Create Lots of Content from a Blab Interview

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Create Lots of Content from Blab Talks (Photo: Noly via Pixabay)

If you haven’t checked out Blab, I highly recommend that you give this new platform a look. Since the fall of last year I started to do weekly interviews and online masterminds with indie creative guests as well as panels.

After we’re done with a Blab session, I upload the video to YouTube and download the audio to create a podcast – all before creating a blog post with show notes and related links. So along with the original Blab chat itself, I’ve created THREE other pieces of content.

Here are some basics to get you started..

Signing Up is Easy. Just go to Blab.im using your desktop or tablet browser (Chrome over a land line is HIGHLY recommended,) or use the iPhone / iPad app. (For now Android users need to use the mobile Chrome browser – at least until the Android app is available.)

Blab allows you to simply sign up with your Twitter account –

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Setting Up Blabs is Easy

(Note: your Blab username matches your Twitter username and pulls information from your Twitter profile, the website from your Twitter profile will not be pulled into your Blab profile though.)

Things to Do Before Hosting Your First Blab

You’re probably eager to get started and host your first Blab. It’s recommended that you just attend and watch one in action. Get a sense for how people interact with each other and the hosts. If you’re brave enough, post some comments and for bonus points see if the host invites you to talk live.

Note: all Blabs are public. Meaning, if you’re logged in with your Twitter account, the system announces when you enter a Blab in the sidebar. To avoid this and lurk anonymously, log out then click back into the Blab that you want to view in anonymous “lurk” mode. You won’t be able to participate, however.

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Time to Start Your First Blab

 

Showtime! Time to Host Your Own Blab

Besides the scheduling and coordination (the more difficult part in my opinion) creating the actual Blab is easy peasy.

Doing a Test Blab is a good idea with a friend or even testing things out with a show guest who’s not familiar with Blab.

Just tell other in the title that it’s a “test blab”; otherwise, curious visitors will probably pop in and out. There’s also a “test-zone” tag to make it even more clear.

To make replays available and uploading to YouTube you have to remember to hit the Record button on the left side. Later, this becomes the option for the YouTube upload once Blab has finished processing the video.

Some Other “On the Air” Tips

As the Host, you have full control on all the controls for adding Guests or booting them off. I’ve added other Hosts on some calls when I’ve run into connection difficulties, which is common due to streaming video live.

(Note: sometimes I will make other panel speakers or even guests a “Co-host” just in case my connection freezes [you’ll notice when no one else seems to be talking,] and I need to refresh my page – the reason is that Blab will sometimes just end the call altogether, and you’ll have to scramble to create a new Blab and hopefully bring everyone back. This is one BIG down-side, compared to Google Hangouts that I hope they fix in the future.)

To allow someone to join you on the actual “on-air” video, just click “Accept” after someone asks to join in an open seat. Blab is currently limited to 4 seats, which in my experience is the limit to what is reasonably easy to manage as a host.

You can always turn down the the request to join and keep the seat open.

Click on the “Lock Seat” button prevents other from joining the video or asking to join through the Accept prompts. This may make sense if you have a panel or interview format for your show.

Sometimes Blab can be like the “box of chocolates” from Forrest Gump where you “never know what ya gonna get..” On a recent chat we had a young kid jump on with his film idea apparently involving plenty of profanity and drug use. (He may have already been partaking himself..)

Props” or the Blab equivalent of Likes or applause are encouraged. This gives hosts a sense of what the audience likes or is connecting with in discussions.

Just click the hands symbol on the window of the person you want to give the props. Like Periscope will show the number each participant receives during that particular Blab. Whenever you enter a new BLAB the counter goes back to zero.

Depending on how a Blab goes, I may directly upload to YouTube or download and edit in some video editing software. Unless you’re familiar with something like Camtasia, Final Cut or Adobe Premiere, it’s better to use something like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for Mac’s.

For turning the video file into a podcast, I open up the MP4 in Audacity. You can also use Garage Band on Mac for this.

Of course, the show notes with specific timings of topics discussed creates easy blog posts. Also, you can create shorter video snippets for highlights that may attract viewers to watch the rest of your interview or discussion.

So, these are just some of the ways that you can create several pieces of content from one interview. If there is enough interest, I will create a more detailed tutorial on these in future posts. But I just wanted to provide a short but actionable summary of key steps.

To learn more and attend our next free workshop, click here.

Indie Creative – Author Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle

This week’s #IndieCreative author Colin Wright shares his journey from startup entrepreneur to travel writing. He talks about how going to extremes helped him to figure out what works for his lifestyle and how working with a team allowed to do much more than he could alone.

