Saturday, February 4, 2017

Episode 043 - Lane Compton


There's a moment in Mafia III that still resonates with me to this day. It made me freeze, controller in hand, and just stare at the screen while I tried to process what I had just witnessed. I don't want to spoil it in case you haven't played yet (and I highly suggest that you get on that), but it's one of those sweet moments in gaming that grabs you by the collar and shakes you hard. 

The writing...the direction...the animation...all of it coalesced into a scene that is no doubt the envy of other creatives. It was topped off perfectly by a riveting performance supplied by actor Lane Compton and it was a joy to talk with him about his (first!) experience performing for a video game, the acting and audition process, and some of the many seemingly inconsequential moments that ultimately led him to pursue his passion. 

Lane is the epitome of a working actor and I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with him about what that involves. His ambition is infectious and this is a conversation that left me encouraged and motivated. I'm sure it'll have the same effect on you. Give it a listen and see if you don't walk away instilled with a new enthusiasm to hanker down and chase a few dreams of your own.


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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Episode 042 - Emily Fertig

It's a weird time for Emily Fertig. To say she's currently in a period of transition would be a major understatement. After nearly 10 years of road life, she and her husband Nathan have recently announced their CCM band Shinebright is hanging up its cleats.*

What do you do when you're used to spending every waking - and sleeping - hour on the road? How do you go from a fast-paced, planned-out schedule to... not? How do you adjust to that? It has to be weird going from radio tours, live performances, and craft services to being at home with just your thoughts; aspirations you assumed were long-gone yet begin to whisper into your ear from beyond the Dream Grave.

That's where Emily was on the day we chatted. With their final farewell performance just a few weeks away, she's on the verge of change and she knows it. What kind of change will it be? Considering the butt-kicking she's gotten so far in 2016, it's understandable why she's trusting for a good one.

I love this chat with Professional Conversationalist Emily Fertig. It's a portrait of a person currently in a state of flux and refusing to let go of her faith. I'm hoping you walk away inspired and emboldened. I know I did.


*Sorry for the baseball imagery. I'm writing this on the afternoon of Game 7 of the World Series. Emily is rooting for the Indians, I'm pulling for the Cubbies, and things happen. What can I say?

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Episode 041 - Dan Cummins


There's a saying...or a rule of thumb...or a mantra...I don't know what it is, to be honest. The gist of it is basically, "Don't meet your heroes because they'll let you down." 

We've all heard stories about people who  had a random run-in with someone they've looked up to and the person turned out to act differently than was expected. Why we continue to be surprised that a celebrity doesn't act as ecstatic to meet us as we are to meet them never fails to confound me, but that's a rant for another day. 

My point is, I had a conversation with Dan Cummins, a comedian whose work I've really admired for a few years now, and I walked away with an even greater admiration for the guy. He's a super-hard worker who has more than one pot cooking on the stovetop. Dan has a new album out this weekend, Don't Wake the Bear, and I fully expected our conversation to mostly cover comedy and the aforementioned project. Although we do get treated to a few behind-the-bits anecdotes (I'm still shocked at how much of his material is actually true and not just generated for the laugh), I had no idea what else Dan had going (perhaps a result of my minimal research)

Dan pulls back the curtain and lets us know what it's like to work as a host for a show on the Playboy Channel, being a writer (yes, a writer) for reality TV, and his comedian-bingo confession at a now-defunct Indiana comedy club. It's a great conversation with a really good guy that I think you'll enjoy. 

Listening to his new album isn't required but it is highly recommended, as is picking up all of his other albums. And his podcast, Timesuck. In fact, just go to Amazon, buy everything Dan Cummins-related, and thank me later. 


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Episode 040 - Cissy Jones & Gavin Hammon

The only thing better than having the opportunity to interview someone whose work you genuinely admire is having the opportunity to interview two people whose work you genuinely admire. Such is the case in this episode of Foot in the Door as I got to chat with Cissy Jones and Gavin Hammon.

