Robert Warner is a queen. In my opinion, he's everything one would ever want in a man. He's charming. He's well-rounded. He grew up sailing, dirt biking, and horseback riding. He's 6'3". He studied the culinary arts, spent time as a funeral director. He's funny and he's a Drag Queen. Robert is the creator of a beautiful character who seems to evolve with the shifting of the light. A creature known as Onna Rampaige. To us civilians a walking piece of art. When Robert and I sat down to interview we were complete strangers. Thank you to Tyler Faison for introducing us and thank you to Leland Bobbe for the use of his image for this episode from his Half-Drag portrait series. This is Robert's coming out story.
This episode is dedicated to and in loving memory of Lindsay Chain.
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This episode is the second in a series of "Coming Out" stories in honor of Happy Pride.
Chris Chism is Assistant Director of Music and Worship at Cathedral of Hope church in Dallas. Cathedral of Hope is known as the largest gay church in the world. From a young age, Chris knew he was gay. He grew up attending church and got his first church job at 20yrs old. However, it would be years before Chris was fully able to come out of the closet. A coming out story that spans 31yrs, Chris calls it becoming his true authentic self. Not hiding. Not living in shame. His road to authenticity.
Photo 1 Chris (Left) walks with husband Thomas right after their marriage ceremony.
Photo 2 Chris and Thomas celebrate the right way...with Sonic
Photo 3,4 Chris performs
photo 5 Chris performs at Alexandre's Bar in Dallas
Photo 6 Chris, Thomas, and their wedding party
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In celebration of Happy Pride, the next three episodes are dedicated to "Coming Out" stories. In this episode, Theresa Vitale, Cinematographer of reality show "Little Women LA" shares her coming out story. At 10yrs old Theresa knew she was attracted to women, but it was during her freshmen year of college that she decided to tell her Mom, which Theresa says constitutes her coming out story. Also in this episode, in impromptu fashion, Theresa's beautiful bride-to-be Heidi happens to walk in the room while we are recording and to our surprise gets on mic with us and weighs in on the conversation by sharing her own story. A huge namaste and thank you to Heidi and Theresa. A huge congratulations to Theresa's sister Roseanne and the birth of her new baby girl Anastasia.
Image 1 Theresa gets her bow tie tied at sister Roseanne's wedding
Image 2 Theresa, Roseanne, and Mother Karen.
Image 3 Theresa and Mother Karen.
Image 4 Theresa and sister Roseanne. Roseanne pregnant with first child.
Image 5 Theresa and beautiful bride Heidi
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In this episode, Joe Pacella talks about his love for Metallica as well as working on the cult movie "The Room". Yes. "The Room".
Joe loves Metallica. He loves Metallica enough to have seen them 91x. (and counting). Joe owns 700+ wearable Metallica items--450 of them being concert tshirts. In 2013, Joe won a contest called The Ultimate Metallica Giveaway by submitting a photo of himself in the middle of an auditorium surrounded by all his tshirts. He was flown to Detroit, given a guitar from the band, and attended a meet and greet where the band members signed a blown up print of the photo. Joe first started listening to Metallica in 1985 in Germany where he grew up. His first concert was in 1987. Joe often travels to international shows with two Norwegian friends whom he calls The Vikings. Joe also works in TV and has worked on shows like The Closer, Nip/Tuck, 24, Glee, which is where Joe and I met, and Code Black. Joe also is the only person I've ever met to have worked on the cult film "The Room" directed by oddly famed Tommy Wiseau. Joe loves "The Room". Or should I say he loves to hate "The Room" since three times he tried to quit only to find out it was the film that wouldn't quit him. Photo Credit Ken Little
I work with a colleague who reminds me of Clark Kent. Unassuming during the day, but in his time off a mighty force to reckon with. Currently, a Casting Assistant on MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, Kit Karzen feels compelled to tell the stories of social justice and environmental change through the medium of Photo Journalism. He has covered the Black Lives Matter movement, the Israel-Gaza conflict, and most recently the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. This is Kit Karzen's account of his time at Standing Rock Sun Nov 20, 2016 to Friday Nov 25, 2016.
