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Creative Ops is a podcast for creative people, by creative people. Artists, musicians, small business owners, and more talk about themselves, the awesome things they create, and their creative processes.
Jan 4, 2021
Creative Ops | Ep.14 | 2020 Performance Review: Year One Reflections w/ Jason Tieri
Hey Folks! Were you looking for this on Friday? Well, #CreativeOpsFriday has given way for #CreativeOpsMonday. Look for episodes to drop every other Monday until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. I promise to let you know ahead of time next time. Maybe. No guarantees. But I will. I promise. Ya know...most likely. . . . IN THIS EPISODE... My in-studio producer/friend/technical overlord (Jason Tieri, Threads Podcast:Life Unfiltered; The Gig Economy Podcast; Hey Guys Media Group) and I discuss/reflect on the first year (13 episodes) of the show and all the behind the scenes gaffs/mishaps/mistakes/planning/preparation/etc.... . . . Thanks to all the supporters of the show: * Hey Guys Media Group * Check out the other shows they produce! * River Town Adventures * Baby Farm Soaps And humongous thanks to all the listeners, especially folks like shakespeares_fire & cherylscreativesoup for reaching out on social media and helping to spread the word about the show--stuff like that keeps me excited about doing all this! (Even the writing-show-notes part...) . . . Check out www.christophertallon.com for more on the show and its host (me!), read some blogs (my personal ones, not the ones I write for other people, although this and that aren't bad writing...), and all that shnazzy stuff. Please also go check out the past guests and their goings-ons! . . . Past Guests * Paul Brogan, River Town Adventures * Jennifer Soucy, Novelist (New Book Coming Soon) * Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered hosts Ben Kraker & Jason Tieri * Alfonso Civile, Heartsick Vocalist, podcaster (Beats and Beatdowns) * Fresh Coast Seed Co, Award-Winning Cannabis Farmer * Andrea Draft, Hobby Farmer/Stay-at-Home Parent * Aaron Daane, Soccer Coach/Businessman * Brandon Scott, Novelist * Zach Snyder, Muralist/College Prof * Nurses Meaghan and Rachel (Our wives...lol) * Mike Breymann, award-winning visual effects artist/producer * Clay McAndrews, Creative & Bright Walls Mural Festival Organizer * Dajon, CA Hip-Hop Artist See you on the next #CreativeOpsMonday everyone! -CT
1 hr 29 min
Dec 18, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.13 | Dajon, a badass, Sacramento-based hip-hop artist
Hey folks! Dajon joined me on Zoom from CA to talk about his new EP "Love, Dajon" and all the things that went into making it. We went back to early musical influences at age 6, to how he's rockin now, in his mid-twenties. Energetic, awesome music. I. Can't. Stop. Listening. Check out Dajon on IG, FB, and Twitter And check out his producer's band Oh! The Horror ... Thanks to the supporters of this show Hey Guys Media Group, Baby Farm Soaps, & River Town Adventures. You're dear to me as people, and you inspire me as a creative. ... Thanks for listening! Subsribe, rate, yadda yadda... Check out www.christophertallon.com for more on the show and its host.
1 hr 10 min
Dec 4, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.12 | Clay McAndrews, Founder & Co-Director of the Bright Walls Mural Festival
Woo! I loved this episode. I sat down with Clay McAndrews to talk about the Bright Walls Mural Festival, which he founded and co-directs in his hometown of Jackson, Michigan. So far, Bright Walls has brought artists from all over the world to Jackson, where they've created 36 absolutely amazing murals, transforming the city. Clay, an artist and all-around creative type, has a background in graphic design, advertising, photography, and events. Clay graduated from Central Michigan University with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising. Learn more about Bright Walls at www.brightwallsjackson.com, and about Clay at www.claymcandrews.com. . . . . . SUPPORTERS OF THE SHOW: * River Town Adventures - the most fun you'll have outdoors * Baby Farm Soaps - the best soaps, lip balms, you name it * Hey Guys Media Group - let em help YOU make a podcast * Listeners - please subscribe, rate, and review the show! . . . . . SOCIAL MEDIA Get all the links from www.christophertallon.com, or go straight to Instagram, FaceBook, and/or Twitter. (Betcha my Instagram is better than yours!) Thanks everyone! -CT
1 hr 4 min
Nov 20, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.11 | Mike Breymann - Visual Effects Artist, Software Developer, Freelancer
Hey Folks! I talked to renowned visual effects artist Mike Breymann, who has worked with influential artists and filmmakers all over the world. To name just a few projects: Mike made the island and background shots for Jurassic World, recreated Paris for Benjamin Button (which won an Academy Award for visual effects), developed worlds (real and fictional) in virtual reality, and creates software that more easily allows himself (and others) to do what he does. A fun and fascinating guy. If you want to see his portfolio and get a deeper dive into what he's up to, visit www.michaelbreymann.com! . . . Thank you to Hey Guys Media Group, Baby Farm Soaps, and River Town Adventures for supporting the show! I love you all. . . . On a personal note, thank YOU for listening to the show. If you rate the show, leave a review, AND tell me about it at www.christophertallon.com, or on FaceBook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, I'll give you a shout out in the the next show opening! (Pinky swear.) Holla. -CT
