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Episodes

Episode 60.2 – Gerard McCulloch on Screenwriting, Satire and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

10/21/2017
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Do you watch The Weekly and Hard Quiz? This is the second part of my chat with writer Gerard McCullough. He is one of Australia’s most in-demand TV comedy writers and editors. His credits span sketch, variety, current affairs, quiz, sport, and award ceremony formats.* In this episode we discuss everything from developing comedy characters […] The post Episode 60.2 – Gerard McCulloch on Screenwriting, Satire and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:41:32


Episode 60.1 – Gerard McCulloch on Writing Stand-up Comedy, Sketches and Skits

10/21/2017
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Lawd have mercy – Gerard McCulloch is finally on my podcast! He is one of Australia’s most in-demand TV comedy writers and editors. His credits span sketch, variety, current affairs, quiz, sport, and award ceremony formats.* In this first episode we discuss how his career in comedy started and his work on iconic Aussie sketch comedy […] The post Episode 60.1 – Gerard McCulloch on Writing Stand-up Comedy, Sketches and Skits appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:46:02


Episode 59 – Behind The Moth Melbourne with Local Producer Merrilee McCoy

10/14/2017
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OMG Merrilee McCoy is magic! She’s the local producer of The Moth Melbourne StorySLAM events and in this episode we discuss all things storytelling. No filter! We cover what makes a good story to being vulnerable on stage to not relying on crap PowerPoint slides. And more. Oh and of course we discuss how she […] The post Episode 59 – Behind The Moth Melbourne with Local Producer Merrilee McCoy appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:44:01


Episode 58 – Rap, Rhyme & Reason with Tenda McFly & ZiiMusic

10/2/2017
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What IS spoken word? I interview Melbourne rapper/poets Tenda McFly and ZiiMusic about their writing and creative processes. We discuss everything from vulnerability, to narcissism to belief in self. Then we briefly debate if being a good writer is a divine gift or something anyone can learn. I really enjoyed chatting to these guys and […] The post Episode 58 – Rap, Rhyme & Reason with Tenda McFly & ZiiMusic appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:45:09


Episode 57 – My Radio Play Cast is Developing My TV Characters

9/29/2017
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The cast of my JoYOLO radio play is changing my character(s). Yes indeed! Collaborating with them is developing the way I think, write and feel about the characters they’re playing. In this episode, you’ll hear the first scene of Chapter 1, just to set the overall tone of my story. Then you’ll hear me brainstorming […] The post Episode 57 – My Radio Play Cast is Developing My TV Characters appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:21:53


Episode 56 – My Two Cents on #VoteYes, #VoteNo and Faithless Fear

9/24/2017
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Today’s two hot words: Yes and No. Eesh, just look at them go Stealthily dividing a nation Whispering here Shouting there Fanning and fuelling frustration #VoteNo Some are writing in the skies #VoteYes Some are headbutting guys Yes and No Proudly predicting Fearfully forecasting Silently stoking Australia’s demise. Today many pulpits will be aflame Calling […] The post Episode 56 – My Two Cents on #VoteYes, #VoteNo and Faithless Fear appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:14:48


Episode 55 – I hate being called a motivational speaker

9/23/2017
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Motivational vs inspirational speaker? In this episode I explain how I differentiate between the two and how that changes the way I speak on stage. Disclaimer: I’m not saying being a motivational speaker is bad. And yes, I realise ‘hate’ is such a strong word but I’ve mainly used it for (melo)dramatic effect. My words […] The post Episode 55 – I hate being called a motivational speaker appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:24:03


Episode 54 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #12 Graphic Design

9/16/2017
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If you don’t have “design eyes”, please seek professional graphic design and book layout assistance for your book. In this episode I talk about how I approached graphic design for my picture book – and that ONE illustration that was driving me nuts. We drew it so many times! See the picture and my book […] The post Episode 54 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #12 Graphic Design appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:09:08


Episode 53 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #11 Celebrate Small Milestones

9/16/2017
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You’ll be elated when you finally publish your book, but don’t forget to celebrate the little milestones along the way. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a children’s book in Australia. Watch this video on TAKU TV at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-i8JSLu-2U. (Tips start at 2:00 in the podcast episodes). The post Episode 53 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #11 Celebrate Small Milestones appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:30


Episode 52 – Identity Crisis: Am I African, Australian or Just Taku?

