CL057: Valerie Day and John Smith of NU SHOOZ on why to show your work


Valerie Day is a Portland based pop and jazz singer and member of the Grammy nominated band NU SHOOZ which she founded with her husband John Smith. Valerie was born into a fourth generation of a musical Northwestern family and she was blessed to be raised amidst a supportive, arts-rich home life. A musical mother […]

CL056: Creativity consultant Nick Skillicorn on innovation as a core value

Nick Skillicorn is a creativity consultant and helps individuals and companies improve their creativity and turbocharge their innovation efforts, so they can finally deliver on the value and ideas they’ve been struggling to execute. He is the CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting, the chief editor and founder of, and an author and TEDx speaker, […]

CL055: Mike Cykoski on writing electronic music

Mike Cykoski is the man behind New York arty, literate indie-pop music project A Is For Atom. Mike has always been a fearless composer, drawing inspiration from time honored pop-rock songcraft, literature, classical and avant-garde music to create his signature sound. After studying music at Juilliard, NYU, Harvestworks and Dubspot his epiphany came when a […]

CL054: Nathan Cole on creative leadership and classical music

Nathan Cole is a Kentucky born and L.A based violinist and is the first associate concert master of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nathan studied violin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is currently on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Azusa Pacific University. He also has an online […]

CL053: Matt Gumley on acting, perseverance and writing your first songs

Matt Gumley is a New York based musician and actor. He got started early, performing on Broadway as Chip in Beauty and the Beast at the tender age of 7. Since then he’s appeared in multiple Broadway musicals including Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, and Elf The Musical. You might also recognize Matt from his […]