The Creative Spark

The Creative Spark

Conversations that provide insight, empowerment and tools to help others live their best creative life! In each episode host G. Brian Benson strives to have an organic chat with authors, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and actors, sharing their inspirational stories, strategies and wisdom that helped propel them to their own unique version of creative success. Learning how to find the joy and peace of mind that comes with stepping into one’s own skin, and going beyond anything one may have thought previously possible is what we hope you will take away from The Creative Spark. It’s the place where creatives meet! Host - G. Brian Benson http://www.gbrianbenson.com Produced - Casey Jarombek Brought to you by Reawaken Media

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April 13, 2022 45 min
Ep. 115  -My guest this week is Mike "Smidi" Smith, an award-winning songwriter, musician, mixer, producer and record label owner who now has a media branch that is beginning to produced TV and Film projects. 
He is an Emmy, Clio and Addy Award winner who has written and produced songs that have sold over 14 million copies worldwide including multiple #1 songs, albums and top ten hits.  Smith has worked with Giorgio Morod...
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Ep. 114  -My guest this week is Erin Gavin, a Scottish actress, singer, entrepreneur and keynote speaker.
As a child and teen actress, Erin had numerous roles in theater and in UK television series. After moving to Los Angeles, she continued to find success in films, theater and television. In 2014 Erin played for the first time, the role of Marilyn Monroe in the stage play, Marilyn: My Secret at the Macha Theatre in Hollywood.  S...
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Episode 113 - If you are a big sports fan like myself, you will definitely recognize this week’s guest Kevin Negandhi.  He is everywhere on ESPN.  He’s an anchor on SportsCenter, he also covers ESPN College Football on ABC.  He’s hosted Baseball Tonight, College Football Live and Outside the Lines.  He has also been a fill-in anchor on NFL Live and First Take.  He has also hosted the Rose Parade, Special Olympic World Games and USA...
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Episode 112.   Growing up in Oklahoma, my next guest Whitney Reynolds always knew that she wanted to have her own television show. As a child, she started interviewing her friends with a makeshift microphone in her living room. During her adolescence, her family's difficult personal journey gave her the desire to share delicate stories that must be told. At the age of 23, her childhood dream became her adult mission and her tal...
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Episode 111 - Samba Schutte is a Dutch-Mauritanian actor, comedian and writer who was born in the Sahara Desert and grew up in Ethiopia until the age of 18. He's currently starring in the HBO Max pirate comedy "Our Flag Means Death" alongside Taika Waititi, Fred Armisen and Rhys Darby. He starred as the first Ethiopian character on an American sitcom - Hakim - on the NBC sitcom Sunnyside, alongside Kal Penn. Schutte is ...
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Episode 110.   Guest Nita Sweeney is an award-winning wellness author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink and co-creator of the writing journal, You Should be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving.

She is also a certified meditation leader, mental health advocate, ultra-marathoner and former assistant...
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Episode 109 - Matteo Esposito is an autistic playwright and disability arts advocate from Oakville, Ontario. He has been wanting to write, produce and direct plays all his life. He got his start as a member of West End Studio Theatre in Oakville, working on props and was the assistant set designer for award-winning set designer Dr. Jane Coryell. And from there his inspiration and writing talent grew.  "Moon Child" is his la...
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Episode 108.   Guest Tanmaya Bingham is an award-winning painter whose drawings and paintings are a direct reflection of her fascination with the human condition and have been exhibiting both nationally and internationally in places such as Santa Fe, New York City, Sydney, Hong Kong and Berlin and have been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose and Vogue.

She has also studied painting and art history in Florence, art and ar...
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Episode 107 -Blake Robbins is an award-winning actor, writer and director. In 2012, after years in front of the camera in such notable tv shows and movies as Oz, Sons of Anarchy, The Office, and Firefly, he stepped behind it to write, direct, produce and act in his feature film debut The Sublime and Beautiful, which world premiered at the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival in 2014 and enjoyed a very successful film festival run ...
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Episode 106 - Jamie Whitmore raced as a professional Xterra Athlete (swim, mtn. bike, run) for 7 years winning 37 races, 1 World Championship, 6 US Championships and 2 European Tour Titles!  After being diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and a paralysis of most of her left leg, she began a second career as a US Paralympic Cyclist where she competed in both the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games.  At the Rio games, Jamie won a gold...
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Episode 105 -Michael Bentt is one of the most highly decorated amateur boxers in US history and in 1993 defeated Tommy Morrison with a first round knockout to win the WBO Heavyweight Boxing Championship. He also survived an abusive father, a suicidal experience and 4 days in a coma with swelling on his brain after his last fight. Post boxing, Michael tapped into his creative side and began writing, directing and acting in such movi...
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Episode 104 - Guest Derek Vanderhorst is a film and documentary supervising sound editor and Americana Music Artist. Derek has worked on some of the biggest films of the last two decades including No Country for Old Men and Hidden Figures, and Derek’s first solo album Wildflower launched this past November.  In addition to being an incredibly creative person, Derek has a very inspirational story to share that played a driving part ...
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Episode 103 - Guest Gina Nemo is an award-winning Producer, Director, Writer, Actress, and is the founder of Ventura Actors Studio and Gina Nemo Studios. She is producing and directing films, television shows, pilots and documentaries through her production and marketing company G Plan Media & Entertainment. Currently all of her films have won awards all over the world. She will be shooting three feature films in 2022.  She was...
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Episode 102.   Guest Brian Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author, screenwriter, paranormal investigator and speaker.

Imagine being just 7 years old and accidentally watching the horror classic, Night of the Living Dead.  For Brian Fitzpatrick, that’s precisely what happened.  It became the catalyst for a life-altering path forward.  After a week of sleepless nights, he became fascinated with the idea that he could be so scared, y...
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The Creative Spark -Episode 101.  With host/guest G. Brian Benson.  Brian shares his backstory and goals for The Creative Spark as well as gives listeners an idea of what to expect with future guests.

G. Brian Benson is an award-winning and #1 best-selling self-improvement and children’s book author, actor, filmmaker, project coach, podcast host and TEDx speaker. As a 4x Ironman triathlete and cross-country bicyclist, Brian knows...
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