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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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Oct 18, 2019

Painter, director, and teacher Sharone Halevy shares her experiences with the dark side, her evolution as an artist from performer to painter, process and empathy, being kind to yourself, and building a business plan as a painter. Check out her paintings on Instagram @art_by_sharone or www.sharonehalevy.com

Oct 4, 2019
Actor and fitness professional Rachel Nicks shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, staying positive, asking for what you need as an artist and parent, her work as a fitness instructor focused on women's health and wellness, and living an unapologetically full life. Check out her work in all areas at https://rachelnicks.com.
Sep 20, 2019

Actor Kris Sidberry shares her experiences with the dark side, continuing to learn and train, reevaluating, trying to not focus solely on career, and the community she's found at Burning Man (which she just got back from right before this interview!). Check out her work at www.krissidberry.com 

Sep 6, 2019

Dancer, choreographer, and technologist Catie Cuan shares her experiences with the dark side, fusing her duel interests in dance and technology, how geography influences art, balance, and being in a relationship with another artist. Catie is currently pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in California, so this conversation was recorded over FaceTime. Check out her work at www.catiecuan.com.

Aug 23, 2019

Host Leah Walsh reflections on Toni Morrison's thoughts on an artist's task in times of chaos from "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” an essay included in the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation, read from the article "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist's Task in Troubled Times" by Maria Popova, published on brainpickings.org. Check the brand new look at www.thecompasspodcast.com, you can search the back catalogue of episodes by key word!

Aug 9, 2019

Writer Meg Fee shares her experiences with the dark side, publishing and self-publishing her writing, the evolution of the online blogging space, finding her current path in human centered design, and processing the world through writing. Check out her book, Places I Stopped on the Way Home, and her other writing at www.megfee.com

Jul 26, 2019
Actor and singer Dillon Heape shares their experiences with the dark side, expanding creativity in many directions, self discovery, keeping busy, Pride, new projects, sobriety and mental health.   
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Jun 28, 2019

Photographer Jordan Geiger shares his experiences with the dark side, transitioning from acting to photography, his upcoming move from NYC to LA, running a business as a freelancer, community, and being in a relationship with another artist. Check out his beautiful work at www.jjgeigerphoto.com

May 31, 2019

Actor and dialect coach Lizzie King-Hall shares her experiences with the dark side, political action, navigating the role of dialect coach in a production and building her business, and learning from the artists around you. http://www.lizziekinghall.com

May 3, 2019

Actor, writer, and producer Ryan Spahn shares his experiences with the dark side, going to Juilliard in his late twenties, having patience, getting his screenplays made, and collaboration. Check out a reading of his new play Nora Highland on Monday June 24th, 2019 as part of The Pride Plays at Rattlestick Theater and watch Ep 1. of his web series What's Your Emergency

Apr 19, 2019

Artist Tim Dieterichs shares his experiences with the dark side, addiction and recovery, what he values about acting and design, the importance of community, and finding freedom in structure.

Apr 5, 2019

Dancer and choreographer Marla Phelan shares her experiences with the dark side, the complexities of being a freelancing, working in different genres of dance and theater, moving towards her choreographic voice, and knowing your worth. www.marlaphelan.com

Mar 22, 2019

Director Kristin McCarthy Parker shares her experiences with the dark side, devising work, day jobs, the strength of working with an established community, and directing a long run of a show. Check out her projects at www.kristinmccarthyparker.comwww.puffstheplay.comwww.recentcutbacks.com.

Mar 10, 2019

Actor, dancer, and creator Charlotte Bydwell shares her experiences with the dark side, building her creative life, producing her own multidisciplinary work, decision making, artist visas, having patience, and doing things that terrify you. Check out what she’s up to at www.charlottebydwell.com

Feb 22, 2019

A mini episode with host Leah Walsh today featuring an excerpt from "An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth" by Bruce Mau, a part of the Manifesto Project. Check back in two weeks for a new guest and interview! http://www.manifestoproject.it/bruce-mau/

Feb 8, 2019

Playwright Rachel Bonds shares her experiences with the dark side, the development process for new plays, collaboration, and how the theater community can support artist parents and their work. Read her wonderful essay Working Like A Mother on howlround.com.

Jan 25, 2019

Actor Finn Wittrock shares his experiences with the dark side, auditioning, the ups and downs of film production and funding, finding an outlet in writing, and advice from his artistic mentors.

Jan 11, 2019

Actor, writer, and teacher Jasminn Johnson shares her experiences with the dark side, building a healthy creative life, discovering her passion for teaching, collaboration, sharing through her writing, and moving from waiting to creating in the new year. Check out what she's up to and read her writing, particularly her blog post Doing: The New Waiting, which we discuss on this episode at http://www.jasminnjohnson.com/

Dec 14, 2018

Actor and writer Pepper Binkley shares her experiences with the dark side, always having something to look forward to, collaboration, how becoming a parent has changed her work and creative life, and the major undertaking of creating the web series "It's Freezing Out There" as actor, writer, co-director, and co-producer (co-produced with Episode 10 guest Dylan Moore and co-staring Episode 60 guest Frankie J. Alvarez). All twelve short episodes are available to stream on the website, www.itsfreezingoutthere.com

 

Nov 30, 2018

Actor Sofia Jean Gomez shares her experiences with the dark side, working in regional theater, making the most of your work in auditions, creating your own space when the industry isn't giving you opportunities, day jobs, and moving to a new theater community. Sofia is currently appearing as Nora in A Doll's House Part 2 at San Diego Rep through December 16, 2018. Host Leah Walsh is back from maternity leave and shares an update in the introduction. https://sofiajeangomez.weebly.com

Nov 5, 2018

In this bonus episode The Compass Podcast host Leah and Sober in Vegas blogger Kim talk about becoming moms while sober. The resources they wish they had had during this life transition, tools they found helpful during pregnancy, anxieties and fears, talking to kids about alcohol, and how they are approaching parenthood as sober women in the arts. A casual conversation between close friends. Check out @soberinvegas on Instagram!

Aug 17, 2018

Actor and singer Raymond J. Lee shares his experiences moving between genres, developing new musicals, using social media to your advantage, speaking up for yourself and fellow performers, and becoming a parent as an artist, See what he's up to at: www.raymondjlee.com

Aug 10, 2018
Actor, producer, and co-founder of theater company Lesser America shares her experiences with the dark side, fully embracing her passion for producing, supporting new plays, day jobs and sexual harassment, and building a theater company. Check out Lesser America's upcoming production of Agnes by Catya McMullen at 59E59 Theaters, September 8-29, 2018. www.lauraramadei.com
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