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The Be Someone Podcast

The Be Someone Podcast

By Chris Ortiz
On the Be Someone podcast we go out and chat with some of Houston’s best and brightest. Find out what drives, motivates and makes these special people tick. Join us bi weekly for new episodes and I challenge YOU to go out and Be Someone.
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Ep: 38 - "The Good Doctor" Christel Bastida
We sit down and chat with this proud Houstonian. Christel is equal parts intelligent and interesting which makes for one heck of an interview. I met the good doctor when she interviewed me for my children's book release. I was super impressed with her intellect and ability to pull great information from the person she was interviewing. I knew after our chat that she was someone who I really wanted to follow up with and have as a guest on my show. She is a doctor in the field of Neuro Science and is currently furthering her education at Rice University. Hope you enjoy this fun and interesting interview with "The Good Doctor" Christel Bastida 
March 5, 2021
Ep: 37 "Texas Made" Todd Moore
We sit down and chat with one of the pioneers of the Houston MMA scene Todd Moore. He is a long time friend that I share many interest which include BJJ, Pro Wrestling, and Education. Hope you enjoy our conversation and tune in for many more just like it. Take care, have a blessed day and go out and BE SOMONE! 
February 28, 2021
Ep: 36 Laced with grace The Brandi Urbanik story
We sit down with one of Houston's premier wedding coordinators and find out what makes her tick. She has grown her business from the ground up and is perfectly in tune with what her brides to be want. On top of growing a successful business Brandi is also a staunch advocate for her autistic son Lincoln and his educational needs. Brandi's story is one of bravery, innovation, experimentation, and courage. Hope you enjoy episode 36 with Brandi Urbanik =)
February 15, 2021
Ep:35 - Chip Baker and The Success Chronicles
Great chat with one of my good friends Chip Baker. Chip is a gentleman that has done it all in the field of education. He has served his community in both the classroom and on the sports field serving as a coach for many years. With all of the the knowledge he has amassed he is on a new mission. One that brings value to people outside of his teaching and coaching circle. He has authored multiple books with more on the way as well as host a show named The Success Chronicles. He has interviewed interesting, innovative, and inspiring people such as Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Bucs and Rap a Lots own J. Prince. Thanks for tuning into our show we appreciate it more than you know.
February 9, 2021
Ep:34 HTX Breaking News with Brandon Mora
On this episode we speak with Brandon Mora a young man has inconspicuously grown one of the largest local news followings in the Houston area. He is proof that one can circumvent the normal channels and create a platform through the use of social media. As a high school senior his reach extends to over 60,000 and is steadily climbing. He is also starting to gain the attention and respect of the Houston news community and doing a fair share of networking with the mainstream media. If you have not already go to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find and follow today's guest. Take care, have a blessed day, and go out and be that someone.   
February 5, 2021
Ep:33 Master grappler, instructor, and business man Travis Tooke
Great chat with one of Houston's most accomplished grapplers and instructors Travis Tooke. Travis has built one of the most dominant jiu jitsu teams in the Houston area and is steadily growing his brand. On top of his numerous accolades as a competitor he is also a master instructor whose students compete at the highest levels. Travis has taken the black belt focus and has also applied it to the business and writing world. Sit back and enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast with Professor Travis Tooke!
January 25, 2021
Ep: 32 - Live, love, and learn with Dr. Tarell Williams aka "Twill"
Proud to call this gentleman my friend. Dr. Williams is an interesting blend of experience and education. Sometimes in life you run into people who have either studied the walk or walked the walk. T is someone who has done both and taken the opportunity to help others along the way. Everywhere  Tarell goes he leaves a trail of goodness in those tracks. Whether it be as an educator at Conroe H.S, Track Coach, and now in the mental health field. Just to let you know how high of regard I hold this man I used to put my kids in his track program just so they could hear his words of wisdom. The exercise was secondary to the wisdom he was sharing with these young people. Please enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast with Dr. T Will.
January 16, 2021
Ep: 31 - "The Phenomenal Man Podcast" with Rex Andrews
We have a great sit-down and do a joint podcast with my good friend Rex Andrews. We stray off the beaten path and talk a lot about our fathers and the impact they had on our lives. He started out climbing the wrestling ladder at Booker T's Reality of Wrestling and has now transitioned into the self improvement industry. Rex is a man that is focused on the improvement of the human condition through exercise, psychology, and nutrition. Hopefully you enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast.  
