The nsavides Podcast is for creative people and visionaries who rely on collaboration to do amazing things. Past guests have worked on films like 12 Years a Slave, Forrest Gump, and The Amazing Spider-Man, written bestselling books and won Emmys, an Oscar, and a National Book Award, just to name a few.
Before I tell you more about the show, let me introduce myself. I’m Nick Savides, a filmmaker in Baton Rouge and host of this podcast. I started the podcast to learn more about the various aspects of filmmaking and the art of collaboration, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.
Filmmaking is a collaborative art, but it’s not the only one. So is music, and that’s one reason why music coverage is another big part of this podcast.
Writers and visual artists are also doing collaborative work, in that they develop their artistic sensibilities in context to and in dialogue with what has come before, and I’ve done interviews with a few writers and artists as well.
Why focus on collaboration?
Some of my most enjoyable creative moments have come when there was a sense of friendly camaraderie with others. On the other hand, toxic collaborations can discourage me like few things can. Maybe you can relate?
All that to say, I didn’t focus on collaboration because I started out as an expert in the area. I just have an incentive to get it right. I still have a lot to learn but the show’s helped me flesh out my thoughts on the topic, hear from world-class artists and industry leaders, and put what I’ve learned into practice.
In truth, collaboration is something that affects all of us, whether we realize it or not. It’s just not something many of us focus on while trying to distinguish ourselves. Nothing wrong with individual achievement. It’s just that success can be more enjoyable and more impactful when it’s pursued as a team sport.
If you come along with a curious mind and an open heart, we might just learn a few things together, get to know each other, and maybe even grow into better versions of ourselves along the way.
What to Check Out
To get a better sense of the show, check out the Best Of page. They represent some of the interviews I’ve done that stick out for one reason or another. The page includes a variety of topics, so take a look and see what interests you.
The nsavides Podcast grew out of an interaction that happened at the Louisiana International Film Festival, and doing festival coverage has become a key part of the show. Festivals are supercharged collaborative events, after all, and they offer plenty of opportunities to put to practice some of the things we talk about on the podcast. To find the festivals covered by the podcast and hear related episodes click here.
Doing a podcast interview with actress Laura Cayouette gave me a chance to get to know her better. We realized that we both wanted to do an actor outreach and developed our #KnowMonologues Challenge as a result. Almost 90 actors submitted a video monologue, which far exceeded our expectations. Even more impressive to us was the number of submissions that featured professional-caliber performances. The success of our #KnowMonologues Challenge is a testament to the power of collaboration, and I’m proud of the community we brought together through it.
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To subscribe to just the music and sound related episodes on iTunes, click here.
You can say hello, share feedback, or offer suggestions for future episodes by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by.