Semi-Random Walks #41: Michael Ellsberg, writer, coach and sexuality explorer

michael-ellsbergMichael Ellsberg is a fascinating guy. In addition to writing four books, Michael has an avid following on Facebook where he writes about un-Facebooky stuff like BDSM, open relationships and, as he puts it, “the shadow side of the feminine.”

The show opened with Wake Up by Arcade Fire and closed with Little Numbers from Boy.


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Semi-Random Walks #40 : Singer/songwriter/musician Latifah Phillips

latifahphillipsI really enjoyed this interview. Latifah Phillips is a prolific musician who writes, performs, produces, tours, the whole nine yards. And not just with one band. She is a member of multiple groups and also collaborates with other musicians as a performer and producer. I’ve been a fan of The Autumn Film for years, but it turns out that’s only a small piece of her musical portfolio. Other groups she’s part of include Moda Spira, Page CVXI and Sola-Mi.

Follower her on Twitter @thetifah, then listen in to learn what it’s like to be a successful professional musician.


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The show opened with “Because We Are,” one of my favorite songs from The Autumn Film:


…And it closed with a song I just discovered: “Trust Falling” by Sola-Mi. Get it on Noise Trade here.

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Semi-Random Walks # 39: Michelle Terrell, the Pistol Whip Hippie

michelle_in_officeMichelle Terrell is a force of nature. I’ve been following her on Facebook for a few years and you should too. Listen to the episode to hear how she went from being a victim to a force for good in the world.

Also make sure to check out her Integrated Man series.

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Semi-Random Walks #38: Myles Goldin

myles-goldinMyles Goldin is a performer and teacher. Among other things, Myles teaches improve through the Boulder Improv Collaborative, which is how I met her. She also teaches public speaking and gives workshops through Presence Academy and How to Fail Brilliantly.

(Aside: I hired Myles to coach me when I first started this podcast. She was a great teacher in helping me develop a voice, both technically and in terms of character. Thanks Myles!)

The episode opened with Beck’s Cold Brains and the story of the sexiest sales call I have ever received. It closed with Steve Martin’s King Tut.

Links to some of the things we discussed:

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Semi-Random Walks #37: Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and big time failure

Scott AdamsScott Adams, of course, is the creator of Dilbert, but that’s not all. He’s tried (and often failed) at lots and lots and lots of things in his career, ranging from video games to restaurants to frozen burritos. His 2014 book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big documents them in detail as well as providing a realistic and often amusing approach to self-help.

Scott’s a very original thinker. His blog is full of thought experiments and contrarian thinking. Sometimes it attracts “outragists,” but luckily for us Scott soldiers on.

Follow him on Twitter @ScottAdamsSays

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Semi-Random Walks #36: Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark

Emily BestEmily Best is founder and CEO of Seed & Spark, a kinda sorta crowdfunding platform for filmmakers, but it’s much cooler than that. Instead of just asking for money, filmmakers can ask for… stuff! Like props and makeup and locations. (Money too, of course.)

Listen to hear how Emily went from wannabe doctor to Jazz musician to filmmaker to creating an entire film platform.

Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyBest

A lot of interesting stuff came up in the interview. Here are a few links:


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Semi-Random Walks #35: Kristen Wheeler

Kristen WheelerKristen Wheeler is a coach and speaker. She’s also the creator of Native Genius, a strengths-based approach to career development. Learn how an improper understanding of passion can actually mislead you in trying to figure out your life’s purpose, and especially listen as Kristen demonstrates the power of vulnerability in response to something I said that could potentially have been  negative trigger.


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Semi-Random Walks #34: Steve Swoboda

Steve SwobodaSteve Swoboda is co-founder of SpotXchange. Steve’s experience prior to founding SpotXchange includes founding Booyah Online Advertising and senior management positions at two other startup companies (Ereo, Inc. and ProSavvy, Inc.), serving as chief financial officer of iBelay LLC, a venture capital firm investing in seed stage companies, and public company experience as director of corporate development for MessageMedia (which is where we met).

Find him on LinkedIn.

The show opens with a remix of Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast and closes with Wrathchild, also from Iron Maiden.

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Semi-Random Walks #33: Paul Gilmartin, host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour

Paul GilmartinPaul Gilmartin is host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour, a terrific podcast about mental health that you should go listen to right now.

Follow him on Twitter @MentalPod.

The show opens with Slow Magic’s Corvette Cassette and closes with Charles Mingus’ Folk Forms. Check out his hilarious memoir Beneath the Underdog.


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Semi-Random Walks #32: Kristin Wong

Kristin WongI discovered Kristin Wong while googling something or other, and I ended up on this story she did about breaking out of a career rut. I had just finished What Should I Do With My Life, so I was curious to hear more stories about midlife career changes.

In addition to doing stories like the above, Kristin also runs BrokePedia, which offers tips on frugal living.

Follow Kristin on Twitter @TheWildWong

The show opened with a loop from Digable Planets’ Black Ego and closed with Video Killed the Radio Star as covered by The Presidents of the United States.

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