Learning From The Past

Yesterday, I was reflecting on how I've approached my consistent job hunt. I have certainly given some rambled answers in interviews, and I can think of one opportunity specifically that cost me the job. I've been overly enthusiastic a number of times, too bragadocious at times, and even too distant*.

The nice thing about working freelance, though, is how you can develop your skills without having to worry about verbal vomit. I also learn from each episode I create.

*I should also note that I've given some great interviews as well.

So what's good? Today I have two episodes that have some significant takeaways.


MR CORPO is obsessed with pre-reads and saying things in advance but on today's episode, he talks about the many advantages of following up after a meeting. 
I selfishly don't want Zadie Smith to quit her day job, but the famed novelist could easily moonlight as a singer. The author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and, most recently, Swing Time shared her insight on plagiarism, plots, outlines, and publishing. A regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, she has written about everything from Brexit to Key & Peele to her late father. She once flirted with being a cabaret singer, and once you hear our interview, which was recorded live at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, you'll know why. It was a pleasure and privilege to speak with Zadie about publishing, awards, critics, and to hear her and Lady Rizo sing "Lady and the Tramp."

Two Weeks of Shows with Doin' It with Mike Sacks, Employee of the Month, Mr Corpo, and The Bell

I've been pretty busy this March—which is good for a freelancer, but complicated without a schedule. If I find myself not writing down what gigs I need to be at, what shows need to be edited, or the time I need to set aside to learn something new or exercise, I get entirely too flustered.

I guess I forgot to write down "create a weekly blog post." Sorry I missed last week.

Here's what I've got:

Doin' It with Mike Sacks: Miles Kahn (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) and George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo.)

Mike interviews author George Saunders about his latest, and first, novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," and talks with Miles Kahn of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee." Mike discloses a pornographic past.
Try free book with audible at http://audibletrial.com/doinit

Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus: THE YES MEN

Do The Yes Men know how to beat Trump at his own game? The media savvy duo Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos gained fame in 1990’s for their lefty political pranks, which led to multiple documentaries, cult following of like-minded activists, and, most important, corporations taking notice. They exposed Dow Chemical for failing to compensate thousands of victims of their oil spill in Bhopal, India. More recently, The Yes Men created a parody NRA website offering to deliver “life-saving firearms” to “poor urban centers,” which led the NRA to shut down 38,000 affiliate websites. We spoke about exercising our democratic rights to resist, stand up, and survive.

Mr Corpo: Bored at Work / Humans versus Employees

Are you bored at work? If yes, listen to this podcast about being bored at work. If no, get to work.
What does it mean to treat your employees and your co-workers as human beings? Does it change how you treat them? Does it change how you motivate them? MR CORPO dives into the world of being human in the workplace. MAURI SKINFILL joins the podcast to challenge MR CORPO's assumptions and argues that it may be detrimental for women to share too much personal information in the workplace. 

The Bell: 42% in 2016 with 13% income… Impossible? Meet Steve Kaczmarek of East End Wealth Mgmt

Adam speaks with Steve Kaczmarek of East End Wealth Management.

Television, Dissasociation, and Your Boss

I'll make it quick because this week is busy!

Mr Corpo teaches you how to make a great impression on your new boss:

Mike Sacks talks to television historian Ben Glenn II about the history of canned laughter:

Catie Lazarus has an epic discussion with jane-of-all-voices Sarah Jones:

Four Episodes and A Secret

It's been a busy couple of weeks. Last week I had three-night gigs and this week I've got a secret audio gig I'm working on. It's ok though, I've got four great episodes to show you!

For the first time ever Mr Corpo and Pumpkin Spice Podcast have something in common. Reflection. Taking a look back on choices you've made.

-Also- Pumpkin Spice Podcast has a new episode! I love making these.

What's next? How about a great interview with Alan Alda from Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus! This episode, like 90% of her show, was recorded live a Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.

And finally for you financial types (I know I've cultivated a strong money-based following.) This week's episode of The Bell. I don't always post these episodes because they're so niche, but I think I'm going to start. Some of the guests have a unique way of looking at the world. Like the guest in this episode Neil Grossman.

My friend also wants to start a new podcast with me where we watch the hit television show SLIDERS. Great show. I'm down.

Jon Ronson on Doin' It with Mike Sacks

Every fan of comedy writing that I know has a copy of And Here's the Kicker as well as Poking A Dead Frog. Author, Mike Sacks does a great job of presenting a truthful and captivating conversation with some of the most iconic comedy writers out there.

Doin' It with Mike Sacks is a natural podcast extension of Sacks' conversations, but with an added bonus of being able to put in comedic audio sketches.

If you've never heard the show, today's episode is a perfect place to start. Mike has author and journalist Jon Ronson as the season 2 premiere guest, but that's not all we have in store for you this episode!

