Natalie Fikes, joined on the podcast by her friend Tina Strange, is a highly sought after speaker, coach, #1 Bestselling Author, and The World’s Greatest Emcee™. As a speaker, she has been trained by New York Times Bestselling Author and Inc 500/5000 five-time honoree- Suzanne Evans, Larry Winget- six-time New York Times Bestselling Author and the Pitbull of Personal Development™, as well as leadership guru John Maxwell and Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols. In December 2017, Natalie won first place in the Gusty Speaker Live Speak Off, hosted by Vernice Armour – the first African American female naval aviator where she was acquired by Keppler Speakers. In 2018, she was named Orator of the Year by ACHI Magazine.
In 2013, Natalie founded Code Next Generation- a community organization that transitions youth to adulthood by maximizing their potential to walk in their purpose. In 2015, she was recognized as one of John Maxwell’s Top 100 Leaders for youth and families.
Natalie served the International Association of Women (IAW) formally known as the National Association of Women (NAPW) alongside Star Jones, as the Central Regional Manager and Atlanta Chapter President for 5 years. She was responsible for the leadership development and chapter engagement for over 20 Chapter Presidents and over 10,000 members.
Natalie volunteers every Monday at the City of Refuge where she teaches homeless women and those rescued from sex-trafficking that "homelessness does not mean hopelessness". Natalie is currently the CEO of The Total Package Consulting Group LLC- a personal and professional development company that helps leaders find, develop and use their voice to make a difference. She believes that we all have something to say that can significantly change our relationships, community and the world.
Matty Staudt is a 27 year broadcasting vet. Having worked as a producer, consultant, and mentor throughout his career, Matty is now serving as VP of Podcast Programming for iHeartMedia. He talks about his journey with long-time friend and the host of Second Chances, Greg Baldwin.
Julie Kertes connects great brands with great people through celebrity and influencer events, editorial placement, focus groups and a consumer product awards program, the Hot Diggity Awards. She has extensive experience in marketing and communications, PR, non-profits, event planning and execution, and strategic partnerships.
Cory Reeder is a writer, director, producer and founder of Renaissance Man Productions. Since moving his company to Los Angeles in 2011, he has been creating music videos for Hayley Kiyoko, Seether, Martin Solveig, Of Mice & Men, Five Finger Death Punch, and more.
In between music video productions, Cory is devoted to directing narrative stories. In 2014, while directing the award-winning short film Unlikely Temptations starring Nic Novicki, Reeder was educated on the lack of representation people with disabilities have in media.
Since then he has focused his efforts on all forms of inclusion behind and in front of the camera. In 2016, his film Boxed Out won actress Diana Elizabeth Jordan the Best Actor Award from the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge. In 2017, his entry: Best Friend, was nominated in all categories taking home two awards for Best Film and Audience Awareness Award.
Cory is currently writing Best Friend into a feature-length screenplay and looking to have it produced this fall. Additional works in development are the indie feature Amboy and the sitcom Shenanigans.
Kerry Mondragon is an award-winning writer, director, and producer known for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and Meet Me at a Funeral, He was born in Arizona and raised in the Bay Area. He got his start in advertising, working on commercials for Fortune 100 tech companies until moving to Los Angeles, California, in 2013. He recently wrapped the feature film Tyger Tyger which he wrote, directed, and produced.
Greg tells the story of his life, addiction, sobriety, and being of service to others.
Greg Baldwin is a comedian, actor and VO guy.
As an actor, Greg began his performance career in the 3rd grade with a hit rendition of Greased Lightning in the school talent show. He has been hooked ever since.
A natural comedian, Greg performs in comedy clubs throughout Los Angeles and was a member of The Actors Theater of San Francisco. He has been the lead in 5 theatrical productions, acted in over 15 short films, and has voiced commercials for PlayStation, Van’s, Kenneth Cole, Volkswagen, CBS Radio, and iHeartMedia, Inc.
Willie Macc has quickly come a long way as a member of young black Hollywood since first becoming known to a national television audience as the funny man on BET's extremely popular “College Hill Virgin Islands” in 2007. He has become one of the few Reality TV stars to make the transition from Reality TV to that of a working actor in Hollywood.
He has been quite busy since his "graduation" from College Hill. Once he relocated back to Los Angeles from the Virgin Islands, he continued his small-screen run by appearing on multiple episodes of CSI, as well as Journeyman, 106th and Park and Take the Cake. He has also appeared in several national and regional commercials including Subway, Honda, Taco Bell, Pump Water in New Zealand and most recently, Olive Garden.
