Specialized ProfessionI'm Jeff Szymanski, PhD - Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation. Today is the first day of OCD Awareness Week. AMA!
Oct 9th 2017 by DrJeffSzymanski • 27 Questions • 259 Points
Hi my name is Charlie Hamilton James and I’m a National Geographic Magazine photographer. As a kid all I wanted to do was shoot for National Geographic and finally, after a lot of years, I work for them pretty much full time. Many of us who shoot for the magazine specialise in certain areas and subjects. I started out specialising in wildlife then I broadened out to cover other subjects - vultures was my favourite wildlife story. Now I tend to shoot people and animal stories - usually conservation based. I recently finished a story on wildlife poisoning in Africa which is a huge problem and an untold story. It’s pretty depressing stuff but an important story to tell. Currently I’m shooting four stories for the magazine - one on sea otters which I haven’t started yet but can’t wait to get going on - I’m a massive otter fan. Before working as a still photographer, I made wildlife films for the BBC and worked as a wildlife cameraman; but I love shooting stills far more than shooting movies.
Photos of Yellowstone: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/05/yellowstone-photographer-hamilton-james/
Thanks so much everyone for the questions - they were all nice ones! Have a great day. I'm taking the doodle out now to check my camera traps. See ya!
Hi Dr. Szymanski! Are there any common myths about OCD you'd like to dispel?
What were your thoughts while it was happening? I've heard soldiers say that they don't think about risks in the heat of the moment, but they realize how terrifying a moment was after the adrenaline goes away. Is that true? That in the moment your instincts are about survival over fear?
There's footage of you chasing him all the way to the elevator before ( seemingly ) getting ushered away. If you had somehow made it into the elevator, what would you have asked/ how would you have reacted?
What is your favorite thing about that amazing friend who posted your lion artwork and thus started this whole journey? :)
Do you ever like to remind your daughters that youre a real disney princess? Do they ever ask you to sing like Anna?
Did you have a bit of a drink before playing with the Foo Fighters the other night?
How do you think the industry will respond to the Weinstein scandal? Do you feel you behave differently when interviewing male and female guests on WTF?
For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)
We have a great blog on this topic here: https://iocdf.org/blog/2017/10/03/help-seperate-ocd-myths-from-the-facts/
That said, the most problematic myth faced by those in the OCD community is that anyone can be a "little OCD". This is perpetuated by media representations of OCD, but also the general misunderstanding of OCD as a personality quirk. The problem lies with our use of the words obsession and compulsive. In general lay language "being obsessed" means something different from experiencing an "obsession". I might be obsessed about my team winning the World Series, but this is very different from experiencing an obsession that myself or someone I care about may get sick and die. Similarly, I might be compulsive about cleaning my office, but that is different that being completely overwhelmed by anxiety and feeling the only way to get relief is to engage in behaviors that are time consuming and get in the way of valued activities.
That is a completely apt description, when the bullets start flying the adrenaline kicks in and even though in a deep level you know you're in danger it's not something you have time to process. Once the adrenaline started to subside a few hours later, only then were we able to being to acknowledge just what happened.
Keep in mind, we had zero idea if there was a single shooter or multiple. The echo, reverb, bounce of the bullets made it extremely hard to echo-locate. I wrote a lot of this down in the first IMGUR link https://imgur.com/gallery/KKfSp but I get it if no one reads it, it's a long read.
If you watch a lot of different videos from concert goers though, you'll realize that they stayed put for 5-10 mins into the shooting inside the venue. Staying put and debating 'is that even gun fire?'. From >300 yards away, for those who haven't found themselves in that situation or at least watched body cam footage from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or other. It wouldn't necessarily being recognizable.
During the 3rd volley is when we hit the ground, where I jumped on top of the girls. There were only 2 moments in the event where I thought about dying. This was the first, and I thought to myself "Well if I'm going to die, this isn't the worst way to do it...attempting to shield friends". Later in the night we got trapped in a small hotel room and there was a surge in panic that a shooter was entering the lobby. Once trapped there, the second thought was "This is going to be a shit way to die, I don't want to die like this. Sitting ducks, fish in a barrel"
Hahahaha I debated cramming myself into that elevator...
I would have made sure to give Richard Smith (and his apparent advisor, former Senator Saxby Chambliss) my bag of money and told them to enjoy their $7.25 million contract with the IRS! http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/equifax-irs-fraud-protection-contract-243419
He is rather fabulous and an incredible dancer. Plus all those internet points. (Note, cnostaw is said amazing friend). Edit: He noted I spelled his username wrong. I r bad friend.
they dont really care. and they constantly tell me NOT to sing. they are BRUTAL
What do you reckon?
The industry is responding to it. People are speaking out.
Do I talk differently to men than I do to women? Sometimes, but for different reasons.
Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!
Oh wow that painting was the first one I bought after I moved into my own apartment! Thanks for giving my apartment some life! https://i.imgur.com/iDlzo9D.jpg
Wil you do this again when ur drunk please?
What was the most difficult photoshoot you ever went on?
At the time, I wasn't sure former CEO Richard Smith saw me because he played it so cool. But in watching video footage later, there is a moment where he looks behind him right before the hearing starts. His face is pretty priceless!
Thank you for the support!
Thanks for your question - anything in the Amazon! the Amazon is such a hard place to work. It's not just dark but it's hot and full of mosquitos and it all basically looks the same. I have spent over a year in the Amazon and really only have a handful of images I'm happy with. Technically the hardest was shooting an image of a beaver under the Teton mountains in Grand Teton National Park - the image was half under water and half above - it took three weeks to get the shot. Thanks!
How have you managed to look the same age for your entire career? It's really impressive.
Would you sing a song Noel wrote you if he offered it to you for your solo album?
What's the best shot that you missed? Either by equipment trouble or something you saw on the way to location?
good genes baby! and a high pitched voice. and staying out of the sun
i think he needs all the songs he can get himself these days
That's a hard one as I've blocked all those moments out of my head and never want to relive them. I have spent days fuming over missed moments. I remember flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter shooting stills of it and there were four guys fishing on the edge and a huge rainbow was rising through them and I got the shot but i was shooting with a shutter speed that was too slow so the image was not sharp. It was totally my fault and I still get annoyed about that when I see the picture.
and how did he respond if he did? (sorry to piggy back u/hrtl)
Just shelled out £70 for my new flat for this piece direct from your site. I’m going through a rough divorce right now and i hope seeing this beautiful mix of colours on such a powerful animal will help to give me strength, that some days is lacking.
Thank you, I believe this is what I needed.
How's your mom doing? Loved her in the documentary
Hey Charlie, I love your work! I am an aspiring wildlife photographer. I have started to amass a portfolio and Instagram following and am just now starting to work on more in depth projects such as searching for mountain lions in Western Alberta. I am wondering if you have any tips for someone who is looking to enter the wildlife photography world? Thanks!
Well, he ran away from me into the elevator: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/74bu5k/the_monopoly_man_chases_the_equifax_ceo_after_the/
Sorry thats its rough patch but thank you for the support and I hope it brings some happiness to your home!
She's doing good thanks
Hey thanks for your message - ok - be different. That's my suggestion. You're entering a world saturated with images of wildlife so you have to think of ways of shooting that work for you and are perhaps a little different from standard. When I first got an assignment from Nat Geo on otters I looked at everything that had been done - every image I could find on google. I wanted to know what had been done by everyone else so that I could not do the same. It's a really hard thing to do but you have to if you want to stand out. Mountain lions would be a wonderful way to go - check out Steve Winter's incredible work on them - good luck!
