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Second Chances interviews artists 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.

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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Joey Feldman: Accused of Killing His Father

Joey Feldman: Accused of Killing His Father

Accused by his mother of killing his father, renowned artist Joey Feldman turns tragedy into triumph.

The Joey Feldman print that Greg has in his studio.

Joey talks about his life, from stealing the family silverware to fuel his habit to his father dying in his arms, to his mother’s cancer treatments; his story is filled with amazing ups and downs. He talks about his recent past when he moved in with his girlfriend, Mo: “I was painting restaurants, doing decorative faux finishing to make ends meet. I was miserable I was in a spiritual prison. She said, ‘You’re not drawing anymore – you’re miserable.’ She gave me $100 and sent me to the art store. ‘I want you to draw every day and put it on Facebook. Really commit to it.’”

His influencers, Ralph Steadman, Picasso, Francis Bacon, his fiancee, and his cat keep him going, working, and drawing. Joey now has a line of pens, sketchbooks and ink, and his prints are available for purchase. “I was on fire, I’m still on fire.”

Relationships, vulnerability, creativity, and mistakes: nothing is off the table.

website: http://www.joeyfeldman.com/ Instagram @joeyfeldman_artist

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Margaret Cho Would Never Cluck During Sex

Margaret Cho Would Never Cluck During Sex

Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and recounts the infamous night she bombed in New Jersey, drunk and high, and what Jerry Seinfeld did to help her.  The Tilda Swinton controversy is explained.  Clucking during sex?  Yes! Plus vagina stories and more.

Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho drops by the Second Chances Podcast and inspires Greg and ANT with the story of her second chance.

Margaret Cho is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality. She has created music videos and has her own clothing line of crotchless underwear for men and women. Cho has also frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.

As an actress, she has acted in such roles as Charlene Lee in It’s My Party and John Travolta’s FBI colleague in the action movie Face/Off. Cho was part of the cast of the TV series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television, in which she appeared as Teri Lee, a paralegal assistant.

She was just named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone, along with Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, and Patton Oswalt.

Website: http://margaretcho.com/

Show Schedule: http://margaretcho.com/tour/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/margaretcho

Instagram:  @Margaret_Cho

Twitter: @Margaretcho

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