The Mt. Freelance Podcast

The Mt. Freelance Podcast

The Mt. Freelance Podcast is for creative people who work or dream about working for themselves or running their own business. The show is hosted by us! Aaron James and Andrew Dickson - creators of the course and community of the same name.

Episodes

July 1, 2021 39 min

In our 12th and final episode of Season One Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance custom designer Amanda Needham to the show. 

 

Amanda got her start designing costumes for going out at night in her younger days as a club-goer in 1990s Portland, Oregon. Fellow Mt. Freelance podcast guest David Cress gave her a shot at costume design for commercials and she never looked back. 
 

Amanda has worked on independent films like Wen...

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In our 11th episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance stand-up comedian Amy Miller to the Mt. Freelance podcast who speaks about her creative process, being a woman in comedy and how challenging the pandemic has been for pandemic. Good news, she’s touring again! And you can buy tickets

 

Amy Miller is a headlining stand-up based in Los Angeles by way of Portland and Oakland. Prime-time TV watchers will remember her f...

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June 16, 2021 34 min

In our 10th episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome designer and apparel designer, the one and only Bob Smith to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 
 

Like so many designers, Bob went to the Kinko’s school of design, getting his start making band posters and fliers for the deli he worked at. This landed him a short stint at the Wieden+Kennedy studio before getting a job designing t-shirts at Nike in the late 1990s. He couldn’t hel...

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June 9, 2021 32 min

In our ninth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance producer and entrepreneur Arlo Rosner to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

 

Arlo got his start in the creative world as a cinematographer, before becoming a producer and eventually running his own production company. He’s been instrumental in creating campaigns shot all over the world for almost any client you can think of

 

But what got us excited about talking with Ar...

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June 2, 2021 38 min

In our fifth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome actor Ayanna Berkshire to to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 


Ayanna started acting as a teenager and has been a working actor for two decades, with a career that spans Hollywood blockbusters, Independent films, episodic television, award-winning theater productions and yes, even commercial work. Perhaps best known for playing Cora in Twilight she is a resident artist of Artists...

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May 26, 2021 37 min

In our fifth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance illustrator and full-time professor Kate Bingaman-Burt to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 
 

Kate is one of the hardest working creative people we know. On the one hand she teaches design at Portland State University and is constantly innovating ways to help her students share their work and get exposure to the “real world”, even going as far as to host student portfoli...

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May 19, 2021 39 min

In our fifth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance producer David Cress to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

 

David got interested in film and enrolled in Mt. Hood Community College, which offered him the chance to learn every aspect of filmmaking, from the expected like production and editing to the intangibles that most film schools neglect but are vital for actually making a film, like how to find funding.
 

He started...

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May 12, 2021 35 min

In our fifth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome freelance copywriter and novel writer Kathy Hepinstall to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 
 

In the advertising world, Kathy is a legend. She has been freelancing as a copywriter for the best agencies and clients around for decades, often coming on for a few days to write the manifesto that leads to years of great creative, or coming on as a creative director for a few months to ...

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May 5, 2021 37 min

In our fourth episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome producer turned Oscar short-listed director Aaron Ruell, to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

 

Aaron is an accomplished commercial director and art photographer known for his beautiful art direction, intentional choices, and wit. But it took him a little longer to get there as he did his friend a solid, agreeing to play “Kip” in a little indie film that has become a beloved cult...

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April 14, 2021 43 min

In our third episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome producer turned Oscar short-listed director Sue Kim, to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

Sue Kim has spent her career as a print, commercial film, digital and experiential producer working for ad agencies and brands up and down the West Coast. But when she took her son to a Rubik’s Cube competition, she knew she had to take the reins and direct her first film. 

The Speed Cubers”...

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April 14, 2021 33 min

In our second episode Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome globe-trotting, commercial photographer Marcus Smith to the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

Marcus Smith is a freelance photographer who has shot for the ESPN Body Issue, and created campaigns for Nike and Jordan Brand working with athletes like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and even worked with Aaron on an adidas project with Damian Lillard

Marcus went to college for business, bu...

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April 14, 2021 38 min

In our first full episode hosts Aaron James and Andrew Dickson welcome Strategy Director and School of Ideas founder Lisa Prince to kick off the Mt. Freelance podcast. 

Lisa spent a decade working at Wieden+Kennedy, working her way up to Global Group Strategy Director providing guiding insights and ideas on accounts like Old Spice, American Express and Proctor and Gamble

She left to spend a year “doing nothing” which led to sta...

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April 14, 2021 1 min

Aaron James and Andrew Dickson created Mt. Freelance to help freelancers in the creative industry get the work the want, charge what they are worth and create the career they dream about.

They’ve been hard at work with the producers, mixers and sound designers of Digital One, right here in Portland Oregon, to create the Mt. Freelance podcast!

While there are lots of podcasts about advertising, filmmaking and the creative process, thi...

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