Behind the Scenes Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016
Hosted by Summer Helene

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Friday at 4 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Want to make it big in Hollywood?

Join celebrities, legends and insiders with Hollywood executive and former Victoria’s Secret model Summer Helene and get the royal tour as the “Duchess of Hollywood” takes you Behind the Scenes and gives you an insider’s guide to the entertainment world. Get the scoop and all the dirt when you listen in on location with Summer Helene as she takes you past the glitz and glamour.

By the way, it ain’t all wine and roses in this biz so our show is 18 and over due to adult content.

Behind the Scenes is broadcast live every Friday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Summer Helene

Summer Helene

Born in Lakewood, California, Summer Helene moved to Australia when she was just six weeks old. While she has been in the entertainment industry all of her life, her career officially began when she was chosen as a Victoria’s Secret Model at just 17 years of age. After a short, but very successful modeling career, Summer Helene changed gears and easily made the often difficult transition into feature films and television. While on the set of “Slaughter Party” actor Ron Jeremy convinced her to give up a successful film career and get into the film “business.” One week later Summer Helene was an assistant to a producer and on her way to becoming one of the few female power houses in Hollywood. Summer Helene’s tenacity, demeanor and her uncompromising style earned her the nickname “The Duchess of Hollywood.”

Throughout her career Summer Helene has worked with Mountain Pictures, Moon River Cinema, Discovery and Paramount Pictures, as well as working with award winning directors Owen Land, Michael Burton, Emmy Award winning writer Dev Ross and composer Vasily Shumov. While working with Dev Ross (The Land before Time, Darkwing Duck), Summer Helene spearheaded a new television format with “The Rocks.” a groundbreaking television series supported by the City of Sedona, Arizona. Using this new format Summer Helene has helped celebrities and filmmakers bring their dreams to both the big and small screen.

Summer Helene lives with her two adopted children in Los Angeles.

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Rachel Alexander


Rachel Alexander has been a resident of California all her life and finished her first novel at age 16. She co-wrote a play that won awards from Bill Moyers of PBS and the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Literary Criticism with an emphasis on creative writing.
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La Faye Baker


Ms. Baker has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a professional Stuntwoman/Stunt Coordinator. She has over 135 credits in the industry as a Stunt Performer. Ms. Baker also was the first African American Stuntwoman to Stunt Coordinating a big budget project “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Ms. Baker currently is the executive producer of a documentary about African American Stuntwomen called "Hollywood at Its Best”. In addition, to her career as a stunt performer, she has been working as a Probation Officer for over 22 years. As a Probation Officer, she has worked with juvenile delinquents and developed several innovative and creative special programs for at risk teens. Ms. Baker discovered that at risk teens were quite intrigued with the entertainment industry. By co-mingling her expertise in dual careers, she plans on increasing the ratio of women working in the entertainment field by creating programs that would be captivating for at risk teens. View Guest page

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Lori Battle


Lori is a Success Coach, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and Event Producer. Lori coaches some of our brightest stars in the entertainment industry as well as Entrepreneurs, CEO’s and Career Professionals who are looking to grow their dreams into reality. She started her journey as an Entrepreneur at the age of 20 with a $100 investment and by the time she was in her mid-20’s she was operating multiple successful businesses. She’s always been passionate about helping others succeed in life. She’s a sought after speaker and has been a motivational speaker since she was 27 years old. She has motivated thousands & sparked a flame under many to dream big at Universities, Conferences, Luncheons, and Churches. In 2013 she launched her motivational networking event called The Dream Girl Luncheon. This Fall Lori is launching her campaign “Press Play on 1Million Dreams” and she will be touring 12 cities hosting luncheons that will give women the tools to press play on their dreams! View Guest page

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Dr. Lana Bettencourt


Dr. Lana Bettencourt, Has a duo Career: Entertainment Industry and Spiritual Counselor. She is known for her successful ability to Produce and Manage Film and Television Projects on a low budget. Dr. Lana works as a Unit Production Manager for Tri Destined Studios, an Independent Studio in Los Angeles, California. She also works as a Line Producer for other independent projects.
She is also a world renowned Life Coach, Radio Show Host, Author, Reiki Master, Healing Touch Practitioner and Deeksha Blessing Giver, has performed at least six medically documented Miracle Healings since 2004. The movie Angel Wishes – Journey of a Spiritual Healer documents this miracle healer’s Spiritual path. It depicts the events of her life leading to her own healing and enabling her to perform miraculous healings on others.
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Stacey Blanchet


