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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Apr 5, 2018
Heidi Johnson has been putting the coolest art and events in front of the hippest people in LA for decades. In this episode she breaks down where PR and management cross over, how much of this stuff artists should be doing for themselves, and when it's time for you to get a manager. She also lets us in on some secrets of how to get your shit covered by the press. There's a lot of name-dropping in this episode, but every story is peppered with many years of wisdom, and by the end Heidi takes muthafuckas to school so don't miss the second half of this episode. We also share stories on the late Juxtapoz co-founder Greg Escalante since Heidi was one of the people closest to him in his final years. RIP Greg.

6:10- Can you talk about the new stuff you are doing with Corey Helford?




9:16- Scott Hove


12:06- Heidi talks details about herself and her mom Monica Johnson who was a screenwriter and novelist


18:26- Heidi talks about talent management and PR in the entertainment industry 


20:27-  Heidi talks about working on Renaissance Man (1994)


21:44- Being an assistant for Penny Marshall


23:38- Lillo Brancoto


A Bronx Tale Directed by Robert Di Niro


24:32- What are press junkets? 


26:01- Heidi talks about Entertainment PR




30:49- Learning how to deal with clients




32:27- Tune into A.R.T Artists Real Talk Episode #24 with Creative Director Maca


37:31- Define what a publicist is




42:31- Engelbert Humperdinck


43:38- Heidi talks about signing a contract with Engelbert


44:31- Pitching to the Grammys 


45:53- Do artists often say no when you have a big idea that can be huge?


47:36- Jacob talks about what Heidi taught him with, “finding the story.”


48:43- When did you start Hijinx?


50:46- Robbie Conal










52:19- GRRL Scouts video




54:51- PR and relationships


55:16- Beyond The Streets


56:16- Art Basel


56:46- Heidi talks about her mom passing away weeks prior to Art Basel 


1:00:02- Working in LA


1:00:41- Allison "Hueman"


1:01:31- The Brewery Art Colony


1:02:10- Hold Up Art Gallery




1:09:25- How do you judge the feeling of what you should be doing vs what you shouldn't be doing?


1:10:14- Heidi talks about following her gut 


1:12:01- What is a manager and why is it useful to have one?


1:14:25- Are managers taking a percentage of everything you make or only off the projects you bring?


1:16:18- Heidi talks about what a manager should do for you– bringing rates up and getting your needs met


1:18:52- If someone is considering managing what kind of things do they need to be thinking about as they step into that new role?




1:20:56- Teddy Kelly


1:20:56- Heidi explains how working with friends is hard






1:28:46- Bobby Moline-Kramer


1:28:04- Annie Terrazzo


1:28:41- Heidi talks about being around to see social media emerge 


1:30:20- List building


1:31:46- Heidi talks about how important social media is


1:37:26 -


1:37:35- Odd Nerdrum




1:40:06- Greg Escalante


1:41:50- Corey Helford




1:45:35- Tune into A.R.T Artists Real Talk with Phil America


1:49:06- Heidi talks about how Greg Escalante has been remembered 




1:55:06- Do you have a four or five year path with the LA Art show that you guys are trying to build together?




2:00:26- Do you think this is something artists could do on their own without hiring a publicist?


2:01:46- Heidi suggestion to smaller galleries putting out press releases 


2:03:26- Where to find Heidi Johnson

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