Ep016 - Jeremy Hanson, chef, entrepreneur and mentor

Despite the busy holiday season and schedule, we made it happen!

Jeremy and I have been trying to schedule a recording session since this summer. For those of you that remember, I met Jeremy while I was on site at Black Label Brewery, interviewing one of the owners. Jeremy asked about the podcast, asked why I was doing it and liked the concept. He shared his contact info on a tray you would serve fries in at a burger joint. I kept that paper tray in my bag until it was time to start finding new guests to record.

This is another episode where I had yet to really get to know the guest beyond simple introductions. Despite unfamiliarity, Jeremy and I connected quickly; at only 30 minutes in we were discussing the concept of regulatory bodies. That definitely was a subject I didn’t intend to bring up, but it also speaks to how swiftly our comfort level developed with the episode and each other. Both Jeremy and I have significant experience with the FDA, ISO, USDA, WSDA and others. Something I didn’t expect was how engaging that part of the discussion became. There was obvious passion and feeling behind our words. It was refreshing, breaking off prepared questions and unearthing content that truly affects everyone of us on a daily basis. This part of the discussion even sparked potential work between Jeremy and I on his film “Buen Provecho”. 

Walking around with Jeremy and having him explain all the different restaurants and operations really made me love this part of the gig. Something about carrying around my computer, mic and a notebook full of questions, coupled with meeting new people and working together to create an enticing piece for the audience. It just feels genuine.

It’s been a year since we started this podcast. I say “we” because both the guests and those behind the scenes are as much a part of this as I am. I’m ecstatic the podcast exists and continues to grow. It’s taught me to be more comfortable, flexible, professional, confident, and most importantly, how to look at a subject and extract engaging bits for the world to marinate on. I have lots of ideas, but the other lesson is to make sure you’re putting full focus into the project. Otherwise leave it alone. No sense in doing anything half-arsed.

We have some big plans for the podcast in 2019, and if you’ve been involved with the blog and episodes until this point, you know what those plans are. In short – new equipment, new segments, and exploring existing content for purposes of expanding it. The notion of working with Jeremy to help with his film also births ideas in my mind. In particular, specifying a message or vision then working on a delivery that pulls different strings in the audience’s psyche. What that message is, or it’s purpose, are questions I can’t answer at the moment. But I’m thinking about them, and I’m surprised the idea didn’t come sooner.

Along the same vein; there was a project in a digital media course at WSU where we had to create a PSA (public service announcement). This is 2009-2010ish so my message was “Don’t text and drive.” iPhones had only begun to take over but everyone still had a mobile. The condition of the project was the message could only use audio. I found the sound samples I wanted and created a back and forth scenario of someone driving with noises of a phone keyboard cracking away. It then cut to a child’s playground, complete with music that sounds like its coming from a wind-up toy box. Back and forth it cuts until the car is screeching to a crash into the playground and the music continues for a moment until it fades to silence. Finally, my ominous words, “Don’t text and drive.”

Cold and as dark as a David Fincher film, I thought it would resonate. Simply put, I’m a fan of scare tactics. But the message doesn’t have to be dark or depressing to get people to think. Watching Jeremy’s passion with Buen Provecho reminds me of Michael Dyrland’s HazMat Surfing project we talked about way back in beginning of the year.

As I write the conclusion to this post, a few truly exciting stones have fallen for the podcast. I’ve pulled the trigger on upgrading the mics and purchased the Zoom H5. Aaron got me squared away with FAQ and getting the full functionality out of the H5. Trevor is writing up content to prepare for our first episode and tomorrow I’ll join Mitch and Sam on the Cinetherapy podcast to create a joint episode that both Amalgam and Cinetherapy will publish! After those two episodes are published, I’ll have an exciting new pair of guests lined up for the first official episode of Amalgam on the new equipment. Needless to say we have new content on the horizon and our work cut out for us.

Cheers to 2019, I hope we all work hard and enjoy the progress.

