Ever been afraid to follow your true passion? The guests of Nice Work! have all been there, and they've all taken the leap of faith...and stuck the landing. Host Tod Brilliant is the founder of the Super Nice Club, and his inspirational guests will give you the confidence to turn your passion(s) into your career!
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#50: JUSTICE BRILLIANT | Teen COVID Blues + Healing Political Divides by Sacrificing Lizard People
Teenage "Son of Super Nice" JUSTICE BRILLIANT helps us celebrate our first podcast anniversary by joining us on Episode #50. In this father-son talk, Justice dishes on what it's like to be a high school senior during COVID, and brings up some pretty big questions in the process:> Is COVID driving a wedge between you and your kids?
> Why is it so hard for some parents to trust their children?
> Are teen mental health issues being swept under the rug? Far more than just the "son of super nice", Justice is a college-bound starting pitcher with a parchment-dry sense of humor who currently works as the Director of Marketing for a nationally-ranked collegiate summer league baseball team. Justice also discusses the "COVID College Conundrum" for academics and athletics, finally solves the highly-contentious "milk or cereal first" argument, presents a plan for bringing red & blue together (hint, it involves sacrificing lizard people), opines on the future of Qanon, pledges his love for Buckaroo Banzai, and most vitally .... He GUARANTEES that his powerful right arm will strike out MLB prospects ANDREW VAUGHN and SPENCER TORKELSON (charity challenge to take place at Healdsburg Rec Park). If you can reach either of these future HOFers, let 'em know that in order to scale the highest heights, they'll first have to conquer Young Master Brilliant. :)
Big love to you all. Whatever you're doing, STAY NICE!
Justice on IG = http://www.instagram.com/jmnsb15 (http://www.instagram.com/jmnsb15)Healdsburg Prune Packers baseball = www.prunepackers.org (http://www.prunepackers.org)
#49: NEDA DISNEY | Tiny Seeds & Hungry Wolves (Curly's Story)
This week’s guest is author NEDA DISNEY, whose novel Planting Wolves is a mind-blower:“Planting Wolves unfolds like a crossword puzzle drawn over a map of the Los Angeles freeway system. Winding, playful, and bloody, it keeps you slightly uncomfortable for the majority of the ride, unsure of what to expect or how things overlap.” – LA Review of Books
Frisco Book Review: "This book will feed your voyeuristic urges as you look deeply through the eyes of each character. Brilliantly written." -- San Francisco Book Review"Planting Wolves is a beautifully written masterpiece. A wonderful point-of-view story that comes full circle. Disney captures the lives of six intricate characters whose lives are so magnificently intertwined it will leave you wanting more." -- Seattle Book ReviewIn addition to talking about this super nice book, you’ll enjoy some musings on:
> The difference between a writer and someone who writes
> Why it can be hard to admit that you're a writer
> Are you a Moe, Larry or Curly?
> Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining (why were horror movies so amazing in the 1970s?)
> Why a pronunciation fetish isn't super nice> The misperceptions around Los AngelesNICE LINKS
Neda on IG > http://instagram.com/neda_disney
Planting Wolves on IG > http://instagram.com/planting_wolves
#48: OPHELIA CHONG | Exploring the Magical World of Mushrooms Via the Inner Travel Agency
OPHELIA CHONG is driven to help shape the new conversation surrounding plant medicine. She is the executive producer for DoubleBlind Magazine’s series on growing mushrooms and an advisor to the DB community, Chong’s advocacy is guided by one mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and psilocybin and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace both. She is also known as The Short Yellow Gnome, an educator and hobbyist using this time of Covid isolation to pursue her love of fungi. She sees this time as the “glass half-full,” using her collage and living arrangement skills to create art using mushrooms by combining them into new forms.Some of what you’ll learn about:> What makes magic mushrooms magical?
