My name is Addison Brown and I think your mistakes are sexy. In each 30-minute episode, I interview a different sensational person about their stories of success through a lens of past faults. From careers to relationships to family to introspection, we all screw up once in a while. The question is, are you ready to give in and flirt with your failure? www.patreon.com/flirtingwithfailurepod
The Skill of Acquiring Skills
32:13Jordan Holmes, aka Dxtr Spits, is a modern day Renaissance man. Prospering as an engineer, musician, entrepreneur, and spoken word artist, Jordan's relationship with failure and success is spread amongst his many crafts. He offers some real insight on how to manage multiple projects from different industries, the beauty of the overlap of science and the arts, and building up a sense of humor around your mistakes.
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Season 2 Premiere- The Wine Coach w/ LaVonda Wagner
31:30For two decades, LaVonda Wagner was living her dream as a women’s basketball coach. When that dream came to a screeching halt, she turned to what many people turn to when the going gets tough: wine (but not in the way you may think.) Now a certified level two sommelier, LaVonda joined me on the pod to share her story of loss, perseverance, and redemption from the basketball courts all the way to the vineyards of Italy.
The Opera Came First
37:07In the season one FINALE of Flirting With Failure, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chicago-based opera artist Will Liverman. On top of having a voice that sounds like liquid gold, Will is also a complete delight to chat with and learn from. He was kind enough to share with me his journey through the opera world: where his interest in the art form began, what it was like attending arguably the most famous performing arts college in the world, the ups and downs of transitioning into being a full-time artist, and performing at the Met in New York City. Will's words of wisdom about being a performer and what he wished he would've known when he was younger were like music to my ears, and I know they'll make you light up too.
Make The Ice Man Cry
39:46Todd McNerney is a Professor of Theatre and Associate Dean at the College of Charleston. He is also a director, a certified goofball, and responsible for giving some of the best and most memorable inspirational speeches and pep talks I've ever witnessed. I knew I had to get Todd on the podcast to share some of his famous infinite wisdom that anyone who has been taught or directed by him is familiar with. Todd shares stories of himself as a young theater student, his time as a tour manager for Mummenshanz, and the journey that led him to his current position at the College of Charleston. I've never left a conversation with Todd without feeling like I learned something- I'm overjoyed that he joined me for this episode and especially happy that I get to share it with all of you. Please enjoy.
The Mayor of Poetry Town
44:41Mighty Mike McGee is a poet, a humorist, an exceptional friend, and the former Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (among other things.) His profound love of words, art, and human connection pours out of him and fills up every crevice in every conversation you have with him. In this particular conversation, Mike tells us what it's like to be the Poet Laureate, how achieving a lifelong dream of touring changed his life in surprising ways, and reminds us that we are simply doing the best we can. This episode is different than any episode I've recorded so far. Do yourself a favor- grab your headphones, sit back, and listen to Mike be the inspirational wordsmith we all need to hear.
Little Failures Every Day
33:52Alexis Nido-Russo, CEO and Founder of Local Eclectic Jewelry, refers to herself a creative person who also happens to be great at business and I couldn't agree with that more. She went from a degree in Fine Arts, to a temp job, to touring with Miley Cyrus (yes, you read that right), to a booming online jewelry shop with almost 800k Instagram followers. Every step on the way to where she is now was more surprising than the last, but one thing never changed- she was willing to put in the work. Truly delightful and inspiring, Alexis' stories are sure-fire brain fuel for artists, business people, and every combination of the two.
Where Do The Girls Go At Night?
30:08This week, I had the pleasure of listening to comedian Allison Reese-Shapiro tell me about some of her blunders in the comedy world, both on and offstage. From working at a Starbucks in West Hollywood, to understudying on The Second City ETC Stage in Chicago with only a few hours notice, to touring across the country and staying in questionable hotels, Allison has been around the block in the not-so-extravagant world of comedy and her tales of the mishaps along the way provided a much-needed laugh. I hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording. Oh, and if anyone figures out where the girls go at night, please contact either me or Allison. Thank you.
Fuck That Guy
30:57Hannah Wicklund graduated from our small town high school two years early to pursue her dreams of becoming a musician and BOY OH BOY did she do the damn thing. Hannah has toured both nationally and internationally, performing among the likes of such legends as Tom Petty, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jackson Brown, and more. She talks with me about what it's like to thrust yourself into being a full-time rockstar at such a young age, the drawbacks behind being a young woman playing music venues and clubs across the world, and offers a crash course in dealing with hometown bullies. Oh, and I deeply embarrass myself within the first five minutes. Enjoy!
32:37Ishaan Pakrasi is a consultant at Ernst & Young by day.... but a dancing robot engineer by night. In this episode, Ishaan fills me in on a unique world that combines art + engineering, tells me all about the time he recorded a podcast with some of the most famous people in India and decided not to release it (!!!), and shares his perspective on what it's like to want the liberty to keep failing in a country that won't let you.