May 9th marked the end of the season for Artist’s Connection’s studio sessions. We have several episodes “in the can”, and they will be posted on the first Tuesday of every month, in accordance with our usual schedule. The production crew is taking the summer off for vacations, R&R, and the pursuit of other projects that have been on the back burner since we started this journey. We will re-convene in late August to shoot Episodes 8 and 9.
We’re not going to be idle over this period. Here are some things we hope to accomplish:
Conduct a focus group made up of artists, production crew, DMA staff, and viewers, to review Season 1 and figure out what needs to be changed, added, and improved upon. We’re not just trying to identify problems, but we’ll be looking for workable solutions as well. Anyone interested in participating in this discussion can send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the list.
Nail down the processes, procedures, and formats, necessary to edit the show for radio. We’ll be working with KDRT and a couple other stations to see what works, what doesn’t, and what new ideas need to be pursued.
Make further improvements to our audio chain. This might be as simple as an auto-gain adjustment or as complicated as building a portable sound stage. All options are on the table, and I’m really hoping for some workable “out of the box” ideas.
Develop the policies and procedures, and acquire the personnel, to expand the show’s topic list to include additional art forms, like visual and fine arts. I’d also like to find a way to include the commercial side of some of these topics, like recording studios, art galleries, and publishers. Again, I’m interested in looking at the kind of person that takes up these professions as a career rather than discussing the nuts and bolts of the business.
Most importantly, develop a process for securing funding to cover the show’s production costs. Up to this point, we have been concentrating on creating a quality show and demonstrating the need and usefulness of the content. I believe we’ve made our case, and we now need to focus on how to make Artist’s Connection a self-sustaining enterprise.
So this has been an amazing journey. Artist’s Connection has completely changed my retirement plans (countless species of fish are breathing a collective sigh of relief) and has brought me new skills like video editing and camera operation. It also facilitates the achievement of a goal I’ve had for many years, which is to find some way to bridge the gap between the person on the stage and the people in the audience. As with any complex and important endeavor, I couldn’t have done any of this alone. Artist’s Connection is what it is because a lot of people put their time, energy, advice, belief, and money into this project. Here are some of the major contributors:
Pieter Pastoor, my producing partner. His creative mind, infinite patience, and wicked sense of humor has saved the day more times than I can count.
Jeanne Pastoor, the practical one. Always listening, always smiling, always helpful, always beautiful.
Alex Silva-Sadder, the man that converts the vision into reality. He is an alchemist by nature, an artist by temperament, and a genius by any definition.
Kevin Fagan, an amazing host, a bandmate, and a dear friend. He has a wicked sense of humor too, in a macabre sort of way.
Peter Bohm, our audio wizard, and calm analyst of all issues audio
Davis Media Access, providing the facilities, volunteers, staff, and guidance that make this show possible.
Karen “Pix” Gale, who is willing to listen with an open mind, to almost any crazy idea I come up with, and was a huge help in developing and solidifying the concept of the show.
The Artists, without which we wouldn’t even be here
The Community, without which we wouldn’t be here either
Lori Hawk, mistress of organization, merciless analyst, Boss of the studio, and center of my universe. Don’t let that pretty face fool you. Behind those brown eyes lives a pure soul, a razor sharp intellect, and a heart as big as a galaxy.
Thank you all for everything you’ve given to this project.
And now, with barely contained excitement, and just a touch of trepidation, on to Season Two!