Writers Rotation

Kathie Stamps

Kathie Stamps interviews people in various professions about words and writing.

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20 Juliana Piesco: playwright, illustrator, multiartist
4d ago
20 Juliana Piesco: playwright, illustrator, multiartist
Send us a text message about this episode!Juliana Piesco is a versatile multiartist whose work spans visual arts, performing arts, and literature. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Juliana studied both Law and Arts at the Universidade de São Paulo. Over the past year, she has embraced a nomadic lifestyle, journeying across all Brazilian states and aspiring to explore every Latin American country. Juliana has published works as a playwright and poet and is currently working on her book, "Drowned Future," set to be released by the end of 2024.Connect with her on Instagram, Medium, and YouTube.www.instagram.com/jupiescojupiesco.medium.com (bilingual)www.youtube.com/@jupiesco (in Portuguese)www.youtube.com/@ThatgirlfromBrazil (in English, about Brazilian culture and places)Kathie's note: Juliana and I met in a breakout session through a CreativeMornings FieldTrip. The prompt was to tell how you got your name, and I thought, pffhhhht, I need 10 seconds: I was almost named Geraldine after my dad, but my mom got her way and I was named after her (and nicknamed from the start). Juliana told the most beautiful story I've ever heard of how she was named by her mother and grandmother and, oh, my eyes welled up and my jaw dropped and I clasped my hands over my heart. I must have her on the podcast, I thought, and said it out loud. And she said sure, and here we are.Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
19 Megan Tusing: actor, audiobook narrator
Jun 28 2024
19 Megan Tusing: actor, audiobook narrator
Send us a text message about this episode!Megan Tusing is an actor, award-winning audiobook narrator, producer and coach raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, now based in Brooklyn. She developed a love of storytelling and a passion for language at a young age when first introduced to William Shakespeare (theatre camp nerd here!), which eventually led her to pursue a career in acting. Megan has recorded over 350 audiobooks, most from her home studio, with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins, and Macmillan, as well as indie authors. She also runs her own audio production company, Little But Fierce Productions. Megan has numerous credits in stage, film, and television and is a proud theatre alumni of James Madison University.  When not on stage or in the booth, she can be found knitting in the company of good friends.  Find her on Facebook, IG, or Twitter @megantusing.www.facebook.com/megantusingwww.instagram.com/megantusingx.com/megantusingKathie's note: A fellow Caveday.org fan, Megan and I are fond of the 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sessions for online coworking. She has the sweetest smile. We wound up in a breakout room two days in a row and I had to know everything about audiobook narration. (I've recorded short-short voiceover work for years, but never could do longform.) I'm a huge fan of audiobooks and so glad pros like Megan are narrating us through these stories.Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
15 Neil Kesterson: audio engineer, sound designer
Apr 26 2024
15 Neil Kesterson: audio engineer, sound designer
Send us a text message about this episode!Neil Kesterson has been a sound designer for film, video, television, radio, audiobooks, theatre, games, web, and multimedia since 1985. His very first sound design job was to recreate the Bell X-1 rocket plane breaking the sound barrier, of which pilot and aviation legend Chuck Yeager said was the most realistic depiction of the historic event he had ever heard.   His work has been heard on most major television and radio networks, in theaters, on video, and in arenas. Some projects of note include the television shows Treme and White Lotus on HBO; Mad Dogs on Amazon; Valley of the Boom on NatGeo; Chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU on NBC; Girl from Plainville on Hulu; and Mind Games and The Crossing on ABC. Documentaries include A&E Biography: The Monkees; The Lincolns in Kentucky; Nick Nolte: No Exit; and The Johnny Cash Anthology. Neil produced his own documentary, The Beat of a Different Drummer: The Story of America's Last All-Female Military Band, available on Amazon.His work on motion pictures includes War for the Planet of the Apes; Uncle Frank; 8-Bit Christmas; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; Strange Wilderness; and Hide and Seek. Other projects of note include "The Dick Vitale Alarm Clock"; comedy albums for Greg Warren and Mike Macrae; and live radio broadcast work for the NCAA, The Triple Crown Radio Network, and NPR. Awards include those from the International Broadcasting Awards, Telly Awards, Silver Microphone Awards, the American Advertising Federation, and an Emmy nomination. He is the author of Push the Right Buttons: A Practical Guide to Becoming and Succeeding As an Audio Engineer and Producer. Neil lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is the owner of Dynamix Productions, Inc. Sign up for his sound-centric newsletter at www.dxaudio.com. Kathie's note: I've worked with Neil as a producer and a voiceover artist, and he's the best in the biz. He makes everything and everyone sound better than they have a right to. Consummate professional, with a musician's ear and the temperament of a Zen master. And great sense of humor. Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky. Support the Show.
