Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Episode 022 - Beth Turcotte

I guess it's a little cliché: A kid from a small town goes to college, feels a bit lost, has a professor who's out of the box and cool and warm, encourages the aforementioned kid to see life and the world from a new perspective, and the kid cherishes the life lessons forever.

I suppose the reason I'm such a sucker for that cliché is because that cliché happened to me. I attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN from 1989-1990 (Yep. Just a year) and my theater professor Beth Turcotte (then Beth Vanderwilt for those keeping score at home) changed my life. As you listen to this conversation and hear Beth's passion not just for theater but for people, you'll get an idea how those around her can't help but catch that same passion.

Beth is alive. Everything she does is done with passion and vigor. Life is for living, doggonit. And with the way Beth lives her life, people around her become better for it. She's found a way to live her life that ends up enriching others and that's a lesson you don't have to be a theater major to embrace.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Episode 021 - Adi Blotman

It was Sunday afternoon, February 2, when I spoke with Adi Blotman and news of the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman was just making its rounds through Facebook. Thus begins my conversation with Adi and we were both still reeling from the news.

When I first met Adi we were both living in New York City and performing improv at the National Comedy Theatre. Since then, Adi's been up to a lot: stand-up comedy, voiceover work, moving to California, writing screenplays....she's living the dream!

It was nice to catch up with Adi not only to get the details on what she's doing now, but also to find out where she came from before our paths crossed (HINT: She's read Stephen King novels in Hebrew). Grab a cup of coffee and join us for a conversation that includes...well...everything. Even "Stefan" King.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Episode 020 - David Zach

You know those people who can't help but inspire? I know a handful of folks like that; you talk to them and leave the conversation wanting to read everything by Walden or work on that novel that's been collecting virtual dust on your hard drive or pick up the set of watercolors you purchased years ago with the intention of creating....something.

David Zach is one of those guys who offers you a kick in the butt solely by virtue of who he is: a creative inspiration.

I spoke with the Remedy Drive frontman a couple of weeks ago and, as I write this, he is on his way overseas to begin one of the most admirable reasons to go overseas as I can imagine (more on that in the interview)

Here's hoping as you listen to this conversation about artistry, songwriting, inspiration, and one's approach to the Music Machine it will also strike a chord with you as well. If it doesn't (and seriously, how could it not?), consult a physician. You may not have a pulse.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Episode 019 - Ed Doney

If you ever get a chance to interview your best friend...do it. 

I was able to sit down with Ed Doney, a guy who, in my book, will go down as one of the funniest people alive. Ever. If you live in Oklahoma City and watch the NBC news there, you may not have any idea the guy bringing you the latest stories in his mild-mannered persona is, in reality, flat. Out. Hilarious. 

I've known Ed since my freshman (and only) year of Ball State college life and it's been nothing but laughs ever since. In this episode of the Foot in the Door podcast, I talk to Ed about his career in broadcasting and how someone who's so goofy outside of work balances that out with the gravitas his job requires.

From DC to Illinois to Denver to Illinois to Oklahoma City (with a few other stops thrown in there), Ed's story is an entertaining one that serves as a great primer for anyone looking to get into a career in broadcast journalism. Join us for this conversation! Laughing out loud is totally encouraged.

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CLICK HERE to check out the Foot in the Door companion store, with links to all of the music and media mentioned in this episode.