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The BWNC Podcast is the #1 resource for content creators. Every Monday, we share interviews & discussions with industry-leading creatives whose stories will inspire you to follow your passion. Our goal is to provide you with the shortcuts, tips, & advice that will take your career to the next level! Hosted by filmmaker Ben Hagarty – best known for his work with major artists & brands like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Disney, & EA Games.
 
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Lana Santoro’s love of photography began with her first job in a local camera store. That started her on a path that has continued throughout her life. Today she is joined by her husband, Chris Santoro, where they share their passion for travel and capturing the visual stories from their adventures. Although they shoot together, often of the same s…
 
Mark Gilvey is a commercial photographer and graphic designer from Northern Virginia outside Washington, DC. In his free time he prefers street photography because he says it is “the most pure of all genres.” Although many street photographers do very little post-processing, Mark uses his raw captures as a starting point. For Mark the actual art of…
 
When I met Craig at a recent street photography event, I knew I’d have a lot to talk about with this not so seasoned street photographer. Craig didn’t take up street photography all that long ago, but he’s already created some beautiful work. In addition to having a natural eye for street shots, Craig is already quite dedicated to his craft. Here’s…
 
As for many of us, Dean Hinnant’s life was upended in 2020. The beginning of a very long global pandemic brought about some major changes for Dean and turned his story into one of resilience in the face of loss. In fact, Dean’s ability to take a disheartening situation and find hope in it is remarkable. From the ashes of a summer like no other in w…
 
Wedding photographer, Paul Reid, is based in Carlisle, Cumbria. His approach to shooting a wedding is all about taking naturally posed shots and reportage style photos of the event. Sound familiar? It’s definitely an approach bordering on street photography where most of the images are candid, relaxed and natural – and the results are beautiful. On…
 
Michael Rababy is a documentary/street photographer and filmmaker. Michael studied art history at the University of San Diego before spending some time in Paris. He draws inspiration from the work of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Michael loves taking pictures of people, particularly when he can capture their emotion. In fact, Mi…
 
Chris Suspect is fearless when it comes to street photography, which is why he gets so many extraordinary photos. On January 6th, Chris headed out to Capitol Hill and quickly found himself on the front lines of the insurrection. He faced agitated crowds, pepper spray, tear gas, flash bang grenades and more as he documented people facing off with th…
 
A 1975 photography exhibition, called “New Topographics,” was “new” in that the landscapes it offered up to viewers weren’t the picturesque natural scenes people had grown accustomed to. Instead, this exhibit was, in the words of San Francisco’s MOMA, all about “unromanticized views of stark industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl, and everyday scen…
 
Mark Indig was motion picture executive for over 40 years with major studios like Disney, Miramax Universal and Dreamworks. During his career he worked on films like Body Heat, The Big Chill, Titanic, The Village, The Guardian and Tropic Thunder. Mark started in the biz as a location manager where he traveled the world to identify and document loca…
 
Martin Agius is a photojournalist and a street photographer who took an interest in film photography at a young age. In 2008, he took some courses with the local photographic societies in Malta and soon thereafter was appointed the Official Photographer of the Armed Forces of Malta. Nowadays, Martin is an avid street photographer who enjoys taking …
 
In this episode, I welcome Minh Bui Jones to the studio, a man who made his way over to Australia as young boy, while finding refuge from Vietnam in the late 70’s with his family. To summarise his story in any way does it no justice, so I’ll leave it to you to have a listen for yourself. But to me, it's a story of compassion and perseverance, somet…
 
In this episode, I welcome Tyrone Pynor to the studio, a man that caught my eye during this past fashion week here in Sydney and I knew I had to have a chat with him. Currently working his way up the ranks in the Australian media industry, the now radio presenter at Triple J is on a journey of finding out who he wants to be in this world, and expre…
 
In this episode, I welcome Richard Kavanagh to the studio, a multi award winning hair stylist, turned tech entrepreneur, who epitomises the definition of rebel, in every sense of the word. Having grown up with a conservative upbringing in New Zealand during the 80's, Richard rejected the academic vision his family had for him and in doing so, threw…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome wonderful human and fashion designer, Gary Bigeni to the studio. With over 15 years in the fashion industry with his namesake women's wear label, Gary has put in the work to become a house hold name here in Australia. But with the past year giving us all a chance to sit back and reflect, it gave him the opp…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome fellow photographer, Frederick McHenry to the studio. Originally from South Atlanta, Frederick always felt like he was being put into a box growing up. He knew there was more outside of where he was being told to stay and it took crossing the Pacific Ocean and landing himself in South Korea to see what he h…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome Baden Hitchcock to the studio, a dancer with the Bangarra Dance Theatre, whose creative upbringing — thanks to his mother's loving encouragement — presented him with opportunities that have brought him around the world. With family in Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands, music, singing and dancin…
 
In this episode, I welcome Matthew Backer to the studio, a Sydney based journalist turned actor whose recent credits include Young Frankenstein, and probably the most fun gig you can get, host of the Australian children's program, Play School! We chat about his journey in the industry, how finding his tribe helped him discover who he is and his lov…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome Mark Campbell to the studio, a man whose creativity has taken him from the big screen, down to the printed page, and everywhere in between. Currently the Creative Director and Publisher at Harper Collins Australia, Mark had learned to navigate his skills by being an eager learner, always willing to try new …
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome Jack Phillips to the studio, a journalist, turned content maker that now calls Sydney home. Having grown up in East London via Essex in the late 90's and early 2000's, football and lad culture seemed to be the only way to relate. Shaved heads and Puma tracksuits were the uniform and footballers like David B…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome Chris Burt-Allan to the studio, a former management consultant, turned fashion influencer, turned sustainability advocate. Having spent time living overseas, jet setting around the world and working with luxury fashion brands, Chris had truly made it to the top of his game, but soon realised there was nowhe…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I welcome Tirrell Cherry to the studio, an American born Sydney sider whose military kid upbringing saw him live a gypsy like life, learning to call anyplace home. A social being at heart, Tirrell’s work always gravitated towards people, from styling hair in Atlanta, to teaching spin in New York City, now in Sydney, …
 
