The Grayson Taylor Podcast
A podcast all about the creative arts from Grayson Taylor, on writing, filmmaking, composing, entrepreneurship, and more. Featuring special guests and interviews, this podcast will give you the inspiration and practical advice necessary to perfect your craft, whether it's music, writing, filmmaking, acting, entrepreneurship, or even LEGO building.
Ep. 001: Welcome to the Grayson Taylor Podcast
Release date: July 18, 2019
Description: Get to know your host and the podcast itself in this introductory episode. The Grayson Taylor Podcast is the podcast for kid writers, filmmakers, actors, composers, LEGO builders, and entrepreneurs, and is hosted by Grayson Taylor. Featuring special guests and interviews, this entertaining podcast will give you the inspiration and practical advice necessary to perfect your craft, whether it's music, writing, filmmaking, acting, entrepreneurship, or LEGO building. Also features bonus episodes reviewing the latest films and books! Go to graysontaylor.info to read Grayson's novels, listen to his music, watch his films, see his LEGO creations, and more.
Ep. 002: How to Write Your First Novel
Release date: July 18, 2019
Description: Learn how to write your own novel, from the first idea to its completion. Discover what it takes to write a novel, and helpful tips for your own writing process, from six-time novelist Grayson Taylor. He'll take you through everything you need to know to successfully start and finish your first book, specifically for young writers. To read Grayson's novels, head to graysontaylor.info. Mentioned in this episode: Kindle Direct Publishing, a free Amazon service to self-publish your novel (kdp.amazon.com). Also be sure to check out more episodes on writing that go into more detail about specific areas of the craft.
Ep. 003: Guerrilla Filmmaking: How It Works... And How It Doesn't (with Ella Taylor)
Release date: July 18, 2019
Description: In this episode, host Grayson Taylor discusses the pros and cons of 'guerrilla filmmaking' with guest Ella Taylor. Learn what this filmmaking tactic is, when and how you should use it, and the benefits and drawbacks of it, along with stories of experience in guerrilla filmmaking from several productions. Go to graysontaylor.info to watch Grayson's films mentioned in this episode, including Enigma Island, Suspect, Dark Waters, and Spy Squad. This episode's guest is Ella Taylor (ellataylor.info).
Guest: Ella Taylor
Ep. 004: Behind the Scenes of Fallen Nation: Downfall
Release date: July 26, 2019
Description: Get an exclusive look behind the making of Grayson Taylor's latest novel, Fallen Nation: Downfall. Including tips for writers and lessons learned from the writing process of the book, this episode starts off with a spoiler-free segment about the book, followed by a spoiler-filled segment going into further detail for those who have read the book. Haven't read Downfall yet? Get the book, and the previous two in the Fallen Nation trilogy, at graysontaylor.info/fallen-nation. You can get Grayson's other books, Future and Ice Lords (mentioned in this episode), as well as all of his other work, at graysontaylor.info.
Ep. 005: The Music of Fallen Nation Interview
Release date: August 2, 2019
Description: This episode features an interview of Grayson Taylor about his upcoming album, The Music of Fallen Nation. This interview gives you an in-depth look at the music writing process and inspiration for Grayson Taylor's compositions. Listen to The Music of Fallen Nation on Spotify, iTunes, or whatever platform you listen on, or go to graysontaylor.info/music.
Ep. 006: How to Build Large-Scale LEGO Creations
Release date: August 9, 2019
Description: Learn how to plan and build massive LEGO worlds, from the idea to the completed creation. Grayson Taylor gives tips and tricks learned from years of building, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at his process for building his 15-square-foot LEGO World. Go to amzn.to/2yQ56H8 for the non-LEGO baseplates mentioned in the episode, go to amzn.to/2yQ56H8 for the recommended book Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, and go to graysontaylor.info/lego to see Grayson's LEGO creations, his LEGO World, and exclusive behind-the-builds looks at the process behind crafting LEGO creations.
Ep. 007: How to Make Your First Short Film (Part 1)
Release date: August 23, 2019
Description: Learn how to make your first short film, including how to develop your idea, write your screenplay, direct actors, work with a small budget, and edit, release, and promote your film. Grayson shares valuable tips he's learned from years of making short films, and experiences he's had working on various filmmaking projects. Part 1 of 2. To watch Grayson's films, go to www.graysontaylor.info.
