The Player (Sony/NBC), The King of 7B (ABC Family), Kevin From Work (ABC Family), A to Z (NBC), Stephen Bochco’s Murder In the First (TNT), Nashville, (ABC), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), The Wedding Band (TBS), Lie to Me (FOX), Life (NBC), the critically-acclaimed show Monk (USA), Deadwood (HBO), House (FOX), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Boomtown(NBC), and CSI (CBS). Film credits include: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2, And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, Thirteen Days, Waterworld, Clear & Present Danger, Eye For An Eye, G.I. Jane, That Thing You Do, and Stand By Me, among many others. He has been on the advisory boards of Compass College of Cinematic Arts and Hollywood Connect.He also holds a position on The First Assistant Director/Unit Production Manager Committee of The Directors Guild of America.Highlights from this episode:Korey getting his start illegally as a minor on a setRob Reiner coming to shoot a major motion picture by Columbia Pictures in Korey's hometown - and his crazy story of getting a supporting role in Stand By MeKorey’s battle with drugs and his path to sobrietyStarting as a set dresser and an eye-opening moment with the keyboard player from Wall of Voodoo (financials in entertainment are not what they appear to be)Korey’s friendship with Kevin Costner on WaterworldProcessing trauma - Korey's "wake up" moment while working on setKorey's upcoming podcast project which explores the healing power of music and the personal struggles industry creatives have battledBooks mentioned in this show:Body Mind Bridge by Shuna MorelliKorey Pollard IMDB 
Episode 25 James Arnold Taylor - Voiceover Actor, Writer, and ProducerJames Arnold Taylor's versatile vocal range has given him success in every facet of the voice-over industry. His voice is heard all over the world daily, and you would never know it's one person. His list of credits ranges from leading roles in major summer blockbuster films, starring roles in the hottest animation on television, a promo voice for Fox, and national ad campaigns in commercials for TV and radio, from the voice of a Mini Wheat to the current voice of Fred Flintstone. James' most notable credits are: Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Johnny from Johnny Test, and Green Arrow from Batman: The Brave and the BoldJames is also the host of the Talking to Myself Podcast.Highlights from this episode:Realizing he wanted to be a voiceover actor since he was a kid and how he made his way into the industry working in radioTalking about his process of working on his show Talking with MyselfWhat’s required to be a great voice-over actor. Get creating, practicing, and stop trying to please other people. Make yourself laugh and enjoy it.“I didn’t get any special treatment. If you have a passion for this, pursue it.”Discussion about “The Story of With” by James ArnoldThe role that faith plays in James’ lifeA mind-blowing story of several life-changing that James experiencedLinks:jamesarnoldtaylor.comJames Arnold Taylor YouTube ChannelJames Arnold Taylor Rumble ChannelBooks referenced:The War of Art by Steven PressfieldThe Story of With by Allen ArnoldJAT 365 by James Arnold Taylor
Dylan White joins Paul and Kevin this week.Dylan has been professionally creative for almost thirty years. He is an actor, comedian, voiceover artist, screenwriter, and author. Most notably, for over ten years, he played The Genie in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure. As an author, he is most known for his Apparition Series about a ghost who falls in love with the girl who lives in the house he's haunting. Dylan is also an advocate for mental health awareness and openness. Highlights from this episode:Dylan talks about his career as an actor and how he discovered the benefits of theme park work while pursuing his dreamsKevin, Paul, and Dylan share alleged stories of strange theme park guest behaviorDylan's work as a writer and also using his creativity and healing as an entrepreneur"Treat this like surfing.""If you’re not happy without it, you won’t be happy with it." Instagram @itsdylanwhiteBooks by Dylan WhiteNew music for the show by Matty GreggInstagram @theswellsband
In this episode, Kevin and Paul talk about techniques they use to get out of a funk.It’s an interesting episode that gets interrupted by fire alarms and takes an interesting turn discussing relationships.Highlights from this episode include:Kevin reveals the challenges he’s had this season“We need the downs to feel the ups”Morning routines. Small little actions, making the bed, washing the dishes.20-minute chunks. The small little action gets you rolling“Believe it, till you see it”Matthew McConaughey and prayer & meditation techniques Paul and Kevin use.A clarification over the pronunciation of “sudoku” 
Actress and teacher Judy Kain joins Paul and Kevin this week.She has been in over 400 commercials, 130 TV and film projects. She has won numerous awards for coaching and teaching at her own studio Keep it Real Acting Studios, one of the top places for acting classes in Los Angeles. She has received awards for her performance in MAD MEN gleaning the SAG AWARD for the Show.  She travels all over the country teaching and inspiring actors with her vast knowledge and experience. Judy is also a published author of the Commercial Handbook called "I Booked It!"She also has a new book and on line course entitled THE BUSINESS OF ACTING. She has done numerous seminars sharing her vast experience. Also Judy hosts the Podcast HOLLYWOOD GAME CHANGERS @keepitrealacting/HGCHighlights from this episode include:Judy share her amazing paint by numbers project she’s been working on during the pandemicWise advice given to her by her agent when it comes to anticipating payment from commercialsWhat keeps Judy going when it comes to continually looking for workWhat she wants to encourage in her on camera acting classes so that students can succeedYouTube playback of this epsiode is available here
Breaking Out Of Orbit

