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Acting with Kristy K. Boone

In this intimate Art & Victory fireside chat with actress Kristy K. Boone, Kirsty shares her story about her acting career along with advice for severing the vision of the project, perusing SAG status, differences between acting on stage vs film, and more. 

Art & Victory is produced by me at The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with the Norman Arts Council, MAINSITE, and hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions.

Making Money as a Visual Artist

The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with the Norman Arts CouncilResonator, and OkSessions presents Art & Victory, a free monthly panel discussion series designed for creative entrepreneurs. The theme for July’s panel was Making Money as a Visual Artist, which included topics on becoming successful, how to get your art displayed in galleries/businesses, working art festivals, pricing your work, pitfalls to avoid, and hustle tips.

Christian Pearson from OkSessions hosted this panel discussion with artists, Jessica Legako and Jason Wilson. 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Jessica Legako – Jessica Legako is a painter who primarily works in oils; her work often involves texture and gestural movement. Her current work involves a focus on distance and depth involved with landscapes. She has earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Born and raised to a farmer and a teacher, she was enriched with an outdoor lifestyle. This allowed undisrupted observation, which fed her imagery. She currently lives and maintains her studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Jason Wilson – Forty years ago, a young boy watched his Native American grandmother design, assemble and sew his family’s quilts. Today, contemporary Perceptual artist, Jason Wilson, influenced by his grandmother’s quilts, gives new life to old concepts. Jason says his designs are about building the painting as much as painting the painting, involving hours of construction. To this end, Wilson developed his own unique acrylic paint formula to hand paint his canvas. The result is a technically perfect, remarkably flawless finished canvas. By bringing his designs to life, Jason Wilson hopes to delight and inspire others.


It was our biggest crowd yet! What was really fun was we some people sketching the panelists and making art during the show. I do have plans for the next three Art & Victory sessions. August is Intro to Acting, September we’re talking about making short films, and in October we’ll discuss starting your own podcast.

Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen

I visited Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen in Downtown Norman on Tuesday where they bring a unique pizza experience to the metro with their coal-fired oven and specialty pizzas with their own taste profile. Fred Auletta and Tina Adkins discuss in this Uncovering Oklahoma video how their coal-fired oven works, what makes their pizza different, their vegan options, how they’re great for a date night, and what else guests can expect.

Visit Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen at 123 West Main Street in Downtown Norman or their website at PryorsPizzaKitchen.com

Press & Plow

Growing from a passion for tea, coffee, meats, and other unique groceries, Press & Plow in Norman brings all those together. Anthony Compagni shares his story about what visitors can expect to find at Press & Plow.

I shot this interview yesterday evening and went back this morning to get more b-roll of various things. It’s a great coffee shop worth checking out. Another thing I like about them is they are away from the college, so it’s a little secluded.

Writing Stories

In collaboration with the Norman Arts CouncilThe Depot, and OkSessions, Art & Victory is a free monthly panel discussion series I produce that’s designed for creative entrepreneurs. The theme for the June panel was Writing Stories, which included topics such as writing characters different than yourself, overcoming writer’s block, world-building, and more. 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Marisa Mohi is a writer, blogger, and YouTuber. She loves reading, watching, and telling stories. You should know that she’s working on a novel and her planner is at least twice as big as yours. You can check out her blog at MarisaMohi.com, or watch her videos at YouTube.com/MarisaMohi

Chad Reynolds is the co-founder of Penny Candy Books. A graduate of Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing Program with a Master’s in Creative Writing, Chad is the author of five chapbooks of poetry. He is the co-founder of Short Order Poems, a performance art group that brings poetry to people in surprising ways, but mostly via old typewriters. Prior to Penny Candy Books, Chad worked as a commercial insurance broker with a focus on renewable energy projects and as an English teacher. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, two sons, and a dog. 

Norman H. Hammon is a Norman-based writer and a consultant to nonprofits. He spends his days writing grant proposals for Jazz in June, the Norman PHIL and NAMRON Players Theatre and his remaining time writing columns for the Norman Transcript, and others, as well as a sequel to his science fiction work, OUTWORLD by N. Harold Donley (his pseudonym). He is also the author of Fund Raising … for the rest of us and speaks throughout the state on all matters nonprofit. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma a couple of times over (BSW & MSW) he lives in the Core of Norman with his wife Sheryl and cat Gracie. He currently teaches Grant Writing for the Arts at the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and serves as a grant reviewer for the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.


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