The Open Mic Podcast With Brett Allan

Ep. 35 | Special Guest Author Jordan Paris

An episode of The Open Mic Podcast With Brett Allan

By Brett Allan
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, one word. Interesting.
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Ep. 88 | Special Guest Hayley Gripp
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!
October 12, 2018
Ep. 87 | Special Guest Chase Hughes
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! Follow us in IG @theopenmicpodcast Twitter @brettsopenmic
October 9, 2018
Ep. 86 | Certified Dating Expert Damona Hoffman
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!
October 6, 2018
Ep. 85 | Jeff Webber of Spades Sunshades
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!
October 4, 2018
Ep. 84 | Comedian Joel Byars of Hot Breath Podcast
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!
October 1, 2018
Ep. 83 | Celebrity Stylist and Influencer Ali Levine
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! &
September 29, 2018
Ep. 82 | Special Guest Kimmy Neal of Built Vibrant. Co
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. on IG Follow the show.... openmicpodcast on IG brettsopenmic on Twitter
September 27, 2018
Ep. 81 | Kara Mayer Robinson of the "Really Famous Podcast"
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.
September 24, 2018
Ep. 80 | Scott Dikkers Co-Founder of the Onion and AV Club
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.
September 21, 2018
Ep. 79 | Comedian Bone Hampton
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!
September 19, 2018
Ep. 78 | Friday Wrap Up
A quick one for today! Just a weekly wrap up and review!
September 14, 2018
Ep. 77 | Special Guest Joshua Harris
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
September 13, 2018
Ep. 76 | Adult Film Actor Joclyn Stone
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!
September 10, 2018
Ep. 75 | Retired NASCAR Driver Shawna Robinson
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!
September 8, 2018
Ep. 74 | Comedy Legend and Author Jeffrey Gurian
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.
September 5, 2018
Ep. 73 | Author, Storyteller, Director, Diana Wink
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.
September 1, 2018
Ep. 72 | Special Guest Lesa Wilson
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.
August 31, 2018
Ep. 71 | Special Guest Pastor Levi Lusko
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.
August 29, 2018
Ep. 70 | Special Guest Heather Brooker
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! Instagram @motherhoodinhollywood
August 28, 2018
Ep. 69 | Special Guest Diana Espir
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.
August 26, 2018
Ep. 68 | Ms. Pinkard from Netflix's Last Chance U
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.
August 24, 2018
Ep. 67 | Australian Hip-Hop Artist Mugzy
Today we travel across the pond, all the way to Australia to chop it up with Hip-Hop artist Mugzy. We chat about influences, growing up, being bullied, and how all of that shapes his music.
August 23, 2018
Ep. 66 | Dr. Stephen de Wit Board Certified Sexologist
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!
August 21, 2018
Ep. 65 | Composer and Podcaster David Rosen
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!
August 18, 2018
Ep. 64| Film Director M. Sayibu
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.
August 17, 2018
Ep. 63 | Tattoos, Mike and the Mechanics and Leaving a Legacy
Brett turns 44 tomorrow, he reflects on leaving a legacy, growing pains and the "Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics. Enjoy!
August 16, 2018
Ep. 62 | Special Guest Issac Lopez Jr.
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.
August 14, 2018
Ep. 61 | B Sides Live From Amtrak
Today, we are switching things up and broadcasting live from our train ride back to the bay!
August 13, 2018
Ep. 60 | Special Guest DeShawn Fontleroy
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. IG @openmicpodcast Twitter @brettsopenmic
August 5, 2018
Ep. 59 | Special Guest Eric Hunley
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. . . . . . . instagram @theopenmicpodcast twitter @brettsopenmic
August 4, 2018
Ep. 58| Actress Natalie Lander
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.
August 2, 2018
Ep. 57 | "I'm TOO Old For this....." An Open Mic Editorial
Brett's title pretty much sums it up. A go-kart accident, and Lethal Weapon are the focus of this humor filled episode.
July 31, 2018
Ep. 56 | Seize the Moment "An Open Mic Editorial"
In this first installment of the "Open Mic Editorial" Brett talks about seizing the moment, and living a life with no regrets. Enjoy.
July 29, 2018
Ep. 55| B Sides Gratitude
Just a quick riff on gratitude! Enjoy!
July 27, 2018
Ep. 54 | Special Guest Brey Noelle
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!
July 26, 2018
Ep. 53 | Hollywood Actress Iris Almario
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.
July 25, 2018
Ep. 52 | Dealing With Death
Today Brett shares about the recent death of someone that was once close to him.
July 20, 2018
Ep. 51 | Special Guest Master Pete Canavan
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!
July 18, 2018
Ep. 50 | Love and Marriage
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.
July 16, 2018
Ep. 49 | Special Guest Hunter Farris
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!
July 14, 2018
Ep. 48 | "Let the Defense Rest"
If you struggle with getting defensive like I do...listen to some thoughts I have on the matter. I am not perfect, but always willing to learn.
July 13, 2018
Ep. 47 | Summer Vacation
Welcome to season 2 of the podcast. Where has Brett been for the last two weeks??? Listen and find out.
July 12, 2018
Ep. 46 | Special Guest John Daly Veteran Journalist
