At the Open Mic, NO topic is off limits and you never know who will stop by. Enjoy real, relevant and practical conversations in a very approachable way. I talk to everyone from celebrities, to entrepreneurs. I have only one rule, only one word. Interesting.
Randall is an author, podcaster, and knows A LOT of famous people. He is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He believes the very best in everyone he meets, and wants them to reach their fullest potential.
In this episode we talk about his book, podcast, his approach to networking and his thoughts on mentorship, and so much more.
You can learn more about him below.
Evan doesn't have a cell phone number, loves to salsa dance, and loves to play League of Legends. He has an unusual approach to reaching out to his followers, and is one of the most successful angel investors his age.
We talked about his approach to mentorship, a question he said he has never been asked! Score one for Brett! Also we discussed clarity of message, the importance of vision, what holds people back the most when starting a project and so much more.
You can learn more about Evan here.
At four years old, Brynner Agassi picked up his first pair of drumsticks and never laid them down. A native to California, he was exposed to a variety of musical genres at a young age. His tutelage in music began at home through his father-Evin Agassi; an international legendary Assyrian singer who has innovatively revolutionized Assyrian music.
We talked about his early musical influences, what a musical producer actually does, Napster, Soundhound, what music is in his playlist and finally, his thoughts on autotune. Plus so much more!
You can learn more about him here.
In this quick episode, Brett answers some email follow up questions regarding the lessons learned episode. Podcast etiquette, booking guests, cross promotions and audio swapping.
Today, Jessica Rhodes, Co-Owner and Co-Founder joins me to talk all things podcasting, how to be a successful guest or host, and everything in between.
Jessica shared about how she got her start as as successful business woman and entrepreneur and what it takes to run one of the most successful podcasting businesses around.
Interview Connections is the largest and most successful guest booking agency for podcasters and guest experts in the United States. They have booked thousands of interviews since they were founded in 2013 and have booked interviews for some of iTunes’ most successful podcasts.
Today we chat with American Music Composer, Silas Hite. Hite, is well known for writing, and scoring music for television, film, video games and so much more.
If you have been around for at least the last ten years, you have most certainly heard something, his fingers have touched. In this episode we talked about what it takes to compose music for a commercial, video game, film, and the major differences with all of them. We also chatted about the state of music today, and the use of auto-tune. Such a fun conversation for sure.
You can learn more about him below.
Here we are, episode 100! Joining me for this huge milestone is Roger Leopardi! You have heard his voice on the CW for Riverdale, countless commercials, TV Shows and the list goes on. It was a true honor to chat with him.
In this episode we talked about the following,
. His long career as a VO actor and how he got his start.
. How he has started two companies with his brother, "FanStero" and "Drama".
. How fear and the unwillingness to change and adapt can hold us back from achieving greatness and reaching our full potential.
. His unique approach and perspective to the voice over industry and his career as whole, and so much more.
This will be our last episode until after the Thanksgiving Holiday, but we will be back with so much more!
My guest today is a former journalist, Emmy Award winner turned entrepreneur. Bofta Yimam
She coaches executive leaders and high-impact entrepreneurs to help them craft a compelling story to use in multiple channels. This involves laser-focused messaging and powerful storytelling techniques to move their audience into action.
Bofta uses her decade of media acumen, thousands of live on-air reports, speaker experience as well as hosting her own private workshops, she moves her clients to take action and SOAR.
Her clients call the process transformative. Those who work with her breakthrough fears, create a deeper impact and increase their visibility— within weeks.
We covered a lot, from lessons learned, what it takes to be an award winning journalist, and how to transition and be successful in following your passions, and having a clear message to do so.
Marine Tanguy got one of her first tastes of art gallery management when she was just 21 years old, but she didn't like what she saw. She felt the traditional gallery model was "elitist" and didn't allow for works from all demographics. And so, she decided to change this by opening MTArt in 2015.