In her 20s and 30s Stacey immersed herself in work to establish herself and was driven to success. Stacey Blanchet, owner of “Your Own Girl Friday” specialized in business and marketing. She went from careers in finance, administration, legal, construction management, business and community development. Stacey is the author of "The Journey to Myself" that would later become an award winning film titled the same. In 2012 Stacey decided to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. She has since designed dresses for the Primetime Emmys, the Grammys, charity fashion shows as well as the Oscars and much more gaining attention globally. Stacey's editorials made "Blanchet Designs" desirable for boutiques and stores. In 2014 Stacey secured four boutiques in Europe that want to carry her designs. Her production is slated to be finished in 2016 ready for the public. View Guest page

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Paul Michael Bolan (Co-Host)


"Since entering the entertainment industry over fifteen years Paul has worked in just about every aspect of the biz. From Actor to director, P.A. to producer, he's seen most of it, worked with most it and mopped most of it up. Also, as you can see by the picture, Paul's personal nudity negotiations start at about $2.35." View Guest page

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Judge Joe Brown


Judge Joe Brown became the first African-American prosecutor in the city of Memphis. He would later open his own law practice before becoming a judge on the State Criminal Court of Shelby County, Tennessee.
Brown was thrust into the national spotlight while presiding over James Earl Ray's last appeal proving Ray was not the shooter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Judge Joe became a national icon when starring in the Emmy nominated Judge Joe Brown Show for 15 years bringing in 3.5 million viewers on a daily average.
Judge Joe Brown stepped behind the camera in 2012 to develop reality projects for cable with his producing partners, Aswaad English and Clifford Stewart of Celebritunity Studios.
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Katie Cleary


Katie Cleary is a Model /Actress and Producer / Animal Advocate, working to protect animals around the globe. Katie got her start on the hit TV show “America`s Next Top Model” and most recently co-starred on “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Two And A Half Men.”
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Katie is the creator and executive producer of the Award-Winning Documentary “Give Me Shelter” on Netflix which highlights the most important animal welfare issues worldwide and the people who protect them.
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William Daniels


William Daniels, the two-time Emmy-Award winning actor, is known for his longstanding stage, film, and television career. He created iconic roles that become part of the fabric of American pop culture.
William Daniels began his lifelong calling as a child actor. In 1943, he took the Broadway stage. After serving his country in World War II, William Daniels entered Northwestern University on the GI Bill. There he met and would later marry the Emmy-Award- winning actress, Bonnie Bartlett.
Daniels has recently appeared in several episodes of the hit ABC Drama Grey's Anatomy. He is currently reprising his role of Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World on the popular ABC Family series Girl Meets World.
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Warren Eckstein


Warren Eckstein is an internationally known pet and animal expert. He developed his unique approach for understanding animal behavior by combining different techniques learned and observed while working in Southeast Asia and Europe. He has devoted over thirty five years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique "Hugs and Kisses" approach to animal behavior, care and training.
Warren has worked with more than 40,000 pets, including those of many well-known celebrities. David Letterman, Cheryl Tiegs, Lily Tomlin, Geraldine Ferraro, Al Pacino, Rodney Dangerfield, and Phylicia Rashad are just a few of many whom Warren has helped with pet problems.
Since 1997, Warren Eckstein has been a Contributing Pet & Animal Editor for NBC's TODAY Show. For more than fourteen years, Warren has been the regular pet and animal expert for the national television show "LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KATHIE LEE" View Guest page

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Stephen Furst


Stephen Furst started his career 39 years ago when he went from delivering pizzas in Hollywood to starring in the all time classic comedy, ANIMAL HOUSE. Since then Stephen has gone on to star in various films and TV series, including The Dream Team, Scavenger Hunt, and Midnight Madness. His series work includes two 5 year stints on the multi award winning series, St. Elsewhere, and Babylon 5. Stephen has directed, produced and formed his own production company. He has produced several films, including the critically acclaimed hit, My Sisters Keeper with Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin and the film, COLD MOON, written by the writer of Beetlejuice and Nightmare before Christmas. Curmudgeon films have made several TV films for different networks, including, THE TENTH CIRCLE based on the #1 selling book of the same title, Death Cloud starring Christopher Pratt, and two Lake Placid sequels for Sony. Currently Curmudgeon is in pre production on a family Christmas film and developing a remake View Guest page