Mike is back for 2017! He gets in touch with yet another girlfriend, his high school prom date who dumped him for another guy. And Mike talks with writer and investigative journalist Jon Ronson about the far right and their hold on American politics.

Support the show on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/doinitwithmikesacks

Making as little as possible, and an interview with Leslie Goshko.

Today's episode of Mr Corpo is an interesting one. First off Justin has a guest, which is always an entertaining conversation. Second, the guest's specialty is about making the least amount of money possible.
It's weird to think about, but also pretty comforting. If I want this, that, and this and it costs $X. How can I get to X?

I recently started producing the podcast side of the live EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW with Catie Lazarus. Catie hosts a live talk show at Joe's Pub, once a month, then releases the recording episodically. She'll also do one on one studio interviews like today's episode with Leslie Goshko.

White Horse Theater Podcast Finale, and Doin' It with Mike Sacks Updates

Today also marks the release of the season finale of the White Horse Theater podcast. It was an incredibly fun miniseries. The company is hoping to create more so listen to the end of this episode to find out how you can help!

Opening night for A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot is This Thursday the 9th of February 2017 at The Players Club on Gramercy Park.

Today we bring listeners inside the rehearsal studio.  The actors and director discuss the characters, the dialect and the terror of dancing in a fat suit.  Up Next: Taking the show on the Road.
In July of 2017 WHTC will participate in the the Toronto Fringe Festival where we will present an all-new production of Cyndy A. Marion, You Are Perfect., a theatrical reimagining of Susan Atkins one of Charlie Manson's women.  Thanks for listening.    

We are expanding Doin' It with Mike Sacks. First, we revamped the rewards on our Patreon page; and now we are adding clips from the show to YouTube so you can easily share with your friends.

Season 2 starts next week so feel free to share and tell your friends!


Dealing with Haters at Work

Today's episode of Mr Corpo will help you cut through the BS and fix any problem you have with someone you work with. The easy answer is to not be evasive and confront the problem directly, but sometimes that just doesn't work. Hopefully, today's step-by-step instructions will give you a better shot at having a comfortable work environment.

What do you do if someone at work hates you? MR CORPO gives a simple 3 step process on how to defuse and disarm your enemies in the workplace.


Maybe you're stressed, maybe you're fearful, maybe the last thing you want to hear about is someone hating you at work. If this is the case let me add some fun to your day. 

Last night I was listening to The Best Show and they were trying to find the top 25 most coked out moments. Immediately I was reminded of this fantastic interview with Nic Cage.

The Opposite of Spoiled

One episode today, and it comes from Jane King. King's podcast is focused on helping parents raise financially fit kids.

Personally, I wish that my parents would have had a podcast like this to listen to. Of course, that would mean that podcasts would have existed in the 80's. I hope that some of these lessons can be used for my friends that have become parents in the recent years.

On today's episode, Jane King and her co-host Kim Mustin chat with Ron Lieber New York Times Columnist and author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.

New York Times Columnist Ron Lieber shares his stories from families who are trying to teach their kids about money. How much for the tooth fairy? Charitable giving? Buying stuff? It's all in this episode of the Ka-Ching with Jane King podcast. Lieber has some powerful advice for parents and great tips including the one answer that works for any question your kids ask about money.
Continue the conversation online by using the hashtag #KidsKaching

An Environmental Approach to Theater

I was sitting here at my desk, editing the newest episode of Mr Corpo when I got the notification of the newest episode of the White Horse Theater podcast. I knew the episode was dropping today, but I had scheduled it weeks ago, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Mary Goggin, Linda S. Nelson: appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association/Equity Approved Showcase

Mary Goggin, Linda S. Nelson: appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association/Equity Approved Showcase

I decided to take a break and listen to it. It may just be one of my favorites of the series (there's only one episode left for the first season.) In the episode, we hear from Vanessa Bombardieri and Cyndy Marion two pillars of the White Horse Theater Company.

The episode goes through the approach they took when they decided to put on A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot by Tennessee Williams, how the play will be staged, and why it's a unique experience. I knew all this going into it, but the gravity of this production didn't click until I re-listened to the finished episode today.

I encourage you all to listen and to try and get tickets to this fun and important production.

Producing Artistic Director Cyndy A. Marion and Managing Director, Vanessa Bombardieri discuss their approach to Williams and what makes White Horse Theater Company unique.  
Links: http://whitehorsetheater.com/, http://bit.ly/parrottickets

Tim Barnes, Julie Klausner, Lisa Hanawalt, Emma Allen, and Maeve Higgins all talk shop

Today I released the part 4 of 4 of Doin' It with Mike Sacks' best of 2016 episodes. If you haven't listened to every episode these best of's are a great place to start. The second season will launch in February and I won't give away the first guest, but I will say the interview was one of the best yet.

