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The Pivot to Spielventure

After celebrating 15 years of producing my local travel show, Uncovering Oklahoma, I’ve decided to rebrand and pivot to streamline my work, allow for new opportunities, and expand my reach. Spielventure takes the versatile German word Spiel, translating to game or play, and then combines it with Adventure. I’ve always been passionate about connecting people to new places, people, and experiences, so this new branding still aligns with my mission. 

With this pivot, I’ve shut down The Show Starts Now streaming video library app. Long story short, I stretched myself out too thin, hoping to get things started to make money and then hire people to keep everything going. However, that didn’t happen, and I want to avoid falling into a sunk-cost problem, hence the streamlined pivot to one show, one handle, and one website. I’ll still do different segments or series – just under one channel now. Now, the videos on the app will be released over time to the Spielventure YouTube channel because I want people to watch them, go to these places, and have these incredible experiences.

The video posted here provides more details about my entrepreneurial journey, the why, and what the future holds. I have a bunch of new content coming out, so please become a supporting member for early access, buy some merchandise, or make a one-time donation. Visit the new website at

Thank you for your support and happy adventures! 

The Walker Arts District Branching Narrative Extravaganza Trailer

Trailer drop for The Walker Arts District Branching Narrative Extravaganza!

Jordan has a date, and it’s not going so well. Help him explore downtown Norman, learn about the arts scene, and maybe make it out alive. The Walker Arts District Branching Narrative Extravaganza is an interactive short film where audience members scan QR codes to watch the consequences of their decision.

I’m excited to partner with the Norman Arts Council to create this unique experience. In addition to the movie, people can find bonus content featuring exciting facts and stories about Norman, Oklahoma.

The Walker Arts District Branching Narrative Extravaganza premieres on Friday, April 14, 2023, for the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk. Stay tuned for more details!

This experience is connected to the 16th Phoenix Universe as the time-traveling tricksters, Loki and Raven, are responsible for Jordan and Avery’s troubles. Be sure to read some of their stories for more about these characters.

In related news, the official launch of The Show Starts Now TV is drawing near! I’m wrapping up editing the first seasons of Take A Bite with Phi, Leadership Board, and Archiving Contemporary Art.

Reflecting on 2022

Happy New Year!

After working on New Year’s Eve for the past few years, I’m spending the holiday at home this year, so I thought I would write my annual end-of-the-year reflection.

Starting with client work, my biggest projects included arts educational lessons with the Oklahoma City Arts Council, spending a little over two weeks in Quartz Mountain filming for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, producing a ton of artist interviews at Oklahoma Contemporary, writing articles for the Oklahoma Venture Forum, promoting events at the Myriad Gardens, recording audio for podcasts, and making lung health videos with Exhale (which finally launched this year).

As with 2021, client work was my main focus, but that didn’t stop me from hitting my personal goals.

The Show Starts Now Studios OTT Launched!

I’m going to start my personal recap with the launch of my biggest venture: The Show Starts Now Studios OTT! I mentioned this project in last year’s recap, and I was able to soft-launch the streaming service in October. I’m still in the soft-launch phase as I’m working on getting more of my archives updated and uploaded to the platform. Ending the year, I’ve launched Archiving Contemporary Art, Art & Victory, Creative Burgers, Colorful Escapes, Leadership Board, Take A Bite with Phi, Tales Unveiled, and Visiting Haunts. All the shows focus on expanding people’s horizons and adding adventure to their life, which I’ve been passionate about with Uncovering Oklahoma.

Take A Bite with Phi and Visiting Haunts were two brand-new shows created exclusively for the service. They are some of my best work yet. I’m extremely proud of them. We held a launch party at Rodeo Cinema to premiere the first episodes of both shows. I released three episodes of the food show and one of the spooky haunts series, and there are more episodes in my editing queue, which I’ll discuss later.

Ending the year, I have one subscriber!!! However, one is more than zero, and existing in the first place is a massive accomplishment. Once I get my backlog of videos caught up, I’ll do a massive publicity push. However, there is a ton of great content already available to watch right now, so I would love for you to subscribe as well!

Uncovering Oklahoma in 2022

Despite the world being a little less crazy this year, I scaled Uncovering Oklahoma back to focus on getting the streaming platform online. The first half of the year had businesses faced with staffing issues, so filming restaurant stories was not something I did until later. Some of my favorite stories I did were Norman, OKC, and Edmond Farmers Markets, Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate, Sugar High, Okie Baking Co, and Creative Burgers Vol. 4.

