Creative Ops | Ep.19 | Peter Taras – Surf Photographer, Storyteller, Wine Reviewer, & Fun Dude

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Peter Taras is an icon in the world of surf photography, starting in the profession at a young age. With his magazine days behind him, Peter continues to tell stories with his amazing pictures on Stellar Storytellers, and has fun with his wine reviews on his Instagram. He has collaborated with Jonathan Freeman on the Ultra Core Surf Hour. Hilarious. He’s also part of the Kook of the Day series. Also hilarious. Go check him out!

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The Big Twitter Pitch Contest (A Publishing Update), Upcoming Podcast Stuff, & Whatever Else I Wanna Talk About!

@TallonWrites tweet from #pitmad in March 2021

Let’s start with the Twitter stuff, since I put it first in the title.

Twitter Story Pitch Contest…

#pitmad is what the cool kids call it. And the uncool adults. Like me. Anyway, it’s this Twitter thing for writers that happens quarterly. (That’s once every 3 months, dumb-dumb.) Basically everyone who ever wrote a book–no matter how good or awful–wants to get a literary agent, so they all pitch their manuscripts on a tweet and see what happens. More or less. Mine looked like this:

My #pitmad pitch
No love from the people I needed the love from. Shoot.

I got some retweets (which is what you want), but no likes from agents (which is what you really want). I spent too much time on my phone yesterday because of it. Lost time I’ll never get back. That’s kind of how I feel about it at this moment, having not gotten the interest I was hoping for.

It’s part of being a writer–the rejection–but it still sucks. Not like a kick in the gut, but like when you’re a kid and you keep asking if you’re there yet. That’s how I feel. The book is done, actual writers have read it and said, “You gotta try to get this published.” But, so far, to no avail. So I’m a little salty, I guess.

Now, if I had gotten an offer, or at least someone’s attention, sure, I’d be like, “It was awesome, guys!” But that’s not what happened. And that’s fine. Everyone’s path is different, and all that shit.

If You’d Like to Read My Book…

Moving forward, if anyone reading this would like to read my manuscript, I can email you a word.doc or Drive link, or whatever. I’d like more people I don’t know (IRL) to read it, ya know? Get feedback from someone you don’t have to carpool with and have that uncomfortable moment:

“Did you read my book?”

“Oh…yeah.”

“What did you think?”

“It was…very…uh…imaginative.”

HAHAHAHAHA! You can simply say, “Wasn’t for me, homie,” and I will not be offended. You can give me simple feedback, or notes on character development/authenticity, plot holes, or anything that makes you go, I’m not sure what you’re trying to do here….

There’s a (slightly) better description of my book Switchers on my website. If you want to read all, or even some–I’ll take notes on the first few pages, for sure!!!–then email me and I’ll be happy to reply with as much of it as you’d like to read. No commitments. If you don’t end up reading it, you don’t have to worry about angry follow ups from me. I’m happy when someone reads it, I don’t really care too much if they don’t–for whatever reason.

OK, I’m done with that.

Podcast Stuff from the Host of Creative Ops (AKA: Me!)

If you listen to Creative Ops then, first of all: Thank You.

If you don’t, then all you really need to know is that it’s a podcast for creative people, by creative people. I talked to an award winning cannabis farmer, an Academy Award winning visual effects artist, musicians, novelists, painters, a festival organizer, business owners, and more.

Check out my new sponsor: IRIE Kitchen!

Upcoming Guests:

  • Surf Magazine veteran photographer/cinematographer
  • A metal drummer who played in a Final Fantasy tribute band
  • A professional painter/enterprenuer
  • The poet laureate of Grand Rapids, MI
  • a few others who I’ll mention as we get closer to the summer!