14 Vincent Edwards: business consultant, capital raise expert
Apr 12 2024
14 Vincent Edwards: business consultant, capital raise expert
Send us a text message about this episode!Vince Edwards has worked for Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, banking, and financial institutions. In 2006 he started his own consulting firm, Empire Builders.As a business consultant, Vince has worked with companies from every industry and level. He has helped raise millions in capital for these companies. He has served as CEO, COO, CIO and CMO along the way for many of the companies he has helped. He recently graduated from the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program and led the first US based group to complete this rare distinction.Empire Buildershttps://www.ebuilders.usEmpire Builders Foundationhttps://www.empirebuildersfoundation.orgHelping individuals from marginalized communities and disadvantaged areas with the dream of entrepreneurship start and become successful business owners. Kathie's note: Vince and I met in the late 1900s at a chamber of commerce event. He's a talker, I'm a talker, wouldn't you like to be a talker too?!? We've become business besties over the years, and started meeting at various local Starbucks once a month, then every three weeks, and then at some point said, fine, every Tuesday morning.I've kept a running list of some of his quotes over the years. We discuss some of them in this episode. Hey, the list would make a good blog post (adding to to-do list). Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
13 Sofia Hussein: photographer, writer, editor-in-chief
Mar 23 2024
13 Sofia Hussein: photographer, writer, editor-in-chief
Send us a text message about this episode!Sofia Hussein is  the founder and editor-in-chief of DINYA magazine. She is a creative powerhouse driven by her love for music, photography, and design. Raised in a multicultural family, Sofia's upbringing bestowed upon her a diverse set of influences that enriched her artistic perspective.With a background in fashion and costume design, Sofia pursued her education in renowned institutions across Europe, including Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain. Along her journey, she cultivated her passion for photography, mastering both traditional film techniques and digital processes.Having lived and worked in various countries such as the UK, Italy, and Spain, Sofia now calls Bulgaria home, drawing inspiration from her namesake city, Sofia. With DINYA magazine, she provides a platform that celebrates creativity and diversity, embodying her vision for a vibrant and inclusive artistic community. Through her writing, Sofia invites audiences into a world where music, photography, and culture intertwine, fostering a sense of connection and community among creatives everywhere.www.dinya.eu/en www.sofiafromsofia.comInsta: @dinyamag / @sofiafromsofia FB: @dinyamagazine / @sofiafromsofiadesign Kathie's note: I met Sofia in a breakout room during a CreativeMornings FieldTrip. The topic was goal setting and planning. Make that three breakouts, according to my notes that I liked to have never found—what with flipping through umpteen pages of this spiralbound notebook to find. Anyhoodles. Sofia (Sofi!) was delightful and I knew she needed to be on this podcast. So much talent, so many stories. Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
12 Henry Chien: investment educator, writer, course creator
Mar 11 2024
12 Henry Chien: investment educator, writer, course creator
Send us a text message about this episode!Henry Chien is a writer bringing investing insights to empower individual investors. A former equity research analyst, Henry has a decade of Wall Street knowledge. His work has been used by the world's largest trading desks and investment funds, including J.P. Morgan, Citadel, Credit Suisse, and Bank of Montreal. Henry’s work has been featured in the Financial Times, Barron's, and Institutional Investor. He is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of Brown University.https://www.henrychien.comHenry Chien is the author of Better Investment Decisions: Guide to Fundamental Investing in the Stock Market, available on Amazon.And he has a Stock Investor Accelerator course on his website so you can learn professional investor skills. Kathie's note: Henry is a fellow Cavedweller at Caveday.org, where people around the world get our individual work done in the presence of others. He is super chill, and fun, and smart. In this episode I take one  for the team, admitting I know nothing about stocks or investing or financial finances. I mean, we're talking "I know vegetable stock is actually a broth, not a stock" level of money acumen is where I land. I had so much fun interviewing Henry without the need to do a ton of research. I didn't have to put on airs (or hard pants, for that matter, thanks to Zoom).Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
