#Review by Lou of Blank Podcast @Blankpod by Giles Paley-Phillips @eliistender10 @jimdalycomedy #Podcast

Blank Podcast
By Giles Paley-Phillips
and Jim Daly
British Podcast Awards Nominee 2019
Rated: 5 stars *****

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Giles Paley-Phillips is an author, musician and an Ambassador for Action Aid UK.
Jim Daly is a comedian and author.

Description

Everyone has those difficult blank moments sometimes.

Whether in your personal life, career, relationship, or in a public situation, writer’s block, social anxiety, imposter syndrome, being off-form or having an identity crisis can affect anyone at any time. It’s part of the human condition and yet it can throw us off course and make us feel helpless.

Giles Paley-Phillips and Jim Daly host an informal, insightful podcast in which they chat to well-known people from comedy, acting, writing, broadcasting, politics and sports about their careers and how they get through these moments when things aren’t going to plan


Together Giles and Jim have created Blank Podcast where they talk about moments that aren’t going so well in a relatable and non-judgemental and down to earth way. It isn’t as depressing as it sounds. It does have some good uplifting and insightful moments as they talk to everyone from authors to actors to documentary makers to comedians and more…
It is very fascinating as what they talk about isn’t what they usually talk about. It’s those “blank moments” and almost a peek behind the scenes as it were. “Blank moments” take the chats in various directions, which makes it engaging and pretty compelling. Blankness means something different to everyone.
There will be an accompanying book early next year simply called Blank.

I listened to a few of the podcasts, which has some pretty well-known famous people. They are recorded in the Nordic Bar in Oxford. The podcasts appear Every Wednesday Morning. It is FREE and you can subscribe as well so it can drop into wherever you choose to listen to podcasts.

Before I move on, I would like to thank Giles Paley-Phillips for getting in touch with me to listen to his podcast. I was told I could just do a shout-out about it if I wanted, but once I got listening, I got inspired to write a blog because this is good!

Here are links where you can access Blank Pod and further below is a little about some 3 I have listened to and a bit of info on 3 episodes I have listened to so far.

http://podcasts.apple.com/hr/podcast/bla
Castbox http://bit.ly/2PHWUCI
Spotify http://spoti.fi/2qikmYK
Acast http://bit.ly/2qgGLpA

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Michael Rosen

Known for writing poetry and children’s books and more…

It was interesting hearing about when he was younger and where he lived in London and reveals “MetroLand” and some secret places. You can find out what he means by this in the podcast. There are some insights into his life going back as far as being a child and what a very different type of world it was back then, into how his parents were and what they stood for and it may not be all that you would assume and not all is what you would think would go together at all in their religion and political leanings.

There is some humour that pokes through within this podcast as he, with great candour and vivid memories, talks about his life and that of his parent’s lives.

He talks of his career plans. How they changed from wanting to be a doctor to being a writer and also how his parent’s rated career paths. He did other jobs apart from being a writer, including with the BBC and find out the mysterious goings on.
There is an interesting part about creativity and how everyone is creative in some form or another and about what he calls “ego-strength”, which is absolutely fascinating and I think people will find useful and is certainly thought-provoking in his advice. He also talks about his children’s poetry and the risks he takes and how he is fascinated by performance and writing and all the different forms that he is involved in.

Rebecca Callard

Known for acting in The Grand, Coronation Street, The Detectorists, Ordinary Lies and much more

Discover what is in Rebecca’s film collection (she still has VHS) and her reminisces of video shops as well as what they are watching by more modern means and some of the most watched Netflix shows. It is interesting to hear why she watches certain shows. It’s interesting hearing her mindset from when she was younger to now about acting and watching it, including her love of horror and yet affects her.

They also talk a bit about insomnia and what perhaps affects this and also how it could have started very early on in her life and the anxieties and how it affects her and also how she learns lines and how to manage work, family and insomnia. It’s talked about in such a convivial way. She talks about her challenging times and stage-fright and how she felt isolation, until people around her told her how they’ve had it. She talks about the importance of talking about things and the discussion goes onto some deepness and how people can be hard on themselves.

Rebecca Callard has started writing and the projects she started and didn’t finish. She finally finished a piece and won a prize and garnered some success and may write more. Some of her ideas sound rather good and refreshing. Find out more in the podcast. She touches on her mother Beverley Callard having depression and also how strong and successful she is. She also talks of true friendship!

Louis Theroux

Known for making documentaries and more…

He talks a bit about his life of flitting between the US and the UK. He is writing a book and is most famously known for making documentaries. He talks of feeling most home in the UK.

It is interesting as he talks about some of the people he has met along the way in tv.

He is writing, what he calls a professional memoir. He talks about being a studious and curious person and talks of some of his interests and also how he drifted into certain jobs, including journalism and other jobs that perhaps you wouldn’t immediately associate with him. He taks about getting into that stage where you don’t quite know about what the next steps were and moved around in the US. He takes listeners around different parts.

He talks about needing structure and direction in life and seems like that’s more what he is used to. It’s relatable to and having a period of time of not knowing this.

He talks of what sounds like some real challenges in some of his films, social media. He also talks about some of his documentaries and it is some great insights from Louis Theroux’s point of view. He talks about the times when things change direction, the research and being on location. It is a fascinating peek behind the scenes a little that isn’t shown on tv.

He talks a bit about the junctions that appear in life and to try and keep things fresh.

Links

http://podcasts.apple.com/hr/podcast/bla
Castbox http://bit.ly/2PHWUCI
Spotify http://spoti.fi/2qikmYK
Acast http://bit.ly/2qgGLpA

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