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To See Kit's photographs kitkarzen.com
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Interview with Wes Clark Jr who organized veterans4standingrock
Police Use Water Cannons - Washington Post
A Murky Legal Mess At Standing Rock - New Yorker
This is Loretta Owens
Loretta Owens has been a professional Perfume Spritzer (also known as a Fragrance Model) in the Fragrance department Sephora for 16yrs. She's been working at the Westfield Century City location in Los Angeles for over 10yrs. In 2015, Los Angeles Magazine did a piece on Loretta. The article was written by Freelance Journalist Molly Longman and is titled "LA Archetype: Perfume Spritzer". The interview encompassed Loretta's passion for fragrance. Her knowledge of top, middle, and base notes. Her recollection of each scent in her store by nose which is over 100 fragrances and her love for her clients through listening to them and understanding their needs. The articled portrayed Loretta's passion and bright personality so effervescently that I had to interview her. Thank you to LA Magazine and Molly Longman for connecting me with Loretta. This was my dream interview of 2016. I really hope you enjoy getting to know and learn from Loretta.
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Molly Longman is a Freelance Journalist who writes intriguing articles for Teen Vogue, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, and LA Magazine.
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Photograph of Loretta in LAMag by Christina Gandolfo
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This episode of Mostly Minutia was recorded on location at Epiphany Space in Hollywood, CA. Epiphany Space is a non-profit co-working space. It's quaint, cozy, quiet, and has complimentary espresso. Go to epiphanyspace.com
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In the spirit of Rodney Dangerfield's "What's a bath without bubbles?" What's Thanksgiving without Gage? Gage Agnew is co-host of the Almost Adults Podcast and a very generous co-host at that. Holding to a more traditional long form interview, Gage and I talk about his moving to Los Angeles at 21, not knowing a soul, going on the WTF Podcast and asking Marc Maron what the line is between networking and talent, and then ultimately how he has been finding his way in this crazy game we call show business. We also talk about Gage's sweating, men being dominating at grocery stores, and whether or not Gage relates to being a Millennial. A big shout out to the Thank You Internet Podcast and hosts David Spencer and Michael Hunter who are the reason Gage and I are friends in the first place. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Bonnie Terril stands erect in the sunlight at the 2016 Twin Cities Pride Fest. In this episode, I follow Bonnie and her clothing line Wiener Winks and they set up shop at the Twin Cities Pride Fest. On our adventure we also meet Marc Holley a former Marine now business owner of Atlas Defense Minnesota; A company that teaches situational awareness and fire arms training. We also meet Mark Steiger President of PInk Pistols Twin Cities, DeWayne Davis Pastor of All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church and an old college friend of mine Katrina Plotz who spells out everything Gender Identity from Non-Binary to Cysgender to the current definition of Queer.
*A gentle word of caution: This episode deals with male genitalia. Not the physical form but the drawing and artwork of male genitalia.
Contact Marc Holley email@example.com I 1.612.492.1297 I atlasdefensemn.com Follow Marc Holley on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook @atlasdefensemn
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With the recent discovery of his voice and knack for writing Singer/Songwriter Michael Swan shares his creative process and how he ultimately chose music over flight training. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michael recently recorded his first album in northern Wisconsin on Washington Island.
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I rarely hear people say they love Los Angeles. Do Kim is an exception. Not only does Do love LA, she also spends time regularly praying for the city and the artists that reside within. Originally from South Korea, Do is part of the 1.5 generation; kids who immigrate before their teens. And though the city of LA is not her homeland, Do takes full ownership of Los Angeles. Always speaking a blessing over the businesses and the people even in the midst of traffic.
Copa Vida - Do is Tea Specialist for Copa Vida Tea and Coffee
Vault Salon - Do is co-founder of Vault. Vault gathers Los Angeles diverse creatives to refine individual missions, collaborate collective dreams to ultimately catalyze and bring about the new renaissance.
Husband, Father, Photographer, Documentarian, Navy Man, BMX Rider. It's clear Casey Smith is a man of renaissance. In this episode, Casey shares his passion for BMX, the Navy, and what it took for him to finally realize his capabilities as an individual.
Follow Casey on IG @caseysmithsonian
"Timelines" album by Jordan F - NewRetroWave Records
Multiple tracks by Chris Zabriskie
Casey's "Balance" Documentary about his best friend Tyler Frenzel and the tactful balance of being a husband, father, and finding time to ride.
Dating is hard but it's even harder to find yourself. Jen went on hundreds of dates in order to find The One. She DID find the one...through a friend. She also found herself.
Photo Credit Let's Frolic Together
Music by Chris Zabriskie
In 2012, Camera Assistants Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane had just wrapped on Season 6 of Madmen. They were burnt out and famished for their own creative endeavor. They could not have anticipated that within a few weeks they would stand at a cliff's edge ready to jump into the mythical world of a man named Lazarus Lake and a race he created so difficult its only seen 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This is Annika and Tim's story of making award winning documentary film The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young.
Purchase on DVD/blu-ray barkleymovie.com
Host a Screening at your local theater or in your community
The Believer Magazine - Leslie Jamison's article "The Immortal Horizon"
Sound Healer Jamie Ford shares how sound frequencies helped to align her life and how vitally important certain sound frequencies are to the alignment of our bodies.
