Two Words with Taku
By Taku Mbudzi
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Words, words, beautiful words! I'm Taku Mbudzi and this podcast is dedicated to my love of writing. I'll share my thoughts and ideas in five main categories - technical writing, screenwriting, comedy writing, creative writing and business writing. The dream is to see my words come alive on the big screen - there's hope yet! Follow my adventures at http://taku.com.au/. Podcast recorded in Melbourne, Australia.
||CleanEpisode 85 – Lessons from Producing a Podcast for Young Public Speakers||Look Ma – I’m producing! The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) invited me to train 15 young people in public speaking and I suggested we also make a podcast with their short speeches. In this episode I share what I learnt from creat||30 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 84 – Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi||Dear Tomi, this is the most biased book review I’ve ever given. But I absolutely loved reading Children of Blood and Bone! In this episode I share why I’m excited by the magical words woven into this African-inspired fantasy novel.||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 83 – How podcasting is growing my tribe of fellow writers and storytellers||Finding and growing your tribe is a two-way street. Yes, I know that doesn’t make grammatical sense, but hear me out as I explain how this podcast is connecting me to people I’m excited about…and people who are excited about me too.||8 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 82 – I finally found my book illustrator for JoYOLO||The book based on my radio play is coming soon! JoYOLO by Taku and Peo. Omg I’m dying!😭 I recorded this impromptu episode in a park the other day. Disclaimer: it’s raw and unedited! Then I made this quick little video – sorry the music is so lo||3 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 81 – 10 Branding Lessons from VICE, Junkee and Contiki at YMA 2018||Youth Marketing Australia was simply eye-opening! I went to the YMA conference to learn about marketing to young people, but I learnt a whole lot more from watching the different speakers and how they represented their own [media] brands.||28 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 80 – Listen Lynda.com, I Love your Software Lessons||I highly recommend Lynda.com for learning Photoshop, Word and other software. Lynda.com is an online learning site with over 3,000 courses on topics like business, design, web development and multimedia skills, and software (Microsoft Office,||21 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 79 – Teaching Young Filmmakers How to Draw a Mind Map||My Mama taught me how to mind map 20+ years ago. And now I do it all the time. For almost everything! Yesterday, I helped 19 young documentary makers generate ideas to shoot for Youthworx‘s Our Voices film project.||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 78 – Pitches, Speeches and a Pit Stop in Perth||An overdue update on my mad writing adventures. I’ve recently written pitches for my kids’ TV show, an investor in my production company and for a book publisher. Also, my MC hat’s back on again, tying together speeches at government-funded sympos||7 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 77 – Manners made me a Moth StorySLAM Champion in Melbourne||Our Moth StorySLAM theme was simply…Manners. Seriously, out of that whole Moth experience of discussing former in-laws on stage, having an amazing audience that responded to every beat of my story, to having my friends in the crowd cheering for me,||20 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 76 – Tinder’s Interracial Couple Emoji Campaign’s Giving Me a Headache||It just sounds like a probability nightmare! Look, I completely support the heart and intent of the campaign. I used to be on Tinder, I’m currently in an interracial relationship* and I loooove using emoji^.||4 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 75 – Unfiltered Black Panther Review by 5 Black Storytellers in Australia||We recorded for an hour and it feels like we didn’t even scratch the surface! Last Sunday, I sat in a Melbourne studio with four creative storytellers to review Marvel’s Black Panther movie. Between the five of us, individually, we make films,||4 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 74 – Be Kind to Yourself||Today’s Two Words: Be Kind. “I’ve got 99 ideas and can’t pick one”. Yep, story of my life! In this episode I share how I’m kind to myself in my (creative) life. Everything from time out, napping and going out for a burger and wine.||22 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 73 – Dixon Character Review – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri||Officer Jason Dixon is human after all. *Spoiler and profanity alert for this episode.* Watching the evolving character of Jason Dixon in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri challenged how I want to write baddies for my own stories.||19 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 72 – My First Screenwriting Session with a Script Supervisor||Katharina Keil’s a script supervisor with 20+ years’ experience. She’s read 1000+ film and TV scripts in her career, so I nervously asked her to read one of mine. We discuss everything including characters, synopses, continuity, timing,||6 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 71 – Co-founder Wanted for TV Production Company||A Spontaneous Poem: Co-founder Wanted Dear Self, Who’re you kidding, thinking you can do it all alone? This stuff is getting bigger than you and it’s time to ask for help. In fact, why not just free flow into your phone what help you’re really loo||3 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 70 – Which Mentors are Holding Your Hand?