Creative Minds with Chad Hall

Rediscovering the art of conversation. People are like libraries—full of stories and ideas and questions. As an introvert, a writer, and a bookworm, it’s too easy for me to get locked in the cage of my own thoughts; it’s too easy to forget the value of dialog. Sometimes I just have to call up interesting people and talk to them. I have to force myself into a space where we can try on ideas and wrestle with interesting, difficult, complex and sometimes even ridiculous questions—like two people digging holes just to see what’s in the dirt.

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    36 // Lam Nguyen

    Chad sits down with his Random Badassery co-host Lam Nguyen to chat about bringing back Random Badassery, lessons from podcasting, letting shows dictate their own structure, interviewing skills, getting too personal, treating guests as guests, vlogging, selling yourself as a product, how generations and age affect mindset, watching/listening to your own stuff, conversation as learning, the power of other people, the titles we use, nostalgia, PBS vs the BBC, Edward R. Murrow, the lack of impartiality in modern news media, George Clooney, blindly following leaders, how to deal with political infighting, communicating the long picture, dealing with impasse, screaming it out, the effects of social media on politics, manners, civility, team dynamics, regulating emotions, can anyone be president, the cult of personality, and women in podcasting.

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    35 // Eric Victorino

    Chad sits down with musician and author Eric Victorino (The Limousines, Strata) to talk about new dogs, learning from the past, forgiving mistakes, Louis C.K., the permanent record of social media, the weight of politics, the daily outrage cycle, the loss of context, the default network, getting lost in out phones, learning to create from a happy place, validation, depression, conversation, humility, ego, introversion, distrusting niceness, living in our own dramas, guilt, parallel universes, ghost noises, the need for fun, grey aliens, A.I.D.S., films of the eighties, the Teletubbies, the fear of shaming, trigger warnings, intention, the difference between narrators and characters, hypersensitivity, neutering art, talking to people with different opinions, finding common ground, dead naming, stumbling trough difficult conversations, moral posturing, and crusading.

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    34 // Daniel Doyon

    Chad sits down with Readwise co-founder Daniel Doyon to talk about learning to intelligently highlight, focusing a platform for learning, what happens when Tim Ferriss plugs you, bootstrapping vs venture capital, is the era of free over, how the startup world has changed, going public vs staying private, the competitive edge of reading, remembering what you read, the technophobic cycle, why ebooks haven't been a disruptive technology, the lack of OCR in ebooks, quick fiction, making feature choices, how a Philly finance guy ends up in Silicon Valley, sabbaticals, mandatory break years, and the over-valuing of college degrees.

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    33 // Suhita Shirodkar

    Chad sits down with urban sketcher, watercolor artist, an illustrator Suhita Shirodkar to talk about handwriting, children's art, working with watercolor, realistic art vs representative art, blogging, politics in art, and the news as a second-hand experience.

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    32 // Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

    Chad sits down with rock & roll cultural historian, fandom expert, author, and former West Coast Marketing Director for Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike about moving to England following a friend's murder, "cold calling" people like Henry Rollins and Lars Ulrich, demystifying Mark Lanegan, the future of music, the persistence of vinyl, showing up too early to Fatboy Slim's house, cutting through the mythology of dead rock idols, identity politics, the importance of nuance, and online dating.

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    31 // Kim Walesh

    Chad sits down with San Jose Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development, Kim Walesh to chat about balancing the needs of all segments of a community, the bane of email, the importance of personal rituals, the joy of playing music, flow state, meditation, community meetings, authentic leadership, the perception of professional women, confidence, diversity, wandering, writing, and more.

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    30 // Ryan Sebastian

    Chad sits down with Urban planer & founder of Treatbot, Moveable Feast & Public Space Authority, Ryan Sebastian to talk cities, communities, immigrant strivers, and the automated future.

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    29 // Ian Parton

    Chad sits down with Ian Parton from The Go! Team to chat about songwriting, bands, imperfection, and transcending the album cycle.

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    Ranom Badassery X-mas Bonus

    Creative Minds presents: the Random Badassery X-mas Bonus. A little something extra for you in your stocking from my other podcast: Lam and Chad have another wandering conversation, trying to understand fragments of life like x-mas movies, concussive brain injuries, blogging, synchronicity, and the observing self.

    Happy Holidays and Happy birthday to Lam Nguyen.

    If you enjoy this episode you can listen to episodes like between Lam & I this every week on Random Badassery.

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    28 // Ben Henderson

    Chad sits down with artist, musician Ben Henderson (Brother Grand, Good Hustle, Delta Activity) to chat about Van Halen, web-cams, beginners mindset, and the beautiful, yet horrendous mutation found at the intersection of art and social media.

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    27 // Erin Salazar

    Chad sits down with muralist, public arts activist, and founder of Exhibition District Erin Salazar to talk community, triumph from personal loss, artist fellowships, motivation, and being extraordinary.

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    26 // Ryan Hernandez

    Chad sits down with his good friend & guitarist Ryan Hernandez (Strata, Balancing the Lion, Powerman 5000) about working musicians, coping with anxiety, band break ups and re-unions, the importance of friendship, and lots of guitarzzzzzz.

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    25 // Chris Garcia

    Chad sits down with podcaster, zine creator, and Computer History Museum curator Chris Garcia to chat about the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, Unsolved Mysteries, the future of streaming, Tim Cook, the pulse model of innovation and much more.

