Creation Grounds
Creation Grounds
Arron Lloyd
The Creation Grounds Podcast is a podcast in which in each episode, I interview primarily diverse actors, writers, and other people in creative industries to bring awareness to what they are doing and involved in, to deconstruct how they got to where they are, inspiration, motivation and specific actionable tools, tactics and strategies that you can apply to your own life as an artist and as a human. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more. Guests have ranged from Series Regulars on Grey's Anatomy, Grammy nominee broadway writers to up and comer's who you will know very soon. Join me and these amazing artists while building the life you dream of and deserve.
Episode 62 - Zoe Malik - Full Frontal W/ Samantha Bee, How to Determine Accurate Research from False Research, Tech & More
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Level up in your career & book more consistent work with an easy to use online tool that tracks audition & workshop metrics at Auditiontrackers.com ________ Zoe Malik is a NYU grad and has a background in research. She is a writer and producer and currently a news producer on "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee." She works frequently with the Tryguys podcast More from Zoe: Interview ________ Some Questions I Ask: Background on what she does. (2:09) On "line checks." (3:49) What draws you to research? (5:14) What are your favorite things to research? (8:03) Thoughts on technology, social media - the good and bad? (10:55) On joke creation and balancing the comedy and facts (13:55) As a researcher how do you determine accurate facts vs fabricated facts? (16:50) How, if at all, does a person with a background in science view art differently than an artist without a science background? (18:58) What is the typical day of a news producer like? (21:45) Advice to anyone interested in that wants to get in your field? (25:45) What excites you most in your career right now? (29:45) When you think of the word "creative" who comes to mind and why? (32:28) On humanity (34:33) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Dec 15, 2021
37 min
Episode 61 - Tylie Shider - On his new play “Labor”, & the hustle of navigating the industry
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Level up in your acting career & book more consistent work with an easy to use online tool that tracks audition & workshop metrics at: Auditiontrackers.com ________ IG: Insta Website: Tylie Working on: Labor ________ TyLie Shider is the recipient of the 2021-22 Liberty Live Commission at Premiere Stages, a 2020-21 Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow, and an I Am Soul Playwright Resident at the National Black Theatre. His plays include Parable of the Backyard Roots (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Finalist), Bastard, Platform States of Mind and Talk. His work has been developed by The Kennedy Center, Liberation Theatre Company, Dixon Place, La MaMa, Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Harlem 9, Homebase Theatre Collective, 3:5 Creative[s], Yendor Arts, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, Joust Theatre co., New York New Works Theater Festival, and The Theater Project. Awards include: Drama Desk from Delaware State University, and The Theater Project's One-Act competition 2015 Best Play and Audience Favorite. Member: Dramatist Guild of America, 2018 Playwright in residence at the Liberation Theatre Company, 2019-20 Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow, and the 2020-21 The Civilians R&D Group. He holds a BA in journalism from Delaware State University and an MFA in playwriting from New York University. ___________ Some Questions I Ask: What draws you to writing? (2:00) On the day he started to write. (2:32) What about playwrighting specifically interests you? (3:04) What's process of writing? Does it vary project to project or is it the same? (4:31) What inspires you or most interests you currently? (5:54) Where did inspiration for your new play "Labor" come from? (7:50) What is "Labor" about? (9:45) On working with actors with a new play. (12:27) What distinguishes character voice on the page? How do you make them different on the page? (13:24) What is process of a writer bringing their work to theaters & getting their work in front of producers? (16:59) What advice do you have for aspiring writers? (18:26) When you think of the word "creative" who comes to mind for you and why? (20:24) How can people connect with you? (21:32) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Nov 22, 2021
23 min
Episode 60 - Perry James - Digging into family roots, Family member & World War 1 Hero? & Creating historical novel.
