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Interview: Wayne Bauman

In Australian, Musician on September 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

Wayne Bauman is passionate Australian musician, and has been performing on stage for more than half his life. He has been playing the guitar in a Melbourne based band, Dialysis, since its formation in 2004. Music is the cornerstone of his life, and one of his greatest joys is found in writing new music that captures the whole range of human emotion. I managed to haul him out of the recording studio long enough to answer my questions.

1)   What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool?

I play guitar in an original four pieve prog rock band called Dialysis and have been doing so for the past eight years. I like that with this style of music it is easy to blur the lines between genres such as pop, rock and metal. It makes it very easy to get your emotions out artistically and reach a wider audience.

2)   How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?

We as a band are currently recording a new EP for release and distribution. After the departure of our previous vocalist we now have an amazing female vocalist named Mauze who has opened up many doors both musically and creatively.

3)   What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of?

I am very proud of the music that I have made with Dialysis and the CDs and live DVDs we have produced. And the fact that we have been able to do so independently and have been able to forge out own path makes me very proud.

4)   What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?

My ability to listen and comment on pretty much any topic. Obviously that would actually require you talking to me first about something other than the weather. People don’t tend to talk as much as they did when I was growing up.

5)   If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be?

I would like to change people’s perceptions on popular art and culture. People who follow trends and follow what social media deems to be the “in thing” are mindless drones dancing to the tunes of corporate greed and exploitation. I think if we all opened our minds a little more and actually followed our own paths that we would be more open to see how amazing a lot of things truly are.

6)   If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?

Never give up on the things that you truly want. Music for me is a part of my soul in a way. I will never stop playing and never stop listening. If you give up on your dreams because you don’t “make it” so to speak you are only doing yourself an injustice by doing so.

7)   What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?

I would like to tour overseas with my band. The opportunity is yet to arise and financially it has not been viable for us to pack our bags and try to make it on our own on the European music festival scene.

8)   What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?

I have let people in the past talk down to me and make me believe that I am not worthy of being happy and getting the things I want. The negative mind set is very hard to break once you find yourself in it. I will never let this happen again because I have learnt the value of self-belief and self-respect.

9)   If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?

I can often doubt decisions that I make and at the last minute try to back pedal out. Most of the time it is best to go with your gut instinct and live with the consequences than live your life jumping from one plan to another.

10)   If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?

I would like to learn how to play the piano properly. It is such a versatile instrument and because notation’s can be played with both hands as an instrument it is in many ways twice the artistic outlet over guitar.

11)   Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?

Yes over the next few months we will be releasing our new 5 song EP with our new vocalist. I believe it will be something that will open many doors for us. It is sonically everything I have ever wanted and more.

Thank you, Wayne, for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to know more about Dialysis, you can find them on Facebook.

Next Week: Kat Yares

Interview: Matthew Farmer

In Australian, Author, Copy writer on September 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

Matthew Farmer is an Australian copy writer, who recently added author to his resume with the release of his first novel, The Girl From Out Of Town. A long time writer for others, I was curious to see how Matthew would answer my questions now that he is also writing for himself.

1)   What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool, and why do you think that about it?

In my professional life a service I offer is Social Media Management. This service relies a lot on content, finding articles of interest and relevance to an audience, finding ways to grab a following and bring people to a business’s website.

I have done some hard work to find ways for content to be delivered to me. I think it is really cool that, when I get a new client, I can spend a day setting up content feeds, searching for and getting content sent to me. Content which is strong, and is appreciated and sometimes surprisingly good. I think it is cool that a little bit of hard work has made the flow on work easier for me.

2)   How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?

Three years sitting in the very same chair, in a claustrophobic office with literally no windows, talking to angry customers who were upset due to the machinations of an inept marketing department. I was going insane and really hated my job. So, after much discussion, it was decided I would venture forth on the road of freelance writer. I have always said I am a writer, so it was time to put my money where my mouth was.

