In this podcast, I interview extraordinary people who have forged their own way and succeeded, will succeed, or barely lived to tell the tale. I ask questions about how they developed the dream, how they got started, pitfalls they saw and avoided, how they developed necessary skills and knowledge, how they stay sharp and ahead of the game, how they plan to succeed or continue to succeed. It's all about helping you, the audience (and me!) learn from their successes and failures. Remember, foolish people keep making the same mistakes, smart people learn from their mistakes and successes, and extraordinary people learn from the mistakes and successes of both themselves and of others. That is what Dream Chasers and Eccentrics is all about!
Ep. 7, Filming Giant Surf with Tim Bonython
Tim Bonython has been making surf movies since the 1970's and is now the premier big-wave cinematographer. We talk about the early days of surf cinematography, making and marketing surf movies, working with big-wave surfers, his camera, filming from the back of a jet ski, working at Nazaré, Teahupoo, The Right, and Jaws, staying in shape, training, the Australian Surf Movie Festival, and more.
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Ep. 6, Stephanie Shuldt, Finding Freedom on the Water
Stephanie Shuldt, aka Freediver Steph, left the corporate world to find freedom on the ocean, in a sailboat. She became an expert freediver and spearfisher, and holds 7 world records in spearfishing. We talk about how she made it all happen, how she escaped the rat race and developed a new life on the ocean, roaming free, and harvesting fish with a spear. We also talk about her secrets to success and staying in shape, pivoting when times change, inspiring people, sharks, ciguatera, and much more!
Ep. 5, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Confidence to Dream
Emmanuelle Chriqui has been an actor since she was a child, and is best known for her roles as Sloan in Entourage, Dalia in Don't Mess with the Zohan, and Lana Lang in Superman and Lois. We talk about developing of her career, getting into character, comedy, behind the scenes and homework, the benefits of having no backup plan, character traits useful to actors, talent, art vs craft, mistakes she avoided in her career, allowing herself to dream, confidence, a day in the life on set, meditation, challenges for women in acting, favorite and least favorite things about acting, staying sharp, and much more!
Ep. 4, Sam Trammell, Making It as an Actor
Sam is best known for his role as Sam Merlotte in the HBO series True Blood. We talk about childhood visions of being a physicist, getting into acting, Brown Summer Theater, Broadway and Off-Broadway jobs, acting classes, working hard, staying focused, luck, persistance, rejection, staying in and getting out of character, doing accents, moving to Los Angeles, avoiding temptations, drugs, food, professional decisions, job choices, auditions, offers, a typical day on a set, dangers, calling up emotions, alligators, advice for young aspiring actors, and more.
Ep. 3, Justin Ruby, Business and Family
Justin Ruby decided what he wanted out of life at an early age, methodically chased the dream, and caught it. We talk about what he did differently than his peers and competitors that led to his success, the steps he took to build his business, what his routines are now, goal setting and goal monitoring, family time, exercise, self-talk, and much more.
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Ep. 2, Roan and Karrie Poulter, Adventure Traveling
I met Roan and Karrie at a boatyard in St Augusitne when they were getting a small catamaran ready for the great loop. I was surprised to learn that they were not sailors, but that the great loop was one of many adventures they had planned. We talk about setting up and preparing for their dream, riding motorcycles across America, skinny dipping in the Arctic Ocean, travelling the Pan-American highway in a van, sailing the great loop, Mexico, their van, books, and much more.
Ep. 1, Rick Levy, the Sound Between the Silence
Rick has been a professional Musician since the 1960's, playing guitar and managing bands, and author of the book, "High in the Mid-60's." We talk about making people happy through music, the musical optimism of the 1960's, gratitude, getting started as a performing musician, the source of music, psychedelics, transcendental meditation, yoga, avoiding drug addiction, mystical experiences while performing onstage, pottery, James Brown, and much more.