Today I have to thank Jessica Ribera for being so willing and open to jump into our conversation so blindly. She and I talk about the moments we share while dealing with our respective pains and losses. Jessica lost her ballet career. I lost my career as a cellist. Today we both find ourselves using the word writer as a self-descriptor. Jessica and I both retain our emotional sobriety today, however we do talk about the moments we denied our lack of emotional sobriety and instead tried to numb or deny the pain we were so vividly fighting to feel. We talk about writing. We talk about being honest. We talk about career-ending injuries. We talk about gaining, losing, and regaining our vision for the possibility. Please enjoy my brand new friend Jessica Ribera!
Today we have a sequel episode with Karin Stevens! (If you haven't listened to her previous episode, I dropped a link to it in the show notes for this episode.) Karin is a choreographer based in the Seattle area. It turns out that she's been doing more writing lately and she sent me an email the other day with a question. I immediately knew this question should become a podcast episode.
Yuri Cataldo is with us this week to share his story of bravery through business and career. He's a classically trained set/costume designer with credits on Broadway, Feature Films, Indie Films, Dance, Theatre, and Opera. In 2011 he founded IndigoH2O, the only multiple award-winning bottled alkaline water in the world and the 2015 best tasting water in the world. He was the architect of the Business of Creative Enterprises major at Emerson College where he combined his years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, and publicity into creating a unique educational experience that will aid the next generation of artist in creating their own path to success. Yuri has a really fascinating story and I don't want to give you any spoilers, so let's jump on in!
Vicki Ambinder is with us today and even though I'm a little nervous about opening up this discussion to y'all with someone who knows so much about my inner artist workings, I'm excited. I'm excited because Vicki has some seriously amazing tools to share with us about how to connect with an audience, how to stay in the "zone of genius" during a performance, and how to practice things that are difficult. ALL of those things relate directly to being brave and therefore this podcast. Which is precisely why I asked her if she'd join us on today's episode.
Today's episode is a gem of an experience. We've got Albert Flynn Desilver with us and we're got really deep on some subject matter that is relevant to ALL of us, regardless of art form or communication mediums. If you're not familiar with Albert's work, he is an internationally published poet, memoirist, and novelist. You'll hear snippets of his impressive feats of career bravery and experience throughout this conversation, so listen and enjoy.
Today we're chatting with Deepak Ramola who is the Founder & Artistic Director of Project FUEL. FUEL stands for: Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. He's got a goal of collecting 1 million life lessons and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you've got some to add. Deepak collects little bits of wisdom from all over the world and that's what he's here to share with us!