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Level up in your career & book more consistent work with an easy to use online tool that tracks audition & workshop metrics at Auditiontrackers.com ________ Website: Sgt. Lloyd WWI Sergeant Perry Loyd did not live to see the day he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, but a ceremony was held Saturday at Fort Jackson to honor him. Sgt. Loyd was acknowledged for his contribution and sacrifice as a volunteer soldier during World War I. Perry W. James IV, grandson of Sgt. Lloyd, received the medal on behalf of his family. According to information provided by Ft. Jackson, Loyd was from South Carolina and trained at Camp Jackson in 1917. He deployed as part of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Force and was wounded in action Sept. 29, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Loyd was discharged at the end of the war and returned to his life as a sharecropper in Sumter County. Loyd died in 1946 when he was 61-years-old. He never knew his chain of command had recommended he receive the Wounded Chevron, which later qualified him for the Purple Heart Medal. James, who was named after his grandfather, learned about the medal that was never delivered and started the necessary steps to correct the error. Military personnel, relatives, along with friends and family from across the country, witnessed the ceremony. Perry has a historical novel based on Sgt. Lloyd that is releasing this November or December. ________ Some Questions I Ask: Favorite military film? (2:46) On memorable moment in youth. (3:14) On discovery of Perry Lloyd & beginnings of research into him. (5:59) Biggest challenge of research and what about your discoveries (besides him being family) really made you believe Sgt. Lloyd was an important person for you to learn more about? (7:54) What was the process of getting the purple heart for Sgt. Perry Lloyd? (10:20) More on the 371st colored infintry regiment and historical context. (13:45) Besides the internal drive and connection of Perry Lloyd being family, what makes this an important story to tell in your opinion? (19:10) Process of deciding to write a novel. (21:06) Book that you've gifted the most in the past year? (25:44) What are you working on now or desire to work on next? (27:55) When you think of the word "creative" who comes to mind for you and why? (35:56) How can people connect with you? (38:28) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Nov 11, 2021
40 min
Episode 59 - Brian Anthony Wilson - On "The Wire," Hustle of Building Acting Career, Life/Work Balance
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ IG: Insta Imdb: Imdb Born in Philly, Brian Anthony Wilson (BAW) is an actor and producer known best for his role as Vernon Holley on HBO's "The Wire" he has also appeared in "The Postman", "Limitless", as well as "Law Abiding Citizen." He has done 8 out of the 10 August Wilson plays and is a phenomenal stage actor as well. He is extremely active and has several projects he is working on and that are upcoming. In this episode we talk about his depth of experience, "The Wire," Life/Work balance, favorite celebrity encounters and the hustle of being an actor. ________ Some Questions I Ask: Philly and The Philly Eagles. (1:37) Defining moment in his life. (2:44) On his start in acting. (3:42) August Wilson? (5:07) Life/Work Balance of Actor. (6:20) Favorite celebrity encounter? (10:20) On "The Wire" and experience working on it. (13:30) Habits and Routines in building career? (19:55) What advice would you give a younger you? (22:35) What do you believe today that you didn't belive 5 years ago? (25:24) Fav books? (26:32) What inspires you now a days? (28:09) Future and current projects? (29:28) When you think of the word "creative" who comes to mind for you and why? (30:38) How can people connect with you? (32:17) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Oct 20, 2021
33 min
Episode 58  – Marlon Campbell -  Theater of the Living Word, Carribean American Rep Theater
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Website: Marlon Campbell Theater of the Living Word: Website Born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Brooklyn and Queens, Marlon Campbell is a performer, Production Designer and Technical Director working primarily in NYC. His work can be seen in logos, posters, stationary, CD covers, web sites, videos, stage shows, and publicity materials for a variety of artists, entrepreneurs and organizations including Negro Ensemble Company, Project HOPE, NYU, Tokyo's Broadway Musical Academy, The Equinox Group and ICM, as well as performers such as Patti LaBelle, Expose, KRS-One, Troop, Ray, Goodman and Brown, Naughty by Nature, and Janet Jackson. He proudly serves as Executive Director of Theatre of the Living Word. ________ Some Questions I Ask: Earliest memory of the arts? (2:05) Most inspired piece of work he's seen and why did it inspire (4:52) Theatre of the Living Word (7:20) What is an executive director? (9:05) What draws you to the design element and stage management in theater (11:52) What's the most fun production you've worked on? (13:59) What's the biggest lesson you've learned during your career? (16:19) Book you've gifted the most? (18:15) What are you currently working on or desire to work on next? (21:12) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind for you and why? (23:21) How can people connect with you? (26:13) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Aug 2, 2021
28 min
Episode 57 - Haseem Bivens - On "In The Heights" movie, Health/Wellness & Dancing
