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The Artist Cries by Angie Mack Reilly

The Artist Cries

by Angie Mack Reilly* 2019

Where empathy lacks
And judgement abounds
Is where the artist lies
The artist cries
And they keep walking by
Greed is thick
So charity is sick
Money given upward
To impress CEOs with bribes
That feed their vanity and ego
I know
The money needs to flow down
Down down down like rain
Down down
Down on the people

*Feature photo also by Angie Mack Reilly

Poem: I Love Contradictions

I Love Contradictions

by Angela K. Mack © 1/6/09

Feature photo by Angie Mack Reilly (c) 2015

I have always preached,
“The best art forms contain the greatest contradictions.”

I love contradiction. It is the drama of our existence.

Right now, I am humored by the earth being blanketed by cool virgin snow.
Meanwhile, my burning heart is inflamed with the passion of my prime.

The earth is being cooled and my soul is flaming hot.

Contradictions.

My nerdy and shy highschool friend is now a diva.
Another boy has pleasantly matured.
Popular friends have vanished
and unknown ones have become beacons of light.

Life has a way of leveling
and bringing the obscure to the spotlight
and the stars to the pit.

Life is full of drama and…
the best drama is full of contradictions.
Who would have known
we would all end up here?

Mistakes by Angie Mack Reilly

(c) August 10, 2008

Mistakes happen….it’s OK

Mistakes are a part of the creative process as well as the human condition. The first artistic mistake that I remember making was when I was in grade school. I was doing a paint by number of the cartoon character, “Underdog”. I was working on the nose and went outside of the lines with my black paint on accident. So I tried to smooth out my error and messed it up even more. I remember being so angry with myself for not being able to “paint by number” perfectly and stay in the lines. The more I tried to fix it, the worse it got.

Artistic types often have perfectionist personalities. I know I do. I always tried so hard to be the straight “A” student, the “star” athlete, the “favored” employee, the “perfect mother”, the “most beautiful wife”, the “best” Christian.

I have failed at some time or another in all areas and the person I disappointed the most was myself. After 37 years, I am trying to learn to lighten up on myself. It’s impossible for anyone to be perfect.

In art, I have found that mistakes are a good thing. They seem to speak, “take this project in a different direction”. “Don’t force it. Don’t try to fix it.” As I have learned to embrace mistakes and admit that they are there, I have found greater peace. Some of the mistakes in my artistic en devours have actually turned the piece into something much better and different from my original plan.

I must remember that I, as a human being, am a work of art. Could it be that the mistakes that I make in life will somehow turn me into something better? I do know that with the more mistakes I have made, I have learned to be more humble and more merciful, loving and forgiving toward those who have failed.

Mistakes happen. It’s OK.

Poem: Voices

Voices” by Angela K. Mack © 1/6/09

I listen to VOICES for a living….

mainly, voices of inexperience

wanting to be heard yet lacking the depth

THAT COMES WITH LIVING.

I listen to VOICES for a living…..

needs that want to be met

that chase me down and sap me

IF I AM NOT TOO CAREFUL.

I listen to VOICES for a living…..

the arguing voice, the whining voice,

the voice of reason and seduction

AND I AM OVERWHELMED.

But occasionally, very rare, I get to SPEAK.

My passions and my soul are GIVEN CONSIDERATION.

My words are dissected and analyzed by CURIOUS MINDS.

And once a year, I get to sing and be heard.

I get to write and be understood.

It is a great thing when one is listened to.

It is a great thing when expression is found by acceptance.

It is a great thing when the suppressed emotions are released in resounding strengths.

This is why I listen to VOICES for a living.

Do unto others as you want them to do for you……..”

Crazy Ideas by Angie Mack Reilly

by Angie Mack Reilly, author of Chronic Creativity:  A Diagnostic Look at the Condition and How to Become Infected (c) 2008

I have come to understand through many observations that the craziest ideas are usually the most brilliant ideas.

These “crazy” ideas are initially met with mocking, negativity, rejection, disbelief and even persecution.