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Dan Gore


Dan Gore created Carnival Cabaret, a La Cage –style celebrity female impersonation production in 2000. Since then, he and Gypsy and a troupe of professional male actors have performed the theatrical, musical--comedy revue at casinos, supper-clubs, college campuses, and private events throughout the country, most notably for eight years at the Horizon Resort Casino, making Carnival Cabaret Lake Tahoe's longest running casino production in history. View Guest page

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Michael Grandinetti


Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician. With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, with Oscar-winning composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL halftime shows and major sporting events, for Fortune 500 companies, and even at The White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an extremely talented and innovative illusionist. View Guest page

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James 'GYPSY' Haake


Gypsy, as most people know him, is an 82-year-old drag queen who is extremely active and living in Palm Springs, California.Gypsy became an household name in the Hollywood community, especially WeHo, in the 1980s. He was the star of the La Cage Aux Folles cabaret on La Cienega. Same location where Greystone Manor exists today, owned by SBE. It was a bright pink building when it was LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and much smaller structure. James 'GYPSY' Haake was discovered by Mel Brooks at that cabaret, and went on to co-star with Brooks and his wife Anne Bancroft in the movie TO BE OR NOT TO BE. He also co-starred with Shelley Long in TROOP BEVERLY HILLS, Jane Fonda in THE MORNING AFTER, also seen in the movie CLIFFORD. He was a regular on tv show MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, playing Peg Bundy’s Uncle. All of this media fame was ignited by taking the stage nightly at La Cage Aux Folles which opened in 1980 and closed in 1993. View Guest page

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Linc Hand


Linc Hand is best known for his role as Fritz Ostermuller in the feature film "42". He has guest starred in numerous television shows like revenge,ncsi, and hello ladies just to name a few. He can be seen most recently in the film "Imperium" starring daniel Radcliffe and the independent hit film "painted horses". He has just finished filming a pilot for FOX named "Ghosted". View Guest page

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Sonia Harley

Sonia Harley has worked with producers such as Flip Matrix and Grammy Award Winning Producer, Darryl Swann, known for his organic production with Macy Gray. Fresh off an award win for best female performer at the Los Angeles BMA’s, Sonia recently toured Europe on a 7 week tour with the legendary punk rock band "Social Distortion." Sonia was honored to be hand selected by metal's Great, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, to perform with her band on the Motorhead's Motorboat Tour. She and her band performed along the best that metal has to offer, to name a few; Motorhead, Slayer, Anthrax, & Suicidal Tendencies. Coming soon, Sonia will be hosting a new television show called "Let's Dance USA". View Guest page

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Cyndy Hoenig


Cyndy Hoenig has over 25 years of experience as a PR strategist, marketing and communication virtuoso — and she has led multi-million dollar campaigns for businesses worldwide. Her clients have been featured on the Today Show, Oprah, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News as well publications like Glamour, Redbook, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, First for Women, People, US, GQ. Having worked with hundreds of clients in dozens of industries — from tech startups to health + wellness businesses to fashion companies + lifestyle brands to some very famous to not so very famous people. She does not just talk about fame and visibility, She lives by her own lessons. Cyndy has made herself famous in her own hometown without even knowing it. When it comes to creating killer PR strategies, Cyndy is heavily influenced by Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. She loves taking powerful film and TV techniques, and using them to mold business owners into breakout stars. View Guest page

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Cyndy Hoenig

Cyndy Hoenig has over 25 years of experience as a PR strategist, marketing and communication virtuoso — and she has led multi-million dollar campaigns for businesses worldwide. Her clients have been featured on the Today Show, Oprah, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News as well publications like Glamour, Redbook, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, First for Women, People, US, GQ. Having worked with hundreds of clients in dozens of industries — from tech startups to health + wellness businesses to fashion companies + lifestyle brands to some very famous to not so very famous people. She does not just talk about fame and visibility, She lives by her own lessons. Cyndy has made herself famous in her own hometown without even knowing it. When it comes to creating killer PR strategies, Cyndy is heavily influenced by Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. She loves taking powerful film and TV techniques, and using them to mold business owners into breakout stars. View Guest page

