Creative Ops, a podcast for creative people, has been going for 3 years now, and in that time I’ve had conversations with a diverse group of creative people all over the country–and right in my backyard here in Grand Rapids, MI. We talk about their life, influences, work, and their creative process. What I hope to do is share with listeners cool people I’ve come across, and dig into who those people are and how (and why) they do what they do.
10 Most Downloaded Episodes
10th Most Downloaded: Brandon Scott – author
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!
Switchers is available to the masses!
And here to discuss this is TJ Tranchell. TJ is an author, professor, and editor. The last one is the focus today as we get together to chat about my book, Switchers, which is available for purchase as of today on E-BOOK as well as PAPERBACK.
Go to http://www.christophertallon.com for more about the book, and follow me on any/all of your favorite social media spots @TallonWrites.
For more about TJ, visit http://www.tjtranchell.net.
8th Most Downloaded: Christopher Daradics – educator
Ep. 50 | Christopher Daradics – Language Learning, Immersive Technology, Education, & Creative Healing –
Christopher Daradics works at the University of Oregon's Center for Applied Second Language Studies – CASLS (check that out for free language learning tools!)
He's also a part of Resonance Building, a healing and arts collective. Check out their upcoming online workshop "The Embodied Voice", and keep coming back for new events, projects, ideas…
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Christopher Daradics on IG: @swagadics
Resonance Building on IG: @resonance-building
Resonance Building website
Embodied Voice info/registration
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Thanks everyone! See ya next time.
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For more on Creative Ops and/or Christopher Tallon:
Website | Instagram | FaceBook | Twitter | Podcast
7th Most Downloaded: Mike Logan – comedian/entertainer
Got to sit down with the Ice Cold Comedian, Mike Logan…IN HIS HOUSE! (He's got a bad leg at the moment, so I came to him. You'll hear some neighborhood noise in the interview.)
I named this one "ADD & Homegrown Weed" because those were the main obstacles early in our conversation. But once it got going, Mike and I had a great talk. We, of course, covered creativity and the creative process, but we got into all kinds of other stuff: moving from place to place, racism, goal setting/changing goals as you age, classic art, how the media tries to convince us we're divided when, in Mike's opinion, we've actually been brought closer together in the last year and a half.
Mike tells stories from the entertainment industry, does a few impressions, cracks me up, and shares his fascinating perspective on a wide variety of topics.
Follow Mike Logan on all your favorite social media platforms @icecoldcomedian for updates on performances, a daily dose of wholesome, and some hard-but-necessary truths.
Follow the host of Creative Ops at http://www.christophertallon.com and as @tallonwrites on all social media!
Derek Mohr is a Grand Rapids, MI based artist who works as a developer and designer.
We talked about his early interest in art and technology, traced his path to professional status, talked about some of his projects, and stuff creative people deal with, go through, and chat about with other creatives.
By day Derek works for an agency called Might In The Midwest. You can see more about Derek and the things he does at https://onemohrti.me/
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5th Most Downloaded: Jonathan Wayne Freeman – comedian
Creative Ops | Ep.25 | Jonathan Wayne Freeman – Professionally Silly on Instagram –
Jonathan Wayne Freeman is a funny funny man. He didn't find his niche until he was in his late 30s, but now he's posting funny stuff on IG daily, and getting paid to endorse cool stuff. He's an inspiration and always good for a giggle.
Go check out @jonathanwaynefreeman on Instagram and peruse the JWF online shop.
Go to http://www.christophertallon.com if you don't have anything better to do right now.
Friends of Creative Ops:
River Town Adventures, Baby Farm Soaps, Six Coast Soil, Fresh Coast Seed Co.
Buy me (Christopher Tallon) a coffee!
Fable the Poet (aka Marcel Price) became the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI in 2017. At the time, he was GR's first black PL. He was the first PL to not graduate from college. On top of that he was also the youngest PL in city history. Now he works with The Diatribe, mainly focusing on improving the south side and educating people about GENTRIFICATION and REDLINING. Check out The 49507 Project.
Marcel Price / Fable the Poet: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
The Diatribe: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, SUPPORT!
3rd Most Downloaded: Casey Kornoelje – cannabis seller/grower
Ep.56 | Casey Kornoelje – Grand Rapids’ Only Local in the Cannabis Game –
Casey Kornoelje is the sole owner of the only locally-owned cannabis dispensary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You might ask, "There are so many dispensaries…how is Pharmhouse Wellness the only local one?"
Listen for the answer to that, how Casey got into growing in the first place, how the shop came to fruition, and what his plans are for the shop and the community around it going forward.
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Check out Pharmhouse Wellness on their website, http://www.pharmhousewellness.com, on Facebook @pharmhousewellness, and on Instagram @pharmhousewellness.
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Follow the show and its host at http://www.christophertallon.com and on all social media @TallonWrites.
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And leave a review AND a rating for the show wherever you download podcasts. Thanks!
2nd Most Downloaded: Fresh Coast Seed Co. – cannabis breeder
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 http://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!
1st Most Downloaded: Jeff Hull – artist/designer
Creative Ops | Ep.17 | Jeff Hull of Nonchalance – Participatory Arts & Situational Design –
Jeff Hull joined me, via the magic of the internet, to discuss literature, culture, Nonchalance, and his latest project–a revolutionary podcast–SYGNYL.
Listen as we discuss past and present projects, how how created and implemented them, and how the lines between art and reality can blur to create something unintended, both in our art and, as we've seen recently, in our culture. That blurring, as Jeff puts it, "can lead us to chaos or meaning."
Join us and try to find the meaning in the chaos. If we can't find it, we'll make our own.
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Nonchalance: website | IG | Twitter | Tumblr
SYGNYL: website | IG | Twitter | FB | YouTube
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Hey Guys Media Group | River Town Adventures | Baby Farm Soaps
Thanks for stopping by to check out my podcast. New episodes drop weekly (for the most part). Keep tuning in for it and, as always, be creative!
Christopher Tallon is the author of the dark, adventurous, time-travel novel Switchers.
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