Kidnapped for Dinner
By Kristen Soller
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Falling flat on your face. Banging your head against a wall. Going down in flames. Having no idea what you’re doing, but somehow doing it anyway. This is Kidnapped for Dinner: conversations about the disorienting moments in the creative process.
||ExplicitUnlearning to Relearn — Niki Franco: Ep 24||We discuss with Niki Franco women’s insecurity, sense of lack vs love, shame and other themes factoring into self-worth and how we show up for ourselves and others.||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNo Wrong Notes — Nick Mencia & Oly: Ep 23||Trust, ego, chemistry, playing off of strengths & weaknesses, preserving & sharing ideas and empowering your peers — just a few things we cover with singer-songwriters Nick Mencia and Oly in our conversation about creative partnerships and collaborati||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTry All the Flavors of Pizza — Willie Avendano: Ep 22||How do you define yourself? Is it limiting to try? Should you stick to one interest and run with it, or do as much as you can? How do you know which opportunities are worth pursuing? We entertain these questions with Willie Avendano, while discussing||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Like Doing the Impossible — PAXy with Ominé Eager: Ep 21||Yaima Arbona Bello and Maudie Valero founded their arts organization PAXy without prior experience and in spite of other people’s skepticism and the red tape of starting a non-profit and securing funding, among other challenges.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's New If You Haven't Seen It — Barron Sherer: Ep 20||While some may take film and other analog media for granted, Barron Sherer immerses himself in it. He talks about how working with moving images can be a precarious act of using and maintaining technology that today could be considered “obsolete,” a||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoul Currency — Christian Portilla: Ep 19||Journalism is not for the faint of heart, especially as a freelancer. Christian Portilla walks us through the highs and lows of developing her journalism career all while maintaining a sense of gratitude and passion.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCauses and Conditions — Cristina Nosti: Ep 18||Cristina Nosti speaks about the chaos and magic of working in a small business; the challenges of fulfilling a demanding role that requires energy & creativity while carving out time for writing; the proximity of death as one ages and its effect on sens||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIndulge My Foolishness — Jason Fitzroy Jeffers: Ep 17||Jason Fitzroy Jeffers share a few leaps of faith in his life: quitting his job at an established newspaper without knowing what would come next; taking time to develop his music career and, inspired by a Reddit thread on tire machèt he found in the||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside, It's as Huge as the Universe — Carol Jazzar: Ep 16||A deeply personal, challenging event led Carol to shift her focus from the more public, established life of her art circles to her inner life and to reclaim her home as a personal sanctuary and studio, developing her own body of work which employs colla||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpirituality is the CEO — Baiser Beauty: Ep 15||Erika Arguello and Maria Copello remind us that, despite the dread and anxiety that come with going after what you want, it’s important to have fun, to work with others to bring out our best ideas (and selves) and to approach things with a mix of spir||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPleasant Surprises, Not Pleasant Surprises — Melody Santiago Cummings: Ep 14||Melody walked us through O, Miami Festival 2017, when the organization's founder and director was hospitalized for most of the month.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Good Kind of Exhausted — Sara Rose Darling: Ep 13||We delved into the baby steps that equal the giant leap of starting your own business, learning to own your role, authentically promoting one's self versus the sales pitch, time amidst multiple jobs and your own venture, magic envelopes and setting inte||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeautiful, Unsettling Things — Jen Clay: Ep 12||Artist Jen Clay navigates themes of the unknown, the uncanny and the inhuman. We talked about her performance Nearing, questioning how clearly ideas are communicated in art, seeking validation as an artist, the things that limit one’s work, saying no,||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBreadfruit is for Friends — Andria Morales & Rafael Vargas Bernard: Ep 10||Andria Morales and Rafael Vargas Bernard are artists-in-residence at the historic 777 Mall in Downtown Miami as part of Focus on Puerto Rico, an initiative by Clocktower Productions, Mana Contemporary and MECA International Art Fair.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlayful Physics — Michelle Weinberg: Ep 11||Michelle Weinberg is a Miami and NY-based artist who renders fantastical yet familiar environments filled with color, geometry, stylized perspective and pattern. We discussed how artists can be “uniquely marginalized,” being creative in one’s work||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe're Not Selling Shoes — Dale Zine: Ep 9||Dale Zine serves is an independent publisher and host of community art workshops and events. We discussed a number of things such as not compromising your values as creatives/not having to be everything to everyone, recognizing that kids are artists, le||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Ignore the Scary Parts — Luisa Santos: Ep 8||Luisa Santos candidly lays out the origins of Lulu's and her fascination with nitrogen ice cream, the value of naivety and "winging it," the nitty-gritty challenges of finances and the red tape of opening a business, building/maintaining company culture||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Not That Easy to Breathe — LÜM: Ep 7||Lina Chaparro and Caro Montoya talk about their first major community wellness event, the value of simply starting a project and of keeping an open mind when running your own business, the importance of breathing and much more.||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere Are No One-Person Chihuahua Packs — AMLgMATD: Ep 6||AMLgMATD talked about the challenges and rewards of creative partnerships and collaborations among a number of other subjects such as nostalgia, art vs design, key lime pie and more.||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean500 Bad Ideas — Daniel Clapp: Ep 5||Artist and musician Daniel Clapp delves into failed ideas, being one's own obstacle, originality (or lack thereof), modular synths, psychedelic kung-fu movies, disco, painting and more.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Niche Will Marry You — Kate Torregrosa: Ep 4||Kate Torregrosa of bespoke swim/festival-wear brand The Velvet Party, talks about brand loyalty via social media, design process, Bernie Sanders swimsuits, financial challenges of starting her own business and much more.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWork Can Be Your Lover — Karina Iglesias: Ep 3||Managing three businesses is no easy task. Karina talks openly (and irreverently) about how she balances her ventures, loving Billy Ocean more than Michael Jackson, freedom for her and her daughter and more.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Like Tennis — Amanda Keeley: Ep 2||Amanda Keeley, artist, curator, writer and founder of EXILE Books speaks candidly about shifting gears from New York to Miami, the spirit of collaboration, community building, balancing multiple creative roles and so much more.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Don't You Trust Yourself — Jordan Magid: Ep 1||Social entrepreneur Jordan Magid dives into how he let his first venture go, didn't go to med school, realized the importance of company culture and more.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this podcast!
Great host, great questions, great guests! Thank you, Kristen Soller. I'm a freelance artist, and your podcast gives both useful business insights and optimism!
As a newer working artist it is helpful to hear pitfalls and challenges of other talented artists that have reached a certain level of success. I enjoy constant inspiration with this podcast!
It's great to to hear different aspects of creative peoples' developmental struggles. Kidnapped for dinner's hostess, Kristen Soller captures thoughtful dialogue with her humourous, charming and playful conversations. I reccomend everyone check this podcast out who is struggling with creative potholes in their work.