January 3, 2021
Ep: 30 - "All Damn Day" The Will Allday experience
We sit down with one of the brightest stars in the pro wrestling world Will Allday. Will has climbed the wrestling ladder in record time and is on the national radar. He has a unique blend of athleticism and showmanship that sets him apart from the competition. Hope you sit back and enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast. 
January 3, 2021
Ep: 29 - "Ruthless" Ryan Davidson
We go one on one with the ruthless one Ryan Davidson. Ryan is professional wrestler that checks all the boxes and is on his way to achieving his dreams. We chronicle his journey and what it is like to ascend the pro wrestling ladder. Hope you enjoy the show and please go out and be the someone. 
January 3, 2021
Ep: 28 - "The Latin Heartthrob" Gino Medina
Great chat with a certified blue chipper in the professional wrestling world. This young man is a second generation star that is doing his best to make his family proud. The kid has something special and we were blessed to speak with the MLW and Reality of Wrestling Star. Thanks for tuning into the show and go out and be that someone. 
January 3, 2021
Ep: 27 - The "Pride of Greenspoint" Bryan Keith
We have a real great chat with Reality of Wrestling standout Bryan Keith. After listening to this episode there is know way that you could root against this young man. The kid is talented, charismatic, and motivated which is a recipe for success in the biz. Hope you enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast.  
January 3, 2021
Ep: 26 - Pow3r Plus with Coach Brian Mcginty
We have an awesome interview with the future of athletic performance training. Brian Mcginty has embarked on a journey to change the game and open peoples eyes to a new way of thinking. For years trainers have found ways to make the vehicle bigger, faster, and stronger. In the process  they have neglected the most important component, the driver. Coach Mcginty under the tutelage of the Marinovich brothers is making great strides in this department. He is slowly growing his empire and big things are definitely on the horizon for this athletic performance savant.  Sit back and enjoy this conversation with the creator of the Pow3r Plus training system. 
December 27, 2020
Ep: 25 - Houston Rockets preview with Roosh Williams
Super interesting interview with Houston sports enthusiast Roosh Williams. After learning more about the guy I was amazed to find out that he is a renaissance man of sorts. Houston born and bred he has gone on to graduate from U.T and later USC with an emphasis on law. If that was not enough my man had a good stint in the rap game gaining national attention in the not so recent past performing with artist such as Paul Wall, Scarface, Baby Bash, and many more. If you like the Houston Rockets and all things Htown you do not want to miss this episode.  Thanks for tuning in, take care and have a blessed day.  
December 23, 2020
Ep: 24 - Carlson Gracie Houston Head Coach Jared "The Jaguar" Chaffee
We sit down and talk with my long time friend and head coach of Carlson Gracie Houston, Jared Chaffee. He recently branched out and opened his own jiu jitsu spot in Conroe, Texas. He has been a mainstay in the MMA community both as a competitor and a coach. More than all that he is a legit good guy that leads by example and puts people first. Thanks for you time Jaguar and hope everyone enjoys the interview.
December 20, 2020
Ep:23 - The Great White vs Showtime
We speak with Alex Morono ahead of his fight with former UFC world champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Alex is coming off a impressive victory over Rhys McKee and has been given the green light to take on Showtime on 3 weeks notice. 
December 15, 2020
Episode 22 - World Class Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Laititi
Great chat with one of my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brothers Adam Laititi. We had a blast talking about everything from rugby to training a world class UFC fighter and everything in between. What pains me the most is that his time in the states is slowly drawing to an end but I will always have this chat with him by. Sit back, relax and hope you enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast. 
December 6, 2020
Episode 21: "The Reality of Wrestling" with Kevin Neal Bernhardt
We sit down and have a chat with the engine behind Booker T's Reality of Wrestling. Kev takes us behind the curtain and shares with us his journey into the professional wrestling world. He has seen the business from a number of different angles, everything from fledgling performer to executive producer of one of the largest indy promotions in the game. Thanks Kev for stopping by and chatting with us at The Be Someone Podcast
November 26, 2020
Ep:20 "Drive Slow" interview on The Houston Hour
On this episode we take a look back at our interview on the Houston Hour with Mr. McKinney and Dr. Christel Bastida on KPFT 90.1  We were super blessed to have been given this opportunity and would like to say thank you again for having me and Rylee Hollis on and shining a spotlight on our project. The actual interview starts at around 4 or 5 minutes into the podcast, hope you guys enjoy. 