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    24 // Drew Roulette

    Chad sits down with artist, musician Drew Roulette (dredg, Dark Heavens) to chat about art, music, psychedelics, mimicry, sleepwalking, interviewers, band dynamics and more.

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    23 // Frances Marin Lopez

    Chad sits down with artist Frances Marin Lopez to chat about the absurdity of normalcy, social media's effect on quality, balance in relationships, introversion and more.

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    22 // Devonne Amos

    Chad sits down with artist Devonne Amos to talk art, the importance of fundamentals, being the only child of a single mother, why Harrison Ford is like Santa Claus, how his grandmother bewildered the KKK, Saved By the Bell, and much more.

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    21 // Colin Frangicetto

    Chad sits down with artist, musician Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive, Psychic Babble) to talk flow state, resistance, artistic freedom, psychedelics, beginner’s mindset, and more.

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    20 // Megan Holiday

    Chad sits down with radio personality Megan Holiday (KROQ, Alt105) to talk podcasting, her struggles with addiction, sobriety, recovery, giving back, community, the importance of a positive mindset, much more.

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    19 // Mighty Mike McGee

    Chad sits down with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee to discuss poetry, comedy, the evolution of what's socially acceptable, and idea of horrible people making good art (Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, etc.)

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    18 // Marc Ruiz

    Chad sits down with his friend Marc Ruiz to talk about screenwriting, blogging, photography, imposter syndrome, and having a child with cancer.

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    17 // Daniel Garcia

    Chad sits down with Content Magazine curator Daniel Garcia and we talk about running a magazine, photography, parenting, limitations, mindfulness and the battle against perfectionism.

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    16 // David Knight

    Chad sits down with musician David Knight and we talk about music, moving to Malaysia, negotiating personal politics, grief and the effects of age on the creative process.

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    15 // Vinny Le Pés

    Chad sits down with photographer & YouTuber Vinny Le Pés. A talk that starts out about notebooks and journaling leads us into the longer conversation of digital vs analog, input overload, intention, film photography, over-organizing, social media and more.

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    14 // Taking Breaks

    Chad plans for a break to prepare for a new interview focused format which seems like the perfect time to talk about the importance of taking breaks. Some of our favorites guest from this season come back to tell us their thoughts on resting the brain and sharpening the saw.

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    13 // CRUELS

    Chad sits down with his good friend producer/artist Giovanni Giusti (CRUELS, The Limousines) to talk creativity, channeling grief, arguing with strangers online, cultivating ignorance for mental health, dangerous plants, AI, automation, analog synths and making music.

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    12 // Re-scoping Anger

    What if anger doesn't have to be a destructive thing? What if it can mean something else? Something​ bigger?

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    11 // How Do We Find the Time? Part 2

    The second part of our series on TIME. In this episode, Chad talks with two very busy & extraordinary women: actress, podcaster Alyshia Ochse & activist, business owner Celeste Walker. They discuss time, motherhood and much more.

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    10 // The By-products of a Fool

    We often make foolish assumptions and with time they become rules that we live by, but when examined they may, in fact, be things that are holding us back and keeping us from our purpose.

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    9 // How Do We Find the Time? Part 1

    The number one reason people give for not creating more is TIME. This is part one of a two part series dedicated to TIME. In part 1 Chad talks to an old friend, and we hear from YA author Debby Dodds and painter Roxanne Blackwood.

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    8 // How Do We Know When We Are Done?

    How do we know when something is finished? This episode searches for the answer the idea of completion through conversations with musician John Miller (The Holy Dark) & artist Lou Bermingham.

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    7 // The Green Square

    In honor of the February Monthly Creative Challenge prompt of Memories, Chad delves into a personal memory and explores the power that nostalgia, silence, and memory hold. This episode also reminds us of the transformative power wielded in a child's mind.

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    6 // My Creative Detours

    A little something fun for the new year: a little bit confessional, a little bit satire and a little bit digital chaos. An experiment with what could be done in a solo format. A fully scripted piece of satire.

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    5 // State of the Podcast 2018

    A new name, a new website, some exciting news, some requests and some info about what we have planned for the future

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    4 // Making Things Tangible

    While exploring the process of bringing ideas to life; giving flesh to the imaginary, Chad talks to entrepreneur & owner of Limón Salon Carlos Letelier, and Blizzard Entertainment 3D Texture Artist Ian Ameling.

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    3 // Confrontation of Fear

    Fear is the greatest enemy to creativity. What are you afraid of? What does it prevent you from doing? Where does fear live and how to we begin to defeat it?

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    2 // Hacking Creativity

    So, what exactly is a Hacker Dojo? Hacker Dojo is a Silicon Valley secret and it was kind of the perfect place for us to begin expanding the ways that we understand what creativity is and how it works. Find out what artists and technologists have in common and what they can learn from each other.

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    1 // Looking Back to Move Forward

    At the time of putting this episode together Random Badassery was dead (my co-host Lam Nguyen was no longer able to continue.) This episode served as a goodbye to that podcast and a hello to a new direction.

    Random Badassery actually returned a year later. If you like some of what you hear in the retrospective then you can find that show Random Badassery in your podcast app.

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