RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2018
Bethany Saint-Smith is a singer-songwriter, a poet, an autobiographer, a mother, a survivor, a force of nature — and a piece of the Universe glowing brightly. Of her singing, The Supreme’s Susaye Greene said, “Bethany has the instincts of an aged American blues singer. There’s a tug in the heart when you hear her sing that grabs you and makes you wonder what she’s lived through. She reminds me of the earthy Odetta of 60’s Folk-rock fame, or of Nina Simone’s scathingly sophisticated perceptions of life.” Bethany and I sit down and discuss life and barriers and human relationships in what will hopefully just be one episode in a series of talks with this incredible artist. Follow her on bethanysaintsmith.wordpress.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2018
Greg Sidnam is a fellow MFA in TVFT student at Cal State LA, a technician, a director, a former actor, and one of those people who gives meaning to the term “don’t judge a book by its cover.” When we first met in Fall 2017, we probably wanted to punch each other in the face a little bit. But the thing about listening to others is that you often learn that there are more similarities between us than anyone could imagine. This episode is about life’s journeys, the unexpected paths that this life of art will take you on, and how it’s never too late to make discoveries and open yourself up to new experiences. We also argue about how graphic novels are NOT (and are) comic books…because everyone should read Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
DISCLAIMER! From 12:03 – 12:39, there is a high-pitched tone that comes on over the PA system in the room we were recording in.
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2018 (day before my 36th birthday!)
On this episode, I once again sit down with Jeremiah Ripley, a fellow MFA Actor at Cal State LA, and this time we dig deep into matters of queer identity, politics, acceptance, awareness, representation, and more. Progress was made in the midterm elections, but our world still has work to do — and some of that work starts by letting ourselves and one another shine, just like mama Marianne Williamson taught us.
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2018
…aaaaand we’re back from Unexpected Hiatus Due to Life as an MFA Acting Student! The past few weeks have been tough ones, not just because of an intensely fulfilling school workload, but also because our country–our WORLD–is in a state of tremendous upheaval. Over the past two weekends, I was privileged to sit in the audience of two theatre pieces that resonated with me strongly, not only because of their own depth and breadth, but because of the intense connection and reflection on current events and current mindsets. Truly, these were reverential, sacred experiences, akin to the transcendent moments that occur in a church, temple, fellowship hall, mosque, or other places where people gather in faith. If you are in the LA area this weekend, you have a chance to partake of one of those experiences — Sarah Mantell’s “Everything That Never Happened” is in its final weekend of performances at Boston Court in Pasadena. GO SEE IT.
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2018
TW: This week’s episode centers on the current national narrative surrounding Ford/Kavanaugh. This was not an easy podcast to record, and I understand if it’s not easy to listen to. I’m worn down and worn out by the crushing weight of anguish and anger, I’m tired of saying the same things year after year, I’m broken apart because every time a high profile abuse/assault case has come to light, more and more people I know are stepping forward with their own stories — men and women — so many, that it almost feels as though I may not know ANY woman who has not experienced sexual abuse/assault. And do you know what would (will) be even more heart-breaking than learning that all the women I know have been abused/assaulted? When I learn that, I will not be surprised for even one moment. Not because I don’t know good men, or because I hate men, but because of the history of our world, our justice system, and our legacy of victim-blaming, shaming, and demeaning. We need to do better. We need to raise ourselves and our children better. We need to do some soul searching as a species.
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2018
“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes. In our modern world, we could easily replace “village” with community and the meaning would be largely the same. I’m so grateful to the community that I am a part of, because you all show me that there is empathy and generosity of spirit alive and well in the world. I see my community paying it forward and working together for ongoing growth and progress, and it’s heartening. …I mean, I still don’t know if I’ll ever bring a kid into the world, but I know that if I did, they’d be embraced by these awesome communities that I’m a part of.
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2018
Hannah Gadsby’s show “Nanette” is available for streaming on Netflix and I highly, Highly, HIGHLY recommend it. It’s categorized as a comedy show, because Hannah has been working as a comedian for years, but this transcends comedy. This is a Truth in Storytelling master class, a raw and real and intensely human piece of work. It’s theatre and personal narrative and stand-up and it is so damn good. Life-changingly good, even.