When I see someone with an idea, concept, creative thought, etc….that is welcomed by any of the above in the initial stages, I take notice.  (Herein lies a brilliant idea!)

Take, for instance, my cousin. Many years ago, she had a vision to create vintage undergarments out of recycled materials. It was a new concept…cutting edge…almost silly at the time. Yet she has stuck with her dream, is growing, and will flourish in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up making her mark in the world of fashion.

I often call people like this “ahead of their time”. These creative idea makers seem to have an intuition or vision for the future. They create something or present something. But the idea is often so “out of the box” that it is not understood by others in its entirety initially. Because it is not understood, it is faced with rejection, criticism, and on and on………

So my encouragement to all of the “silly” idea-makers….stick with it! If you are facing negativity and ridicule from others, you are most likely onto something grand.  Press on my friend……..

Why Musicians Overdose: A #poem for #prince by Angie Mack Reilly

Angie Mack Reilly has been working closely with musicians for the past two decades and is a musician herself.  She wrote this poem after Prince died of an accidental overdose.  After observing and listening to the hearts of so many musicians over the years, it is her lifelong passion to advocate for musicians and artists whose mental health needs are grossly overlooked.  Angie doesn’t consider herself a huge Prince fan nor does this blog post necessarily reflect Prince’s personal situation.  Yet after seeing another celebrity musician die, she decided to write about it to raise awareness about the unique mental health and emotional needs of those in the entertainment industry.

Angie wants to raise awareness that those who are creative are, first and foremost, PEOPLE.   Not just entertainers.  Not just people that we can make money off of.  Not just people who can make us feel good and boost our self-esteem.  Not just people who can boost us up the ladder of success if we schmooze them enough.  People.  Many have had traumatic experiences.  Many suffer from depression. Anxiety. Addiction. PTSD.

“The difficult part about being talented is that so many people either want to monopolize on the talent or be made to feel good from it.  And there are many excellent artists ‘who deliver’.  Giving 110%.  But when the artist has a need, such as an emotional issue to work through or a financial setback, they are often abandoned and left to their own devices to heal.   And it can be too much.

Laugh.  And the world laughs with you.  Cry.  And you cry alone.  – unknown

Due to the nature of the entertainment industry, many performers don’t have the time to form lasting relationships.  Many come from broken homes.  Entertainers face unique challenges of loneliness.   And because they are more sensitive, the feelings of rejection or abandonment can be even more devastating.”

Angie is also a published poet whose poetry is etched into some of the sidewalks in Grafton, WI including the poem pictured,  “Traveling Minstrels”.

A #poem for #prince by Angie Mack Reilly

by (c) Angie Mack Reilly 4/23/16

Everybody loves a performer while they are performing.

“Traveling Minstrels” I call them.

Going from place to place like gypsies,

trying to make a living pleasing crowds.

Until addiction.

Until sadness.

Until struggle.

Then they are left alone to their own devices and sorrow.

They are left to die alone

in mental anguish and unmarked graves.

Where are those who loved them

when their pockets were running full,

their faces were full of smiles

and their hearts were full of song?

Why, cheering on the next traveling minstrel

who makes them feel good!

For they had sucked the life out of the first!

He gave everything he had and then some,

with all of his sensitivities and musical genius.

He thought they would reciprocate

and it devastated him when they did not.

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One of Angie’s “claims to fame” is finding the unmarked and unknown grave of long ago blues legend, Blind Blake.  #musicianadvocate

Angie spearheaded a movement to get “Blind Blake” a much deserved headstone.  Blake is buried in Glendale, WI.

blind blake grave

Angie Mack Reilly: Public Speaking Resume (now booking)

CONTACT:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

“Angela is a passionate visionary who has the ability to articulate, set and attain high goals for a greater cause.”  -Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, international music educator,  keynote speaker and performer

Angie Mack Reilly

Grafton, WI • 262.309.4112• angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Public Speaker | Writer | Musician | Composer | Marketing Professional

Innovative Public Speaker and natural leader with a passion for the arts community and issues effecting women and the mentally ill. Proven effective transforming environments to create lasting change using the arts and creativity. Background in marketing with success linking businesses with needed resources to provide mutually positive opportunities and revenue streams.

