Monday, August 25, 2014

A Grateful Challenge: Day 5

This week has been very productive. From replacing some appliances, to buying groceries, making dinner and getting the kids in order.

I'm thankful that I am able to pay my bills, restock our supplies and still entertain family.

My sister came to town and she visited my hot tub for the whole time she was here. I'm thankful that my home can be a place of respite for her.

I;m thankful for my friends that have been staying in contact with me and showing their concern for my absence.

I'm thankful for my daughter Brianna being vigilant in her duties to school and her chores.

I'm thankful for my husband and his unrelenting efforts to provide a good life for all of us.

I' thankful that I am able provide him joy and fulfillment and that he is content with the life I make for all of us with his ability to provide.

I am thankful for my willingness to continue to be as present as I am in the lives of my family and all of our responsibilities.

I am thankful for church and for God hearing my prayers.

Recently I had been nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge from my neighbor Jaclyn Santucci and from my film colleague Chris Leto. I had not been able to fulfill the time aspect and when I was about to, I had received a  private message about how ALS uses embryonic stem cells research.

I personally do not condone that particular research. I have no agenda to share, just that it makes me uncomfortable and I cannot support it.

So naturally I was now at odds as to what my next step would be. I felt nauseous and upset about this new information. I did my own research and discovered what i had heard was in fact true. I was now paralyzed with inaction. So I moped around my home when my daughter asked me what was wrong. I had told her of my predicament. Now she was at odds as well.

So we talked about it and both decided we didn't know what to do.

As I cooked dinner I began to pray. Lord, please help me. I cannot do this on my own. I need guidance, I don't know what to do, but I can't do nothing. Lord, I'm going to church tomorrow, so if the priest says anything about the ALS challenge I'll follow his lead.

I hadn't been to church in a very long time. It had left me bereft. I needed to go to church anyway. As I was now empty. So I went.

After a beautiful and long liturgy he approached the podium. His very first words were, who here has been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

I raised my hand as others did as well. He went on to say that he had done the challenge and that we had in our midst three parishioners that were afflicted by this truly evil disease.

I had my answer the very next day. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers.

So I did the challenge and now I will donate $200.00 to help my parishioners that are afflicted by ALS. Truly God is great. I am thankful for this. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Grateful Challenge: Day 4

I missed day three. So I'll just pick up at day 4.

I'm thankful that my sister was able to come visit me this summer. I'm thankful that we are now back on speaking terms. I'm thankful for our time to get close again and that my home can be a place respite for her.

I'm thankful that my hot tub is getting used more no than it has all summer. I'm thankful that my husband has an occupation that has provided us the ability to have said hot tub.

I'm thankful that she was here when I had to attend a meeting and that she cooked my children dinner. I'm thankful that they loved it. I'm thankful for my kitchen that she loves cooking in. I'm thankful that I have enough money to buy groceries that inspire her to cook while she's here.

I'm thankful that I'm starting to feel again. I'm regaining my heart and emotional compass. I'm also thankful for me resolve in caring for my children when all I really want to do is go back to sleep. 

Numb: a poem

Numb

Inside the dewey somber knots
that collect upon my well worn soul
there lies the absence of my thoughts
that used to to run rampant through the snow.

I once knew the cold chilled air
Like a lover of dark and wavy hair
who'd seduce me night and night and day
then leave to find some other play.

I'd run and skip then saunter through
the most difficult of hoops, moves and other's shoes.
I'd walk then sit and think and pray.
To understand their thoughts, their turns, their ways.

Yet now as older I've become,
the moments don't skip, walk or run,
they've all but stopped nar' come around
In silence I await their sound.

Their presence is missed. I look to find.
Evidence that I was once sublime
and privy to their existence, gleaned,
so I can once again discern their mean.

I hope all hope I wait the wait.
As time goes by and I still bait,
Those moments from long ago gone by
To feel instead of wait and vie.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Grateful Challenge: Day 2

Yesterday was day one of my self appointed grateful challenge. Today is a new day which needs new things to be grateful for and so it goes. Today I am grateful for having two sweet responsible children who made their lunches the night before and packed themselves healthy meals.