It's an agency for up-and-coming artists, helping them pay for studios, showcase their work through public art installations, virtual galleries and commercial partnerships and find buyers. Young artists appear to like the idea: MTArt says that it reviews 200 portfolios every month in order to find the most innovative young talent.
She was also listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30, most successful business woman, and entrepreneur. She runs of of the most successful art businesses/agencies in the UK/US and is a nationally recognized for her contributions to the art world, and fully dedicated to making art a daily common place in our world.
Our very special guest for today's show is Liris Crosse. In this episode we talk about her humble beginnings, her keys to success and longevity in a very tough business, and what it really takes to walk the runway.
Liris was one of the signature curvy models for the promo commercial for BET/Centric's new show “Curvy Style With Timothy Snell”. She was also one of a few models selected to walk the runway for reality TV competition, Project Runway’s, first ever plus size collection at New YorkFashion Week.
She also became the first Black model to grace the Goddess Lingerie campaignin 2015.
She is also, and rightfully so, the Season 16 Break Out Star and WINNER of Project Runway! We are honored to have her. Oh, and is she returning or not???? Join in to find out!
Dan started his first business at 17 and it failed, at 19, another company was started, and it failed. After that, he started consulting for 3 years, and...he hated that. At 24, he started another company, and it was a success, but, like before it almost crashed into the ground.
At 27, he became a certified millionaire, and since then he has been helping other companies, business owners, and learners alike, complete the steps to run a successful software company or business.
Dan believes that the most successful people are typically the ones that no one believes in, and have the most potential to be successful. As of today he has helped hundreds of SaaS Companies (Software as a Service) reach their goals and maximum potential with his training and unique mentor-ship style.
We packed a lot of information into a small amount of time, but its well worth it. Enjoy.
At 21, Alexa Curtis runs her own business, has a syndicated podcast on Radio Disney, and is arguably, one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the game. She is very transparent when it comes to her personal life, running a full time business, and only having one boss in her entire life, herself.
She has more that earned her place, worked very hard, learned from her mistakes and knows what it takes to have longevity, and build something that is sustainable.
We discuss...is there such a thing as too much hustle, setting goals, and what it really takes to run a business and why she makes herself so accessible to people.
Brittany Hennessy is the best-selling author of “INFLUENCER: Building Your Personal Brand In The Age Of Social Media” and the Co-Founder of Carbon, a technology company building solutions for influencers. A pioneer in the influencer marketing industry, she lends her expertise to brands, small businesses, and influencers as a consultant.
Brittany is the former Senior Director, Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media and the first person to hold that title. She is also a member of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences where she judges the annual Shorty Awards and the Shorty Social Good Awards.
Brittany is an active member of New York Women In Communications, Inc. and has served on the board of directors as Vice-President of Scholarship & Awards and Vice-President of Student Affairs.
My guest today is Jodi Krangle. Jodi's rich, alto voice has been described as soothing, warm and sincere. While collaborating with clients all over the world, she’s voiced national and international commercial campaigns for companies like Bissell, Kraft/Capri Sun and Visit Orlando, narrated documentaries & web/explainer videos and has been the narration voice for shows on both Slice Network in Canada and HGTV in the US.
Jodi’s background as a singer has provided her with an innate sense of the rhythm and melody that go into a voice performance. And her love of the creative imagination has made her a captivating storyteller.
But what few people know? She’s a geeky fangirl at heart. Ask her about Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly or tabletop gaming (D&D) and you’ll be in for a lengthy conversation (if you want one, that is)." Enjoy!
Today's guest is Jamie Kilstein. He is a comic, podcaster and teacher of Jiu Jitsui. Jamie has been featured on Joe Rogan's podcast, and multiple national television programs, and talk shows. I caught up with him before he headed over to Australia to tape his brand new comedy special, to talk about life and what has been going on. Enjoy.