- CM

What's Happenin' | Monologue 01 recap and new ideas

Boom we are back!

If you've listened to the first monologue episode, you know big ideas are swirling in my brain right now.  These ideas are ambitious, daring, and most importantly, difficult to pull off.  I introduced the new segment as an opportunity to record future episodes alone and provide my own thoughts on a subject or issue.  During that time I had some new ideas for future segments, one of which I'm hoping will happen this fall or earlier.  That would be Follow Ups.

Simply put, previous guests would be given the opportunity to interview me and check in with what has happened since they recorded their original episode.  Aaron (episode 001) came up with the idea to have the guest interview me and it's a stroke of genius.  I'm stoked for the concept because in some of the episodes, especially the earlier ones, the conversation seemed to just begin.  I'm hoping old and future guests are open to the idea of making another appearance on the podcast.  It would be cool give them an opportunity to steer the ship if they so desired.  That leads me into the second idea we have for a new segment, and again, Aaron suggested something to add another dimension to the segment's concept.

There have been a few people who have reached out to me about starting a podcast.  A new segment for Amalgam would give those ambitious souls the opportunity to publish an episode under our banner.  Aaron's suggestion brings himself and his business partner into the mix, to critique and provide priceless feedback to improve the "show" this person would have created.  Obviously this could turn into a few different channels under the Amalgam banner making this band of misfits a full blown network of content.  Imagine that!

This leads me into the most exciting and final bit of news concerning the Amalgam Network!  We are introducing a new show called...

Talkin' Sports with Corb N' Trev

We all know that one person in our life, the sports fiend.  The guy or gal who can name the alma mater of 90% of players on the field, at anytime.  They watch cricket and don't live across the pond.  Their phone battery is constantly drained from endless updates, because they follow too many teams. Any spare moment, no matter the social environment, is for watching highlights.  Sports radio drones through car speakers on the way to work, they flip through updates between the parking lot and their desk, then it's a fresh serving of reading headlines with their morning coffee.  Do I need to explain this type of person anymore? I could, but I think you get it.

I am blessed to know a few people like this.  One is my cousin Zach and another is my buddy Trevor.  These two know more about sports than most of my other friends and family combined.  These guys fasten a drip of ESPN into their veins at night when they sleep.  They're actually super weird about it.  Zach spent one family reunion screaming at the tv in our cabin because the World Cup was on.  

Trevor and I worked together at the WSU Creamery down in Pullman, WA. We had met and become friends beforehand, but becoming colleagues at the greatest job a college student could have was a both hilarious and only the beginning.  Over the better part of a decade, Trevor and I had the fortune of our own friends becoming friends with each other and now we're one big happy bro fam.  We've recently gotten deep into UFC and creating a fantasy league around that organization.

I've wanted to create a new show with a second host that can grow and develop on its own.  Ideally the host opposite me would have a vast knowledge of their craft or subject and really provide the meat and potatoes for the content.  I can do my thing and keep it all together, provide an alternative perspective and then it becomes another big opportunity to grow creatively.  Aaron (the mensch) has already shown me how to setup new channels and Trev is working away on episode format as we speak.  This new channel is going to be a crazy fun time.  I've been able to move past my creative block and have some new ideas to compliment all the new content to come.

There are a slew of guests lined up for the original podcast.  I'm working on scheduling times and preparing interview questions.  Hopefully I can get these folks recorded soon.  The desire to purchase new equipment has been growing, but there are significant opportunities for improvement on the horizon.  Drawing significant conversation out of these next few guests is what I want most for the podcast right now.

Thanks for checking out the latest post, I hope you share my excitement for the projects to come. It feels great to carry momentum forward after some restructuring and time constraints.   My full time job has a surprise audit by the FDA next week so, that's a fun time.  We've already had two scheduled audits this year and that season was definitely supposed to be over.  Keeping us on our toes in 2018 - wouldn't have it any other way.