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The Compass

The Compass is a podcast that asks: What do artists do to keep themselves from going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they may be creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire income from their art? Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.
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Jun 24, 2016

Dancer Caroline Fermin shares her thoughts on the dark side, how she approaches running her own business as a freelancer, going through hard transitions, and her teaching work with some great nonprofits.

Jun 17, 2016

Actor, director, playwright, and producer Daniel Talbott shares his experiences with the dark side, collaboration, creating work no matter what the budget, building community, and raising a family with his wife who is also an artist. 

Jun 10, 2016

Rachel Rusch is an actor and social worker, she shares her experiences working with children, deciding to pursue masters degrees in social work and child development, how she uses her artistry and creativity in the new environments she's working in, her work with SPACE on Ryder Farm, and her relationship to New York City. 

Jun 3, 2016

Actor Josh Sauerman shares his experiences dealing with the dark side, prioritizing flexibility in his day job, growing up in the Florida Keys, and finding your own opportunities. 

May 29, 2016

Join me for an article by playwright Marsha Norman (http://marshanorman.com/On_Playwriting.htm) and some reflection on a recent project of mine, and check back next week for another full episode of The Compass. - Leah Walsh

May 20, 2016

Actor, singer, and dancer Chad Goodridge shares his experiences building practices into his life that help him avoid the dark side, the importance of communication in creative collaborations, developing new plays, and keeping things in perspective. Check out the new theatre company Chad is a part of: Crowded Outlet, they have a production called Lone Star Spirits June 3-19, 2016 @ 4th St Theatre in NYC.

May 13, 2016

Actor, teacher, and activist Abby Gerdst shares her experiences avoiding the dark side, starting a non profit, working with kids around the world, transitioning to focusing primarily on acting again, and how building community has always been a priority for her. 

May 6, 2016

Poet, performer, writer Samantha Thornhill shares her experiences dealing with the changing weather of the dark side, her healing mechanisms, the power of the journal, leaving New York and parenting her son in the country she was born in, and embracing the unknown. Check out her powerful work at www.samanthaspeaks.com

Apr 29, 2016

Join me for a reading of a personal essay by Kim Brooks titled "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Mom: Is domestic life the enemy of creative work?" (http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/04/portrait-motherhood-creativity-c-v-r.html), an excerpt from Just Kids by Patti Smith, and a listening recommendation to get you through the weekend, and check back next week for another full episode of The Compass - Leah Walsh

Apr 22, 2016

Composer, lyricist, and singer Joel B. New shares his thoughts on the dark side, showing up, day jobs, his awesome podcast "Something New", his writing process, crowdfunding, and Murder She Wrote. Joel also shares a new song from his upcoming EP! www.joelbnew.com 

Apr 15, 2016

Playwright and painter David Caudle shares his experiences carving out time to write when his time is taken up by a day job he loves, moving upstate, the importance of gratitude for the people in your life who support you, and addressing environmental issues in his writing (check out his lovely work at www.davidcaudle.org)

Apr 8, 2016

Director and teacher Pirronne Yousefzadeh shares her experiences with developing her leadership style, devising new work, working away from home for long stretches at a time, her mentors and teachers, and the year of candor. Check out her work at www.pirronne.com

Apr 1, 2016

Actor and visual artist/performance artist Ryan O'Byrne shares his experiences dealing with the dark side, moving across the country, and pushing artistic boundaries. Check out his work at ryandavidobyrne2014.weebly.com

Mar 25, 2016

Join me for an excerpt from an article on poet Mary Oliver and one of her poems (https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/20/mary-oliver-molly-malone-cook-our-world/), a chapter from Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith, and check back next week for another full episode of The Compass. - Leah Walsh

Mar 18, 2016

Actor and teacher Erica Newhouse shares her experiences learning to teach, finding day jobs that work for her, living in a one room apartment with no kitchen and finding ways to be creative in that small space (read her blog about her cooking adventures here: http://cookwithoutakitchen.blogspot.com), the importance of being ready for opportunities when they arise, and raising her 8 month old daughter in New York City. 

Mar 11, 2016

Musician and songwriter Phil Pickens talks about his songwriting process, training and working as an actor and then deciding to focus fully on music, his day job solution, collaborating with other musicians, and being married to another artist. Check out his amazing work at www.philpickens.com and see him play live March 20th, 2016 at Rockwood Music Hall. 

Mar 4, 2016

Dancer Chanel DaSilva shares her experiences battling the dark side, transitioning from dance company life to freelancing, the drive to be visible as a dancer, and starting a new dance organization with her best friend, which will provide a free summer dance intensive to NYC youth. Learn more about MOVE(NYC) at http://www.movenyc.nyc #jointhemovement

Feb 26, 2016

Musician Alex Chappo, lead singer of the band CHAPPO, shares his thoughts on the dark side, creativity, life as part of a band, and making stop motion videos that took over his apartment. Check out the videos in question (and more info about CHAPPO) at www.chappomusic.com/singularity

Feb 19, 2016

Dealing with the dark side myself this week; join me for a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, a poem by Billy Collins and check back next week for another full episode of The Compass. -Leah Walsh

Feb 12, 2016

Actor Jess Watkins shares her experiences trying to stay out of the dark side, exploring the world of stand up comedy, writing her own material, and healing from an injury which forced a change in day job.

Feb 5, 2016
Episode 20: Mark Junek

Actor Mark Junek shares his thoughts on finding the work that's important to you, building a home in a crazy city, starting and maintaining a non-profit, piecing together the finances of an actor, and being a true fan. Check out his amazing artist retreat: Makehouse www.makehouse.org . Other great organizations mentioned in this episode: Artists Striving To End Poverty www.astep.org and Arts In The Armed Forces www.aitaf.org 

Jan 29, 2016

Actor Nick Choksi talks about the ways he combats self doubt, how his outlook on filling every second of his day has changed, how he and his wife (who is also an artist) are approaching planning for the future, and his family's first reaction to him pursuing acting as a career. Nick is also a beautiful songwriter and shares a new song with us.

Jan 23, 2016
Episode 18: MacKenzie Meehan

Actor MacKenzie Meehan talks about dealing with the ups, downs and the seeming randomness of life as an actor. She shares her experiences confronting the dark side with the help of close friends, making her own work, learning to prioritize what is important to her and deciding to start a family. 

Jan 15, 2016

Actor Joel Rainwater shares his experiences with the dark side, navigating working out of town with a spouse who is also an actor, taking care of himself in the city, and how he stays creative when he's not acting. 

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