My guest today specializes in telling the kind of stories that crawl under your skin and keep you up at night. She specializes in telling the kind of stories that crawl under your skin and keep you up at night. Polcastro appears both in front of and behind the camera for Murderline Images. She spent last year as a vagabond and grew up as an "illegal" in Mexico, both experiences having given her a cosmopolitan perspective on a variety of topics. Her books include Jane, Suicide in Tiny Increments, Dentata, The Truth About Cows, they can be purchased wherever you get books.
Today's guest has a very compelling story of loss and redemption.
Gregory owned multiple businesses making millions of dollars only to loose it all, in his words "after becoming dishonest, unethical, and self centered."
He was charged with theft and served eighteen months in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his actions.
He now speaks and has published a book on the power of the truth and how dishonesty is becoming an accepted part of our community. He has an extensive insight on human behavior based his experiences of how our actions affect others, especially your family.
His story is must listen, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. He is also a blogger and fellow podcaster! His book is entitled, "The Truth About Lies: How Admitting Nothing Can Cost You Everything.
Here are his links.
My guest today is an American Actress, Model, Chef and philanthropist. Her name is Hayley Gripp. She got her start in the industry as a print model in national ads for "Verizon Wireless" and "As Seen On TV." As a model, Gripp has also walked the runway for NYFW and LAFW. In acting, Hayley has shot multiple commercials, has been a celebrity taste tester on Cupcake Wars, and landed prominent roles on "CSI: Las Vegas," "Hollywood Hillbillies" and the Lifetime original series "Killer Kids."
Gripp recently wrote an article for "Simply Gluten Free" Magazine that was published nationally for their May/June 2015 Issue. As a vegetarian chef, in May 2015 Hayley hosted a live cooking segment on San Diego Channel 6 News. Hayley prides herself on her philanthropy work, and along with being a Youth Ambassador, is also a young adult board member for the Tourette Syndrome Association. As a representative and brand ambassador for The Organic Face, Hayley has collaborated to create a line of organic cosmetics with proceeds going directly to charity.
She splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles and when not on set, empowers students across the country through her anti-bullying campaign "Being Nice Is Cool."
Currently she has spoken to over 40K students and had a prominent role in getting the "I.D.E.A. Act" passed in Washington DC. Enjoy!
Chase is a leading military and intelligence behavior expert with 20 years of creating the most advanced behavior skills courses and tactics available worldwide:
He is also a leading behavior expert in the United States and the #1 bestselling author of two books on tactical behavior skills. He is the author of the worldwide #1 bestselling book on advanced persuasion, influence and behavior profiling.
Chase teaches elite groups, government agencies and police in behavior science skills including behavior profiling, nonverbal analysis, deception detection, interrogation, and advanced behavioral investigation. His Tactical Behavior Science course is a critical, life-saving course designed for law enforcement, and his Human Tradecraft course is specifically designed for intelligence operations personnel who depend heavily on serious human behavior skills.
We talked about some very interesting topics, and how this all can apply to us, everyday in a practical way!
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Certified dating expert, TV personality, podcaster and author Damona Hoffman is my guest on this fun filled episode! She can be seen on BET Television, heard on Sirius XM Radio and all over, dishing out practical dating advice. From texting, to meeting in person and in between. She was a delight to chat with, and provided some great insights. Enjoy!
You have heard the commercial spots for a little over a month. Now its time to meet the man behind Spades Sunshades, Mr. Jeff Webber. Sunglasses for poker players, by poker players. That is their motto. He has a great story, and he is an amazing poker player. Its all in for this episode!
Joel swings by today, all the way from Atlanta. He talks comedy. and his podcast and how it all ties in together. His show has been hailed by NPR as a Master Class in Comedy, and there is a reason why. He also teaches comedy classes, and interviews some of the top names in the business. #hotbreath. Enjoy!
Alie Levine stops by talk fashion, west coast winters, her new jewelry line, and how to balance it all as a new mother. She is real, genuine, and that is one of the many reasons people love her. She just released a brand new line, "Hearts on Fire" jewelry, and its all the rave. In this episode we keep it totally real. Oh, and you may also recognize from "Stripped" On Bravo TV!