I am thankful that my daughter Kierstyn wasn't hurt when her car broke down and that she had the presence of mind to call her parents for help. I'm thankful she kept her cool and went down a checklist of things that needed to happen to solve her problem.

I am thankful for having a husband and father that even though he was tired from work immediately got home, changed his work clothes and went right back out the door with no dinner to drive an hour away to help our daughter. He didn't get back until 9:00 at night. I had already tucked the children in when he was warming up a plate for dinner.

I'm thankful for having the ability and time to make fresh baked bread for children yesterday and today. I am grateful for their gratitude in smelling it backing when they got home. I'm also grateful that they loved it.

I am also thankful for waking up, having my health and the dedication to stick to my new morning routine of drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning and then cooking my kids breakfast, taking them to school, coming home, going for a walk and then starting my days chores and errands.

I'm thankful that we have car insurance. The ability to afford that insurance and that we can count on it.

I'm thankful that my husband values these things and makes sure we are cared for by providing them for all of us.

I am thankful of how sweet he is and how dutiful he is in his own way.

I am thankful for my friends and that they continue to show me that good people do exist and all they want are the same things I do. Love and acceptance.

I am thankful for God's love and that I feel that love each day when I need it most.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Grateful Challenge: Day 1

I have been feeling out of sorts lately. There are a number of reason why I could be feeling this way. One reason could be due to the fact that I embarked on a personal mission to become a film producer. Having no formal schooling or training to do this in the past.

I have always considered myself to be a creative person. Despite the fact that I do not pursue traditional creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, writing on a regular purposeful basis. I have always had the urging to create things, such as organizations, various philanthropies and philosophical understandings. This has been the bulk of my creativity.

In any case,  I set out to do that as of June of 2013. I am now feeling numb and depleted. I have also not been attending church on a regular basis. My love of God cannot endure this development.

My family situation has been changing quite frequently. This may contribute to my sense of disconnection. All these things may be adding up to my current emotional state which I do not appreciate.

So I'm going to do what I've always done when I get this way. I am going to change things. I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to make some real changes in my current lifestyle. One thing I've decided to do eat better. I've also decided I will go for a walk. I will call this Thought Trekking instead of exercise. I will go on an earlier trek around my development after dropping the kids off at school every morning and use that time to think, ponder and intellectually quest. I may write about my musings here. I may not.

Another thing I have decided to do just now, is every morning during my first cup of coffee I will write here on my blog the things I am grateful for each day as I wake up and imbibe in said coffee. I will attempt to do this 365 days straight. If anyone is reading this please send me your most positive thoughts. I believe I will feel them and it will bolster me on this mission.

So with all that being said I begin now.

Day One: What I am grateful for, in no particular order and perhaps with no extraordinary effort the following:

I am grateful that my family has the ability to provide for itself. When we need food I buy it. If we are thirsty we have clean water and any number of rich beverages to partake in such as milk, orange juice and beer. These are staples in my house.

I am grateful that I do not have to fret about my bills such as utilities, heat, cold air, water, two mortgages one being cared for by two remarkable renters.

I am grateful for the Lord having provided me a loving, nurturing supportive husband who loves his job and loves being a traditional provider. I am grateful that while he is a very logical, science loving man he is also a faithful lover of God. I am most grateful for this above most other things. He fortifies my love of God and this is invaluable to me as a person.

I am grateful that my husband is kind, respectful, grateful and generous to all those he meets. He is considerate and generous to waiters and waitresses without fail. A hard thing to do sometimes but he never tips less than 20% but will always tip way above that for extraordinary service. In some cases he has tipped 50% for stellar service. He has impeccable manners and despises the rude. I adore this about him. I am also grateful he has been blessed with good health and a wonderful job that he is competent and fulfilled in doing each day.

