The Maker’s Journey Podcast
By Ryan Hildebrandt
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From self-published barista-authors, engineers moonlighting as comedians, high-tech founders, and self-employed video producers, we cover it all. This show goes deep into their fears, hopes, and dreams, specific challenges they encountered, and what you can do to follow in their footsteps.
||Clean031: Roger Frampton – Disrupting the fitness industry||Roger Frampton is a fashion model, personal trainer, TEDx speaker, and soon-to-be author. He’s also one of the hardest working people I know. When he was telling me his idea for a TED Talk, he casually mentioned using an hour-long train ride home (fr||21 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean030: Travis Hancock – How to make a board game||Travis Hancock created a board game with his wife as a side project and put it up on Kickstarter. They never expected it to sell more than a hundred or so copies (for family and friends), but it blew up…they raised over $100k for their first game and||7 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean029: Nick Gray – Renegade museum tours, relentless feedback, and launching a business on your birthday||Nick Gray didn’t like museums. He had no background whatsoever in running tours. Things happened in the middle. Now, he’s the founder and CEO of Museum Hack, a TEDx speaker, and the 40th most-eligible bachelor according to Elle magazine in 2015 (I||25 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean028: Netta Shalgi – Creating a frictionless travel experience||Netta designed a carry-on suitcase that raised 3.3 million dollars on Kickstarter. It was the most successful carry-on bag on Kickstarter ever. He’s been designing things related to travel since he was 7(!!||19 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027: Dave Munson – Accidentally starting a leather bag company (Saddleback Leather)||Dave Munson used to teach English in Mexico. He needed a bag to carry his school books, but not just any bag…he wanted one that Indiana Jones would use. Without any experience in designing bags (he has a theology degree),||30 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026: Making an Android app, even if you don’t know how to program||This episode is a lil different — no guest this time, just me. It’s a short episode where I explain how I made something…in this case, a new Android app I just released called DailyWhoop. Some of the highlights include: Google’s free (and very s||15 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025: Claire and Michelle Lockett – Starting a hostel in Indonesia||Claire and Michelle Lockett are entrepreneurial world travelers, and 3 years ago, founded an eco hostel in the Gili Islands in Indonesia (with the help of over 500 volunteers). We met once in Laos and I bumped into them again in Cambodia,||1 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: Tim Hofmann – Coffee roasting with a popcorn maker and how to start a risk-free café||Tim Hofmann is a self-described “coffee guy”. He runs a chain of coffee shops, and most-recently, a coffee roastery he started in his friend’s basement. A lot of people I talked to said they’d love to run a coffee shop, bakery, or café,||17 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: Theatre of the Beat – Theatre as an agent for change, and how plays are made||Shortly after graduating university, a few friends of mine started a theatre company. They’ve toured Canada, performing plays that help raise awareness of social issues. They’ve performed at theatre venues, churches, and fringe festivals.||3 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: Mary-Jess Leaverland – Award-winning singing (in Chinese) and cheekily chasing opportunity||Mary-Jess Leaverland has had a singing career many would envy – she won a singing competition in China (for 70 million viewers), represented Great Britain for the GREAT campaign (a 10-foot poster of her is up in a UK office in Japan),||20 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: Mike Emery – Personal development through colouring and meditation||Mike finished a book in 8 weeks…insanely fast. He also started very quickly, having come up with the idea only a week before *actually* starting. Yikes. In this convo, Mike tells the story of starting his career in IT,||6 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: Molly Balloons – Spreading smiles and life lessons from theatre/improv||Molly Balloons is anything but boring. She got her start making balloon animals for children’s parties at Chick-Fil-A, and to say she’s done more since then is a massive understatement. She not only makes balloons,||19 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: Phil Ammon – Photography as a back-stage pass and the benefits of personal projects||Phil Ammon is a professional photographer and has worked on political campaigns, concerts, and traveled to Asia and Africa for client work. He has gone from being ‘interested’ in photography and being great at taking photos to doing it for a living.||5 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: Jen Butler – imperfect books, painting, and recovery from addiction||Jen Butler is a recovering alcaholic, workaholic and perfectionist. She’s struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. Despite this, she harnessed her depressive energy to publish a book (after 22 years procrastinating on it) and started painting||22 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: Marcelino “Frost Flow” DaCosta – international-level breakdancing and community work through hip-hop||Marcelino “Frost Flow” DaCosta is a 2-time Canadian champion breakdancer, community worker (who has produced some of Toronto’s first urban arts events), TEDx speaker, and has toured and taught breakdancing internationally.