Here’s the last few episodes:

Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more! Creative Ops

As a young child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Vincent Mcintosh dreamed of being a businessman, owning 250 restaurants, and living life on his terms. Now in his mid-20s, he joined Creative Ops–online from the restaurant–to talk about his path on that journey. At 17 he dropped out college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. At 19 he founded IRIE Kitchen (organic, Caribbean street food) restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only is it the first fully-organic restaurant in the area, Vince is also the youngest restauranteur in Grand Rapids history! In 2019 he co-founded Irie Lemon, a media company with Liz (The Lemon Bowl) every week the give us tips on entrepreneurship and how to build the life you want. Together, they co-host Passion to Profit Podcast. … Shout out to Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, Hey Guys Media, and IRIE's social media genius, Corinne Bass (on IG @corinnesconnections)! … Thanks as always. -CT http://www.christophertallon.com
  1. Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more!
  2. Creative Ops | Ep. 22 | Jennifer Soucy (Again!) – Horror, Books & Movies, Writing & Publishing, and Friend Talk
  3. Creative Ops | Ep.21 | Randi Ford – Art, Entrepreneurship, & Flow
  4. Creative Ops | Ep.20 | Jake Bryan – HEARTSICK Drummer & Music Lover
  5. Creative Ops | Ep.19 | Peter Taras – Surf Photographer, Storyteller, Wine Reviewer, & Fun Dude
  6. Creative Ops | Ep.18 | Mike "Auggie" Augustine – Escape Rooms, Games, & Experiential Design
  7. Creative Ops | Ep.17 | Jeff Hull of Nonchalance – Participatory Arts & Situational Design
  8. Creative Ops | Ep.16 | Nate Williams – Entrepreneur, Kayak Guide, Travel Gigger, and CaRV (car-VEE) Enthusiast
  9. Creative Ops | Ep.15 | Drunken Podcasting w/ Justin D'Autremont – Host of Drunk Conspiracies Podcast
  10. Creative Ops | Ep.14 | 2020 Performance Review: Year One Reflections w/ Jason Tieri

Random…

A Tale of Two Coffee Shops

I went to two different coffee shops last week. The End.

Kiddiiiiiinnng…. The first one was a local shop. I went in, talked to the manager, and found out: he’s super creative. He makes animations, sculpts, makes woodcuts. And he’s planning on quitting his job soon to do creative shit full time. So. Cool. Makes me glad to see people gettin it! Gives me hope too, I suppose.

I went into a different coffee shop (a big chain…) and had a different experience. I ordered a coffee (duh) and tried to pay with a $100 bill. Why? Because I’m a baller, my life is dope, and I do dope shit. That’s why. Ahem…

So I hand it out and she says, “We don’t take anything over $20.”

So apparently, corporate coffee doesn’t accept American money. I thought, Must be so they have to keep less change on hand, so I asked, Why the policy?

“Someone ripped off one of the stores with a fake-hundred once, so now we don’t take them.”

Apparently no one told them people counterfeit smaller bills too.

Dumb.

I’m Smarter Than My Dad!

He’s always been a smart cookie, my dad. To the point that it was sometimes frustrating to stay in a conversation with him. But now that he’s in his 70s, we have conversation bits like this:

“I got a new sponsor for the podcast, dad.”

“Who is it?”

IRIE Kitchen. They make organic Caribbean street food.”

“Like what?”

“They had a fried fish sandwich special last weekend.”

“I don’t think of seafood when I think Caribbean food. But I guess those island are close to water.”

Yes, dad. Islands are usually close to water. Glad to see you’re staying sharp.

(Don’t worry, he won’t read this, LOL. (And he’s doing fine.))

Abbity-abbity-abbity…That’s All, Folks

Little old school Looney Tunes throwback.

That’s it, kiddies! I got blogs to write so I can get money for coffee. Speaking of which, if you’d like to support my writing and/or podcasting, I need drink money. Buy me a coffee?

Let me know if you wanna read my book. If you like the podcast, rate it and share it with a super hip, cool friend, maaaaaan.

Later!

-CT

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Game Time: A Brilliant Mind and a Great Guy (in One!)