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.
June 27, 2018
Ep. 45 | Special Guest Nancy Hartwell Human Trafficking Expert
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.
June 24, 2018
Ep. 44 | Special Guest Jacob Espinoza
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.
June 23, 2018
Ep. 43 | Special Guest Jay Scott Alex's Lemonade Stand
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.
June 22, 2018
Ep. 42 | Roadblocks During Progress
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.
June 20, 2018
Ep. 41 | B Sides Managing Expectations
How can we best manage our expectations?
June 15, 2018
Ep. 40 | Fathers Day Reflections
Today Brett shares some thoughts on fathers day, and some words to hopefully encourage.
June 14, 2018
Ep. 39 | Obstacles and Kevin Smith
The title pretty much says it all, how all three things happened in one day, and how it inspired me to be better.
June 13, 2018
Ep. 38 | My Panic Attack
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.
June 12, 2018
Ep. 37 | B Sides Stay the Course
Stay the course, work hard, we’ve heard all of this before. But it’s not always easy. Enjoy this session and hopefully receive a little bit of encouragement for your day.
June 11, 2018
Ep. 36 | Special Guest Eric M. Twiggs Procrastination Prevention
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!
June 8, 2018
Ep. 35 | Special Guest Author Jordan Paris
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.
June 6, 2018
Ep. 34 | Organization
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!
June 5, 2018
Ep. 33 | Special Guest Scott Neumyer
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.
June 3, 2018
Ep. 32 | B Sides Thankful for June
It’s a new month! June is here, as Brett reflects on a month passed and a new one coming, what are you most thankful for and looking forward to?
June 1, 2018
Ep. 31 | B Sides Just Be You
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.
May 31, 2018
Ep. 30 | Special Guest Joyce Schafers Relationship Expert
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.
May 31, 2018
Ep. 28 | B Sides Be a Friend
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!
May 28, 2018
Ep. 27 | Special Guest Janeen Holmes
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.
May 25, 2018
Ep. 26 | B Sides Special Guest Erin Scheuerman Yeung
In this session we take a deep dive with another anchor podcast. “Your Oxygen Mask First” enjoy!
May 25, 2018
Ep. 25 | B Sides Kindness
Lets talk about kindness, shall we?
May 24, 2018
Ep. 24 | B Sides What Is Your Passion?
What are you the most passionate about? What drives rly the most? In this B Side session, this is the question that we ponder. In about 5 minutes.
May 24, 2018
Ep. 23 | B Sides Rodrigo Albarracin
In this session we talk with Rodrigo Albarracin, creator of "I have Movie Pass Podcast" such a great guest! Be sure to check out his podcast right away!
May 23, 2018
Ep. 22 | B Sides Communication
Today Brett explains what the B Side project is all about! Each episode will feature a fellow podcaster, with a 5 minute deep dive, or a random topic or subject! Enjoy the B Sides!
May 22, 2018
Ep. 21 | B Sides Promo
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!
May 22, 2018
Ep. 20 | Measuring Success
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.
May 20, 2018
Ep. 19 | Planning a Disney Vacation
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!
May 20, 2018
Ep. 18 | Casual Conversation
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!
May 20, 2018
Ep. 17 | Special Guest Kori Zornes Life Changing Journeys
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!
May 19, 2018
Ep. 16 | Purpose
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!
May 15, 2018
Ep. 15 | Special Guest Nell Minow
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.
May 14, 2018
Ep. 14 | 1 Text Message
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.
May 12, 2018
Ep. 13 | Blessed Are the Flexible
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.
May 9, 2018
Ep. 12 | Special Guest Daniel Lusko
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!
May 7, 2018
Ep. 11 | Special Guest Issac Lopez
In this fun episode, my best friend Issac joins the program, as we talk all things Disney planning. And there are some laughs of course...This is one of my favorite episodes!
May 5, 2018
Ep. 10 | Rejection and Failure
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!
May 4, 2018
Ep. 9 | Thankful
In this episode we talk about Thankfulness, and the Month of May. What are you thankful for? Enjoy!
May 2, 2018
Ep. 8 | Early and Late
In this episode we talk about time management, early and late people, and finding a healthy balance.
April 30, 2018
Ep. 7 | I Don't Want to Monday
In this episode we discuss the challenges of "Mondays" and those "Im a morning person" people! Do they go together or all together seperate! And are celebrities always happy?
April 25, 2018
Ep. 6 | Best Laid Plans
In this episode Brett talks about trying to do his first interview, how change is constant, and how to adapt learn from mistakes!
April 23, 2018
Ep. 5 | Distractions
In this episode we talk about distractions. We all have them, but they are different for everyone. Oh wait, where was i?
April 17, 2018
Ep. 4 | Confessions
Today we talk about healing from divorce, single parenting, and being friends with your ex.
April 17, 2018
Ep. 3 | Be the Very Best Version of You (You) Can Be
The question we tackle today is what does it mean to be the version of yourself, employer, friend, etc. Lets step up to the mic.
April 16, 2018
Ep. 2 | Perspective is Everything
In this episode we talk about perspective. What is it and how does it affect our lives? Garbage in garbage out? What do you feed will grow? Let’s talk about perspective, welcome to open mic!
April 13, 2018
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