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Social media and brand marketing expert, Kimmy Neal steps up to the Open Mic, to talk branding, marketing, strategy, and how to make your business stand out. She has an incredible story, enjoy.
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The delightful Kara Mayer Robinson steps up to the open mic to chat about her podcast, and how her experience as a therapist and journalist, gets her the most amazing interviews with icons, and A-List Celebrities alike. Enjoy.
Joining me for my 80th episode, Scott Dikkers, Best Selling Author, and Co-Founder of the Onion Newspaper. This was a true delight for me. We talked about his career as a comedy writer, drawing comic strips, and how the Onion Newspaper was birthed. And...everything that happened in between.
Comedian Bone Hampton is on today's episode, fresh off of America's Got Talent. He shared his experience on the show, how he began a his career in comedy, the art of the joke, the difference between a comedian and a comic, and his back up plan for life!
One of my favorite episodes so far. Author, TED X Speaker and Entrepreneur Joshua Harris joined the Open Mic to share with us where and what he has been up to! He has a brand new business, doing what he has always done best. Helping and leading folks in a very unique and special way. Enjoy
Adult Film Actor Jocyln Stone swings by for a very fun, educational, and very unfiltered conversation. I learned a lot, we laughed a lot, and she was very gracious for spending time with us. If you have EVER had a question about how this industry operates. You will want to listen for sure. Enjoy!
In this fast, fueled episode I was joined by retired NASCAR driver and pole position winner Shawna Robinson. She shared with my her history of racing, how she came up and eventually went on to be one of the first female drivers ever to win a pole position. Enjoy!
I had the honor of chatting with comedy legend, and the "Comedians Comedian Jeffrey Gurian. We talked about his new book, how he cured himself of his stutter and how feels that laughter really is the best medicine. He also shared some amazing stories of working with some of the comedy greats, and his thoughts on how the industry has changed over last few decades.
D Wink, author, storyteller, and director, joins in to talk about her creative processes when it comes to writing, how she gets past writers block, and where she gets her creative influences. We also talked about the rise, and state of the German Film Industry.
The incredible and talented Lesa Wilson is on today's episode. We talked about her early days of modeling, competing in the Ms. Georgia Pagent and winning, and being a runner up with Ms. USA. Also she shares about her time on American Idol, and her ongoing and continual success as an actor.
Today I am joined by Best Selling Author, and Pastor of Fresh Life Church in the Flathead Valley of Montana. We talked about A LOT, it was a fantastic conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. www.levilusko.com www.freshlifechurch.org
Heather Brooker, Two time Emmy awarding winning journalist, actor and podcast host of "Motherhood In Hollywood" joins in the conversation to chat about life as mom in the entertainment business, journalist, and how she found success with her podcast, that started out as friends getting together at home. Enjoy!
Today's episode is very on brand. I spent time with Diana Espir, Pop Culture, and Entertainment Journalist, Instagram Influencer, and Podcaster. We laughed, we cried (Not Really), we talked about the Kardashians. This one is ALOT of fun, enjoy.
Class is in session. Ms. Pinkard from the hit show, Last Chance U, joins us all the way from Independence Kansas to talk about book club, being a small fish in a big pond, and the importance of taking advantage of your education.
In this very candid episode, Board Certified Sexologist Dr. Steven De Wit joins us to talk about human sexuality and our personal sexual make up. He shares his thoughts about why we are the "way we are" sexually, personal trauma, and how to have what he calls. " a sex life by design". This episode is explicit in nature and for mature audiences only. Enjoy!
Hailing from Las Vegas Nevada, podcaster and composer David Rosen joins the show today. We chat about his shows Bird Road and Piecing It Together, as well as his long career in the music industry. Enjoy!