||8 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Steve Stopps – award-winning mobile games, amateur film, and world-class beer||Steve Stopps has created mobile games companies, a film, and most-recently his own double-IPA beer, all with no qualifications whatsoever. “I’ve never been afraid of making mistakes…I’ve never been afraid of making something that isn’t any goo||11 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Kevin Chung – Cracking Creativity||Kevin Chung is a fellow podcaster (Cracking Creativity), soon-to-be-author, and illustrator. In this conversation (which is also on the Cracking Creativity podcast), we have an informal chat about podcasting and the various things we’ve created recent||4 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Stacy-Ann Buchanan – making “magic” through events, films, and mental health advocacy||Stacy-Ann Buchanan is an actress, producer, film-maker and mental health advocate. She’s run sold-out events and created a film that pioneered dialogue about mental health in the black community in Canada. In this honest discussion,||27 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: Jordon Veria – Starting a full-time social enterprise at 17||Jordon Veria started a social enterprise for creatives in Toronto at just 17 years old, and has been running it for the last 5 years. His team has produced 50+ events and worked with 500+ creatives in Toronto. In this conversation,||20 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: Gemma Milne – Becoming an expert BY creating (not before)||Gemma Milne has had a varied career, including cooking, investment banking, advertising, tech innovation, writing, and podcasting. She has spoken at SXSW, TEDx, and multiple other conferences. She’s the co-founder of the Science:Disrupt podcast,||13 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: Neil Hughes – Comedian, software engineer, author, TEDx speaker||Neil Hughes is a comedian, self-published author (his book has sold thousands of copies), TEDx speaker, and previously suffered from anxiety. We get deep and vulnerable in this conversation and talk a lot about the voice of his inner critic and some of||6 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Amar Ghose – starting a startup, selling without a website, and learning as you go||Silicon Valley is full of tales of Instagram, Google, or Pokemon Go. Massive companies with huge audiences, funky offices, free food, and high salaries. But how do you start one of these mythical “tech startups”,||30 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Alex Merry – launching a TEDx conference||This episode is less of an interview and more of a 2-way conversation between Alex Merry and myself. Alex founded a TEDx event (eg: commonly known as “TED Talks”), which is a volunteer & self-funded endeavor.||23 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: Camille Lauren – body painter, illustrator, painter, designer||Camille Lauren is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, painter, and graphic designer. She’s live-painted for weddings, is illustrating children’s books, and has her work displayed in shows. “Don’t think about the negative sides [of sharing your||16 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Andrew Kesler – virtual musical collaborations and working with LAs biggest music names||Andrew Kesler moved from a simple life in the Canadian prairies to living in LA and touring the world as a musician and producer, and has worked with some of the biggest names in LA. In this conversation, we dive into how he started sharing his music,||9 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Joss Monzon – the self-taught video producer||Joss Monzon started as a graphic designer, then self-taught himself animation, video editing, and screenwriting. His films have gained the attention of big-name Hollywood directors and been featured in film festivals.||2 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: Mary Dooley – the Starbucks barista/author||Mary Dooley has a cool story. She self-published 2 books (with a 3rd on the way), all using other people’s stories and life advice…the people were her customers at Starbucks, where she works as a barista. She learned the ins and outs of self-publish||25 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Ellen Watson – the rebellious gymnastic coach||Competitive gymnastics is governed by extensive rules meant to make judging fair for everyone. But Ellen Watson wasn’t satisfied with these restrictions. They weren’t allowing for the creative expression she wanted. So,||18 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Vikie Shanks – writing memoirs, producing documentaries, and doing TED Talks…all with 7 children||How does a single mother of 7 write a bestselling book, get featured in national media, produce a documentary about her life, and speak at a TEDx event? Why did she start becoming an activist for journalistic integrity and austism (rather than simply p||10 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Jordan “Orijin” Heywood – How to be a rapper||How do you evolve from writing poetry for a school assignment to performing rap & hip-hop on stage at Canadian Music Week? If you’re curious about how Jordan (aka “Orijin”) develops tracks from start to finish or how he co-founded a record label||10 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Kim Nicol – On what is “worthy” of a book||What if you’ve already done some of the work needed to publish a book or create something else? If you’ve always thought making something should be a tough, start-from-scratch process, you’ll want to check this episode out.||4 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great for commuting
Easy listening, interesting topics and interesting people. What more do you need?!
Great podcast for aspiring creatives!
Five stars! The first episode with Kim is fantastic!
I really enjoyed listening to Vikie Shanks podcast. What an amazing journey she’s been on, and Ryan handled the interview delicately, giving her the space to speak. If you haven’t listened to this, make the time as soon as you can.