When Holly Epstein Ojalvo tweeted, "Normalize having a nonlinear career path," she wasn't quite prepared for the reaction she received - over 150K people responded with a like and over 20K shared her post! As one of the supporters of that tweet, Briana decided to reach out and ask Holly to join Jobs Blow Podcast for a discussion on why she thinks the tweet resonates with so many people. Get to know the former NYC school teacher, NY Times editor, start up founder, and current member of the Covid-19 Lay Off Team.
Tracy Deleu, of Indigo Loves Violet clothing line, returns to Jobs Blow Podcast to discuss life in lockdown and to share yet another dream her family has turned into a reality - life on the road. Find out what inspired them to sell their home and takeoff, what's happening with the clothing line, and what plans they have for the future. Check out Episode 23 if you want to learn more about Indigo Loves Violet.
Jobs Blow Podcast is BACK! Catch up with Briana, Josh and Jack after a year later to find out who moved back home, who lost their job, and how the podcast will "pivot' in this upside down world.
In the midst of what is happening in the world (a pandemic?), it was a pleasure to have this badass coach and ball of positive energy stop by the Jobs Blow Podcast. Enchantress Shane, aka a "Joy Evangelist," talks about her journey from Runway 69 (strip club) to her one woman show called, "Fuck Your Fears." She's also the founder of Enchanted Embodiment and New York’s Awkward Enchanted Coven as well as the author of "From Anxiety to Ease." This is definitely one helluva trip you do not want to miss. Plus, Josh finally gets his chance to shine with his knowledge of strip clubs.
Aida Leisenring stopped by the Jobs Blow Podcast, fresh from her appearance on ABC News where she offered commentary on the Harvey Weinstein case. A Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Litigation Lawyer, she tells Briana and Josh how she started her career path in fashion publishing, only to then decide to go to Law School. Good decision? She's now a partner at Barket Epstein and, in 2018, produced the ABC documentary series, The Last Defense, which exposes flaws in the American justice system through emotional, in-depth examinations of the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones.
According to Master Colorist Rick Wellman, all it took was helping his stepmom through a really bad perm experience and, he says, he knew at just age 12 what he was meant to do. However, growing up in Ohio, he had no idea where a career as a hairstylist would take him. He tells Briana and Josh about his journey that started in Canton, took him to Columbus, and finally landed him in New York City, where he has established himself as a successful and highly sought-after Master Colorist. Make an appt. to get Rick's story and stay for some fun (celeb) gossip.
Former White House Chef John Moeller joins the Jobs Blow Podcast to tell Briana and Josh what it was like to be "the last guy to touch the food before the President ate it." Having served on Pennsylvania Avenue from 1992 - 2005 under Presidents George H Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, he has plenty of stories and insights to share. From the infamous pretzel choking incident to background checks and being on the White House grounds on 9/11, this dish is more like a four-course meal. Be sure to check out his book, "Dining at the White House" for even more scoop and recipes.
Timothy McQuaid stops by the Jobs Blow Podcast to discuss his journey into the world of running celebrity fan clubs beginning with his first client - and the world's biggest band at the time - Journey. From there he was managing exclusive concert tickets and organizing VIP tours for top performers of the 80s/90s/00s including Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Whitney Houston, Will Smith, Skid Row, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Britney, N'Sync and so many more. You don't want to miss his "Job That Blew" because Tim brought plenty of tea to spill!
Claudia Bloom visits Jobs Blow Podcast to tell Briana and Josh how discovering a love for living on the beach in The Rockaways (Queens, NY) led her to recognizing an opportunity to set up a business there. After years in acting (90210!) and publishing, she was ready for a different adventure and quickly realized that her new home was a prime spot for NYC film and production crews looking for locations to shoot. That's when she launched her company Rock Locations. And if you think that's gutsy - wait till you hear how she trusted Josh to teach her son math.
We cannot write a description that will do this episode justice because no one can tell Shannon Denise Evans' story quite as well as she can. Whether through the lyrics in her music or written words in her novels, the multi-talented storyteller took what was once a painful past and turned it into a promising future by sharing it with the world. Shannon joins Briana and Josh in studio to discuss how a Port-wine stain on her face overtook her identity as a child and how she learned to wear it as a badge of courage... until it became medically necessary to have it removed.
