155 episodes

A podcast dedicated to telling honest and real stories about living in a world that was not necessarily designed for us.

Always Looking Up Jillian Curwin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to telling honest and real stories about living in a world that was not necessarily designed for us.

    Syanne Centeno-Bloom On The Value Of Disability

    Syanne Centeno-Bloom On The Value Of Disability

    In this week’s episode I sat down with Syanne Centeno-Bloom. Syanne is a prominent civil/disability rights activist, content creator and signed model. She has worked with brands like Dove, Thistle and Spire and Victoria’s Secret and also currently serves as a council member for Courage for America, confronting extremist ideologies by far-right lawmakers head-on. We discuss diversity and trends in disability representation, the beauty of vulnerability, showing that being disabled is being human and much, much more.
    Follow Syanne: Instagram @syannebloom
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 57 min
    Alex Barone On Seeing Disability With More Authenticity

    Alex Barone On Seeing Disability With More Authenticity

    In this week’s episode I sat down with Alex Barone. Alex is an actor who can be seen in The Luckiest Girl Alive, Dopesick, as well as the fifth season of Mayans M.C. where he played the character of Bottles. Alex is also an advocate for performers with disabilities and is a mentor to children with limb differences. We discuss wanting to see disabled characters that are sexy and have grit, disability as a brand in the entertainment industry, that disabled people are some of the toughest people you will ever meet, and much, much more.
    Follow Alex: Instagram: @alexjbarone
    Learn More About Camp No Limits: https://www.nolimitsfoundation.org/ 
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 49 min
    Joshua Castille And Caden Zane Marshall On Having Deaf And Disabled People In The Rooms Where Theater Happens

    Joshua Castille And Caden Zane Marshall On Having Deaf And Disabled People In The Rooms Where Theater Happens

    In this week’s episode I sat down with Joshua Castille and Caden Zane Marshall. Joshua is a Deaf performance artist who strives to form meaningful collaborations that explore the boundaries of art. He has worked on various projects in different roles including ASL master, director, actor, set designer, and more. Caden is a seasoned performer, American Sign Language interpreter, and influencer. Caden's 15+ years of experience in the theatre community has led him to focus on topics of queer activism and advocacy for inclusive spaces and works of art that highlight underrepresented communities. We discuss how shows like Deaf West’s Big River and Spring Awakening revolutionized how Broadway saw deaf people on stage, advocating for theater that incorporates rather than tokenizes, why we need to have deaf and disabled people in the rooms where decisions are made and much, much more.
    Follow Joshua: Instagram: @castillejoshua Twitter: @CastilleJoshua Website: https://www.joshuacastille.com/
    Watch Josh perform Satisfied from Hamilton HERE
    Follow Caden: TikTok: @themusicaldealer Instagram: @whereiscaden YouTube: The Musical Dealer Website: https://cadenzane.com/
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Madison Tevlin On The Fun Of Defying Expectations

    Madison Tevlin On The Fun Of Defying Expectations

    In this week’s episode I sat down with Madison Tevlin. Madison is an award-winning model, host, content creator, actor and advocate. She shatters the expectations people have about Down syndrome, reminding everyone that it is the least interesting thing about her. We discuss the powerful “Assume That I Can” video and the impact of authentic storytelling, how fun it is to defy expectations when we are underestimated, what it means to her to be someone the next generation is looking up to and much, much more.
    Follow Madison: Instagram: @madisontevlin TikTok: @madisontevlin YouTube: Madison Tevlin Website: https://www.madisontevlin.com/
    Watch the "Assume That I Can" video HERE
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 32 min
    Madison Ferris, Danny Gomez, and Laura Winters On All of Me, A Hot Disabled Love Story

    Madison Ferris, Danny Gomez, and Laura Winters On All of Me, A Hot Disabled Love Story

    In this special episode I sat down with Madison Ferris, Danny Gomez, and Laura Winters to talk about the play All of Me, opening Off-Broadway The Pershing Square Signature Center here in New York City on May 14, 2024. All of Me, written by Laura and starring Madison and Danny is a boldly humorous and candid love story exploring class and disability in America today. Let’s get into it.
    All About All of Me
    Website: https://thenewgroup.org/production/all-of-me/
    Buy Tickets Here: https://thenewgroup.org/production/all-of-me/tickets/
    Follow The New Group: Instagram: @thenewgroupnyc YouTube: TheNewGroupNYC Twitter: @TheNewGroupNYC Facebook: The New Group
    Follow Madison: Instagram: @maddd.hatter
    Follow Danny: Instagram: @dannyjgomezofficial Website: https://www.dannyjgomez.com/ 
    Follow Laura: Instagram: @laurawinters12 Website: https://www.laura-winters.com/ 
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 56 min
    Dustin Giannelli On Access Being The Key To Communication

    Dustin Giannelli On Access Being The Key To Communication

    In this week’s episode I sat down with Dustin Giannelli. Dustin Giannelli is the CEO & Founder of HearsDustin LLC and a DEI and Accessibility focused public speaker and consultant. He shares his lived experiences as someone who is profoundly deaf and has worn hearing aids since the age of 5 as a way to highlight DEI best practices and the importance of accessibility and communication. We discuss the feeling of living in between two different worlds, the message he shares with brands across all industries, and, because it is the third anniversary of Always Looking Up, we highlight some of the incredible people in our community that we look up to, and much, much more.
    Follow Dustin: Instagram: @dustingiannelli LinkedIn: Dustin Giannelli Twitter: @DustinGiannelli
    Follow HearsDustin: @hearsdustin Website: https://www.hearsdustin.com/ 
    Follow Me: Instagram: @jill_ilana , @alwayslookingup.podcast TikTok: @jillian_ilana Website: https://www.jillianilana.com/ Email: alwayslookingup227@gmail.com
    This episode was edited and produced by Ben Curwin

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

J Dawe ,

Beautiful

This is a new favorite!! So interesting and important to understand the challenges people with disabilities face. I love your positive vibe!!

healbone96 ,

Life ain’t fair…

You know it sister…

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