Creative Forces explores the lives of working creatives in various fields, from “The Directors,” to “The Musicians,” “To the Actors” to “The Designers.” Host Toni Bakal, the 2016 national "Best On-Air Personality' winner at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards, welcomes creative talents to join her in diving deeper into creativity, exploring themes & commonalities across various fields. Together they engage in a dialogue about the ins and outs of being a creative. Guests have worked at a range of powerhouse companies located in LA, SF, NY and here in the Coachella Valley.
Episode 01: 'The Animators'
Episode 02: 'The Musicians'
Episode 03: 'The Designers'
Episode 04: 'The Actors'
Episode 05: 'The Marketing Minds'
Episode 06: 'The Screenwriters'
Episode 07: 'The Editors'
Episode 08: 'The Directors'
EPISODE 01 | CREATIVE FORCES: 'THE ANIMATORS'
On this episode: Animators Matt Sullivan, based in LA and Ben Anderson, based in San Francisco discuss art being everywhere, where to find inspiration, the challenges you face trying to work creatively, and creatives having creative projects on the side. These two have worked at some amazing companies and have known each other for years, making for a fun and enlightening dialogue about being a rising creative in Animation.
EPISODE 02 | CREATIVE FORCES: 'THE MUSICIANS'
On this episode: Musicians Christina Reyes, from the Coachella Valley band CAXTON, and Doug Van Sant, also from a great Coachella Valley band, THE FLUSTERS, discuss creativity, collaborative rhythm with bandmates, the apprenticeship/mentorship mentality, the hardest part about being a working creative and what they want from music and listeners.
EPISODE 03 | Creative Forces: 'THE DESIGNERS'
On this episode: Designers Vanessa Koch, based in San Francisco, and Mike Arcangeli, based in LA, talk creativity being born from other creativity, where to find inspiration, how they got their design sensibility, working creatively with creative projects on the side, the power of limits, and they provide awesome wisdom for rising creatives.
EPISODE 04 | CREATIVE FORCES: 'THE ACTORS'
On this episode: THE ACTORS: Actress Natalie Hoy, based in New York, and actor Raef Lawson, based in LA, talk creativity, where they find inspiration, the advantages/challenges of growing up creative and how they wish things were different for rising creatives in their field.
Episode 05 | Creative Forces: 'THE MARKETING MINDS'
CMO & Co-Founder of Priority Bicycles, Connor Swegle, and Ian Cush, Marketing Director at The Coachella Valley Art Scene come together for an amazing dialogue about creativity, from balancing commerce & creativity, to creative development and inspiration, newness, the apprenticeship/mentorship mentality and creative environments, to advice for rising creatives.
Episode 06 | Creative Forces: 'THE SCREENWRITERS'
Toni talks with Ryan Trevino & Rob Dunn, who in 2014 made it to the Top 10 of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships screenwriting competition out of around 7,500 submissions. They discuss creativity, collaboration, inspiration, selling your craft, creating with goals & guidelines, and advice for rising creatives.
EPISODE 07 | CREATIVE FORCES: 'THE EDITORS'
On this episode of Creative Forces, Editors working in LA, Zach Dehm and Rosanne Tan discuss the creative process, inspiration, collaboration, building creative trust, adaptability and advice for rising creatives.
EPISODE 08 | CREATIVE FORCES: 'THE DIRECTORS'
Directors Mike Hoy and David Freid joined the dialogue about creativity back in the spring of 2016 and they discussed collaboration, where they find inspiration, the apprenticeship / mentorship mentality and offer advice for rising creatives.