In this episode, Professional Hula Hooper Morgan Jenkins talks about how hula hooping changed her life.
Follow Morgan Jenkins - @missmojangles
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Music Featured - Max Justus
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It's true. Girls DO just want to have fun. And sometimes that's in hip hop.
Hannah Guerra Zlomke was already 23 years old when she decided to pursue her dream of dance. Before that she had barely set foot inside a studio. Hannah spent most of her life in a rural town in Wisconsin. It was at the unfortunate passing of her brother Kyle that Hannah made her decision to follow her dreams and pursue dance. Now, just 7 yrs later, Hannah is full on living her life dancing and training specifically in the style of hip hop at the international dance academy in Los Angeles. This is her story.
Isn’t that a great name? Jordan Toronto. Jordan is an actor, a writer, and a comedian. She’s a mother of three and she’s doggone interesting. In this episode, we talk about the tensions of being a Mom while at the same time pursuing your dreams; the so called having your cake and can't I eat it too? We also talk about what she loves about being a Mom as well as the ironic role the comedian plays as the messenger of humor yet usually feeling isolated.
Things that came up during discussion
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Sal Valdez was a teacher for 30 years in the LA Unified School District.
He spent 15 years working as an elementary school teacher and 15 more in special education. While some teachers brought their briefcases to school, Sal brought his guitar. He played a lot of music and read a lot to his students. He also prided himself on letting each student know he cared for them. It wasn’t unusual for Sal to make a home visit just to spend time talking with the parents and getting to know them. Sal was also very involved with community organizing. He held a position with the teachers union where he got to work on policy. He was also a marathon runner and an avid hiker. Sal felt he was at the apex of his career when in 2006 while on vacation with his wife Martha in the Sequoias he suffered a massive stroke.
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Stephanie Beatriz plays Detective Rosa Diaz on Golden Globe awarded Fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. In this episode, Stephanie and I talk about live theater. Most notably Hamilton the musical. We also talk about her recent role on the new Pee Wee Herman movie "Pee Wee's Big Holiday" as well as the LA Municipal Dance Squad, how she maintains balance in her life, and the Rosas she knows in the real world.
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He's a Scientist. She's a Coordinator at a Suicide Prevention Center. Hear the story of how Jane Duong and Chris Killer became the Killers. It all started when Jane decided to set her OK Cupid profile out to Jerusalem.
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Many of us tend to have a love hate relationship with bread. We love it but our tummies no likey. When it comes to Delices De France, an organic bakery stand in Los Angeles, it's a whole different story. And the story begins with Rania. Rania owns Delices De France and prides herself on not only making breads that are all organic and chemical free but also understanding the needs of her customers. Specifically, their sensitivities and allergies. I met Rania while searching for bread that wouldn't hurt my tummy. The good news? I was able to eat Rania's bread problem-free! The even greater news, I got to hear a bit of Rania's story and I was surprised to find that for such a flourishing young business owner she had never planned on ever having a business. Nor moving to the US of A. In this episode, hear Rania's story of how a young woman from Tunisia with a degree in clinical psychology came to the states, started a bread company in the midst of dire circumstances, and grew in rising confidence.
Rania has now branched into catering with a Mediterranean emphasis. To reach Rania email firstname.lastname@example.org
Delices De France Farmer's Market Schedule
Kaiser Permanente - Harbor City - Wed 9--2
Kaiser Permanente - West LA - Wed 9-2
La Cienega - Thurs Noon-7:30
Marina Del Rey - Del Rey Market - Fri Noon-6
Downtown LA - Sat 9-2
Los Feliz - Sun 9-2
Compton - Coming Soon
In October 2014, the RiSE Lantern Festival was celebrated in the United States. And we’re not talking about paper lanterns on the ground lining a walk way. We’re talking about R2D2 size, giant capsules of light that float up up up and away. Traditionally, this religious festival happens once a year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. But with the help of the Bureau Land Management to acquire permits and working with engineers to design lanterns with ultra-specific burn rates, the RiSE Lantern Festival was able to be celebrated just outside of Vegas in the Mojave Desert. It just so happened that whilst dreaming up this podcast, in 2014, I happened to stumble upon an ad for RiSE on Facebook. The picture itself was intoxicating and I had a very real Liz Lemon thought. “I want to go to there.” And I did go to there. In this episode, you will hear stories from people about what brought them to the festival and why letting paper lanterns go into the sky means more than letting paper lanterns go into the sky.
