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Second Chances interviews actors from all over the world who talk about their second chance in life after struggling with addiction.

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Film Star and Comedian Jamie Kennedy is no stranger to struggle.  Hear his hilarious audition story with famed director Baz Luhrmann, his failures and success and the second chance that came dressed as a German Surgeon.

When Kennedy first arrived in Los Angeles, he became a professional Hollywood extra. During his first night in L.A., he was reading a Joan Rivers autobiography in a diner when the waiter explained to him that he had been in a dozen movies as an extra. Kennedy asked, “If you’ve been in so many movies, why are you a waiter?” The waiter responded, “I have to keep my day job.”

After a few years of struggling, Kennedy was unable to find an agent and worked as a host at Red Lobster. He auditioned for over 80 commercials and could not book one. He then took a job as a telemarketer, and learned that he had a talent in selling things. Kennedy then thought that if he could sell anything, “Why not sell myself?”, becoming his own agent.

Kennedy created a false persona, screen agent “Marty Power,” to attract the attention of real agents and managers over the phone, who would later book his performances. He came to prominence in the late 1990s for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream film series. His lead role as Tim Avery in Son of the Maskearned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor.

Kennedy formed a production company called Wannabe Producers, alongside Josh Etting, through which he has produced the shows The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blowin’ Up, The Starlet, and Living with Fran. Kennedy wrote an autobiography titled, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The book chronicles his life in Hollywood as he attempts to become a star. It gives background on his life and family, and quickly dives into his adventures.

A performer of stand-up comedy, he is also known for his sketch performances on his television reality show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB Network’s highest-ranking new show in 2002, but which was cancelled in April 2004 due to falling viewership. In 2006, Jizzy Entertainment released Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special. In 2008, Kennedy released the documentary Heckler, about the plight of stand-up comics versus their often-aggressive audiences. In 2007, he appeared in Criminal Minds as a cannibal satanist serial killer.

Jamie is still a working actor in Los Angeles, having gone on to host and play in many television shows and movies.

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Homeland star Maury Sterling drops by to talk about the 70’s, his acid-infused childhood and the second chance that brought him to stardom. This inspiring story of darkness turned to light will move you.

Maury was born and raised in Mill Valley, California. As a kid he loved spending time at Muir Beach with his dog Fred, riding his Mongoose and doing local theater. Growing up, he was fortunate enough to be exposed to a wide variety of artists and teachers; the likes of Joseph Campbell, Mickey Hart, the Gyoto Monks, his Holiness the Dalai Lhama, Peter Coyote, Lorna Strand and others. He was also fortunate to travel a great deal; Crete, France, Scotland, England, and Canada.

Maury chose to go to UCLA to get some distance from home and take a serious stab at Los Angeles. Upon graduating, Maury dove into life as a full-time professional actor.  He continued his studies at Circle in the Square in NY and ACT in San Francisco before settling back down in Los Angeles.

Over the years Maury has appeared in numerous commercials, guest spots, shorts, films and tv series.  Maury’s Film credits include Veronica Mars, Coherence, Kung Fu Panda 2, A-Team, Smokin Aces Assassins Ball, Smokin’ Aces, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Frolic,  Frankie and Johnny Get Married, The Illusion Hart’s War, Impostor, Bulletproof, and Outbreak. His TV credits include Extant, Homeland, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, the ABC Pilot Gilded Lily’s, In Plain Sight, Longmire, Private Practice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lie to Me, Dollhouse, Cold, Case, Close to Home, 24, ER, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami, Judging Amy, CSI, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Angel, The Pretender, and numerous others.

In his off-time, Maury likes to spend time with his dogs, his family, riding horses, practicing kung fu, and getting away to Montana at the G-M Ranch.  He is proud to be married to the beautiful Alexis Boozer Sterling.

www.officialmaurysterling.com

Photo by Michael Tighe.

Mary Carey: Love Addict, Not Sex Addict

Mary Carey: Love Addict, Not Sex Addict

Adult Film Mega-Star and this generations voice for girl power, Mary Carey has had an illustrious life.  A rough childhood brought her to the edge but that little voice inside had other plans for her.  Listen to her story of redemption, porn mega stardom, a run for California Governor, self-doubt, holding on and letting go.

