“The key thing is, these funding bodies want you to contact them. They’ll give you the time to explain what’s required because they want people to succeed as well. ” — Hawanatu Bangura How can you fund your creative projects whilst working a day job? Who do you need on your team to make your […]
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“Don’t settle for a relationship with your accountant or bookkeeper that isn’t working for you. ” — Amanda Newton I know too many artists and creative people who don’t feel comfortable talking about money — how much to charge, how to get more of it, how to manage it, how to grow it etc. I’ve […]
“You keep the ship afloat by making sure everyone feels heard and happy.” — Meg O’Connell I met Meg O’Connell last year at Screen Forever, a conference hosted by Screen Producers Australia. When I found out she’d worked on Doodles, a kids’ show I’d been following, I asked if I could pick her brain about […]
‘You’re selling the sizzle, not the steak.” — John Armstrong My first guest in Season 2 of the podcast is screenwriter, script producer and script editor John Armstrong. We first met at a screenwriters’ pitch event in Sydney in 2017 and have since co-created a teen drama series which is in early stage development. In […]
Last November I applied for PRX‘s Google Podcasts Creator program, pitching the second season of Two Words with Taku. My pitch made it to the semi-finalist round out of 1000s of applications from around the world (OMG!), but I didn’t end up getting in. This trailer’s the audio sample I submitted to them and LOTS […]
So you’ve got an idea for a killer article you’d like to see in your favourite magazine? Sophie Kalagas, editor at frankie magazine shares some simple tips about how to get your submissions noticed. We recorded this episode in her lovely home and Woody, her friendly puppy, is the happy addition you’ll sometimes hear in […]
Facing fear. Writing. More fear. Standup comedy. Zimbo politics. Aussie politics. Jokes about my Mama. Feminism. Typos in sexts. Working with kids. Developing TV characters. Running a company. Story. Creative freedom. And laughter…lots of laughter! Yep, this and more in my hearty chat with Claire for her podcast Just Make the Thing. The original episode […]
Look Ma – I’m producing! The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) invited me to train 15 young people in public speaking and I suggested we also make a podcast with their short speeches. In this episode I share what I learnt from creating the Shout Out Youth Speakers podcast. I’d like to thank […]
Dear Tomi, this is the most biased book review I’ve ever given. But I absolutely loved reading Children of Blood and Bone! In this episode I share why I’m excited by the magical words woven into this African-inspired fantasy novel. I also share a snippet from Tomi’s Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts which […]
Finding and growing your tribe is a two-way street. Yes, I know that doesn’t make grammatical sense, but hear me out as I explain how this podcast is connecting me to people I’m excited about…and people who are excited about me too. I go through 13 questions that might help you suss out where […]
The book based on my radio play is coming soon! JoYOLO by Taku and Peo. Omg I’m dying!😭 I recorded this impromptu episode in a park the other day. Disclaimer: it’s raw and unedited! Then I made this quick little video – sorry the music is so loud and dramatic but I was in ridic […]
Youth Marketing Australia was simply eye-opening! I went to the YMA conference to learn about marketing to young people, but I learnt a whole lot more from watching the different speakers and how they represented their own [media] brands. Disclaimer: these two-word summaries are my own and not necessarily what each speaker spoke about. Two-Word […]