1 hr 23 min
Nov 7, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.10 | RN Double Feature, with nurses Meaghan and Rachel
For this episode, we sat down in-studio with 2 local nurses from different hospitals in the Grand Rapids (MI) area. Meaghan has floor and management experience, and works in pediatrics. Rachel has worked in Intensive Care and Post-Op in Michigan and Florida. They sat down with me and Jason to talk about nurse-life, nursing in COVID times, and their experiences working in health care. If you're looking for an awesome career, check out nursing. Good pay, you can work full time as little as 3 days a week, and you don't have to buy a bunch of work clothes...just a few pairs of scrubs. Think about it. . . . If you don't listen to this one, you don't deserve to wash your body with Baby Farm Soaps--the best soaps, lip balms, bath bombs, and moisturizers, not just in Kentucky, but anywhere out there. Period. If being inside is bumming you out, check out River Town Adventures, Lansing, MI's hottest outdoor spot for fun and recreation. . . . Hey folks. If you have a sec to rate and review the show wherever you downloaded it, I will be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for listenening, -CT
1 hr 16 min
Oct 23, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.9 | Zach Snyder - Artist, Entrepreneur, Educator
Zach Snyder is an artist. It his passion, freelance profession, and now, his job as a college professor. How does a 24 year old get a job as a college prof? LOTS of talent, for starters. Listen to find out more. Check Zach out on IG @sneedart Get more info at www.sneedartdesigns.com . . . Check out the folks who make this show possible: River Town Adventures; Baby Farm Soaps; Hey Guys Media Group . . . Please connect with the show on social media: Facebook: @TallonWrites Twitter: @TallonWrites IG: @christopher_tallon and visit www.christophertallon.com . . . Please, please, please rate and review the show. It helps us grow. (Or give us money. Yeah, that's what we thought...)
Sep 27, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.8 | Brandon Scott, Author of "Vodou" and "Sleight"
Brandon Scott is an amazingly talented (and very nice) guy. He joined me from North Carolina to talk about his books, style, influences, publishing projects, and writing process. His book Vodou was #1 on the Amazon charts at the time of the interview, and his sequel Sleight just arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I started it, it's AMAZING, can't wait to finish it. Check this guy out--he's the real deal, people! You Can Order Brandon's Books on Amazon, then follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook. Thanks for checking out the show. Follow Creative Ops on IG, FB, and Twitter, too! Go to ChristopherTallon.com for show info, to contact the show, and just because it's the right thing to do. Last but not least, the sponsors & supporters: Baby Farm Soaps - The. Best. Soaps. Other great products, too!!! River Town Adventures - Best outdoor experience in mid-Michigan. Award winning, locally owned. Hey Guys Media Group - They helped me make my podcast; let them help you make yours!
1 hr 16 min
Sep 20, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.7 | Aaron Daane, Coach & Former Youth Soccer Club Owner
For almost a decade, Aaron Daane ran a youth soccer club in west Michigan. He recently sold his club and now works as a coach and coach educator. We talked about what creativity means in the context of soccer and player development, as well as the challenges in youth soccer in terms of coaching, player development, and refereeing. Anyone who plays, has played, or has kids who play will want to listen to this. We discuss tactics, our favorite clubs and players, and where American soccer--at the youth level--is now, and where it is headed. If you like soccer...CHECK THIS ONE OUT!!! ***Please leave a rating a review if you enjoyed what you heard*** Also, check out www.christophertallon.com for more info on the show and its host. And please, connect with Christopher Tallon on social media... IG: christopher_tallon FB: @TallonWrites Twitter: @TallonWrites
1 hr 1 min
Jul 28, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.6 | Parenting & Hobby Farming w/ Andrea Draft
My friend Andrea Draft joined us in-studio to talk about stay-at-home parenting during the pandemic, and how important it is to keep your sanity by finding something that brings you joy. In her case, it's chickens and a plentiful veggie garden. Listen for parenting tips, chicken knowledge, and gardening wisdom! - - - - - - - - - - Duuuude... We got sponsors, y'all! Not just any sponsors, either. Check these guys out: River Town Adventures in Lansing, Michigan, has canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and award-winning service. What better way to social distance than outdoors, on the water? River Town Adventures: FB | IG | Website Baby Farm Soaps, out of Kentucky, has the best soaps, lip balms, and bath bombs anywhere on planet Earth. Order off their menu, or contact them directly for custom orders. I use their soaps and their Candy Cane lip balm. This place rocks! Hit em up on FaceBook!
