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EP#45 MITCH BOWLER – ADDING MEANING TO YOUR WORK

Mitch Bowler is the founder of Pencil Kings. A platform which gives training and support to artists in-order to take their art to the next level.

Mitch has also been an artist working in video games, films such as X-Men 2 and of course an entrepreneur. Before Pencil Kings, he traveled to China and started his own company.

Mitch’s story consists of passion, risk taking, failure, perseverance, success and consistency. He’s a very insightful guy, I learned alot from this conversation. I hope you find it helpful too.

I was once a guest on Mitch’s Podcast, I told my story which I never shared before on this Podcast. You can find it here :https://www.pencilkings.com/podcast-grey-jabesi/

Link to Pencil Kings – https://www.pencilkings.com/

EP#44 GAZZA – BEHIND THE MUSIC

I recently went to Namibia and attended the Namibian Annual Music Awards 2017 where I met Gazza and his team. I watched him win awards that night and the next morning, we recorded this podcast.

Gazza, is one of the most commercially successful and best selling recording artists in Namibia.

Since the entrance into the Namibian music scene, Gazza has worked his way up to become the most commercially successful artist in Namibia. He has also become a firm favorite in Namibian households with the young and old alike and has embarked on tours that have expose him to the rest of Africa and the world. He has been well accepted and is a firm favorite with Channel O, a DStv channel, where his work and life is regularly showcased.

His music can be defined as a mix of several influences namely Kwaito, Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop and his lyrics are about the township life. His sharp lyrics reflect the intricacies of Namibian life and strike a familiar chord with Namibians from all walks of life, young and old.
To date, he has released over 10 albums, all of which have contributed to making Gazza the best selling recording artist of all time in Namibia.

Links:

Gazza music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih5RYVTOJHM

Documentaries:
Fela Kuti – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfrNGST9V_E
Michael Jackson documentaries: https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+jackson+documentary

#EP43 STEPHEN LARKIN – 50 SHADES OF CROWDFUNDING

Stephen Larkin is a penchant of mathematical algorithms and innovative funding methods with a dream to provide electricity to the people in Africa.

He co-founded Africa New Energies in 2012 with a simple vision – to write an algorithm to find natural gas to generate electricity cheaply enough to give 600 million Africans affordable power for the first time.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Africa New Energies and has experience running multiple companies, venture capital, raising funds and using crowdfunding and tax breaks in innovative ways.

Steve and his team has raise 6 million Pounds in a period of 3 years through crowdfunding only.

Thanks to StartUp Grind Cape Town.

Links:

Africa New Energies(ANE) website: http://www.ane.na

ANE on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/africanewenergies/

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EP#42 THE UNICORN FILES. LESSONS FROM THE GREATS

As I was going through a tough week of no drive and motivation. I returned to my archive to find interviews, talks and videos that inspires and motivate me. I remembered that I had been cutting snippets from my favorite interviews. I then decided to share it with you.

Let me know your thoughts and favorites.

The list of people quoted in this podcast:
– Chris Sacca
-Will Smith
– Steve Jobs
– Larry Ellison
– Mark Cuban
– Beyonce
– Aliko Dangote
– Steve Distante
– Peter Thiel
– Gary V

Much love from Grey.

EP#41 BRADLEY STILWELL – MAKING ANIMATED FILMS

Bradley Stilwell is a South African digital artist. Currently based in Australia, working for Animal Logic. He has worked on such films as Lego Batman, Mad Max Fury road, Legend of the Guardians just to name a few.

Topics covered:
– How Grey learnt about Brad.
– How he got started.
– His experience working on Lego Batman.
– How to create opportunities and work overseas.
– The current state of animation in South Africa.
– How to learn.
– The challenges or work+travel

The book he mentioned: http://www.audible.com.au/pd/Business/Pitch-Anything-Audiobook/B00FLVHVBE

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EP#40 JEFF WHITE – HOW THEY CREATED KONG SKULL ISLAND.

While the movie Kong Skull Island is still in Cinemas, I managed to get hold of one of the major contributors to the film, all the way from Industrial Light & Magic(ILM)

Jeff White is the visual effects supervisor of Kong, he has also worked on other big films such as Avengers, Warcraft, Transformers and Starwars just to name a few.

In this episode, we covered:
– The experience of making Kong
– Working at ILM
– His story
– Other films he has worked on
– Team building
– What he looks for in an artist
– Life/work balance
– Advice

Enjoy

Kong trailer:

Avengers Trailer:

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