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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Michelle Patterson, President & CEO of the California's Women's Conference joined today at 9:30am!

If you missed Michelle on today's show,
listen to our conversation

Michelle PattersonPresident & CEO

Visionary, author, acceleration executive, founder, passionate talk show host and dynamic speaker. President/Executive Director for Women Network, LLC, Global Women Foundation and the California Women’s Conference to provide support, leadership and advocacy for women’s initiatives around the globe.

Michelle Patterson’s name conjures up many credits – visionary, author, acceleration executive, founder, passionate, talk show host and dynamic speaker.  She is a woman of many dimensions.
Today, Michelle Patterson is the President of the Global Women Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public charity that serves to provide support, leadership and advocacy for women’s initiatives around the globe.  The charity, which started almost ten years ago as a local festival supporting 22 charities, has grown into a global movement for women.
Ms. Patterson is also the Founder, President and CEO of Women Network LLC, a digital media company giving women a voice to share their message.  Women Network’s “umbrella platform” shines a light on organizations and corporations who empower women and bring them together as a community to experience “We are Better Together.”  The online digital network provides women resources, tools and advice to achieve their full potential.
Ms. Patterson is driven by the belief that everyone has something significant to contribute and when people (male or female) come together and support one another; “We are truly Better Together.”  She is committed to helping individuals discover their talent and connect to the right circle of people to live out their purpose.
Michelle Patterson had the good fortune to interview California Governor George Deukmejian when she was 12 years old.  Governor Deukmejian was just starting the California Women’s Conference to advance women’s causes.  Nearly 30 years later, Ms. Patterson took over the reins of the well-known California Women’s Conference continuing its 28-year tradition as the nation’s preeminent conference for women – a perfect example of the objective Governor Deukmejian set out when he first started the Conference.
A successful event promoter (Taste of Ladera); a lauded business accelerator (youngest Regional VP and National Sales Trainer for Robert Half, the world’s largest specialized recruiting firm); a sought-after media commentator (The Huffington Post, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and dozens of California TV stations); an energetic and engaging public speaker; host of a weekly radio show on Women Network Talk Radio; Ms. Patterson is also the headlining author for a women’s anthology featuring notable celebrity contributors to be released by Ben Bella Books in Fall 2013.  It will be her third book.
Beyond her notable business success, Ms. Patterson is most passionate about her family.  She lives in Ladera Ranch, California with her husband of nearly twenty years, Eric, a successful corporate CFO in his own right, and their two beautiful children, Jaclyn and Chase.


Luke Mysse, an activator and strategic thinker joined me Monday at 9am pst!


If you missed Luke Mysse on my show this morning, you can listen to our conversation here.

Luke Mysse is an Activator, Strategic thinker, some say he talks too much. Luke plans to spend his life helping others. He is known as a “business-minded creative” because of his strategic approach to generating results and has been helping businesses succeed for almost 20 years. He is a frequent national business conference speaker, a TEDx presenter, a writer and has been a branding professional for over 17 years with past clients such as Pepsi, H&R Block and Universal Studios. In 2013 Luke co-founded, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and money to fight the devastating effects of Severe Acute Malnutrition. Over 5 years ago Luke discovered cycling and has since last over 100lbs riding. Last year Luke's passion for cycling collided head on with his purpose to help starving children. The result is that starting in June 2014 Luke will get on his bike in San Diego and ride to New York to raise awareness for Stop SAM. He will be supported by his wife Dalia and their two boys who will live in an RV for the 6 month journey. The After 17 years in business Luke has now committed this next season of his life to fight severe acute malnutrition and leave a legacy of hope.

Cycle Cause - A Ride to Save Malnourished Children

This is the story of a family leaving it all behind to cycle across America and save the lives of severely malnourished children.

This is the story of a family leaving it all behind to cycle across America and help save the lives of severely malnourished children.

My name is Luke Mysse and cycling has changed my life. I've lost over 100lbs in the past 5 years riding a bike. Cycling has given me better health and the time spent riding has helped me find my purpose.
I'm walking away from a 17-year-old business to ride my bike over 4,500 miles across America with my wife and two boys following along in an RV.
This trip is to tell the story of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and raise money to provide lifesaving treatments. But we need your help.
There are practical expenses on a trip like this (things like gas, food, campgrounds and other logistics). Your support will help us tell the story of SAM and raise even more money.
Any funds raised above the practical costs of the trip go directly to fight severe malnutrition.

About The Cause

In 2013, I co-founded Stop SAM, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and money for severely malnourished children. I'm leveraging my 17 years of marketing experience, my speaking ability and my passion for cycling to give these children a voice.
Severe Acute Malnutrition kills over 2 million children annually and affects 20 million children under the age of three. That’s more people than the entire population of Florida. Most children suffering with SAM live in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

It’s a massive problem, but the solution is simple.

A peanut butter based super food called RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food) is being made right now in Georgia by Stop SAM partners.
We know the solution works. We know who needs it and how to get it to them. All we need are the funds and awareness to provide more treatments.