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Shellie Hunt


Shellie is Founder and CEO of Success is by Design, ReMake MY Life LLC, The Women of Global Change, and other multiple companies. Shellie has shared the stage with some of the top human potential and business speakers in the world and is a lead mentor in the Billionaire Adventure Club. She has appeared on national talk and radio shows with audiences in the millions and has been mentioned in Forbes.com. Her appearances are numerous from CBS, ABC, USA Today, CBS MoneyWatch, Beyond the Dow, HLN and many others. She has appeared as a featured host/speaker in a documentary series entitled “Freedom” for the Human Potential Network. Shellie currently is a proud member of the Alliance of Women and Media, which promotes positive progress and change for women and sits as a judge for the last three years for nationally televised Gracie Awards. Shellie also acts as the newest board member for the National Women's Political Caucus, and is on the Advisory Board for the California Women's Conference View Guest page

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Lisa Ireland


Lisa has 14 years of packaging expertise in all aspects of Entertainment Retail packaging. Her projects span from complex multi-disc collector sets to worldwide theatrical releases. Lisa's proven creative vision and breadth of experience in premium packaging has enabled her to secure multi year contracts with Paramount and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Her partnership approach is rare in the packaging industry and has allowed her to rise to the top of the profession.
In 2010, Lisa assisted Fox Home Entertainment with the execution of unique DVD and BD retail packaging for AVATAR, the highest grossing movie of all time worldwide.
Lisa has assisted the Studios to introduce many “firsts” to retail packaging including the first DVD package made of 100% recycled paperboard for “An Inconvenient Truth,” the first BD OCard made with real wood for “Noah,” and the first domestic BD package of a FibreForm for “Transformers, Age of Extinction. View Guest page

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Sam J. Jones


Actor Sam J. Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Sacramento, California. He was educated at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento and went on to serve as a United States Marine. Jones made his screen debut in Blake Edwards' comedy film 10 (1979). In 1980, he was cast in the iconic role of Flash Gordon in the cult classic of the same name, Flash Gordon (1980). A solid acting career in mostly television roles followed. Jones came back to moviegoers attention, making a cameo as a version of himself in the comedy film Ted (2012). View Guest page

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Lloyd Kaufman


Lloyd Kaufman is co-founder, with Yale friend Michael Herz, of the 41-year-old legendary Troma Entertainment, which is arguably the longest running independent movie studio in North America. He directed many of their feature films, including the world famous 'The Toxic Avenger', 'Class of Nuke ‘Em High', 'Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD', 'Tromeo & Juliet', and 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead'. Kaufman has written six books on filmmaking and has presented his “Make Your Own Damn Movie” master classes globally from Oxford University to Singapore. His latest film, 'Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1', produced in association with STARZ, premiered in The Contenders series at New York's Museum of Modern Art along with movies by the Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen. Kaufman is currently editing 'Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2' and preparing 'The Toxic Avenger Part 5: Grime & Punishment'. View Guest page

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J.C. Lee


Model, actress and author J.C Lee is the daughter of the infamous Stan Lee. View Guest page

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Kathy Long


Kathy is a 5 time Kickboxing champ and proficient in Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kung Fu San Soo, Aikido, CDT, and other styles.
Although retired from the ring for several years now, Kathy Long is the most recognized woman in kickboxing today! Although she's retired from the ring, she is still active in the sport from doing special appearances and giving seminars to serving as an event official. She's also been in several movies as well. During her career she won 5 World Kickboxing Titles.
Kathy began her studies in the martial arts with Aikido and has also studied in arts such as Shorin Ryu Karate & Kung Fu. She currently holds 4 different Black Belts in 4 different styles (Kung Fu San Soo, Aikido, Kung Fu and Shorinryu Karate)including a Masters Rank in Kung Fu San Soo. She is an expert in handling firearms, knives, swords and all other weaponry.
As a Professional Kickboxer Kathy has been known as the
"Queen of Mean", "Princess of Pain" or "The Punisher". View Guest page