9/10/2017
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Ok, false alarm – there’s no crisis. I know who I am. I’m proudly Taku: African and Australian. Listen as I discuss my identity with my writer friend Ghina Makari Cane. She’s writing a book about what’s it like living in/with two cultures. This piece was part of the radio story she produced for our […] The post Episode 52 – Identity Crisis: Am I African, Australian or Just Taku? appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:13:31


Episode 51 – Being the Underdog, Instagram and Raising Happy Kids

9/7/2017
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Last year, I filmed my close friends for a fun little series on TAKU TV. I was experimenting with video editing and testing ideas for vox populi-style interviews. Listen as dancer Rita Nita talks about being the underdog in the dance industry; hear photographer Heather’s thoughts on social media and find out what architect Tom […] The post Episode 51 – Being the Underdog, Instagram and Raising Happy Kids appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:13:18


Episode 50 – Snorkelling, Silence and Scaring my Mama

8/26/2017
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Silence. ‘Twas a little awkward when Mama tried to scare me out of snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. I love her to smithereens, but she’s always great inspiration for my stand-up comedy. Link to my snorkelling pics and the Instagram post that inspired this episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYIng4vnlX6/?taken-by=takuspeaks Snaps of Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef This […] The post Episode 50 – Snorkelling, Silence and Scaring my Mama appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:15:11


Episode 49 – Lessons from MC’ing TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic Night

8/12/2017
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When you really want a ticket to a sold-out event, volunteer to MC it. Yep, that’s what happened and in this episode I explain how I got involved with TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic event last Wednesday. The speech competition was won by Laura Youngson, who talked about playing soccer on Mount Kilimanjaro. She now gets to share […] The post Episode 49 – Lessons from MC’ing TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic Night appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:33:27


Episode 48 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #10 Focus, not Facebook

8/3/2017
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You’ve got to be very disciplined with your time on social media when you’re writing and self-publishing a book. Too many distractions! At one point I went off Facebook for 3 months and that’s when I made significant progress with my book tasks. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing […] The post Episode 48 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #10 Focus, not Facebook appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:08


Episode 47 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #9 Mix with Writers

8/3/2017
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Writing books and self-publishing aren’t easy things. Please don’t suffer in silence! Try to hang out with fellow writers and creatives who provide moral support for you. (You won’t feel so crazy or alone). Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a children’s book in Australia. Watch this video on […] The post Episode 47 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #9 Mix with Writers appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:06:09


Episode 46 – Google Review to Interview with My Local Printer Guru

7/31/2017
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Fact: I’ve never written a Google review. This episode is my way of reviewing the new printer I’ve found. Listen as I chat to Keenan Archer about $800 business cards, how to find a good printer, logos, printing-on-demand, small business and much more. Honestly, from a technical writer point of view, speaking to him about […] The post Episode 46 – Google Review to Interview with My Local Printer Guru appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:39:57


Episode 45 – Pitch Your Podcast to Nova + Acast’s Podquest Competition

7/25/2017
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Nova’s Podquest Competition Deadline: 4 Aug 2017. In this episode I discuss how to apply for the Podquest Initiative by Nova Entertainment and Acast. It’s open to aspiring podcasters in Australia and you’d be mad not to apply if you have a cool story to tell. Submit your podcast idea and you could win $5000 […] The post Episode 45 – Pitch Your Podcast to Nova + Acast’s Podquest Competition appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:14:37


Episode 44 – What I’m Still Learning about Forgiveness

7/24/2017
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Today’s one word is forgiveness. This morning I wrote a list of the people I need to forgive and I was shocked by how long it was. Not good! Listen as I read a blog post I wrote about forgiveness in December 2014. I haven’t read the post since I posted it ages ago and […] The post Episode 44 – What I’m Still Learning about Forgiveness appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:33:05


Episode 43 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #8 Know Your Reader

7/19/2017
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I wrote ‘Multicultural Me’, a children’s book about friendship, because I wanted to make it fun for kids to talk about cultural diversity in Australia. Who are you sharing your story, your imagination, your knowledge, your heart with? It’s absolutely fine if you’re your own audience too! Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series […] The post Episode 43 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #8 Know Your Reader appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:06:29


Episode 42 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #7 Read and Write More

7/19/2017
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Support your fellow writers – buy their books and read their work. Also, try experimenting with your writing, especially when you need a break from your book. Everything you read and write adds to the creative development process of self-publishing your book. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a […] The post Episode 42 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #7 Read and Write More appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:38

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