I am certainly a happier person, everyone tells me so. And, other people have said- FINALLY! You should have done this AGES ago…

3)   What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of, and why are you proud?

My basketball refereeing. I was invited to attend A Grade Reffing school as others felt I was good enough. I passed the theory, twice, one of only 2 people to do so well in theory.

So now I am an A Grade referee. I have had many parents come up to me over the past few years and say what a good referee I am, and I am quite happy and proud that I passed the school so well. I am considered a senior referee, and often given the younger ref’s to mentor them.

4)   What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?

I am full of bluster. I am a large man with a jester’s hat, Hawaiian shirts, I smile a lot and laugh a lot and can get very excited when in a group of writers. However, I am still, after all this time, very insecure about my writing. Especially now that I am charging money for it. An example is today and yesterday, I was asked to write 150 words for a person going for local council. I had the brief, and wrote to the brief. I sent it to my contact, and didn’t hear anything for 3 hours. Now, it was because my contact was in a meeting, and the client took a while to get feedback to me, but all that time I was thinking- gawd, they don’t like it. They think I am a hack!

For this same job, I have written 3 re-writes of the original, with little tweaks here and there, which further makes me think- they don’t like me. I can’t get it right on the first go? I must suck!

I know it is a common call of the writer and artist, but with my extroverted outer shell, it is hard to tell that I still fear for the quality of my writing.

5)   If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be and why would you change it?

Acceptance and tolerance. I would love to change our reliance on money to survive, but right now, acceptance and tolerance.

Accept the fact that not everyone is the same, that people believe in different things, in different religious beliefs and sexual beliefs and stuff, and that is okay. It does not make them any better or worse than you. It does not make you right, and them wrong. It should not make them the focus of ridicule, insults, pain or violence.

Just everyone get along believing what they want, and accept that all this diversity is awesome

6)   If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?

If you like something, don’t stop liking it because others don’t. It might be tragically hard to like, say, the piano, through school and high school, where bullies and those who would cause damage, pick on you. But once you’re through that, you’ll regret not continuing with things you enjoyed doing.

7)   What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?

Go to the base camp of Mt Everest. I haven’t done it due to money, and physical conditioning.

8)   What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?

Not that I can think of, off the top of my head. Work in a factory, I guess. So little respect for the workers, just part of the bigger machine. Ugh. Eat Brussel Sprouts?

9)   If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?

Procrastination. It prevents me from being more productive and doing STUFF, including stuff outside.

10)   If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?

I am wanting to learn how to paint and mod up Nerf Guns, modify them visually; I want to learn to make cool ear rings out of lego and small star wars toys. Good fun and good to sell.

11)   Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?

Book 2 in my Girl From Out of Town trilogy, South of the Border. And look out for my monthly newsletter.

Thank you, Matthew, for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to know more about Matthew, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to sign up for his newsletter, you can do that here or at his website. His novel, The Girl From Out of Town, is available from Amazon and Smashwords.

Next Week: Wayne Bauman

Interview: Angus Templeton

In Actor, Australian, British, Director on September 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

Angus Templeton is a talented actor and director, who has spent the last few years roaming Germany and performing Shakespearean plays for school students. Raised in Australia, and currently based in the United Kingdom, he is preparing to return and embark on his next series of projects. Angus recently took the time to answer my questions.

1)   What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool?

As an actor, I think one of the most fun things to do is fall in love on stage – in fact, anything which involves heightened emotion. I was recently in Much Ado About Nothing playing Claudio, and tearing into Hero at the wedding was my favourite part of the show.

And in a broader sense – being in Shakespeare. Where everything you say is laden with huge amounts of meaning, but rolls off the tongue quickly and easily. I love Shakespeare for that reason.

When I’m a director – it’s the moment where you’re watching other people watch the show for the first time. Hearing the laughter and the silence when the audience is really pulled into the play. I find it hard to be aware, when I’m on stage, of whether what I’m doing is working or not, but as a director being able to watch it, and see that it works and works well is probably the coolest

2)   How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?

