We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Fisher, Alex Tassopoulos, & Nick Kreider and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, Alexander, & Nick, what principle do you value most?
The principle we value most in our work is “enjoy the content you’re making.” We firmly believe that in order for our work to have the best chance at positively resonating with others, we ourselves must find it interesting and entertaining. If we have a segment on our podcast, or make a sketch, and it’s not something we find funny or intriguing, but rather it’s made purely off the fact it’s “what we think the audience will enjoy,” it most likely won’t hit. Whereas, if we lean into making content that interests us, the odds of it striking a good response with viewers is astronomically greater.
In short, we try our best to make what we love, and love what we’re making. By doing that we feel it’s the best way for others to love what we do too.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We (Joshua Fisher, Alex Tassopoulos, & Nick Kreider) are all three actors, who happen to LOVE sports. The combination of always wanting to perform, and having the need to talk ball, was the catalyst for The Charity Stripe Podcast.
There have been so many challenges along the way; both micro and macro. Whether it be having to re-record shows because the sound was off, or having the recording software crash mid-interview, we’ve definitely had our fair share of tech issues. Then there’s the questions that come with working in the creative field: “Is what we’re making good?” “Will it ever ‘break’?” “Is it worth the stress?” These are questions we ask ourselves everyday, and of course always end up answering ‘yes’ (for better or for worse, haha).
The most important lesson we’ve learned is without a doubt: you can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well risk failing at what you do want to do.
We want the world to know: come clear skies or stormy days, The Charity Stripe Podcast will always be there…every Monday & Thursday morning wherever you get your podcasts 😉
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In “normal times,” we’re never short of visitors. A house party in LA is a house party like no other. The beach is a MUST. Two other constants when we have out-of-town guests: a Runyon Canyon hike, and a dinner at Jon & Vinny’s. May sound basic, but it’s basic for a reason.
We’ll add one best-kept-secret. If a guest is there on a Monday we always take them to Riviera 31, in the Sofitel Hotel, for jazz night. Some of the best live-music you’ll see in this city, print it. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost our families and friends. The amount of support and backing we have from those closest to us, is a bit shocking. We’re extremely lucky to have families and friends who are always there to champion us along what has already been a wild journey.
Secondly, Bron Heussenstamm and the Bleav Podcast Network for taking a chance on us.
And last, but certainly not least, The University of Texas at Austin. Without that amazing place, this project wouldn’t exist.
Other: Podcast link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-charity-stripe/id1451691290