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A podcast that asks creative types: "Who are your people?"Through interviews with filmmakers, authors, musicians, technologists, and other creative entrepreneurs, "These Are My People" offers ideas, strategies, and examples for finding, building, and maintaining your audience. Tune in and find your people. #TAMPpodcastProduced by Smarthouse Creative, a public relations, marketing strategy, and audience engagement agency headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Latest Episodes

Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

"The Choice" (http://thechoicepod.com/) is a six-episode audio drama, a feminist dystopian thriller set in the refugee camps of Los Angeles. Set in the year 2047, Dr. Margaret Carter is facing the death penalty. These are a series of recordings played as evidence in her trial. Misty Eddy is a director working in Portland, Oregon. Her obsession with radio dramas started early when, at twelve years old, she fell in love with classic radio theater programs like The Shadow, Suspense, and Orson Welle's War of the Worlds. Molly Silverstein is the Director of Programming for the Portland Film Festival and the host of the Portland Film Podcast. She studied film at Yale and London Film School. Nick Escobar is a design manager at a digital marketing agency in downtown Portland. As a producer, he has been recognized by the Portland Comedy Film Festival, premiered a short film at the 2016 Rose City Comic Con, and co-founded Blue Envelope Productions. Smarthouse Creative's Leroy Mack sits down w...

23 MIN2018 JUN 13
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Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Sam Berliner (www.donutfilms.org) is a Seattle-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 200 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as a Senior Programmer at Three Dollar Bill Cinema. He leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks webseries and is the founder of Queer Scouts Bay Area and Queer Scouts Seattle, hosting monthly skill-shares for LGBTQA adults. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013. Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke sits down with Sam ...

28 MIN2018 MAY 3
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Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Episode 17: Heather Brown

Heather Brown (www.mindthebirdmedia.com) is a PR and events professional currently providing publicity, production, and communication services to individuals and literary and cultural organizations from her home base in Portland, OR. She activates her extensive network, her background in public education, and a master’s degree in creative writing to approach each job with inclusivity, rhetorical sensitivity and service-oriented, trust-based leadership. In this TAMP episode Smarthouse Creative talks with PR and events professional Heather Brown about her work as an editor & social media manager at YesYes Books and launching her own communication and events company, Mind The Bird Media. Brown has extensive experience with audience building for artists & authors with a focus on creating authentic connections, which she'll discuss, in addition to describing her approach to building buzz for her new company. You can check out Heather's Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/mindbi...

25 MIN2018 APR 7
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Episode 17: Heather Brown

Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Episode 16: Alexandra Billings Alexandra Billings (www.alexandrabillings.com) is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. Currently, Ms Billings plays Davina on Amazon's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning hit TV show "Transparent". In 2005, Ms. Billings played Donna, opposite Katherine Heigel, in the ABC film “Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning.” It was the second time a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. She's had guest starring roles on "How To Get Away With Murder", “Grey's Anatomy,” “Eli Stone," “E.R.,” “Karen Sisco,” “Nurses” opposite Lynn Redgrave, and playing opposite Dot Jones in the Ryan Murphy pilot “Pretty/Handsome,” co-starring Blythe Danner and Robert Wagner. She finished her first feature film role as a non Trans character in "Valley of Bones" in the spring of 2016. She is the recipient of five After Dark Awards and one Joseph Jefferson Award. Ms. Billings' activism stretches across the continent. She...

16 MIN2018 MAR 23
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Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell Michele Mitchell (www.filmat11.tv) (www.theuncondemned.com) An award-winning investigative reporter on “NOW with Bill Moyers” (PBS), Mitchell began her broadcasting career as political anchor at CNN Headline News, where she specialized in US politics. At PBS, she developed a reputation for discovering overlooked social justice stories before leaving to start her own company. She was the director/producer/writer/co-executive producer of the groundbreaking “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” A graduate of Northwestern University, Michele wrote sports for the Chicago Tribune while in college, and then began her career on Capitol Hill. She is the author of three books. In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke talks to Michele Mitchell about her experiences as a journalist, filmmaker, and activist at the intersection of human rights and social justice. Michelle and Brad also discuss the inspiration behind the making of Michel...

