JOY! That’s the theme of this week’s podcast. Adam Ferguson and I are working on an sound recording assignment for class, and I loved his idea of asking strangers the question “What brings you joy?” On today’s episode of TBD With LDT, I recount some of the answers we got, as well as some of Adam and I’s reflections — and I list some of the things that bring ME joy…..like Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito’s “Put Your Hands Together,” which is both a live comedy show that happens weekly in LA and a podcast that you can listen to anytime, anywhere! Check it out. And also check out a longtime friend and fellow joymaker, Chelsea Foy, whose site lovelyindeed.com is constant source of joy and ideas on how to make and spread it. Have a great week, y’all!
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018
The one and only Amy Seeley is on the podcast today! Amy is an actor, an improvisor, a writer, an educator, an empowering force in the Universe, and a founder of Chicago’s Factory Theater — amongst other things. She and I sit down for an absolutely heartening, inspiring, dee-lightful conversation about life, learning, finding your voice, #metoo, improvisation, and a whole lotta other great stuff. There’s a reason why Amy Seeley is a favorite human of many, and you can hear why on this week’s episode of TBD With LDT.
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: June 14, 2018
You guys, life gets BUSY sometimes! But honestly, I prefer it that way. Here’s a little catch-up on what I’ve been doing, why my summer is so busy, why I prefer to stay busy, and some of the things I have planned for Summer 2018 — including some LONG held goals that I want to FINALLY accomplish. Thanks for listening!
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2018
The somber truth is, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the power of narrative. I would have taken myself out of this world if not for the strength, hope, inspiration, and fortitude that I found in books. In this episode, I discuss a recent revelation I’ve had about feeling like an outsider since I was at least three years old (and how that must have shaped me), and then I fondly list some of the female writers and female protagonists who inspired me — and sometimes saved my life. #RepresentationMatters, friends. We’re making steps in the right direction, and its progress which saves lives. What are some narratives that shaped your life in a positive way?
RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2018
Last night I logged into an ancient email account and was ambushed by memory lane…so today I’m talking about the tricky nature of memory, what it’s like to revisit old emails (tangent: why doesn’t every BA/BFA/BS program have mandatory classes in “Email Writing For Your Field?”), and transitional periods of life (and their anniversaries).