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Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle

1:04 – 2:30 Going from initial idea to traveling the world

2:45 – 4:00 What encouraged Colin to keep going in spite of doubts and fears

4:12 – 6:26 Where he got his inspiration from authenticity in his brand

6:34 – 7:31 Colin’s entrepreneurs journey from LA to New Zealand

7:34 – 8:30 How his parents’ home in Missouri is his hub for US travels

8:39 – 10:16 Going from solo writer to building a publishing business

10:25 – 11:36 Growing intentionally by choosing authors to work with aka “no asshole rule”

12:07 – 13:12 Developing a new publishing model by partnering with authors

13:33 – 15:31 Diversifying by helping authors in different genres

15:47 – 17:21 Facing moments of doubt leaving behind his old identity as an entrepreneur

COMMERCIAL BREAK

18:01 – 20:00 What was the scariest, hardest part of making the leap as an author

20:12 – 21:03 Finding a way to bootstrap through the startup phase

21:12 – 22:33 When did Colin start believing that he had a chance – discovering the power of residual income

22:23 – 23:24 Building a way to know what your audience wants

23:44 – 26:25 How going to extremes connected with Colin’s audience

26:46 – 27:39 What is Colin’s “why” at this point

28:15 – 29:07 Saying yes to opportunities and creating more

29:17 – 30:08 His proudest accomplishment so far

30:26 – 32:48 How to go from solo to working with a team

33:18 – 36:42 Possible future directions and how to evolve storytelling with changing technology

First Part –

(Unfortunately, we were rudely interrupted by internet problems..)

Second Part –

Indie Creative – Dana Parker and the Butterfly Technique

In this week’s #IndieCreative spotlight we talked with Dana Parker about her upcoming launch of the Butterfly Technique. Dana shares how tango helped her to reconnect with herself and later helped her to move again when she could barely get out of bed.

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Dana Parker and Butterfly Technique

We begin with Dana sharing her story with tango dancing and her role models before facing some incredible challenges where she could barely get out of bed. Next Dana shares some proud moments and how she wants to help others reconnect with their bodies and each other.

0:38 – What lights up Dana and how we’re here to experience of feeling and movement
1:58 – 4:32 How Dana got started in tango and taking her first steps into a larger universe
5:08 – 7:07 Choosing a community approach to teaching
7:10 – 8:28 Influential teachers on Dana’s journey
9:10 – 10:58 Bringing different movement arts into tango
10:58 – 12:48 A modern approach of partnership in dancing tango
13:36 – 15:43 Social vs. performance / show tango
15:45 – 16:12 Research and studies on how tango affects our minds
18:16 – 21:44 What led Dana to look at tango differently / making it accessible to everyone
22:16 – 24:22 My own tango journey with Cellspace and creating a more welcoming environment for new dancers
24:32 – 26:30 Dana shares her very personal experience with tango and having choices in dancing

Tweet: “I don’t care how people get to tango – all I care is that they get there.. ” – Dana Parker, Butterfly Technique

26:30 – 27:52 Another way to dancing tango with choices
27:55 – 29:25 How sometimes we can miss out on other opportunities by competing for pieces of the pie
29:52 – 32:46 Self-doubts for Dana on her entrepreneur’s journey

“Being a beautiful dancer doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher..”

33:00 – 36:44 Combining movement therapy into tango
36:50 – 40:24 Why Dana is passionate about sharing her experiences losing the ability to move with developing the Butterfly Technique

41:50 – 44:45 How to persist and keep going in spite of challenges

We look forward to hearing more about how this lovely entrepreneur helps others to reconnect not only with themselves but other dancers.

For the rest of the interview –

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Indie Creative – Roberto Comparan & For the Love of Pixar

This week we spotlight Roberto Comparan and his creative entrepreneurs journey with building a tribe of artists and Pixar lovers. Roberto started his journey with just an idea like many entrepreneurs.

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Photo via For the Love of Pixar

Like many of us Roberto remembers his first experiences in watching Pixar films. He shares how this led to bonding with other fans and creating his own art. Roberto says that this passion never went away.

So ultimately Roberto and his friends had an idea of creating an art show around their love – thus the name “For the Love of Pixar.”

When others came forward and wanted to be involved, Roberto and his friends realized that they were on to something. Last year they had their first show, and although it was small, everyone knew they were on to something when people were already asking about the next time.

Roberto decided that they want to make this not only an immersive experience but something that every kid in us could be a part of it. Now he has joined forces with charities and other nonprofits to make the event not only about fun but building something that benefits the larger community.

0:40 What got Roberto started on sharing his passion for Pixar

1:38 Roberto shares his own personal connection with Pixar

3:42 Realizing that he and his friends can actually create their own animation

4:28 How Roberto discovered those who not only encouraged but helped him on his journey.

