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The Chair that Peter Built

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Sharing the stories of dream chasers who make it happen. Host Melanie Camp explores the Hollywood state-of-mind that drives a dream.
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Beastie Bak
Elizabeth Taylor once told Venice Art Crawl president and photographer Sunny Bak she was up way past her bedtime, but that is just how it goes when you’re rolling around New York with paparazzi as a teenager. Beautiful Hollywood talks to Bak about how a need to make money to buy theater tickets turned a passion into a lifelong career, hanging with the Beastie Boys, and how the outbreak of AIDs shuttered free love and saw a rise in homophobia in the ’80s. For Bak, life is art.
52:54
February 24, 2019
Hair + Makeup
From celebrity clients to campaigns for PETA and Old Navy, to editorials for People and Nylon magazines, Aaron Barry has 12 years experience in makeup and 15 in hair. But it wasn’t always red carpets and Hollywood glam. Aaron grew up in Ireland struggling against gay stereotypes and having no idea what he wanted from his life. Once he found his passion, everything he overcame as a young man with a dream helped shaped hime into a man with a plan. Find out how Aaron got to Hollywood and how he continues to grow in the competitive world of Hair and Makeup. As Aaron says, "everyone in this life is entitled to happiness." Sometimes, you've just got to #jumponaplane.
54:20
February 1, 2019
When Art is Crime
Graffiti artist Narrator is paid to create art all over town, including Venice and Mid-city, but his art hasn’t always been a welcome commission in the City of Los Angeles. From graffiti to jail to selling paintings worth thousands of dollars when it comes to creating, for Narrator, it has been a fine line between art and crime.
52:38
January 9, 2019
#Actorlife
Starz Sweetbitter actor and Mastro's bar alum, Jimmie Saito, talks with Melanie Camp about the reality of chasing the Hollywood Dream. From his big break scene-stealing with Terry Crews to having to go back to bar work while waiting for a season two pickup. Hear how Saito rides the highs and lows and why quitting is not an option. Plus, find out why actress Ella Purnell thinks he is a douchebag.
57:55
December 18, 2018
Helping Heals
*Trigger Warning. This story has content that may be triggering to anyone who has suffered abuse or violence. Ultimately, it is a story of surviving and thriving and because of it thousands of lives have been saved. Living on the streets for several years and working as a prostitute, one night Lauri Burns almost died when gang members, on a mission to rape and kill, kidnapped her. Burns found healing through helping and to date has saved thousands of at-risk, homeless and sex trafficked young women from the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County.
52:26
December 12, 2018
Music on Mars
Singer Tara Macri shares her story of dream chasing all the way to the Billboard Top 100. She says songwriting is her version of journaling, helping her keep her feet on the ground as she sets goals to send her music to outer space. Next stop Mars...how about it, Elon?
51:07
December 4, 2018
Training Cats & Dogs
At 29, Ian Doig had no car, no job, and no idea what to do with his life. Today, he works as an animal co-ordinator on many hit TV shows including; DC Legends of Tomorrow and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It all began with a Polar Bear! Beautiful Hollywood host Melanie Camp sits down with Doig to chat about perseverance, and training cats and dogs.
48:28
November 27, 2018
Beauty Reality
Make up artist Michelle Q glams many of the faces you see in reality television. Working on Botched, Vanderpump Rules, The Hills New Beginnings, and more! However, eight years ago Michelle arrived in Los Angeles with all her belongings in a couple of garbage bags and only a few pennies to her name. Find out how she stuck to her dream and found success.
49:42
November 21, 2018
How to Win an Emmy® (and where to keep the statue)
Award-winning producer, Lauren Wilkins shares how she cracked the tough world of television, won an Emmy®, and where she keeps her statue. “I’m the kind of person who writes affirmations in the morning. I have to do my inner work before I get to work, so I’m not looking for anyone else to validate me," Lauren tells host Melanie Camp.
50:47
November 17, 2018
Dr. Chong: Failing and Saving
Dr. David Chong grew up in the most isolated city in the world, moving from Malaysia to Australia when he was five years old. A leading Australian plastic surgeon, David spends three months a year volunteering for Mercy Ships and Operation Smile saving thousands of faces, giving many a second chance at life. Almost kicked out of medical school three times, second chances saved David's future. Doctors orders; "you are going to fail, and that's OK."
50:03
November 7, 2018
The Chair that Peter Built
Host Melanie Camp chats with entrepreneur Peter Grundberg in Budapest, Hungary and discovers how a unique hospitality concept called BrodyLand was born like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the global crash in 2008. Peter and his business partner Will almost lost everything but as Peter says, “out of crisis is born opportunity.”
49:58
November 7, 2018
In Bed with Michele Knight
Welcoming Beautiful Hollywood into her home, and bed, Astrologer & Psychic Michele Knight chats with host Melanie Camp about the magic of dream chasing and as she puts it, how you can be a “sorceress of your own reality.”
49:46
November 7, 2018
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