Willie Macc's big-screen break came with his appearance in the 2008 comedy spoof "Meet the Spartans" where he played a "Yo Mama" joke cracking opponent of the Spartan army. In his second film, "House Arrest", Willie Macc co-stars as the Chris Tucker-like side-kick in the “Friday"-like direct to home entertainment comedy. Cited as a "modern-day Eddie Murphy”, Willie Macc continues his destiny to stardom with two additional roles, one being in the action/comedy, "Chicago Pulaski Jones", and the other being "The Greatest Song”. He can also soon be seen on the small screen in a recurring role in the upcoming television show, "Friends and Lovers: Ski Trip 2".
Both an actor and comedian, Willie Macc made his first professional stand-up comedy debut at the famous BB King’s at Universal Walk in Los Angeles on July 31, 2007. He continues to hone his comic skills by performing stand-up comedy routines in and around Los Angeles for both teen and adult audiences. A lover of sketch comedy in particular, he has developed a sketch comedy TV pilot with Barry Floyd and Jonathan Kite.
Willie Macc cites Bernie Mac, Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy as his role models. He spells his name with two c's, so it would not be too confusing with Bernie Mac. But like Bernie Mac, Willie Macc aspires to one day have his own TV show.
Noel has over 25 years of experience in sales, media, marketing, and partner development. Before founding GroundSwell Group, Noel held senior leadership positions at CBS Radio, KNBR radio, and World Cup Soccer.
Dedicated to philanthropic causes, he was awarded Man of the Year by Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Hospital, and founded Noel’s Heroes, a non-profit that inspires high school and college cancer survivors. Noel grew up Los Angeles and earned a B.A in Business & Economics from U.C Santa Barbara.
Alan Caudillo studied Film and Political Science at the University of Colorado, and as it turns out learned a great deal about both from avant-garde filmmaker and mentor Stan Brakhage.
Alan's photographed his first feature film, The Shot in 1994 and has since worked as a DP numerous features, television shows, commercials, documentaries and music videos.
Alan for some reason studied Poetry at the Anne Waldman/Allen Ginsberg founded Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University and enjoys writing.
Alan currently lives in Los Angeles and recently finished shooting season 2 of The Mick on Fox.
When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind…. Jason Stuart. He has been in close to 200 film & TV shows! Jason is in one of the most anticipated films of the year playing a plantation owner in the Nat Turner biopic Birth Of A Nation starring Nate Parker & Armie Hammer. The Grand Jury and Audience Sundance Award winner from Fox Searchlight. Also, a director with the web series Mentor on Revry now which he also acts with Alexandra Paul & Paul Elia and dramatic new short Like Father.
As a comedian, he had his own hour cable special Making It To The Middle & 2 comedy CDs in addition to performing on One Night Stand Up, Wisecrack and Comics Unleashed, Red Eye, Gotham Comedy Live to name a few. As an actor Love, Swedish Dicks, Sleepy Hollow, Real Rob. House, Entourage, The Closer, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Everybody Hates Chris, George Lopez, My Wife & Kids, Charmed and Will & Grace. On film, he’s been featured in Gia (w/Angelina Jolie), A Day Without A Mexican, Coffee Date, Vegas Vacation and Kindergarten Cop. Lastly, James Franco’s Immortal, Hush Up Sweet Charlotte with Mink Stole, Ira Sack’s drama Love Is Strange opposite Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow & Alfred Molina and in the award-winning comedy Tangerine.
Born in the deep South, raised in Los Angeles, Dayna has been a professional voiceover actress since she was eight years old. She graduated from LA County High School for the Arts with a resume of radio and television spots, as well as many theater productions, already under her belt. Dayna went on to act in indie films, music videos and even more national television commercials.
Dayna moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, continuing her acting career and studying broadcasting at the same time. She found her true home in radio and has been a Bay Area DJ for over 15 years. Dayna’s love for music started when she was a baby; she was raised on tour and backstage, as her father was the drummer for a rock and roll band.
Dayna also hosts a podcast called Radio Rehab, where she interviews guests and has discussions about recovery from addiction and its many facets.
Dennis Argenzia's love for music started as a young child and he's been fortunate enough to spend his entire adult life working in the music industry. He currently serves as Vice President for Asia Touring and Managing Director of Hong Kong and Singapore for Live Nation, and has worked with some of the biggest bands in history including Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Metallica, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Madonna, GNR, and Maroon 5. After working in LA for 16 years, he spent 8 years in Shanghai and now lives in Singapore with his wife and son.
