Sounds Like Portraits is a podcast on creative humans.

My guests speak about the creativity that fuels big ideas and inspires actions that lead to personal fulfillment.

They come from very different fields, but at heart, they are all creators.

Here, they share an inner portrait of themselves as they speak about their creative process.

They have generously agreed to entrust us with their stories. My hope is these resonate with you.

Please listen in the spirit with which these were shared.

-Philippe Ungar

Music: Charmeuse de Serpents

composed and conducted by Olivier Glissant

with the Brooklyn Orchestra

Design: Eileen Boxer


Geraldine DULEX, Actress

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As an actor, what happens if you forget your lines on stage?   

I sat with Geraldine to talk about vulnerability. As an actress, to give truth to her characters, she has to really be truthful to herself. And be vulnerable. Vulnerability is one of the ingredients that gives creativity to the performance.
But sometimes, an actress can experience it in a weird way on stage by forgetting her lines. 
Listen to what Geraldine told me about what happened to her. 

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Frédéric CHESNAIS, Chairman and CEO of the ATARI Group


Today, nearly two-thirds of American households have members who play video games on a regular basis. It’s a $100 billion global industry. When I met Frederic, he told me that Nolan Bushnell -who created ATARI in 1972- asked his teams to create a game that any drunk guy, in any bar, can play at any time: Pong was invented. With many other successful games, the brand became iconic for a whole generation of gamers.

In 2013, Frédéric took over the company which was then in bankruptcy. The brand had almost lost its identity. Now, it is profitable because of the success of its Rollercoaster Tycoon game, with 200 000 players everyday. Wow! 

 Creativity is at the core of this revival.  

 But what about the gaming experience: is there any creativity for gamers?

 It’s time to listen to him.

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Massimiliano Nanni, pizzaiolo and founder of Pizza Yard (Brooklyn)


Massimiliano came from Rimini, Italy, to New York in the 90s. Since then, he has become an accomplished restaurateur with a long list of restaurants in the City. At Pizza Yard, he is about to launch the Pizza School next year with a creative concept: providing high-level pizzaiolo training to fill a shortage of professional pizzaiolos while contributing to the reintegration of former inmates into society.

I asked him: what makes a good pizzaiolo?

Spoiler: showmanship is not an option.

It’s time to listen to him.

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Christian DELOUVRIER, ex-Chef à Lespinasse (4 étoiles New York Times)


En 1998, deux mois après avoir repris Lespinasse, le restaurant de l’hôtel St Regis, Christian recevait les 4 étoiles du New York Times.

« Chaque recette est comme une carte.» 

Elle vous mène d’un point A à un point B, puis C, puis D. Mais, à l’intérieur de ce parcours, des escapades sont possibles, au niveau des détails : burger de foie gras pommes vertes, venaison poêlée dans son jus parfumé à la framboise avec choux au poivre rose, ou homard poché en coque avec son bouillon réduit à l’estragon et carottes à l’écrasé de carotte. Miam !  
Christian est un interprète de la cuisine classique française. Sa créativité est dans la variation, tout en jouant toujours le texte de la partition. 
Il est temps de l’écouter.

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Jérôme de CHAUNAC, PSG Managing Director Americas


PSG? Yes, Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisian soccer team.
Interestingly, France is only the sixth country in terms of number of fans, far from Brazil, US and China.
Like Manchester United or Barcelona, or Real Madrid, PSG is now a global brand with its superstar players Neymar and Mbappé and 300 million fans around the world. That’s a lot.

Jérôme works to develop the PSG’s branding process in South and North America.  

I asked him: what kind of experience the PSG wants to offer to its American fans, far from the Parisian stadium? 

It's time to listen to him.

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Michel FEHER, philosophe et fondateur de Zone Books

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Tout le monde recherche les likes, les retweets, les avis positifs sur les réseaux sociaux, et moi aussi ! Notre bonne estime de soi est liée au crédit que nous recevons. Nous vivons, dit Michel, dans une société de crédit. Economiquement aussi, c’est ainsi que se développent beaucoup d’entreprises : elles recherchent les bonnes notations des investisseurs. Vous visualisez ? Uber, Amazon, Twitter, Tesla : peu ou pas de profit, mais beaucoup de crédit sur les marchés.

Il continue : “Il n’y a rien d’intrinsèquement nocif à une société du crédit. La question est de savoir qui a du crédit et pourquoi.”

A partir de là, il décrypte la rhétorique des populismes d’extrême-droite. Ce ne sont plus des actifs financiers, mais des attributs identitaires qui sont en jeu. A condition d’avoir la bonne couleur de peau.

Bon, il est vraiment temps de l’écouter.

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Luc HARDY, adventurer and entrepreneur, President of Sagax


In 1987, Luc went to Nepal for a month. He tried to climb the Annapurna and WOW! It just blew him away. Then, there was no internet, no communication. Nothing. Just him in the wild nature. That really opened his mind to exploration, trying to understand with scientists, what they can report about what they're seeing. 

Unfortunately, sometimes they can see a plastic bag in a remote island. 

It's time to listen to him talking about his creativity as an expedition leader.

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Nicole TWOHY, food stylist


Why this incredible invasion of food on TV, movies and social networks? I met food stylist Nicole whose job is to prepare food for photography, video and film. She told me that in a time when we're losing a lot of connections between ourselves and the people around us, food remains a constant connector. Obviously, Nicole has a lot of tips and tricks. It sometimes means replacing milk in a cereal bowl with glue. What are the hardest foods to make look pretty? 
It's time to listen to her. 
Spoiler: one of them is hot-dog. 

