Creative Besties – Sydney Duarte & Andrea Orr

June 12, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

What lights you up? Simple question. It takes a lifetime to answer. And, it’s a lot more fun if you have a creative partner to accompany you, lift you up and bring the best out of you. Two Charlotteans who exemplify that are Queen City creatives Sydney Duarte (The Traveling Gypsy) and Andrea Orr. Today. we interview them about their friendship on a “Creative Besties” edition of The Biscuit Podcast.


The Biscuit CLT Podcast: James Bazelle of Mert’s

June 5, 2019 | By Andy Goh | O.G. CLT | Podcasts

The “new” isn’t hard to find in Charlotte. In fact, it’s a job just keeping up with all the doors opening every day in the Queen City. That’s wonderful, but it can also distract us from the businesses, artists, restaurants, musicians, designers, entrepreneurs and dreamers who have kept the spark of creativity alive over the years. And, we want to celebrate them … and we want you to love them as much as we do. In this first installment of our new series, O.G. CLT, Andy Goh has a chat — and a chomp — with James Bazelle who, along with his wife Renee and…


Brit Drozda Makes Something Beautiful

May 29, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Nonprofits | Music | Podcasts

Growing up with parents who supported their children’s creativity, Brit Drozda and her brother indulged a love of music from an early age. The wrote and performed together in high school and Brit accelerated her live performances at Davidson College. Eventually, however, she stopped writing and performing. After a career in the culinary arts and starting her family, Brit was inspired to write a song she called “Let Me Hang the Moon.” This song — and playing it for others – inspired her to re-engage with her passion for music. And, she’s given her talents to Charlotte ever since. Hearing Brit’s soulful singing and folk-rock-pop…


The Biscuit Podcast – The Knight Foundation’s Celebrate Charlotte Arts Grant

May 16, 2019 | By Andy Goh, Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News | How To/Resources | Podcasts

In April, the Knight Foundation announced the creation of a new initiative, Celebrate Charlotte Arts, inspired by recent efforts like BOOM Charlotte and Goodyear Arts. A unique program designed to bolster and accelerate the growth of the arts and its impact on the community in the Queen City, Celebrate Charlotte Arts allows creatives across a wide array of disciplines to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 from an available pool of $200,000 the Knight Foundation has reserved for this effort. Applications are due on June 7 and community information sessions about the effort are scheduled May 21-23. To explore the origins of Celebrate…


Who’s included in America? Who isn’t? We talk with MyLoan Dinh about it.

April 23, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts

When we talk about “the American people,” who is included? Who belongs here? That’s a pressing topic in the world today. It was also a core question when Charlotte artist MyLoan Dinh spoke on the global topic of “Inclusive” at the April meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte. It’s at the heart of an upcoming exhibition at the Elder Gallery May 3-June 15. MyLoan is one of the artists in We See Heaven Upside Down, migration 4, an international, multi-disciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. Gathering in the backyard of her home, Charlotte’s famed “Poet’s Cabin,” MyLoan further explored her…


Jessica Moss – “Water”

March 26, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts


Creative Besties with well-run media

March 26, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

We know what happens when two hearts fall in love. But, when two brains fall in creative love, genius shows up. That’s what we talk about on the Creative Besties podcast. This week Tim Miner talks to two of the bestest besties in the Queen City — DC and Melissa of well-run media + marketing  — about how they make it work. Over 30 minutes, you’ll be laughing. You may be crying.  But, you’ll definitely be thinking. PHOTO CREDIT:  @JuliaFayPhoto


Larken, Dimple & Braxton

February 6, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Nonprofits | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts

CreativeMornings/Charlotte Podcast Ever heard of Raisin Pie? Nah. Neither have we. This week, Tim Miner & Matt Olin quiz it up about Charlotte history & talk about passion for civic service with Larken Egleston, Braxton Winston, & Dimple Ajmera after the 2/1/19 meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte. Plus, Kris Cole of the Levin Museum whets our appetites for Taste of the New South on 3/6/19! This podcast is produced by Andy Goh.


Creative Besties – Paula Bartlett & Torrie Savage

January 28, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

How can creatives make each other better? It’s not always easy to find that person that complements you. The person that makes you say, “We’re better together.” But, if you can … BOOM! On this 20-minute edition of “The Biscuit Podcast” we talk with creative powerhouses Torrie & Paula of The Savage Way and Driveway Art Co. about being Creative Besties and business partners. This podcast was produced by Andy Goh.


