The Creative Convergence Podcast #27 – Tommy Hobson

A triple threat performer, Thomas began his acting career at the age of six. Thomas’ earlier credits include leading roles in Clubhouse Detectives, Michael Jordan: An American Hero, and Disney’s Movie Surfers as well as recurring roles on Step-by-Step and A Different World. After graduating high school, Thomas attended Yale University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. 

After graduating from Yale, Thomas was cast as the character “Shout” on the hit Nickelodeon series The Fresh Beat Band. The show brought Thomas national fame and spawned four sold out US tours and a cartoon spin off, The Fresh Beat Band of Spies. Thomas’s recent credits include lead roles in the films Ghosts of The Ozarks, Driven, Be The Light, Stone Fruit, I’ll Be Watching, 12 Hour Shift, Squirrel and the digital series Poz Roz; as well as recurring roles on Sherman’s Showcase, Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack, and Live From The 8th Dimension, and guest starring roles on Criminal Minds and NCIS:LA. When he is not doing television and film, Thomas can be found on the stage.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #26 – Miriam Isa

Pop culture & political analyst. International public speaker. 300 million YouTube views.

And speed eating champ at her local Hooter’s. That’s Miriam in a nutshell. Miriam has worked as a producer and bilingual correspondent on E! News, Telemundo, ESPN Deportes, Al Jazeera’s BeIn Sport and across all of YouTube’s Clevver Media channels. Miriam is also an activist who has cultivated a strong following for her nonpartisan political and cultural commentary. She is on a mission to pierce echo chambers and heal divides.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #25 – Bradshaw Lambert

Bradshaw began his career in the music business at 91X Radio in San Diego, CA.  Soon, he followed the music to world-class A&M Recording Studios. Owned by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss in Hollywood, CA this was the the same venue that ‘We Are The World’ was famously recorded at. For the next 3 years, he was employed by legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine (Apple / Interscope / BeatsByDre).  

Bradshaw was then hired by The Record Plant recording studios. It was here that he connected with future producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf. Together, the trio launched an independent label called BONG LOAD CUSTOM RECORDS, operating outside of the major label eco-system, creating music without regard for mainstream. 

As Tom and Rob were producing music in studio, Bradshaw began manufacturing, marketing, promoting, selling and distributing Bong Load copies of Beck’s 12″ vinyl ‘LOSER’ single to alternative and college radio stations and to retail outlets around the country.  The Original Bong Load offices were based out of his apartment and Bong Load distribution was courtesy of his 1970 Buick Skylark. Once Beck’s song ‘LOSER’ exploded on the alternative radio airwaves and on to MTV, Bong Load upstreamed Beck to Geffen Records but remained involved in his career. Due to an unconventional contract, the independent label was allowed to press vinyl for subsequent releases. Beck would soon be on the covers of Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin, Billboard and music magazines around the globe. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #24 – Nuno Malo

Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer at StageIt Corp. White joined StageIt in May of 2020. In this role, White leads the strategy, execution and delivery for the company. Prior to joining StageIt White was the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board for Dubset Media Holdings. White joined Dubset as CEO in February 2015. White served as chief executive and President at Gracenote from 2012-2014. White held numerous roles for the company across 14 years and played a critical role in growing the company from a small start-up, focusing on music technologies and information, into a digital entertainment leader that touches millions of music and movie fans around the globe. In his role as president, White oversaw all company strategy and operations, and was responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business. Before joining Gracenote, White was the vice president of product for streaming music start-up Echo.com, which was one of the first companies to combine group content streaming and community features. Prior to Echo.com, White was a senior director and executive producer for CKS, a media consultancy based in Silicon Valley where he lead teams in the creation of web properties such as the Apple online store and GM.com. He began his career as a reporter and writer.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #23 – Stephen White

Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer at StageIt Corp. White joined StageIt in May of 2020. In this role, White leads the strategy, execution and delivery for the company. Prior to joining StageIt White was the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board for Dubset Media Holdings. White joined Dubset as CEO in February 2015. White served as chief executive and President at Gracenote from 2012-2014. White held numerous roles for the company across 14 years and played a critical role in growing the company from a small start-up, focusing on music technologies and information, into a digital entertainment leader that touches millions of music and movie fans around the globe. In his role as president, White oversaw all company strategy and operations, and was responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business. Before joining Gracenote, White was the vice president of product for streaming music start-up Echo.com, which was one of the first companies to combine group content streaming and community features. Prior to Echo.com, White was a senior director and executive producer for CKS, a media consultancy based in Silicon Valley where he lead teams in the creation of web properties such as the Apple online store and GM.com. He began his career as a reporter and writer.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #22 – Mindi Abair

One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 1999. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music.  In 2014, Mindi received her first GRAMMY nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg. 