Do you have a video of him dancing? The internet must see.
How do you feel about koalas? They are quite similar to the sloth
What was going through your mind when you decided to crowd-surf with the Foo Fighters the other night?
Hi Marc, big fan, absolutely loved your work on GLOW! Was there a scene that was your favorite to work on? And, if you were to create your own wrestling personality, who would you be?
Hello Sir! It must be great seeing and capturing all those wonders of nature. What's the most dangerous situation involving an animal, person(s), or just the environment you've been in while on the job?
I think everyone realized what I was doing. Luckily, free speech is (mostly) still a thing.
Does him being walked on a slave collar by Britney count? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gb7UypwOxI (SFW btw) Edit. SFWish
koalas get high off eucalyptus and most of them have chlamydia. these are facts
not a lot tbh
The scene in the abortion clinic and the scene with my daughter were the most challenging and exciting to do as an actor.
My wrestling personality... how about Captain Annoying?
Thanks for the question - i get asked this a lot. It's weird because I haven't had very many dangerous experiences. I try never to put myself in dangerous situations with animals as i'd be being really irresponsible if I did. As for people - kind of the same. I smile a lot and treat people really fairly and as a result i've never been in a hostile situation. I'm sure it will happen at some point - and I'm not looking forward to it. Canoeing across Victoria Falls in a deflating canoe and getting pulled into the rip going over the edge while trying to avoid a crocodile in the dark, before reaching the island we were heading for and following hippo trails in the dark and climbing down the face of the falls to get a shot of a moon rainbow, in a country I was working in illegally while the secret police were looking for us - well to be honest that was pretty scary - but it was a long time ago now!
Anything happened after? Were you banned from ever attending again?
Holy crap that's awesome. Did he get pulled out of the audience for that?
Liam who do you think would win in a fight; Paul Simon or Phil Collins?
Hey Marc. Longtime fan. It was great meeting you at the D.C. show in May.
Do you ever worry you will run out of note-worthy guests to interview? And do you have any plans of retiring the show anytime soon, or this something you can see yourself doing well into your 70's?
Hi Charlie. Any thoughts on Sean Penn's character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? When not taking photos of wildlife, what subjects do you like to photograph?
I am fortunate to not have had any real interaction with the capitol police, before or after. One officer asked me to take my bag of money off my lap and put in on the ground, but that is it.
However, now that I am public, I would not be surprised if folks will watch me more closely. I am sure we will see soon!
Yup! He is a die hard fan.
There's no shortage of interesting people to talk to and there's no end in sight for the show. For humanity, I don't know.
Thanks for the question - loved the film by the way. What struck me about Sean Penn's role the most was that at the moment he was about to get the shot of the snow leopard he pulled away to just watch it - that really impressed me (although it was just a movie). I remember doing the same the first time I ever saw an otter underwater - a moment I'd waited my whole life for (even though I was only 17 at the time) i just thought - i need to see this rather than ruining it by shooting a picture. I watch people on safari in africa and wish for their sakes they'd do the same - but then I rarely do! I shoot tons of stuff other than wildlife these days - i particularly love photographing tourists taking selfies. thanks!
So what did people say? How did they react to your getup? Did the Equifax CEO acknowledge you or at least give you an odd look?
And now reddit famous
Are there any Good Places scenes youve had trouble filming from laughing so much?
What's your favourite drink?
What has been your most surreal experience either interviewing someone or on tour? Like an experience that had you wondering, "WTF just happened?"
Thanks in advance, can't wait for my copy of the book to arrive.
Hey Charlie, did you go to a photography school or did you teach yourself?
Im wondering if its worth going to school for photography or nat (geo) :)
I didn't catch it in person, but watching videos after the fact, I saw Richard Smith look back at me and make a pretty priceless alarmed face. But I was seated in the row right behind his advisors, and one of his PR folks was seated immediately to my right.
I caught several of them giving me dirty looks throughout. One guy in particular tried to stare me down in the beginning. (But I don't scare easily)
The best kind of famousss
when mindy st clair first asks me for coke, i had tears coming out of my eyes and snot out of my nose i was laughing so hard
After the President of the United States left my house, I had that feeling.
HI one-two-rule - i failed spectacularly at school and left when I was just fifteen. However a year or so later I got onto a course studying photography at Falmouth School or Art and Design in Cornwall, UK. What the course taught me was the basics of photography and that really gave me good grounding; certainly as a wildlife photographer. Too often wildlife photographers forget that they have to also be photographers and learn and practice what that means. There is no set way into Nat Geo - we all come from completely different backgrounds and disciplines. Many worked for news papers and some went to college to learn. There are also plenty of courses people go on to take their photography to the next level. I guess the Eddie Adams workshop is the most well known. There you get set assignments and you work with editors to create stories. The key thing to remember is - National Geographic photographers are all story tellers as well as being photographers and journalists. Our images need to tell the story we are telling visually. Hope that helps!
Lol I'd love to be inside his head during that thought process.
"I'm going to intimidate this person who is clearly more of a maniac than I am."
I think if that was me, in the moment in which I was attempting to physically intimidate a person dressed as the monopoly guy, I would be struck with a sudden overwhelming need to reevaluate my life.
Am I a bad person for being super jealous of your good fortune and talents?
Hi Kristen! I love The Good Place, such a great show!!
I also love reading the down-to-earth, realistic interviews you and your husband do about the reality of being in a serious/long-term relationship, with all its ups and downs. If you had one major piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
I grew up on Manc council estate in the 90's... Oasis was very much the soundtrack to my childhood!
Putting music & football to one side, what do you miss most about Manchester?
Good work on the album btw Liam, you absolutely fuckin smashed it!
And THAT is why satire works. Him intimidating me as a plain clothes protestor would feel meaningful and important to him, but intimidating me as the Monopoly Guy fiddling with my monocle might make him reassess.
I get massive envy as there are a lot of waaaay more talented people out there and I know I got lucky. But hopefully pushes you to do more?
Did you ever have any moments where you thought "I need to go and get my job back"?
How does Dax handle knowing your one true soul mate is Craig Ferguson? Can we forking get some flying cheeky monkeys around here!
Are you enjoying the creative freedom of being on your own as opposed to being in a band?
Have you considered going to England to do interviews? I would like to hear Charlie Brooker, Richard Ayoade, Graham Linehan, the Pythons, the League of Gentlemen guys, the Mighty Boosh guys, etc.
Also, why don't you do the live WTF shows anymore?
I really enjoyed watching the 'I Bought A Rainforest' programme you made a few years ago, and it raised some very interesting points. Do you still own or regularly visit your patch? More generally, what do you think the best options are for 'us' (relatively wealthy westerners) to conserve rainforests or other habitats elsewhere in the world without obstructing the development of local communities?
I got a lot of questions from other folks in line, but I was fortunate enough to not get hassled by capitol police. One officer did ask me take my bag of dollar bills off my lap though!
Not that job (not that they did not treat me well, I just was unfulfilled there). But yes, constantly dealing with self doubt, long term planning and asking myself whether its safer just to get a 9 to 5 again.
Dax is OK with it. Hes VERY open to anything. Hes a free spirit, and also often my wingman.
not particularly. i loved being in a band.
I did it early on with Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Harry Deansway, Adam Bloom. I'd do it again.
The live shows are a big undertaking and were done initially as premium content. They don't really honor what we do anymore, though they are entertaining.
