Tue, 27 June 2017
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
-- posted at: 11:46pm EDT
Tue, 20 June 2017
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
-- posted at: 9:09pm EDT
Wed, 14 June 2017
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
-- posted at: 11:52pm EDT
Wed, 7 June 2017
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
-- posted at: 4:20am EDT
Thu, 25 May 2017
To celebrate my three year anniversary of Podcast Junkies, I had the pleasure of speaking with podcasting veteran, Gary Leland. Although Gary is a well-known Hall of Fame podcaster, there is so much more to him that makes him tick. I was so honored that Gary shared so many incredible stories from his life that he hasn’t shared before so we could all get to know him better.
I love bringing you these great conversations and I want to thank you for listening, for continuing to listen and I’m humbled to have you as part of the Podcast Junkies family.
- 03:44 - His online stores and businesses
- 09:18 - His view on inventions and ideas
- 10:59 - His mini-blinds and wallpaper business
- 19:09 - Innovations in wallpaper
- 21:18 - Why the wallpaper business fell from grace, what took its place, and its resurgence
- 25:13 - What it’s like working with his wife, Kathy
- 29:58 - What attracted him to Kathy
- 30:56 - What has changed about him over time
- 33:04 - When he realized Facebook was going to be a tool for business
- 33:37 - Pinball machines
- 35:18 - What he misses doing
- 36:27 - His two fondest surfing memories
- 48:35 - His childhood and growing up with guns
- 54:04 - How policing has changed and his run-ins with the law
- 01:07:03 - His very first business and the first time he got screwed in business
- 01:10:13 - Beating chess phenom Bobby Fischer
- 01:14:08 - Sneaking into sporting events
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/3ybonus-gary-leland-interview/
Direct download: PJ3YBONUS-GaryLeland.mp3
-- posted at: 2:00am EDT
Tue, 16 May 2017
As a former teacher for 10 years, Adam Lewis Walker decided to break away from the traditional classroom setting and life as a career professor in order to teach people more about success rather than academics. With an extensive background in teaching and a lot of hard work, Adam is now a best selling author and keynote speaker, a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs, and founder of the Awaken Your Alpha podcast.
- 09:17 - People who love to complain and how to avoid becoming one
- 12:11 - Where he was when he ad the idea for the Awaken Your Alpha podcast
- 16:04 - The most surprising thing he discovered when he started podcasting
- 19:36 - Being a teacher in South London
- 22:32 - What motivated him to become a teacher
- 24:33 - Sports and the struggles of being an athlete in England
- 28:02 - His Olympic pole vaulting aspirations
- 28:58 - His first entrepreneurial adventure
- 31:24 - His first real business
- 34:41 - The biggest take-away from his first business
- 43:40 - The mentor who shaped who he his today
- 50:50 - How valuable and helpful a coach can be
- 53:42 - Our future business and Shark Tank pitch
- 56:13 - His view on bullying and addressing the topic with his kids
- 01:01:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/adam-lewis-walker-interview
Direct download: PJ128-AdamLewisWalker.mp3
-- posted at: 8:18am EDT
Tue, 9 May 2017
In just two short years, Ramona Rice has gone from someone who didn’t even know what a podcast was to birthing three different podcasts, changing careers and working for Podcast Websites, and most recently starting a podcast with her mother. Ramona is loved and adored in the podcasting community and after listening to my conversation with her I think you’ll know why.
- 04:29 - Her Super Powers
- 07:00 - How she discovered podcasting
- 07:44 - How the Sports Gal Pal podcast came to existence
- 10:15 - What she learned from starting the Sports Gal Pal podcast
- 12:55 - How and why she got into sports
- 13:12 - Who she originally wanted to target with the Sports Gal Pal podcast
- 14:17 - One of the most famous people she had on her podcast
- 15:10 - Reaching out to potential guests via Twitter
- 16:35 - The reason she thinks she was able to land big guests on her show
- 20:43 - What she got out of the 2015 NMX conference
- 27:49 - We Should Not Be Friends podcast and what made her a better podcaster/interviewer
- 34:47 - Her next podcast project, Spapreneur
- 35:53 - Podcasting with her mother
- 40:19 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary
- 41:45 - Why she stopped the Sports Gal Pal podcast
- 42:54 - What she feels is missing in the podcast industry
- 44:24 - What she’s learning from improv comedy and how it’s helping her
- 46:00 - Why she thinks she talks so fast
- 48:03 - Her first recollection of demanding attention
- 55:02 - Her kids watching her podcast
- 59:41 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
- 01:01:03 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
- 01:04:11 - Her advice to new podcasters
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ramona-rice-interview/
Direct download: PJ127-RamonaRice.mp3
-- posted at: 5:58am EDT
Tue, 2 May 2017
Tina Conroy is the host of The Intuitive Woman Podcast and what is known as an Intuitive - a person who taps into their guides to get a message. She helps other women develop their innate power of intuition and she is also a devout practitioner of Reiki, Energy Healing and a yoga teacher. We dive into where I met her, the story of the first time she tapped into her intuitive side and how she turned her intuition into her life’s work.