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R.A. Mihailoff

R.A. Mihailoff is best known for his starring roles as Leatherface in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II and the highly anticipated release of John Schneider's Smothered, (theatrical release is February 2016). He also has numerous mainstream credits in film, television, commercials and theatre. As a lifelong 'fan of fright', he is most proud of his genre work, and was especially gratified that his contributions in that arena were formally recognized when he was made an honorary inductee into the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. View Guest page

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Sarah Minnich


Sarah has built herself a multifaceted career in entertainment. She is best known as Brenda from AMC’s hit series “Better Call Saul” and for her roles in the feature films “Sicario" and "The Ridiculous 6", a Western comedy by Happy Maddison Productions. A California native, Sarah was raised by incredibly active parents who taught her how to take care of herself and the value of spending time in nature. After moving to New Mexico to be close to her family and escape the pollution and congestion of California, she completed her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico, with hopes of one day pursuing a PhD. Over the years, Sarah’s passion for acting has led to her training with the Sol Acting Academy, SAG Foundation, and The Actor’s Company LA. Sarah’s TV credits include “Preacher”, EPIX’s “Graves", WGN America’s “Manhattan" and "Killer Women", as well as roles on "In Plain Sight" and “Breaking Bad". In addition, Sarah has recurred on "Longmire". View Guest page

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Mayor Robert Moon


Robert Moon was elected to a four‐year term as Mayor of Palm Springs in November 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and did graduate work at George Washington University. He served as an officer in the United States Navy for 22 years, retiring with the rank of Commander. During those 22 years of commissioned service he spent 14+ years at sea, including multiple tours in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean, as well as most of the Atlantic and Pacific regions. While in the Navy his tours ashore included budget manager for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Surface Warfare and as the Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Information Technology for the Office of Naval Research and Development. He also worked for a year as a financial analyst at the White House during the first Reagan administration on the staff of the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control. View Guest page

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Sara Moore


Sara Moore, CEO of SEA Media is a recognized social media guru. SEA Media has grown by 188% in the last 2 years, currently located in two states with plans for expansion. She credits the rapid, organic growth of SEA Media, to her proven and trademarked social media sales process, called C.L.U.E, which focuses on building relationships through engagement. Sara has worked closely with executives at some of the most well-known marketing agencies in the United States, The Berry Company, ReachLocal, and FoundSM and had been mentored by Julie Warnecke; the fourth person hired within the Adwords division at Google.Working to transition The Berry Company from a yellow pages industry to a digital marketing agency, Sara helped craft a successful sales process, which helped bring the company out of bankruptcy and back into profitability. It was rolled out companywide to over 800 employees, and is still in use today. View Guest page

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Sara Moore

Sara Moore, CEO of SEA Media is a recognized social media guru. SEA Media has grown by 188% in the last 2 years, currently located in two states with plans for expansion. She credits the rapid, organic growth of SEA Media, to her proven and trademarked social media sales process, called C.L.U.E, which focuses on building relationships through engagement. Sara has worked closely with executives at some of the most well-known marketing agencies in the United States, The Berry Company, ReachLocal, and FoundSM and had been mentored by Julie Warnecke; the fourth person hired within the Adwords division at Google.Working to transition The Berry Company from a yellow pages industry to a digital marketing agency, Sara helped craft a successful sales process, which helped bring the company out of bankruptcy and back into profitability. It was rolled out companywide to over 800 employees, and is still in use today. View Guest page

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Mr. Locario


Mr. Locario has been featured on VH1, Fuse, The Dish Network, TLC, ABC Television Network, The Tyra Banks Show and Anderson Cooper. He has also written for FlaglerHill.com, SinglesWarehouse.co.uk, DatingAdvice.com and the Fort Green The New York Times blog. What separates Mr. Locario from other relationship #Gurus and #DatingCoaches is his no nonsense realistic approach to the dating game and the game of life. The idea is to give men and women the #knowledge, #truth, and #confidence to understand what they want. Thus, helping create the best options for themselves in #Love and in #Life. View Guest page