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Haseem Bivens Imdb Health/Wellness: Blakh Love IG: BlakhLove IG: Haseem Bivens Haseem Bivens can currently be seen in Lin Manuel Miranda and Michael Chu's "In The Heights." Haseem Bivins (AKA Gorilla Sage) is a dynamic storyteller who is known for his commitment and dedication for bringing stories to life. Gorilla Sage has been an active member of the street dance community for over ten years and has battled in numerous street dance tournaments all over the east coast. Since high school, Sage has studied acting and he believes whether someone is speaking or moving, the intention to connect to those watching should be very similar. If not, the same. Using his years of experience Sage has given back to his community and created numerous opportunities for people who are interested in the arts. He owns and operates an arts/health and wellness company with his fiance called Blakh Love. ________ Some Questions I Ask: Earliest memory of dancing? (2:25) Why dance? (3:54) Why not act? (5:07) On the moment he decided to make a life in the arts a career. (5:36) Is dance something that can be developed if someone has no rhytmn(7:52) His process of practicing his dances? (9:52) On a rock bottom moment and what he did to turn it around (11:35) On Lin- Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" (15:00) Favorite moment on set (21:32) Most valuable thing learned from being on set (25:14) On his health/wellness company that he started with his fiance. (26:34) What is black/brown communities relationship with health & wellness currently and why do you think it's that way? (30:33) 3 ways people can help their health and wellness right now? (32:57) What are you currently working on or desire to work on next? (34:37) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind and why? (37:57) How do people connect with you? (39:11) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Jun 24, 2021
40 min
Episode 56 - Helene Kvale - On Directing, West End/National Theatre, Ian McKellen in London, Documentaries & More
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Helene Kvale Imdb Website: Helene Kvale Upcoming documentary: The Loom Helene Kvale was born in Norway, grew up in San Francisco until she was eleven and then lived in London. She received a BSc Econ Honors. from the London School of Economics, reading Anthropology and then gained her post graduate actor training diploma at The Drama Studio, London. As an actor, Helene performed on the West End stage in Burning Blue (winner of 2 Olivier Awards), Life During Wartime, and To Kill A Mockingbird. She also starred in numerous regional and touring productions including The Secret Rapture, Roman and Marys, Diary of Anne Frank, Getting Out, Brand, Canadian Gothic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Helene was part of the National Theatre Company playing Lady Anne opposite Ian McKellen in Richard III and in King Lear (Brian Cox) as well as Napoli Milionaria. At the NT Studio she played opposite Ray Winstone in Shift and in Gitta's Atonement, directed by Brian Cox. Helene has appeared in over twenty television dramas including Prime Suspect 4, Soldier Soldier, Daddy's Girl, London Bridge, This Life, Deceit, Lovejoy, The Bill. Film work includes Tomorrow La Scala! (British Academy Award Nomination and Juried at the Cannes Film Festival), Talk and 5:45 (Winner Berlin Short Film Festival). In 2003, she returned to the USA to join the faculty in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut as Assistant Professor in Residence. Helene is also a director and writer. She is the founding Artistic Director of Bated Breath Theatre Company where she produced, conceived and directed Hunger, The Parkville Project and her translation of A Doll's House at the Gene Frankel Theater in New York. Helene regularly directs for The Connecticut Repertory Theatre including If We Were Birds, Eurydice, Big Love, Pride and Prejudice, Too Much Memory, The Skin of Our Teeth and Gut Girls. She also directed Marat/Sade for the Studio D Series. Helene is an alumna of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. As a screenwriter, Helene co-wrote the independent films Burning Blue (national release July 2014) and When You're Not Looking. She is currently writing a TV pilot called Indivisible. She currently is working on a documentary near and dear to her heart slated for release in 2023. ________ Some Questions I Ask: When did your interest for the arts begin? (3:35) About the day she decided to start taking action towards building career as artist? (5:06) On transition from the US to Europe (6:45) What was the London Arts scene like and how was your journey to success there (10:18) On working opposite Ian McKellen & Brian Cox at National Theatre (13:52) What was it like building your Lady Anne? (19:32) On television career (21:05) What prompted shift from TV career to teaching? (24:22) What biggest foundation lesson do you want actors to walk away from the things you teach? (26:30) On directing (30:50) Favorite kind of actors to direct (34:10) What led to the formation of your theater Bated Breath? (37:17) What do you believe today that you didn't believe 10 years ago & why? (38:49) On her interest for documentaries (41:56) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind for you and why? (51:14) How can people connect with you? (55:00) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
May 26, 2021
55 min
Episode 55 - Pat McCorkle - Her start in Casting, What makes memorable audition, & her Casting Process