Well, I was lucky. Very lucky actually. Being an actor is about pushing yourself as much as possible at everything that’s out there – being a successful actor anyway. I’ve never been very good at that, so I was lucky that I auditioned for the right company when I saw that they had an opening.

3)   What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of?

Learning how to cook? Man I don’t know.

Oh! Wait – when I wrote a bunch of sketches a few years ago with a friend, and getting to see people laugh at something I did. That was probably the thing I’m most proud of.

4)   What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice?

I’m quite shy and retiring, at heart. And I get over that by trying really hard not to be.

And alcohol.

5)   If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be?

I’d make Australia a bilingual country, so I knew more than the one language. Probably German.

But maybe French. Chicks dig French.

6)   If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?

If you want to get anywhere, in any timely fashion in the creative industry, you need to do whatever it is you want to do (acting/directing/writing) 100% of the time. You need to push yourself at every opportunity there is, and take every job offered. Only when you start getting paid, consistently, for what you do, can you start to be discerning.

7)   What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet?

I haven’t directed a Shakespeare play. And I haven’t because I’ve lacked the confidence/experience.

But chances are I won’t be able to say that in about four or five months.

8)   What is something that you have sworn to never do again?

I will never again be attracted to someone in a show I’m directing. It’s distracting, and clouds your judgement.

9)   If you could break one personal habit, what would it be?

My addiction to procrastination.

10)   If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be?

Wind surfing. I’ve always enjoyed that. But I never have the time or opportunity.

11)   Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?

One day I’d really like to see a modern version of Les Misérables. I’m sick and tired of the current one. I think it’d be fun to see it set in Paris now.

Thank you, Angus, for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to know more about  Angus, you can find him on Facebook and occasionally on Twitter.

Next Week: Matthew Farmer

Interview: Tania McCartney

In Australian, Author, Editor, Publisher on September 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Tania McCartney is the perfect example of what happens when you give a determined woman too much coffee, because I can’t imagine how she could maintain her schedule without it and still look as full of life as she does. An author, editor, publisher and a book reviewer, this Australian is also an ACT Ambassador for the National Year of Reading. She is passionate about children’s literacy, which is why you might recognise her name in connection with Kids Book Review and the Riley series of books. Despite all of that going on, she also managed to release Beijing Tai Tai and Australian Story this year.  Tania recently took the time to answer my questions.

1)   What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool?

I get to ‘play’ with words and eventually have them touch people’s lives – especially children. Watching kids’ faces light up when reading my stories is surreal and utterly cool.

2)   How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?

Hard work. Dedication. Tenacity. A deep love of writing and books.

3)   What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of?

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be an Ambassador for the National Year of Reading. I’m passionate about literacy, so to be recognised for this was a Life Moment. I’m proud of the way I manage to balance family with career. I don’t always succeed but I do make it a priority.

4)   What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice?

Self-awareness.

5)   If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be?

That everyone should be more self-aware. If people could look openly and honestly at the impact they’re having on others and the world, we would be a much happier, healthier and more balanced race of people. I also think we need to laugh more. I know I do.

6)   If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?

Do what you love and never give up.

7)   What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet?

Spend three months of the year on a writing sabbatical – each time in a different part of the world. New York, the Amalfi Coast, Santorini and Norway would be a nice start.

8)   What is something that you have sworn to never do again?

Allow anyone to take advantage of my kindness.

9)   If you could break one personal habit, what would it be?

Sitting on my butt all day (writing).

10)   If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be?

I’d love to learn to juggle and do backflips. I’d love to be fluent-multi-lingual – and skiing is something I absolutely know I would love.

11)   Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?

A totally new genre of books than I’m used to writing. I’m busting with new concepts.

Thank you, Tania, for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you would like to know more about Tania, you can visit her website, her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter. Kids Book Review has enough resources to boggle the mind, so if you’re as passionate about literacy as Tania is, it’s worth a read.

Next Week: Angus Templeton

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