||My screenwriting mentors are so kind to me. They’re also quick to give reality checks and sometimes say things I don’t want to hear. But I love them for that – they’re helping me tell better stories every day.||2 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 69 – frankie, do you remember the good stuff?||Yay! I’m a writing + podcasts finalist in frankie magazine’s awards. Here’s my Good Stuff Awards entry…Two Words with Taku is a podcast exploring the process of writing and storytelling in five main categories: technical writing, business writin||1 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 68 – Daina Reid on Directing Australian TV Drama, Comedy and Sunshine||Daina Reid is an award-winning Australian TV and Film Director. And she’s just lovely! In this interview, she shares how a Tropfest short film led her to leave acting and become a director. She talks about her recent work on SBS’s Sunshine TV drama||30 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 67 – Split-Second Self-Doubt and Spontaneous Park Recording after Book Publisher Meeting||Today’s [confronting] two words: So What? So what if I write and I speak? Who cares? Who should care? Who do I care about? Why do I care? So what? I really believe we will only see the stories that are different on our TV screens and on our radios if||28 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 66 – The Sacred Joy of Producing Your Own Small (and Secret) Shows||My Slightly Biased Review of A Melbourne Rapper’s Secret Show. Tenda McFly is a local rapper/poet who agreed to voice a character in my radio play. He recently held a secret show to share his poetry, rhymes and reason.||18 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 65 – 10 Lessons from Entering Podcast Competitions in Australia||Know your story, know your brand and don’t think about the money. Here’s what I’ve learnt from applying for Nova + Acast’s Podquest, So You Think You Can Pod by The Wheeler Centre, and from NOT applying for the ABC’s One Million Dollar Podcas||10 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 64 Pit Stop – Meeting Gary Vee and My Awkward Fan Girl Moments||Gary Vee inspired me to start this very podcast. So when I heard he was speaking at a business seminar in Melbourne, I made an animated video to thank him. Then I felt a bit awkward sharing it online before I saw him speak at the event.||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 63 – JoYOLO Radio Story Chapter 2 (Full)||What happens to Joy and Yolanda after the audition? In Chapter 1, they each decided to audition for Professor Nhingi’s youth dance program. In Chapter 2, they’re not so sure that was the best idea. JoYOLO story synopsis: Joy loves words and comes f||5 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 62 – Greeting Cards for Situations that F-ing Suck||Manners: this episode and these greeting cards contain profanity. Okay, so your friend’s mum has died? Your loved one has cancer? Oh and anxiety is keeping your bestie up all night? Melbourne graphic designer Lindsey Mineff from Hard Copy Cartel has c||26 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 60.2 – Gerard McCulloch on Screenwriting, Satire and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering||Do you watch The Weekly and Hard Quiz? This is the second part of my chat with writer Gerard McCullough. He is one of Australia’s most in-demand TV comedy writers and editors. His credits span sketch, variety, current affairs, quiz, sport,||21 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 60.1 – Gerard McCulloch on Writing Stand-up Comedy, Sketches and Skits||Lawd have mercy – Gerard McCulloch is finally on my podcast! He is one of Australia’s most in-demand TV comedy writers and editors. His credits span sketch, variety, current affairs, quiz, sport, and award ceremony formats.||21 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 59 – Behind The Moth Melbourne with Local Producer Merrilee McCoy||OMG Merrilee McCoy is magic! She’s the local producer of The Moth Melbourne StorySLAM events and in this episode we discuss all things storytelling. No filter! We cover what makes a good story to being vulnerable on stage to not relying on crap PowerP||14 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 58 – Rap, Rhyme & Reason with Tenda McFly & ZIIMUSIC||What IS spoken word? I interview Melbourne rapper/poets Tenda McFly and Ziimusic about their writing and creative processes. We discuss everything from vulnerability, to narcissism to belief in self. Then we briefly debate if being a good writer is a d.||2 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 57 – My Radio Play Cast is Developing My TV Characters||The cast of my JoYOLO radio play is changing my character(s). Yes indeed! Collaborating with them is developing the way I think, write and feel about the characters they’re playing. In this episode, you’ll hear the first scene of Chapter 1,||28 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 56 – My Two Cents on #VoteYes, #VoteNo and Faithless Fear||Today’s two hot words: Yes and No. Eesh, just look at them go Stealthily dividing a nation Whispering here Shouting there Fanning and fuelling frustration #VoteNo Some are writing in the skies #VoteYes Some are headbutting guys Yes and No Proudly pred||23 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
From the rest of the world, THANK YOU. Just the right amount of love and light we all need in our lives.
I could listen to your voice all day!
Love how honest this podcast is. An absolute pleasure to listen to, can't wait to hear more!
Beautiful and honest- and so interesting! Definetely a podcast for the curious. So insightful. Yay, yay, yay!