Before the Applause Podcast

David Watson

The Before the Applause Podcast, hosted by David Watson, is an audio deep-dive into what it really takes to create all the incredible arts and cultural experiences that we’re fortunate to have in our daily lives.

David speaks to  a selection of industry professionals to shine a light on the diverse range of careers in the creative industries, as well as lifts the lid on what life is really like being part of this ever-challenging industry.

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Episodes

Navigating the Evolving World of Creative Arts with Kate Scanlan
Jul 22 2023
Navigating the Evolving World of Creative Arts with Kate Scanlan
Have you ever wondered what it's like to navigate the constantly evolving world of the creative art sector? We spent a captivating hour with our guest, the multifaceted Kate Scanlan, who shares her unique journey. From her dance degree at Surrey University to her time at Saddler's Wales, Kate recounts the highs and lows of her career, including an unsuccessful job application that led her to carve out a more unconventional path.Kate illuminates the workings of her project, Scanners Inc, a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit. She delves into the importance of nurturing young talent and the challenges she faced in balancing personal and professional identities. We also explore the critical role of partnerships in the art sectors and the resilience needed to stay committed amidst these challenges. Kate's narration isn't short of inspiring anecdotes, reminding us that passion and determination are key drivers in the creative industry.In the concluding part of our discussion, we tackle the post-pandemic struggles of the creative art sector and potential solutions. Kate and I exchange thoughts on how to revolutionise the sector, from creating equitable working conditions to transforming work policies. As we ponder upon Kate's personal indicators of success and lessons learned, we realise that challenging conventions is essential to progress. This podcast episode is a testament to the grit and resilience needed in the arts, making it a must-listen for aspiring artists and enthusiasts alike.The Before the Applause Podcast is available for you to listen to across all your favourite podcast platforms, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Please do tell your colleagues, networks, friends and family about us, and stay connected with us across all the usual social media platforms. TwitterInstagramFacebook If you’ve got any burning questions, want to share your own insights, recommend a guest or be one yourself, then we’d love to hear from you. You can direct message on any of our social accounts or email studio@beforetheapplausepod.com
Understanding Human Minds to Revolutionise Arts Marketing with Wesley Thistlethwaite
Aug 5 2023
Understanding Human Minds to Revolutionise Arts Marketing with Wesley Thistlethwaite
The glow of the chicken shop might seem worlds away from the grandeur of the box office, and audience insights and analysis, but not for our guest Wez Thistlethwaite, who credits his first job serving customers and juggling tasks for his deep understanding of audience insight. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we traverse the connection between chicken shops, box offices, and the arts and culture sector.Wez takes us on a fascinating journey through the maze of the human mind, exploring how it can be influenced and how this knowledge can revolutionise marketing tactics in the arts and culture sector. We delve into the power of data and the importance of insight, not just as tools for understanding our audience, but also as a guiding compass in decision-making. However, it's not all rosy, as Wez opens up about the mental health implications of working with data and insights in an organisation.As we wrap up our enlightening chat, Wez shares pearls of wisdom about breaking into the creative industries, emphasizing the intrinsic role of critical thinking. He recollects his grandfather's wise words, which have shaped his own decision-making process. So, whether you're an industry veteran or a novice hungry for knowledge, this episode promises to challenge your perceptions and inspire fresh ideas. Let's step away from the norm and embrace the power of different perspectives in the arts and culture sector.The Before the Applause Podcast is available for you to listen to across all your favourite podcast platforms, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Please do tell your colleagues, networks, friends and family about us, and stay connected with us across all the usual social media platforms. TwitterInstagramFacebook If you’ve got any burning questions, want to share your own insights, recommend a guest or be one yourself, then we’d love to hear from you. You can direct message on any of our social accounts or email studio@beforetheapplausepod.com
Exploring Community Engagement & Arts from Education to UK City of Culture with Louise Yates
Aug 20 2023
Exploring Community Engagement & Arts from Education to UK City of Culture with Louise Yates
We're thrilled to host the pint-sized powerhouse, Louise Yates, a luminary in the arts  renowned for her pioneering approach to community engagement. Prepare to join us as we journey through her inspiring narrative, from the theatre-loving schoolgirl spurred on by a visionary drama teacher, to the artistic director and producer shaking up the arts scene. Louise's vibrant stories of her work with Hull City Council and her instrumental role in Hull's recognition as UK City of Culture 2017 promise to inspire.Louise has a unique approach to arts programming that she generously details for listeners, placing the community in the driver's seat and revealing how her methods break down barriers and foster long-lasting, impactful connections. Her insights into the exciting, grass-roots creative scene in Hull, as well as her reflections on her personal evolution from actor and musician to producer and director, add depth to her narrative. From Louise, we learn the power of adaptability, of taking a step back to listen and understand the real needs of the community, evolving into a more reflective practitioner.Despite challenges and hurdles, Louise's optimism for the future of the arts scene is infectious. She delves into her experiences, the struggles of bridging the gap between policy makers and the people, and why the arts should never be viewed as a low priority. Her passion for community engagement shines through as she shares her insights, leaving listeners with a sense of hope and inspiration. So, pull up a chair and join us for this extraordinary conversation with Louise Yates, a true advocate for the arts, community, and the power of human connection.The Before the Applause Podcast is available for you to listen to across all your favourite podcast platforms, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Please do tell your colleagues, networks, friends and family about us, and stay connected with us across all the usual social media platforms. TwitterInstagramFacebook If you’ve got any burning questions, want to share your own insights, recommend a guest or be one yourself, then we’d love to hear from you. You can direct message on any of our social accounts or email studio@beforetheapplausepod.com
Pushing Boundaries in Costume Design and Igniting Creativity with Tahra Zafar
Sep 7 2023
Pushing Boundaries in Costume Design and Igniting Creativity with Tahra Zafar
Get ready to journey into a world where creativity meets ergonomics as we chat with Tahra Zafar, a remarkable costume and creature puppet creator. Tahra's work has graced films like Star Wars VII and The Fifth Element, and her skillset has been tapped for high-profile events such as the 2012 London Olympics & Paralympics. Hear how she pushes the boundaries of costume design, and how she uses body ergonomics to create spellbinding costumes that can change the course of a performance.The conversation takes a thoughtful turn as Tahra shares her experiences leading diverse teams for colossal projects and how this has contributed to her personal growth. She also discusses how she mentors new graduates entering the industry, giving them a real-world perspective and the skills they need to successfully navigate the industry. We also probe into the challenges that have come up in the wake of the pandemic and how the entertainment industry has had to adapt.In the final segment, Tahra opens up about her fight for recognition in a field that often overlooks the behind-the-scenes roles. She shares her aspirations for long-term projects and talks about her current project 'Free your mind' with Danny Boyle. Finally, we discuss the importance of the entertainment industry in these trying times and the strong link between creativity and mental health. This conversation with Tahra Zafar is a revealing glimpse into the intense dedication and passion that fuels the entertainment industry. Don't miss out!www.tahrazafar.comThe Before the Applause Podcast is available for you to listen to across all your favourite podcast platforms, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Please do tell your colleagues, networks, friends and family about us, and stay connected with us across all the usual social media platforms. TwitterInstagramFacebook If you’ve got any burning questions, want to share your own insights, recommend a guest or be one yourself, then we’d love to hear from you. You can direct message on any of our social accounts or email studio@beforetheapplausepod.com