Thanks - yes an important question. Glad you liked the series by the way. I just think we need to take more collective responsibility for the eco-systems that are of global importance - like the Amazon. And the more I try to understand conservation the more I realise that that means understanding the dynamics of poverty and figuring out what we can do to make peoples lives better and more productive in these sensitive areas so that chopping down forests is not the key to their survival. We get very cross in the west with poor people who chop trees down in order to survive - it makes me mad. Of course we all wood do the same in their position. Sadly the answers to these problems are very complicated and too often we say things like 'if we just changed the values of the global economy and if we just did....' the truth is we are very bad at changing - especially on a global scale. But we need to ultimately. That starts by all of us doing our bit and investing in schemes that are designed to lift people out of poverty and provide them with jobs and education and options beyond destroying globally important resources. I worked with the CREES Foundation when I made IBAR and they have some great agro-forestry programmes - getting loggers into replanting forests is a pretty good scheme. I haven't been back to the land for years by the way - last year I signed over a lease to the National Park for 99yrs. They are going to build a ranger station on it. cheers!
How did you get a seat positioned directly behind the Equifax CEO in a way that you were also on camera without causing suspicion?
Seems like you are doing this for the best of reasons, then. Enjoying the daily grind, while squirreling away when you can (re: long term planning).
Isn't that the fledgling artist's dream? For one day to not need "the job" to sustain your creative output?
You say luck, but talent and hard work are best buddies. In my experience with music, it is a ton of hard work to satisfy the brutal criticisms I have of my work.
My question: how do you know when you're done with unpaid works, i.e. your own creative works?
Hey Kristen!! Huge fan.
Any chance of a Veronica Mars reboot? You and Rob seem so into it! Why not make it happen?
Hey LG I just really want to know what song do you usually sing in the shower? x
Hey, Marc, big fan since Thinky Pain, just had a quick question for you. Did you ever find the Beefheart?
HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?
Oh, I absolutely caused suspicion, but luckily my actions fell within protected free speech. I knew which seat to sit in because I have watched and attended many Senate Banking hearings as a (plain-clothes) advocate.
Its tough, sometimes something you love doesn't resonate with other people. Stuff I have found a little lacking has sometimes sold really well! I think its good to leave an artwork for a few days or longer and see it again with fresh eyes.
thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks
Obvious question: how'd you do it? How did you make your way to that perfect seat without getting kicked out?
Have you thought of creating a Youtube channel for additional revenue?
Do some time lapse videos of a creation. Or tips/tricks on creating a piece.
Just something to create additional revenue.
Hi Kristen - long time listener, first time caller. What's it like working with Dax as a director, and how's life around the house when you're in the midst of doing a project together?
Love your work - as a dad with three daughters, I particularly love the character you created in Veronica Mars. My oldest and I binge-watched it together and we're both big fans.
Liam, is Robbie Williams was a type of beer, what would that beer be? As you were lad
Best advise you’ve ever gotten? Worst advise you’ve ever gotten?
Hi Charlie, do you work with a team on site to capture photos that are so close to the animals? Agree, otters are the best. Thanks!
Credit for the perfect seat goes to a very dedicated intern, who was first in line for the hearing at 7 AM! As for not getting kicked out, I had heard stories from other activists about what is and isn't allowed, and skirted that line as closely as I could. Fun fact: you are allowed to wear costumes, but you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise.
Yeah I have one! Check it out at www.youtube.com/marcallanteart
dax writes very wuickly. he can bang out a script in 3 weeks which is insane. he will check in to a hotel in the area to write without the kids buging him all day, adn we go visit him every 2 days or so. Hes phenomenally deciscive as a director and usually very stressed so i have to take good care of him while hes working
Best advice was when I asked Paul Reiser, "How do you get started in comedy?" I asked him that when I was in college. He said, "Well. You've just got to do it."
Worst advice was "Cocaine will help."
Hi thanks for your question. I tend to work alone or with just one assistant. But if I want to get very close to animals I work on my own as it's hard enough getting close to animals as it is - extra people just make it harder. I use remote cameras a lot - cameras I can control from a distance. BY doing that I can get my camera very close to some animals without disturbing them at all - which is a always the aim. Yes otters are the best!
Given the option, would you like to have been cast as Janet? That role seems like it would be a ton of fun.
There’s a short recording from 2004 of you singing a song called “Show Me Your Love”. It’s fucking great man. Are you ever going to give it a proper release? Here is a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7xPTUJzKqk
do you find that interviewing musicians helps with your own guitar playing, and do you ever ask for pointers from your guests, or do you just leave them to it? Also; what sort of guitars are you playing these days, any new gear to talk about?
Thanks for the podcast and for doing this AMA!
What are your top tips for taking photos that look nearly as good as yours?
forgot all about that, thanks for reminding me though
Yeah, I definitely ask for pointers and they usually give them to me. Every time I do the Conan O'Brien show, Jimmy Vivino shows me some new licks.
I've been playing a Gibson reissue of a '56 Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top.
Light, light, light and emotion. You know so many people obsess about megapixels and cameras and lenses but its always to me about emotion and that trumps everything else. You can have a picture thats technically useless but is loaded with emotion - thats the image the editors at Nat Geo will pic. Hope that helps
What kind of costumes? Because I'd go dressed as Shang Tsung and show them who the real stealer of souls is.
I deserve sweet karma too!
Still love watching and rewatching that Toto - Africa video you did with Dax. Who got the idea?
If you could open for one band, who would it be?
Hi Marc, I read the Denial of Death after your recommendation and it was great. What other seminal books would you recommend everyone reads in order to understand themselves and life in general?
p.s. Boomer Lives!
Hey! I coincidentally just watched a show that you appeared on last night while surfing Netflix. "The Great Yellowstone Thaw" or something like that, in which you were out in Yellowstone on the Snake shooting Otters. Fantastic stuff and Kudos for hanging out in the Wyoming winter like that. I live in Jackson and can commiserate a bit.
Do you stay in the park while conducting these projects, and what have you found is the best way to stay (relatively) warm while hanging out motionless in the dead of winter?
The sky is the limit, my friend! Apparently, someone once dressed as Lincoln, complete with a two-foot high hat. (I think they may get touchy if you wear a mask though - fake mustaches only)
i decided noone looks at vaca pictures but maybe if we made a music video we would wanna rewatch it someday!
Thanks for your question - i live in JH TOO AND LOVE IT!!! I tend to work mainly in the park and in the NF. And to stay warm - hmmm - the oxbow at -20 is not somewhere I've ever managed to stay warm - four toe warmers on each foot and they still freeze. we were doing 8 hrs without moving on The Thaw shoot - it was not nice and the otters didnt show up much that year. Thanks for the question!
Just read your journey.. Really fascinating, well done and wish you the best (P.S: Could I also get some sweet karma too?)
Despite the fact I am almost 25 years old, can you and Dax adopt me?
What’s Alan White up to these days? Do you ever speak to him?
If you could give any piece of advice not relating to your profession, what would it be?
Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?
sure! are you good at chores? do you like waking up early with your new siblings so we can sleep? do you play catan? these are all requirements
not seen Whitey for ages. I'm sure he's buying and selling things
Decide whether or not being hard on yourself is proactive or completely undermining.
Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!
I am betting that they will close that loophole very quickly.
I have your achilles photo on my wall, I never knew this story and It makes it so much better! You are amazing! ----Upvote? :)
Hey Marc, huge fan of the podcast and your standup.
What's your least favorite city to perform when you're on a standup tour?