I am thankful for having the honor to be another mother for his two daughters from a previous marriage. My daughters are kind, healthy, loving, respectful and hardworking. They are both generous, altruistic and intelligent. I am thankful that they have chosen to love me rather than fight me. I am thankful that they obey me and hold me in such high regard as to always do their very best in my presence. By their choices alone they have made me look like an incredible step-parent, (a term I loathe to use but for accuracy I must add it.) I have no illusions that these are their choices. I am beyond grateful for their choices and I honor them each day by making delicious food that they love and keeping my hand on the pulse of their everyday lives by being available and very present in their emotional lives.

I am thankful for the two additional children that the Lord has graced my husband and I with. I am thankful for their health, their kindness and sweetness. I am thankful that they provide so much joy to all the members of our family and friends. I am thankful that they embody qualities similar to myself and my husband. I am also grateful that they are also very much themselves.

I am grateful for my eldest daughter being strong enough to go out on her own. That she is safe and taking care of herself in ways that I did not when I was her age. I am thankful that she is making strides to be her own person in this crazy, scary, confusing world we all live in. I am thankful that she is pursuing her dreams of being an artist by engaging in opportunities to get better at what she loves in whatever capacity she can. But more than that I am thankful that I know that I did the best job I could when she was growing up and that I know her inherent strength and wisdom will shine through in all she does not matter where she is and that her presence alone can make the world better place.

I am thankful for my neighbors. They are a source of love and friendship. Their kindness and regard warms my heart and shows my children a sense of community I have always coveted growing up in a dependent military family.

I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for my strength and my ability to meet new people and connect with them. This will conclude my entry for today and so now I will publish it and go on my thought trek. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Episode Twelve of Art & Soul: Film Producers; Robert W. Sterrett III, Flying Car Productions, Scott Sullivan

Since starting this show I have met some incredible people and have learned countless things about my craft as a producer. I've met directors, actors, photographers, makeup artists the list goes on. On my journey to create content and entertainment I find viable, I have interviewed people of all forms of creativity. These people are driven, focused and innovative. One thing they all have is determination.




The producers featured in this episode have that in spades. Robert W. Sterrett III came from Los Angeles to Tampa years ago with many feature films under his belt. Then we have Sherrie and Austin McKinley both graduates of Ringling College who started Flying Car Productions. In their spare time as working creative professionals they also make short films in Sarasota. Then on to Scott Sullivan, whose day job is an educator, he's also the assistant principle. During the summers he's a filmmaker extraordinaire taking on 24 and 48 hour film projects whenever possible. These individuals know how to get things done.

Robert got his start in L.A. With hopes of writing and directing his own films, he started out helping out on set. Next thing he knew he loved being a producer. I met with Robert for his preliminary interview. He is a busy man in high demand. He was very generous with his time and expertise. He shared with me how he chooses a film and all the elements that are essential in filmmaking. The most striking thing I had learned from Robert during his interview was how long it takes to make a feature as a producer. According to Robert every feature takes two years of your life. After I picked my jaw off the floor I asked him How?



In detail he started at the beginning with time estimates for each step. No kidding it takes two years. Having learned that from him, I have decided to be more careful in obtaining projects. I then asked him how he chooses a film. His number one reason, the story. He has to love the story. Robert cares about
the entertainment he produces. He takes into consideration how his films could effect and influence a great number of people. His sense of responsibility as a producer is admirable to me. I am glad to know him in any capacity.

Then I met with Flying Car Productions of Sarasota Florida. This husband wife team won my heart at the Manasota Film Festival when they showed their film Mop Up Crew. It wasn't their work that captured my eye in the beginning. For me it was they way they introduced the film to the Manasota Film audience. Mark Troy, the MC of each event,  gives each filmmaker an opportunity to introduce their film and tell the audience more about the project before it is viewed. Sherrie and Austin were candid, humble, and endearing when speaking about the film. They shared their inspiration for the script of Mop Up Crew. It all started with a friend who worked at a place that looked like it would be a great stage for a story. So Austin began working on the script and then they both started getting all the costumes and actors for the film. They shot the film, edited it and finally presented it to the festival. It wasn't long after this that I got to work with them on the set of Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story.