How It Works

RUTF, endorsed by all the leading world aid organizations (WHO, USAID, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and others), is nutrient-dense and ready to eat. It’s delicious, easy to ship and requires no preparation – no cooking, refrigeration or water. It's a simple mix of ingredients: milk, peanut butter and micro-nutrients.

In most cases a 6 week treatment, 126 packets, is enough to bring a child back from the brink of death. Over 90% of kids that go on a treatment get to a healthy weight and stay that way.
Despite this simple solution, only 15% of the need is currently being met. Our mission is to help bridge this gap and provide our partners like Save The Children and World Vision (and other world aid organizations) the RUTF they need.

More About Our Trip

Our journey will be broken into two stages.

Stage 1, which is expected to take 90 days, starts in June of 2014 from San Diego, CA where I will get on my bike and pedal north. The route will take us along the coast of California towards Oregon before we turn East towards New York.

Stage 2
starts once we reach New York. After a short break to catch my breath we will start the drive back home as a family, stopping along the way to meet people, speak at conferences, host fundraising events, and tell the story of SAM.
With your help we believe we can raise big awareness and meet our goal to save 4500 children from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
Cycling is my passion, telling the story of SAM is my purpose.
On behalf of Stop SAM and the Mysse family, I thank you in advance for your support.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Christoph Rehage joined me Monday on KUCI 88.9fm! check out his video highlighting his journey!

If you missed Chris Rehage on today's show, listen here.

About Christoph (2007)

My name is Christoph Rehage, I was born on November 9th in 1981 in Hanover, Germany.
My mother is originally from Hungary, and I have a lovely little sister and a little brother – they live with my Dad and our cat and our dog in a little town called Bad Nenndorf in the Northwest of Germany. I have spent a high school year in Wichita, Kansas before, and I have had jobs in Frankfurt and Paris.
My major at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich was China Studies and I’ve also done Cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. As a personal hobby, I enjoy swimming.

Does the previous information help you get to know me a little?
I think if I want to get to know someone, I am most of all interested in what the person likes. The things that someone enjoys doing, the people and ideas that he or she values – I want to know what really makes them tick.
So at this point, I am going to list up some of the things that I like, thus inviting everyone to relate:
  • Bad Brains – “Black Dots”
  • Sublime - “Sublime”
  • N.W.A. - “Straight Outta Compton”
  • Lokalmatadore – “Heute Ein König”
  • System Of A Down - “System Of A Down”
  • Stuart Rosenberg - “Cool Hand Luke”
  • Michael Schorr – “Schultze Gets The Blues”
  • Mel Gibson - “Braveheart”
  • Didier Bourdon & Bernard Campan – “Le Pari”
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel – “Der Untergang”
  • Charles Bukowski - “Factotum”
  • 余华 - “活着”
  • Michael Holzach – “Deutschland Umsonst”
  • Guy de Maupassant – “Nouvelles”
  • Johann Gottfried Seume - “Spaziergang nach Syrakus im Jahre 1802″
  • René Magritte – “L’Empire Des Lumières”
  • Yves Klein - “L’Accord Bleu”
  • Duane Hanson – “Queenie II”
  • James Nachtwey – “Ruins Of Central Grozny”
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson – “Au Bord De La Marne”
Frequently asked questions about Christoph can be found here.

I compiled the Original About Me [1] more than two years ago, when I was just getting ready to embark on my journey. You can take a look at it here:
Then I walked.
After one year of weird beards and no haircuts, I stopped.
Went home to get my degree.
Here I am, and while my personal information hasn’t changed much, I do think that the list of favorites needs some additions.
If you want to know more, please make sure to check out the F.A.Q. page [4]. Lots of answers to lots of interview questions in there. ;)
  • A.F.I. - “Sing The Sorrow”
  • Ignite – “Our Darkest Days”
  • Snoop Dogg - “Doggystyle”
  • Dark Tranquillity – “The Gallery”
  • Dead Prez – “RBG”
  • Matt Groening – “The Simpsons”
  • Sam Raimi – “Army Of Darkness”
  • David Chase – “Sopranos”
  • John G. Avildsen - “Rocky”
  • Barack Obama – “Dreams From My Father”
  • Javier Marías – “A Heart So White” (Corazón tan blanco)
  • Philip Roth – “The Human Stain”
  • 余华 – (徐)许三观卖血记”
  • Thomas Höpker – “Brooklyn Waterfront on 9/11″

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Author Ann Hood joins me Monday on Get the FUNK Out!

Ann Hood was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island. She grew up with stories of her father's travels around the world during his 20 years in the Navy. These stories inspired her to become a flight attendant for TWA after receiving her BA in English from the University of Rhode Island. She lived in Boston and St. Louis before moving to New York City, where she attended graduate school at NYU in American Literature.

During a furlough from TWA, she worked at the Spring Street Bookstore in Soho and slung ribs at Tony Roma's while writing her first novel, SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE. Back to work on international flights, she often wrote on the long subway ride to JFK and in the galleys of 747s while the passengers slept. In 1987, SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE was published by Bantam Books as one of the launch books for their original paperback series, Bantam New Fiction.