Creative Ops is a podcast for creative people, by creative people. We get to know the creator, their process, and talk about the stuff they make. Artists, musicians, professionals, parents, medical pros, etc...

Hey Folks!

I interviewed Mike “Auggie” Augustine on the lasest episode (#18) of Creative Ops (A Podcast for Creative People, by Creative People). Download it here.

Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more! Creative Ops

As a young child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Vincent Mcintosh dreamed of being a businessman, owning 250 restaurants, and living life on his terms. Now in his mid-20s, he joined Creative Ops–online from the restaurant–to talk about his path on that journey. At 17 he dropped out college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. At 19 he founded IRIE Kitchen (organic, Caribbean street food) restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only is it the first fully-organic restaurant in the area, Vince is also the youngest restauranteur in Grand Rapids history! In 2019 he co-founded Irie Lemon, a media company with Liz (The Lemon Bowl) every week the give us tips on entrepreneurship and how to build the life you want. Together, they co-host Passion to Profit Podcast. … Shout out to Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, Hey Guys Media, and IRIE's social media genius, Corinne Bass (on IG @corinnesconnections)! … Thanks as always. -CT http://www.christophertallon.com
  1. Creative Ops | Ep.23 | Vincent Mcintosh, owner of IRIE Kitchen, talks cooking, education, business, being first-generation, and more!
  2. Creative Ops | Ep. 22 | Jennifer Soucy (Again!) – Horror, Books & Movies, Writing & Publishing, and Friend Talk
  3. Creative Ops | Ep.21 | Randi Ford – Art, Entrepreneurship, & Flow
  4. Creative Ops | Ep.20 | Jake Bryan – HEARTSICK Drummer & Music Lover
  5. Creative Ops | Ep.19 | Peter Taras – Surf Photographer, Storyteller, Wine Reviewer, & Fun Dude
  6. Creative Ops | Ep.18 | Mike "Auggie" Augustine – Escape Rooms, Games, & Experiential Design
  7. Creative Ops | Ep.17 | Jeff Hull of Nonchalance – Participatory Arts & Situational Design
  8. Creative Ops | Ep.16 | Nate Williams – Entrepreneur, Kayak Guide, Travel Gigger, and CaRV (car-VEE) Enthusiast
  9. Creative Ops | Ep.15 | Drunken Podcasting w/ Justin D'Autremont – Host of Drunk Conspiracies Podcast
  10. Creative Ops | Ep.14 | 2020 Performance Review: Year One Reflections w/ Jason Tieri

Auggie is a brilliant mind and great guy. In 2016, Auggie placed 5th world-wide in the Dyson Rethinkers Challenge. Then in 2018, Auggie won the Red Bull Mind Gamers Quantum Challenge. In 2019, his team placed 10th in the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship. He’s designed multiple rooms, including one in a hotel at the world championship for the competitors to play, that the hotel didn’t even know about, haha! He also had a hand in the SYGNYL podcast that I talked about on Ep.17!

 Check him out on social media @okapikid, and get in touch with him. He also has a website with a game built into it…www.okapikid.com.

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Creative Ops | Ep.18 | Mike “Auggie” Augustine – Escape Rooms, Games, & Experiential Design

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9ii6w-fc425c

Auggie is a brilliant mind and great guy. In 2016, Auggie placed 5th world-wide in the Dyson Rethinkers Challenge. Then in 2018, Auggie won the Red Bull Mind Gamers Quantum Challenge. In 2019, his team placed 10th in the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship. He’s designed multiple rooms, including one in a hotel at the world championship for the competitors to play, that the hotel didn’t even know about, haha! He also had a hand in the SYGNYL podcast that I talked about on Ep.17!

 Check him out on social media @okapikid, and get in touch with him. He also has a website with a game built into it…www.okapikid.com.

. . .

If you like the show, BUY ME A COFFEE!

Thanks to Jeff M. for the cup this morning!!!!!

. . .