Hi Charlie, while taking pictures for nature if u see a prey vs predator moment in wild are you allowed to help the prey survive?
HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.
Hey Marc, glad you’re doing well! I’ve got three of your prints in my house, including the one that started it all - Portrait if Hong Kong. Love em all!
Speaking of which, how long did it take you to paint portrait of Hong Kong?
How did Anna make it to the Wreck-It Ralph 2? And will she be there for long?
Hi Liam, The new album rocks, thanks! Can’t believe ‘Come Back to Me’ wasn’t a single, what a nice surprise! If you could have been a fly on the wall for one moment in history – which moment would it be?
Hey Marc, love to hear you talk with musicians, what have you been listening to lately?
Have you explored any other types of photography? If you weren't shooting wildlife, what would you be taking pictures of?
Thanks, we working on it. Outpouring of support that we all are receiving has been tremendous and brought us all closer. I believe we're going to attempt to get back together sometime soon, to talk and mourn and hug one another. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Thanks for the support! About two weeks! Mainly because I had to redo it twice. I didnt like the first two versions haha.
ive seen the sequence we recorded and it is FUNNY AS HELL
the moment john lennon went up in a helicopter with the maharishi
I've been listening to Night of the Cookers. It's Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, live.
Thanks for the question - more and more these days I shoot stories of people. I'm off shooting a story on isolated tribes in the Amazon in a few weeks. It was hard going from wildlife photography to people but I love being challenged and tend to get bored easily if I'm not. I just completed my first shoot suing studio lighting too - that was tough! thanks!
What was your favorite of Veronica Mars's comebacks/snarky one liners? I fully admit to using some of them in real life.
How did you decide on the common threads to pull together from the interviews, and how difficult was it to condense? Was permission from anyone an issue, or do you already have the rights to the whole interview?
Thanks again, you were the first podcast I listened to before I went down the podcasting rabbit hole, and your interviews have meant a lot to me! (Also great episode on the Turnaround and Lovett or Leave It).
I do policy and advocacy work, focused mostly on corporate accountability and financial reform at the moment - so I don't spend a lot of time in courtrooms. But I graduated from UCLA Law as part of their Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies programs, and I am admitted to practice law in California.
Just under six figures before. Just over now.
As VM changes a tire TROY: "FLAT?" VM: "IM JUST AS GOD MADE ME"
a splash of Tourettes you f*cking cunt
BM: The threads came together after re-listening to everything and pulling out the good stories. Then it was assembled like a puzzle and the themes became obvious.
Two people requested their material not be used.
Thanks for the question - i guess my advice is cover subjects you are most passionate about and really understand them. If you want to shoot wildlife and conservation stories then I would start out by getting work in conservation - ideally in the media side of it and work from there. It's a really tough job to making a living in but a valuable - we need more people working in conservation so go for it - good luck!
If not their names, could you share their reasons?
Hi Charlie! What is some of your "go to gear" that you take with you on every shoot?
I understand the position and how some may find it ironic, I get it I really do. I won't be one to say it though. Country music fans, are easy to put into a box of white republican, gun toting, budweiser drinking hillbillies. And to a point...that's very true.
But it's the music that brings us all together, I lean left on the spectrum. I don't agree with everything a single party puts out, we should make up our own mind. But to my point, the music is a community. I was dancing arm and arm with my friend who was wearing a trump top and MAGA hat. I have my own very different political views but it isn't important, we were there together to share an experience.
People can politicize it all they want and point out ironies. I get it, it's part of a large discussion. I don't particularly want to get into that just yet, and when I do it will be a personal conversation with close friends and family. :)
the current "resolution" is that its too heavy for me to lift and he wont move it so its STILL IN THE LIVING ROOM
AS YOU WERE
How did you stay so serious? I would be laughing and giggling and get kicked out. Huge respect dude //edit after 17 hours: wow I learned a lot about different sexualities/genders today. reddit is great
What do you sell an original for/how much is it to commission?
Hi Liam, Love the new album. I bought it on vinyl but unfortunately couldn't get tickets to see you.
Anyway, my question is after the immediate success of As You Were, will you still be making your own tea?
Outside of Keith Richards, which guitarist had the biggest impact on you during an interview?
Hey Mr. Living My Dream, have you ever gotten into underwater photography? Wildlife photography is easily my favorite hobby, and I really enjoyed the challenges I found when I took my camera underwater (especially, cold murky water). I always wondered what a real pro would think of the contrast between under and over water.
Believe me, I have been cracking up these last few days at every photo and video. But in the moment, I was on a mission. That's why they call me a professional troublemaker.
Between USD500 - 6000 depending on size.
Hey how are you? love underwater photography - i tend to specialise in fresh water as I'm not a very good diver. Exploring river sis awesome though and I love it - we need more people doing it - hope you are. and you can do it with a snorkel.
Will you be using the Monopoly Man getup for future public appearances (including as a subversive protest, but also, say, in court)? Relatedly, how do you recommend others to become as badass as you?
Damn, that's actually quite cheap.
EDIT: I'm friends with a few bit of Nyc artists. Large paintings can go for 3-4K. I get that if you're not in the art scene that can be surprising, but people put weeks into a single painting and their lifetime creating their skill set.
Hey Kristen, you've got amazing chemistry with all the late night hosts, and when you covered for Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year you killed. Just wondering if you've ever thought of hosting your own show?
Also what was your reaction when you found out about the twist at the end of season 1 of The Good Place?
Hey Liam, big fan here. Simple question, other than football, what's your favorite sport?
Your conversation with Martin Starr is one of my favorite wtfs. Did you ever take up his offer to meditate?
Hey Charlie, Whats in your travel bag? And Why?
I wore this costume to call attention to S.J. Res. 47, a bill some Senate Republicans are trying to push through as a get-out-of-jail-free card for Equifax and Wells Fargo. Hopefully all this attention has scared them off from taking that vote, but if Mitch McConnell does another push, Monopoly Man will absolutely rise again!
Given the great support, I am also open to using Monopoly Man for other causes. And I am not limiting myself to this one character - creative activism takes many forms, and you need to fit the character to the protest.
Come buy some cheap art at www.marcallante.com :P
ive thought about a show...but jimmy is a good friend and i see how its ALOT more work than many think it is so im not quite ready for that yet
My headphones - i cant travel without tons of stuff to watch on my phone - i'm a tv junky. and obviously a few cameras - iPhone, Leica and Canon or Sony - I juts bought a Rollieflex too
I loved how human a moment it was when Monopoly Man lost his/her monocle during the post-hearing interview. Your wit, confidence, your savviness showed as bright then as when you winked your railroad rich eyebrows directly into the camera. Class act, you!
Just thought I'd let you know picture 5 on your full portfolio has a spelling error in the title. I imagine it should say "little steps" but it says "little steos". Fantastic art by the way!
Edit: to clarify, the error is in the title desplayed below on the mobile viewer.
Just wanna say that the good place is forking amazing and I love it so much! My question is do you think Tahani X Elanor could happen?
Hey Liam, absolutely loving As You Were, Come Back To Me is a belter. That aside what I wanna know is what’s more important the shoes or the jacket?
PS. Don’t ever change, see you in Notts/Manc x
Marc and Brendan,
Thanks for the countless hours of entertainment over the years. I have to drive about 3 hours round trip a day for work, so you've definitely kept me sane during those mind numbing drives. I find myself going back and re-listening to a lot of your podcasts. I do this a lot with guests who I was not familiar with beforehand. So I was wondering, who is a guest that you weren't very familiar with, or was unsure of that really surprised you during your interview?