A Conversation with Stacy Smith of Tattoo Me Charlotte

January 13, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts

This 30-minute episode of the CreativeMornings/Charlotte Podcast was recorded immediately after Stacy Smith, local tattoo artist and contestant on the latest season of Ink Master on the Paramount Network, delivered a talk on the theme of “Surreal” to hundreds of creative Charlotteans. She discusses how she turned a passion in high school into a successful career, the business of creativity in Charlotte and handling insults from other artists. Matt and Tim also chat with Gavin Toth, co-owner fo Divine Barrel, about winning silver at the Great American Beer Festival.


Creative New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2018 | By Andy Goh | Podcasts

Happy New Year! Hear creative New Year’s Resolutions from the pantheon of #CLT podcasters, including Margarita Confessionals, You May Have Seen, WFAE’s Joni Deutsch, The Cookout, XM Divas, On Life and Meaning and Supportive Guy. Enjoy! This micro-podcast was produced by Andy Goh.


The #CharlotteIsCreative Podcast

December 13, 2018 | By Andy Goh | Podcasts

This episode’s guest is Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter of Leading on Opportunity. Matt Olin & Tim Miner talk to Dr. Cooper-Lewter bout strange laws, social capital and upward mobility. (Oh, and they laugh a lot, too.)


Jamie Decker’s Podcast

May 23, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Featured Image | Podcasts


Charlottean Jamie Decker’s got brains

May 23, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Featured Image | Podcasts | Videos

Charlottean Jamie Decker’s got brains … and she’ll let you hold them in your hand. In fact, she wants you to. After being inspired by the traveling Body Worlds exhibit visiting Discovery Place in 2007, Jamie tracked down the creator of the plastination technique used to preserve the organs and bodies displayed, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. She impressed him so much, he invited her to train under him in Germany and is, today, the only person living in the US who has. She’s moved back to Charlotte and wants to share her passion … and knowledge … with you. She spoke about her experience at…


Jamie Decker’s Got Brains … and She’ll Let You to Hold Them in Your Hands

May 23, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts | Videos

Charlottean Jamie Decker knows you … inside and out. And, it’s her mission that you know what she knows. Jamie is the founder of Charlotte-based, Experience Anatomy. Her company preserves human organs through the process of plastination created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. She was inspired to learn from Dr. von Hagens after his Body Worlds exhibition visited Discovery Place science museum in 2007. This experience was exhilarating for her. She discovered that Dr. Von Hagens was speaking at a conference a short time later and drove there to meet him. Jamie impressed Dr. von Hagens so much, he invited her to study under his…


The Biscuit Podcast: BOOM Charlotte Festival

May 1, 2019 | By Andy Goh | Podcasts

Charlotte is literally bursting with creativity, and this past weekend the BOOM Charlotte Festival put that all on display. With over 100 events and activities over three days, BOOM took over Plaza-Midwood and gave Queen City creatives exciting opportunities to meet each other, work together and share their passions with thousands of Charlotteans. And, The Biscuit Podcast was on hand to gather the sounds — if not the sights — of all the action. Our producer extraordinaire, Andy Goh, interviews festival founder and director, Manoj Kesevan, as well as Charlotte creatives Davita Galloway, John Hairston, Jr. and Andrea Downs. That’s a lot of creative inspiration…


Like Water, Jessica Moss Can Flow & Crash

March 27, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts | Videos

“Water can flow. Or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” These are powerful, immortal words from the legendary Bruce Lee. They flowed through a talk on the global subject of “Water” from Jessica Moss and her father, Joseph, at the meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte on Friday, March 8 at NoDa Brewing. As an ardent advocate for artists, communities of color and accessible arts education, Jessica Moss is the Founder and Director of The Roll Up. This national network of art incubators is embedded in neighborhoods mired in persistent poverty and concentrated disadvantage. In Charlotte, the Roll Up explores economic improvement through people, community arts and…


Stacy Smith Knows the Building Codes of Creativity

January 28, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts | Videos

Ten years after first picking up a needle, Stacy Smith is now co-owner of Tattoo Me Charlotte, was voted one of the top 10 tattoo artists in Charlotte, and has a signature watercolor/boho vibe style that is all her own. All of her pieces are custom, playing with tonal values and hues, resulting in what looks like a painting on the skin. Stacy recently starred in season 11 of Ink Master, the Dave Navarro-hosted reality competition television series airing on Paramount Network. At the January meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte, Stacy jumped into a Q & A with the 350 creatives on hand to discuss her thoughts on turning…