Here's a glimpse of what you'll get from this best of:

  • Tim Barnes talking about the novelization of the remake of Flubber.
  • Julie Klausner and the best ways to write a script.
  • Lisa Hanawalt on style and perspective.
  • Emma Allen chats about the best ways to get into Shouts and Murmurs.

And like previous episodes, we have a bonus interview. Ian Goldstein chats with Maeve Higgins about immigration, a Trump presidency, and her plan for the future.


How To Get Your Dream Job

What's up!? Today's episode comes from Justin Kerr or better known as Mr Corpo. I really like his show because it helps organize all the questions you may have about not going crazy at work.

It also helps you if you're on the job hunt. *AHEM*--excuse me.

So what's today's episode about? Getting your dream job within the company you already work for. Check it out!


They walk in line - They walk in line - They walk in line. Most people and most corporations just want you to walk in line, wait your turn, and do as you are told. They do things the way they do them because that's the way they've always been done. 

MR CORPO explains how to break through this stasis and actually get what YOU want - because the thing is - your boss is busy, your boss' boss is worried about their own job, their own promotion, their own life - so if you are sitting at your desk waiting for someone else to give you your dream job your butt is going to get really sore.

MR CORPO explains how to get your dream job and why you don't have to leave your current company in order to get it.

You just have to do 2 easy things:
(1) decide what you want.
(2) tell other people what you want.
It's that easy. Listen to this episode to get all the details and tactics so you can take control of your life and get what you want. 

Tennessee Williams and the Grotesque

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to work with White Horse Theater Company in developing a podcast that accompanies their upcoming show at The Players Club on Gramercy Park.

On February 9th, White Horse is premiering their version of Tennessee Williams' A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot which is one of Williams' more grotesque plays. What does grotesque mean in regards to this piece of theater? Listen to Tennessee Williams scholar Dr. Annette J. Saddikand find out!

Tennessee Williams scholar Dr. Annette J. Saddik helps contextualize A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot by providing listeners with a bit of background on where the pay falls within TW's cannon.  In her book as well as the podcast Dr. Saddik argues that the grotesque is not only the key to unlocking  Williams' later plays/performance, but it is actually the key to understanding all his works.  In addition, she helps us understand the meaning of the Parrot in the play.
Find Annette's work: http://amzn.to/2ikCK1P
Buy Tix: http://bit.ly/parrottickets
This episode was produced by Rob Schulte: http://robkschulte.com
Recording assistance from Allison Behringer: https://theintern.fm/


Paul Feig, a poem, and Alexis Coe

Yesterday I finished up part three of The Best of Doin' It with Mike Sacks from 2016. These best of episodes are trickier than I had originally planned due to Mike's lengthy and in-depth interviews. There's so much incredible information in the interviews that it's hard to pick out what is the best of the best.  Of course, after I find a good interview clip, I get to pick through some of the funnier scripted bits.

This episode's interview segment comes from Mike's chat with writer/director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Ghostbuster, Superstud et al.) The comedic portion of the show I chose was a poem Mike read from his "late" friend.

After the clips are said and done there's an amazing interview conducted by Ian Goldstein with Alexis Coe, host of the Audible series Presidents are People Too! If you haven't heard that show I highly suggest you check it out. I love when public figures are humanized.



New episodes!

Self-promotion often times comes with a negative stigma. How much do you promote yourself?, In what ways is it professional, in what ways is it annoying?

In my freelance work, I face this struggle every time I want to share one of the shows I have edited or produced. Not every show is for everyone and sometimes multiple shows drop on the same day—so when I have new episodes out I'll release them here in blog form.

Today I have two episodes, the first is a documentary style micro podcast I'm producing for New York City's White Horse Theater Company, and the second is a show I produce for financial reporter Jane King.

A Brief History of The Players
Inside Off-Off Broadway's White Horse Theater Company

Janet Jenness, Players Board member, describes The Players founding and its rich history of supporting the arts.  She relays many of the club's most unique features including a mysterious woman seen in her dressing gown and a real human skull, all housed within the historic clubhouse on Gramercy Park.  
Counterfeit Money and Counterfeit News-How they are related
KaChing with Jane King

Sadly, there is money in fake news-sometimes a lot of it. A former executive at the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek, Ellen Pollack discusses with hosts Jane King and Kim Mustin how these creators prey on a gullible public, how to spot it, and what can be done about it. Pollack shares her thoughts on the ways they gin up material and how there's a parallel to teaching kids about having a healthy skepticism in life. Continue the discussion or ask a question that will help your family by using the hashtag #KidsKaching on social media. This episode was produced by Rob Schulte http://robkschulte.com