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Spud Murphy


Spud Murphy was born in a small, rural Irish village and moved to Dublin as soon as he was legally allowed where he received a diploma in Sound Engineering and later a degree in Journalism and Visual Media from Griffith College Dublin. During college, Spud wrote for a popular Irish rock, indie electronic music website called "Drop-D" and after college took over as the editor. Spud interviewed anyone and everyone from the alternative music scenes in Ireland, UK & the US. Spud freelanced and published in "The Irish Independent", "Connected", "Hotpress", all mostly about music. When the recession hit Ireland Spud moved to Poland and quickly found a job teaching English. A job that he detested. After listening to multiple podcast Spud decided to start a podcast that would get to know the person behind the stage personas of stand-up comedians and comedy writers. Spud's favorite interviews thus far are with Michael Parkinson, Gay Bryne and Louis Theroux. View Guest page

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Natalie Que


Mother, divorcee, apostate, human. Born into an LDS family of 7 and raised in Orem, UT where 90+% of the population was active Mormon; Nat Que was indoctrinated into a life of virginal marriage and traditional roles of the sexes. Married under the shroud of temple secrecy and compliance at the tender age of 21; she promptly moved to Seoul, the land of her husband’s proselyting mission and 2nd language, bearing her daughter as the big wide world unfolded before her eyes, forcing her to examine everything she had been told. Juxtapostioning her Stepford-esque upbringing in the ‘Happy Valley’ bubble became increasingly cognitively dissonant as she moved to Taipei, and then to both Sydney and Melbourne. Alternate ways of living, and values systems that seemingly worked poverty and riches, coming of age and life’s burning questions caused a massive shift in thinking which led to an apostasy for one, as she left the religion of her birth but her husband did not. Natalie now resides in Utah. View Guest page

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John Reynolds


Theatre, film, and TV director, John’s forty years in the entertainment business has taken him from Dallas, to Hollywood, to as far as South Korea, where he taught film directing and directed Benjamin Briton’s opera THE LITTLE SWEEP. His stage directing credits include “Up the Trail,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” “The Anastasia Files,” 'A Woman's Hand," and “Rounding Third.” John is currently the director on the web series “The Rocks” and the reality show "True Psychics of Sedona." His film background includes being the Special Effects Lighting Director for major motion pictures including E.T., COMES A HORSEMAN, TWILIGHT ZONE - THE MOVIE, and TOWERING INFERNO, and Disney’s DINOSAUR. John has worked on hundreds of television shows and commercials and his film THE VISION-OF-SEEK-TO-HUNT-GREAT was winner of the prestigious CINE GOLDEN EAGLE, and his “The Secret of Lizard Woman” was an Emmy and Humanitas nominated ABC Family Film. View Guest page

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Felissa Rose


Felissa Rose is an American actress, known for her role as Angela Baker in the 1983 cult classic slasher film, Sleepaway Camp, which she reprised in the film Return to Sleepaway Camp which was written and directed by Sleepaway Camp creator Robert Hiltzik. Rose has been given the title "Scream Queen" because of her involvement and success within the "Horror" film genre. She has over 50 film credits in total over the span of her film career. A few major credits in her film career would include The Perfect House 2012, Silent Night, Zombie Night 2009. In 2016 she produced the music videos for the metal band Slayer.Early lifeBorn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City, Rose grew up in Woodbury on Long Island. View Guest page

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Dev Ross

Award-winning screenwriter and children's book author Dev Ross has been writing for adults and children for over thirty years. Awards include: Action in Children's Television Award for excellence in television writing. Dramalogue Award for Best New Musical Play. Emmy Award for her writing while at Walt Disney Television. Humanitas Award for excellence in screen writing Credits include writing films and television for Disney, ABC, FOX KIDS, Universal Cartoon Studios, The Cartoon Network, TLC, The Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Mattel, the Web, and PBS. Dev is also the author of over a dozen children's books for the popular "We Both Read" series. She served two years as a story analyst for film production companies and then became a staff writer at Disney Studios where she also served as a voice director and "story doctor." Dev taught digital screen writing in South Korean universities on both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels and at the Samsung Corporation in Seoul. View Guest page

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Kristin Rowan


Kristin Rowan is the Director of Marketing, Sales, and Public Relations for Square Egg Entertainment, Inc., parent company for Phoenix Comicon, LLC. Kristin has a Master's degree in Marketing and 13 years of experience. She joined the Square Egg family in 2016. Like most Square Egg employees, Kristin enjoys geeking out to her favorite comic-based TV shows, reading, and spending time with her family. Kristin lives with her family in Phoenix, AZ. View Guest page

