Today’s guest is Mike Finlay, playwright, poet, novelist, jazz aficionado, actor and painter.
We had the pleasure of catching Mr Finlay while he was out and about in Nashville enjoying the late summer that only Nashville can give an artist to be inspired by.
The 20 Year working relationship is discussed from their days back at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mike secures his place in the will as the guy throwing Tim in the ditch.
Mike Finlay started off his artistic exploits at the age of 4 during school and church. His first show that inspired him was A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theater. Since he saw an actor walk through a wall as part of a special effect he knew he wanted to be an actor.
He began reading Shakespeare at 16 and obtained 2 degrees in theater performance and creative writing at SIU.
Mike really enjoys not being the mouthpiece for other writers and enjoys having people wrapped with attention at what he writes.
Currently he is writing a play and a few novels. He talks about the first poem and how easy it was to write because he had been studying poetry for so long. Lake Park High School English teacher started him and encouraged him on his path. His first play he didn’t mean to write but was encouraged by the resident playwrighting instructor. He was listening to John Coltrane at the time and called his first play A Love Supreme. He claims that risking making a fool of yourself as his strength and is what is needed to be successful as well as having people who will have your back when you are on stage.
Mike discusses how he balanced his work life, family life and artistic endeavors and it is revealed that Mike’s child will be ruling the world with Tim’s children. He encourages his daughter to work on her projects and ensures he makes time each day to just work on his projects and doesn’t let anyone disturb him.
We discuss his first book of poetry Cecelia’s Blues on Create Space.
Mike takes on the Satanic Seven Questions and scores a 5.5 out of 7 questions correct. Please enjoy his answer to the unladen swallow.
Mike’s season 2 project will be a radio play/drama that he is currently working on for this show