A longstanding fixture on the Australian jazz scene, Connie’s songs - at various points evoking Blossom Dearie, Madeleine Peyroux, and Carol King - brim with elegantly expressive melodies, and poetic lyrics.
As an author, she loves the long-form, but as a songwriter, she finds it thrilling, to sum up, the difficult, the wonderful, the terrifying, and exhilarating feeling of falling in or out of love in 4-minute soliloquies accompanied by talented musicians. She also believes we create our own reality and that belief is the driving force behind all her work."
ALAN WATERS, an award winning director/designer/producer with work all over the stage, on film, and in music, will join us to discuss his amazing work and career, his podcasting services, and his future plans.
FROM HIS BIO:
"Alan is an award winning director/designer/producer from Statesboro, GA; now based in South Western Virginia. He went to school at Ogeechee Technical College for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and then Georgia Southern University for Theatre and Performance.
Alan began his professional career at the Averitt Center for the Arts, and has worked regionally with the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. His Off Broadway credits include work with Abingdon Theatre Company, Bard City, Barrow Street Theater, Classic Stage Company, Fiasco Theater, Keen Company, New World Stages, New York Theatre Barn, Out of the Box Theatrics, Red Bull Theater, Sheen Center, SITI Company, The Cell Theatre, Transport Group, Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company, and The Duke on 42nd.
Alan is the Managing Artistic Director of DimlyWit Productions, a multimedia production company founded by independent producers for independent producers, for which he produces and designs podcasts, web series, and other virtual productions."
Each episode, our hosts ask six thoughtful questions that guests can use to define their life in the 21st century at this moment.
-What inspired you to take on your profession?
- If you were pursuing a different path, what would you be doing and why would you be doing it?
- Past, Present, Future → How do you see yourself now, and how does it compare to five years ago? How do you see yourself in five years?
- What principles do you live your life by?
- What are you grateful for?
- If you were to leave something in a time capsule for people to dig up 100 years later, what would you put in there and why?"
CHRISTINE DEPRE, currently from Jacksonville, Florida, and a sexual assault victim after a home invasion when she was a teenage mother of two, Christine is now an advocate and speaker in her attempt to assist women and to be their voice. Once a high school dropout, but now a college graduate, she is seeking to inspire and assist others with her story and journey.
FROM HER BIO:
"I am a survivor of a home invasion sexual assault by a stranger when I was 18 with 2 small children. Teen pregnancy with little to no support trying to sift through the healing process was not easy. With an 8th grade education I had nothing but resilience and God to rely on! I was told I couldn’t and wouldn’t by so many. Found myself in abusive toxic relationships and my only support were addicted parents. I needed more for my children and decided to fight. Today, I am graduating with my MPA and work as a Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator! I want to share that no matter what your background who you are or the odds there is a way out and up!"
LAUREN STIKELEATHER, a newly published author from the Boston area, joined us to discuss her latest release, "A Mixing Pot of Poems for Thought".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Lauren Stikeleather is a Boston-area native who loves telling stories and making people smile and think. She is the oldest of three sisters and is known in her family for her love of green tea, dessert, the beach, and rhyming poetry. She graduated with honors from Boston University with a degree in Communications and a focus in advertising. A Mixing Pot of Poems for Thought is her debut poetry collection."
DON and DR. DINA PRESTON-ORTIZ, musicians, authors, and entrepreneurs from Arizona, joined us to discuss their careers, their business ventures, their music, and their latest release, "31 Cents to 43 Countries".
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
"From performing as a street musician to meeting and starting with only 31 cents in their pockets collectively, Dr. Dina Preston-Ortiz and husband Don Ortiz have successfully performed in 43 countries and 26 global tours without management or record deal. By working with the Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment division, U.S. State Department and Fortune 500 companies they bring a message of how to guide and lead SUCCESS in dynamic environments!
Dina and Don are passionate about entrepreneurial thinking. As international speakers they enjoy sharing their expertise on how to launched and grow companies in environments of constant change. They love coaching on how to capitalize on the unknown, while finding solutions in difficult situations and growing the bottom line organically."
EREZ AGAM, a sales expert and author from Berlin, Germany, who likes traveling & sports and enjoying the enquiring of new cultures, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Berlin's Immigration Secrets".
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"If you dream about greener pastures overseas but find the immigration procedure to be a daunting one, Berlin’s Immigration Secrets will provide you with the guidance needed to successfully achieve your goals. The author Erez Agam presents a complete guide to the immigration process in Germany based on his own experiences, including several little-known facts and insights.
In the form of a memoir, Agam narrates a story of perseverance, dedication, and resilience, demonstrating how to efficiently tackle the bureaucratic procedures involved in the immigration process and highlighting the difficulties you are likely to face. The essence of the immigration experience and the mindset required to overcome obstacles remain the same no matter what your end goal is, and this book will help you build a new life at your chosen destination."
PAUL BARON, a "serial entrepreneur", and the CEO of The Wall Printer, joined us to discuss his exciting new product to produce murals at a reduced cost for your home or business, and how you can get involved in this venture.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Paul Baron is the founder and chief executive officer of The Wall Printer USA. Paul is responsible for all executive functions, assuring the growth of the corporation and of the businesses that purchase a Wall Printer. His decades of business experience span B2B, B2C, retail, manufacturing, distribution, international business, and franchising. Paul has personally developed and launched business concepts and supported successful revenue growth, which leads to exits for several start-ups and established businesses."
SHAD HELMSTETTER, Ph.D., often referred to as the "Father of Self-Talk" joined us to discuss his research, his new APP, and his first and most recent books, "What to Say When You Talk to Your Self", and "Negative Self-Talk How to Change It".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. is the author of more than twenty books in the field of personal growth. His ground-breaking classic on the subject of self-talk, "What to Say When You Talk to Your Self," is published in over 70 countries, and is in its 45th printing in 30+ years of publication.
Dr. Helmstetter has appeared on over 1200 radio and television programs, including repeat appearances on Oprah Winfrey, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN News. His self-talk audio programs are listened to daily by individuals and families world wide."
JES DREW, a highly prolific author from Cleveland, Ohio, will join us to discuss her writing career, her upcoming newest release, "Echoes of Summer", her multiple book series, and future writing plans.
FROM HER BLOG PAGE:
"Jes Drew is the author of the Ninja and Hunter trilogy, the Howling Twenty trilogy, the Kristian Clark saga, the Castaways trilogy, The Dystopian Takeover trilogy, The Clockwork Faerie Tale Novellas, The Summers of Yesteryear series, Legends of the Master Spy, The New ESE Files, and Tales from Parallel Worlds."
Fresh from the success of his book, "A Principal's Family Principles" (available for purchase at www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and www.outskirtspress.com), "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" focuses on the family, kids, parenting, schools, jokes, music, sports, issues of the day, and all issues that impact the family.