Cleveland native Mary Carey was born into what could be charitably called a dysfunctional family. Both of her parents were mentally handicapped (her mother had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic) and she was taken away from her parents by her grandparents when she was three months old. After her parents divorced, her mother moved in with Mary and her grandparents. At seven years of age the family moved from Cleveland to Florida, and the next year Mary was legally adopted by her grandparents.

Mary continued in Florida with the dance lessons she had started taking in Cleveland, and was a straight-A student in school. Her stage debut occurred at 12 years of age when she performed “The Nutcracker” with the Miami City Ballet, and she was bitten hard by the performing bug. Her dancing skills were honed by attendance at a prestigious dance school, and she was being offered dance scholarships from many different institutions. Then, at age 16, her grandfather developed lung cancer and died within a few months. Her grandmother’s Parkinson’s Disease worsened, and on top of that her body began to develop and she no longer had the thin body considered desirable for a ballerina. She was told to lose weight and get a breast reduction, but instead decided to leave ballet altogether and tried out for and won a place on the dance team at Florida State University, where she was enrolled. In the meantime her grandmother’s health deteriorated even further, and soon their financial situation became precarious. In order to keep their head above water, Mary looked around for a job that could pay the kind of money they needed, and found a job as a model on an adult Internet site. From there, she landed a job as a stripper. She saw that the strippers who commanded the big money were the featured girls, and an agent told her that the best way to become a featured stripper was to get a following doing porn. She traveled to Los Angeles and made the rounds of the adult-film producers and studios, eventually landing a job with Playboy TV.

Just prior to the recall campaign against California Governor Gray Davis, Mary signed a contract with Kick Ass Pictures, and as a publicity gag they came up with the idea that Mary should enter the field of a dozen or so candidates trying to replace Davis, so she soon publicly declared her intention to run for governor. The stunt worked out far better than they had hoped for, as Mary’s bubbly personality and sense of humor about herself, her profession and the campaign itself – not to mention her beauty – endeared her to the California public. Although some political pundits wrote her off as a joke, her “campaign” received extensive coverage in the statewide media and she drew enthusiastic crowds at her appearances. Although she didn’t win the election, she did manage to garner more than 11,000 votes. After the election Mary continued to turn out videos, which continue to sell well, and she is, besides Jenna Jameson, one of the porn stars most recognized by the general public.

[Biography courtesy of IMDb, written by frankfob2@yahoo.com]

Website: www.marycarey.com (adult content)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marycarey/
Twitter: @realmarycarey

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Cort McCown: What a Mouth on Him!

Cort McCown: What a Mouth on Him!

Cort McCown is a hilarious stand-up comedian with small-town roots, Playboy experience, and some pretty major political beliefs.  His story of redemption at the hands of the demon addiction is a cautionary tale.  Playboy, Vince Vaughn and Las Vegas are the back drop of his Second Chances – and bring him back from the brink.

Cort McCown is an American actor and comedian.

Cort debuted on the 1985 hit film Teen Wolf with a role as one of Michael J. Fox’s basketball teammates. He followed that with a supporting role as Quint on the 1987 hit teen film Can’t Buy Me Love. In 1989 he had roles in the films Beverly Hills Brats and One Man Force. And 1992 comedy/horror film Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies, with Pat Morita.
Cort has also appeared on television shows like Hunter, JAG, Beverly Hills, 90210, and on the soap opera’s Passions and The Young and Restless. In 2010, he returned to TV with a role on the FX sitcom The League. He recently completed a Feature Film with the Sundance Award Winning Barnes Brothers.

In 2001 Cort began touring as a Stand Up Comedian, opening for acts like Andrew Dice Clay and Harland Williams. He is a regular at Los Angeles clubs The World Famous Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. 
In 2003 Cort created The Playboy Comedy Tour that was at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas for 9 years, winning “Best of Las Vegas” several times. He was also the Morning Show host for Playboy Radio when it debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Cort was recently featured in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville.

In 2014 Cort performed at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the show “American…ish,” and The Amsterdam International Comedy Festival, as well as a Standup Tour in England. Currently Cort has a Podcast with fellow Comedian Joe Bartnick titled “Insensitivity Training” on All Things Comedy Network. He can also be seen touring clubs across the country performing Standup Comedy.