Mike “No Name” Nelson has been a popular on-air fixture on Bay Area radio for 20 years and also an accomplished TV host. Hosting shows nationally for Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, and locally with Beer Money on KPIX, and Creepy KOFY MovieTime and Carpool Showdown on KOFY TV. A veteran voiceover talent and actor, Nelson has been featured in the films Cars (2006) and Head in the Sand (2009).
He lives with his wife of 15 years and two young sons. He is a motorcycle fanatic, DIY enthusiast, builder of homes and hot rods. Mike is also the drummer for the legendary San Jose band The Flames. He loves the outdoors, hiking, camping and is a survivalist. He volunteers at his sons’ school and is also a family man, breast cancer awareness advocate, and inked-up podcaster.
Matty Staudt is a 27-year broadcasting vet. Having worked as a producer, consultant, and mentor throughout his career, Matty wanted to give back and started teaching at the Academy of Art University. There he developed the first podcast production program of its kind in the United States and their first branded content course. In 2017 Matty was named Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia San Francisco and a year later become the company’s and radio’s first VP of Podcast Programming overseeing all of the 755 locally produced podcasts in the iHeartRadio family of stations.
Joumana Kidd is an actress and journalist and former wife of retired NBA basketball star Jason Kidd. She has hosted shows for NBA television, E television ‘s Extra, and has covered various Red carpet events including The Grammys and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies.
After nearly six consecutive years of working as a body-guard to the rich and famous, Keith landed his most lucrative contract in November 1992. The very next day, he decided to go out and celebrate his good fortune at a popular restaurant/nightclub on the infamous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
At 2 o’clock the next morning, Keith and his friends left the restaurant/nightclub, and shortly thereafter, he was the initiating party in a multi-car collision which resulted in the death of another young man and multiple injuries suffered by the survivors.
Keith was charged and convicted of Second Degree Murder, and given a life sentence in the State Prison. Determined to come to terms with the magnitude and gravity of his actions, Keith embarked on lifelong quest for complete spiritual and physical recovery. While incarcerated on his life term, Keith availed himself and benefited from every available form of rehabilitation inside or outside the prison walls.
Then, after 18 1/4 consecutive years of model behavior and after nearly a half-dozen parole hearings, Keith was finally released from state prison on parole.
Matt Nolan is an actor and voice-over artist. He has appeared in Oscar Winning Best Picture Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, and films Only the Brave, Jersey Boys, Stolen, and more. His TV credits include Love, The Librarians, 2 Broke Girls, Grimm, and many others. He has voiced countless animated tv shows, commercials, and video games and has lent his voice to dozen's of blockbusters such as Black Panther, The Avengers, Deadpool, War for the Planet of the Apes, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Matt lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife and two children.
Nason Buchanan is Senior Regional Program Coordinator, Mayor's Office of Public Safety. Born on the Southside of Chicago and raised in Gary, Indiana, Nason's purpose and goals are to empower youth and their families, he has become a dedicated and influential man of service in Los Angeles. Since 2011 Buchanan has lead within the GRYD office facilitating various initiatives including the city’s Gun Buy Back program and President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He also assisted with the Mayor’s Office Domestic Violence initiative across the city.
Lindsey Glass is the daughter of veteran author, playwright and director Leslie Glass and the granddaughter of Milton Gordon, producer of Lassie and other beloved early TV series. Her father, Ed Glass, is an investment banker and consultant and her brother, Alex, is a successful literary agent and founder of Glass Literary Management.
In 2011, Lindsey co-founded the non-profit Reach Out Recovery and served as Chairman of the Board for five years. Reach Out Recovery has become the number one addiction recovery site in the country, reaching half a million people every month. She has served as a recovery advocate working to reform health care and legal policy for people suffering from addiction and mental health issues.
As of 2018, Lindsey continues to add to her recovery companies with Angels N' Roses - a company that makes fun, relatable products for the recovery community. She also works with different companies on branding, content creation and business development.
Larry Clarke is an actor, director, and writer with 80 credits to his name. He is also a husband, father and, according to his wife Fielding Edlow, a ballerina.
Larry grew up primarily in the suburbs of Maryland. His mother, Dolores was a teacher and an activist. His father, Emerson, was a ballistics engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He is the youngest of 5 children.
Larry attended Towson University where he majored in Theater. His professional stage debut was in David Hare's "A Map of the World" at Baltimore's prestigious Center Stage theater. He performed there for two seasons. The highlights there working with Boyd Gaines in Hamlet and in Wallace Shawn's "Aunt Dan and Lemon". He then moved to New York.