27 MIN2017 DEC 15
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Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Episode 14: Donovan Janus

Donovan Janus (https://www.17hats.com/) is Founder and CEO of 17hats, a Pasadena, CA-based software system that provides small business owners tools, knowledge, and expertise so that they can stay organized, feel confident, and look professional. Mr. Janus is a lifelong entrepreneur, and he and his team at 17hats share a passion for guiding small business owners on their respective journeys. In this TAMP episode, Donavan talks with Smarthouse Creative's Rachel Green about developing 17hats and the importance of timing, simplicity and social media in building a brand. He describes marketing tips and various grassroots tools and methods used to identify and connect with an audience, "if you define your ideal client and have a clear message, the selling part really happens by itself." -Donovan Janus. You can check out Donavan's Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/17hats_FB/ and follow him on Twitter at, @17hatsHQ. TAMP music by Dude York.

14 MIN2017 DEC 1
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Episode 14: Donovan Janus

Episode 13: Larry Mizell Jr

“Whoever’s within earshot are my people - that’s my curatorial sense for a world of music and experience - I want everybody to understand. Music is universal and that’s what I’m dedicating my life to. Every culture has their own take on it. It’s infinite, you’ll never hear it all. It’s everywhere. It’s like church to me. I want everybody to come in.” -Larry Mizell, Jr. In this TAMP episode, Mizell Jr. talks with poet Colin Walker about his unexpected career in the arts, why he loves what he does, and how he’s built his audience by following his passion for music and community. Check out Larry’s Street Sounds Facebook page [http://bit.ly/SS_KEXP] and follow him on Twitter at @larrymizelljr TAMP music by @Dude York (dudeyork.bandcamp.com/). Note: During the time of this interview, Mizell hosted Street Sounds, the weekly hip-hop show on KEXP. He wrote the column My Philosophy for the Stranger and was in local Seattle bands like Cancer Rising and Don't Talk To the Cops. He h...

23 MIN2017 OCT 18
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Episode 13: Larry Mizell Jr

Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse co-founders Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke (www.smarthousecreative.com) talk with Colin Walker and share helpful tips and tools to build your audience, boost your brand, and follow your passion. They also discuss the origins of our in-house podcast and how it aspires to be a rich and generative resource for creative entrepreneurs looking to gain traction, promote their projects, and grow their fan base. Tune in and start putting your best foot forward when it comes to connecting with your audience, both online and off. You can check out our Smarthouse Facebook page here, https://smrths.com/FB_SHC, and follow us on Twitter at @teamsmarthouse. TAMP music by Dude York (https://dudeyork.bandcamp.com/)

8 MIN2017 OCT 14
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Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

Episode 11: Dani Menkin

Dani Menkin (http://imdb.to/2nXMH3m) is an Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker for "39 Pounds of Love"(2005). The film, written, produced and directed by him, has been sold to HBO, and was short listed for the Oscars. Some of his films include: "Is That You?" (winner of "Best Indie Film of the Year" award), "Dolphin Boy" (2011), "Je T'aime - I Love You Terminal"(2010), and his most recent film "On the Map." Dani is also a co-producer and a creator-partner of Ilan Heitner for the Israeli cult indie film "Wisdom of the Pretzel", which is one of the most successful independent feature films in Israeli cinema. In 2005 Director, writer and producer Dani Menkin created his own Independent film production "Hey Jude Productions". In this TAMP episode, Dani talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about what he believes is his most important role as a director, how "On The Map" has appealed to audiences not only in the sports world, but from many different communities outside of compe...

11 MIN2017 MAR 22
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Episode 11: Dani Menkin

EPISODE 10: Lindy Boustedt

Lindy Boustedt (http://imdb.to/2hRRnYK) is a writer, director, producer and actor. Lindy co-directs movies with her husband, Kris Boustedt. They've written, directed, produced or edited dozens of films, including three features, and create media for non-profits and corporate clients on the side. Some of their films include: PERFECT 10, THIS IS OURS, BRIDES TO BE, TOGETHER FOREVER and PRACTICAL THINGS. In this TAMP episode, Lindy talks with Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke about the first time she realized she had an audience and the tools she has incorporated into her practice that have helped she and her husband maintain a connection with their audience. Lindy describes the inspiration behind her filmmaking in terms of creating new norms via better representation and increased diversity. You can check out Lindy's Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/2hRJm6l and follow her on Twitter at, @krisandlindy. TAMP music by Dude York.