I want to get closer to working with animals but most places like zoos or sanctuaries don't hire unless you have experience. What are some ways to get my foot through the door if I want to work with exotic animals? Would I have to be physically fit? (I have autoimmune health problems).
Thanks for the spot!
Hey thats a really tricky one for me - i have never really working with exotic animals in captive setting. I guess volunteering at animal rescue centres could be both really helpful to them and rewarding for you and then you'd get some real hands on experience to take elsewhere - good luck
Public Citizen called arbitration clauses a “get out of jail free” card for companies. What advice do you have for people who don't want to fall victim to these hidden clauses?
If all the Disney princesses had a battle royale style fight to the death who would win?
You and Craig Ferguson had such an amazing chemistry together. Do you still stay in touch with him?
Hey Liam! What's your absolute favourite song EVER? The one that makes you feel good everytime
Huge fan, you honestly inspired me to start standup at my local open mics and while I'm not good still it's some of the best times.
Would you ever be willing to star in another Marc themed tv/Netflix show? I love Glow but it doesn't quite fit the same roll Maron filled in my heart.
Have you ever had the chance to interact with the Great Apes (excluding humans) and if so what is your most interesting story/observation?
Sadly, these ripoff clauses seem to be just about everywhere now. We even found one in the Pokemon GO terms and conditions last year! A few clauses have opt-out provisions, where you can write to the company (usually within 30 days) to waive the clauses, but that is rare.
Honestly, the most effective way to protect your right to sue big companies when they break the law is to push for federal protections like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. That is why I am fighting S.J. Res. 47, the effort to repeal it.
I reckon Mulan and Pocahontas would be standing on the heap. Unless Jasmine gets to bring Rajah. Then shit would get real.
Thanks for the question. I've only ever hung out with orang-utans but I very quickly fell in love with them. I didnt spend enough time with them to get any depth - only a few weeks. I remember one day though photographing an adult female who had a young baby called Tido - Tido was all over his mum and her elder son Thomas who was about seven was being ignored. He kept trying to climb on his mum but she shunned him and eventually moved away and Thomas sat with me looking very depressed and abandoned. I photographed him with his head in his hands. Poor wee guy! But he had to grow up and become an independent orang and his mum know it.
How much practicing did your mastery of the monocle take? Seems like it'd be kind of hard to keep in, but you handled it like a right old timey pro.
For the sake of this question, are we considering Leia to be a Disney princess? Because she's force sensitive with the reflexes to match, she can use a blaster quite effectively and, if the EU is taken as Canon, she's a Jedi in her own right.
Liam, please answer this important question..
''Who built the moon?''
Hey Marc, saw you in Lincoln last year.
I remember seeing that you tried to reconcile with Jon Stewart and have him on your podcast and he pretty much threw it back at you, but offered to sit down and have coffee. Now that he's off the Daily Show, have you had any other contact with him?
Hey Charlie! I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm an aspiring photographer myself, and am in the "learn as much as possible" stage of my career. If I covered my own expenses, could I come volunteer as a production assistant on one of your shoots sometime?
I definitely struggled with it a bit. But the prop I had was pretty lightweight, so it wasn't that hard to hold in. You just need to exercise those eye muscles!
we debated that this season actually and Mike Schur our creator is so thoughtful he actually asked me "would you be ok if a sloth was on the show? like, we dont want you to thinkwe are making fun of you or anything"
Hey owninobrien -thanks for your question. The truth is that these days I tend to only use assistants who live in the countries where I work and rarely sue assonant otherwise. I get hundreds of requests every year but I cant really help these days. When I worked in TV I had full time assistants but I dont anymore - they are all much better than me these days! so sorry but worth asking other photographers. cheers!
First, thank you for your activism. How long have you been doing this? Do you think this is effective or just entertaining?
Hey! Congrats on taking a big risk! I'm curious about this because my girlfriend is in a similar boat. She hates office jobs, but is too nervous to do something similar. Do you have any tips on branching out and putting yourself out there?
Is Kathryn Hahn as funny as she seems? I always loved her on Parks and Recreation.
How many tambourines do you have stockpiled at home and what's your preferred tambourine shape? (You were phenomenal on Saturday btw!)
Hi Marc, love the podcast. What caused you and Chris Hardwick's feud?
What action did a vulture or otter take that really surprised you (e.g., out of "character" or a demonstrating a trait you didn't know they had)?
Thank you all for the support! I don't really remember a time when I wasn't an activist. When I was 13, I staged my first action outside of a Disney store to protest their labor practices. I use a variety of tactics - both traditional and non-traditional - but I think activism is most effective when it is both entertaining and informative.
To be honest, I would not have given up the years of experience working for a big company. It taught me so many skills about how to run a business, to negotiate and set deadlines for myself that have proven invaluable. Creativity is obviously important but you need to balance it with some of the more logistic and administrative icky stuff that most people don't want to do. But there is nothing stopping her doing it part time now! I waited 5 years before I felt comfortable to jump ship as by that time I had a good idea of how well my art was selling etc.
Kathryn is hilarious and kind. shes truly inspiring all the time. always has a smile on her face.
i have a collection of around1500-2000. Round ones and triangular
I once watched a lappet faced vulture break off a small twig from a bush and give it to his partner - it was very touching and amazing to watch such a huge ugly bird being so generous and sensitive.
The Good Place is so good, man. But, when are you finally going to guest star on iZombie? Voicework doesn't count!
Hey Liam! The new album is a fuckin’ rocker! Do you ever think of doing a collab with Richard Ashcroft?
i wish! in truth they shoot in vancouver so its hard for me to travel there with kids and all
i would love to work with Ashcroft. i love him
What would be the best piece of advice you could give to an aspiring/struggling artist?
Oh man, I just discovered The Good Place on Netflix and binged it all in one go. Love it!
What would would be in your own personal Bad Place? Mine would be a wardrobe full of shirts and blouses with one missing button.
Do you prefer jam or marmalade?
Really enjoyed your talk with Bill Simmons last week, when is he going to make an appearance on WTF?
I'm a budding young photography graduate, have you got any tips for breaking into the industry? And can I please please come and have work experience with you?
Nope, it was just an intrepid 13-year-old kid that got kicked out of the mall within about ten minutes!
I think the most important thing for me in this whole process was not to neglect the boring admin and "back office" work. Its unfortunate but I think raw talent only goes so far... and as sad as it sounds, being able to brand and market yourself, learn the ins and outs of social media and how the art market sells is so important. When I was first starting out I picked out some emerging artists that were doing really well and I tried to figure out what they were doing to get their work good exposure and sales. So yes, paint, practice and constantly develop your art, but dont neglect that other aspect either.
Mine would be Zero caffine, Zero naps,and constantly hearing 2 songs play at the same time.
I'm sorry but I cant do any work experience! however my advice - be different. There are millions of people shooting the same stuff in the same way - stand back reconsider your subject and the way you approach it and do what everyone else isn't doing - then you make your own path and find your own voice as a photographer - good luck
Any other direct actions planned? Also, the Monopoly man doesn't have a monocle and I'm interested as to whether you knew that but decided to go with the monocle anyway because so many people think he does or if it's just a good prop. I have to admit, you pulling out the monocle was quite possibly the funniest thing I've seen in months.
Tell me about the cat in the picture?