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Dr. Kenneth C. Russ, MD


Kenneth C. Russ, M.D. has been practicing medicine in Palm Springs, CA since 1990. His main focus has been Internal Medicine, but for the past 10 years he has dedicated the major part of his practice to Addiction Medicine and weight loss. He is certified by The American Board of Addiction Medicine and prescribes Suboxone and other forms of medicine assisted therapy. He is also certified as a weight loss specialist by The American Society of Bariatric Physicians.
Dr. Russ has authored books and articles, including The Palm Springs Diet, pertaining to weight control for those suffering from binge eating or food addiction.
Dr. Russ feels that the challenge of treating any addiction is that it involves attacking the demons of the mind, body and the spirit. View Guest page

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Shane Sparks


Sparks is well known as a judge and choreographer on the reality television dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance." He was a choreographer during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and was promoted to judge/choreographer for the 2007 season. Sparks is also well known as a permanent judge on MTV's dance competition "America's Best Dance Crew." Several talented and determined dance crews compete to earn the coveted title of America's Best Dance Crew and a $100,000 cash prize. Shane Sparks is also credited for choreography on "Dream Girls". You can also see Shane on the hit reality show "Family Empire" starring Master P and Family.
Founder of "B DA BEAT DANCE CONVENTION" coming to a city near you!
Look out for the RETRORISTIC PROJECT A MUSIC PROJECT BRINGING BACK PERFORMANCE AND DANCE MUSIC. Single coming soon!
One of Shane’s favorite quotes: "MOTIVELESS MOVEMENT IS DEAD MOVEMENT" View Guest page

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Jeff Spenard


Jeffrey A. Spenard has over 20 years of broadcast media experience and is currently the owner of World Talk Radio, LLC, and co-founder to the VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio Networks. Jeff is a sought after speaker and thought leader in the digital audio and video space at events ranging from the National Association of Broadcasters to a local library seeking to offer a quality seminar. He’s the guy, behind the guy that makes ideas become reality, voices heard and most importantly, finally give the listener quality programming that doesn’t come from a central source. Jeff supports a variety of charities, and is a proud “grandparent” now of a brood exceeding 19. So “kids” aren’t an excuse, they’re a blessing, Check out VoiceAmerica Kids Radio. If you are looking to start your own radio show or already have one and want to grow your audience and become a professional go to Jeff's Website. View Guest page

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Casey Thomas

Casey Thomas’s practice as a Brand Logistics Director/ Consultant Producer has enabled her expertise of services ranging from product placement, event coordinator/hosting/production, gifting suites and more, to be requested and utilized by an immense assemblage of influential and elite entities throughout the music, film, television, philanthropy, sports, beauty/fashion, non-profit and lifestyle industry. Her credential list includes myriad of clientele such as MTV, LA DCFS, ESPY, Friars Club New York, Watering Seeds, Hearts and Helmets, PFMPA, Time Warner, Karma International, Gallo/Bronco Wines, UMG, BET, Interscope, SBE, Oscars, Endomol/ True Entertainment, Grammy's/Recording Academy, Live Nation, Sag Aftra, ESPN, CAA, Special Olympics World Games,Sony, Def Jam, NBC Universal, WE TV, MTV, RCA, LTS, Oakley, Clear Channel, AEG, Motown, NFL Association, VH1, Associated Press, Viacom, Disney, Fox, Revolt, and a plethora of A/B list artist, athletes, actors and performers. View Guest page

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Greg Travis


Greg Travis is a critically acclaimed actor who has worked in over forty feature films with such A-list directors as: Zach Snyder, David Lynch, and Paul Verhoeven. He has obtained over seventy professional credits and is recognized for his co- starring roles in “Showgirls” and “Starship Troopers.” Recently, Greg starred in the Sci-fi, Thriller “Atlantis Down” and the zombie comedy “Dug Up” and the drama “Midlife.” Greg has a long list of television, including “CSI Miami,” “Cold Case,” and “JAG.” He studied both film and acting at USC and Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film School. His natural talents and acute instincts brought him to Hollywood, where he was signed by the William Morris agency and quickly became successful as a stand-up comedian. He appeared on “Evening at the Improv,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “The Tonight Show.” Performing as a magician since the age of twelve, Greg has been a natural performer. View Guest page

