At the time of recording this episode, about 18 months have passed since we spoke to our first ever podcast guest. I wanted to touch back to the beginnings of this show and catch up with Naomi Wachira. We're talking about the courage of choosing silence, which applies to anyone, anywhere. Today's conversation is a perfect example of the nakedness required for big bold actions. Sometimes being still, pausing your movement, and listening on a deeper level takes more bravery than keeping the hustle going.
Filmmaker and yoga teacher Ann Hedly Rousseau is with us today! She is a mother, wife, dancer, yoga student and instructor, gardener, and lover of life who happens to have alopecia. Ann recently finished her film Mop Cap: An Alopecia Story which lays out her latest hair loss journey. It was so fascinating to hear Ann work through some of these questions about identity, ego, compensation, and image. I knew I had to have her on the Bare Naked Bravery podcast and I'm so glad it worked out.
Last week we released my book "Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous" into the world and it was a smashing success! However, last week turned my brain to absolute mush, take a listen to hear all about it!
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 recording occurred on the last day of a songwriter's retreat. Jan Krist and I talk about mentorship, what it's like to be censored as an artist, how to use our art to communicate truth, and why artists have a responsibility to make our art. Jan even flipped the conversation back on me and asked some big important questions. (I blushed, you can hear it in my voice!) I know you're really enjoy this intimate conversation between a mentee and her mentor, Jan Krist. Let's take a listen!
Nathan Vass is with us today! He is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and he's balances all that with his love for another profession: Public Transit. Nathan is a bus driver for the City of Seattle! Today, Nathan and I talk about the crazy stories and intimate exchanges that happen between participants in public transit. We chat about what it's like to have a day job or side hustle that has seemingly nothing to do with your "real" hustle. We also talk about the small tiny changes that serve as the invitation for bravery in a given moment. We talk about comfort zones and how to put yourself out there as an artist. Please join me in welcoming the beloved Nathan Vass.
Feeling discouragement, apathy, dissatisfaction and general ickiness is the least fun thing I can think of. When we're feeling really stagnant in life, there are some pretty reliable methods I personally turn to when I'm in a funk. That's what this episode is all about!
Today we get to chat with Calvin Correli. He's the instigator of a software company called Simplero, which is a super rad tool for people who want to do what they do online in a streamlined way. Although it's a really great tool, today Calvin and I begin our conversation on the subject of "What is Spiritual Entrepreneurship?"
Saying yes (or no) to something can make you crazy, especially if you're like me. I love to say yes. I love to do ALL THE THINGS. But lately, I've seen a personal turning point arise. It's time to start saying no to things.
But HOW??? That's what today's Peep Show episode is all about. Take a listen.
I am really excited about our guest today, because he's a good friend and fellow musical troubadour. Bradford Loomis is a powerhouse of vocal chords and an impressively well-spoken songwriter based out of the Pacific Northwest, which is how I first got to know him.
Rather than just doing the usual "Tell me about your new album" kind of interview, I took the opportunity to ask Bradford some really hard questions about his career. (He in turn, asked me a whammy of a question too and my answer really took me by surprise.) Bradford and I discuss how to turn the mundane into meaningful, how we can carve our career to fit our lifestyle, and because I really am stoked about his new album, we do get into the backstory of his album which involves strong ties to his father who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's.
I hope you get as much out of knowing him as I have.
Jonas Koffler is a kindhearted, badass, author whose life is the perfect definition of what it means to be a creative entrepreneur, in a non douchey kind of way. You are really really going to enjoy today's conversation.
Jonas, Neil Patel, and Patrick Vlaskovits all co-authored their New York Times bestselling book "Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum"
Today we talk about this new definition of "Hustle" the four different kinds of luck, and 4 various directional movements within this new definition of Hustle.
I'm not going to give you any more spoilers, except to say that Jonas generously provided us with a really Brave Take-away which you can get in the shownotes for this episode here: http://barenakedbravery.com
Today my super rad friend Erin Pearson is here to talk about why we don't do what we want to do. Erin Pearson is a fellow singer-songwriter, a fellow music teacher, and also a fellow writer. Not only that but she's a visual artist and jewelry artist. She is the definition of creative entrepreneur. and I am so proud to introduce you to her, her work, and this conversation.
I'm so excited that we get to feature Giovanna Lever in today's episode. Giovanna is another Australian business gal pal of mine and she *really* knows how to connect people.
Giovanna also believes in the power of realness. She has extensive experience in the integrated business space and has transformed launched a number of brands and programs into the Australian market. She is passionate to help people how to connect with purpose.
We start out today's conversation talking about parenthood, especially being a parent for a child who is facing a new normal. Even though we talk a bit about parenting, I was struck by how much of her motherhood story was supported by her business expertise and how her parenting wisdom enforces her business acumen.
She really knows how to create a new normal and how to bring that new attitude to your family, your work and the success around it.
Hal Grossman and I know each through Marrowstone Summer Music Festival. Which is a 2-week music camp that the Seattle Youth Orchestra puts on in Bellingham, WA.
Hal is a supremely excellent violin teacher. I have heard so many wonderful things from his students who are also violin teachers, which makes Hal a teacher of teachers.
We talk about his new teaching method, having performance anxiety, how our lack of focus and breathing are related to each other. We talk about body movement and how worry is our misguided anticipation. We also talk about what it's like to feel out of your depth and also the give and take between artist and audience.
Karly Nimmo joins us today all the way from Australia! Karly and I know each other through the beauty of social media. She is a born communicator. She's an ex-radio jock, producer & copywriter, current in-demand Voice Over Artist and has run her successful Voice Over Agency (Killer Kopy) for over a decade. There's a pretty slim chance you haven't heard her voice. She's worked with everyone from Telstra, BHP, eBay, Panasonic, Qantas to Coles-Myer and ANZ. Karly's also an avid and successful podcaster, with her number one iTunes hit, Karlosophies - Stories Behind Success. Her current mission is to rid the world of shit sounding podcasts.
Today's guest on the show is Jake Hemming. This guy is one of the best song-storytellers I've ever heard. You'll hear a sample of his story telling skills as the episode unfolds and get a peek into what it looks like to delve into the tough parts of life by being strong through the sensitive moments.
Jake and I talk about the friends we have in common, the ones we love dearly and who are also epically brave and strong. We talk about the honesty required to go through grief and bereavement. We talk about the necessity of community after someone has passed on. We talk about how hilarious his daughter is. and he introduces us to Max & Vivian, a duo from the corners of society featured in his new songwriting.
You're gonna just love this guy.
When you've got a huge announcement, how do you go about making it? Who do you tell first? What role does privacy and intimacy play in this decision? Is it like throwing spaghetti and seeing what sticks? or more like passing notes in class?
I've got a big announcement to make (you'll hear it below.) There will be more details revealed as time unfolds, but for now these issues of intimacy, privacy, and over-exposure are top of my mind...
Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Kye Alfred Hillig! Now, if you're just tuning in and haven't listening to part 1 yet, I highly encourage that you press pause on this and go listen to that first. You won't regret it.
Kye Alfred Hillig is today's featured guest on the show. Kye, like me, is a Washington-based singer-songwriter. He's way ahead of me when we're defining the word "Prolific." He has written over 1,400 songs and recorded over 21 albums - all of them genre-hopping and continuously evolving across time. Kye has released 5 solo albums since 2012. He does not believe in the devil. But he does believe in some transcendental light and darkness.