Ep. 008: How to Make Your First Short Film (Part 2)
Release date: August 30, 2019
Description: In part 2 of How to Make Your First Short Film, learn how to work on set, direct actors, work with a small budget, and edit, release, and promote your film. Grayson shares valuable tips he's learned from years of making short films, and experiences he's had working on various filmmaking projects. To watch Grayson's films, go to www.graysontaylor.info.
Ep. 009: Debunking 10 Writing Myths
Release date: September 6, 2019
Description: Grayson debunks 10 writing myths that can trip up writers both young and old, and explains the real truths about writing books. Whether you're writing a novel or a nonfiction piece, these tips will help you on your writing journey. Mentioned in the episode: NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program (ywp.nanowrimo.org), Amazon's self-publishing service, Kindle Direct Publishing (kdp.amazon.com).
Ep. 010: Exclusive Look at Suspect: Ruthless
Release date: September 13, 2019
Description: Grayson announces his current project, a film coming out in 2020. Get an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at the upcoming movie, including the official title, synopsis, locations, and more. Find out about the inspiration for the film and what shooting was like from the writer, director, and star of the film, Grayson Taylor. Stay tuned for the official trailer, coming out soon. Mentioned in this episode: Suspect (2019), a murder mystery and cross-country adventure film (graysontaylor.info/suspect); Enigma Island (2019), a thrilling Caribbean action-adventure film (graysontaylor.info/enigmaisland); Spy Squad (2018), a spy thriller and mystery (graysontaylor.info/spysquad). Go to the link mentioned in the episode to see the poster, synopsis, and more for this upcoming film. Are you a young filmmaker, or are interested in the craft? Make sure to listen to the other episodes on filmmaking!
Ep. 011: How to Make Your First Song
Release date: September 20, 2019
Description: Learn how to compose, record, and distribute your own music, from the first idea of the melody to getting your song into stores. Composer Grayson Taylor goes through his own process of music-making, and shares helpful tips for your own projects. Mentioned in this episode: Grayson's music (listen on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you listen to music, or go to graysontaylor.info/music); music distribution company DistroKid (distrokid.com). Made your own music? Share it with Grayson (and other young artists) at graysontaylor.info/forum.
Ep. 012: Interview with Kid Author and Entrepreneur John Louzonis
Release date: October 4, 2019
Description: Grayson interviews John Louzonis, the 14-year-old author of Kid Trillionaire and creator of the Kids Get Rich Podcast and the Kids Get Rich Club. John shares about the process of writing his book, as well as how to successfully make a podcast, avoid burnout, how to get featured in the newspaper and on TV, great resources for young authors and entrepreneurs, and how kids can make money. John has been featured on 8 TV shows across the country and featured in the New York Post. Mentioned in this episode: The Kids Get Rich Podcast (on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, and more; go to kidsgetrich.com/podcast). To hear Grayson interviewed on the podcast, listen to episode 19 of the Kids Get Rich Podcast. To get Kid Trillionaire, go to kidsgetrich.com/book. Also mentioned: Publish a Book and Grow Rich by Gerry Robert (amzn.to/2Ol4WAd), Fiverr (fiverr.com), Book the Business by Adam Witty and Dan Kennedy (amzn.to/2InUbJD), The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (amzn.to/2Ol7m23), Magnetic Marketing by Dan Kennedy (amzn.to/2OmlIyY), The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone (amzn.to/30NJwOK). To get Grayson's books, watch his films, listen to his music, and more, go to graysontaylor.info.
Guest: John Louzonis
Ep. 013: How to Plan a Creative Year
Release date: February 4, 2020
Description: Welcome to a new decade! Grayson unveils everything that’s happening in 2020, and shares how to plan your projects and prepare for a creative new year. Learn how to schedule your creative and entrepreneurial undertakings and decide which are the most important. Mentioned in the show: the Ultimate Membership (graysontaylor.info/membership), Evernote (evernote.com). To get all of Grayson's books and films, plus lots of exclusive bonus content, become a member for only $10 right now. The podcast has been on a break over the holiday season, but it’s back now with new and exciting content! Spread the word about the show and stay tuned for future episodes.