Stay Relevant: A Podcast by Mike Sobola

Wandering conversations with interesting people in TV production and beyond.
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Dec 1, 2015
Stefan Monica's Hail to the Redskins

Stefan Monica joined the Washington Redskins Band in 1969.  His tenure has spanned coaches from Vince Lombardi to Jay Gruden, included legends George Allen and Joe Gibbs, and three Super Bowls.  The Redskins Marching Band is one of only two active bands in the NFL and plays at all home games throughout the season.  In this episode, Stefan talks about the band, his recent promotion to Sax Section Director and what it's like to be part of a DC institution for nearly half a century.

Nov 3, 2015
Drone Pilot & Producer Brian J. Kelly

Brian J Kelly started his career working with Discovery Networks, eventually leaving to form his own production company.  An early adopter of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) for use in video and TV work, Brian is well-versed in the hands-on operation of UAVs, having logged more than 1,000 hours as Pilot-In-Command last year alone.  He is also an authority on the regulations pertaining to the use of drones for commercial work in TV, video, and cinematography.  His company, Single Malt Media TV, LLC, has provided aerial cinematography for many high-profile TV shows and networks including Discovery, HGTV, Travel Channel and others.  He counts the DJI S-900 six-bladed platform among his arsenal of aircraft with a DSLR mounted for aerial video and still image capture.  He will be a featured panelist at the National Drone Show (part of the Government Video Expo) December 1-3 in Washington. DC.

Oct 20, 2015
Brian J. Kelly Discovers His Passion-PART 1

He started at Discovery when the network was new; moved on to develop shows for the major cable networks with a couple of local production companies then on his own.  As VP at Discovery digital networks, he's had a hand in major shows and series and experienced change first hand.  Today, his move into Unmanned Aerial Platforms for cameras ("Drones") has him hop-scotching across the globe logging more than a thousand hours flight time behind the controls last year alone.  

In the first of a multi-part episode, Brian talks about his early days at Discovery, and how the industry's changed over the years.  Brian J. Kelly on Staying Relevant.

Oct 6, 2015
Adam Hurst talks about evolving in the DC Market

Interface Media Group's Adam Hurst talks about 20 years at IMG, how the company's adapted to change and why it's the key to IMG staying relevant.

Sep 23, 2015
Mark Ruppert on the 48 Hr Film Project.

The year was 2001.  A couple of friends had a far-fetched idea to make a complete short film in only 48 hours.  For some, it became a weekend of fun. For others, a piece for their reel.  But for Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, it marked the start of a filmmaking odyssey.   Today, more than 30 thousand films later, the 48 Hour Film Project is a respected competition sending its yearly grand prize winners to Cannes.  

Listen in as Co-Creator and Executive Producer Mark Ruppert chats about the competition's history, it's exciting future and how it manages to maintain a sense of fun that's an integral part of what it is today.

Sep 10, 2015
Wayne Barbin: From DC to New York & Holding On

For years he was a busy Producer/Director for Discovery Communications, then a successful freelancer.  When things started slowing down in the DC market, Wayne Barbin picked up stakes and moved to New York.  Here's how and why he did it and how it's working out for him in The Big Apple.

Aug 26, 2015
Aimee Schlectman: Art Director

Art Director/Wardrobe & Prop Stylist Aimee Schlectman talks about her move from New York to DC and how she's made the transition a successful one.  Her latest work on two episodes of Discovery Studios' "American Titans" can be seen Tuesday August 25 and September 1 at 10/9 Central time.

Aug 20, 2015
Jay Schlossberg talks about his new documentary

Jay Schlossberg of Media Central, LLC and the new Media Central Films, chats about his journey from salesman to crewing and post provider to directing his new film, "Feast You Ears, the Story of WHFS, 102.3 FM".


Aug 4, 2015
Lisa Horan on Staying Relevant in Video, Music & Life.

Writer-Producer-Musician Lisa Horan on cracking the Nashville songwriting market, and what it takes to stay relevant in a constantly-evolving DC TV & Video Market.

Jul 10, 2015
Lola Lombard on Staying Relevant

Lola Lombard--author, artist, designer and creative talent behind "Lola's Lab" talks about her art, her process, and the time she worked at Disney. 

Jul 10, 2015
Stay Relevant: Richard Harrington on keeping it real.

Richard Harrington: Digital graphics expert, Producer, CEO of RHED Pixel talks about his work, his philospohy and how he manages to stay relevant.  Episode 5 of my "Wandering Conversations with Interesting People in TV and Beyond".

Jun 9, 2015
Stay Relevant: Filmmaker Jeff Krulik on Heavy Metal Parking Lot & More

In 1986, Jeff Krulik & John Heyn set out with a camera and no real goal in mind.  They ended up Outside the Capitol Center-a local music "super venue" during a Judas Priest Concert.  What followed was the cult sensation "Heavy Metal Parking Lot".  Jeff talks about making the film, how he got started plus his reality foray with "Ernest Borgnine on the Bus" and more.  Stay Relevant: Interviews with Interesting People in TV and Beyond.  A podcast by Mike Sobola.

Jun 1, 2015
Stay Relevant: Dave Coyne Talks About Life for A While

"Stay Relevant, Episode 3 featuring Dave Coyne.  He's a king of YouTube comedy and known for his spot-on impressions of Jack Nicholson, Joe Pece and Christopher Walken.  Sometimes edgy, always creative, Actor, Comedian, Impressionist, Performer Dave Coyne sits down for a wandering chat.  Original Music by Popmark Media.

May 27, 2015
Stay Relevant: House of Cards and Kimberly Skyrme

Stay Relevant, Episode 2.  Kimberly Skyrme talks about casting the first 3 seasons of "House of Cards", how to get "the part", and why Sundance should be on your list of things to do.  Staying relevant with Kimberly Skyrme.  Episode 2 in a series. A podcast by Mike Sobola.  Original music by Popmark Media.  

May 19, 2015
Stay Relevant: Lisa Cherkasky, Food Stylist

Stay Relevant: Wandering Conversations with Interesting People-Episode 1.  Warm pies, creative casseroles, colorful cookbooks... and a hundred and fifty toasters.  This is the story of DC-based Food Stylist Lisa Cherkasky.