036: Capturing memories with filmmaker Janice Smith, owner and founder of Big Dog Little Bed

#femalefilmmaker #NCentrepreneur  The value of capturing moments on film, building a creative business, embracing one’s point of view, and much more. As owner and founder of Big Dog Little Bed, Janice Smith “creates natural and meaningful videos to tell the stories that matter most for your business, your wedding, and family milestones and events.” Janice is a storyteller, dog lover, and agent of change with a passion for helping other female small biz owners share the incredible work they do.

A friend’s quote about Janice: “She is such an amazing storyteller and I am in awe of how she navigates commercial and close-to-your-soul projects to make a living as an artist.”

Mentioned in this episode: 030: Ceramic artist Doreen Jakob tells stories in clay

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Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro and bio for Janice Smith

[1:05] How did Janice get into this work? What does it mean to capture moments in time? What is the line between narcissism and documenting important memories?

[6:14] How Janice decided to make the leap into starting her own business. Bringing the dream from hobby to full-time. The steps to launching a creative and product based business.

[13:30] Successful creatives need to focus on product, process, and point of view. Janice’s thoughts about process and POV for her business. It’s scary, but soooo important to take a point of view.

[19:42] Janice’s observations on gender as she’s walked the path of traditionally male dominated spaces: film-making and business ownership.

[26:44] Maintaining a creative spark in the midst of a growing business

[29:20] Meaningful client story

[31:15] Brand Story Films: What are those? Why are they valuable?

[34:03] What’s next? Answering the question of ‘How do we also create films that are good for the world?;

[36:03] Thank you and sign-off

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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