26 MIN2016 DEC 24
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EPISODE 10: Lindy Boustedt

Latest Episodes

Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

"The Choice" (http://thechoicepod.com/) is a six-episode audio drama, a feminist dystopian thriller set in the refugee camps of Los Angeles. Set in the year 2047, Dr. Margaret Carter is facing the death penalty. These are a series of recordings played as evidence in her trial. Misty Eddy is a director working in Portland, Oregon. Her obsession with radio dramas started early when, at twelve years old, she fell in love with classic radio theater programs like The Shadow, Suspense, and Orson Welle's War of the Worlds. Molly Silverstein is the Director of Programming for the Portland Film Festival and the host of the Portland Film Podcast. She studied film at Yale and London Film School. Nick Escobar is a design manager at a digital marketing agency in downtown Portland. As a producer, he has been recognized by the Portland Comedy Film Festival, premiered a short film at the 2016 Rose City Comic Con, and co-founded Blue Envelope Productions. Smarthouse Creative's Leroy Mack sits down w...

23 MIN2018 JUN 13
Comments
Episode 19: The Choice Podcast

Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Sam Berliner (www.donutfilms.org) is a Seattle-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 200 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as a Senior Programmer at Three Dollar Bill Cinema. He leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks webseries and is the founder of Queer Scouts Bay Area and Queer Scouts Seattle, hosting monthly skill-shares for LGBTQA adults. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013. Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke sits down with Sam ...

28 MIN2018 MAY 3
Comments
Episode 18: Sam Berliner

Episode 17: Heather Brown

Heather Brown (www.mindthebirdmedia.com) is a PR and events professional currently providing publicity, production, and communication services to individuals and literary and cultural organizations from her home base in Portland, OR. She activates her extensive network, her background in public education, and a master’s degree in creative writing to approach each job with inclusivity, rhetorical sensitivity and service-oriented, trust-based leadership. In this TAMP episode Smarthouse Creative talks with PR and events professional Heather Brown about her work as an editor & social media manager at YesYes Books and launching her own communication and events company, Mind The Bird Media. Brown has extensive experience with audience building for artists & authors with a focus on creating authentic connections, which she'll discuss, in addition to describing her approach to building buzz for her new company. You can check out Heather's Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/mindbi...

25 MIN2018 APR 7
Comments
Episode 17: Heather Brown

Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Episode 16: Alexandra Billings Alexandra Billings (www.alexandrabillings.com) is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. Currently, Ms Billings plays Davina on Amazon's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning hit TV show "Transparent". In 2005, Ms. Billings played Donna, opposite Katherine Heigel, in the ABC film “Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning.” It was the second time a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. She's had guest starring roles on "How To Get Away With Murder", “Grey's Anatomy,” “Eli Stone," “E.R.,” “Karen Sisco,” “Nurses” opposite Lynn Redgrave, and playing opposite Dot Jones in the Ryan Murphy pilot “Pretty/Handsome,” co-starring Blythe Danner and Robert Wagner. She finished her first feature film role as a non Trans character in "Valley of Bones" in the spring of 2016. She is the recipient of five After Dark Awards and one Joseph Jefferson Award. Ms. Billings' activism stretches across the continent. She...

16 MIN2018 MAR 23
Comments
Episode 16: Alexandra Billings

Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell Michele Mitchell (www.filmat11.tv) (www.theuncondemned.com) An award-winning investigative reporter on “NOW with Bill Moyers” (PBS), Mitchell began her broadcasting career as political anchor at CNN Headline News, where she specialized in US politics. At PBS, she developed a reputation for discovering overlooked social justice stories before leaving to start her own company. She was the director/producer/writer/co-executive producer of the groundbreaking “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” A graduate of Northwestern University, Michele wrote sports for the Chicago Tribune while in college, and then began her career on Capitol Hill. She is the author of three books. In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke talks to Michele Mitchell about her experiences as a journalist, filmmaker, and activist at the intersection of human rights and social justice. Michelle and Brad also discuss the inspiration behind the making of Michel...