When TWA went on strike and the flight attendants were all "replaced", Ann found herself suddenly a full time writer. Soon, she was publishing essays and short stories in The Washington Post, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Story, and many other magazines. At various times over the years, she has had regular columns in Self, Glamour, New Woman, and Parenting.

Most recently, she is the author of the bestselling novel, THE KNITTING CIRCLE, and the memoir, COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF, which was named one of the top ten non fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. Her other novels include: WAITING TO VANISH (Bantam, 1988), THREE-LEGGED HORSE (Bantam, 1989), SOMETHING BLUE (Bantam, 1991), PLACES TO STAY THE NIGHT (Doubleday, 1993), THE PROPERTIES OF WATER (Doubleday, 1995), and RUBY (Picador, 1998). She has also written a memoir, DO NOT GO GENTLE: MY SEARCH FOR MIRACLES IN A CYNICAL TIME (Picador, 1999); a book on the craft of writing, CREATING CHARACTER EMOTIONS (Story Press, 1998); and a collection of short stories, AN ORNITHOLOGIST'S GUIDE TO LIFE (Norton, 2004).

Her essays and short stories have appeared in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, THE NEW YORK TIMES, LADIES HOME JOURNAL, MORE, TIN HOUSE, PLOUGHSHARES, and THE PARIS REVIEW. Ann has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. She now lives in Providence, RI with her husband and their children.

Her new novel, THE RED THREAD, will be published in May 2010 by WW Norton.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

VO Chef Deb Munro joins me Monday on Get the FUNK Out - KUCI 88.9fm at 9:30am pst! Stream us LIVE on!

Deb Munro - The Perfect Voice Recipe
If you missed Deb on today's show, listen here!
Blend together one part conversational; with a generous portion of energy, add just the right amount of professional, but keep it unique and then sprinkle in a bit of quirky, add some sarcasm to taste and you will have created the one and only VO Chef Deb. Don't forget to add the sugar and spice with a sultry voice that will positively twist your knickers...Put her in a high quality home studio with ISDN, FTP, Phone Patch and Source Connect and she's ready

VO Chef Deb's recipe for success is a proven one - she has sustained a career in the voice industry as a talent, on-camera personality, and coach for over 20 years.  Deb has worked for companies such as Disney, Pfaff, CMT, Microsoft, Time Warner Cable, Car Canada, Sony and Ford just to name a few.  In fact, her career encompasses literally thousands of on-air commercials,  and numerous animations, video games and voice prompts for notable companies.
When she is not in her booth channeling her inner villian or bright eyed Pollyannaesque characters, or in her car pulled over on the side of the road doing a skype coaching session (yes, she is that dedicated) Deb can be found in her kitchen decorating cakes, a favorite pass time of hers, singing drawing, painting, scrapbooking or horseback riding.
Deb is dedicated to the family unit and helping talents to find balance between work and home life.  Her own family includes her Fiancé Wayne - 2 Beautiful daughters 27 and 18 - 3 Step Children and two Grand Kids - not to mention her entire voice family of clients, students, and fellow talent.
VO Chef Deb loves what she does, and it shows.  A proven recipe for success.

Deb's Voice Recipe - adding just the right flavor to your project!

Here's a great article Deb wrote about handling stress!!

How Do You Handle Stress?
Create A Voice Over Character!

March 24, 2014

By 'Chef' Deb Munro
Voice Talent & Coach

Recipe for Stress Ball Dip. You will need:

  • One human brain
  • Harsh dose of reality
  • Unlimited drama
  • 1000’s of Bills
  • Family issues
  • Career interferences and
  • Whatever else you want to add
Mix all of the above ingredients and combine that with an unpredictable income, and your result, is an overwhelming life, with a ton of curve balls.  

Let’s face it, life is stressful. 

We all have a million reasons, situations and excuses that stand in our way and truly test our ability to succeed. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

So when life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? I like to get lost in my job. I’ve come to the realization that "I LOVE WHAT I DO” and that VOICING is not only my job, but it’s one of my hobbies. 

I am able to truly express through my characters all life’s stresses. 


Yes, this is a form of "Multiple Personality,” but I’m in full control. 

If I’m in a bad mood, going into my studio and creating an adlib character who is angry, or sad or whatever I’m going through, is a great way for me to relieve stress. 

I record the character and it allows me to:
  • hear how messed up I am when I’m stressed out, and
  • create future characters that will make me money and get me work! 

This doesn’t work for everyone. You have to recognize who you are and what can help you get your stress out. 

Perhaps you’re a very physically angry or stressed when faced with difficulties. Your body may be crying out to you to get into a gym and/or kick boxing or some kind of high impact sport, so that you can truly deal and accept your stresses.  

Then your goal is to take the time out you need for you to release, and then look for the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I’ve been doing a lot of life coaching lately, and it’s important that we know how to keep sane in a rather chaotic world.

Deb Munro is a leading and award-winning voice talent and coach, and recently moved to her new home and studio in Toronto. She offers private voice over coaching by phone and Skype, and workshops on voice acting, business and demo prep in many Canadian cities.