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Rozhia TABNAK, interior designer and curator


There’s a good reason why we decide to eat out, said Rozhia. And, it’s not just because of the food. That’s why the mood and the sound of a restaurant’s space are so important. It’s about feeling good. What is the creative process behind designing such a place? It’s time to listen to her.

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Kate CHANBA, cartographer and cofounder of ROUTE

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Where are you going today? Whatever your destination, you need a map. It gives you a boundary box for how to place yourself in the world. Kate loves drawing maps because she says, she can place herself in them. I asked her: is mapping a subjective process? She replied, yes and it can be biased. Even in Google Maps. Really? It’s time to listen to her.

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Ariane DAGUIN, CEO and co-founder of D’ARTAGNAN (Union, NJ)


Ariane is well known for introducing the first organic chicken in the US. Yes! It was years before the USDA acknowledged the standard with regulation of the organic label that we know today. Concerned equally with the environment as well as the welfare of the animals, she talks about how she created a network of farmers in order to meet D’Artagnan’s organic specifications and high quality bar.

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Eric MOURLOT, galerist at Galerie MOURLOT (New York)


Eric comes from a great family of printers in Paris since 1852. They used to work with Picasso, Calder, Chagall, Miró and Dubuffet. To name just a few. He became a galerist to participate in his artists’ creative process and to make it available to other people. I asked him: Is it better to know the artist to better know the work? Listen to his answer.

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Pascal BONIFACE, géopolitologue, fondateur de l’IRIS (Paris)


Le monde tourne si vite, comment s’y retrouver ? La créativité du géopolitologue consiste à apercevoir des repères dans les changements que nous vivons à l’échelle planétaire. Expliquer, sans pour autant justifier.

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Nasim ALIKHANI, Chef at Sofreh (Brooklyn)

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Everyday chef Nasim Alikhani starts by a ritual: she lights a tiny candle in a meditative mood, to center herself and to thank the universe. Then, she begins to cook at her Persian cuisine restaurant.

“I’m always cooking something in my head.”

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Romuald SCIORA, essayiste et documentariste

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Histoire d’un idéal : la créativité des Nations Unies pour développer la paix dans le monde.

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Vient de paraître : Qui veut la mort de l’ONU? (Eyrolles)

Ismail LUMANOVSKI, Clarinetist

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“Whenever I take my clarinet in my hands, I feel different. My contact with it changes my state of mind and my body feels happier.”

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Raphaël PRENAT, Expert auprès des Nations Unies pour le désarmement et la non-prolifération des armes de destruction massive

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La créativité des diplomates et des stratèges leur permet de sortir des blocages d’une situation ou d’une négociation. Mais comment font-ils ?

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Eugene RUFFOLO, singer, musician and songwriter

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“Finding your true voice is a real journey.”

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BERTRAND FONTAINE, President of SalonCentric (L’Oréal)

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“As the leader of the organization,
you have to make sure that everyone
can think out of the box.”

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ROBBY KRAFT, origami artist

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"In origami we have a language around things that involves bases and collections of folds."

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XAVIER FONTANET, ex-Président, directeur-général d’ESSILOR, professeur associé de stratégie à HEC Paris, chroniqueur aux Echos

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 “C’est le climat de confiance qui rend les gens créatifs.”

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GEORGE GUIDALL, audiobook narrator

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Jérôme LONGUÉ, Chef de l’Unité en français à ONU Info (Nations Unies)

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“Le français est avec l’anglais, l’une des deux langues officielles de travail aux Nations Unies.”

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HASAN ISAKKUT, multi-instrumentalist and composer

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Suzana Applebaum, creative director at Google

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MARK TRAVIS, Associate Director Media Production at New York Philharmonic

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BENOIT CHRISTAL, journaliste, correspondant permanent de TF1 au Moyen-Orient


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KIM THUY, écrivaine

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HERMIONE HOBY, writer and journalist  

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MICHAEL ESKIN, translator and co-founder of Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc. (New York)

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CHRISTIANE KARAM, singer and teacher at Berklee College of Music (Boston)

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NANCY SNIDER, cello player and Music Program Director at American University (Washington D.C.)

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ARA DINKJIAN, oud player

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EMMANUEL ROUX, Commissaire de Police

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FRANCOIS DE MENIL, architect and art collector

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VALÉRIE ROUSSEAU, curator at the American Folk Art Museum (New York)

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CLAIRE BREUKEL, executive director at YES Contemporary (El Salvador), curator at Bal Harbor Public Art Projects (Florida)

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NINA STERN, recorder player

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JEREMY TIANG, translator

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JENNY LIN, pianist

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JESSICA DICKEY, writer and actress

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MAPY, violinist

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JOEL FISCHER, visual artist

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VADIM NESELOVSKYI, composer and teacher at Berklee College of Music (Boston)

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AMELIE CHABANNES, visual artist

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HILDA SHEN, sculptor

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SCOTT TIXIER, composer & violinist

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GREGOIRE MARET, harmonica player

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ROMAIN COLLIN, pianist & composer

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BERNADETTE VILLARD, créatrice de costumes

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EILEEN BOXER, visual artist & graphic designer

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THEO LICHTENBERGER, monteur cinéma 

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ALANDRA MARKMAN, street poet

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 ALVISE ORSINI, architecte d'intérieur

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SARA LAVNER, drama therapist

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TIA LINK, actor

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CAROL MORGAN, composer

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