Comedian Melinda Hill chats with her creative friends about overcoming/processing trauma and how that informs their creative process. Because we're not defined by what happens to us but rather by what we do with what happens to us.
Stephen of Big Time Rush fame discusses how he turned a devastating deadbeat dad debacle into a network TV show and his Tik-tok formula for attaining 1 million followers. He finds OnlyFans inappropriate and longs for the days that porn stars needed actual credentials + reminisces about a commercial that he did with Melinda and Fabio.
Margaret reflects on Cardi B's WAP, where cancel culture makes cancelled people go, and overcoming invisibility as an Asian woman in comedy on the route to finding inner peace. Plus she shares a new recipe!
Grey is a prolific voice actress, comedian, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and super manifestor. The little girl whose mom forgot to take her to Disneyland grew up to voice a myriad of Disney characters in addition to Prince Puppycorn from Unikitty, Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo franchise, Sherri and Terri from The Simpsons, Betty Rubble and more. She discusses how growing up with addiction made her into a chameleon focused on fixing others and how she's now refocusing that energy. Plus we address dating on Raya, dating during Covid and her psychic's predictions for the 2020 pandemic and election. ***Please note this is Part 1 of Grey's interview. For part 2, a special exclusive bonus episode with even juicier nuggets, go to Patreon.com/MelindaHill to access. Enjoy!
Fresh off of Tinder, comedian Ant has been many things: a flight attendant who became an overnight comedy sensation, a judge on LAST COMIC STANDING, and a TV star with a secret drug habit but today he is clear that his primary purpose is staying sober and helping others do the same.
"SECRET LIFE OF A HOLLYWOOD SEX AND LOVE ADDICT" author Brianne Davis is also known as a series regular on History’s SIX and Netflix's LUCIFER. She discusses healing the toxic shame of secrets by processing a childhood sexual assault and subsequent sex and love addiction. She now feels empowered by sharing her truth on her podcast SECRET LIFE, and in her book and pilot of the same name co-written by her husband Mark- talk about a prolific power couple! Check out Secret Life podcast: http://bit.ly/Secret-Life-Podcast
Mark Gantt, Co-creator and star of Crackle’s THE BANNEN WAY and director of MODEL CITIZEN on Lifetime, chats about his new podcast SECRET LIFE with his wife Brianne Davis Gantt, overcoming limiting beliefs about self worth and the importance of creating your own door to walk through. His cute baby/and or dog makes an appearance in the beginning of the episode because that's the charm of taping the show live. Secret Life podcast: http://bit.ly/Secret-Life-Podcast
Ray of sunshine Tara Strong chats about the extreme positivity that saves her, bullying, the #MeToo and #BLM movements, activism, veganism, voice acting and her solid creative process. Tara is known for her beloved characters “Bubbles” in The Powerpuff Girls, “Timmy Turner” in The Fairly Odd Parents, “Dil Pickles” in Rugrats, “Raven” in Teen Titans, “Twilight Sparkle” in My Little Pony, and so many more but most importantly she’s using her voice to fight for real change.
Dwayne Perkins chats about his process for staying positive & prolific with his unique CAKE system which helped him write, produce and star in a movie (DYING TO KILL) and comedy special (TAKE NOTE) all in the same year. He also stresses the importance of knowing what to do with yourself when others aren't able to figure it out & choosing to fill the mind with PBS over people getting punched in the face. Oh and he wrote a book called ZOMBIE RUN! What can't he do?!
Tom Stern, filmmaker, writer, director known for FREAKED, KEVIN HART'S GUIDE TO BLACK HISTORY, ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW, CRANK YANKERS and more, discusses overcoming depression, self medicating induced psychotic breaks, and toxic shame on his journey to writing on a major commercial franchise & spearheading the Butthole Surfers documentary.
Billy Idol guitarist/Royal Machines co-founder/ fine art painter Billy Morrison discusses his journey from a heroin addiction that had him pushing a shopping cart on Hollywood Blvd. to a morning ritual that includes waking at 5 a.m., transcendental meditation, and pilates-- or *"Punk Pilates" as IG live listener Kerry Stranman labeled it.
Vegan activist comedian Myq Kaplan (from Conan and Comedy Central) walks us through overcoming divorce and high school hardships with the healing modalities of meditation and ayahuasca, arriving at full acceptance of all the feels.
Kate Miller from HIGHTOWN for STARZ discusses her journey fm NYC go-go dancer to Broadway actress, her upcoming appearances in film & TV like Hightown & how she found her husband John Dimaggio (he was always there!)
Liz Feldman, creator and showrunner of Netfix's DEAD TO ME, discusses her trajectory from child comedian to head honcho of one of the hottest shows in Hollywood and how she moved through grief by using reframing and gratitude to rewrite the story of her life.
"Some trauma survivors become perfectionists, perpetually working to prove worthiness. I hope in this mandatory season of stillness, we come home to the truth that we are enough. We have nothing to prove. Any moment we catch a glimpse of this truth is freedom. #Breath" --by @DrThema
Mary Lynn Rajskub, actress and comedian best known for playing Chloe O'Brian in 24 and Elizabeth in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, reflects on surviving unsafe situations in the early days in LA and shares what helps her have creative fulfillment and productivity during the pandemic (six minute focus intervals) and what hasn't helped so much (wine.)
Wonderful Neda Disney graciously rolls with the trauma of our technical difficulties to discuss how happiness affects ambition, her writing process, her novel PLANTING WOLVES and her bestie Brian Dannelly.
Dear friend EG Daily is a singer & actress best known as Tommy Pickles in Rugrats and Buttercup in The Powerpuff Girls. We've had many fun-derful collaborations including our web series "Melania Trump's Cousins" and her TV show "Beverly Hills Broke" also starring Tara Strong. She explains how the sudden death of a lover illustrated that the present moment is the award everyone's really been waiting for.
Tracy McMillan is television writer whose credits include Mad Men and Good Girls Revolt, a relationship expert whose Ted talk “The Person You Really Need to Marry” has more than 12 million views and host of the relationship reality show FAMILY OR FIANCE on the OWN network.
Bridget McManus had a MeToo moment but she didn't let it stop her from becoming a television host, screenwriter, producer, director and award-winning performer who created and hosted two television shows for the Logo Network: the award-winning comedy talk show, Brunch with Bridget, and Bridget McManus Presents: That Time of The Month. She shares her inspiring and artistic journey from her first and her process of becoming a TV star from her a project she made in her single apartment in Hollywood.
Greg Behrendt, New York Times bestselling author, comedian, musician, life coach and and positivity trainer who’s sold over 4 million books and hosted two talk and reality shows bearing his own name shares how overcoming cancer and a subsequent opioid addiction inspired his spiritual enlightenment and his new book “Don’t Take Bullshit From Fuckers.”
Hilarious Danny Zuker is best known for his Emmy Award winning work as a writer and executive producer of ABC's Modern Family. He discusses his fascinating journey with overcoming cocaine addiction & how daddy issues can be a comedian's greatest asset.