27 MIN2017 DEC 15
Comments
Episode 15: THE UNCONDEMNED by Michele Mitchell

Episode 14: Donovan Janus

Donovan Janus (https://www.17hats.com/) is Founder and CEO of 17hats, a Pasadena, CA-based software system that provides small business owners tools, knowledge, and expertise so that they can stay organized, feel confident, and look professional. Mr. Janus is a lifelong entrepreneur, and he and his team at 17hats share a passion for guiding small business owners on their respective journeys. In this TAMP episode, Donavan talks with Smarthouse Creative's Rachel Green about developing 17hats and the importance of timing, simplicity and social media in building a brand. He describes marketing tips and various grassroots tools and methods used to identify and connect with an audience, "if you define your ideal client and have a clear message, the selling part really happens by itself." -Donovan Janus. You can check out Donavan's Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/17hats_FB/ and follow him on Twitter at, @17hatsHQ. TAMP music by Dude York.

14 MIN2017 DEC 1
Comments
Episode 14: Donovan Janus

Episode 13: Larry Mizell Jr

“Whoever’s within earshot are my people - that’s my curatorial sense for a world of music and experience - I want everybody to understand. Music is universal and that’s what I’m dedicating my life to. Every culture has their own take on it. It’s infinite, you’ll never hear it all. It’s everywhere. It’s like church to me. I want everybody to come in.” -Larry Mizell, Jr. In this TAMP episode, Mizell Jr. talks with poet Colin Walker about his unexpected career in the arts, why he loves what he does, and how he’s built his audience by following his passion for music and community. Check out Larry’s Street Sounds Facebook page [http://bit.ly/SS_KEXP] and follow him on Twitter at @larrymizelljr TAMP music by @Dude York (dudeyork.bandcamp.com/). Note: During the time of this interview, Mizell hosted Street Sounds, the weekly hip-hop show on KEXP. He wrote the column My Philosophy for the Stranger and was in local Seattle bands like Cancer Rising and Don't Talk To the Cops. He h...

23 MIN2017 OCT 18
Comments
Episode 13: Larry Mizell Jr

Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse co-founders Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke (www.smarthousecreative.com) talk with Colin Walker and share helpful tips and tools to build your audience, boost your brand, and follow your passion. They also discuss the origins of our in-house podcast and how it aspires to be a rich and generative resource for creative entrepreneurs looking to gain traction, promote their projects, and grow their fan base. Tune in and start putting your best foot forward when it comes to connecting with your audience, both online and off. You can check out our Smarthouse Facebook page here, https://smrths.com/FB_SHC, and follow us on Twitter at @teamsmarthouse. TAMP music by Dude York (https://dudeyork.bandcamp.com/)

8 MIN2017 OCT 14
Comments
Episode 12: Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke

Episode 11: Dani Menkin

Dani Menkin (http://imdb.to/2nXMH3m) is an Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker for "39 Pounds of Love"(2005). The film, written, produced and directed by him, has been sold to HBO, and was short listed for the Oscars. Some of his films include: "Is That You?" (winner of "Best Indie Film of the Year" award), "Dolphin Boy" (2011), "Je T'aime - I Love You Terminal"(2010), and his most recent film "On the Map." Dani is also a co-producer and a creator-partner of Ilan Heitner for the Israeli cult indie film "Wisdom of the Pretzel", which is one of the most successful independent feature films in Israeli cinema. In 2005 Director, writer and producer Dani Menkin created his own Independent film production "Hey Jude Productions". In this TAMP episode, Dani talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about what he believes is his most important role as a director, how "On The Map" has appealed to audiences not only in the sports world, but from many different communities outside of compe...

11 MIN2017 MAR 22
Comments
Episode 11: Dani Menkin

EPISODE 10: Lindy Boustedt

Lindy Boustedt (http://imdb.to/2hRRnYK) is a writer, director, producer and actor. Lindy co-directs movies with her husband, Kris Boustedt. They've written, directed, produced or edited dozens of films, including three features, and create media for non-profits and corporate clients on the side. Some of their films include: PERFECT 10, THIS IS OURS, BRIDES TO BE, TOGETHER FOREVER and PRACTICAL THINGS. In this TAMP episode, Lindy talks with Smarthouse Creative's Brad Wilke about the first time she realized she had an audience and the tools she has incorporated into her practice that have helped she and her husband maintain a connection with their audience. Lindy describes the inspiration behind her filmmaking in terms of creating new norms via better representation and increased diversity. You can check out Lindy's Facebook page here, http://bit.ly/2hRJm6l and follow her on Twitter at, @krisandlindy. TAMP music by Dude York.

26 MIN2016 DEC 24
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EPISODE 10: Lindy Boustedt
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