Thanks for asking! I have been getting so many comments about the monocle. When planning the outfit, I used google images of Rich Uncle Pennybags as reference. Most of the images didn't have a monocle, but a few did, and I knew it would make a great prop.
Also, my sister gave me a monocle as a gag gift when I graduated from law school, so I HAD to use it.
Waffles is the BEST. My SO and I got him from the rescue three months ago and he is now lord of the house.
In the spirit of social activism, I just wrote a petition for Hasbro to retcon the Monopoly Guy to add a monocle.
Will Waffles get his own lion style painting?
More seriously though, awesome art - what percentage of originals sell and if you don't mind sharing do they make up the majority or minority of income for an artist like yourself?
Besides Settlers of Catan, what other board games are you playing?
What’s the definitive Oasis lineup in your eyes?
Hi Marc, huge fan of both the podcast and the Show,
There's a house fire and you can only save one record, what do you pick?
You, sir, are the true hero.
I'd save my cats, because most records are replaceable. Though I do have an original pressing of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn that I'd probably grab.
Have you had many news organizations or people reaching out to you after the fact? How widely were you recognized by people who knew you?
Yeah but what about the painting of waffles
Hi Kristen! When you were dubbing Anna in Frozen, did you already know how big hit it will become?
Any Chance of a second solo album? Love As You Were!
Oh hi Marc,
What unique advice would you have for a recent college grad English major who wants to avoid the mundane 9-5 day to day week at all costs?
I have been doing non-stop press since Wednesday! The amount of attention has been overwhelming, but I am very happy that I seem to have made this very rough week easier for some folks. And of course I am excited that people are paying attention to S.J. Res. 47 and supporting the CFPB arbitration rule.
Strangely enough, many folks who know me personally did not recognize me in costume. Every day, I get several texts from people who just figured out it was me! I imagine some folks will only find out years from now.
How do you feel about homelessness?
Do you think you will inspire more monopoly men to start making appearances?
Hi! I follow your instagram and the progress pictures you post. Every now and then you post a semi-finished picture that seems quite perfect to me, but then there's always more that you post later and I'm always amazed at how much detail that can be refined. How do you determine whether a piece is finished or not? Do you ever get concerned about under/over-doing it? When's the exact moment you tell yourself it's time to stop?
Congrats on the show, and Waffles is darn cute :) p.s. speaking as a soon-to-be veterinarian ;)
What attracted you to The Good Place? Congratuwelldone on the show's success! :~)
What should I name my first born child?
I certainly hope so! I posted a how-to guide with links to all the accessories I used here: https://queeronclearance.tumblr.com/post/166109873133/monopoly-man-top-hat-nj-novelty-7-on-amazon
(Yes, I have a queer fashion blog)
Waffles approves of this post. Thank you for following me and yes! I have that problem evaluating my own work as well. I sometimes share early stuff with friends and get opinions. Sometimes ill do little side studies to see what works. But I think generally you get a good feeling of when something is done. But just in case I sometimes leave an artwork sitting for a week or so to see it again with fresh eyes.
I'm kind of a Barton Fink guy, though No Country For Old Men is right up there. Fargo is great, their tightest movie.
what's your favourite episode of art attack?
Do you play video games? If so, what are some of your favorite games?
How do you like your potatoes?
hey man its 5:15am here and ive been waiting just to ask you 2 things
do you think youll ever do a show in new zealand? (the south island to be percise) . youre my favourite stand up comedian and ive always wanted to see you live. you could come down do some shows and have a vacation
do you know of the band my morning jacket and could you please try get one of the members on the podcast? the singer jim james would be brilliant. your one of my heros, there my heros, so you doing a podcast with one of them would be amazing to me.
thanks man i really love your stuff. your latest special was fucking great by the way
Nah. If you're a capitalist, serving the public is for suckers.
I havnt played in a VERY long time but i used to LOVE 007 and Mario cart on N64. that was my sweet spot. Now im very into board games
I might come to New Zealand.
I know the band but I don't really listen to them. I'll give it a try.
What kind of training have you had, or are you self taught? Just checked out Instagram, man and I love your work.
There was a massive picture of your on the side of my bus, and I was wondering - have you ever seen an advert with your face on it in public, and how did that make you feel?
Hey Liam, I noticed that in various instances you sung "There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't speak Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Spanish.../Whatever"
Do you plan to pick up a foreign language at all, and if so, which one?
Marc...love ya man!
When do you plan on returning to Iowa City for more existential conversations about Dave Matthews Band?
Yes! Someone informed me of this term yesterday, and I think it is brilliant.
I am self taught! Part of the enjoyment for me is learning new things and discovering techniques. I read a lot, watch youtube videos, attend workshops etc. I just started oils a few months ago and absolutely loving it now! Thanks so much!
super wierd. i dont even like mirrors that much and a larger than life billboard makes me wanna puke
I like Iowa City. I don't have immediate plans, but I'd go back there to perform.
Were you worried that this “stunt” would distract from the hearing and Equifax to be become a secondary thought?
How big is that cat? Can you put a banana next to him for scale? Thanks
Best meal you can cook?
That was definitely on my mind. I strategically tried to be most entertaining during the questions I thought were most important, in hopes that if I made it onto news shows, people would hear those questions and answers.
Fortunately, the coverage so far has been surprisingly focused on the issues! Especially my efforts around S.J. Res. 47 and the CFPB arbitration rule. So the activism was actually far more effective than I'd hoped at drawing attention to Equifax and Wells Fargo's misdeeds.
He's a big boy. When Im done answering questions ill try get a photo for science. Edit: the final link at the top has him pancaked on a chair now if that counts.
yes! she is stunning. a total knockout :)
Is there any way to bold these companies liable in criminal court since forced arbitration keeps them out of civil court?
I need this picture as well! Your art is amazing :)
Follow up to this guy's question... What gives on only giving us 5 seconds of version #218?
If Ireland win here do I stay in the pub and get pissed or go the club and try and pull?
Your meaning-of-life interview with Jason Segal is something that has suck with me ever since I heard it. Of the interviews you've done, aside from Obama which was epic for being Obama, has there been any conversation that's stayed with you ever since? Or really changed your perspective on things? Also, thanks for the work you do and for the bravery in your transparency.
Unfortunately, private citizens cannot bring criminal claims. Only state and federal prosecutors can charge people with crimes.
I would love to see more prosecutions of corporate crime. But as it stands now, few charges are ever brought and they mostly result in small fines for the company rather than any prison time for the executives that broke the law. If corporations are people, the rest of us are second-class citizens in comparison.
Any time I talk to someone who's been around for a long time, I feel my knowledge and understanding of life and the past become deeper.
While you were working full time and selling art on the side how did you find time to actually work on your art? I think a lot of us are very emotionally drained after a long day at work. It seems you were able to continue in the evenings and on weekends. Any tips for pursuing a discipline after workin' for the man all day?
Hey Kristen. One quick question... if you and Dax were offered a spot on lip sync battle would you guys do it?
Who’s got the best elbows you’ve ever seen?
Hi Marc. I look forward to the podcast twice a week. What was the moment you realized that WTF had become something special?
Yes, and I am terrible at it.
I thankfully had pretty good working hours so could get back around 6.30pm. It just kind of became a daily/ weekend ritual. I enjoyed it as well! Which made it less taxing. Edit Spelling
i think the show is amazing but it takes 8 hours to shoot and im pretty lazy
The two-part interview with Louis CK.
Eleanerd here. If The Good Place were on HBO, what would you do differently?
Is there a Don’t Look Back in Anger demo with you on vocals?