I cannot express with any accuracy how much I learned from that set, let just say it was a great deal. I got to speak with Sherrie as she was the producer and I was a production assistant. I never miss a chance to pick the minds of any producer I meet as that is the profession to which I aspire. Sherrie had some great insights and warnings. As do most producers I have met thus far, Robert included. Sherrie and I spoke at length about that production as well as other's she'd done in the past. What I admire about the McKinley's style of filmmaking is that it's feasible in the sense that they take into account that there are cast and crew members that have lives, jobs, and dreams. They're careful in how they approach each project. They take into consideration a myriad of messy details such as work schedules, lack of money, tenuous locations and crew members. Their collective ability to plan and handle numerous contingency scenarios in what looked to me, like a flash, was impressive. I know now that they have running contingency plans for their contingency plans. It's like Inception but for film production.



Flying Car Productions will make it happen, either with or without a big team. They decide and then they ride until its done. Personally, I find this combination formidable. Since they're both artists and graduates of Ringling College being creative ain't nothing but a thang. They know they have it covered if all else fails, which in the past it has and they just pick up the pieces and keep carrying on. I look forward to seeing what they do next and more than that I want to know how they got it done.



Scott Sullivan and I met on the set of Domonic Smith's film, Waves. I was brought on as a script supervisor. I had never done this position before so I was nervous. However, I did what I always do and took heart that as an apt student. I can learn anything and rather fast if I out my mind into it. Never underestimate a highly motivated pupil. Scott was the DP on the film and was very inclusive. His gentle voice and rapier wit caught my eye early on. After filming all weekend long, Scott had invited me to help on his feature film that would be shooting this summer, I eagerly agreed. We kept in touch a bit here and there, when I had finally approached him to come on Art & Soul as a featured producer. Scott was an easy choice once I'd learned he'd won Best Picture on two different short films. One that he produced, written, acted and directed all on his own. Using his own words he "Ben Afflecked that thing all the way" on Serum. I love his humor, it tickles my funny bone.




I met with Scott for his preliminary meeting at The Oxford Exchange. We ate and talked about film. I started asking him how he chooses a script when he informed me that so far he's written everything he's produced, save one. That film was Eye Of The Storm with Domonic Smith. Scott was the owner and camera operator for the film and as the project went on it became clear to Domonic that Scott's current film credit was far from being sufficient and then gave a producer credit to Scott for all the work he'd done on the film. It went on to win Best Picture as well. Domonic, Matt Tremendous, and Scott are an incredible team.

While on the set of Waves, my film partner Cindy Krapfel and I had noticed the closeness of Dom's team. It made being on set a thrill ride of moments. I couldn't wait to work with them again. I had asked Scott during the interview how he goes about getting funding for his films. His answer just blew my mind. Understand that his answer may not be that earth shattering to anyone else but to me it readjusted my whole way of thinking. His answer was simple. He doesn't ask for funding on short films. He considers short films a guilty pleasure where he gets to play and learn at the same time. He doesn't find that it's fair to have someone else foot the bill for him learning on the job. Also he stated that he personally doesn't like asking people for money when they have no hope of getting it back in return.



Wrecked my brain that did. I stopped and thought about it and I was impressed for a whole other set of reasons. This man, as it became clear to me, was responsible, un-entitled, humble, and honest. Not only with himself but with others. His consideration for other peoples time and money was a breath of fresh air. I am not implying that other short filmmakers are not. I'm just saying that his was rather blatant to me as he point blank stated it as a consideration. I began to respect him deeply as a filmmaker right then and there.

My next question to Scott is how he'd go about getting investors for a feature film. His answer was simple yet again, he stated a few things. One was, It's easy to make the greatest film in the world. The hard part is getting anyone else to see that it's great. I could not agree more. His objective is to make a product that people want to buy in for, straight up that's it. Write a film that when people read it they say shut up and take my money. He has many objectives when making a film. The top three most important in his book are make it look incredible, collaborate through camaraderie and tell a great story.