5:15 Lessons learned and his other experiences in PR helped Roberto in starting For the Love of Pixar

8:08 Struggles and challenges in getting For the Love of Pixar off the ground

9:58 First unexpected rejection by Pixar themselves

10:42 Another surprising lesson to provide art work at different prices to allow them to raise more money

12:28 What made Roberto and his team really proud about their first successes

13:32 Some of the interesting Pixar inspired displays that they were able to create

16:20 The Pizza Planet Truck story – how they got into the show & how it became one of the most popular parts

19:05 Other inspired connections including John Negroni’s Pixar Theory

21:35 How our Love of Pixar transcends boundaries and connects the kid in all of us

For more information visit For the Love of Pixar at their website.

Indie Creative – Brendan Weinhold of Gentle Werewolf

This week I chat with Brendan Weinhold who shares his creative entrepreneur’s journey in launching his web series, Gentle Werewolf.

Part comedy, part drama of modern times – Brendan talks about some of the sources of inspiration, the challenges and proud moments, and the importance of being true to your creative vision.

2:08 – What’s missing in typical television and how this drives this series’ vision

4:04 – Balancing the needs of working with others to express your personal vision and creating a shared vision

6:30 – Who inspired some of the series and Brendan’s own work, including the importance of overlooked source material

10:12 – Overcoming self-doubt and wondering if your creative work has merit early on when there is little proof

13:28 – Drawing from your own life for not just quirks but your own unique voice

16:12 – What attracts some of the fans to the heart of his Gentle Werewolf web series

20:20 – How “artists use lies to tell the truth” and this web series conveys its message without preaching

(unfortunately there were sound problems from this point on..)

22:42 – Juggling entertainment with substance and bringing in a lot of creative elements at once

24:40 – Doing the work to “make it look easy” and create your final creative work

26:15 – Taking your work to the streets to get feedback

27:24 – Bringing a producer on board and how this helped to bring some of the pieces together

30:56 – Finding the crew to help bring your creative vision to life

36:36 – How the basics of professionalism like doing the work, showing up and memorizing lines are key to attracting those who want to work with you

40:18 – Overcoming our own inner resistance as creatives to find the motivation to keep going and

43:39 – Why we need to trust the process becauses sometimes our past quirks and curiosity prepares us for our road ahead

48:18 – What Brendan sees as future projects that he wants to be involved with

You can learn more by visiting their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/gentlewerewolf

Or following on Twitter –
https://twitter.com/GentleWW

https://twitter.com/BrendanWeinhold

Indie Creative – Kyle MacDonald of One Red Paper Clip

one-red-paperclipThis week we spotlight Kyle MacDonald and his story – trading up from one red paper clip until he got his dream house. Like many entrepreneurs, Kyle started his creative entrepreneur’s journey with an idea.

Actually, Kyle started off with several creative ideas – until a high school friend reminded him of a game of “Bigger and Better” that they played where they traded up items as much as they could.

Kyle wondered what if he could create an online version of this? So, that’s what he did. Along the way Kyle traveled around the country meeting interesting people and sharing his adventures.

1:15 What made Kyle decide to follow the Red Paper Clip idea and see where it led him?

2:52 How to get others involved and be a part of what you’re doing

4:22 Overcoming self-doubts and negative influences

6:23 Lessons learned transform us on our creative entrepreneur’s journey

7:24 How to recognize those who can help on your journey

8:58 Finding stability by bootstrapping and launching from your personal base camp

10:40 Going outside your comfort zone to connect with your creativity and the importance of creating space to be creative

12:48 What are Kyle’s top creative habits

14:32 Where Kyle finds some of his creative inspiration

16:40 Biggest lessons Kyle learned on his creative entrepreneur’s journey

17:58 How not having a backup plan can guarantee success

20:12 How following curiosity can lead to bigger things

 

Here’s the talk on Blab –

Creative Entrepreneur – Indie Film Maker Dawn Fields

This week’s featured indie entrepreneur is indie film maker /producer Dawn Fields of Palm Street Films.

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Indie Film Producer Dawn Fields (photo background credit: devanath via Pixabay)

Dawn shares how she got her start in the film industry working as an extra “Love Potion No 9” with Sandra Bullock in Atlanta. This led to work shooting with George Lucas and music videos with Brett Ratner.

Realizing that the funding and infrastructure was still lacking back east, Dawn made her way to Hollywood. In the entertainment capital she began working as a PA (production assistant) before realizing that she wanted more creative control.

Over the years Dawn has worked to get various projects through what’s known as “development hell.” Finally, she decided that she wanted to finally see something she worked on made!

We talk about Dawn’s first projects and how this led to the development of her most recent indie film, Fragile Storm, with Lance Henriksen.

