Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs - Conversations with Artists

Executive Producer, Lizzie Jacobs and Host, Mary Phillips-Sandy discuss their podcast Let’s Talk About Cats. The show creates space for interesting people to talk about their most intimate relationship — the one they share with their cats. The show’s premise Tell me about your cat, and I’ll tell you who you are guides the conversations over revealing topics in a funny, quirky, off-beat way. Lizzie and Mary open up about the show’s beginnings and where they hope to go.

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Timothy Alexander Phillips - Conversations with Artists

Timothy Phillips Alexander is the founder of Lightning Society — a forum for change-makers, people who believe in the power of ideas and one on one relationships to change attitudes, lives and the world. Lightning Society’s immersive experiences are designed to foster passionate individualism and collective expansion.

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Lilly Zeligman - Conversations with Artists

Lilly Zeligman is a jeweler with a unique sense of beauty and style. Her flawless sense of color combinations, proportions and materials are the result of many years of experience, but above all, a sincere and deep love for jewelry.

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Messalina Morley - Conversations with Artists

@Messa is an Instagram Influencer, sharing her personal journey as an actress and model. In a world where people often hear ‘no’ more than ‘yes’, Messa’s body-positive message inspires others to love themselves as they are while reaching for their highest potential.

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Jack C. Bogle - Conversation with a Legend

John C. Bogle - Conversation with a Legend

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Elle Simone - Conversations with Artists

Elle Simone is a food stylist and chef, helping people see food in a new way. Working at America’s Test Kitchen, Elle’s approach to food styling has been influenced by her battle with cancer as well as her Detroit roots.

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Dr. David Simpson - Conversations with Artists

Dr. David Simpson, a Professor of Neurology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a researcher and a scientist working to advance the knowledge of medicine, both in terms of understanding disease and treating disease. Dr. Simpson is doing ground-breaking work using Botox to treat musicians and others suffering from movement disorders, such as focal dystonia.

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Michael Blatter - Conversations with Artists

"I want people to not take experience for granted.  And realize it's a thing!  People don't realize Experience is a thing!  When you get up every day, ask what experience are you delivering, and to whom?  Every day I deliver an experience to my employees, to my wife, to my children.  I ask: 'what can I do this weekend?'  Or 'what's the experience I'm planning for somebody' because that's my contribution to their lives.  We all need to provide better experiences for each other, whatever it may be."

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Scott Rhea - Conversations with Artists

Scott Rhea is an image maker whose work is represented in visual metaphors. Sparked by a personal journey to find the source of his own creativity, Scott was ultimately seeking a less structured approach,; to become less dependent on people “liking” his work. Through journaling and recording his dreams, Scott became more connected with his own voice and creativity. His big take-away was that being mindful of his own mental state enabled great ideas to start flourishing.

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Daniel Panzer - Conversations with Artists

Daniel Panzer is a Brooklyn-based developer and runs the software company, CruxCode. Daniel cut his coding teeth while working for Jonsar Studios, creating the apps that make our company run. Daniel’s background in visual arts enabled him to fully grasp Jonsar Studios’ goal of producing high quality imagery in a live setting. Daniel’s analytical mind helped create the systems of display and delivery that are integral to the immersive photographic experiences Jonsar Studios creates at events.

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Jim Glaser - Conversations with Artists

Jim Glaser discovered his love of costume-wearing at the NYC Halloween parade in the late 80’s.  He found a sense of liberation in the way costume brings together fashion, art, theatre, and acts as a uniting force for people.  Kostume Kult is a community of like-minded folks who find joy in themed events.  Among other things, the Kostume Kult constitution centers on being conscious of one’s choices while at the same time being free to express oneself without fear of political correctness.

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Sarah Oliphant - Conversations with Artists

Sarah Oliphant is probably one of the most prolific but least recognized artists in today’s world - at least by the general public. Oliphant backdrops have a special magic that’s coveted by photographers the world over. Iconic images featuring supermodels, celebrities and world leaders are made better when photographed on an Oliphant drop. We were fortunate enough to sit down and have a conversation with this humble, thoughtful and generous artist in her Brooklyn studio.

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Kathryn Leigh Scott -Conversations with Artists

 Kathryn Leigh Scott is an author and actress whose book “The Bunny Years” told the tale of the 25 year history of the Playboy Clubs — the place where Kathryn’s own twin careers began.  A farm girl who came to NY in search of an acting career, Kathryn paid her way through acting school by working at the Playboy Club; a job she credits for giving her self-confidence and the ability to be self-sufficient.  Finding herself cast in the number one soap opera of the day, “Dark Shadows” Kathryn never looked back.  

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Jeremy Driesen - Conversations with Artists

Jeremy Driesen is a drummer, photographer and event producer.  We were curious to discover if there was a common thread among these three different pursuits.  As Jeremy explains it, a photographer works within a frame to create images, a musician finds creativity within the ‘frame’ that the songwriter provides, and the event production ‘frame’ is meeting client objectives.  While there is a continuity between the three,  there’s a zen thing about drumming and photography.  Running a business uses a whole different part of the brain.

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Bob Pittman - Conversations with Artists

"I think some of the best artists in the world are people who do not have the control button - the button that keeps us all as functioning members of society saying 'I shouldn’t do that.’  As a result many of them are self-destructive because they don’t have that button, but I think things free-flow out of them onto canvas, songs, fashion - but they are sometimes messes as people.  Moving from the rational to the instinctual and this free-flow is often what makes a great artist.  Some of the greatest performers and artists I know are pretty self-destructive, I wouldn’t want to be them.  But I sure like the output of what they do."

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Frank Meo - Conversations with Artists

Frank Meo has been inspiring photographers and creatives for decades.  Helping people find their passion, and then teaching them to drill down and get really clear, is Frank’s own passion.  Using logic, planning and strategy Frank gives photographers real tools to create an action plan that helps move their careers in the right direction.

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Katherine Sarkissian
Winzday Love - Conversations with Artists

Winzday Love uses music to help people open up and reconnect to themselves.  The way she sees it, it’s easy to open people’s hearts and minds when your music is authentic and comes from a place of love.    For Winzday, music is magic, it’s the glue that holds everything together and is an amazing conduit for release.

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Katherine Sarkissian