He worked with The Barrow Group theater company and got his first big break in the movie, "In and Out". The next year he landed the recurring role of Det. Morris LaMotte in “Law and Order”.
More recently, you know him from “Contagion”, “You & Me”, “Twin Peaks”, and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”. Currently, he is working and acting with his wife, Fielding Edlow in their own series, “Bitter Homes and Gardens”.
His great love is the New York Stage where he has performed throughout the years most notably as the lead character in the premiere of David Rabe's "The Dog Problem".
Larry left New York and moved to Los Angeles in the winter of 2002. He currently resides in Hollywood, California with his wife, Fielding Edlow.
Sobriety, marriage, dead cats (no, not really). Fielding Edlow shares her life journey with Greg Baldwin. They get super-excited about acting, Transcendental Meditation, She’s a hard-worker, in recovery and super-honest. Fielding is the creator and star of the award-winning web series BITTER HOMES AND GARDENS, which is swiftly becoming THE must-watch web series.
Fielding Edlow is a writer, performer and stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles who Variety calls “a gifted scripter with virtuoso material”. Along with Iliza Shlesinger and Fortune Feimster, she was recently named one of the “six funniest women in Los Angeles right now” (Pure Wow).
In addition to BITTER HOMES AND GARDENS, Fielding currently voices the character ‘Roxy’ on BOJACK HORSEMAN. She hosts her own hit monthly show “Eat Pray F*ck” at the Hollywood Improv which features regulars such as Eddie Pepitone and Maria Bamford. Her solo show, COKE-FREE J.A.P., was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival (Backstage’s “Best of Fringe award”) and then had a four-month, sold-out run in LA at the McCadden Theatre and was subsequently developed as a half-hour comedy pilot at Showtime.
Brian Scannell is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and has the accent to prove it. He is an actor and producer, known for Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Master (2012) and The Town (2010).
He went to Spofford Hall in New Hampshire, which sounds like a posh private school, but it’s not. Since getting sober on March 5, 1988, he’s been all over the world, done electrical work, been in IT sales, toured with a band, drove cross-country, and saw the Aurora Borealis. He happened to be in California and was discovered in Hollywood during a period in his life when he was open to anything. He ended up getting cast in Brotherhood (2006-2008) over coffee.
“If you don’t drink and drug I believe that the universe almost takes over your life. It puts opportunities and things in front of yo that you’d never in a million years would think about. And also you know an opportunity when you see one because you have some clarity.”
His is a “gutter to glitter” story and is amazing.
Raised in the Compton and South Central Los Angeles area at the age of 13, Andre started gang bangin’ and was arrested as a juvenile, later as an adult and sentenced to life in prison in February 1991. During a time in solitary confinement reading the autobiography of Malcolm X and the World Almanac Andre converted to Islam, taking on the name “Yusef," and it was his spiritual faith that took him away from the destructive lifestyle of the gangs to a more purposeful way of life.
Yusef has now been working for many years to end gang and youth violence through intervention and skills development programs. He is the creator and co-founder of the Timelist Group program which operates inside CDCR, Alameda County and Los Angeles. The Timelist program has helped many people turn away from detrimental lifestyles through a self-help rehabilitation curricula. Yusef has gained an AA degree in Small Business Management as well as a paralegal degree. Yusef is a proud father, Reentry Coach, Executive Director of the Timelist Group and Consultant who resides with his wife and family in the Antelope Valley.
Alyshia Ochse grew up in Northern Kentucky, where she spent her tomboy childhood playing sports and secretly writing poetry. As a true Scorpio, she enjoyed observing the spirited vulnerabilities and mysteries of human beings. Then, she embraced pen and paper.
She journaled every chance she had and started writing intense poetry that helped her understand the world around her and her place in it. This eventually turned into a book, a podcast, and an acting career.
Though a southern girl at heart, Alyshia has embraced the gorgeous California sun, where she resides with her Mediterranean chef Husband and their cheeky little girl. Listen to her podcast, That One Audition and follow her on all the social channels @alyshiaochse.
In a town where talent and creativity abound, it is exciting to discover that "rare find" among the masses. Richard Berman is not just a pianist among thousands in Los Angeles; he is a gifted musician and entertainer...an "artist's artist" as others often refer to him. Having spent fourteen years traveling the high seas performing on "six-star" Crystal Cruises, the world’s most luxurious and prestigious cruise line, Richard has touched hundreds of thousands of fans who have appreciated his talent, his style, and his unique ability to create a memorable experience...each and every time.