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Pat McCorkle Imdb IBDB: Broadway Database Twitter: Tweet Connect: Website Pat McCorkle a prominent NYC casting director joins me for this episode of the Creation Grounds. We chat about her start in casting, how she got into the arts, what makes a memorable audition, can an actor who bombs an audition be considered for future roles? Projects she's currently working on and actually looking for actors for now, to her small part in the process of Steilberg's upcoming "West Side Story." McCorkle Casting, Ltd. has handled hundreds of projects in film, television and theater. Founded in 1979 by Pat McCorkle, the company has earned a reputation for energy, creativity, and the keen ability to translate a directors vision into reality. Having cast everything from Hollywood mega-productions to small regional theaters, McCorkle and her staff have developed a vast talent network extending from working stage actors to superstars. The company has also developed a name for bold and unexpected ideas and for the discovery of new talent. Several of McCorkle cast members have garnered SAG, ACE, Tony, and Emmy awards/nominations. A few highlights of McCorkle's track record include an Emmy nomination for "Californication", Linda Hunt's Oscar winning role in The Year of Living Dangerously; the pool of undiscovered young actors - Brendan Fraser, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris O' Donnell - selected for Stanley Jaffe's School Ties; and a long list of people who were "tagged" by McCorkle early in their careers, including Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Skeet Ulrich, and Calista Flockhart. ________ Some Questions I Ask: What inspires you? (1:59) On her start in the arts? (3:06) Why not act? (5:07) On how she got her start in casting. (6:13) On beginnings of McCorkle Casting. (9:00) What is the most challenging aspect of casting? (9:28) How do casting directors secure projects? (10:40) What makes a memorable audition for you? (11:34) Audition moments that really stand out? (13:00) What do you wish actors knew about the casting process? (14:14) Any actors you've ever fought for when the directors/producers don't want them? (15:20) What makes a bad audition and have you ever cast an actor who bombed an audition in your office? (16:44) What do you believe today that you didn't believe 10 years ago about the casting process or even in life? (20:38) On the internet and social media? (22:26) Similarities and differences in casting for theater, TV and film? (24:10) What do you desire to do next? (26:10) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind and why? (28:25) How do people connect with you? (29:52) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
May 11, 2021
31 min
Episode 54 - Neil Tyrone Pritchard - Mental Health in Black Community, Labyrinth Theater & More
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Neil Tyrone Pritchard Imdb IG: Instagram Park Ave Armory: Website Labyrinth Theater: Website Native New Yorker Neil Tyrone Pritchard is a Labyrinth Theater Company member, actor, singer and free spirit. He mentors younger artists in their artistic expression at Park Ave Armory, was last seen in Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven" and is a company member. He loves to sing and do what his artistic heart leads him to do. In this episode we chat about mental health in the black community and why it is tough, particularly for black men, to chat about. He chats about his intro to Labyrinth theater at a pivotal moment in his artistic career and much much more. ________ Some Questions I Ask: On being a native New Yorker. (2:28) Moment that has made him laugh the hardest? (3:30) When his love of the arts developed? (4:55) Top 3 in Spotify playlist? (7:12) What do you believe today that you didn't 10 years ago? Why did you change your mind (8:15) What interests you most in life currently? (10:58) On Teaching. (13:30) On discovering his gift for singing. (16:04) Who is a singer you love that not a lot of people know about? (19:17) Why is conversations about mental health important? Why do you think black men in particular veer away from it? (20:50) On his mental health practices. (24:39) On first experience with Labyrinth Theater (31:45) What makes Labyrinth Theater special? (38:20) What do you desire to do next in your career? (40:00) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind for you and why? (42:36) How can people connect with you? (44:42) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Apr 27, 2021
46 min
Episode 53 - Robby Ramos - Grit, Air Mattresses, & Series Regular role Heels on Starz
Be sure to subscribe for more - Creation Grounds Podcast Know who casts what and measure your way to your bookings with Auditiontrackers.com ________ Robby Ramos Imdb IG: Instagram Miami born Cuban American Robby Ramos is an actor of stage, TV/film. He was working on FX's Snowfall before the pandemic hit, is a new father and just recently booked a recurring/series regular role on Starz's upcoming wrestling show "Heels." In this episode Robby talks about his journey from sleeping on an air mattress in a basement in NYC to Heels on Starz. ________ Some Questions I Ask: When did you decide to be an actor? (2:55) Any hobbies? (5:55) What was the journey like from Miami to NY? (7:25) On sleeping on air mattress in NYC. (9:41) Album that never gets old to you? (11:55) Most challenging thing you've gone through in your career so far and biggest lesson you have learned? (12:25) Favorite wrestler (15:44) Premise of Starz "Heels" (17:15) Experience of booking "Heels" on Starz? (18:09) On building his character "Diego 'Cottonmouth' (26:07) Biggest thing you learned on set? (30:18) When you think of the word creative who comes to mind for you and why? (32:53) How can people connect with you? (34:12) ____________ You can follow Arron at: Website: ArronLloyd.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arronlloyd/ Facebook: Arron Lloyd Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArronLloyd Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/arronsl316 TikTok:Arronslloyd Youtube: Arron Lloyd This is NYC merch -
Apr 19, 2021
35 min
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