176 episodes

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is a show that explores the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. We aim to help listeners grow and thrive by sharing stories of real people who have experienced adversity and success.

Hosted by Jay Hicks, multimedia artist and music producer, along with co-host Gary DeFranco, an Emmy-nominated executive producer with 20 years of experience producing non-scripted television, The Tragedy Academy Podcast provides a unique perspective on life’s challenges and how to overcome them.

Our guests come from all walks of life and share their stories of struggle and triumph. We believe that our past does not define our future and that living authentically and purposefully is the key to a fulfilling life.

Through candid and humorous discussions, we explore societal divides and bridge gaps in understanding. We believe that laughter is the best fertilizer for the tree of knowledge, and that’s why we bring you stories that will make you think, laugh, and inspire you to be a better person.

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Subscribe now and join us on this journey of humor and enlightenment as we strive to grow the tree of knowledge together.
Be cool and keep learning.

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    • Education
    • 5.0 • 101 Ratings

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is a show that explores the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. We aim to help listeners grow and thrive by sharing stories of real people who have experienced adversity and success.

Hosted by Jay Hicks, multimedia artist and music producer, along with co-host Gary DeFranco, an Emmy-nominated executive producer with 20 years of experience producing non-scripted television, The Tragedy Academy Podcast provides a unique perspective on life’s challenges and how to overcome them.

Our guests come from all walks of life and share their stories of struggle and triumph. We believe that our past does not define our future and that living authentically and purposefully is the key to a fulfilling life.

Through candid and humorous discussions, we explore societal divides and bridge gaps in understanding. We believe that laughter is the best fertilizer for the tree of knowledge, and that’s why we bring you stories that will make you think, laugh, and inspire you to be a better person.

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Subscribe now and join us on this journey of humor and enlightenment as we strive to grow the tree of knowledge together.
Be cool and keep learning.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:
Podcorn - https://podcorn.com/privacy
Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Justin Long on Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Masculinity, and Finding Self-Worth

    Justin Long on Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Masculinity, and Finding Self-Worth

    In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks sits down with Justin Long, an advocate against toxic masculinity and author of the book The Righteous Rage of a 10-Year-Old Boy. They discuss Justin’s journey through a traumatic childhood, his struggles with alcohol, and the transformative power of therapy, particularly EMDR. They explore emotional health, the impact of toxic masculinity, and the importance of self-acceptance and vulnerability. Join them for a candid and insightful conversation filled with personal stories, humor, and valuable lessons on living authentically.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Finding Calm Amidst Chaos with Ann Swanson

    Finding Calm Amidst Chaos with Ann Swanson

    In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks welcomes the insightful Ann Swanson, a yoga therapist and author, to discuss the art of finding calm amidst chaos. Ann shares her transformative journey with yoga and meditation, revealing practical tips and the profound benefits of these practices for both body and mind. From a quick guided meditation to hilarious anecdotes, this episode is packed with wisdom and humor, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness and self-care in our daily lives. Tune in for an engaging and enlightening conversation that will leave you inspired to embrace the present moment. 🌿🧘‍♀️

    • 47 min
    • video
    Finding Calm Amidst Chaos with Ann Swanson | Video

    Finding Calm Amidst Chaos with Ann Swanson | Video

    In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks welcomes the insightful Ann Swanson, a yoga therapist and author, to discuss the art of finding calm amidst chaos. Ann shares her transformative journey with yoga and meditation, revealing practical tips and the profound benefits of these practices for both body and mind. From a quick guided meditation to hilarious anecdotes, this episode is packed with wisdom and humor, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness and self-care in our daily lives. Tune in for an engaging and enlightening conversation that will leave you inspired to embrace the present moment. 🌿🧘‍♀️

    • 47 min
    Embracing Authenticity in Writing with Meg Calvin

    Embracing Authenticity in Writing with Meg Calvin

    In this enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay sits down with Meg Calvin, a distinguished writing and marketing coach known for helping authors craft, market, and sell Amazon Best-Selling Books. They delve into the essence of authentic writing, highlighting how vulnerability and self-worth can transform one’s creative process and impact readers deeply. Meg shares practical tips to overcome the fear of judgment, revealing how staying true to oneself is essential. Tune in for invaluable insights, and discover Meg’s free resource to make book marketing more enjoyable. 🎧📚✨

    • 1 hr 8 min
    • video
    Embracing Authenticity in Writing with Meg Calvin - Video

    Embracing Authenticity in Writing with Meg Calvin - Video

    In this enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay sits down with Meg Calvin, a distinguished writing and marketing coach known for helping authors craft, market, and sell Amazon Best-Selling Books. They delve into the essence of authentic writing, highlighting how vulnerability and self-worth can transform one’s creative process and impact readers deeply. Meg shares practical tips to overcome the fear of judgment, revealing how staying true to oneself is essential. Tune in for invaluable insights, and discover Meg’s free resource to make book marketing more enjoyable. 🎧📚✨

    • 1 hr 8 min
    • video
    Capturing True Essence: The Power of Photography with Elizabeth Snyder | Video

    Capturing True Essence: The Power of Photography with Elizabeth Snyder | Video

    In this inspiring episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, master photographer Elizabeth Snyder shares her remarkable journey from trauma to triumph, overcoming poverty, abuse, and neglect to achieve a successful and fulfilling life. Liz discusses how her passion for photography empowers thousands of women by capturing their true essence and helping them embrace their beauty and worth despite societal pressures and personal insecurities. She also delves into her battles with cancer and the importance of mental well-being, self-acceptance, and living authentically. Join us for an episode that beautifully intertwines personal resilience, artistic expression, and the transformative power of self-love. 📸✨

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Matt Zemon ,

Vulnerability Breeds Connection: Why The Tragedy Academy Podcast Will Inspire You

My time as a guest on The Tragedy Academy podcast, hosted by Jay and Gary, was nothing short of inspiring. Their warmth and openness set the stage for deep, personal discussions that left a lasting impact. Through their own vulnerability, they create an atmosphere of trust that invites guests to share their stories authentically. If you're seeking heartfelt conversations and genuine connections, look no further than The Tragedy Academy.

LinkedIn episode ,

The “Tom-Foolery” was exceptional!

Yes, a fun interview was had by all; jokes, funny comedy club stories, interesting deep dives…even a submarine was mentioned?? Where do you find these Amazing Guests??
Thanks for sharing….

Motorhome Max ,

Absolute awesome guys

Totally worth a listen I came across their TikTok and wound up talking to them a little bit on their lives on TikTok and they told me about their podcast over here on Apple podcast which is awesome for me because I love downloading stuff to my iPod I hope nothing but the very best for them and will most definitely be sharing this around they seem to really care about what they’re doing and putting a lot of love into it and they have quite a few interesting topics so I’m willing to keep an open mind that’s the flavour of life and how you find out if you like something 🙏🏻😌 I hope you have the day you deserve

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