Breaking Out Of Orbit


This week Paul and Kevin continue their discussion about how to prepare now for the new year.Specifically, they talk about taking the necessary action to help move you out of your orbit (your patterns of old behavior).It's a challenging task and not one that can be easily solved by forcing yourself to do something new.Highlights from this episode:Kevin discusses resistance he's had in the past with asking for helpPaul talks about taking the initiative to ask for help in their personal lives and not just rely on social media for responsesThe importance of reaching out to othersThe master creator is working on you. Sometimes with a painful chisel to reveal a beautiful piece of art.Kevin’s conversation with his high school counselor and realizing the change that was going to occur in his life How to negotiate with yourself and find "the cookie" that will motivate youVideos and links referred to in this show:Amanda Palmer Ted Talk "The Art of Asking""Habits of Effective Artists" Revisited by Andrew PriceThe Scientific Way to Improve your Art FAST! - How to Practice and Remember Efficiently12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson
On this episode, we have our first live caller!We help listener Dary, as she navigates writing her novel.Also, we start discussing the steps that you can take now to establishing great creative habits when the new year hits.Highlights from this episode:The importance of writing down those creative flashes that you getPaul talks about his process of getting the first draft of “The Haunted Man” down on paper.Reassessing what your goals were at the beginning of 2020 and how you can port those over to 2021The importance of having your objectives and inspirational material written somewhere that you can access it when you’re off
Dana Middleton - Author

Dana Middleton - Author


This week’s guest is Dana Middleton.Dana writes books for kids. Her debut, The Infinity Year of Avalon James, was nominated for the Young Hoosier Book Award and selected for Oregon’s Battle of the Books. She is also the author of Open If You Dare and The Young American’s Unofficial Guide to the Very British World of Harry Potter. Her next middle-grade novel, Truth or Consequences, will be published by Chronicle Books in 2021. She also coaches creative people at TheAlignedArtist.comHighlights from this episode:Dana's realization to break free from her path as a "shadow artist" and embrace her ability and talent as a writer."What you have to express is important and how you get there may be very different than how someone else gets there. That does not mean that your expression isn't valid."The concept of being "the tortoise and the hare"The benefits that Dana discovered for creative breakthrough with EFT tapping Common blocks that she sees with creatives"Be brave!"Twitter:  @danakmiddletonInstagram: @the_aligned_artist @danamiddletonbooksFacebook: @TappingBootcamp @theAlignedArtist @danamiddletonbooks
Peter Atkins is the author of the novels MORNINGSTAR, BIG THUNDER, and MOONTOWN and the screenplays HELLRAISER II, HELLRAISER III, HELLRAISER IV, and WISHMASTER. His short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as THE MUSEUM OF HORRORS, DARK DELICACIES II, HELLBOUND HEARTS, and GHOSTS, and has been selected eight times for one or more of the various “Year’s Best” anthologies. His recent book, RUMORS OF THE MARVELOUS, a collection of his short fiction, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award. He is the co-founder with Glen Hirshberg of The Rolling Darkness Revue, an annual folly they commit at whatever theatre will have them.Highlights from this episode:Growing up in Post WW II England and the profound effect American movies, rock n’ roll, and comic books had on Pete.Meeting Clive Barker and Doug Bradley as they started their theatre company Dog CompanyPete’s rock n’ roll days with his band The Chase and the night they heard their song on the radioTips for aspiring writers – do this because you love itThe challenges a writer facesBONUS CONTENT:Kevin Gregg Show expanded interviews with Pete from 2009Kevin and Pete's commentaries for Universal classic horror moviesThe Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein
David Burke has appeared in over 50 different film and television productions, mostly playing the good-guy-turned-bad in all the CSI's as well as countless commercials.You would have seen David on such show as How to get away with Murder, Nashville, Notorious, NCIS: New Orleans, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy,Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, The Closer, House, Chuck & The Mentalist. David also originated the role of Arthur in the TV’s first iteration of the cult sitcom, The Tick with Patrick Warburton.David is also the founder and Co-Executive Producer at Ten28 Avenue P Productions, a film production company dedicated to telling stories for their clients with clarity and creativity, emphasizing optimism and a positive message.Highlights from this episode:His first audition consisted of walking across the room and singing Happy BirthdayThe importance of kind, talented and supportive mentorsLessons learned when being cast as a series regular on a TV show"Ignorance is bliss"The professionalism showed by Patrick Warburton and Bryan Cranston The day a surprise visitor was on the set of "How to get away with Murder" during David's scene.The fun that can be found in pressureDavid Burke at Ten 28 Avenue P Productions
Heather Provost