Briana reconnects with one of her first NYC friends when Broadway Producer Jayna Neagle stops by the show to discuss her latest project, "Cirque du Soleil: 'Twas the Night Before." Jayna also talks about what it was like to go back to school at age 34 to pursue her dream of working on Broadway and what it felt like to intern again after being a successful business woman. Her biggest challenge came, however, when she got her first production and had to leave her newborn twins to go to Las Vegas. Get to know this badass dreamer in the latest episode of Jobs Blow.
Music Icon Taylor Dayne visits the Jobs Blow Podcast for the Season 2 Premiere show! Whether you know the dynamic performer because her music is the soundtrack to your high school career or because you've enjoyed the Tig Notaro story about meeting her - you do not want to miss this episode. In addition to singing her classic, "I'll Be Your Shelter" with her "Daynettes," she helps Briana and Josh re-name some of her classics, including "Tell it to My Heart" and "Love Will Lead You Back."
Stephanie LeHane and Keith Saltojanes (now pronounced "Salto-Gianis", per Josh) stop by the Jobs Blow Podcast to talk about their limited run in "With a little Help... It's John Belushi." In the show, Stephanie embodies the phenomenal Gilda Radner while Keith goes all in as the multi-talented Dan Aykroyd. The show, which premiered in LA to rave reviews, is currently running in NYC through 12/22. Catch the latest episode to find out which one has a Guinness World Record and which one started out in gay porn.
Jeremiah Kreisberg and his business partner Leland Whitehouse believe that people should have access to good food more often. It was that belief that inspired them to launch Slow Up, where they make whole food bars that are prepared with the same craft and thoughtfulness they look for in their meals. They say they are meant to be savored, even when you’re doing a million other things. Jeremiah also tells Briana and Josh about his time at Yale, his Professional basketball career in Israel, and what the world looks like when you are 6'10.
PART 2 of our interview with Peter Marshark. He was such a popular guest on episode #36, we had him back to share more of his stories from struggle to success. Listen to both episodes for his full story.
Peter Marshark stops by the Jobs Blow Podcast to talk about facing down a life-threatening addiction that could have left him in financial ruin or worse... dead. Through sheer determination and with the support of friends, today he is the owner of Marshark Craft, a successful catering service for major film, fashion, and TV productions. But before his success, he tells Briana and Josh how his journey took him from the glamorous world of fashion photography and partying at Studio 54 to being locked up in Riker's and homeless. And that is only the beginning.
Actor-Comedian-Writer-Producer Jason Salmon - pronounced Saulman - joins Jobs Blow to discuss the pronunciation of his family name and then takes us along on his journey from his life as a cowboy in Texas to his life as a cowboy in NYC. Since arriving and ditching his day job, Jason has appeared in everything from Budweiser and Verizon commercials to "Orange is the New Black" and "30 Rock" to his Comedy Central Youtube series, "A Cowboy Explains." Plus, he has a podcast - Jason's Failed Podcast - which he also tapes at the Comic Strip Live.
From being party to the biggest party-fraternity at the University of Buffalo (ΣAM), to forging his way through the brutal landscape of Hollywood, actor/producer/writer Jack Zullo is always going at high ‘Octane’ speeds. UB is where he met Josh, providing Jack big belly laughs, and ever since Jack has provided Josh great perspective on the grueling acting industry. Now Jack is back home in New York getting ready to launch his Off-Broadway, live, tribute-show to comedy legend John Belushi, premiering at St. Marks’ Theater 80 this December 2019. He’s researched, he’s written and now Jack will once again embody the legendary tour-de-force comedian that was Belushi (aka John “Bluto” Blutarsky, aka the Samurai Futaba, aka Jake Blues). And to such rave reviews in LA that even John’s brother James (Jim) snuck into a show and was blown away. Get ready NYC! “With a Little Help…It’s John Belushi” is about to be something that this Brother Blues you away with, too!
*("Everybody, Needs Somebody To Love..." so if you only love Briana, don't be mad that she couldn't make the record session for this episode. It's still a good one!)