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Inspired by the international bestselling young adult / science-fiction novel Excelsior, this weekly interview show puts the spotlight on both up-and-coming and established creative talents who share their journey to success.

Excelsior Journeys Once Upon a Podcast

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

Inspired by the international bestselling young adult / science-fiction novel Excelsior, this weekly interview show puts the spotlight on both up-and-coming and established creative talents who share their journey to success.

    Wrapping Up Season 8 with Powerhouse Strategist Ann Koppuzha (Part 1)

    Wrapping Up Season 8 with Powerhouse Strategist Ann Koppuzha (Part 1)

    We're reaching the end of Season 8 of Excelsior Journeys, and so this conversation with digital strategist Ann Koppuzha will be a two-parter. Ann has been working for years with podcasters, authors, and other content creators developing strategies for them to get their work in front of as many eyes as possible. For this episode, Ann & I go into her history of how she got into being a strategist, her first successes, what she has learned along the way, and what she continues to learn to this day.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE.

    • 35 min
    Performer, Marketer, Publisher: Rebecca Vickers Brings Storytelling Wherever She Goes

    Performer, Marketer, Publisher: Rebecca Vickers Brings Storytelling Wherever She Goes

    This week on Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with FMO Media's VP of Operations, Rebecca Vickers. As a marketer, a performer, and now as the head of her own publishing company, Rebecca's primary thrust that she brings to all of her ventures is storytelling. And the lesson she learned during her journey is that fellow creatives don't have to be afraid of marketing, they just have to look at it in the way they already look at the rest of the world.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE.

    • 53 min
    Walking the Trail from Experience to Story with Author Mic Lowther

    Walking the Trail from Experience to Story with Author Mic Lowther

    This week on Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with author Mic Lowther, who harnessed his decades-long dream of writing into seeking out experiences that can become the basis for later stories. The first major experience came in 1973 when he, his wife, and their 10-year-old child walked the Appalachian Trail, a 200+ day-long adventure that was documented in his book "Walking North." Since completing that journey, Mic has gone on to write a follow-up non-fiction book, as well as several children's books and his fiction trilogy that started with the novel "Seventeen Parcels" and continues with "The Unlikely Redemption of the Thief Sydney Bridgewater" (Part 3 is currently in development).
    Learn more about Michaell by following the different links on his website HERE.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE.

    • 34 min
    Searching for the Source of Creativity Itself with Artist and Author Michaell Magrutsche

    Searching for the Source of Creativity Itself with Artist and Author Michaell Magrutsche

    This week on Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with multimedia artist & author Michaell Magrutsche. This became a truly fascinating conversation that focused on the one thing that all creatives take for granted: finding out where the ideas came from that sparked the artistic journey we're all on.
    Learn more about Michaell by following the different links on his website HERE.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE.

    • 52 min
    The Incredible Journey of Ceramic Artist and Author Morgan McCarver

    The Incredible Journey of Ceramic Artist and Author Morgan McCarver

    This week on Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with ceramic artist & author Morgan McCarver. From overcoming scoliosis spinal fusion surgery to working with all kinds of clay to start up her business that now resides in Asheville, NC, Morgan never lost sight of her faith, which guides her to the next milestones in her life, which includes when she became an author of the book "God The Artist."
    Learn more about Morgan by clicking HERE.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE.

    • 37 min
    Author Laura E. Thompson is Ready to Take Her Writing Community on an Elven Quest

    Author Laura E. Thompson is Ready to Take Her Writing Community on an Elven Quest

    This week on Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with fellow author Laura E. Thompson. She has written several YA & New Adult novels under the pen name Laura LaBarge, and has moved into sci-fi & fantasy with her Elven Quest series, her Witches of Tradbeldam series, and more! And she accomplished this with the help of the writing community she had cultivated over the years, a community that her former agent recommend she not pursue.
    Learn more about Laura by clicking HERE.
    For those who would like to get involved with the Once Upon a Podcast Network, please message onceuponapodcastnetwork@gmail.com with your contact information and the name & description of your show. And if you have an idea for any of the concepts listed below, definitely let us know! We'd like to add shows that focus on the following:
    Indie Comics / Cosplaying / Book Club (roundtable show with indie books & authors) / Indie Films / Conventions / Fan Fiction / Self-Help (a creative host focusing on ailments all creatives deal with such as anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, etc)
    Subscribe to all shows in the Once Upon a Podcast Network by clicking HERE.
    The Excelsior Journeys podcast exists primarily as a platform for creatives of all kinds (authors, filmmakers, stand-up comics, musicians, voice artists, painters, podcasters, etc) to share their journeys to personal success. It is very important to celebrate those voices as much as possible to not only provide encouragement to up-and-coming talent, but to say thank you to the established men & women for inspiring the current generation of artists.
    If you agree that the Excelsior Journeys podcast serves a positive purpose and would like to show your appreciation, you can give back to the show by clicking HERE

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

MorganMcCarverPorcelain ,

Calling all Creatives!

This is a great podcast for artists, authors, and creatives of all kinds!

Stronger_Like_Stephanie ,

I connected with George on Threads & thought - I need to check out his podcast!

I connected with George on Threads & thought - I need to check out his podcast!

I was NOT disappointed.

From the very early episodes, you could tell - this guy was literally BORN to podcast; interview great guests; share his insights; and hold intriguing conversations.

I learn so much from his interviews, especially the recent one with Rena of Better Call Daddy Podcast. I walked away with a thousand and one new ideas for my own podcasts.

I also just love the way he speaks. He’s one of my favorite people to follow & talk with on Threads so it’s no surprise that his podcast brings up similar feelings

PanditasMom ,

So much fun

George was a complete delight to talk to, and we had a very stimulating conversation. He was my first podcast, so I feel like I got very lucky. I hope future hosts will match up to George!

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