A.R.T. Artists Real Talk

It's been a long time coming, and Think Tank Gallery is proud to announce the release of our first podcast series! We've teamed up with some of our favorite artists, producers, directors and more to catch a deep glimpse into what it takes to turn an artistic vision to reality. We have been honored to work and be friends with some of the most inspiring people in LA and across the country, and for the last few weeks we have been bringing a grip of them into our new podcast studio to have some chill conversations over a beer or three. Join us in our freshly built podcast studio as we get ready for some dope shit.
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Feb 15, 2017

My Haunt Life is the best place for long form content that any LA-based scare fiend can find. While their basis is most certainly haunts, Mike and Russell cover everything from haunted houses to immersive theatre. The latter is really where this conversation takes off, and we go pretty deep on certain topics that provide insight and opportunity for creators looking to make a tangible impact on their guests. There is no better source to find out about the most cutting edge stuff in the immersive haunt world, so diving into how Mike and Russell see that world at this moment is a real treat. 



0:00- Intro


7:06- Night on Broadway


8:43 Introduction Russell and Mike from My Haunt Life


10:55- What is a ARG? An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and uses transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by players' ideas or actions.




13:33- Mike are you really experienced in ARG’s? when was the first one you ran into?


17:03- Tune into episode 11 to hear more about Noah Nelson and the Tension Experience


17:43- How did you guys find the Tension Experience?


22:10- Ron English Hulk:


24:03- How did they first get out the information for the Tension Experience?


25:33- Thoughts on the Tension experience and how Russell and Mike believe it is the best thing in Los Angeles




Annie Lesser:


29:21- Read about the upcoming shows Russell and Mike mention at


29:38- How often do you find the process of people wanting to be apart of it then people falling off? Is there a pattern within the personal line that is crossed with the people who fall off or does it move show to show?




32:23- Jacob goes into detail of how Immersive theater is a great way to flip the art world upside down. 


33:13- Karen Finley


36:18- How do you think the experience was for the people who only went to the haunt portion of the Tension Experience?


45:09- What do you think would have happen if you changed your character and started reacting in the opposite way?


46:43- If you had to suggest an experience to the audience which one would it be?


Lust Experience:


48:33- Where would you suggest the audience to start at, to those who have not been exposed to the Immersive theater?


50:03- Is there a way for the people who weren't involved with the tension experience to get caught up?


52:03- Thoughts on how The Haunt life documented The Tension Experience on their podcast


53:43- Jacob goes into detail about how and why he first got off-put about the Immersive world


54:33- Megan Reilly:


54:58- Scott Hove:




55:33- Russell and Mike explain why they do what they do with “My Haunt Life”, and how they wanted to give real genuine reviews for the people.


59:33- Russell and Mike go into detail about the Immersive world and how “there is a difference between creating a show where you want to pull them in and involve them and then you have the other thing where someone in the audience is forced to do something they don't want too.”


59:33- On your guy’s podcast you break down honest reviews on Immersive shows, going into detail about what was good/bad from both of your point of views and you then end it with the show as a whole- has this been a structure since then start, or did it come naturally?


1:02:28- What were you guys doing before, you said it was a craigslist add?


1:04:13- Did you guys meet at Scare LA?



1:05:03- The story of how Russell and Mike met


1:09:44- Flying Lotus Film


1:10:44- The Queen Marry



1:11:18- Matt Durado:




1:13:13- The Hollywood Fringe Fest will have an Immersive show category this year learn more details at


1:14:43- Teri Hatcher


1:15:43- Russell, did you have a background in theater?


1:20:33- Mike, how did you get into the haunt world?


1:25:14- Speakeasy


1:25:23- Jacob goes into detail about when he went to a Immersive haunted experience alone and how it impacted him




1:37:34- The Rope Experience:


1:40:33- Russell talks about weird experiences with fans since he is in the Blackout documentary and how haunts have to sometimes deal with overactive fans




1:46:35- A lot of people go to Knott's Scary farm or the Queen Marry because this is what they know. Now things are starting to spread with the Immersive world and with all the knew people learning about these Immersive shows, they do not know the rules how do you think producers should handle their new audiences?


1:50:03- Escape rooms and people ripping and or breaking pieces


1:50:45- Its the communities responsibility to approach escape rooms and Immersive theater shows appropriately 




1:55:17- What advice would you give to people who are already making shows or who want to step it up in this world?


1:57:13- “Create, take risks, invite people in to what you create but respect them for taking the risk  to follow you.”


2:00:03- Producers need good customer service


2:03:33- How do you bring customer service during an Immersive experience without breaking character?


2:04:55- What happens to you when its not haunt season? What are you guys up too right now and what are you looking forward too?


2:05:28- If you could suggest a show right now what would it be?


2:07:11- What are you guys looking forward to with Scare LA coming up this summer?


2:07:56- Find more of Russell and Mike at


Find different events of escape rooms and Immersive shows at


If you are visiting LA and don’t want to do tourist things, check out


Call 515-HAUNTLA if you want to leave Mike and Russell creepy messages

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