On today's show, Ghanaian film director M. Sayibu drops in to talk about his career, and being the very first to have his own Ghanaian channel on Amazon Prime. He is doing big things and making moves for sure, we see an Oscar in his future.
On the show today, I sat down with my best friends, oldest boy to talk about, life, music, magic, dancing, and being a teenager in today's world. He is a gifted young man and wise beyond his years! Enjoy.
In our latest episode, I spoke with DeShawn Fontleroy founder of Sports Mastery. A program to help ALL athletes of all ages deal with the struggle between education and sports, and has found a way to bridge the gap. If you play sports, and are a student, even a parent, don't miss this episode. Enjoy. His website is below.
In this fun episode, I sat down with fellow podcast host, Eric Hunley. We chatted about HIS show Unstructured, and his inspiration for putting together creative content, his travels and experience at the podcasting convention, and all around life. Enjoy.
Today we are joined by a very special guest, actress Natalie Lander. She is know for playing the role of "Debbie" on ABC's The Middle, "Rachel" on TVLand's Lopez, and "Goldie" on Goldie & Bear, with Disney JR. She is also the daughter of David Lander, best known for his role as "Squiggy" on the hit show Happy Days. What a fun conversation this was, she shares her story of growing up in a family of actors, and the hard work it takes to be successful in a very tough industry! Enjoy.
YouTube Vlogger, Brand Model and instagram Influencer Brey Noelle sat with me to talk about her amazing journey and life lessons and hard work that got her to where she is today! Her videos are inspiring, encouraging and cause you to love yourself, life and value what you’ve been given!
Hollywood Star Iris Almario joined the podcast to talk about her career, and the importance of humility in the industry. To always be learning, honing your craft, and the amazing longevity she has had. She also shares about her new animal non-profit that will be launching very soon.
Today I sat down with Master Pete Canavan, Personal Safety and Security Expert. We talked all things from internet safety, to personal safety at home, work and school.He has been an martial arts expert for over 20 years and authored several books! If you have children, you don't want to miss this episode! Be sure to check out all his information and website below!
As we celebrate episode #50 my best friends Issac and Kristi Lopez join me to share the secrets to their successful marriage. It hasn't all been easy, but its all been worth it. They are an inspiration to me, and I am thankful for them. Enjoy.
Have you ever been listening to a song and wondered, why is this so catchy? Or, a song that brings back memories, or causes you to get a little bit weepy? On today's show my guest Hunter Farris from the " Song Appeal Podcast" answers all of those questions and more!
Today John Daly veteran journalist, author and media expert joins the podcast to talk about how we all have a media bias, including the media. How we can stay better informed about what we are reading and seeing on social media, print and television. It was a great conversation, I learned a lot and John has years of experience and insight that we all can learn from.
Nancy Hartwell joins the podcast to discuss the epidemic of human trafficking and modern day child slavery. With over forty years of experience and three best selling books, she talks about how this all began, and how these horrific crimes can occur, right in our back yard.
In this episode I sat down the fellow podcaster Jacob Espinoza (Jacobs Affirmations} to talk about how he created and develops his show, how he creates content, and the unique ways he connects with his listeners.
In this episode I spoke to Jay Scott, Co-founder and director of Alex's Lemonade Stand: A Cure for Childhood Cancer. He shares his very moving story, how the organization began, and how the are choosing to fight and help cure cancer, one cup at a time.
It goes without saying, progress in life, no matter what, will always most likely come with roadblocks. The question is, how do we deal with and handle it. Its never easy, but with the right mindset, even those extra hurdles can be crossed.
I had a panic attack last night. Nothing like I have ever experienced. I decided to share about it, because I felt if I did, it would take some fear away. Here it is.
Today, we tackle the subject of procrastination. Eric shares with us the secretes of combating procrastination, his personal journey of overcoming it, and some helpful tips for our listeners to put into practice.....right now!
Today I chatted with author and young entrepreneur Jordan Paris. We discuss his brand new book, Growth Mindset University, how he began his career as a trainer, and his perspectives on how to live a fulfilled life.
