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The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

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United States

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The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

Language:

English

Contact:

919-264-8493


Episodes

Episode 169: Vivienne Benesch

1/15/2021
Director, actor, and teacher Vivienne Benesch is the Producing Artistic Director of Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. She shares her experiences with the dark side, collaboration, the countless contingency plans of running a theater through a time of crises, embracing being a multi-hyphenate, and her upcoming Broadway directing debut, which is currently paused due to the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:31

Episode 168: Chris Myers

12/28/2020
Actor Chris Myers shares his experiences with the dark side, growing up as an artist in NYC, collaboration, developing the study group series "Anti-Capitalism for Artists" (current title) which gives artists a place to engage with a radical class education, and moving to Los Angeles. Chris also works as a writer, director, producer, and teaching artist, see what he's up to at http://www.chrismyersinc.com Happy New Year, good-bye 2020! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:54:47

Episode 167: Emily Ritger

12/11/2020
Theatrical maker and teacher Emily Ritger shares her experiences with the dark side, creating community, deciding to go to grad school and invest in herself as an artist, and starting the artist cooperative The Midwives that fosters artists and their work through interlocking circles of support. She is based in Chicago and you can check out her work at www.emilyritger.com and www.themidwives.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:39

Mini Episode: Fearlessness in Difficult Times Edition

11/17/2020
Host Leah Walsh reads from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:04:18

Episode 166: Christina Rouner

10/30/2020
Actor Christina Rouner shares her experiences with the dark side, resisting the comparison game, becoming a parent, auditioning, starting her own business, and gratitude. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:42

Episode 165: Nija Okoro

10/16/2020
Actor Nija Okoro shares her experiences with the dark side, the power of rituals in daily life, establishing herself in Los Angeles after growing up in NYC, falling in love with independent film, and lessons learned from her recent national tour of August Wilson's Jitney, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:03

Episode 164: Carolyn Michelle Smith

10/2/2020
Actor and coach Carolyn Michelle Smith shares her experiences with the dark side, making the move from NYC to LA, constantly learning and pivoting, community, and the embracing the self-tape audition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:00

Mini Episode - Humility Not Modesty Edition

9/18/2020
Host Leah Walsh reads an excerpt from Untamed by Glennon Doyle, check back soon for a new full episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:00

Episode 163: Han Tang

9/4/2020
Writer and actor Han Tang shares her experiences with the dark side, diving in to playwriting and screenwriting when she encountered the lack of opportunities for asian actors after graduating from Juilliard, teaching artist work, storytelling in China and Los Angeles, community, and self-producing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:11

Episode 162: Claire Karpen

8/14/2020
Actor and director Claire Karpen shares her experiences with the dark side, getting through this time of isolation, becoming a part of The Actors' Equity Association council and what she's learned behind the scenes, hope for the future of theatre, and the importance just continuing to make art in this time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:21

Episode 161: Sena Rich

7/31/2020
Casting Producer Sena Rich works in reality tv in Los Angeles. She shares her experiences with the dark side, deciding to pivot away from being an actor, finding her place working in casting, equity and diversity in tv/film, and the importance of empathy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:31

Episode 160: Carmen Zilles

7/17/2020
Actor Carmen Zilles shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, community and accountability, day jobs, writing, and moving through this time of Covid as an artist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:08

Episode 159: Delavega

6/18/2020
Film, TV, Commercial and Digital Content Director and Producer Delavaga shares his experiences with the dark side, directing a feature film, how parenthood has changed him as an artist, establishing himself in a new city, and meditation. Watch his feature film BookendS now streaming on Amazon Prime, and check out his other work at http://delavega.squarespot.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:19

Black Lives Matter

6/5/2020
Black artists and activists, if it would be useful to you to use The Compass Podcast to amplify your voice now or in the future, please contact host Leah Walsh at leahwalsh@gmail.com. This can be outside of the format of the podcast or within it, if you feel the need to read something you've written, document, rant, by yourself or in conversation and this small platform would be helpful, please reach out. I will be focusing on having more black guests on the podcast, but this is an immediate...

Duration:00:05:10

Episode 158: Charlie Barnett

5/22/2020
Actor Charlie Barnett shares his experiences with the dark side, pushing yourself in auditions, hope for the film and tv industry once things start shooting again, and inhabiting such a dark role in Russian Doll on Netflix, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:14:29

Episode 157: Murray Bartlett

5/8/2020
Actor Murray Bartlett shares his experiences with the dark side, making choices that prioritize your life and not just your career, moving from Australia to New York City as an artist, meditation, and what he took away from working on the HBO show Looking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:27

Episode 156: Sally Cade Holmes

4/24/2020
Producer Sally Cade Holmes (Hadestown, The Inheritance) shares her experiences with the dark side, the importance of mentoring, deciding to strike out on her own as a producer and consultant, staying nimble with your definition of success, and a look at how producers do what they do. http://www.sallycadeholmes.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:11

Episode 155: Parenting as Artists with Kathleen McNenny, Boyd Gaines, and Frankie J. Alvarez

4/10/2020
Host Leah Walsh and her husband, actor Frankie J. Alvarez, are joined by actors Kathleen McNenny and Boyd Gaines to discuss the ups and downs of parenting in the arts, the necessity of community, keeping things in perspective, making decisions to fuel your creativity as well as support your family, and the importance of patience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:13

Episode 154: Lisa Kitchens

3/27/2020
Actor, teacher, and creator Lisa Kitchens shares her experiences with the dark side, starting Earth Stories Initiative which connects young children living in cities to the natural world through storytelling, the importance of community, and applying for residencies and grants as a performing artist. http://www.lisakitchens.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:06:36

Episode 153: Inés del Castillo

3/13/2020
Actor and writer Inés del Castillo shares her experiences with the dark side, supporting herself as an artist, navigating casting as a bilingual artist, and staying positive. Check out her work at: https://www.inesdelcastillo.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:57