Working with scalethis.com, I did a series of on-the-fly video interviews of top entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, including New York Times digital pioneer Martin Niesenholtz, media entrepreneur Claude Grunitsky And American Express talent VP, Nancy Smith. We used to show up with a portable blackboard to whatever location these top people requested, and shoot at warp speed to meet their python-tight time constraints. Talk about a whirlwind tour. See the videos at:
Relish your go-to gear.
While you should be comfortable with all your gear, make sure to have a go-to camera you know like the back of your hand.
Get good with what you’ve got.
When you first start planning your video, everything is intimidating. Then you do your homework, practice and get comfortable with what you’ve got. But then, you start noticing all the shiny new toys out there: a new mirrorless camera, drone, gimbal or whatever. The doubts creep in: “Do I have the right camera? Should I spend more?” Hold on.
That old phone collecting dust on your shelf? It’s now your second camera and audio recorder.
Unless your old phone is one of those flip phones favored by grandparents everywhere, it’s good enough to be a second or third camera, or a digital recording device.
Be ready to innovate, improvise and kill the babies.
That perfect shot you wanted? You may not be able to get it for some reason: the light is wrong, too much ambient noise, actor/interviewee can’t pull it off, or whatever.
We all know where the devil is ... in the details. @dgchichester explains how adding detail to your writing brings it to life. The details are how you paint a picture with your words, how you fight past tropes, and how you bring your own style to your writing. Dan then quotes a writer with his own powerful style (as well as a flawless hook shot), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And @markbellusci reads from a beautiful rejection letter (yep, a contradiction in terms). Hear it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or at
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Like a finely tuned Tesla, your writing speed should vary based on your project. Sometimes you want to zoom through a segment, and sometimes you want to slow down and enjoy the view of your words. Mark Bellusci discusses varying your writing speeds. Dan Chichester is jealous of an interactive role-playing, decision-making game that showcases well developed characters. And Dan discusses ramping up his writing speed for a video scripting assignment. Listen at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or at the link below.
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What gets your writer engine revving? Is it raw, emotional passion, a la Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise? Or is it the methodical, practical logic of Mr. Spock? @markbellusci discusses analyzing your emotional or rational writing drive, and playing to your strengths on either side. And @danchichester goes a little “Bruuuuce” on us, with a glowing review of Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Dan also updates us on his comic book adventures with his artist partner, @Carl Waller. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or at https://anchor.fm/streetwriters/episodes/Are-you-Kirk-or-Spock-e5f1nb
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On this week’s podcast, we’ve got a simple tip from @DanChichester: don’t equivocate or hesitate: substantiate by calling yourself a writer. Of course, that will mean you’ll actually have to write, but that’s kind of the point, right? Also, Dan shows some love to a graphic novel, RoughNeck, by @jefflemire. And @markbellusci loves the fact that he wrote his two favorite words on his latest screenplay: “The End.” Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and at https://anchor.fm/streetwriters/episodes/Street-Writers---Call-Yourself-a-Writer-e5bctt
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In our last episode, we talked about finding the right people to critique your work. In this episode, we discuss accepting, absorbing and acting on criticism. Knowing what to accept, what to ignore and how to interact with your reviewers is an art in itself. Also, Dan Chichester showcases the Shakespearean language of Deadwood. And Mark Bellusci has entered the get-this-shit-done-no-matter-what phase for his multi-world, sci-fi ... thing. Listen at Spotify, Apple Podcasts or https://anchor.fm/streetwriters/episodes/Street-Writers---Taking-Critiques-e54us4
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Nobody likes to take a punch, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need to improve your work. Specifically, you may need an objective critique. Which is why it’s crucial to find a person or group you can trust to review your project. Finding the right critique team is a bit of an art, which we discuss. Mark then hails a scripted podcast series he enjoyed on a cross-country drive: Blackout, starring Rami Malek. And Dan discusses the writerly skills he needed to keep a panel discussion lively, informative and entertaining.
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In the second part of our interview with Brendan Leonard of @semi_rad, Brendan tells @dgchichester and @bellusci what he’s been up to, which is publishing a book of his funniest, coolest, most inspirational essays, Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems. It’s available wherever books are sold. Hear the podcast at Street Writers on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts
Enough about us: in this episode, we jumped on a call with an amazing guest, Brendan Leonard of semi-rad—he of the wildly popular semi-rad blogs, website, instagram charts, award-winning documentaries and newsletters. In part one of our interview, Brendan Leonard gives a great writing tip (actually, two), and shares his love for a renowned blogger, podcaster and all-around guru, Seth Godin. Next episode, we get into what Brendan’s been up to (spoiler alert: he’s got a new book, Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems.)
Listen at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or https://anchor.fm/streetwriters/episodes/Street-Writers---Brendan-Leonard-of-Semi-Rad--part-1-e4sli6