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Second Chances is the name of this podcast. It’s about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedians ANT and Greg Baldwin talk to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true life stories from people who are living theirs.

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

Greg Cope White is The Quintessential Gay Marine

Greg Cope White is The Quintessential Gay Marine

Acclaimed author, TV Writer (for Norman Lear) and food network star, Greg Cope White opens up about his journey being a young gay man ended up sneaking into the United States Marine Corps.  His dramatic story inspired by the headlines of bullied young kids choosing to end their life will move you and tug on your humanity.  A must listen!

When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.” Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.

It’s long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive? 

The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance  and doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp. 

http://www.thepinkmarine.com

A card-carrying member of the Writer’s Guild and SAG, Greg’s a produced television writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Dream On, Norman Lear’s The Powers That Be and 704 Hauser, Fox’s Life With Louie, Sony’s animated series Jumanji, and Disney’s Social Studies. He currently has a sitcom in development with Norman Lear’s Act III.
 
He also shot a pilot for Food Network as host & cook for a food and travel adventure show, He competed on Mark Burnett’s TV show On The Menu. He appears on this season’s Unique Sweets on the Cooking Channel. He has a  Lifetime movie premiering July 31,  2016. He currently can be seen on tour with his book, speaking to the young adult audience. 

He writes television, film, and articles for publication.  He’s a member of The Association of Food Journalists and James Beard (his major passions are food and storytelling). He writes articles for The Huffington Post and Good Men Project , and most recently his memoir of his time in the Marine Corps–The Pink Marine (available everywhere books are sold).  He enjoys serving on literary panels with other Contemporary and Young Adult authors.
 
His memoir, The Pink Marine is also being developed for a TV series by Rachel Davidson and Pamela Oas Williams (The Butler, The Amazing Spider Man ….) . Greg does not; however , get to play himself in the series. He did narrate the audio version of The Pink Marine.  

Jimmy Shin Flunked as a Lawyer, Thrives as Comedian

Jimmy Shin Flunked as a Lawyer, Thrives as Comedian

Jimmy Shin was set on being a successful lawyer, but the pressure threw him into a tailspin. Find out how he got out and now loves what he does, working with all his friends. An amazing turnaround and second chance at life.

Jimmy has been mixing his musical and comedic talents all of his life. After graduating from California Western School of Law, Jimmy decided to take a more humorous path.

While in Seattle, Jimmy won the honor of “Rookie Comedian of the Year” in the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2005 and was advised by Ron Reid (The Producer of the competition) to move to Los Angeles. Although urged by his parents to become a lawyer, Jimmy decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his dreams of becoming a comic in LA.

After moving to Los Angeles, Jimmy has been performing all around the country and producing shows at The World Famous Comedy Store. He has performed regularly at the Improv, Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. His break came when he performed three times on The Tonight Show.

His parents finally acknowledged that he was a real Comedian when they saw him perform on The Tonight Show and began supporting his decision to pursue a career in Entertainment. He has also appeared on the HBO Series “LUCK”, The Carson Daly New Year’s Special 2015 and most recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Alex Plank Actually LIKES Being Autistic

Alex Plank Actually LIKES Being Autistic

Alex Plank is the 31 year old autistic guy behind WrongPlanet.net, the incredibly popular site for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

http://wrongplanet.net/

Both Alex and Wrong Planet have been featured by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Good Morning America. Wrong Planet has more than 100,000 registered members and its discussion forums contain millions of messages. Alex graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Film and Video Studies. His areas of interest and expertise include public speaking, the Internet, writing, directing, and filmmaking. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Alex is also a consultant and actor on FX’s hit series The Bridge. Alex’s feature documentary film Shameful, which he shot in France along with Noah Trevino, is coming out soon.  

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Terri McDonald: Behind the Red Line of Prison Walls

Terri McDonald: Behind the Red Line of Prison Walls

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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