Cort McCown’s debut album available now on ITunes: http://apple.co/1MUTWlr 

Website: http://cortmccown.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cortcomedy

Twitter: @cortmccown

Elaine Hendrix: from Actress to Animal Advocate

Elaine Hendrix: from Actress to Animal Advocate

Elaine Hendrix is best known for her starring role on FX’s Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll and the Parent Trap.  She has also had many second chances.  Her biggest second chance these days is for the animals in the world who need advocates and have no voice.  She is their second chance.  This inspiring and funny podcast will make you think and challenge you.

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Elaine Hendrix spent her early years in nearby Knoxville and Morristown. At 15 she moved with her divorced mother to Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the Northside School of Performing Arts. She started her professional career as a dancer and model but gave up dance after she was hit by a car while bicycling.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and had an agent within a month. She worked her way from commercials to TV guest shots to a starring role on the 1995 Fox revival of “Get Smart” (1995) to features. As an actress, Elaine has 124 credits to her name including “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (2015-2016), “The Parent Trap” (1998), and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997). She also has served multiple projects as producer, writer, or director.

Elaine is also an activist passionate about animals, health, and equal rights. She is a big believer in mind-body-spirit wellness and supports traditional as well as alternative healing methods. She champions several organizations that support various health challenges. Elaine also holds tolerance and acceptance high, supporting the ACLU, Gay Straight Alliance and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights, just to name a few. Her serious passion is for animals, though. When she’s not on a set or a stage she’s traveling the country rescuing, transporting, fostering, adopting, speaking, protesting, demonstrating, lobbying, educating, building habitats and providing care all on their behalf. She launched a multimedia resource to help pet parents at any stage of the journey with their pet called The Pet Matchmaker.

http://thepetmatchmaker.org/ . http://www.elainehendrix.com/

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Ritch Shydner: Comedy Legend, Legendary Addiction

Ritch Shydner: Comedy Legend, Legendary Addiction

Comedian and comedy writer Ritch Shydner was at the top of his game when debilitating depression took over and brought him to his spiritual and physical edge.  This powerful podcast talks to the power of the human spirit and the angels all around us.

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Shydner was featured in the 2010 documentary I Am Comic, in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians, a process that ultimately led to his return to stand-up by going on the stage again after 13 years of retirement.

As an actor, Shydner played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married… with Children and made guest appearances on other TV shows such as Designing Women, Roseanne and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. His film roles include Beverly Hills Cop II and Roxanne.

Shydner was a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Titus. He also wrote scripts for the sitcom Becker. Additionally, he wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as ventriloquist David Strassman.

Shydner’s influences are Art Carney, Lenny Bruce, Red Skelton and George Carlin.

http://www.ritchshydner.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shydnercomedy

https://twitter.com/ritchshydner @ritchshydner

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Rocco Stowe Finds Girl of his Dreams: Margaret Cho

Rocco Stowe Finds Girl of his Dreams: Margaret Cho

Rocco Stowe went from having a gun in his hand in South Philly to teaching Yoga in Santa Monica. His journey from the Marine Corps to dating Margaret Cho had a few stops in rough neighborhoods. To say the least, he has thrived in the face of challenge.

Rocco Stowe: “I know I’m on a spiritual path.”

Rocco Stowe is an actor and stand-up comedian with 10 years of hard-nosed experience. He is internationally Known on the microphone by doing the Comedy ROK tour in Korea for MWR in April 2010. He started in Los Angeles in 1999, and has been booked and paid to perform with headliners including Damon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Margaret Cho, and many more.

An Italian-Irish graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Rocco is no stranger to dangerous situations. He grew up in South Philadelphia, served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps, dealt drugs, and was nearly arrested. After a pivotal moment, he left everything behind and moved to LA.

“I came out here and saw the way people are living, and they are happy, and they’re talking with some kind of care. It wasn’t so callous. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. I feel like I got a second chance from that.”

As a former Marine, Rocco is an expert at creating calm amidst the chaos. A yoga instructor at Santa Monica Power Yoga, his meditation techniques and life hacks help his students cultivate compassion, wisdom and peace.

He currently resides in Hollywood, CA, and does the LA comedy circuit. does regular spots at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Improv, and the Comedy Union.

https://www.facebook.com/rocco.stowe

https://www.facebook.com/rocyoga1/

https://twitter.com/roccocomedy

https://www.instagram.com/roccocomedy/

Ships and Giggles Comedy Night on the Queen Mary in Long Beach: http://www.queenmary.com/events/monthly-ship-events/

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