277 Bill Barol & Mat Ricardo | Creators Respecting Creators

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Harry welcomes to the show, co-hosts of the Imagination and Junk podcast, Bill Barol & Mat Ricardo. Bill is a writer and podcast creator who has gained critical acclaim for his work on the podcast HOME: Stories from L.A. Mat is a performer, modern-day vaudeville and one of the greatest variety artists working today. This unlikely duo met and formed a friendship during the COVID-19 pandemic, where they came up with the concept of Imagination and Junk, a freewheeling transatlantic conversation about creativity — what it is, where it comes from and why it matters.

In this episode, Harry, Bill and Mat talk all about creativity and content creation. Bill and Mat open up about how the pandemic impacted their lives and how they were able to create in spite of this global challenge. Mat shares his background as a performer, including the first time he ever got paid to perform. Bill speaks to the importance of being vulnerable and authentic in the Arts. Finally, they each share their thoughts on the future of Imagination and Junk and talk about one thing they’ve recently changed their minds about.

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What We Covered:

  • 06:35 – Harry welcomes to the show Bill Barol & Mat Ricardo, who tell the wild story of how they first met
  • 16:33 – Creators respecting creators and the inspiration to launch the podcast, Imagination & Junk
  • 24:42 – Podcasting without a plan and lessons learned
  • 30:20 – Performing for a dull audience
  • 31:56 – Cultivating new friendships in the time of COVID-19
  • 37:23 – Vulnerability, honesty and authenticity in the Arts
  • 41:00 – Bill’s vision for Imagination & Junk
  • 46:06 – Leaving a legacy
  • 49:12 – The reception that Imagination & Junk has received
  • 51:26 – Mat recalls the first time he got paid to perform
  • 53:16 – Bill recalls the first time he got paid to write
  • 55:06 – Something Bill & Mat have changed their minds about recently
  • 58:04 – Harry thanks Bill & Mat for joining the show and let’s listeners know where they can connect with them



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