From Robert's practical true blue Hollywood experience, to Austin and Sherrie's homegrown production adventures to Scott's disciplined experimentations on set, these producers have great advice, understanding and knowledge on how to make a film and then show it to the world.

Shooting will take place later this month, stay tuned to Art & Soul with Trina Fallon at https://www.facebook.com/artandsoultrinafallon or subscribe to us in youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbZZARAoZ4tv3c3TwC-uIw or sign up for direct emails to get our blog posts and videos sent directly to your email at www.starcombstudios.com

Friday, June 20, 2014

Episode Eleven of Art & Soul: Owner of Elusive View Studios & Aerial Cinematographer, Aaron Barnes

Elevated Emotion Drives Aerial Cinematographer


Aaron Barnes is the owner of Elusive View Studios, an aerial cinematography company based out of Bradenton Florida. Aaron served in our nations military when a defining moment overseas made an impact on him. Aaron was stationed in Afghanistan when a fellow soldier received a care package from home. In that package was a polaroid camera. They were on post when Aaron's friend took a picture of an Afghani family. It was a picture of the man, his wife and his children. Aaron's friend gave him the photo. When the civilian saw the picture he immediately broke down and started crying.




This man had never seen a picture of his whole family together. The man was so overwhelmed by this precious gift he just wept while he held the photo in his hand. Aaron began reflecting on how Americans take for granted how we can take 15 pictures of ourselves before we even leave the house and think nothing of it.

That moment would inspire Aaron to become a photographer. He tried it for awhile and although he was terrible at it, he never stopped trying to integrate his desire with this new found passion to bring people moments that move them. Aaron had seen the power of photography and wanted to continue showing people views that are immersive or touching.



Aaron came home from leaving the military and started exploring different realms of photography until one day he met a man with a radio controlled car. This would eventually lead him to aerial photography and then aerial cinematography. He would later buy equipment, use them, reengineer them and so on. He is self-made, self-taught and self-motivated.

When I first met Aaron it was on the set of Caster's Blog. He had an numerous black boxes of various large and imposing sizes. Each filled with a quad-copter more impressive than the next. We were standing on the pier when some of the crew were chatting about inanities. Aaron started on a tangent about some peoples clothing choices. This spurned a conversation between him and I about our differing opinions and perceptions. He politely listened to mine and I in return, listened to his. I knew then that although we don't share the same sentiments about such things, he was still a rational, logical, and intelligent person who definitely has a mind of his own.



Over the course of the shoot we spoke of various things. Eventually I had asked him what his job was on set. That's when he began to light up and show a different side of himself. Until then Aaron was funny, witty, and downright humorous. Now with the topic of aerial cinematography he just lit up, as he was telling me about his craft. I began to ask him more questions. With every answer he gave, I knew I wanted him to share that passion on the show.

Aaron's professionalism, drive and thirst to bring breathtaking moments on film to the general public will be the key to his success. It's plain to see how his motives shape how he maneuvers the small craft upward and onward into the sky. His choices are mindful, always taking into consideration the needs of the client and how best to display his new found artistry.



Despite the fact that he's only been doing this for six months, his shots are careful, steady and artistic. I look forward to seeing what this young entrepreneur will bring to the table for any project that has had the fortune of hearing about his services.

Aaron Barnes can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/elusiveview He can also be reached at abarnes282@gmail.com and at (941) 301-4288. Give him a call or subscribe to his youtube channel at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCS9RRwdefSb-PnO9zlgui7g



Friday, June 13, 2014

Episode Ten of Art & Soul: LIVE Radio Show Hosts, Cranial Emissions


Dedication, Humor and Brotherhood Reveals Passion

I first met Cranial Emissions at the 2014 Tampa Regional Talkie Awards. I had been invited as a presenter for Best Empowerment Show. I readied my speech and was aiously awaiting my queue to approach the stage. I had asked one of the moderators when I'd be going up. I knew I had at least 20 minutes before show time.