Currently working in a pretty uninspiring 9-5 cube job, but your empathetic, insightful, and thought provoking interviews / conversations really add some depth to the monotony. I don’t think I’ll be doing this for long, but in the meantime it removes a lot of the dread and “time wasted feeling" of the day.
My question is if you have any similar outlets (favorite albums, podcasts, movies during travel) that get you through tedious / tough times?
Also any books you recommend?
Love the show and thanks!
Not nearly as long as my personal information will be at risk because of the Equifax data breach.
I listen to music, I play music, I cook, I recommend the book Dreamland by Sam Quinones, but that's not going to get you out of anything. That's going to get you way in.
Piggybacking a bit. When news of the breach broke, everything was saying 145 million (or whatever the number was) people, then they would parrot "Which is about half of the country". My immediate thought was, after factoring minors and people without a credit report (for reasons other than age), only about half the population has a credit report. I guess I am suggesting that everyone who has a credit report got their info stolen, the "half the population" mantra was the most reassuring way they could word "All records".
maybe we kids over at r/losangeles can get a little crew to come over to your opening and celebrate with you.
Hi Kristen, I think you are really funny in The Good Place, I binged the first season in a weekend and caught up to the episodes in season 2.
My question is, what is your favourite vegetarian or vegan food? Sincerely, a fan 😊
How much marching powder had gone up your nose before the Norton interview?
Got standing tickets for Birmingham in december, can't fucking wait! Legend
Hey Marc, big fan of the podcast and your show! I've just got two questions...
Do you have any favorite guests you've had on your podcast?
Fav Beatles Album?
Thanks so much for doing this!
I have heard estimates that it was about 3/4 of the adult population, so very close. This is why we need serious Congressional action and agency oversight, not some mumbled apologies from Equifax executives.
i dont do cocaine before a performance smart ass. i wait until afterwards
It's really hard to pick a favorite guest. I've been thinking about the Springsteen one a lot lately.
The Beatles Second Album is one of the first records I ever had and I love that album. But I'm going to go with Abbey Road.
I'd love to swing by! I bought a print of the lion during your original reddit post and it's been above my desk ever since. Keep it up!
Hey Kristen, I recently saw the video of your fellow on-set actors reacting to the major S1 reveal. Their simultaneous gasps were hilarious to witness.
My question is, when did you find out about the reveal and, how did you handle it once you found out the truth?
Reading Fest or Leeds Fest?
My favorite interview of yours was the one with Paul Thomas Anderson. I think your approach in going step by step through his filmography and asking just about the perfect questions got fascinating insights to all of his movies.
My question is have you thought about going about this approach with the other directors you have on with expansive filmographies?
I know that you like to just go at it like a normal conversation, but that one really felt like you wanted the information because you were a fan of his work.
Anyway, thanks for all the pods and everything else you do, you make the day go by a bit faster on Mondays and Thursdays. Love ya.
If I had one months ago, I would have crashed the inauguration in character.
That's right, but also there weren't that many movies. With some directors who have been around a long time, you have to pick and choose. Because they're not all good. Paul's are all interesting.
Serious question: are you paid by non profits or is this on your free time? Do you have a full time career? I would like to get into activism but it's hard when you work a 9-5.
I really, really want to learn to draw well. I just don't know where to start. Do you have any advice on where to start? Stories like yours are inspiring. Congratulations!
Is the la-z boy still in the middle of your family room?
Loving the new tunes! How does life as a modern rock n roll star compare to the rock n roll star life of the 90's?
This particular stunt was for my day job, as a Campaign Manager working to support the CFPB arbitration rule. But I also do organizing in my free time on other issues. It is very hard to balance work and activism, and jobs in this area are scarce and low-paying.
But that is one reason why I push for entertaining and creative activism! I hope folks can turn this kind of fun protest into a hobby that energizes us rather than tires us out.
Practice! As shown in the link above, basically didnt stop since I was 2. And still learning.
What's the best way you've found to you market your work and find clients? Amazing work my friend
Marc - What’s a favorite joke / bit of yours that bombs but personally you still love?
Someone send Lord Buckethead to a protest, and we can get acquainted.
When my art first went viral I had a HUGE jump on my social media pages and so I tried to keep the momentum going on my facebook and Instagram over the years. Unfortunately the algorithms facebook use now are absolutely brutal on organic exposure (basically I have to pay for my followers to see my work). But it is still crucially important to have a strong social presence to connect directly with clients. I also submit to art blogs, go to art events and try and be pro-active on and offline.
squeeze em- and DRINK UP BABY
"If you're ever yelling at a woman, all you should be saying is, 'Why can't you be my mommy? Why are you NOT my mommy?'"
Rarely gets a laugh.
1) What kind of laws you wish more people knew about that can help them financially for the future?
2) What can be done by everyone to help the process to start scrapping the social security card and getting a identification similar to the UK?
3) This is a really huge deal and seems like everyone is brushing it aside and letting people get away with this huge leak; What is currently being done to help mitigate this damage in the long foreseeable future?
Your art is really great and catchy. Do you find other people stealing your stuff to put on mugs and shit themselves?
eta: See you've already answered this. =)
is it normal to get Little Mary Sunshine stuck in my head at odd hours?
What needs to happen before you place a saxophone track on your next album? Ps. Will you come to the Netherlands anytime soon? Love ya bud!
Hey Marc and Brendan. I'm a big fan of both the podcast and your comedy. Have you ever tried to book Noel Gallagher from Oasis on WTF? He is an amazing talk guest, would be a great episode. Now would be a perfect time, he is releasing is new solo record.
These are great questions, but a bit outside my wheelhouse. I focus more on corporate accountability and access to the court system than credit reporting reform - hence my focus on S.J. Res. 47.
But I would check out my colleagues' work at the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America. They have been very active on these issues!
From what I glean though, this is a seriously endemic problem, and we need Congressional action to actually remedy the catastrophic damage done in this breach. So, again, call your Senators!
VERY Normal. used to happen to me all the time, i even made shirts for the crew that said "YOURE LOVED BY MARY LANE" and thanks to your reminding me, it will now be in my head all day
I like that one record.
Was it actual money in the bag? Also did you have any trouble with security?
How'd you go from front page to having showings in galleries? Did someone approach you?
Can we work on getting some more nudity into the good place? or at least get Jason's shirt off every now and then? asking for . . . a friend?
Are you going to add Europe, South America and Asia dates for your tour next year? Please fucking do, As You Were was amazing and there are so many people desperate to see you!
Hi Marc and Brendan
I'm a big fan of the podcast. I'm going to ask a super generic question, since my mind is blanking right now.
Who would you guys love to have on the podcast? (both dead and alive)
It was not real money. Those were oversized hundred dollar bills my colleagues printed for their Forgo Wells activism around the Wells Fargo hearing, which took place on Tuesday. I did not have trouble going through security, though many Senate staffers gave me some odd looks!
I approached them! Leverage online presence into offline presence.
im on it
Dead: Richard Pryor
Alive: Albert Brooks
Please tell me this is a thing. Cosplaying for a cause. Is this a movement or are you the first?
Could you explain how or who you approached, what was your pitch? You're so brace following your spirit like that. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a close friend whose artist and I've been telling them to do something similar but they have no idea where to start.
Which song do you enjoy performing live the most?
What are your thoughts on Canada and when are you moving here?
Someone informed me of this term last night! I did not coin it, but I think it is brilliant. I would honored to help create a movement of cause-players.