09 Natalie Ferris: marketing strategist specializing in story
Jan 26 2024
09 Natalie Ferris: marketing strategist specializing in story
Send us a text message about this episode!Natalie Ferris is a marketing strategist, direct response copywriter and the founder of Story Strategies. She's been obsessed with storytelling since second grade, when she used to skip recess to hide in the classroom closet and write "novels."It wasn't until her first years in the working world that she discovered the power of storytelling to move revenue; as communications officer for a global nonprofit, a single success story she wrote resulted in an 18-month extension to a program that was on the chopping block. Since 2014 she's applied that wisdom to help female entrepreneurs tell stories that attract attention, build relationships and ultimately, inspire sales. Natalie believes that everyone has a story to tell, they just need courage and clarity to put it out there— and that's where she comes in!Natalie lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and her mischievous Havanese, Meeko. She still hasn't tried hot dish, but she loves going Up North.https://storystrategies.comKathie's note: I met Natalie in a breakout room during a Caveday sprint. I'm kind of obsessed with Caveday and basically consider it my office. When Natalie introduced herself as a story marketing strategist, I popped up like a prairie dog and said, "Do what?!? Tell me everything." And I asked her on the podcast so you could hear it also.Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
03 Lacy Robinson: writing books and training manuals for funeral directors
Nov 17 2023
03 Lacy Robinson: writing books and training manuals for funeral directors
Send us a text message about this episode!Lacy Robinson is a licensed funeral director/embalmer and a certified funeral celebrant. She offers funeral home clients more than 15 years of success developing and facilitating customer service training programs. Lacy is a Worsham College of Mortuary Science instructor and a business development consultant for Johnson Consulting Group. She graduated from Georgetown College and Mid-America College of Funeral Service, and earned an MBA in bourbon tourism and event management from Midway University. Lacy is also an active volunteer for Hosparus Health in Louisville, Kentucky.https://www.linkedin.com/in/lacyrobinson1www.whiskeywelcome.comhttps://www.instagram.com/kentuckylacy/Kathie's note: I worked with Lacy's brother, Beau, in sports broadcasting. He ran the audio board for the University of Kentucky and mine was the University of Texas. There were probably a dozen of us in the basement, in and out, with different schools and teams, pinch-hitting for one another on occasion. There's something about those live broadcasts, when anything can happen and often does, and many long hours, that made all of us foxhole friends. Stories, secrets, histories. It could get real. Sometimes extra family members came with the program, so to speak. Beau's sister, Lacy, for example. I got to know her through a couple of voice-over projects also, and I served as her book doula when she wrote Engaging the Heart of Hospice: Making Funeral and Memorial Services an Extension of Hospice Care. Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.
01 Sarah Leroux: teaching high school English and loving every minute of it
Nov 17 2023
01 Sarah Leroux: teaching high school English and loving every minute of it
Send us a text message about this episode!Sarah Anne Leroux is a new mama and teacher living in Ontario, Canada. She considers herself a creative and feels blessed to have an impact on the future generation of writers. If it's not obvious by her episode, she has truly found her passion: teaching English to high school students. Currently reading John Warner's "Why They Can't Write,” it is obvious that this young teacher has the best intentions of understanding her students’ needs and responding to them in a variety of out-of-the box ways. When Sarah is not actively getting inspired for future lesson plans, she enjoys journaling for her own personal development, as she finds it tremendously healing.Kathie's note: I met Sarah through Caveday, an online coworking space. In the spring of 2022, she was looking for a couple of people to talk to her students about creating magazines. I've written hundreds of magazine articles over the years and am a content creator for a hyperlocal publication, so I know my way around terms like recto and verso, widows and orphans, kerning and leading.  I offered to speak to her classes and had more fun than they did, I'm sure. The magazines these teenagers created that semester were pretty spectacular, and most were 28 or 32 pages. Yep, we talked about printing 4-up.Writers Rotation intro/outro recorded at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky.Support the Show.