I turned to April Comstock-White to assist me with delivery. April is a marketing specialist. She graciously accepted my request and joined me outside the awards hall. As we're going over my speech, she critiques my delivery and gives me great advice on what to do. I'm about to practice my speech again when I see a tall, dark and handsome man walking towards us. He's obviously headed to the same gala. He's well dressed in a suit jacket and white button down.

Ben sans suit jacket.

I cavalierly state, "Oh my, are you famous? You look familiar. Do I know you?" I'm some how able to discern this man has an incredible sense of humor. There's that small talent I've mentioned before in Leon Salem's post. He smiles and lets out a humorous chuckle under his breath and says to us, "As a matter of fact, I'm a live radio show host. I'm Ben Charles, good to meet you." We share more quips and continue talking. As we're joking I can tell he's sharp, fast on his feet and a straight shooter. It's in the way he forms his sentences, his carefully chosen tone and the subtle way he changes his posture. He's good, this I can tell. Not someone I'd want in the opposite corner, however  I can see it's also easy to have him in my corner. I know then, I want to get know him better. I can also tell it's not easy to win his trust. A discerning challenge that I eagerly accept.

Ben Charles in the wild.

Finally I get my queue, approach the stage and give my introduction. Afterwards I step outside for some fresh air and go to find Cindy Krapfel. Cindy is meeting me at the awards ceremony. She's about to arrive and I have her ticket. As I head for the doors, I see Ben Charles again, each time I see him I burst into the same greeting of, "Oh hey, don't I know you?" We laugh and joke each time we see each other. I take a glance around him and see two other men. Trying to be aware and yet not intrusive I take note. There's a quiet gentleman to his left wearing a tartan golf cap who is very aware of his surroundings and extremely reticent. There is also a rather rowdy fellow with amazing pork chop sideburns wearing a jet black button down and blazing white tie just around the other side of the table.

The quiet Joey T and Ben Charles

I do this another five times throughout the night. Finally, I can see the awards are coming to a close. The last four categories are up and it's getting late. I turn to Cindy and ask if we should go. She nods her head, we grab our purses and get up. As we head for the door one last time I hear from the stage, The nominees for Best Live Show are: Cranial Emissions...." As I'm walking towards the back I hear this great name for a radio show and immediately start wildly cheering. It just so happens that I'm passing Miguel Hito, the man with the great pork chop side burns. As he hears my hearty holler for their show he turns to me and states, " Who are you? I love you! Hey, where are you going? Stay here, we're about to win!" I'm impressed with his confidence and stay by their side.

Miguel Hito and pork chops.

As their show is announced as the winner of Best Live Show, an eruption of cheers, claps, screaming and running breaks out around us. The hosts of Cranial Emissions high-five each other, pat and hug all the way to the stage. It was incredible to witness. I knew right then, I like these guys and I want to help them period. Call it whatever you want, but when I saw the level of closeness and camaraderie these men had for each other it was clear to me that what they do is truly a labor of love. It was obvious from their entire demeanor.

After that award they went on to win the next two categories. They took home awards for Best Host and Best Co-Host as well. They were just beside themselves. I waited for them to come off stage the last time and offered to take pictures with their phones on the red carpet. Later that evening we invited one another to be guests on our respective shows.

The Triumvirate

Over the next few months we kept in touch, became friends and even helped each other on different projects. Finally it was time to have them on Art & Soul. I had been nervous about this since I left the studio. I knew I needed a sound guy, better sound equipment and a crew for their show. I had been able to bare bones produce some of my shows. It's easier when it's one guest, one host and two camera's. However, three guests with big personalities and a professional live radio show history that spans across three years and numerous platforms, well that's another story.



I finally have a solid crew, great sound equipment and time. I invite them on and they make plans. I met two of them at O'Tooles in Brandon. I had to conduct a phone interview with Joey T as he was on vacation. I drive up and see Miggy and Ben sitting at the bar, eyes fixed on the sports programming provided by the bar. I grab my phone and head to where they're seated.