> Edible and magical mushroom growing tips
> The difference between legalization and decriminalization
> Magic mushrooms as powerful depression/PTSD therapy tools
> Ketamine patches – Real-time proactive negation of PTSD experiences
> Micro-dosing to boost your career and happiness
The Short Yellow Gnome / https://www.theshortyellowgnome.com (https://www.theshortyellowgnome.com)
Double Blind Magazine / https://doubleblindmag.com (https://doubleblindmag.com)
Ophelia Instagram / https://www.instagram.com/theshortyellowgnome/ (https://www.instagram.com/theshortyellowgnome/)
BOOK: Michael Pollen ‘How to Change Your Mind’ / https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735224155 (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735224155)
DOCUMENTARY: Fantastic Fungi / https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fantasticfungi (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fantasticfungi)
THEME SONGKeith Allen
#47: RHEA SEEHORN | Kim Wexler, COVID Exceptionalism & the LAX Butthole
This week’s guest is super nice human RHEA SEEHORN. Rhea is a stage, television, and film actor, best known for playing the strange, mysterious and funny attorney KIM WEXLER in Better Call Saul (AMC). She has also appeared in Whitney (NBC), I'm With Her (ABC), Franklin & Bash (TNT) and dozens of other shows. She also co-stars in Colin West’s soon to be released sci-fi comedy Linoleum. If you’re interested in mastering your particular craft, this will be an hour well spent. Rhea reminds us that success is in the eye of the beholder … that is to say, even the most talented actors – and Rhea is among the most talented actors working today -- worry that their careers could be cut short at any moment. As you’ll learn, the fear of that is a double-edged motivator.We also talk about COVID exceptionalism, animated television, what a yellow light means (you think you know but I bet you don’t), the LAX butthole and, of course, her wonderful character Kim Wexler and the upcoming final season of Better Call Saul. What in the world will happen to Kim? Is there a hint in this podcast? Is hinting at that hint just a naked ploy for your attention? You decide. :)
Rhea on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rheaseehorn/?hl=en)
THAT Taxi Scene > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39k067hcgYY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39k067hcgYY)
Linoleum! Coming Soon! (https://deadline.com/2020/11/jim-gaffigan-rhea-seehorn-star-in-linoleum-movie-1234617327/)
#46: ISABEL SAMARAS | Why Not & What If? Remixing Old Masters into Newer, Nicer Universes
There's no better way to encapsulate this episode than through Isabel Samaras' own words:"It all kinda whirls together — old movies, a pretty broad spectrum of art, music music music, all the sci-fi books I tore through as a kid, Ultraman and all kinds of Kaiju, fairy tales and fables, the absurdist humor of Monty Python, monsters of every ilk, and very most especially all the many permutations of love: unrequited, blazing out of control, thwarted, tender, forbidden, maternal, and inter-species. Often a painting will just start with a feeling, which might come from a combination of eating chocolate, listening to Bill Withers sing “Use Me”, and thinking about how odd it is that one of my favorite painters, Ingres, lived during this time of incredible sexual repression (the Victorian era)."That, plus the happiness of birds. And naked Batmen. And how talking to strangers makes both of you feel happier for HOURS. And sci-fi kids: Are they learning a broader world/universe view? And the whole damsels in distress thing ... and ... and ... and ...Just join us. It's a great talk. Super promise or your money back!
Isabel's website = www.isabelsamaras.com (http://www.isabelsamaras.com)
Isabel on Instagram = @isabaelsamarasart (http://www.instagram.com/isabelsamarasart)
Great wiki on Artemisia Gentileschi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_Gentileschi?fbclid=IwAR16wRCEmD_YvDe931oGdWzP-aZsG6hhchsN-9ffz1WGi04vZ77-d3olWz8#Rape_by_Agostino_Tassi)
#45: OLIWA "FM-3030" NEWELL | Lessons from a New Age-Adjacent Yoga Master
OLIWA NEWELL is an accomplished musician, yogi and earth dweller. He has performed in Kirtan ensembles for decades and has completed two 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings with the Shivakali Yoga School. Oliwa's yogic practice is inspired by his optimistic yet concerned perception of the state of our world, and the beings by which it is inhabited. It is his hope that by learning to breathe, quieting the mind, bringing flexibility and strength to the body, and sharing a sense of connectedness we, as humans, may be empowered to realize solutions to the problems we face. And, that we may live a life of deep joy, wild wonder, and gentle understanding. In addition to Oliwa's asana practice, his autodidacticism has guided him on a learning adventure through Eastern and Western philosophy, Vipassana Meditation, Non-Violent Communication, ballet/modern dance, natural sciences, psychology, civics, and art. If that's not enough, he's also an acclaimed producer, musician and DJ who has toured and worked with some of the world’s biggest, and smallest (but still amazing) musicians and bands.This is a podcast full of questions. Here are a few of the big ones:
Is critical thinking not nice?Why should you practice yoga? What's the difference between kind and nice and does it even matter? Who was FM-2020? Is it okay to stick up for reason in a world that shuns it?How does one actively defend a nicer world without being called an a*****e?What the heck is New Age-adjacent?Did the Heaven's Gate cult succeed?
Oliwa on Instagram: @dear_future (http://www.instagram.com/dear_future)
Oliwa’s Music on Bandcamp (https://aliveandchanging.bandcamp.com/)
Shree Bill Murray on Being in the Now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9TvFkiLLMo)
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