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The Podcast about people doing non conventional jobs, living overseas or living in a unique way, getting out of their comfort zone, or who have gone through a struggle. presented in a humorous way.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

The Podcast about people doing non conventional jobs, living overseas or living in a unique way, getting out of their comfort zone, or who have gone through a struggle. presented in a humorous way.

    15. Interview with Johnny Hockin Film Director and ex MTV host

    15. Interview with Johnny Hockin Film Director and ex MTV host

    In this interview I had a chat with Johnny Hockin where we talk about when he worked on MTV interviewing famous actors like George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Hugh Jackman and Tommy Lee Jones. Not all of them were easy to talk to but some were really a pleasure.

    Johnny Hockin is a Toronto-based producer and filmmaker. While working as a correspondent at MTV News, he co-created and hosted MTV Movie Night for MTV Canada, which aired on CTV. In 2011, he produced the viral fan film Tron: Destiny which has almost 4 million views. Johnny left MTV to form Juniper Island Productions, where in 2013 he produced the BravoFact short Manifold with director Anthony Scott Burns. Manifold starred Stephen McHattie, premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and garnered 200,000 views and a Vimeo staff pick. He has worked as a commercial producer and director with clients including Red Bull, Soho House and Vice Media.

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    If you want to see the films we discussed describing the music scene in Vancouver and Montreal you can find them at his web site

    • 56 min
    14. Interview with Author Beth Barany

    14. Interview with Author Beth Barany

    Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. She runs an online school for fiction writers and a 12-month group coaching program to help them get published. More resources on publishing, marketing, and novel writing are on her blog, Writer's Fun Zone. When she's not helping writers, Beth writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.

    Beth Barany
    Creativity Coach/Teacher/Speaker for Novelists:

    YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Science Fiction Mystery Novelist:

    Plan Your Novel Like A Pro

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    Beth Barany, Award-winning Fantasy Novelist

    • 41 min
    13. The Best Italian City to Live or Study in: Reggio Emilia

    13. The Best Italian City to Live or Study in: Reggio Emilia

    I interviewed Daniela Vezzani in this episode who founded Reggio Lingua in 2004. I wanted to do an episode about the city where I live (Reggio Emilia) because I really like it, so Daniela tells what you can do if you want to come here and learn Italian. There are many opportunities to experience the culture by staying with a host family or doing cooking courses.

    Reggio Emilia offers many things to do including outdoor activities like mountain biking, climbing, hiking and then they are world famous for their food like Parmigiano Reggiano or Balsamic vinegar. It's not as well know as the other cities nearby like Parma Modena or Bologna but believe me, it's a gem!

    If you're interested in studying with ReggioLingua here's their link: https://www.reggiolingua.it/
    Have a look at this video with some incredible images of our city: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7I-AuKQPKs

    • 32 min
    12. A 21st Century American Dream

    12. A 21st Century American Dream

    Declared the "SEO Rockstar" by the American Marketing Association, Dmitrii has significantly increased the online presence of brands through custom digital marketing campaigns and innovative content marketing techniques. Dmitrii is the founder and the Internet marketing director at Regex SEO  and his work has appeared on MOZ, RankWatch, SEMrush, HackerNoon, UpCity, Business Innovator Radio, Small Biz Bonfire and many other high-profile marketing platforms. 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DigitalSpaceman
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    Website: https://www.regexseo.com

    • 39 min
    11. An American AuPair in Germany

    11. An American AuPair in Germany

    This is a great episode for people that want to come to Europe (specifically Germany). I learned from talking with Hannah that Working as an au pair is an option that allows people from the US to work for one year in Germany and there is a special visa for this as well.
    She also talks about another aspect that I imagine very few people know about - that it is possible to do a Master’s for free in Germany, so many people go there and work as an au pair for a year and then go on to get a Masters.

    I read however that if someone wants to come to Italy as an au pair from outside the EU they need to be a student and have to be enrolled in a course that is a minimum of 20 hours per week, so it seems to be more difficult for those who want to come here.
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    • 41 min


    This person who decided to remain anonymous describes the pros and cons of working in a county jail in the US. We talk about the opioid epidemic, gangs, murderers, and he tells some pretty crazy stories about people at their worst. However it seems as if some people behind bars can turn their lives around.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Earl1254 ,

Very interesting

Was relevant to my line of work and love hearing about others’

Priceless530 ,

Love the show!

Very interesting topics and I learn something new in each episode. Looking forward to hearing new episodes!

n&mleo ,

Good practical info for living abroad

Easy to listen to and informative information from two ex-pats living in Italy.

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