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Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes podcast hosted by Michael Gibson, Jr.! Here we will be speaking with some of the creative people in and around North Texas and beyond. Avert Your Eyes! Consider yourself warned!
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Mar 27, 2017

 

Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes Podcast, hosted by Michael Gibson, Jr. Here we talk with some of the most creative people within North Texas and beyond. We would love to hear your feedback!

This episode's guest is Shaun McAlister. After graduating from the Art Institute of Dallas in 2004 and spending nearly 10 years in the world of entertainment and agency marketing, Shaun struck out on his own to live his personal dream of being successfully self-employed. These days, instead of toiling away in a cubicle working 40-60 hours per week, he puts his passion to work by working directly with the businesses, organizations and artists seeking his professional creative services. He specializes in web design, graphic design, video production, motion graphics and photography, with clients ranging from international corporations to nonprofits and family-owned businesses.

We discuss the benefits of working from home, some of the changes in technology through the years, leaving your mark, and so much more on episode 16 of the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned! Visit Shaun's website here! Check out the Afroman music video he worked on and much more here!

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Feb 5, 2017

Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes Podcast, hosted by Michael Gibson, Jr. Here we talk with some of the most creative people within North Texas and beyond. We would love to hear your feedback!

This episode's guest is Leoncarlo Canlas. He is a renowned violinist located in Denton, Texas. Leoncarlo has collaborated with a number of Texas bands including Seryn and Botany. D Magazine labeled him a "One-Man Orchestra" and his debut solo album, Still Forms, is out now. He is set to perform at SXSW 2017.

We discuss how he creates his big symphonic sound, his musical inspirations, devotion and so much more on episode 15 of the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

Leoncarlo's album, Still Forms, is out now. You can check it out and more at his website or follow him on twitter.

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Jan 29, 2017

Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes Podcast, hosted by Michael Gibson, Jr. Here we talk with some of the most creative people within North Texas and beyond. We would love to hear your feedback!

If you are a pet parent, listen up! This episode's guest is Jenny Clifton. I met her several years ago while we were studying and performing improv in Fort worth. She has recently created an app called the Pet Health Diary which allows pet owners to effectively partner with their vet to provide the best care for their pet. You can create a detailed, customized health records for your pets, track symptoms and medication dosage, and easily share details with your vet or pet sitter.

We discuss her new app, her love of Oak Cliff, reminiscing about some of the  technologies we grew up with, the importance of trying new things, her travels in Germany, capturing the moment, changes in social media/marketing, and much more on episode #14 of the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

You  can follow Jenny Clifton via twitter @estrojen1193. Don't forget to download her free Pet Health Diary app, and if you are going to the Dallas Pet Expo which is May 20th and 21st, 2017 at Dallas Market Hall, be sure to stop by her booth and say hello!

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Jan 23, 2017

This episode's guest is Danny Gallagher, a freelance comedy writer, blogger and reporter. His comedy and feature writing work has appeared in the Dallas Observer, CNET.com, Cracked, The Onion AV Club, Mental_Floss, Manslife.com, Aol, Maxim and Dollar Shave Club amoung many other print and online publications. In addition, he has written for Jackbox Games on several of their titles including Quiplash, Fibbage 2 and Trivia Murder Party. Danny performs improv comedy for ComedySportz Dallas and the Alternative Comedy Theater as well as performing and writing for several live comedy game and panel shows.

Most recently, he wrote jokes and sketches for the Birthday Roast of Stan Lee at the Marvelous Nerd Year's Eve including a sketch starring voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen who you might recognize as Pinky and the Brain. We discuss his start as a crime and entertainment reporter in East Texas, becoming a freelance writer in the DFW metroplex, and his experiences writing for video games and for the Roast of Stan Lee. Visit his website www.dannygallagher.net.

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Jan 2, 2017

This episode's guest is Teresa Nguyen. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and owner of the RED iD Agency, a branding agency she started in 2008 that has worked on PR, marketing or advertising aspects for a very diverse list of clients, including an airline, authors, fashion designers, restaurants, film festivals Japanese pop-stars, and casinos. We discuss creating a business, letting your passion drive you, and much more on episode 12 of the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Dec 18, 2016

Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes Podcast, where we talk with some of the most creative people in and around North Texas and beyond. This episode's guest is Dana Schultes. She is Executive Producer at the Stage West Theater in Fort Worth, an actress and anime fans may know her work with Funimation where she played Mrs. Bradley in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. We discuss, her journey into acting, the history and entrepreneurial spirit that Stage West was created in, and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Dec 5, 2016

This episode's guest is photographer Lisa Campbell. We discuss living in the moment, style versus technique, how technology affected the art of photography, and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Oct 23, 2016

Welcome to the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! This episode's guest is filmmaker Monika Watkins of Bird Set Free Films. We discuss her upcoming documentary film 'From Selma To New York' about the Tuskegee Airman Dabney Montgomery, some of the challenges of film making, growing up in Atlanta and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Oct 16, 2016

This episode's guest is actress Ellena Weber. She's done work on stage including some with the Art Institute of Dallas, among others. I must caution those of you that might be sensitive, as we do get descriptive in this episode. But, we had a rather deep and insightful discussion. We touch on her battle with cancer, her love of the stage, her experiences with auditioning, and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Oct 9, 2016

This episode's guest is Winn LaRue. She is an actor, an improvisor, and a voice over talent. We discuss her path to improv, creating fear, striving to make higher percentage choices both in life and on stage, and much more  on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Oct 3, 2016

This episode's guest is Russ Sharek. He is the Director of the Circus Freaks, a circus ensemble that makes unusual acts of theater and other forms of professional-grade whimsy. We get deep and discuss such topics as what brought him around to becoming a clown, the creation of Open Stage, and the importance of bringing back a sense of play, fighting the idea of being cool, and being in the moment on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Sep 26, 2016
This episode's guest is actor Vernon Reeves, Jr. We discuss his former career as a football coach, his time acting on various projects including his recent films Sacrament and Spirit Riders and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Sep 17, 2016

This episode's guest is comedian Byron Stamps, a Mississippi native who recently stepped away from his job as a high school teacher to follow his dream of performing comedy full time. I was very honored to sit down with Mr. Stamps and pick his brain on comedy, his background as a teacher, his decision to ultimately give up teaching, and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Sep 12, 2016

Today's guest is the writer Cathy Bible! We get to talking about comedy, the writing process, her experience in producing and directing first hand and much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast! Consider yourself warned!

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Sep 5, 2016

This week we sit down with Lauren Brizendine, an improvisor with the 4 Day Weekend's house team The Hammock District. We discuss improv, writing, faith, growing up in the 80's, and so much more on the Avert Your Eyes Podcast. Consider yourself warned.

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Aug 28, 2016

The inaugural podcast! This episode features a discussion with Dallas/Fort Worth improvisor and comic, Chris Clements.

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