November 21, 2020
Ep:19 The Gentle Art with Carlos Martinez
We sit down and have a great chat with Gracie Barra professor and black belt Carlos Martinez. C- Los has been a long time training partner and instructor of mine at Gracie Barra The Woodlands. We dive into his background, how he was introduced to BJJ, and how he has crafted his game to compliment his age. He is a great example of how a practitioner should be able to age gracefully in this brutal combat sport. I am beyond blessed to call Carlos friend and coach. Hope you enjoy this episode of the Be Someone Podcast. 
November 16, 2020
Ep: 18 Enter the Octagon with UFC Vet Alex "The Great White" Morono
Great conversation with my coach and UFC veteran Alex Morono. We delve into a number of topics which include his origin story, and fighting on the grandest stage of them all the Ultimate Fighting Championship. We also dive into the mindset of a fighter, training at Fortis MMA, and running a successful Gracie Barra gym in the Woodlands Texas. Sit back relax and enjoy this episode of The Be Someone Podcast.
November 9, 2020
Ep: 17 Coaching and investing in our youth with Kenneth Hepburn and Conway Waddy
We have a great chat with two of the best coaches I know Kenneth Hepburn and Conway Waddy. On this episode we tackle a number of issues when it comes to the topic of working with our young athletes. These gentleman get results and do it in a way that has their student/athletes coming back for more. If you have young people in sports you will not want to miss out on this important and informative episode. 
October 30, 2020
Ep: 16 - The Art of Coaching with Richard Perez
On this episode we chat with Richard Perez a gentleman who is on my Mount Rushmore of coaching greats. This man has a unique and special way in which he is able to connect with young people and get the most out of them. He is proof that an instructor can be equal parts demanding and loving. I was blessed to have my oldest daughter play and win a state championship under him and now watching him grow his new business the Fastpitch Barn. Join us for the interesting and thought provoking discussion, you will not be sorry. 
October 25, 2020
Episode 15: Rex Andrews - A constant state of evolution
Rex Andrews is a young man that is in a constant state of evolution. In the pro wresting world he rose to prominence at Booker T's Reality of Wrestling by honing his grappling skills and developing his character. He has taken that same approach into the fitness industry and built Pathways which takes a wholistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle.  Rex is not even close to being done in either venture and his best is yet to come. Thanks for the continued support!! Please feel free to check out my website: and check out our past podcast episodes as well as my recent children's book projects. 
October 11, 2020
Ep 14: The State of Education - Brian Lee & Mehran Ahmed "Wicket"
An interesting conversation with two close friends of mine who are now Head Principals at their respective junior high schools. We dive into their backgrounds as students, teaching philosophy, and how they have managed a school during these unprecedented times. 
October 10, 2020
Ep: 13 Kim Hess - An angel amongst us.
Kim tragically lost her 16 yr old daughter Cassidy to the silent epidemic, suicide. Since that day she has been on a mission to help as many youth as possible through her foundation "Cassidy Joined For Hope." Kim shares with us the events of the that day as well as all good her foundation is doing for area youth. We also discuss stress, anxiety, and what to look for in our teenagers who may be struggling. 
September 27, 2020
Ep:12 Daniel Ortiz - A hero's journey
We chat with my cousin Daniel Ortiz about the long hard road he has had to navigate ever since his life altering incident. One night after pulling over to help someone in need his life was changed forever. Sit back and marvel at this young mans perseverance as we find out what it was like to walk a mile in his shoes and what the future has in store. 
September 14, 2020
Ep 11: Professor Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes head coach @ Gracie Barra Texas
On this episode we chat it up with Draculino who is both a legendary competitior and coach under the Gracie Barra banner. We discuss his origin story, jiu jitsu roots, coaching, and stories from back in the day. If you fancy yourself a bjj enthusiast you will not want to miss this episode. Thanks for tuning in make sure to like, subscribe and share the podcast with your friends and family.  
August 28, 2020
Ep:10 Emerging Houston hip hop artist Blue July & Aaron Boyd AKA $tackz
On this episode we pick the brains of these fledgling Houston hip hop artist $tackz and Blue July. We delve into the creative process, motivation, and what goals they hope to obtain in this musical journey. These young people are ultra hungry and have the courage & bravery to chase their dreams. Hope you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe and leave a comment, have a blessed day. 