1 hr 17 min
May 30, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.5 | Fresh Coast Seed Co.
Wanna know what goes into making award-winning cannabis? Oh good, because I packed up my podcast gear and drove into the wilderness of northern Michigan to record--on location at their grow facility--with Ross from Fresh Coast Seed Co., a medical marijuana and seed company. He has an interesting backstory--including time on an Alaskan fishing boat--and got into the cannabis industry first and foremost to help people. Fresh Coast is well known in the marijuana community, especially after taking gold at the 2019 Detroit High Times Cannabis Cup for vape cartridges. This interview is informative on an easy to understand level. I hope you enjoy it. Check out Fresh Coast Seed Co. on Instagram, and order seeds from The Bean Lodge. For more info about Creative Ops, go to www.christophertallon.com, or check out my social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter I would LOVE IT if you rate the show and left a review. It helps little shows like mine get some traction. Thanks so much for listening, and good luck with your creative endeavors! -CT
May 24, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.3 | Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri Teach Me How to Make a Podcast
If you've ever thought, I should start a podcast, then listen to this show! (Or, if you just like podcasts and wanna see how one gets made, check it out.) Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri were my guests, and they are in the podcast game. Together they host a really cool show, Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. Separately, Ben has his own show, The Root of All Ben, and Jason co-hosts GR Rideshare Adventures, and produces two podcasts - including this one! It was a lot of fun hanging out with these guys on my show for a change, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Listen to Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered, and check em out online: Instagram - FaceBook - Twitter - Website Learn more about Creative Ops, read my blog, and check out fun random facts at my website www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FB | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!
1 hr 37 min
May 13, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.4 | Heartsick vocalist Alfonso Civile rocks my podcast!
Alfonso Civile of the Lansing-based metal band Heartsick joined me for a discussion via the magic of the internet. A few of the things we talked about: the 20 year history of the band (formerly Know Lyfe), how they're adapting during the stay-at-home order, what they have planned for the future, the band's creative process, and more! Alfonso is super creative, and just a really nice guy. I hope to have him back sometime; I could've talked to him way longer. Hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did. Find out what else he and the band are up to, how to watch/listen/support them in these odd times: Facebook @heartsickband Twitter @heartsickband Instagram @heartsickband Heartsick Official YouTube Still reading? Really? OK. Well...if you like Creative Ops, one way to let me know: rate the show. Or leave a review. Or subscribe. Or do any combo. If you do all 3, I'll be your best friend for a whole day (weekends and holidays excluded). Check out my website, www.christophertallon.com,…
Mar 24, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.2 | Jennifer Soucy, author of "Demon in Me"
Hey folks, I totally nerded out while talking to fellow writer Jennifer Soucy. She's an amazing talent and a very nice person. She's got an interesting story, and a lot to say about writing. Her horror debut is titled Demon in Me, and it's amazing! She's the real deal. Check her out at www.jenniferlsoucy.com to learn more. Want to connect with her via social media? Find her on Instagram @therealjenwah, FaceBook @bansheetales, and Twitter @bansheetales. Then go order her book on Amazon...NOW! Learn more about Creative Ops at my website www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FaceBook | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!
1 hr 6 min
Mar 15, 2020
Creative Ops | Ep.1 | Paul Brogan of River Town Adventures talks small business & conservation
I sat down with my good friend Paul Brogan, co-founder and owner of the award-winning small business, River Town Adventures, a staple of the outdoor recreation scene in Michigan's capital city. Paul is also the driving force behind the Lansing Earth Project, which organizes volunteers to clean the local waterways. We talked about starting and growing a business, getting active about conservation, and more. Check out www.rivertownadventures.com for more info about Paul, River Town Adventures, and waterway conservation, or check them out on Instagram @rivertownadventures or on FaceBook @RiverTownMI Learn more about Creative Ops at my website www.christophertallon.com, and reach out on social media: Instagram | @christopher_tallon FaceBook | @TallonWrites Twitter | @TallonWrites Enjoy!
1 hr 9 min