Welcome to Men In This Town: The Podcast. I’m Giuseppe Santamaria, and for over a decade, I’ve been photographing men’s street style in various towns around the world, looking for those whose dress sense speak volumes about who they are. In this podcast, I take a closer look at those men by bringing them into the studio for a portrait and having a …
 
2020 has been... interesting, to say the least. To find meaning in such a chaotic year, it is important to pause and reflect on the lessons we have learned and how we have all grown. The challenges we overcame, the new skills we learned & the small wins we had are all things to be proud of! In this episode, we reflect on 2020 and look ahead to the …
 
For any creator who has experienced shooting live shows, the ultimate goal is to be on tour with your favorite artist traveling all over the world! The sites and sounds of tour life create memories that last a lifetime, but many aspiring tour creatives overlook many aspects of tour life that can be detrimental to your career path. In this episode, …
 
Guapdad 4000 is a smooth, charismatic rapper from the Bay Area whose humorous style and steady flow have elevated him to stardom in recent years. Following his breakout appearance on the 2019 Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III, Guapdad released his official debut album Dior Deposits. Guapdad is a hip-hop outlier who showcases his pe…
 
As freelance creatives, we are always looking for new ways to produce income for ourselves - whether you are shooting one-off gigs here and there, or working on reoccurring projects, there are always ways to position yourself to secure a more predictable income. In this episode, we discuss the idea of negotiating retainer opportunities with reoccur…
 
Valentina Vee is a freelance director, cinematographer & editor working with clients all over the world. In the past few years, Vee has directed & shot a docu-series for Discovery, several PSA-style videos totaling over 200M views, and a travel show across 10 countries! Vee's creative focus has been on education, charity & overall just spreading a …
 
We have all been in the same situation - you are hired for a job and end up becoming a one-man show. You produce, shoot, direct & edit the entire project. Learning all of these skills can be incredibly valuable early on in your career, but at what point does it begin to hold you back as a creator? In this episode, we discuss the pros & cons of bein…
 
Steven John Irby, aka Steve Sweatpants, is a street photographer, creative director, & cofounder of Street Dreams Magazine - a magazine featuring up and coming photographers and crowd sourced photography pieced together in beautiful layouts and stories. Molded by the city he grew up in, Steve has gained recognition for his powerful B&W depiction of…
 
No matter where you are in your career – you should always be striving to LEARN! Being a “student of the game” is a valuable mindset to remind yourself that there is always room for growth in your career. There are lessons to be found by working in the field, watching YouTube videos, reading books, & listening to podcasts … but there are also ways …
 
Anthony Supreme is a photographer, director, & creative director who has worked with artists such as J Cole, Saint Jhn, Goldlink, Earthgang, & more! Anthony is most notably known for shooting the album cover & subsequent tour for J Cole's "4 Your Eyez Only". He is also the founder of Preme - an independent black-owned magazine that focuses on telli…
 
The freelance hustle can be draining at times. The need to make a living can potentially send you down a path of creating only for money, or taking on projects that don’t fulfill you artistically. In this episode, we wanted take a step back and discuss topics like creating for yourself, making creative friends, & making time for passion projects! C…
 
Spencer Whiting aka @gimbalgod is the premiere snowboarding filmmaker in the game – known for jumping over 100-foot jumps with riders and capturing the action just inches away on a GoPro. Not only is he the personal filmer for Olympic snowboarder Stale Sandbech, but Spencer is sponsored by brands like GoPro, Monster, & Oakley, and travels the world…
 
In the season finale of Portrait Session presented by Portuguese Flannel, I invited dancer, photographer, and all-around storyteller Luke Currie-Richardson to the studio. He talks about reaching his goal of dancing professionally for Bangarra Dance Theatre, making photos through an Indigenous lens, and why he doesn’t identify as an activist or a le…
 
When it comes to our clients, it is our job to make sure we make their wildest dreams come true. But sometimes, promising them the world can turn around to haunt you. Overpromising, delivering final products late, poor communication... These things can ruin your relationship with clients. We have all been there, so today we will be discussing two c…
 
Nesrin Danan, aka Blackprints, is a music & lifestyle photographer best known for her portrait work with artists, influencers, & YouTube stars. An influencer in her own right, Nesrin has built a platform of over 120,000 followers & secured brand deals with companies like Urban Outfitters, Puma, & Bose. In this interview, we dive into Nesrin's decis…
 
If you're looking to grow as a creator– whether it be your skillset, your confidence, you network, your experience, or your portfolio – the #1 mindset you should have is "Say Yes Until You Can Say No." In other words, you should take on every opportunity you can possibly get your hands on until you have the luxury of saying no. In this episode, we …
 
In this episode of Portrait Session presented by Portuguese Flannel, I invited Indonesian born, Sydney based, and all-round entertainer Andrian Syah to the studio. He talks about his obsession to learn new things, his disciplined work ethic and getting out of his comfort zone in order to grow. Watch the full episode at www.meninthistown.com/podcast…
 
Daniel Schiffer is a videographer & YouTuber who has been dominating the filmmaking space on YouTube with highly educational behind the scenes videos, editing tutorials, & more. Over the past year, his channel has exploded to 1.4M subscribers as he has popularized a unique handheld filming style coined "EPIC B ROLL" that has taken the internet by s…
 
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