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Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Rising from the ashes after burning her life down to the ground through substance abuse, Terri McDonald finds her calling helping those who truly need a second chance.  Rising through the ranks becoming the head of the California prison system.  Listen to this inspiring podcast and find your inner potential.

Terri McDonald is the Chief Probation Officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She is a former Assistant Sheriff for LA County Sheriff’s Department, overseeing the Custody Division. McDonald is a 24-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Her career in law enforcement began in 1988 as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During her tenure with the CDCR, she literally worked her way up through the ranks of the Department, working as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, including Captain at Folsom State Prison, Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden, Division Chief, Chief Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary.

Additionally, she oversaw the Statewide Classification Unit, Statewide Population Management Unit, assisted in revamping the correctional officer academy, oversaw and activated out-of-state prisons with California inmates. Prior to her employment with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Terri McDonald oversaw California’s state prisons, juvenile justice, gang unit, fugitive apprehension unit, victim services, rehabilitative programming and the Ombudsman’s office.

During her years with the CDCR, McDonald supervised approximately 300,000 offenders in prison and parole serving as an executive leader for roughly 60,000 employees, with an operating budget in excess of $10 billion.

Terri McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement, graduating with Honors, from the University of San Francisco. She maintains a home in Northern California and resides in Los Angeles County. Terri is single; but in a long-term committed relationship and in her free time enjoys travel, golf and camping.

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Elaine Hendrix Saves Animals

Elaine Hendrix Saves Animals

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 is So Funny!

Ritch Shydner is So Funny!

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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Joey Feldman Is On Fire!

Joey Feldman Is On Fire!

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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Ian Harvie Made Some Modifications

Ian Harvie Made Some Modifications

Transgendered actor, Ian Harvie opens up about transitioning from female to male at age 40, Ian opens up about transphobia, Margaret Cho, stand-up comedy and his work on the Amazon Prime’s Transparent.  Touching, spirited and funny!

Ian Harvie was born May 28, 1968, in Portland, Maine. Harvie knew he was transgender at a very early age, but didn’t have a language for his gender identity at the time. Harvie came out as queer at nineteen and as transgender at age thirty-two.

Harvie grew up on Beaver Pond in the rural mountain town of Bridgton, Maine, until the age of twelve. He has two older brothers, Rob and Jeff. Early comedy influences he has cited include The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Rich Little, Hee Haw, Laugh-In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and Saturday Night Live.

Harvie began his stand-up comedy career in January 2002 at a small comedy club in Portland, Maine. Three months later he began performing at a sister club in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California, in June 2006. By November 2006 he began touring with iconic comedienne Margaret Cho as her opening act.

Cho cast Harvie as a permanent member of her off-Broadway burlesque comedy revue, Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman. In April 2007, Harvie began producing and hosting his own self-titled comedy/talk show, The Ian Harvie Show, at Los Angeles music and comedy club Largo. The show is similar in format to other late-night talk shows but with guests who are all LGBT or connected to the LGBT community.

In November 2009, Harvie began his solo headlining career. His one-man show Parts Sold Separately, which features humor about sex and gender, played the Melbourne International Comedy Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2010. In January 2011, Harvie performed his new solo show Balls OUT with Ian Harvie at SF SketchFest in San Francisco, California. In September 2010, Harvie and fellow sober comedians Felon O’Reilly and Amy Dresner began a three-person comedy group. They traveled around the US with their collective recovery-based standup comedy show, Laughs Without Liquor: the We Are Not Saints tour.

http://ianharvie.com/ twitter @ianharvie

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Eric Lampaert Wants to Get Famous Slowly

Eric Lampaert Wants to Get Famous Slowly

International performer and humorist Eric Lampaert riffs on his sexual experimentation, cancer scare, and his growing up as a homeless street urchin.

Eric Lampaert (Lamb Pear) is a standup comedian, writer and actor that has appeared on BBC2, BBC3, Ch4, Ch5, E4, ITV2, HBO and Comedy Central. He studied at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris & Theatre Arts at Middlesex University in London.

Eric has performed stand up around the world including, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival 2014 in Montreal where his set recorded for TV went out on Comedy Central UK, the Johannesburg Comedy Festival in 2017, several solo shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he has supported Eddie Izzard (in English and French), performed a theatre run of his solo show in Paris last year, and in June 2016 he won the ComediHa Best International Comedian Award in Quebec.

Eric is slowly but surely making a name for himself in TV in both the UK and France. His appearances include Life’s Too Short (HBO), The Midnight Beast (E4), Impractical Jokers (BBC3) host of How To Survive A Disaster Movie (Channel 5) and starred in a prime time show for TF1 France. He’s even starred alongside Bruce Willis in a TV commercial!

Co-starring in this motion picture Moonwalkers, alongside Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman. A lead role in AmStarDam (Stoner Express) which has been nominated as Best UK feature film at Raindance Festival & at the National Film Awards. And with a substantial role in Luc Besson’s upcoming film Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets, due for release in summer 2017, Eric is fast on his way to becoming a silver-screen star.

http://www.ericlampaert.com/ twitter @EricLampaert

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Hugh Sheridan Thought His Brother Was Dead

Hugh Sheridan Thought His Brother Was Dead

Australian heartthrob and crooner Hugh Sheridan opens up about the devastating earthquake in Nepal and his quest to find his missing brother lost in the devastation and the controversy that ensued.
 

Hugh Sheridan is an Australian actor, musician and television presenter, born in Adelaide, the second youngest of seven children.

At 16 Hugh was encouraged by his parents to study dance to support his music and drama. That same year his dance teacher Terry Simpson, suggested he audition for the prestigious Australian Ballet School, she knew that experiencing the rigorous and gruelling entry process would set Hugh up for future drama institution auditions. To Hugh’s surprise (and his family’s) Hugh was granted entry to the Advanced Diploma in Dance. So, he moved to Melbourne to study dance at the ABS, while there he also studied opera part time at the Victorian College of Arts under Monique Brunelle. As a student Hugh was selected to work with The Paris Opera Ballet, The English National Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

Hugh, at just 18, was accepted into full time Bachelor of Arts in Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. In his final year Hugh won the role of Ben Rafter in Seven’s pilot for Packed to the Rafters, a show that spanned six series, consistently holding #1 drama in Australia. Rafters would make him a household name and give rise to him winning four Silver Logies in a row.

As for his music, in 2010, Hugh signed with Sony Music Australia. He released the single “Just Can’t Throw Us Away” which made an impressive #2 debut on the iTunes singles chart and was followed by the successful debut album “Speak Love”.  In 2013 Hugh signed with Parker and Mr French and is managed by internationally renowned Todd Wagstaff. Hugh is back in the recording studio between the US and Australia, which plans to release a major project.

http://hughsheridan.com/   Twitter: @hugh_sheridan

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