Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica]

Ilana Levine is a seasoned actress from New Jersey who got her start on Broadway and later made it to the “silver screen” where she has appeared in such films as Failure to Launch, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Friends with Kids. She is also a director and newly minted podcaster where she interviews fellow actors on her hit podcast, Little Known Facts. Although she’s new to podcasting, Ilana's gift for making her guests feel safe and at ease is proof that she belongs in this arena. And because she approaches this newest endeavor with the same passion, commitment, and dedication that made her such a successful actress, it’s no wonder why Little Known Facts has been so well received.

  • 09:06 - Why Ilana started her podcast, Little Known Facts, and the person behind the idea
  • 13:51 - Where her skill for great conversation comes from
  • 18:14 - Her interview with Octavia Spencer
  • 20:59 - How she feels about people wanting to talk to her about podcasting instead of acting and the two criteria to be on her show
  • 23:43 - Why she decided to transition away from theatre and Broadway
  • 25:19 - Unexpected opportunities and connections arising from podcasting
  • 28:46 - Jumping headfirst into the podcasting landscape and what she wants to offer with Little Known Facts
  • 32:42 - Her Blue Apron sponsorship and Sweet and Sour Salmon with Bok Choy and Ginger Fried Rice recipe overload
  • 37:56 - The story of when she knew she wanted to become an actress
  • 40:26 - The person who inspired her to pursue an acting career
  • 42:31 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 44:17 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 46:11 - Using her podcast as a platform to talk about important causes and organizations
  • 49:58 - Her first Broadway play with Alan Alda and the incredible lesson she learned from him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ilana-levine-interview

Direct download: PJ133-IlanaLevine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

Niel Guilarte has had a love affair with movies for as long as he can remember and now he makes them for a living. As founder of his production company, Wildstyle Media Group, his podcast, All Things Post, and as a documentary film maker, Niel is the quintessential entrepreneur juggling multiple projects and tasks all at once and delivering quality content through various forms of media. Tune in to find out how he got started in film, how shooting homicide video for the police department helped hone his craft, how being a self-taught content creator didn’t stop him from going after his dreams and his previous life as a DJ and his love of freestyle music and vinyl records.

  • 05:20 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary and The Messengers Podcast
  • 06:57 - How Niel got involved with The Messengers film
  • 08:19 - Niel’s background
  • 15:48 - His most important film project
  • 19:15 - Our love of freestyle music, turntables, and vinyl records
  • 23:59 - How I used to schlep my DJ equipment around back in the day
  • 26:05 - Legends of Freestyle Podcast idea
  • 27:52 - Freestyle music - an audio history
  • 30:49 - Shooting homicide video for the Orlando Police Department and how it helped improve his craft
  • 37:16 - “Doing” in order to achieve your goals
  • 38:58 - Niel’s big year
  • 41:07 - Attracting the right people to detract “the haters”
  • 45:14 - Where his positive outlook comes from
  • 47:34 - Niel’s advice to the PJ tribe
  • 49:22 - “Leveling up” and mentoring others
  • 52:16 - The mentors who’ve helped shape his future
  • 54:15 - All Things Post Podcast
  • 55:29 - How he’s landing the big guests for his podcast
  • 01:00:44 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:01:26 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:02:42 - What his family means to him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/niel-guilarte-interview

Direct download: PJ132-NielGuilarte.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly is the host of The Art of Manufacturing Podcast where she interviews the entrepreneurs, founders, and CEO’s that are pushing the boundaries of the manufacturing world in Los Angeles and is the founder of Make it in LA. Before she started podcasting she studied Engineering at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and she created the first ever TEDx Talks while working at the University of Southern California (TEDxUSC) where she curated and hosted the talks for four years.

  • 08:26 - Why she became interested in podcasting
  • 11:39 - Where her high standards come from
  • 14:34 - The story behind creating the first ever TEDx Talks
  • 18:36 - What she learned about pitching ideas from putting TEDx together
  • 21:19 - The decision making process
  • 26:22 - Her, “I Have an Idea” folder
  • 27:38 - Her dad and the invention he’s been working on
  • 33:12 - Her experience of attending MIT as a woman
  • 41:48 - The kind of guests she likes having on her podcast
  • 44:58 - What she thinks make a really good interview
  • 47:04 - How I select my Podcast Junkies guests
  • 49:30 - My Venn Diagram
  • 53:17 - Her most challenging interviews
  • 54:30 - Her conversation with Dov Charney
  • 59:13 - The type of guests she gets excited about having on her show
  • 1:01:49 - That time she did an interview with a convicted murderer
  • 1:06:07 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 1:07:00 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/z-holly-interview

Direct download: PJ131-ZHolly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EST

Lee Silverstein is a survivor of childhood cancer and was later diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2011 after undergoing a routine colonoscopy. When he attended a podcasters meet-up in 2014 he was inspired to start his own podcast, the Colon Cancer Podcast, where he provides people the hope and support they need when they are told they have cancer. By providing cancer survivors and caretakers a platform to share their stories, Lee is a constant inspiration for the many people who have been affected by colon cancer.

  • 06:57 - The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary
  • 08:55 - How he felt about seeing himself on the “big screen”
  • 09:34 - His colon cancer diagnosis
  • 11:17 - How his idea for the Colon Cancer Podcast started
  • 15:12 - How his community of supporters has helped provide the fuel for his podcast
  • 16:55 - The first time he realized his podcast was making an impact on people’s lives
  • 21:36 - A.G.E. and how spending time at the gym has helped him deal with his cancer
  • 23:07 - How having a positive attitude has helped him battle cancer
  • 27:16 - The factors that impacted his self-confidence growing up
  • 28:46 - My older sister who passed away from leukemia
  • 30:01 - What he remembers about having cancer as a child
  • 31:00 - His fondest TV show memory
  • 32:07 - The story of his connection with Greg Trout
  • 34:44 - Determining who he wants on the podcast and finding topics for the show
  • 36:38 - How having his podcast has helped him expand his own knowledge of cancer
  • 38:23 - Podcasting as a cancer patient
  • 42:46 - How he landed his first sponsor
  • 45:17 - How his confidence has grown as a podcaster
  • 47:49 - The events and communities of Chris Krimitsos
  • 53:03 - His next podcast goals
  • 55:48 - The tutelage of Glen the Geek
  • 57:01 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:15 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/lee-silverstein-interview/

Direct download: PJ130-LeeSilverstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20am EST

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