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Jane Velez-Jane


Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a multi-platform social media news channel producing hundreds of widely shared videos on animals rights and veganism. This past June, Jane launched #LunchbreakLIVE, a daily live vegan cooking show on Facebook at 12:30pm Pacific/3:30pm EST on Facebook at facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell. Jane is the winner of four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. For six years she hosted her own daily show on HLN (CNN Headline News) where she did a weekly animal segment. Velez-Mitchell also reported for the TV show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous animal stories. Prior to that Jane was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in LA and WCBS-TV in NY. Jane is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers: “Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” and “iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.” View Guest page

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Midori Verity


Midori and her husband have figured out the success formula to a wonderful marriage and life, having been together for nearly 30 years. Midori has spent more than a decade studying interpersonal relationships, cognitive and behavioral psychology, and couples therapy. Her programs incorporate breakthrough techniques, which stomps out perceived limitations. This practice helps her clients reach extreme heights. She has also made it a priority to study actual couples, dissecting how they communicate and interact. You're guaranteed to receive practical, real life suggestions and tips, that make the modern marriages of today happier and more successful. Her first book, Secrets to a Kickass Marriage was published in 2015, and since then her advice has propelled her into being the 'Relationship Expert' for the California Women's Conference.Midori holds a degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on Sociology. View Guest page

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Midori Verity

Midori and her husband have figured out the success formula to a wonderful marriage and life, having been together for nearly 30 years. Midori has spent more than a decade studying interpersonal relationships, cognitive and behavioral psychology, and couples therapy. Her programs incorporate breakthrough techniques, which stomps out perceived limitations. This practice helps her clients reach extreme heights. She has also made it a priority to study actual couples, dissecting how they communicate and interact. You're guaranteed to receive practical, real life suggestions and tips, that make the modern marriages of today happier and more successful. Her first book, Secrets to a Kickass Marriage was published in 2015, and since then her advice has propelled her into being the 'Relationship Expert' for the California Women's Conference.Midori holds a degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on Sociology. View Guest page

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Duana Welch


Dr. Duana Welch is known for applying social science to people's real-life relationship issues. She is the author of Love Factually, the first book that uses science rather than opinion to take men and women through every stage of dating, from before they meet until they commit. She has been a professor at universities in Florida, California, and Texas, and she contributes to publications at Psychology Today, eHarmony, Redbook, and others. She also coaches men and women who want more love in their lives, via Skype and at her office in Eugene, Oregon. To learn more about Duana and her book, visit www.LoveScienceMedia.com, or get the first chapter for free at www.LoveFactually.co View Guest page

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Dr. Mary Wingo


Dr. Mary Wingo was born in the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in human stress research from The University of North Texas. in 2014, She emigrated to Ecuador, a tiny country in South America. Living in a new and very different society opened her eyes to the unsustainable social, economic, and political costs preventable stress causes in the modern world. Dr. Wingo's aim is to clearly explain to the public the biological mechanisms behind the stress response, as well as its staggering costs to society.
My specialty is physiology, and specifically, the human physiological stress response. One thing that seems to escape many analysts and political leaders is the staggering costs of stress in modern society within the psychological, social, political, and economic sectors. In my analysis, preventable human stress leads to (many, many) millions of unnecessary death every year. View Guest page

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Tom Wise


Thomas Wise is a post production editor who started out in a small TV station in his hometown in South Carolina and worked his way up through the ranks, first moving to the NBC affiliate in Boston, and ultimately living in Los Angeles, where he has worked in a number of major production companies in Hollywood and vicinity, including Paramount Television, HGTV and the Discovery Networks. He never attended a university or film school, yet his credits range from nationally broadcast documentary and reality programming, to commercials, movie trailers, and a feature film. He has worked in practically every type of post production environment there is, and has managed to navigate the pitfalls and challenges that come with maintaining a career in the notoriously competitive west coast entertainment industry. Wise continues to work freelance in Los Angeles. View Guest page

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