August 15, 2020
Ep:9 Wrestling round table with Eric Lopez and Tony Rincon
Decided to have a little fun and do something outside the box. Met up with a couple of wrestling encyclopedias and chopped it up. Thanks Eric and Tony for coming on and sharing your pro wrestling memories and expertise =) .  We discuss: - Earliest wrestling memory - Best Face/Heel  - Wrestling Mount Rushmore - Best Tag Teams - Greatest Royal Rumble moments  - AEW vs WWE - The Monday night wars - Best wrestling intro music and much, much more!
August 10, 2020
Paul, Tiffany, and Tucker Ivanovsky: The family business
The Ivanovsky family is near and dear to my heart. I have had the honor of coaching 4 of their daughters at the school that I work at. In that time I have really gotten a chance to know this kind, caring, and genuine bunch. While scrolling through my Facebook one day I noticed that this charismatic family were also running a successful business using social media. Now I have seen this before but what really stuck out to me was the enormous number of people watching and interacting with Paul and Tiffany. It was obvious that they were doing something different, something that was both entertaining and organic. Since then I have picked their brain from time to time to see what I could learn from this dynamic duo. Something else really peaked my interest, this entrepreneurial spirit flowed through the veins of their children as well. I am not sure if it was nature or nurture but multiple children were running their own successful online businesses. So I decided to do a sit down interview with the family and really get a peek behind the curtains to see how and why they do what they do. We also chat a little bit about their family structure and a little bit about each of their wonderful children. 
August 2, 2020
NBA Champion and Voice of the Houston Rockets: Matt Bullard
In todays episode we step back in time and relive the magic that was Clutch City. In the 93/94 the Houston Rockets brought the city of Houston its first major world championship. We speak with Matt and get a peak behind the curtain of what it was like to go through the process of becoming a world champion. We also take time to talk about the state of the NBA today as it stands, the Rockets chances of winning a world championship and a trip down memory lane. Thanks for supporting the show take care and go out and be that someone!
July 22, 2020
Dr/Marine/Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt/Cancer Survivor: Alex Gotay
Much like the title states we visit with this real life Renaissance man that has enough life experience for 5 lifetimes. Alex has touched people in all walks of life and continues to do so through his thoughts, words, and actions. Please give the podcast a listen I promise you will come away with something that you can take into your everyday life. Thanks brother for coming on it was an honor having you on. 
July 18, 2020
SHSU Rugby Coach: Ramon “Chico” Serrano
Coach Serrano gives us a peek behind the curtain of the storied Sam Houston State rugby team. He’s created a unique team and player driven culture that has resulted in back to back state championships. Sit back and enjoy this episode of the Be Someone podcast.
July 2, 2020
Reality of Wrestling Stars: Zackzilla, Clay Roberts and Brenden Steen
We take a peek behind the curtain into the lives of 3 incredible up and coming talents out of Booker T's Reality of Wresting. We discuss dream matches, what it is like to train at R.O.W, and a whole host of other topics. Thanks for giving us a listen and make sure to subscribe and leave a review. 
June 20, 2020
Heritage MT Head Coach: Mike Corley
We sit back and chat with Heritage Muay Thai and USMF President Mike Corley. In this episode we discuss his intro to the sport, training overseas, coaching and the future of USA Muay Thai. Thanks for supporting and visit my site at:
June 4, 2020
CP Wrestling Coach: Erik Spjut
On this episode we meet with Erik Spjut head coach of The Woodlands College Park High School. Coach has a decorated wrestling background winning multiple state championships in HS and then going on to be an All American at Virginia Tech. Since then Coach Spjut has turned his non existent program into a state and national powerhouse over the course of 5 years. He has a handful of state champions under his belt and is looking to take his program to the next level. Join me as we take a look behind the curtain and see what makes Coach Spjut and his program so special. Thanks you for listening to the Be Someone Podcast, please listen, like, subscribe, and share.
May 24, 2020
Houston Artist: Franky Cardona
In todays episode we speak to one of Houston's most celebrated artist Franky Cardona. He is most well known for his huge murals depicting Houston's premier sports figures. You can find Franky's work proudly displayed at Minute Maid Park and the Houston Toyota Center. In this interview we discuss Franky's origins as an artist, his artistic process, collaborations, people he hopes to work with and his personal life. Sit back and enjoy this interview on the Be Someone podcast with one of HTown's most iconic artist. 
May 9, 2020