You might know her as the featured saxophonist on American Idol, sitting in with Paul Shaffer on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, or as the first solo saxophonist touring with Aerosmith since 1973. She has garnered twelve #1 radio hits in the jazz and blues world, two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart and two #3 spots on the Billboard Blues Album Chart.  In 2018, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers won 8 Independent Blues Awards including Artist of the Year and Best Blues Song fan award for the Independent Music Awards for “Pretty Good For A Girl” featuring Joe Bonamassa.  In 2019, Mindi was nominated by the Blues Music Awards as the Best Instrumentalist: Horn and won the LA Critics Award for Best Holiday Album for All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues.  

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #21 – Mark Wallengren

Raised in an entertainment family it’s no surprise that Mark found himself in radio. 

During his 35 years at KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles, CA  he won almost every personality award bestowed by the industry including Billboard magazine’s Personality of the Year and Radio & Records magazine’s Major Market Personality of the Year and received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.  

He’s as comfortable having conversations with guests like actors Amy Adams, Meryl Streep or Jeremy Renner, musical greats Gwen Stefani to Paul McCartney to everyday visits with listeners that he always called family.  

His inside knowledge of the music business led to his immensely popular daily feature “Behind the Song”. 

He was called Mr. Christmas in the halls of KOST and for 20 years kicked of the yearly Christmas programming and aired hundreds of his annual from Santa to children throughout Southern California.

 At the beginning of 2020, he was unceremoniously released by KOST without being allowed so much as a goodbye, but thanks to social media has stayed in daily contact with his fanbase and soon will be ready to make his next move.  

Mark is a longtime Studio City resident and the extremely proud father of four who has been married to his beautiful wife Barbara for 31 years.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #20 – Dove Clark

Dove Clark is bandwagon starter who has helped develop brand strategy, media relations, and administrative structure for many entertainers’ careers. From her early years as a musician, artist, dancer, and photo hobbyist, she developed a plethora of corporate skills which eventually led her to music and entertainment writing, contributing to the likes of AllHipHop.com, Elemental, RIME, YRB, Ozone, and Urban Ink, as well as her own blog Xappeal.net (f.k.a. UrbLife.com). Dove has represented many urban and cross-genre acts, including Yo Gotti, DaBaby, Jim Jones, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, B.o.B., Needlz, Snow Tha Product, and Brooklyn Queen. She still contributes to Inked Magazine, and also made the foray into professional photography. In 2020, Dove continues on her path to help the next stars shine bright. 


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The Creative Convergence Podcast #19 – Aaron Draper

Aaron is an exceptional percussionist who roots started in
Philadelphia, PA, at a very young age. Aaron professional
development started in high school where he learn to read music and
discipline as a drummer. After graduating he began to spread his
wings a bit by accepting gigs around the city as a percussionist.
Aaron’s progression was soon noticed by QuestLove(The Roots),
which led to an opportunity to sub for The Roots percussionist Frank
Knuckles. As more opportunities became available, he began moving
up the industry’s food chain.


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The Creative Convergence Podcast #18 – Hayley Carr

Hayley Carr was named after Oscar winning actress, Hayley Mills. 

Coincidently, at age 11, after seven productive years in theater, commercials and television — Hayley was cast as her daughter in the Disney film BACK HOME. 

She also received rare, “introductory” billing for the World War II drama, just like Hayley Mills did at the same age.

 Critical acclaim for BACK HOME helped win Hayley the role of James Caan’s daughter in Bette Midler’s film, FOR THE BOYS, then Richard Crenna’s in the CBS movie of the week, A PLACE TO BE LOVED.

With over 30 commercials, print ads in TIME MAGAZINE, a win on STAR SEARCH and starring roles on THIRTYSOMETHING, ALICE, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN and BAYWATCH, Hayley was handpicked by NBC’s Brandon Tartikoff for his series, ACT II, and by Aaron Spelling for his weekly cop-drama, HOPE DIVISION.

When it came time for Hayley to transition from child actress to an adult, she looked for roles that challenged her, starring with Paul Bethany and Olivia Williams in the dark comedy DEAD BABIES, a film based on the 1975 novel by legendary British author, Martin Amis.

Hayley was also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform as the comedic legend John Cleese’s, sidekick live with fellow Python Eric Idle in The Prince’s Trust Comedy Gala: WE ARE MOST AMUSED for HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales’ birthday.

 It was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

More recently, Hayley has added the titles writer, producer and creator to her credits with her first pilot, a comedy called UTOPIA, having been optioned by the BBC. 


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