It's something I ask myself every day.
My thoughts are, what I used to think might be boring about Canada seems very relaxing to me now.
Love the new album, you cheeky potato.
What are the chances I'll get to take a picture with you at your upcoming Colorado show?
Also, what did the Penguin say to the astronaut?
When are you gonna interview somebody from Phish? Those guys are all huge Zappa fans and have battled their own demons and I bet the convo would be fucking killer
But besides pestering about dream interviews, I wanted to say thanks for letting people who don’t always know where to turn to have a place where they can feel welcome, where they can hear someone going through the same shit they’re going or have gone through. It’s not always the happiest stories but goddammit if they don’t all resonate in some way or another.
Yeah, as soon as I get done listening to everything they've ever recorded.
Where is your art for sale? The tigers done in the Hokusai style speak to me.
Do you often find yourself wonder if your husband and Ryan Hansen were separated at birth?
What are the chances of seeing some Pretty Green US Stores?
Hello Marc and hello Brendan, first of all I wanted to say thanks for the weekly podcasts, your twice a week treats are what made me start listening to podcasts and I am thankful. Also ironically I think I'm one of the few people who came across you first via your IFC show, which I miss.
Anyways, my question is what jazz music would you recommend to someone like me? I'm fairly young, well at least legal to drink now since the beginning of October, and have gotten into recently. I listen to most of the general and popular stuff, but I think you could send me into a path that I don't want to return from after I get lost in the awe of some great fucking music. So what's a must to listen to? Thank you for reading man, and finally Boomer Lives!
yes, yes i do
Get Kamasi Washington's Epic
Hi Marc! huge fan of the podcast here. Who are your top 5 favourite guitar players?
im going out for a mexiican and will raise a glass to the man himself
Peter Green, Jimmie Vaughan, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Keith.
And Angus Young. Just thought of that one.
Do you ever look at your art and get captured by how beautiful the work you make is? Is that an experience you can have as the creator of art like I have as an observer?
I just saw the rhino on your Instagram, and I am very picky about the art I like but man.. That blew me away, honestly, it would be the kind of art I would buy once I am fully done with my studies, absolutely stunning!
Oh wow, I made it early to your AMA! Hi Kristen! I’m a huge fan, ever since your Lucy days in Assassin’s Creed. Loving The Good Place (foreshadowing in the first season was amazing!) and can’t wait for the episode coming out soon!
It seems like everyone has such great chemistry in The Good Place. What are some of the most silly outtakes that’s happpened?
Is there such a thing as too many sloths? If yes, how many is too many?
P.S. Anna is my favourite Disney princess.
Hi Marc and Brendan, this for both of you guys:
If you weren't producing the podcast, writing, acting, or doing stand-up what do you think you'd be doing for work and where would you be doing it?
That's it. Thank you for the laughs, the introspection, and the honesty in your work. Waiting for the Punch will be on my doorstep when I get home from work today!
Thank you! Um, yes and no. I think I get very critical with myself sometimes. A recent artwork I had to redo three times as I just was not happy with it and I guess I wanted to push myself more and more but I had to eventually set it aside. When I looked at it with a bit more of a fresh perspective it was not as bad as I thought haha. But I am really proud of my recent work (Rhino included!) and I think what makes me happiest is knowing I am changing and developing and hopefully getting better.
LOTS of weird dancing from William Jackson Harper on the Goop Place. Ill post some videos on my instagram for ya. NEVER TOO MANY SLOTHS
MM: I'd like to think I'd be a sous-chef on the way to becoming a chef, but I'd probably be working at a record store.
BM: I'd probably still be working in live television, a job I would not have given up if I didn't have the podcast.
Hey Liam, what's your current favourite clothing brand besides your own? Cheers x
What has been your favorite album of 2017?
I've got to go with Villains by Queens of the Stone Age.
I've been catching up on a lot of old records and ones I didn't know about. I just got the new Replacements Live at Maxwell's in Hoboken. It's pretty great.
Have you done any paintings of Waffles? He looks like a LOT of fun, also is he a noisy cat?
Hi Kristen!!! I am in LOVE with you and with the Good Place. I don't think a show has ever hurt my brain as much as this one does. Can't wait for the new episode!!My question for you is, what is the funnest thing about working with Ted Danson?
edit: here's a relevant meme that made me laugh. https://twitter.com/JoshKurp/status/914941907234586624
If you had Trump on your podcast what would your first question be?
No not yet but he will be my muse soon enough. He is awesome but has just discovered meowing and likes to talk a lot.
watching him giggle when he breaks character, which is often
Would you say that other people spreading your art (including professionals/people in the industry) a major factor in becoming successful?
If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?
You are the Stone Cold Steve Austin of music. Who is your favourite wrestler?
Please play Gas Panic in december.
What's the usual process for getting a guest onto the podcast and how did you get Obama on there?
Major factor! I think getting exposure for your art is absolutely key.
currently? hasan minhaj
BM: I'd say about 50% of the guests come directly to us and 50% go through the booking agency we work with.
Short answer on the process to get Obama is that the White House contacted us first. Long answer is heard on episode 614 where Marc and I explained the whole shebang. http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_614_-_the_president_was_here
What's a good Winston o boogie tune to bang on for his birthday?
every single way. I helped shape who she was. Leading with her heart alwaya, goofy and clumsy but unafraid to take a challenge
day in the life
How do you deal with your mental health when you are so busy?
If you could have a lifetime supply of any beer, on tap, in your house, but you could only choose one brand, which brand would you choose?
What would be your Bad Place torture?
Also, what advice would you give to someone who identifies with Chidi a little bit too much?
Thanks Kristen! The Good Place is my favorite show on tv by far!
Hi liam, as you were is awesome, what's your favourite alcoholic drink mate?
Hi Kristen! Other than Crosby who is your favorite parenthood character?
Do you like reading on your free time? If so, what's your favorite type of book or material to read?
Mae whitman as amber. Or truthfully, Mae Whitman as Mae Whitman. shes the greatest light bulb we have
i don't read books, i only read minds
How often do you visit the mitten and where are your favorite place to go while your here?
are you a breasts, legs or arse man?
about once a year and we love getting up to the lakes
partial to the odd elbow
Who is one band that you'd love to open for?
As you were! x
Hi, thank you so much for doing this! I saw the video you took (Spoilers) of the cast's reation to the amazing twist at the end of season one of the Good Place. My question is, what was your reaction when you were told about it? Were you just as surprised?
I believe that I can rock a parka as good as you, however, I cannot decide on which coloured jeans go best with my sand coloured desert boots, black or raw denim? EDIT:spelling
i was told before the pilot was even written so i kept the secret the whole time!
dark blue all the way
Kristen Bell. You beautiful son a bitch. You're so damn awesome!
If Veronica Mars and Jeannie Van Der Hooven were in a fight to the death, who would win?
Massive fan here, Liam. Who's your favourite Man City player at the moment?
Thanks for all of the biblical music! x
WOOF. this is a tough one. i think we'd have to dig two graves
Hey! Huge fan of House of Lies. What is it like working with Don Cheadle?
Hello LG, you was rockin at Benicassim fest chief
1, What's your favourite song off the new album?
2, Please can you add more Manchester dates for the tour? I couldn't manage a ticket
don cheadle is a king. hes smart funny and a hell of a leader. and a great friend. he has no bad qualities which is very annoying
greedy soul for me
Did you have any inspirations for the new album?
id love to do an out and out punk rock Pistols album
i'm afraid not