According to YouTube, my videos got 48,914 views, with a watch time of 2.2k hours and 327 new subscribers in 2022. Here are the Top 10 most-watched videos from the year.

  1. Black Owned BBQ Restaurants Vol. 1 
  2. Guthrie Ghosts
  3. Wicked Forest of Terror
  4. A Day in Bartlesville
  5. Gathering Place
  6. Magnetic Hill in Springer
  7. Great Salt Plains State Park
  8. Winchester Drive-In Theatre
  9. New Tex-Mex at BlueJ’s in Edmond, OK [Short]
  10. A Day in the Life of Butcher BBQ Stand [Short]

Moving forward in the new year, I plan to focus on short content (like Instagram Reels) and promoting Oklahoma stories of my other shows.

The 16th Phoenix Universe in 2022

My story-writing time got converted into video creation, but I still wrote several short stories. I focused on expanding the stories of my serials. I wrote some epic stories this year, including some modernization of some ancient works.

“You Have 3 Unread Prophecies” – A morning news show host receives three tips on his phone about the future as he spends time with his sister.

Snow Shovel Inc. – In 1992, two nine-year-old boys have an adventure filled day saving the planet, shoveling snow, and catching a criminal.

Bleeding Fear – In a fantasy world where everyone gains a power of light on their 17th birthday, a group of adventurers searches for a place to rest for the night after destroying a laboratory performing harmful experiments on people. The boutique treehouse-style hotel they do find has some secrets of its own. 

Missing Memories – Rumors of children losing memory while playing on their own in the new Star Light District. After solving two mysteries, Haley “The Sounds” Riot and Robin Bee venture to the Underground Zone of Aequus to uncover the truth.

Proof of Hades – After her trip to the Underworld, Sally Wilkerson has difficulty convincing her friend of her experience until an opportunity presents itself to her as Hades and Persephone invite her to game night.

The Dragon with the Time-Traveler Tattoo – When a herd of dragons visits the small town of Valley, the mayor decides it’s his civic duty to greet them, only to get caught in a mystery.

The Horror Prompt Card – A writer is gifted with a mysterious card that will inspire them if they toss the card in a fire while sharing a scary story.

Resurrection on the Oriental Express – People from various worlds wake up on a train to solve who is reviving people from the dead in this reverse murder mystery game show.

This year’s most-read short story was I’ll Never Walk Sutton Wilderness in the Dark Again, followed by Resurrection on the Oriental Express, The Horror Prompt Card, and The Dragon with the Time-Traveler Tattoo.

Top Songs of 2022

According to Spotify, which is how I mostly listen to music, this was my 2020 soundtrack. As always, keep in mind I will often repeat a song (or playlist) when writing or for inspiration sessions. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite song!

Plans for 2023

My new year goals align with The Show Starts Now Studios. I am pushing toward giving myself a salary (even if I’m earning a modest $30,000 a year, but shooting for 50k). I want to film something outside of Oklahoma, which will most likely be for Visiting Haunts, as Jeff and I have expressed interest in doing an episode of Eureka Springs. Having the freedom to film anywhere was one of the motivations for shifting away from Oklahoma branding on the new shows. I would also love to have my first employee as Lessa has been a fantastic partner in my new filming endeavor. Got to get that subscriber count way past one to accomplish those goals. 😉

As I mentioned, I have a large video editing queue of works I plan to get on the streaming platform. While client work takes priority, I wanted to share what I have in store for you. Listings are in order by series title and then episode number. 

Archiving Contemporary Art

There might be more stories for season 1 as I go through my Uncovering Oklahoma archives to see what I still have saved. One big requirement is that the artist(s) must speak about their work. 

  • 1×02 Janet O’Neal – One Thousand Tears, John Raymond Mireles – Neighbors Project, Mildred Howard
  • 1×03 Bright Golden Haze
  • 1×04 Between Art and Quarantine
  • 1×03 Water and Land / Visual Poetry
  • 1×04 Momentum 2021
  • 1×05 Water and Land / Visual Poetry
  • 1×06 Fieldworks – Beyond Measure
  • 1×07 Momentum

Season 2 consists of brand-new content or contains new footage. In other words, stuff filmed with this series in mind. 

