Zoom in the Zeitgeist

Zoom in the Zeitgeist

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In this episode of ‘Always Be Creating,’ Jake Lipman and Maria Maloney interview Tara Gadomski, a Sundance Knight Fellow, an actor, director, writer and BBC radio producer.

When the COVID-19 crisis struck, a number of Tara’s bookings were delayed or cancelled. So she found inspiration via the BBC’s Opportunities page, https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities, in a call for shorts shot and set on Zoom. She wrote, “I See You Now,” a short about a father and daughter who struggle to connect.  While her piece was not selected for further development by the BBC, Tara decided to go ahead and cast, direct, edit, and produce the short film on her own. It is making the rounds in several online film festivals, winning the “Best Coronavirus Diary Film Film” at the Brighton Rocks Festival.

Following this positive experience, Tara directed and produced a “quarantine teaser” for her full-length film, “The Natural Mother.” Listen to this episode to learn more about how she channels inspiration into action.



What we mean when we say, “You Aren’t Until You Are”

Hi podcast listeners — we’re so delighted you’ve found us.

I was recently on a call with a friend, a talented actor with an impressive resume, from theater to TV, Shakespeare to Jessica Jones.

He was pondering what he could do right now, in light of COVID-19 tamping down most TV auditions and production that he would otherwise be pursuing.

We talked about his writing something to perform and shoot. He said, “But… I’m not a writer.”

I said to him exactly what I said to Maria in our first episode.

“You aren’t until you are.”

It’s powerful to think that way. I mean, I had no intention of becoming a producer, when I produced my first play. 40+ shows later, I do see myself that way. Likewise, directing. And writing. And so the options are endless, even if they’re intimidating. It’s all about trying something and seeing what works for you, and what doesn’t.

BTW, my actor friend is totally going to be on the podcast once he puts this piece up online.

–Jake Lipman

You Aren’t Until You Are

You Aren’t Until You Are

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In this inaugural episode of Always Be Creating, co-hosts Jake Lipman and Maria Maloney talk about their artistic paths up to the present day, and how they’ve adapted as creative people in the time of COVID-19. While the pandemic has placed some limitations on how they express themselves, it has also led to new and surprising outlets.

For Maria, that’s meant taking various creative classes on Zoom, including filmmaking, which culminated with her making a short film, ‘Chicky.’ Meanwhile, Jake recently finished the first draft of a new play, ‘Little Faith,’ and she got her home podcasting set up in place to record this episode.

As they talk through their insecurities and frustrations with working on new things, they also realize the joy inherent to trying new artistic expressions.

Future episodes will feature interviews with other creative people, and how they’ve expanded their creative identity in the time of COVID-19.