On today's episode of Creative Space, we have the pleasure of chatting with dear friends of mine, Americk Lewis and Nick Sosin, who have extraordinary creative journeys. Their production company, Am Media Group, has directed and produced videos for The United Nations, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Samsung and American Airlines. They’re also talented artists and in addition to recording and performing, they are the co-founders of the All My Friends Are Stars Music Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
There are a lot of good nuggets in this interview, one of my favorites being a lesson from the late Chadwick Boseman that took Americk 10 years to learn. We also discuss what can happen when you do work you're not passionate about in addition to the joys and challenges of building a music festival overseas.
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1:12—How did we meet?
3:12—Our many collabs
4:17—What did you want to be as a kid?
4:30—Million dollar scribbles at the Guggenheim
6:14—Jumping onstage at three years old
6:45—The master plan to be an actor
7:44 —Who inspired you?
8:21—Teachers made all the difference
9:06—Growing up in a musical household
10:29—Being turned off by the creative life at first
11:41—Pursuing a degree in engineering
13:22—How Americk got his start in the entertainment industry
16:24—A lesson from Chadwick Boseman
19:49—How do you define creativity?
22:34—How mental health labels can affect our output
24:21—Creativity as an outlet to cope with sadness
25:22—Each of us is one of God’s ideas
26:59—How did you die? You died going to Target.
30:42—What can happen when you don’t love what you do
32:18—How Nick met Americk
33:16—Why start a festival in Sweden?
34:38—Every business card in NYC says CEO
35:47—What to expect from the festival
39:09—The greatest challenges building a music festival
41:54—The greatest joys doing the music festival
44:39—Impacting one person is everything