We open with light 'how have you been' conversation. They offer me a beer, as usual I decline. After a few minutes of conversation I state we're ready to begin. I go over how I think we should conduct the show. The men will be seated by seniority on the couch and then be individually addressed. I start with Ben Charles, the show progenitor. I go over each of my questions and ask Ben and Miguel individually. Each time Ben says Mike in an answer it takes me a second to know who he's referring to, it's Miguel. I forget that Miguel Hito is Mike Parot's radio name.



Each answer is carefully thought out and yet filled with intimate insight about the show. I can see from their approach and their process of making Cranial Emissions just how significant the show is in each of their lives. Cranial Emissions isn't just a radio show, it's a life long passion fueled by the friendship that each of them have together. I'm amazed by their singular purpose and concentration. It's easy to see what will be the hallmark of their success. That hallmark is friendship. Real, foxhole surviving friendship. None of these individuals holds one any higher, more important or significant than the other. This alone is a feat.



As we finish up the questions we discuss one another's plans for our respective shows and share concerns and ambitions. It's nice to have colleagues that respect the efforts, trials and tribulations of programming. As we commiserate issues and episodes we finally wrap up our conversation and start to leave. Miguel brings my plate into the restaurant as we had been sitting on the back deck outside. He clears the table in no time. I watch him out of the corner of my eye and cannot help but notice what a generous, humble, concerned and considerate person Miguel really is, I say that since his radio persona is the boundary pusher. It's now clear to me why he's so good at his job. One must know the boundaries very well in order to be an effective tester of said boundaries. I call this the Will Ferrel effect. Will Ferrel is very aware of what is absolutely appropriate. It just so happens that he finds being inappropriate extremely humorous. Hence his humor. Miggy is a boundary pusher, a tester and he'll put you right on the line to see how you squirm and then poof he releases. He does all this in good humor delivered with a child like grin.



Finally it's time for the interview. I'm scrambling for sound and framing. I offer refreshing beverages which they accept and start making themselves comfortable. Ben falls in love with my rat terrier as Joey is being held hostage by her. They call Joey T the animal whisperer. Joey T is a quiet, mild mannered, cerebral fellow who's main job on Cranial Emissions is the voice of reason. Joey is known for his incredible way of summarizing whatever topic they're currently discussing on the show. His knack for insight and his calm delivery makes him stand out. Ben is the antagonist, the driver and the dry wit. Miggy is the quintessential character, bringing to life more than 60% of the personalities that pepper their show. Joey keeps them on point, in check and back on topic.




Each of these men are great at their own thing, but what makes them great together aside from their friendship is they fact that each of them is aware of what the other one brings. They honor and respect one another's strengths and all of them know that without one or the other it just wouldn't be the same.

Interviewing Ben, Joey T and Miguel was easier than I had anticipated. At one point the sound card had gotten full and had stopped recording. We rewound the clip and Ben was quick to troubleshoot. When we started back up, he picked up right where the clip had left off and it was seamless. It was great to behold. Before we had started up again I had asked him if that would be okay, he gave me a wry expression and calmly stated, "Please, we're professionals. We've got this." I smile and wait to be surprised.



Throughout the interview I ask each of them individually what they bring to the show, what they do to get the show ready for broadcast and yet each of them is quick to incorporate how the other members contribute. At no point is any one of them inflating or elevating themselves. I was simply in awe of this fact.  Their professionalism, humility and respect is so great, no line of questioning was ever going to make them forget one another. It was a true expression of real friendship. No man is left behind or forgotten among these three.

The Cranial Emission Show centers around brotherhood, sports, and conversations that anyone of us with close friends would engage in, they pepper these moments with characters, stories and good ole fashioned radio humor. Tune in every Friday night on TalkWadStudios at 7pm LIVE from ESB Brewing in Tampa. Come see what happens when three best friends with a love of sports, humor and broadcast have two hours of radio programming. They make their own commercials, racy skits, and character acting. It's safe to say that nothing is safe or sacred when it comes to the show. Tune in and be ready to be shocked and entertained.