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People talk about manifestation as a thing that you can just think into existence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. When it comes to making your creative dreams come true, what really matters is putting yourself in a position to thoughtfully and intelligently take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. And sometimes these opportunities show up in very unexpected ways.

We’re Heather Vickery and Alan Seales, two perfect strangers who met by chance and embraced opportunity! Listen in as we chat with other successful people about the risks they took, and continue taking, to put themselves on a path to creative success. 

WAS IT CHANCE? The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life. 

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

People talk about manifestation as a thing that you can just think into existence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. When it comes to making your creative dreams come true, what really matters is putting yourself in a position to thoughtfully and intelligently take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. And sometimes these opportunities show up in very unexpected ways.

We’re Heather Vickery and Alan Seales, two perfect strangers who met by chance and embraced opportunity! Listen in as we chat with other successful people about the risks they took, and continue taking, to put themselves on a path to creative success. 

WAS IT CHANCE? The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life. 

    Mikayla Petrilla: Just a Damn Good Person

    Mikayla Petrilla: Just a Damn Good Person

    Mikayla Petrilla realized early on in her career that there was a “side door” to nearly everything. Although she hadn’t been a serious actor in school, Mikayla knew acting was her desired career. So she took all of her other skills and went to work supporting theatre companies, shows and other theater adjacent businesses. Eventually she grew her acting resume and now has an impressive resume including Saturday Night Live, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Inventing Anna, and more.
    In addition to her acting and “side door” work, Mikayla is dedicated to lifting up gender equality in the theater and tv/film industry through community and inclusiveness.
    When not performing, Mikayla volunteers with Off the Lane, Young Storytellers, and Togetherhood, three organizations that support inclusive and accessible arts education for both inner city schools K-6 and young arts professionals.
    Heather and Alan really enjoyed this conversation. It’s a beautiful reminder that there are lots of ways to solve a problem, get what you deeply desire and be a damn good person in the process. Makayla’s self awareness is inspiring. 
    Find all of Mikayla’s social links here.

    EPISODE TAKEAWAYS:

    Mikayla was the child put on the “family” stage for holidays. 

    Becoming a performer was NOT chance - Mom put her into it. But chance still played a powerful role because Mikayla was not active in her school performances.

    When it was time to apply for college she decided to take the risk despite not doing as much performing as a teenager. 

    Her theater teacher judged her personal charachter and that was unacceptable to 14 year-old Mikayla. Wise beyond her years, it pushed her forward in empowering ways.

    There is a “Side Door” to everything. Use your skills in multiple creative ways.

    Taking risk and having it pay off gives you confidence to ask for more and invite other people to collaborate.

    Being a valuable team member means recognising the importance of everyone's job, appreciating the roles everyone plays and being grateful.

    Manifestation is science

    “I don’t know how easy it would be for people to say yes!”

    The pandemic essentially forced people to turn inward and do necessary self-work.

    Accountability is incredibly powerful in achieving your dreams and goals.

    Cultivate as much calm as possible amongst the chaos.

    The grief process of “failure” is about knowing that we all move through it differently. It’s important to understand what happened and give yourself some grace.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    2022 End of Year Reflection

    2022 End of Year Reflection

    Like it or hate it, 2022 is over! Alan and Heather chat about all of the incredible guests from the past year while sharing some of their favorite moments. Good times were had by all.

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our Instagram DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco on Instagram, @Braveheather on TikTok, and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast on Instagram and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



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    • 23 min
    Mauricio Martínez: Leading Man Energy!

    Mauricio Martínez: Leading Man Energy!

    Follow that leading man energy and never lose sight of the goal!
    Mauricio Martínez is a major international star of both stage and screen most recently seen in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition to playing Emilio Estefan in Broadway's On Your Feet!, He is an International Emmy Winner and tells novella superstar and was a household name in Latin America before crossing over to Broadway.
    We got a little silly with this live interview in the heart of Time Square but don’t let that fool you. Mauricio brings all the best creative manifestation energy and share’s his empowering path from a childhood dream (inspired by a teacher no less) to realizing every single one of his dreams and then some. 
    Connect with Mauricio on Instagram.

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our Instagram DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco on Instagram, @Braveheather on TikTok, and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast on Instagram and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



    EPISODE TAKEAWAYS:

    Mau felt his “leading man” destiny from a very young age. He never doubted himself and acted accordingly at all times - he deeply believes that this is what has led to his success.

    Sometimes you have to sing your way through the day (perhaps even a little off-key).

    Mindset matters more than just about anything else.

    You are not required to trade your time for money or “pay your dues” to achieve your goals and dreams.

    Your internal chaos and emotional trauma can manifest themselves into physical alignments. 

    Life is for having fun - trust yourself - believe in yourself - and then lean into it!


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    • 58 min
    Nicole Carosella: Energy, Manifestation, Witches, and Jewelry OH MY!

    Nicole Carosella: Energy, Manifestation, Witches, and Jewelry OH MY!

    Nicole is one half of a sister/sister duo that co-founded a high-end jewelry brand called Sorllina. Nicole and her sister Nicole grew up on the north shore of Long Island, NY, where they were raised with a deep appreciation for the arts and shared a love of design. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from USC, Nicole studied Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kim attended Tulane University for Art History and then relocated to Florence, Italy to continue her studies. Upon Kim’s return to New York, the sisters decided to set the course for their future business. As an homage to their heritage, Kim and Nicole chose to name the collection Sorellina, the Italian word for ‘little sister.’

    Check out SORELLINA on Instagram or via their website. And if you’re witchy like Heather and Nicole grab your own set of Heather’s Manifestation Cards, Create Brave.