Some of the other things Dawn shares –

6:40 – forming relationships that nurture your creativity

7:12 – dark moments of self-doubt and ready to quit

10:42 – bridging the gap between a filmmaker’s vision and making it a reality

11:30 – what crowdfunding has made possible for indie filmmakers

12:32 – how the real work of indie film making really starts after it’s made with promotion and the business side

14:06 – making the decision of bringing aboard bigger name actor to the project

16:36 – fun & games vs. realities of doing the film festival circuit

18:28 – identifying influencers for indie films and other ways to promote your work

20:05 – how social media and crowdfunding is changing the indie film making and the film industry

21:28 – Dawn shares some of her upcoming indie film projects and what that “next level” looks like

24:20 – will “Zombie Elves” ever get made? what’s involved with the realities of a holiday film and struggling with the challenges of bringing a vision into reality

Watch the rest of the replay for our talk here –

To find out more about Dawn and her projects  – http://www.dawnfields.com/

Dawn’s film production company – Palm Street Films

Indie Entrepreneurs – Casting Director Pixie Monroe

 

Recently, I chatted with Pixie Monroe of Monroe Casting. She has worked with productions with blockbuster budgets to indie film projects.

We talked about how Pixie got started in the entertainment industry with the near tragedy of her mother’s stroke during the aftermath of 9-11.

0:18 What lights Pixie up and inspires her work

3:25 How her career found her when her mother had a stroke

6:40 Where was Pixie on 9-11 before mentorships with Dreamworks

8:30 Inspiring words by casting legend Lynn Stalmaster “Leap and the safety net
will appear”

9:25 how working with different gifts and talented people inspires her

11:45 What helps her keep balance with all that happens

14:45 how a $100 background acting gig turned into music video spot

19:10 dealing with actors who don’t live up to expectations

21:55 which is more difficult – nightmare parents vs animals on set

25:10 strangest casting call of all – fainting goats

29:05 upcoming projects for Monroe Casting

31:40 advice to vets get started in film and television

34:50 what to do if you lack skill sets and how to find your mentors

38:00 how the relationship gave Pixie a chance to repay her mentor

To learn more about Pixie and Monroe Casting’s creative services visit her website – http://monroecasting.com/

Indie Entrepreneur – Musician / Recording Artist ALE Gonzalez Gomez

We talk with creative entrepreneur indie musician ALE Gonzalez Gomez about his journey from addiction to creative recovery. It’s a redemptive story where an East LA child narrowly missed tragedy at the hands of the infamous Night Stalker, only to struggle with drugs and alcohol before finding salvation in music.

ALE talks about how he continues to grow as an artist and entrepreneur and why he feels the need to create. He discusses what happens when someone you admire ends their own life due to addiction.

We briefly talk about the recent loss of influential figures like Dr. Wayne Dyer and Scott Dinsmore of the Live Your Legend movement. ALE and I discuss how their deaths remind of us of the limited time we have to share our work.

Sometimes the creative entrepreneur goes to some of the darkest parts of the human spirit in order to experience their biggest breakthrough. ALE takes us to that moment when all seemed lost before finding the healing power of creating his music.

Creative entrepreneurs often struggle with this need to share their unique gifts and the shadow side of their creativity in the form of addiction.

Part of the creative process is pushing our limits. ALE talks about finding some of his most creative moments at night and how these have inspired him to grow as an artist entrepreneur. He shares some of his personal tips on the creative process.

Without growth as an artist creative entrepreneurs can easily fall back into unhealthy addiction. ALE shares some of his personal vision for his own personal creative growth

You can watch the full interview here –

Indie Entrepreneur – Actor / Film Maker Walker Haynes

On this creative entrepreneur’s hangout I chat with actor / film maker Walker Haynes about what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

After studying secondary education and even earning his certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Walker (he’s in good company with graduates like Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw) began his creative entrepreneur’s journey into the acting world.

Eventually, Walker decided that he needed to create his own opportunities. By building relationships before he needed them, Walker not only got the support and encouragement from those who could help him; he was able to count on them for resources like actual equipment or referrals.

Walker discusses what it takes to get started with developing his own projects and open doors to other opportunities. He also talks about the importance for creative entrepreneurs to take inventory of their assets.

0:29 – Who is Walker Haynes?
1:24 – What got Walker started on his creative entrepreneur’s journey
2:28 – Who were influential to Walker on his own journey
4:14 – Starting at the bottom and wondering what you’re doing
6:17 – How it takes more than talent and the importance of relationships for creative enterpreneurs
7:53 – What helped Walker to finally take his first steps towards his own projects
9:48 – Walker shares some of his proudest moments
12:22 – How does Walker help actors to be at their most creative
13:52 – If someone is getting started in the film / TV industry, Walker offers some advice
16:26 – What that next level looks like for this creative entrepreneur

To watch the interview –