Writing for TV; feat. Hannah Cheesman (writer, actress, director, sometimes-producer)

Interview: Naomi talks to the marvelous writer/actress/director/sometimes-producer Hannah Cheesman about getting her web-series Whatever, Linda turned into a TV show, writing for Canada’s biggest TV show Workin’ Moms, and what a path through self-doubt has taught her. Hannah is the co-creator, writer, and star of Whatever, Linda,  which is currently being adapted for TV by the Mark Gordon Company. Hannah’s… Continue reading Writing for TV; feat. Hannah Cheesman (writer, actress, director, sometimes-producer)

Raising Money; feat. Catriona Rubenis-Stevens (actor, writer, director, producer, 1st AD, musical theater degree-earner)

Naomi outlines 5 fundamental lessons that she has learned about how to most effectively raise money for projects. Interview: Naomi talks to multi-multi-hyphenate Catriona Rubenis-Stevens about the process of crowd-funding, going back to school, the difficulties of managing a multi-multi-hyphenate career, what it’s like to earn your living as a 1st AD when your heart… Continue reading Raising Money; feat. Catriona Rubenis-Stevens (actor, writer, director, producer, 1st AD, musical theater degree-earner)

Necessary to Blossom; feat. Stephen McDougall Graham (classical violinist)

  This week Naomi interviews her husband, Stephen McDougall Graham, about his long and now quickly blossoming journey towards becoming a professional violinist (hint: he took a highly unusual decade-long detour through non-profits and international family planning services). Stephen talks about what it’s like to return full-time to your passion after years doing something else,… Continue reading Necessary to Blossom; feat. Stephen McDougall Graham (classical violinist)

The Role of Story Today; feat. Ira and Carol Williams (film/tv viewers)

Naomi dissects what the fundamental role of stories are in a society and how streaming content, social media, and that eastern European guy with the hydraulic press may have fundamentally changed our roles as artists. Interview: Ira and Carol Williams – Ira and Carol are an insanely delightful retired couple living in Missouri. Naomi talks… Continue reading The Role of Story Today; feat. Ira and Carol Williams (film/tv viewers)

Report from Women’s Media Summit; feat. Maria Giese (director and women in film superhero

Naomi reports back after spending three days at the Women’s Media Summit in Provincetown – a serious gathering of those 102 women (and 3 men) working dedicatedly to bring more women into film. The goal of the gathering? To devise a coordinated, nuts-and-bolts action plan for bringing about real change. Interview: Maria Giese – a film director… Continue reading Report from Women’s Media Summit; feat. Maria Giese (director and women in film superhero

The Unexpected Complications of Getting What You Want and Re-Locating the Joy in the Aftermath

Naomi breaks with the show’s format for one week to talk about the surprising pain, depression, and isolation she experienced in the wake of the success of Imagine I’m Beautiful and how she has found a way to reconnect to the joy of the work. As always, the work of this podcast is for Naomi to… Continue reading The Unexpected Complications of Getting What You Want and Re-Locating the Joy in the Aftermath