Mike Parker is a stage and film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and the founder of WordCrafts Press. He joined me from Middle Tennessee where he lives with wife, author Paula K. Parker.
Mike talks about his journey and how he started his publishing company; marrying his high school sweetheart and the secret to marriage; his time as an officer in the famed 5th Special Forces Group; what compels him to want to publish a particular book; some projects near and dear to his heart; how he juggles all his roles; what it means to him to go all in; and the mantra that helps him overcome struggles.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues; 3rd song: “Dancing in the Minefield” by Andrew Peterson.
Natalia Iyudin, an award-winning Polish born filmmaker, is a Director and Development Producer at Fictionless. Her films have been screened around the world. As an editor and writer, she has worked on nonfiction series for MTV, BET, PBS and VH1 alongside hundreds of short pieces with partners like ESPN, Sothebys, Intel and Verizon. Natalia shares what it means to “go all in” in this business and gives excellent advice specifically to filmmakers, but anyone who is pursuing their dreams.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Harry Nilsson; 2nd song: “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck; and 3rd song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.
Nick Tavares, Emma Bowen, Ian Hawkins, Griffin McCarthy, Lori McCarthy, Chase Lancaster, and Mark Bowen talk about their various roles in the production of the short film “The Fall of Terror” they worked on during Thanksgiving break.
Song list: “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay (Ian); “Imagine” by John Lennon (Nick); and “Go the Distance” from Hercules (Emma).