  • 2×02 Artful Inlets
  • 2×03 Resistance, Memory, and Play – The Work of Joseph DeLappe
  • 2×04 Nature’s Course by John Newsom
  • 2×05 Between the Spaces
  • 2×06 Factory Obscura Experiences: Collection 1 – Doorways, Seed Reef, and SYNESTHESIA
  • 2×07 Building Pumpkinville
  • 2x?? La casa que nos inventamos

Art & Victory: Lessons

  • Jazz-Based Dance with Samantha Hayne: 04 Pas De Bourree and Pivot Step
  • Jazz-Based Dance with Samantha Haynes: 05 Drag Step and Tuck & Roll
  • Jazz-Based Dance with Samantha Haynes 06 Fan Kick and Piqué Turn
  • Basics of Auditions and Building a Character with Cat Pitt
  • Contracts with Cat Pitt
  • Booking A Venue for Your Production with Cat Pitt
  • Theatre Tech Basics with Cat Pitt
  • Props and Costumes with Cat Pitt
  • Marketing Your Local Production with Cat Pitt

Art & Victory: Sessions

  • Hard Edge Painting with Jason Wilson

Leadership Board

  • 1×03 Be Sell Ready
  • 1×04 Intellectual Property
  • 1×05 Product Development
  • 1×06 Money Sense

Take A Bite with Phi

  • 1×04 Masa Ramen & Sushi and Rococo
  • 1×05 Humankind

Tales Unveiled

Not going to list every single episode, but Tales Unveiled is on the list to be enhanced for the streaming site. Most of season 1 is already uploaded. 

Yes! Science!

Before I publish the season, I will re-edit all of the episodes and include some new segments in the episode. This won’t be a simple enhancement like I did with the Art & Victory Discussions and will take more time.

  • 1×01 Arianne Hunter
  • 1×02 Alyssa Grooms
  • 1×03 Lee Fithian
  • 1×04 Elizabeth Smith
  • 1×05 Lily Peppers
  • 1×06 Autumn Loveless​

Visiting Haunts

  • 1×02 Stone Lion Inn and Downtown Guthrie

While there is just this one episode, I may hold off on releasing the story until I film others and can do a proper full season.


An Untitled Documentary about the Asian District (filmed part of this story and need to film more)

That’s a wrap for my end-of-the-year reflection! Thank you for following me in my various endeavors! I wish you all Happy Year’s Year and Happy Adventures!

Art Lessons with Katelynn Knick

Working with Arts Council Oklahoma City, I’ve launched Sessions from Art & Victory. Sessions are one-off artistic lessons for people to enjoy at home or in the classroom. To kick off the session series, teaching artist Katelynn Knick shares how to make a coffee filter watercolor painting, a pop-up paper sculpture, and a god’s eye. 

Helen Frankenthaler inspired Coffee Filter Painting with Katelynn Knick

Alexander Calder inspired Pop Up Sculpture with Katelynn Knick

God’s Eye with Katelynn Knick

Featured Non-Profit: Arts Council Oklahoma City

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Happy Adventures!

The Shows Start Now!

I am happy to announce the soft launch of the new The Show Starts Now Studios website and streaming service! I’ve filmed many stories throughout the years, and having a single place for everything was my next move. I’m in the soft launch phase, as I’m still reviewing my archives and enhancing content such as my shows, Tales Unveiled and Yes! Science!

Brand new are the first episodes of Take A Bite with Phi and Visiting Haunts. Phi Nguyen hosts the new food travel show as she goes behind the scenes at restaurants to encourage people to take a bite of something new. In Visiting Haunts, author Jeff Provine tours haunted places people are allowed to visit.

My documentary on the candy dystopian art experience, Sugar High, is also new and can be found under the second season of my new project, Archiving Contemporary Art. The first season will contain select art stories from the archives of Uncovering Oklahoma while starting the second season contains new content. Keep in mind I am going through my archives still for this first season, but I did put up my story on the Plaza Walls.

Once I get Tales Unveiled and Yes! Science! uploaded, I’m going to start spreading the word hard. I have more episodes of several shows in my queue to be edited. I plan to have an iPhone/Android app once I have enough subscribers to afford the expansion.

There’s so much for me to talk about with The Show Starts Now Studios. I will start doing live audience shows again, as I did in 2019, before COVID. I got some fun partnerships and creative experiences in the works. More new shows next year, but now I have to get back to work. 😎

I’d love for you to check out the service and let me know what you want to see more of that fits our mission. I’m offering a 14-day free trial, so start your show now!

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