Technical Proficiencies: Social Media, Music Production, WordPress, eCommerce, Sound Equipment, Recording Equipment, PC, Mac, Microsoft Office.

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Listen to Recent Podcast Where Angie is Featured by The World Music Foundation

Topics of Expertise

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Teamwork

Transforming Work Environments into Creative Hubs

“Old Guys I’ve Met”:  The Importance of Business Mentors in the Arts

Managing Teams “Theater Style”

Moving Audiences and Tips from a Theater Director

Public Speaking Engagements

  •  See television and radio appearances below 

  • Vast amount of experience speaking as a theater director and actor for 18+ years

  • “Listen to Your Mother” National Show on Motherhood  

  • Chronic Creativity Interactive Workshops at Spirit Life Church in Mequon

  • Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony”, Grafton, WI as Chairperson about blues history

  • “Giro d’ Grafton Bike Race, 2007, Grafton, WI  

  • “Wisconsin Blues Connection” and PowerPoint Presentation, Wisconsin Historical Society

  • “At 10” Radio Interview, National Public Radio

  • “Paramount History” and PowerPoint Presentation, Port Washington Kiwanas Club

  • “Paramount History” and PowerPoint Presentation, MATC-Mequon Campus

  • “Passionate about Paramount and the Blues” Children’s Educational Performance, Grafton Library 2006

  • “Paramount Blues Festival Panel Discussion”, Cedarburg Cultural Center WI

  • St. Mary’s Care Center Chapel Services, Madison, WI 

Television, Acting and Production Career

  • Played supporting actress, Carol, in Leaving Eden Series

  • Produced and stared as lead female, Golde, Fiddler on the Roof, Next Act Theatre

  • Produced and acted as supporting female lead, Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray, Cedarburg Performing Arts Center (CPAC)

  • Produced and played female lead Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, CPAC

  • Produced and starred as supporting lead, John the Baptist and female soloist for Godspell, NSAA

  • Produced and directed hundreds of musical theater productions and events throughout southeastern Wisconsin primarily at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, The North Shore Academy of the Arts, Next Act Theater, Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Spirit Life Church, Cedar Creek Settlement, Ozaukee Christian School, The Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life.

  • 2018:  Television feature on the Real Milwaukee show with Brian Kramp about children’s theater

  • 2018:  Television feature on CBS 58 with Michael Schlesinger about children’s theater

  • 2017:  Juried Public Speaker for National Listen to Your Mother Show about mental illness 

  • 2016:  Television feature on the Morning Blend Show about mental illness

  • 2016:  Television feature on the Morning Blend Show about gifted and talented children

  • 2009:  Television feature on My Fox about Wisconsin music history

Writing Career

  • Authored three published books titled Be True, Be Free, and Chronic Creativity.

  • Created written content for the following major projects:

  • Grafton City Blues” by Kevin Ramsey, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

  • Lost Musical Treasure” PBS History Detectives

  • The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (6 LP 180g) …. Grammy Award Winner, 2014 – Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package …. Label: Third Man Records;

  • The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (6 LP 180g) …. Grammy Award Winner, 2015 – Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package …. Label: Third Man Records; “Chasin’ Dem Blues” by Kevin Ramsey, Delaware Theatre Company

  • Paramount Walking Tour Booklet”, Village of Grafton Historic Preservation Commission

  • Substance Abuse: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)” by Sheri Bestor

  • Paramount Walking Tour Booklet”, Village of Grafton Historic Preservation Commission

  • Wrote journalistic articles for magazines and blogs:

  • Cedarburg’s Rising Star” Ozaukee Magazine, Apr 2014

  • On the Trail of Bluesman Blind Blake in Milwaukee” OnMilwaukee.com Apr 2011

  • Chronic Creativity” Creativity Portal

  • Why the Blues Belongs in Port” Ozaukee Magazine, Mar 2015

  • The Adventures of Tim and Ben” Ozaukee Magazine, Jun 2014

  • Eurydice” Ozaukee Magazine, Aug 2014

  • North Shore Academy of the Arts Website Blog, Main Writer, 2007-2013

  • Ozaukee Talent Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2016

  • Sociofocus Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2010-2016

  • Paramounts Home, Article Contributor and Web Owner, 2004-2016

  • Creative Connection Arts, Contributor and Web Owner, 2004-2011

  • Milwaukee Talent Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2016

  • The Value of An Idea”, Creativity Portal

Career Accomplishments

  • 1997- Present Lifetime arts and entertainment industry career has consisted of effectively reaching audiences on a regular and weekly basis.

  • 1997- Present Guest Performer (Singer/Songwriter) at hundreds of special events over the years.

  • Boosted Ozaukee County tourism by pitching a new music theme leading to the Paramount Plaza redevelopment design in Grafton, Wisconsin.

  • Pitched a show to PBS History Detectives resulting in the nationally aired segment, “Lost Musical Treasures” on the music history of Ozaukee County.

  • Assisted Playwright Kevin Ramsey as a Blues History Consultant for the musicals “Grafton City Blues” and “Chasin’ Dem Blues”.

  • Collaborated with Grafton Area Jaycees to launch an annual blues festival that has been ongoing and successful since 2005 raising blues awareness and bringing tourism.

  • 2005-Present Expertise as in arts leadership and pre-war blues history has led to being interviewed by various international and national publications such as Blues and Rhythm Magazine, The New York Times, Blues Festival Guide, American Profile Magazine, Blues and Soul Records Magazine. Appearances also in several award-winning books as a blues expert such as Do Not Sell at Any Price by Amanda Petrusich and New Paramount Book of Blues by Alex van der Tuuk. Angie has also been quoted in many written news publications throughout Wisconsin as they relate to blues history, marketing and the arts.

Additional Experience

Ozaukee Talent, Grafton, WI, (2016 – Present)

Founding Director/CEO

Discover musical and artistic talent within individuals with diverse skillsets working independently through lessons, coaching, and connecting resources to link individuals into the arts community. Collaborate with industry leaders locally and throughout the United States and provide expert advice to clients. Teach music lessons, direct and produce plays, and participate in public speaking engagements to educate the community on current issues. Advocate for arts education and growth within the area. Network on all Social Media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs, Pinterest, Snapchat, websites, twitter, YouTube, etc.

Northshore Academy of Arts, Inc, Grafton, WI, (2004 – Present)

Performing Arts Expert | Visiting Music Director | Teacher | Marketing Director

Developed strategic marketing plans to reach multi-child families in Southeastern WI. Created all social media accounts, handled public relations with area businesses, and gave detailed marketing and analytic reports to the Board of Directors. Managed marketing volunteers. Produce and direct plays and teach performance art and music classes to all age groups.

Key Contributions:

  • Increased community arts education and knowledge of programs through various marketing and branding techniques.

  • Built valuable relationships and increased organization Public Relations (PR).

Paramount Records and Blues Educator, Advocate and Researcher, Grafton, WI, (2004 – Present)

Co-Founder/Researcher/Educator

Developed a community historical resource researching and analyzing musical history in the area and awakening tourism to provide a new outlet to bring in visitors. Discovered lost history and encouraged community partnerships to assist all businesses in the area.

Key Contributions:

  • Revealed the unmarked burial place of legendary musician Blind Blake and raised funds to have his graved marked.

  • Awakened a legendary history of blues artist that had been forgotten in the area.

Marcus Promotions/Footlights, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, (2013 – 2015)

Account Executive/Marketing Consultant

Strategically partnered businesses with productions and theater venues building Business to Business (B2B) type sales relationships for mutually benefiting parties. Handled large key accounts with clients including Milwaukee Public Television, Habush Habush and Rottier, The Trinity Irish Dancers, Roundys, etc.

Key Contributions:

  • Boosted company revenue through strategic processes and teamwork.

  • Secured several key accounts creating lasting business relationships.