CHECK OUT OUR SPONSORS:

If you want more, go to:

A Podcast for Creative People, by Creative People

Creative Ops is a creativity podcast. I interview different types of creatives and find out how they do their thing.

Hey!

How’s it going? Things are well at Creative Ops. If you didn’t know, that’s my podcast.

Creative Ops (A Podcast for Creative People, by Creative People)

What’s it about?

The tagline is: a podcast for creative people, by creative people. My claim to creativity is writing, and music a little bit. If you ever check out the show, the music at the beginning is me. But I generally call myself a creative enthusiast. I like stuff that’s creative and. . .cool. I can’t pinpoint exactly what makes something click for me–sometimes it’s a gardening thing, or some visual art. Definitely have a soft spot for music/musicicans, as well as writers. Games, storytelling, photography, technology, business. If I see someone doing something that didn’t have a clear blue print, and it isn’t just some other thing to me, I try to get them on my show to talk about what makes their creations special to me, to them, and how they do what they do, why, for how long, and so on and so forth.

So it’s about creativity as a whole, but each episode attempts to get into the creative headspace of the person/people I talk to. Whether you eat it, participate in it, look at it, listen to it, or whatever–if the person/people behind it are creative, I talk to them.

What’s the format

One-on-one (most of the time), long form (avg. time = approx. 1 hour), conversation-based interviews. It starts with a song I wrote called Longsleeves, which I posted the lyrics. It quickly fades into me doing add reads for Baby Farm Soaps, River Town Adventures, and Hey Guys Media Group. Then, before the interview plays, I talk about my guest a little for listener familiarity’s sake. Then the music kicks back on for 15 seconds or so, and cross fades into an early part of the on-going conversation. NO MID-SHOW ADD READS. EVER. WON’T DO THAT TO YOU FOLKS. CALL ME OUT IF I EVER DO, BY ALL MEANS. The conversation is minimally edited, mostly for redundancies, my stupid questions, excessive mouth noises (tongue clicks, hard sighs, etc…). But all said, I usually only cut a minute or so of total time. Maybe not even a minute. Just depends on the day.

How often does it come out?

Every other Monday. I post about it on social media with the hashtag #CreativeOpsMonday. My individual social links are at the bottom by the picture of that handsome bald fella.

Where can I listen to it?

If you want to listen on the computer (or however), go to www.christophertallon.com and click on the most recent episode (or whichever). Or go to the Creative Ops homepage for links and detailed show descriptions. We’re on Apple, Spotify, and all the others. Search [Creative Ops] or [Christopher Tallon]. If you do the latter, you’ll also see episodes of other shows I’ve guested on.

If you really like the podcast/ But you don’t know how to show it/ If you really like the podcast. . .

Tell someone else about it! That’s hands down the coolest thing you could do. All the rate, review, subscribe stuff is cool too. If you wanna take it one step further. . .you can go to Buy Me a Coffee (.com) and do exactly as described–buy me a coffee. Or it can be a shot, or a snack, or an Impossible Whopper. You tell me. I’m here for you. And the coffees (or whatevers!). Whenever I get the __________, I’ll take a picture and post it on the gram for ya!

Thanks for reading all the way through a shameless self-promo for my podcast. I hope you check out the episodes. I talked to entrepreneurs, an Academy Award winning visual effects artist, a Cannabis Cup winning grower/breeder, a stay-at-home mom with a badass hobby farm, a pair of hospital nurses, a west coast rapper, a midwest metal band, some novelists, and most recently the mind that inspired a reeeeeaaaally cool show on AMC called Dispatches from Elsewhere. I’ve got a poet laureate, long time surf photographer/cinematographer, a metal drummer, a professional painter, and a community activist (he’s more than that, but…you’ll see) ready to go, along with a few returning guests who are simply waiting for their newest projects to be ready.

Thanks for considering giving it a listen. Holla at me on IG! Send me a link to something cool, or show me what kinda creative shenanigans you’ve gotten into.

Later folks.

-CT

Christopher Tallon

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