Heather Provost


This week Kevin and Paul talk with producer, writer, and director Heather ProvostHeather is a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award-nominated producer. Critically acclaimed hits on Broadway include Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute (three Tony nominations including Best Play) and the musical [title of show] (Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical). Heather also produced and co-directed the feature film Racing Colt. She and writing partner Scott Damian most recently wrote A Joyous Christmas and Season for Love for Hallmark Channel. She is the current Producing Artistic Director at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.Highlights from this episode:Heather talks about her career starting as an actor and how her Mom helped to instill a spirit of courage and fearlessnessFaking her way into a New York waitress jobMaking the move to L.A. and discovering her passion and talent for producingTaking the leap back to New York as a Broadway producer and landing a Tony nomination for her workNavigating a very difficult and challenging year in New YorkTips as a writer. Serving the story. Focusing on what is going to make a script the best that it can be, and make it sellable. Organization is key for the writer (and artist)“The key to having it all is knowing that you already do.”Additional show highlights:We’re now live streaming episodes on YouTube on Tuesday nights at 8pm.Vaudacity Network has crossed the 1K subscribersWe read viewers comments from YouTube live stream, which includes unpacking some funny family dynamics in Kevin’s homeFind Heather Provost at
Pressure is par for the course for an artist.This week Paul and Kevin discuss how they have handled moments when monumental curveballs have been thrown their wayHighlights from this week’s showNoah goes to the dentistKevin talks about the pressure he experienced while working on projects for Star Wars Galaxy’s EdgePaul talks about a tense experience as a 911 operatorPaul’s acting coach breaking everything down to a momentSPECIAL NOTE:Your Creative Journey Live! will be streaming on YouTube on Tuesday, Sept 8th at 8 pm (PST)Join us for live Q&A mentioned on this show:Arye GrossExtreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin6 Days to Air
Paul and Kevin talk with filmmaker Jared White who directed the documentary “100 Years From Home”On the 100th anniversary of genocide, an American woman ventures to Armenia and Turkey in search of her great-grandparents’ long-lost house. This is a film about family, identity, and survival through a deeply personal lens.The film premieres on PBS SoCal Tuesday, Sept 1 at 8:30 pmHighlights from this episode:The challenges of making the documentary and discovering how to tell this story through the viewpoint of his wife, Lilit PilikianThe differences between narrative and documentary filmmakingNavigating film festival submissionsThe importance of this film, especially when it comes to telling the
You're Not Too Old

