Welcome to Pyragraph’s Self-Employed Happy Hour podcast! Pyragraph’s Publisher & Editor Peri Pakroo chats with other Pyragraph editors, contributors and guests about creative self-employment and freelancing, pursuing creative projects and careers, and related topics like road tripping, thrift shopping and procrastinating.
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For the past year and a half, Albuquerque’s beloved dance studio Keshet has been running a new arm of operations: the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center (KIIC), a nonprofit arts incubator providing education, mentorship and rental space opportunities to local artists. Their motto: “Don’t Starve. Make Art.” KIIC’s Program Coordinator Emily Dunkin and its Communications Director Carolyn Tobias joined us in the Pyragraph studio to talk about the resources they offer to creatives of all kinds—not just dancers—simultaneously benefiting both the artists themselves and our local creative economy.
Also on the podcast is George Kenefic, Director of Enterprise at The Loan Fund, a community development financial institution that offers microloans to artists and other small businesses to help them grow.
We talked about the resources that artists need, whether artists really are such bad businesspeople after all, how small loans can help creative businesses go to the next level, and more.
Roberto Appicciafoco turned his love for film into a career as a film festival organizer and curator, most notably as the Founder and Festival Director of the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SWGLFF). On the eve of the 13th annual fest, running Oct. 9 to 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Roberto joins us in the Pyragraph Studio for our first Self-Employed Happy Hour of the Fall 2015 season! We chat about how he got started in film festivals, the joys of dealing with taxes when you’re self-employed, how SWGLFF fits into the broader circles of film festivals, how emerging filmmakers can up their chances of success on the festival circuit, and a whole lot more.
Just in time for summer vacay, we wrap our second season of Self-Employed Happy Hour by inviting all our guests from this season (plus a few more) and popping open the bubbly for a Season Finale & Awkward Office Party. We’re joined by Ashlee Renz-Hotz, Roxanne Blair, Jared Tarbell, Erin Phillips, Jesse Littlebird, Clarke Conde and Rusty Rutherford. We chat about the latest developments with Creative Mornings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Game Developers Guild, Tricklock Company, the state of publishing in New Mexico and more!
Have a great summer and check back in the fall for new episodes!
Sisters Antonia and Cherie Montoya are like a microcosm of creative self-employment. Antonia is the founder of Our Gratitude Collective, runs a wellness and gratitude coaching business, and has played music both solo and in various band projects for many years. Cherie is the owner of Farm & Table, a restaurant and farm in Albuquerque’s bucolic North Valley that also serves as an unofficial center for a community passionate about locally grown food and artisan food-makers.
Both Antonia and Cherie are active in the local business community and regularly host or participate in events promoting both personal wellness and healthy local economies. We were thrilled to have them on the podcast to talk about all these interesting angles and connections between creativity, community, wellness, food, art, family and culture.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed there’s an awful lot of buzz around creative industries and entrepreneurship. As Director of Programs for the business accelerator Creative Startups, Roxanne Blair is squarely in the middle of this phenomenon. She joins us in the Pyragraph studio to talk about the best strategies for building creative industries, what kind of support artists need to build their ventures, and what Creative Startups offers growth-oriented creative firms.
Comedy lovers in Albuquerque may know him as their favorite and funniest baby in diapers, but Rusty Rutherford has a few other acts up his sleeve. Besides doing stand-up comedy and organizing/hosting events like the Third Thursday Comedy Contest at Tractor Brewing, Rusty also recently founded Duke City Dream Lab, a photo, video, and recording studio created to help teens and artists of all ages channel their creative energies and learn new media skills.
We had a swell time chatting with Rusty in the Pyragraph studios about the comedy scene in Albuquerque, how twisted you really need to be to become a comedian, and what Duke City Dream Lab does for the community.
As a freelance graphic designer and principal of Design5sixty4, Lori Patton knows her way around design. In addition she is President of AIGA New Mexico, the professional association for designers in the state, so Lori has excellent insight into what it takes to make it in the saturated design industry. She joins us in the Pyragraph studio to talk about getting started in graphic design, getting and keeping clients, dealing with software and technology, the burgeoning creative economy in New Mexico and a whole lot more.
This week’s podcast is a little different. Pyragraph Publisher and Editor Peri Pakroo was deep in No Rooz mode, getting ready for Persian New Year—which is today, March 20 at 4:45pm MT. (Happy new year everyone!) So Peri turned hosting duties over to Contributing Editors Jeremy Kinter and Josh Stuyvesant who did a late-night, after-hours special edition. Starting at 1:19am, full of gin and Tractor beer, Josh and Jeremy talked about things they always talk about and called it Self-Employed Happy Hour.
