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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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Apr 20, 2018

In today's mini episode, host Leah Walsh shares a quote from Martha Graham. Check back next week for a new episode and guest! https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/47790.Martha_Graham

Apr 13, 2018

Actor Marcus Crawford Guy shares his experiences with the dark side, what he's learned from his teaching work with Artists Striving To End Poverty, auditioning, collaborating with artists of different disciplines, and navigating the visa system as a working actor from another country. Check out what he's up to at: www.marcuscrawfordguy.com, and learn more about ASTEP here: https://astep.org

Apr 6, 2018

Actor Nick Westrate shares his experiences with the dark side, his involvement with Fair Wage Onstage and Actors Equity to fight for a living wage for Off-Broadway performers, his artistic mentors, celebrating other artists, and the conversation series he hosted in New York Theatre Workshop interviewing veterans of non-traditional and experimental theater. Check out those interviews at: http://processinperformance.blogspot.com Get involved with Fair Wage OnStage: http://fairwageonstage.org

Mar 30, 2018

In today's mini episode, host Leah Walsh shares an article by writer George Saunders, entitled "George Saunders: what writers really do when they write", originally published in The Guardian on March 4, 2017. Check back next week for a new episode and guest! George Saunders: what writers really do when they write

Mar 23, 2018

Actor and painter Samantha Walsh (no relation to host Leah Walsh) shares her experiences with the dark side, the evolution of what's important in a day job, not censoring yourself, and finding balance. Check out her upcoming projects, paintings, and the documentary photo project Womanish at her website www.samanthafwalsh.com

Mar 16, 2018

Musician and composer Michael Thurber shares his experiences with the dark side, resilience, family, working in different mediums, and learning from studying your inspirations. Featuring one of his songs at the end of the episode! See him next in his variety show Thurber Theater at Joe's Pub on April 26th, 2018 at 9:30pm. More info at www.michaelthurber.org

Mar 9, 2018

Installation artist Georgia Saxelby's work explores the relationship between art, architecture, ritual, and cultural identity. She shares her experiences with the dark side, how her focus has evolved as an artist, travel as inspiration, risk taking, appreciating everyone who contributes to the arts ecosystem, and exploring ritual in her work and in her process.

Participate in her latest project, To Future Women, by sending a handwritten letter to future women to be archived until the 20th anniversary of the Women's March, details at www.tofuturewomen.com, open through July 2018. More about all of her work at www.georgiasaxelby.com.

Mar 2, 2018

Costume designer Joshua Marsh shares his experiences with the dark side, using travel as an outlet and inspiration, his creative process in television, building work relationships that last, and finding balance. Follow him on Twitter @joshuajmarsh, and check out his work on Seven Seconds on Netflix! 

Feb 23, 2018

Actor, teacher, writer, and producer Maechi Aharanwa shares her experiences with the dark side, stopping the comparison game, finding mentors, pursuing the craft of teaching, and standing up for yourself in auditions. www.maechi.net

Feb 16, 2018

In this mini episode host Leah Walsh shares some personal thoughts and reads two poems dealing with grief, and an excerpt from The Artist's Way on anger. Check back next week for a full new episode of The Compass Podcast!

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/amsterdam

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/orchids-are-sprouting-floorboards

http://juliacameronlive.com

Feb 9, 2018

Actor Stacey Yen shares her experiences with the dark side, finding her footing after grad school, the beauty of small things, intuition, political engagement, and building Miles for Mary with The Mad Ones. Miles for Mary has just been extended till Feb 25th at Playwrights Horizons, check it out! http://themadones.org   https://www.playwrightshorizons.org

Feb 2, 2018

Filmmaker, director, performer, and translator Nicola Rose shares her experiences with the dark side, coming off the high of finishing an artistic project, forging your own path when plans fall through, coming from an artistic family, casting, and her latest project In the Land of Moonstones. Check out what she's up to at: www.nicolaroseonline.com

Jan 26, 2018

Guitarist and composer Kirsten Carey of Episode 106 shares two songs by her punk duo Throwaway. Check out her project Persist: A Women's Mixtape for Planned Parenthood, a diverse mixtape of female-fronted bands from across America. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Available on Bandcamp: https://ppmixtape.bandcamp.com/releases https://www.therealthrowaway.com

Jan 26, 2018

Guitarist and composer Kirsten Carey shares her experiences with the dark side, moving cross country, day jobs, her love of animation, the ties between meditation and jazz, and re-joining the music community in Detroit. Check out her project Persist: A Women's Mixtape for Planned Parenthood, a diverse mixtape of female-fronted bands from across America. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Available on Bandcamp: https://ppmixtape.bandcamp.com/releases http://www.kirstencareymusic.com

Jan 19, 2018
David Carl is an actor, comedian, writer, and impressionist. He shares his experiences with the dark side, how important his improv training has been to him, taking control of your artistic life by writing your own work, collaboration, focusing on what's important, political satire, and his current one-person show "Trump Lear". http://davidcarlonline.com, check out Trump Lear on Feb 3rd or 10th, 2018 in NYC, info at www.trumplear.com 
Jan 12, 2018

Director, actor, teacher, and activist Mauricio Salgado shares his experiences with the dark side, going back to school for directing, his commitment to social action, applying his efforts to challenge oppressive systems in society to his artistic process as well, his work with non-profit Artists Striving to End Poverty, and being married to another artist. Check out his work at: www.mauriciotsalgado.com 

Jan 5, 2018

Actor, director, writer, and producer Carrie Preston shares her experiences with the dark side, keeping creatively busy by making her own work along side her acting career, her involvement with The New Harmony Project supporting playwrights, growing up in an artistic family, and learning to hold on loosely to opportunities or ideas and accept change. Check out what she's up to at http://carriepreston.com and with her production company: http://daisy3pictures.com

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