Promoting Yourself Online

The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with the Norman Arts Council, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, and OkSessionspresents Art & Victory, a free monthly panel discussion series designed for creative entrepreneurs. The topic for May’s panel was Promoting Yourself Online As A Creative Entrepreneur. The conversation focused on promoting yourself as a brand on social media, finding your voice, learning from mistakes, and creative marketing ideas. This broad discussion was for artists, writers, podcasters, filmmakers, musicians, and all creative entrepreneurs hustling themselves.

This panel took place at MAINSITE in Downtown Norman. Hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions, Christian is passionate about growing Oklahoma’s music scene.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Tracey Zeeck is a veteran publicist, communications consultant, published author and public speaker. In her role at Bumbershoot PR she does everything from bookkeeping to housekeeping, from writing to pitching to developing high-level strategy for clients. She is regularly working with many moving parts – and with many moving partners – and always keeps everything moving ever forward. Her “everyone matters most” mentality means that she maintains strong working relationships with clients, colleagues and members of the media. In her 25 years in the industry, she’s learned what makes a client newsworthy and she can help make her clients’ stories shine in the ever-evolving modern news cycle. Zeeck works alongside her clients, dreams big, stays on budget, produces great results, and even manages to have some fun along the way.

Jacobi Ryan was born and raised in Lawton, now residing in OKC, has been writing Hip Hop music since 2006 at the age of 16. He’s seen the top spots of the top 40 on his hometown’s radio station, performed over 300 live shows, and is now releasing a new song, podcast, and video every week – all 2019. Among many passions, Hip Hop takes center stage and serves as the nucleus for Jacobi Ryan. His mother a teacher and father a business owner, Jacobi naturally has an entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in all forms of art, business, and empowerment. 

Jacobi’s sound influence has been connected to the likes of Jay-Z, Big KRIT, and J. Cole. He lists his personal influences as Bob Marley, Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Warren Buffett and many other artists, innovators, moguls and revolutionaries.

Hannah Royce is a creative entrepreneur who started her own business at the ripe age of 23. HRCO helped local businesses manage their social media accounts, create content, devise authentic engagement strategies and more. Her passion for people, OKC, and inclusivity led her to creating the women’s empowerment event, Confidence Con, one year after starting her business. ConCon brings together intersectional groups of women and non-binary humans to explore the confidence gap and how we can bridge it with intentional vulnerability, mindfulness, and self-advocacy. She was recently hired by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership as their Social Media Coordinator where she manages all sub-district accounts within the business improvement district. She also serves as the Secretary and Communications & Programming Coordinator for the newly-formed Oklahoma City Pride Alliance.


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Recording Your First Album

The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with OkSessions, Resonator, Norman Music Festival, and the Norman Arts Council presents the debut of Art & Victory, a free monthly panel discussion series designed for creative entrepreneurs.

In honor of the Norman Music Festival, the topic for April’s panel was Recording Your First Album. The conversation touched upon various aspects, including finding the why behind your music, mistakes made, and planning tips.

This panel took place at Resonator in Downtown Norman. Hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions, Christian is passionate about growing Oklahoma’s music scene. 

About The Panelists:

Desiree Yearby was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Desiree started attending local hip-hop shows when she was 16 and chased the feeling she felt there for the last 12 years. When she was 22, she started to attend major music festivals which is where she built a lot of industry relationships. The last 12 years Desiree has thrown showcases, started the blog/site Gotsteeze.net, booked festivals in OKC and Tulsa, became an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching Social Media Marketing to the School of Contemporary Music.

Sophia Massad is an alternative/indie-rock artist, reigning from Oklahoma City. Her sultry to sassy vocal tones sculpt her unique sound. With her rugged charm, exuberant sense of humor, and absurd performance style, Sophia Massad pours herself into every song. Her musical style, inspired by the Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac, can be both lawless and poetically honest. Massad’s biting lyrics reveal raw and transparent frustration.

Severin Olsen is the lead singer and guitarist for the band Brooding. Severin has written and recorded music for over 5 years now in a home studio including multiple singles, EPs and albums throughout various bands.

El Toro Chino

Translating from The Chinese Bull in Spanish, El Toro Chino is an adventure in food by fusing together Latin and Asian Cuisine in Norman. Uncovering Oklahoma interviewed Gerry and Jennifer Reardon about their story behind the restaurant and what makes them unique.

El Toro Chino is located at 2801 36Th Avenue NW in Norman. For more information, including hours and menu, visit their website at https://www.eltorochino.com

Oklahoma City Chili

In preparation for National Chili Day next week, Uncovering Oklahoma visited three restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro that serve bowls of chili as part of their regular menu. For this story, Dennis Spielman traveled to Flint in Downtown Oklahoma City for their Bison Chili, The Red Cup in OKC for their vegetarian chili, and The Diner in Downtown Norman for their Championship Chili. The chili featured from each place is completely different from each other. Not only do all of these venues offer bowls of chili, but they also feature it on other menu items such as burgers.

National Chili Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in February, which will be on February 28th for 2019.

Be sure to read the full story at Uncovering Oklahoma for more information about these places, including some recommendations to other restaurants.

Digging Up The Truth

Sam and Geoff conduct separate interviews with Sam getting a second opinion from Localites OKC on places they’ve visited and Geoff learning about the legendary Chinese Tunnels. Their conversations add new levels of mystery to the tales of Oklahoma.


Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

This episode featured the voice talents of Kayla Coffey & Anna Farha from Localites OKC as themselves; Paul Evans as Wendell Holmes; and Mel Roberts as Detective West.

Special thanks to Clarity Coffee and Waving Wheat Bakery for letting us record there.


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Dr. Amy Cerato – A Geotechnical Engineer

Cerato is the Rapp Foundation Presidential Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She researches and consults in geotechnical engineering, specifically focusing on soil stabilization, expansive soil mitigation and foundation design in problematic soils. She is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma. She is the author of more than 50 technical papers and the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and 2008 National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is a member of the Deep Foundation Institute’s (DFI) Helical Pile and Tiebacks Committee and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute Committee of Engineering Geology and Site Characterization.


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Dr. Sepideh Razavi – A Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Sepideh Razavi is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. After obtaining her master’s degree from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, she decided to move to the United States to pursue a doctorate degree. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the City College of New York in 2015 where she worked with Prof. Ilona Kretzschmar on the assembly and flow behavior of colloidal particles at fluid interfaces. She then joined the University of Michigan as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Michael Solomon’s lab and conducted research on the application of external fields to assemble anisotropic colloidal particles. Dr. Razavi joined the faculty at OU in 2018 and her research focuses on assembling soft functional materials.


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