As talented as they are genial, Cissy and Gavin have each amassed quite an impressive resume and I was genuinely humbled to be able to chat with them about their lives, their craft, and how they juggle the two. If you've played a video game in the last few years, you're probably familiar with their work. They've both given impressive performances in such acclaimed projects as The Walking Dead series, Firewatch, Oxenfree, Life is Strange, and so much more.

Cissy and Gavin were both willing to let us peek inside the audio booth and learn a little more about the life of a voice actor. You don't have to be a gamer to enjoy this conversation, you just have to be a fan of hanging out with genuinely nice people. Either way, your enjoyment is pretty much guaranteed.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Episode 039 - Joel Quinones

Last week while I was in my local coffee shop (Square One Coffee in Lancaster PA), I struck up a conversation with Joel Quinones, General Manager and barista extraordinaire. I always enjoy the short time we get to chat when I stop in for my large latte (our conversations are often cut short because Square One tends to be quite busy and I'm super aware of not monopolizing his time) but this particular visit was different.

It was close to closing time and there weren't many people coming through, so we got to talk for a bit longer than usual. I was able to learn more about Joel than I had in the past and realized I wanted to continue the conversation outside of his work time. I wanted The Full Story. And I wanted to share it with you.

Fortunately for me - and, in turn, for you - Joel was willing to stop over at the house after one of his shifts and sit down for the conversation you can hear RIGHT HERE. Joel's been through a lot and I'd totally understand if he was a mean, bitter, angry guy. After hearing what he's experienced, I'd give him a free pass if that was the case.

But that's what makes Joel's story so inspiring.

He's not mean. He's not bitter. He's not angry. He's encouraging, understanding, and just wants people to be nice. His experience in the world of music and coffee - oh you knew I'd return to coffee again soon, didn't you? - has given him a solid foundation in business, yet the other hemisphere of his brain also gets to express itself through his love of the art of both worlds.

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this conversation.



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Monday, July 11, 2016

Episode 038 - Roger Okewole

My sister got married in July of 2015. The rehearsal dinner was a chance to meet "the other side." Often times there's a bit of trepidation when one family meets another. I don't know why it is, but it's very easy to approach the situation with an "us" and "them" mentality.

Almost immediately after meeting the Okewoles, I knew this was different. There was no "us." There was no "them." There was only family. 

After chatting with the eldest of the Okewole siblings (as the eldest of the Placencia siblings, it was only natural we connected), I knew he was someone with whom I would want to continue to converse.

There are so many adjectives that describe Roger Okewole and his story: Inspiring, Motivating, and Encouraging are some of the first ones that spring to mind. He's a man who has walked through the darkness (AKA had his nuts kicked) and came out the other side stronger. Born in Scotland, raised in Nigeria, and currently living in - wait for it - New Jersey, Roger's story is one that you won't soon forget and the lessons he's learned are ones we can - and should - all carry with us.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Episode 037 - Mike Bauer



To be totally honest with you, I'm not 100% convinced that Mike Bauer isn't a super hero. 

He's a Los Angeles District Attorney by day with a genuine heart for justice and doing what's right. With a moral code firmly rooted in being honest and standing up for those who may not be able to defend themselves, it's people like Mike who restore your faith in the legal system. 

After hours, Mike is one of the most talented singer/songwriters I've had the pleasure to stumble upon. It was at a Storyteller Night at the iO West on Hollywood Boulevard in late 2014 when I first encountered Mike's talent and I haven't taken his music out of rotation since (Yep. I immediately came home and bought all of his stuff I could get my hands on over at Amazon).



His story sounds like the description of the latest Netflix superhero series, but this is real life and that's what makes it all even better. Knowing there are still good guys like Mike in real life, fighting the fight and making music that transcends a bad day...the citizens of Metropolis can all sleep a little better.

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