Thank you to Weslie Christensen, Bronson Christensen, Dan Hill, and Jef Holm for creating and sharing RiSE.
Music by Joshua James
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In an effort to honor the LA Podcast Festival and my friend David Spencer, Podcast Host of Thank You Internet, I decided to have a sit down chat (true podcast style) with David about one of our MOST minutia-like past times. Board Games. Specifically, a board game that single handedly changed David’s world view. The game is called Agricola. It neither eats nor sleeps, but instead poses you with some of the most infuriating choices you’ll ever have to make…or won’t have time to make. Also featured in this episode the games Dominion and Munchkin as well as Alibi and Power Grid. Cover Art by Evah Fan.
Designer of Agricola Uwe Rosenberg
Are you prepared if there's an earthquake? Maybe at home you are, but what about if you're at work and your work place is over 30 miles away?
Cinematographer Giovani Lampassi was filming on location in Louisiana in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. He witnessed first hand the devastation of the people; how quickly their belongings became reduced to what could be carried in a garbage bag and it got him thinking. How could he be prepared for if and when there is an earthquake in Los Angeles? Giovani has worked on shows like Party Down and Up All Night. He’s currently on hit Fox show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And he’s known amongst his friends and colleagues as being uber prepared. Most specifically the apple of the eye of his preparedness is having a 72 hour earthquake ready bag in the back of his car. He is so passionate about this in fact that he’s dedicated a whole blog to it! He encourages all of his co-workers and family members to have one, and He’s spent hours and hours of his personal time combing over the details of his bag and perfecting it to a science. In this episode, you’ll find out what is a 72 hour bag, what goes in one, and why, and how Giovani became so passionate about this. Cover Art by Evah Fan.
72 Hour Bag List - Build Your Bag!!
Willet, A Novel By Giovani Lampassi
Cert-LA - Earthquake preparedness class put on by LA Fire Department Free!
LA Quake Bot - This little bot will tweet you every time there's an earthen rattle.
Six things we've learned since the Northridge Earthquake.
MINE Documentary Trailer - A film about pets separated from their owners during Hurricane Katrina and the bond between them and their owners.
In June, Jurassic World opened to the highest grossing weekend in history at $209 million dollars. As of today, in both domestic and foreign sales, the film has grossed $1.6 billion dollars. Jurassic World's actual budget was $150 million. And to create the world of Jurassic World hundreds of Visual Effects artists were involved. Lighters, Animators, and Compositors to name a few. Overseeing the pipeline of this machine are Production Coordinators, Managers, and Supervisors. Woojo Jeon is one of the Production Managers who saw to completion the creation of Jurassic World. Woojo is from South Korea and never planned on working in Visual Effects. Heck, she had never even planned on working in film. It all started in 2003 when, barely speaking a lick of English, she decided to travel to Canada. The plan? Study English for six months and return to Korea, but this never happened.
To see Image Engine's Visual Effects breakdown reel for Chappie click here.
Music featured Maps by Message To Bears.
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Image 1 Woojo and the Jurassic World VFX crew run from dinosaurs
Image 2 Woojo Jeon credited Jurassic World
Image 3 Woojo as Korean Bride with Mother, Fiance Eric, and five Aunts.
Image 4 Woojo's Mom at the beauty salon in Korea.
Heidi loves her worms and could spend hours with them. Heidi's worms live in her laundry room in double aerated Sterlite bins. They are part of a type of compost called Vermicompost which is a fancy word for worm composting which is necessary for restoring nutrients back to our soil. In this episode, I talk with Heidi about the importance of worms and how they effect our soil. As well as how to start your own Vermicompost bin. I also talk with Mr. Will Allen CEO of Growing Power home of the largest urban farm in the world. "Developing living systems that are economically feasible for all people to have sustainable protein and vegetables year round."
Will Allen has been named top 100 most influential people in the world in Time Magazine. He is on the progressive forefront of teaching people all over the world the importance of worms and how properly using them restores health to the soil.
Tracks featured in this episode:
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Hans Obma enjoys cereal. As it turns out, so do most Americans. It's estimated 49% of Americans start their day off with a bowl of cereal. Americans buy around 2.7 billion boxes of cereal per year. That means each person consumes 160 bowls of cereal each year. A study done in 2013 reported $11 billion dollars in cereal sales alone. The US ranks #4 in cereal consumption with Ireland leading the way, followed by England and Australia. In this first episode of Mostly Minutia titled "Cereal For Humanity" I talk with Actor and Writer Hans Obma about his one true love... cereal. Mixed in with nostalgic cereal commercials, and food reviews on Special K Red Berries and Jiff Peanut Butter Cereal. Enjoy.
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