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our Instagram DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco on Instagram, @Braveheather on TikTok, and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast on Instagram and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



    EPISODE TAKEAWAYS:

    Sometimes it’s best not to know how difficult something will be. Knowing would hold you back - embrace opportunity when it’s available.

    Nicole “loves fire” and that lead to her high-end jewelry business.

    Speaking directly to Heather’s heart - Nicole and her sister never let fear guide their decisions.

    Sometimes your heart knows its calling from a very young age.

    Creativity manifests in so many different ways - stay open-minded.

    There must be joy! Seek it, chase it, embrace it!

    There were a lot of people, especially in the jewelry world, who looked down on us and didn’t treat us with respect. But something just kept showing up and proving this was exactly where we were supposed to be.

    There’s an amazing that comes from jewelry.

    Jewelry is the biggest proof that there’s magic in the world.

    Gemstones are a beautiful metaphor for life and the human experience. They start out raw and need to be loved and nurtured to bring out their beauty. 

    Infuse abundant energy into all of your creative endeavors. 

    The more you go through in life, the more you see your own strength and live into possibility.

    “I believe in having a positive attitude that I can get through anything because I’ve done it before.”

    Don’t just wait for life to show up. There’s no power in that. Take intentional action but be flexible and shift when the time is right. 


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Steve Silverman: "Go Home and Write, Steve"

    Steve Silverman: "Go Home and Write, Steve"

    Critically acclaimed, award-winning writer/director/producer Steve Silverman’s work has been called ‘Sly’ by the Los Angeles Times, which is his all-time favorite single-word review. Theatre includes All About Steve, not a one-man show but a twist on the classic film All About Eve, his horror comedy 666 Westbourne Drive, and his musical mashups Jesus Christ Super Star Wars & The King and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Speaking of the force, he’s the force behind the one-woman show festivals 15 Minutes of FEM and the standup comedy show Slideshow. To eat and get health insurance, Steve is an award-winning writer/producer/director in the world of on-air promotions where he’s worked for FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, Bravo, several ad agencies, and most recently, Hulu. He’s directed Whoopi Goldberg, Reba McEntire, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, the original Fab Five from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and more … Steve’s just finished the first draft of a new novel, a ‘cozy’ murder mystery, and you can hear him weekly on his podcast, World Gone Good where he talks to everyday people making good here on planet Earth including our very own Heather Vickery.

    Since our episode was recorded, Steve has left Twitter but you can still catch him on Instagram or check out his website Worldgonegoodpodcast.com. For info on his upcoming play. Happy Birthday, McKenna visit HBMPLAY.COM here. 

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our Instagram DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco on Instagram, @Braveheather on TikTok, and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast on Instagram and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



    EPISODE TAKEAWAYS

    Steve is a regular guy who knows a lot of cool people and hosts a feel good podcast.

    His first BIG intentional risk was turning down a paying job, right out of college, to become an unpaid intern for soap opera, General Hospital.

    Steve is the “king” of quitting! Really it’s just getting new information and making a different decision.

    Adults can be bullies. But you don’t have to accept that b******t.

    Trust your instincts - the universe has your back.

    When people tell you who they are, believe them.

    Steve’s podcast, “A World Gone Good” came about because the world was falling apart and he really wanted to put some joy back into the world.

    Be willing to take action in the moment. Be open and willing - there’s so much to be excited about. 


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Justin Guarini: Creating Unbreakable Confidence with our Favorite American Idol

    Justin Guarini: Creating Unbreakable Confidence with our Favorite American Idol

    You probably know Justin from the very first season of American Idol in 2002 - or you may know him from his appearances on the Broadway stage, including Wicked, American Idiot, Romeo & Juliet, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and In Transit. He’s Lil Sweet in the Diet Dr. Pepper commercials, the host of the Audition Secrets Podcast, was just seen down in Washington DC in the out-of-town production of Once Upon a One More Time, a show inspired by the music of Britney Spears. He is a public speaker, coach, author, and CEO and it was our pleasure to have this impassioned and joy-filled conversation with the one and only, Justin Guarini.
    We cover a lot of topics in this interview from tag team coaching Alan, a Justin Guarini special rendition of STFU Alan, parenting tweens and teenagers to some behind-the-scenes stories from Justin's days on American Idol. 
    The truth is, Justin Guarini is a hell of a guy with a very big heart. Tune in to laugh with us, feel big feelings with us, and get seriously inspired!

    You can connect with Justin on his website, Twitter, his podcast, or his super hilarious account on Instagram. 

    Make sure to follow this podcast everywhere you find podcasts, leave a rating and a review, and slip into our Instagram DMs at @wasitchance.

    More about Heather via @vickeryandco on Instagram, @Braveheather on TikTok, and listen to The Brave Files


    More about Alan via @theatre_podcast on Instagram and listen to The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales



    EPISODE TAKEAWAYS

    Justin is dedicated to giving back and helping others.

    Even when you’re experienced in the entertainment industry you can be mistreated.

    He tries to set himself up for failure before it actually happens so he’s not disappointed. 

    Embrace your fears and the devil on your shoulder and just try things!

    Justin had a lot of stage experience prior to being on American Idol.

    Anyone can sing and dance but it’s important to learn the business of show

    The moment Justin knew he wanted to be on the stage was in 1986 while being in the audience at the Jackson Five Victory Tour.

    “I was willing to surrender, in that moment, to intentionally risk the dream I had been chasing for so many years in order to have faith and trust in my internal calling.”

    Trust that all timing is the right timing.

    The hardest thing to do is surrender, it’s also the most important!

    It’s the DOING of the things that’s the prize - not the having of the thing. 

    Have a vision for where you want to go but be willing to improve!

    Stop trying to make money, start creating more value.

    Uncover the value you have already offered the world.

    There’s incredible power in questions. ASK MORE OF THEM!


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    • 1 hr 28 min

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