You're Not Too Old


"It's too late.""I've missed my opportunity.""There's no way I can create at this age, I just don't have the time."Maybe these are phrases you've told yourself.In this week's episode, Paul and Kevin talk about the mindset of thinking you're too old.Spoiler alert: You're not too old!Highlights from this episode include:Updates on Paul's filmDiscussing some origins of recent "younger is better" cultureYou have no idea when your life is over. You must try.Stories of three individuals (Katharine Drexel, Noah Purifoy, and Peggy Rowe) demonstrating that there is not an age limit on your impact and outputDon't forget to get your free tool to Get Your Creative Work Done
Portraying a Jedi Knight on the stage of Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland, Scott Damian, leaned down to talk to a little boy named Ben who had been chosen to be in the show.Ben was having difficulty speaking in front of the audience because of a severe stutter.Scott’s eyes went wide, because years ago... that had been him.In this week’s episode of Your Creative Journey, Kevin and Paul talk with actor/writer/director/producer Scott Damian.We talk about his journey battling a severe stutter as a child which he wrote about in “Voice: A Stutterer’s Odyssey”Scott also talks about the gift that art gave him to discover his own voice.Highlights from this episode:Scott talks about his first leading role in a high school production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” He pressed through the immense challenge of regulating his stammer in spite of an incredibly stressful situation.Scott's journey as a writer thanks to the help of authors Drs. Richard and Rachel Heller who happened to see him in a show at DisneylandKey elements in telling a story whether novel-length or a screenplayThe responsibility of the artist to mentor others along the wayA baker from Louisiana who had an impact on ScottAn uplifting and inspiring episode.Books mentioned in the episode:Voice: A Stutterer's Odyssey by Scott DamianThe War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
In this episode, Paul and Kevin interview Kenny Landmon, an actor and director, who created a short film (“Dating Under Quarantine”) while under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles.Highlights from this episode:Kenny discusses the challenges of being under lockdown and how that affected the process of making a film. He talks about the experiences of remotely directing actors and collaborating with his editor and composer for the film while rushing to get the film completed before a festival deadline.The major feelings an artist experiences while working on a project: passion, procrastination, and fear.How “Home Alone” has been a huge inspiration for Kenny and this filmAt one point he had to meet a guy in an alley at night to get gear for his film.Kenny’s tenacity at finding the right people to help him with the post-production process.A must listen episode for aspiring filmmakers.
In this episode Kevin and Paul interview singer/actress Jamie Carganilla.She’s had quite a career that began with performing professionally at age 8 in the Broadway Tour of Les Miserables. She is a graduate from NYU as a Music Major and has performed in several shows at The Disneyland Resort.Jamie made an intriguing pivot in her career 10 years ago when she became a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department!Enjoy the episode as we talk about her journey and the challenges of writing her first song.Check out Jamie’s new single:, check out Jamie's interview on The Today Show
Kevin and Paul have a conversation with writer and actor John Crane.John Crane has an extensive creative career as a Groundlings Main Company Member, Head Writer, and Executive Producer on MADtv, writer for animated shows like Johnny Bravo, CatDog, Rocket Power, and Jimmy Neutron. He was also an actor on Roundhouse on Nickelodeon and the green screen stand-in for Bugs Bunny in Space Jam with Michael JordanHighlights from this episode include:The lessons of working in a high-pressure comedy writing environmentBeing present in the moment with writing and improv and realizing that failing won't kill you. It just makes you better at your craft"Real writers, write. They pick up their sword and go to battle every day."John talks about how he's helping students with writing at cranesketch.comBooks mentioned on the showWriting Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben GarantThe Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Sometimes you get better at your art by just doing it and learning along the way. In this episode, Paul and Kevin talk about how to push through with your art even in the face of adversity and resilience.Highlights from this episode:Paul shares his experiences with producing and hosting an online weekly 3-4 hr variety show (Paulie's Online Variety Show)Kevin shares several stories of where he received some serious resistance with his artKevin gives an update about the project he's been developing as an example of "practicing in public."  (Link to video)Books mentioned in this episode:Can't Hurt Me by David GogginsThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldTurning Pro by Steven PressfieldSocial media handles Instagram and Facebook @paulcarganillaInstagram @kevinmgreggFacebook @kevingreggshow@thekevingregg
The trap of perfectionism can keep you from moving forward with your creative project. In this episode, Paul and Kevin talk about ways to get you out of creative paralysis.Highlights from this episode:Criticism is extremely easy, creating is hardEven professionals like Bill Pope (Cinematographer “Baby Driver” “Matrix Trilogy”) can be self-critical.How to get out of being frozen creatively by doing a simple step.Doing "nerve-cited" work can also be a huge step forward. With that said, Kevin shares a project he's been developing as an example of "practicing in public." Books mentioned in this episode:Save the Cat by Blake SnyderRebel Without a Crew by Robert RodriguezLinks from this episode:Ira Glass on the Creative ProcessWhy Perfectionism is an Entrepreneur's Worst Enemy Social media handles Instagram and Facebook @paulcarganillaInstagram @kevinmgreggFacebook @kevingreggshow@thekevingregg
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