As creative partners, co-owners of an Albuquerque-centric arts cooperative, and up-and-coming writers, Josh and Jeremy’s topics of conversation cover: when we’re allowed to call ourselves writers, wearing many hats, commiserating over the writer’s hooching habits, and the sometimes symbiotic, sometimes predatory relationship one has with his/her audience.
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Plus special guests Alana Jones & Monica Mondragon
“When most people are growing up, they don’t say to themselves, ‘I’m going to work in a brewery some day!’” This observation from Skye Devore (who clearly didn’t watch “Laverne and Shirley” as a wee lass) was true for herself—yet by various twists and turns she is now the co-owner of Tractor Brewing Company, one of New Mexico’s most beloved craft brewing operations. Skye joins us to share how she fell into the brewing industry, how Tractor plays an active part in supporting arts and culture in Albuquerque, why craft brewing is so hot in New Mexico, and what it takes to get into brewing as a business. She is joined by special guests General Manager Alana Jones, and Laboratory/QC Manager Monica Mondragon, both of Santa Fe Brewing Company.
During the month of March 2015, more than 70 events will take place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe as part of the 10th annual Women & Creativity, an event celebrating creative women across the spectrum. The event was founded by arts consultant Shelle Sanchez and is co-coordinated by Valerie Martinez of Little Globe, and Julia Mandeville of Harwood Art Center, who all joined us in the Pyragraph studio to share details of the month’s events and activities. Kristi Welton-Kidder also joined us to talk about how her group Women in Technology is participating in the month’s events and representing women who pursue creativity through engineering, programming and other tech-based angles.
We had a great talk about the unique ways that women approach creative pursuits, how to build professional opportunities for creative women (and men) in New Mexico, and how to celebrate and support creative women year-round.
Host Peri Pakroo is joined by Pyragraph’s Outreach Manager Cara Tolino.
Freshly home from Japan, photographer Wes Naman joins us with his assistant photographer Joy Godfrey to help us kick off Thursday morning with mimosas aplenty and the backstories behind some of their most excellent photographic adventures and projects. Besides sharing the insanity of their recent TV appearance in Tokyo, Wes and Joy chat about their 505 Faces project, going viral with his invisible tape series, and what it means to pay your dues as a freelancer.
It’s always extra cool to finally get to meet in person one of our esteemed bloggers who I know only through blog posts and occasional emails. Yesterday I was thrilled to welcome Ashlee Renz-Hotz to the Pyragraph studio, and chat with her about acting, screenwriting, living all over the world (currently in New York), computer games, 50 Shades of Grey and more. Listen below or download at iTunes!
Little by little we are growing, publishing more posts from working creatives all over the world, sharing more advice about pursuing creative careers, paying more artists and writers for their work, and developing a stronger voice for creatives at all stages of their working lives—not just those who have “made it.” We are all making it. Every day. We’re jubilantly happy to be making it with you. You can listen below, or over at iTunes.
Peri wrote a blog post about Pyragraph’s second birthday. Read it here.
Zach Sutton’s got chops. Besides having top-tier photography skills, Zach also writes about photography for Fstoppers and teaches photography workshops all around the US. Through both writing and teaching, he gains exposure for himself AND has the opportunity to continue learning and refining his craft. Zach has built a nifty self-feeding loop around his photography business which we think is pretty impressive.
We talked with MorningStar and Kevin about the making of Drunktown’s Finest and their experiences with the film industry in New Mexico, LA and elsewhere. Director Sydney Freeland called in from Sundance to share her story as well. Listen below or download at iTunes!
January 14, 2015: Hannah Kauffmann, Erin Phillips and Shastyn Friedman of Revolutions International Theater Festival
Tricklock Company took time out of their crazy busy schedules to come into the Pyragraph studio to talk about the insanity of pulling off an event of this magnitude, including all the normal complex logistics of a multi-venue festival PLUS the added joy of bringing dozens of international performers to town (with bonus denied visa trouble!). I had a blast chatting and drinking mimosas with these fun, badass women and getting insight into how they channel their amazing creative energies. Contributing Editors Josh Stuyvesant and Jeremy Kinter co-hosted. Listen below or download/subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, and leave a review while you’re at it!
To close out the year we figured why not throw a party—hell, why not our very own Awkward Holiday Office Party for us creatively self-employed? We went and did it—and what a party it was!
We invited everyone who appeared on the show this season—plus new guests Andy Lyman and Adrian Toto from The Tan, painter Laila Cola Weeks and artist Billy Joe Miller—to talk about what’s going on in their creative worlds…from starting an unofficial Appl’e Store to painting floaty cubes to wizard duels!
We also talk with 516 ARTS‘ Suzanne Sbarge and The Curious Townie Steven J Westman about more art and creative happenings in New Mexico! It was a blowout! Watch our site and our Facebook page for photos from JAK Media‘s Kendra Crooks and Austin Madrid. Thanks Kendra and Austin!