- 05:37 - When she first got the idea to start her own podcast
- 09:40 - Our back pains
- 13:24 - The importance of listening to your body
- 14:10 - What an Intuitive is
- 14:54 - The first time she tapped into her intuitive side
- 20:13 - Oracle cards and the story of The Oracle
- 22:20 - How her intuition paved the path to her life’s journey
- 27:06 - Her challenges as an entrepreneur
- 27:52 - Abundance/Scarcity mindset
- 30:50 - The spiritual community in Long Island, NY
- 32:08 - How her friends and family have reacted to her spiritual path and career
- 35:22 - Lessons she’s learned from podcasting
- 38:31 - The, “Are you making money podcasting” question everyone asks
- 39:04 - The corporate environment vs the entrepreneurial circles
- 41:48 - Feeling comfortable with your spirituality
- 44:15 - The Balloon Effect
- 46:58 - What’s misunderstood about her
- 47:51 - The funny and silly side of her
- 48:57 - What she’s most proud of accomplishing
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-conroy-interview
Direct download: PJ126-TinaConroy.mp3
-- posted at: 8:32am EDT
Tue, 25 April 2017
Since practically the age of two, Tina Dietz has always felt comfortable with a microphone in her hands and that easiness and her background as a therapist has since led her to become a very regarded interviewer, coach, consultant, and podcaster. She is the founder of Start Something Creative Business Solutions where she helps people launch businesses, podcasts and audio books. We cover a lot of great topics that is sure to enlighten even the most seasoned podcasters and entrepreneurs.
- 05:33 - Why she loves going to podcasting conferences
- 06:04 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary and how she is involved
- 10:51 - Podcasts and podcasting as a means of therapy
- 12:51 - What the impetus for starting her podcast was
- 16:01 - Her early childhood recordings
- 16:32 - What she did the first time someone handed her a microphone
- 17:41 - How she became so comfortable behind a microphone
- 18:15 - Performance Anxiety
- 19:35 - How to use your complaints and upsets to quickly and creatively solve issues
- 25:57 - Who she was grateful for and surprised to have on her podcast
- 29:20 - The price one pays for being famous
- 29:54 - Realizing there is an audience who wants to hear great conversations
- 32:11 - How she helps her clients face their fears of starting a new business venture
- 36:42 - Best practices you can implement to find success
- 38:05 - Business plans
- 39:38 - The Nayada Institute of Massage and a new massage modality
- 42:22 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
- 44:39 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
- 45:18 - The books she’s reading/listening to now
- 46:26 - Her vision of 10,000 thriving businesses
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-dietz-interview
Direct download: PJ125-TinaDietz.mp3
-- posted at: 1:01am EDT
Mon, 17 April 2017
Engel Jones is the host of the 12 Minute Convos where he has had more than 1000 conversations with incredible people in a span of three months. He’s passionate about podcasting and speaking to people about their potential. Our conversation is a beautiful dance that crescendos into a deep philosophical examination of The Ego, recognizing abundance, and the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. You’re going to want to listen to this one through your favorite headphones or earbuds.
- 03:51 - “The Record.”
- 06:04 - The concept behind the 12 Minute Convos.
- 08:54 - The intimacy of podcasting.
- 11:05 - Who he learned to ask the right questions from
- 12:30 - When Engel Met Harry.
- 15:39 - One of the challenges podcasters face.
- 17:21 - The food in Trinidad.
- 19:19 - Angel vs Engel.
- 21:08 - The importance of getting the pronunciation of your guest’s name correct.
- 23:09 - When his interest in self-discovery began.
- 26:09 - Where Harry gets his energy for a conversation from.
- 29:54 - Connecting with others through his guitar playing.
- 31:48 - The importance of having a story.
- 34:53 - Who he learned how to put people at ease from.
- 36:16 - What inspires him to speak to people about their potential?
- 37:17 - Abundance.
- 38:01 - Giving.
- 39:33 - The Ego.
- 43:13 - What does it take to push his buttons?
- 44:42 - What’s the most misunderstood thing about himself?
- 47:00 - Who has been the most surprised by who he’s become as a person?
- 50:14 - What has he changed his mind about recently?
- 50:31 - The appeal of Walmart and what he’s always wanted to learn to do.
- 53:36 - The word, ‘manly’ and the negative connotations and stigmas words can have.
- 55:29 - Brining into alignment the masculine and the feminine.
Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/engel-jones-interview
Direct download: PJ124-EngelJones.mp3
-- posted at: 10:53am EDT