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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#62: ERICA RHODES | Is a Super Nice Comedian Who Can See Your Darkly Gorgeous Soul if She Holds Up a Lemon to Her Eyeball
Super Nice human ERICA RHODES started out by voicing the conscience of Garrison Keillor on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and has worked on that show ever since.She’s appeared on ABC’s Modern Family, HBO’s Veep … and a bunch of other shows but I don't like typing much, so it's better for me if I skip over the rest and save myself some keystrokes while you go online, maybe, and do some Internet sleuthing to uncover my willful omissions. It's not that I'm trying to hide anything from you, or not deliver an exceptional experience, it's just that I am truly allergic to time spent inputting characters via a lowgrade keyboard like the ones that come on Macbook Pros. It's a horrible experience. Anyway, Erica's most recent comedy album SAD LEMON hit #1 on the iTunes comedy chart, which is impressive. Are you impressed? I'm impressed. Listen in, as it only gets better. Promise.
TOPICS OF DEEP INTEREST
> Stalkers: Reliable Indicators of Fame?
> Spicy Talk about Pre-Marital Sex
> Those Moments Where You Reassess Your Career Choice, Again and Again and Again
> A Shallow Dive into the Complex Machinations of a Comedian’s Psyche
> A Great Reason to Break Up with YOUR Therapist
> The Great NFT Hoodie Giveaway
> Proud Mary Coffee
NICE LINKSErica's website | https://ericarhodescomedy.com (https://ericarhodescomedy.com) Erica on Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/ericarhodes (https://www.instagram.com/ericarhodes)Erica on Twitter | https://twitter.com/ericarhodes (https://twitter.com/ericarhodes) Sad Lemon (buy it now) https://ericarhodes.bandcamp.com/album/sad-lemon (https://ericarhodes.bandcamp.com/album/sad-lemon) Erica's Medium page | https://ericalynnrhodes.medium.com (https://ericalynnrhodes.medium.com)
THEME SONG KEITH ALLEN (@chetsaber)
#61: LAGANJA ESTRANJA aka JAY JACKSON | The Qannabis Queen Your Daddy Warned You About
JAY JACKSON aka LAGANJA ESTRANJA is a world-renowned female illusionist, choreographer, musical artist, cannabis advocate and LGBTQ+ icon. Jay first launched to stardom after being selected to compete on Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Today, Jackson’s tv and film credits include Heidi Klum’s Queen of Drags (2019), So You Think You Can Dance (2018 & 2019), Latin American Music Awards (2019), Germany's Next Top Model (2018), Bong Appetite (2017 & 2019), America's Got Talent (2016), RuPaul's Green Screen Christmas (2015), Skin Wars (2015), MTV's Video Music Awards (Miley Cyrus/2015), RuPaul’s Drag Race (2014) and the American Music Awards (Christina Aguilera/2012). Jackson was featured on the cover of New York Magazine’s June 2019 issue The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America. (https://nymag.com/press/2019/06/on-the-cover-the-most-powerful-drag-queens-in-america.html) Laganja has also been featured in High Times Magazine as well as Dope Magazine, making her the first LGBTQ+ entertainer to appear on the cover of a cannabis magazine (https://issuu.com/dopemag/docs/4_dope_magazine_september_2015_norc).
In 2016, Jackson founded Laganja’s Dance School, an international high-heels masterclass and confidence workshop held in dozens of cities all over the world.
In short, Jay is a super nice, super-interesting, mega-talented highly-opinionated champion of equal rights, inclusivity and wild, no-holds-barred non-comformity. You'll love her!
Laganja Instram > www.instagram.com/laganjaestranja
Laganja Website > laganjaestranja.com (laganjaestranja.com )
Daddy Music Video (NSFW) > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASkGwrokKG4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASkGwrokKG4)
#60: ANDREW DEANGELO | The Last Prisoner Project
Legendary cannabis pioneer and eminently nice human ANDREW DEANGELO joins Nice Work! to talk about his role as co-founder of the non-profit Last Prisoner Project (LPP). LPP’s mission is to free and re-integrate all cannabis prisoners on earth into mainstream society. The Last Prisoner Project was founded out of the belief that if anyone is able to profit and build wealth in the legal cannabis industry, those individuals must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.
> Sentence expungement> The fight for clemency> Post-prison rehabilitation> The cannabis-hemp renaissance> The birth of Harborside> Social justice work within the cannabis industry> What you can do right now to help
Learn how you can help at http://www.lastprisonerproject.org (http://www.lastprisonerproject.org)
#59: KARA LANCASTER | Leading with Love - A Transgender Journey
Our dear friend KARA LANCASTER is a globe-hopping director based in Portland, Oregon who has directed several of our favorite music videos by our favorite bands ... and while her professional career alone is inspirational, it's her recent decision to transition into an entirely new and at long last wholly authentic life that is at the heart of this episode of Nice Work!.
Beyond the physical challenges presented by hormones and facial feminization surgery, Kara is also undergoing a radical spiritual and psychological shift. After giving up her "white male club card," she has had to swiftly adapt to a new world of prejudice, hate and misunderstanding...but also one of support, inclusiveness and love. It's been quite a journey so far, and hopefully her story will help others better relate to and understand the growing transgender community.
Kara on Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/karathehuntress (http://www.instagram.com/karathehuntress)
THEME SONG KEITH ALLEN http://www.instagram.com/chetsaber (http://www.instagram.com/chetsaber)
#58: JOHN CAPONE | On Steering the Ship That is Whalebone - The Delightfully Disorienting 4th Best Magazine in the World
We welcome JOHN CAPONE, Quartermaster and Director of Content at of WHALEBONE MAGAZINE. Whalebone has been called “National Geographic's more laid back younger brother” and “the magazine for the beautiful people whose souls haven’t withered and died under the relentless, toxic, dehumanizing grind of consumptive corporate culture”. It’s also been called “a sweet publication that’ll make you smile”.John has dedicated himself to the craft of publishing, mastering the trade at the cusp of the print-digital evolution. He has worked with some of the true luminaries of the publishing and design world … and is now threatening to become one himself. Listen in, as we explore his passion and discover more hints as to what it takes to achieve the dream of Nice Work! NICE LINKS
Whalebone Magazine | www.whalebonemag.com (http://www.whalebonemag.com)
Afternoon Delight Newsletter | https://whalebonemag.com/signupAccidentally Wes Anderson | https://accidentallywesanderson.com (https://accidentallywesanderson.com)
#57: JAMEY SMART | Baseball In the Time of COVID-19
JAMEY SMART Is a talented baseball player with his eyes on the prize. His baseball journey may not a be a long one, but it has taken a lot of twists and turns as he’s traveled the world in pursuit of the major leagues … and also, really, in pursuit of meaning, wisdom, laughs and happiness. A key part of our discussion revolves around the mental health challenges faced by so many athletes. Theirs is a unique set of pressures , especially student athletes, and one that can not only clash against but be exacerbated by what’s often a sub-culture of machismo and an unhealthy type of stoicism. The good news is that more and more the new generation of athletes are finding their voice and talking more openly about their struggles … which is so damned important especially during the covid-era.
Jamey gives a blow-by-blow of his adventures so far in independent baseball, ten teams since college. His stories are filled with lots of insights and humor… if you’re into baseball, like really into it, you’ll love Jamey. NICE LINKS
Jamey's Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/son_of_roy_and_susie/ (https://www.instagram.com/son_of_roy_and_susie/)
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