Happy holidays everyone! We’ll be back in mid-January 2015.
All-around creative volcano Crispin Hellion Glover (Willard, River’s Edge, Rubin & Ed, Back to the Future) lays it down on how to be an independent artist in a corporate-funded world. In this extended interview we chat about his self-financed films (What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine), his books (Rat Catching and Oak Mot, among others), his frustration with sanitized media, his craft as an actor, and more. A whole lot more.
Beth Moore-Love paints amazing, disturbing, reality-shattering artworks. Documentary filmmaker Larry Wessel made a film about her, LOVE: The Art of Beth Moore-Love, which is currently touring across the US. Beth joins us at the Pyragraph studio to talk about her work, her evolution as an artist,working and showing internationally, and what it was like to be the subject of a documentary.
Keif Henley, owner of The Guild Cinema, also joins us to talk about the upcoming film, and about Beth’s amazing work.
November 12, 2014: Matie Fricker and Molly Adler of Self-Serve Toys and Pornotopia, and Keif Henley of The Guild Cinema
Sex shop talk! Owners of Self-Serve Toys/Sexuality Resource Center Molly Adler and Matie Fricker chat about starting and running a progressive, sex-positive adult business in Albuquerque. They also share the history of Pornotopia, the film festival they founded in 2007, and what’s on the bill for this year’s festival which starts Nov. 13!
Keif Henley, owner of The Guild Cinema, also joins us to talk about hosting Pornotopia and the legal drama that went on for years — with a recent victory for Pornotopia in the New Mexico Supreme Court!
AND—as if that’s not enough—Inga Muscio, author of Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, calls in to chat with Molly and Matie about sex ed and how to nurture healthier sexuality. Hot!
Think you understand how to develop a winning brand? Len Romano—who along with his wife Donna founded the award-winning marketing and branding design firm Ripe Inc.—takes us into the mind of marketing, how Ripe Inc. went about creating Marble Brewery’s new look, how Albuquerque seduced him and his wife, and more!
How do you find your way through the brambles of online galleries to find the one that offers what you’re looking for—as a buyer, or as an artist? OAC Gallery founder Sarah Biondi talks about starting an online contemporary art gallery, the business of art consultants, and her background in the film industry and in marketing.
We get to the raw, bloody heart of the film world today. Emily Best of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and streaming distribution platform for independent filmmakers, talks about her new magazine Bright Ideas, adventures in filmmaking, and why artists are more crucial now today than ever. Catch her on her informational cross-country #StayIndieTour to learn how to make the most of your crowdfunding campaign!
See related post: Burning Questions for Emily Best of Seed&Spark.
Commercial sensibilities combined with artistic imagination equals a workable success! Artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, founders of Stranger Factory, join us to talk about the art business, running a gallery, the history of Stranger Factory and Circus Posterus, Kathie and Brandt’s personal work and career backgrounds and so much more!
Hey, you gonna smoke that? Editors from Pyragraph, Humbird and Nightly Noodle Monthly gather at Pyragraph Studios to talk about Albuquerque’s writing scene, art-career author Jackie Battenfield, writer Mike Smith, and other people and happenings in our writers’ worlds. We also chat with call-in guest Brendan Doherty, the Weekly Alibi’s former music editor, about leaving the self-employed life to serve the Man. All this, and so much more!
Eryn Bent is a fiery singer-songwriter who plays indie folk originals with both power and softness. Eryn joins us to chat about being an independent musician, recording her latest album Firefly, and building her music career one lesson at a time. She sings some gorgeous songs for us to boot.
Eric Renz-Whitmore is a ninja-level organizer, networker and promoter within Albuquerque’s tech scene, and just wrapped an amazing Tech Fiesta ABQ week. He is Community Manager at the NM Technology Council, Organizer at One Million Cups, and Organizer at Startup Weekend New Mexico. We chat about cool stuff happening with art and tech, news on start-ups in NM and more.
Kendra Crooks and Austin Madrid are a year into their photography business, JAK Media, and besides developing an impressive reputation and body of work, they’ve also gone through ownership changes and are in the middle of a rebranding campaign. They share their story and lessons learned with Pyragraph’s editors Peri, Josh and Jeremy, including tips on how to deal with kooky clients and what details to make sure to spell out in client contracts.
Fresh off the plane from a summer in Europe playing backup in another band’s tour, Sam Miller comes to the Pyragraph Studios to shake off his jet lag with mimosas and breakfast burritos. He tells us about the recording of his debut solo album You Need to Hear It, how he uses social media platforms for his music, and how his previous bands morphed into the solo career he’s pursuing today.