In this program we talk about getting organized, and nine practical ideas to help us get there. This is an area I know I can grow in, lets all learn together! www.theopenmicpodcast.net instagram.com/@openmicpodcast
In this episode, I sat down with Scott Neumyer, creator and host of the "Anxiety Diaries Podcast". We chatted about dealing with anxiety and how to seek help, and to talk to someone right away before it can potentially get out of hand. He is also a journalist, father and an advocate and champion of bringing awareness to a topic that is not easy to face.
Today’s thought, just be you. Don’t apologize for who you are, or who might judge you. Be free, and be who you were created to be! People may be critical and that’s ok. But don’t let that stop you from being the amazing person you are.
In this episode, expert and life coach Joyce Schafers drops in to talk about relationships, past trauma, and unresolved emotional pain, and how those areas can affect any relationship we may be in. She shares a lot of insightful perspectives, for us all to think about and consider. www.joyce-schafers.com
Do you have any friends? Do you have a best friend? Hopefully we all have somebody. In this season, another random thought about friendship and reconciling one that was broken. Friendship is like air, They are important to have just like oxygen to breathe, if you don’t have any friends try and make new ones, or, work on the ones you have! Be encouraged and be well!
Today, Janeen Holmes joins us from the the organization "My Stuff Bags" to share her story about this amazing care group, likw no other. To try and explain it this short bio would be almost impossible. This is one you just have to listen to. www.mystuffbags.org
Hello all! I am starting something NEW on my podcast where I feature a DIFFERENT podcast each week. A 5 minute deep dive about you and your show and a random topic! If you’re interested comment below with your podcast, and I’ll be in touch! I’ll also leave you a rating and review! Cheers and be well!
In this episode we celebrate show #20. We ask the question, how do you as a human being measure your success. Its a very important question to ask ourselves. Its with that answer, we can determine the course we take it whatever it you do, or are passionate about.
Issac and his wife Kristi join me on the show to continue our conversation on all things Disney planning! How to plan a trip with little ones and even newborns! More fun conversation about the mouse and a lot of laughs! Back by popular demand!
On this episode, I sit down with my friend Ken Hendricks. Its been about four years since we have caught up. Life happens, time passes, and as we get older, it goes even faster! This was a great conversation, and I so glad we had the time to catch up!
Kori Zornes joins us to talk about life changing journey's, travel and getting away on a very special and unique adventure to help hit the "reset" button on life! Kori is the founder of "Revamp Retreats" and her goal is to help you out with exactly this!
Sometimes in life, its hard to figure out where you fit in on this big planet. We feel so small, and struggle to find out what our purpose is. Brett shares experiences growing up in a family that didn't encourage pursuing dreams, and how now, he has learned from that. We all have a purpose, the question is, what does it take to figure that out!
Today on the program, syndicated and acclaimed film critic Nell Minow dropped by the podcast to talk movies, how a review is done, and why a movie gets the rating it does! This was very eye opening, and a great conversation. Also, we asked the question, why does a parent die in almost every Disney film, and a lot more amazing conversation.
Today I received a text that needed WHAT I THOUGHT was an immediate response. Turns out, the answer I needed was already there. Greater than the response I was waiting for. Being patient is not easy, learning to develop that skill is even more challenging. Lets learn together.
Today we add to the subject of dealing with change on a smaller, more practical scale. How flexible are you in daily life? Can you stay calm in the pocket under pressure? With just a few minor exercises, we can be more flexible then we realize. Lets stretch out together.
In this episode with talk with Hollywood director and author Daniel Lusko about his new book, "When Imagination Creates Reality" and get some "Insider" tips on what it takes to get a blockbuster film made! Another fantastic interview that surely won't disappoint!
In this episode, we talk about the surprising success of the podcast so far, and how to deal with failure and rejection. Remember we are not defined by our own failures or others. Be encouraged and grow from every opportunity that we are presented!