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The Christian Villere Show: Millennial Issues and Dream-Pursuing Personalities
14 minutes | Aug 5, 2014
Episode 9: Sacramento State Men’s BB Coach Brian Katz
For those unfamiliar with college basketball, or ardent followers who only keep up with the biggest programs, you need to pay attention to a program making some noise for the first time in a good long while: Sacramento State. On this week's episode, I have the driving force behind the renaissance that has taken place at the school, Brian Katz. Coach Katz has headed up the Sacramento State Men's basketball program for the past six years improving the team's conference record each year. This past season's seven-game home win streak from January 18th to February 22nd matched the longest in school history, and the team's 14 overall wins this season tied for the second-most all-time in the school's history. Things look promising for this upcoming season as the team will return all five starters. I strongly urge anyone interested in men's college basketball to keep their attention on Sacramento State, as the program continues to grow under the tutelage of Coach Katz. On the episode, we discuss coaches that have had a big influence on his coaching style, what he's looking to emphasize for next season, the impressive second half play of Eric Stuteville and Nick Hornsby, the impact technology has had on the way he recruits, the amazing game-winner by Dylan Garrity, and what he's most proud of accomplishing during his time at Sacramento State.
77 minutes | Jul 28, 2014
Episode 8: CentristReview.com’s Solomon Kleinsmith
2 and a half years ago, I was very involved with a political organization that sought to add a third party candidate to the Presidential Election process. One of the things I got to do as a part of that organization was go to a conference in Omaha, Nebraska. I had never spent anytime in the midwest. I had been led to believe there was not a whole lot there. To the contrary, Omaha was awesome. It was definitely helpful that the temperature never got below 40 degrees in January. Downtown has lots of hotspots. Its walkable. And it has an old-time midwesterny vibe, coupled with a feeling that the city is charging toward the 21st century, without anything holding it back. If you get a chance definitely make your way to Omaha for a few days. It won't disappoint. At that conference, I met a bunch of cool, interesting, passionate people. The one, who I have stayed the most in touch with is Solomon Kleinsmith. He is a political advocate, editor in chief of centristreview.com, and his website design and search engine optimization business, Big Omaha SEO, is growing rapidly. At one time, Solomon had the No. 1 centrist blog on the internet. He would routinely field calls from producers looking for a centrist viewpoint on a particular issue. Because of his extensive political background, I brought him on the show to discuss millennial issues, how he became a centrist, and some current political issues that can't seem to escape the news.
72 minutes | Jul 19, 2014
Episode 7: Hot Nerd Girl, Tracy Doering
I'm so incredibly excited to share with you this week's interview. If you are into sci-fi, or a fan of really good, entertaining writing, you need to check out www.hotnerdgirl.com. Tracy Doering is the hot nerd girl. She has been writing the blog for the past 4 years, along with the help of her partner in crime, my brother, Darcy Villere. He also joins us on the show. I have wanted to interview/meet Tracy for a long time because I was aware of the amazing organic following she has created online with blogging. She and Darcy definitely serve as inspiration for me as I go about developing my own audience with this new show. Tracy's following has grown to the point where she is now being requested for panels at comic-cons. In the episode, we also talk about a cause that is dear to Tracy called Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to military personnel overseas. Topics discussed in chronological order: how her love of sci-fi developed as a kid beyond watching Star Trek; where she grew up and the influence that had on her sci-fi interests; whether her love of Star Trek developed right away; when she initially went to comic-cons and comic book conventions; how she could be so shy and wear costumes out in public; how and when the moniker "Hot Nerd Girl" materialized; what differentiates her from other similar blogs on the web; the approach that Tracy uses when she writes blog posts; what were the ideas, or themes, she started with when she began the blog; the first photo shoot and how it was financed; the expectations they had when the blog was started; the things that have worked well to promote the blog; my suggestion for Tracy's blog to promote it more; what is Tracy's favorite iteration of Star Trek; some excerpts from "ask a nerd girl" posts that show how passionate her fans are; Darcy and Tracy's thoughts on the trends with sci-fi movies and television; how things have changed at comic-cons as they have gotten more popular; the rise of the popularity of the term "nerd"; Tracy's friends backing up her nerd credentials when she was getting started with the blog; whether longtime comic-con patrons are angry toward more recent attendees; the need to strategize during comic-cons to get into events; Tracy's story about how she got involved with operation gratitude; Tracy has also appeared in a music video for the band, Lydia's Libido, out of Fort Worth, Texas.
70 minutes | Jul 13, 2014
Episode 6: Actor “Mighty” Mike Kimmel
Many people, myself included have a lot of preconceived notions about actors: there are only concerned about themselves; they have big egos; they overstep their bounds on set because they think they are so important. Mr. Mike Kimmel is the antithesis of all those things. He is super professional and deeply insightful about acting. I contend you would be hard-pressed to find someone else who will give you higher quality advice for actors than he does in this interview. Mike is an accomplished, seasoned, and professional actor who has a long list of credits. Some of those include, Memphis Beat, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Treme, and Haunted High. Topics discussed in chronological order: why he didn't go into standup or improv comedy; the allure of acting to him; a misconception among actors about the essence of acting; how he got started acting in New York; the advantage of working on low budget projects and how they help actors develop; the type of role he's been cast in a lot over the course of his career; the lack of character development in supporting character roles for some projects, and why that can be a good thing in the audition process; his mindset and approach going into auditions; the number one piece of advice he would give to actors; the unprofessionalism he's seen in audition waiting rooms; how he deals with parts of scripts that he has trouble internalizing; how he will communicate with higher-ups on set, when he wants to give input about something; why he likes Toastmasters and what it helps with for acting; a role that he booked not long after he got to New Orleans that really pleased him; strategy for memorizing lines; the super quick turnaround on Tonight Show gigs; what he did to break into the business and the trouble that he ran into; how often he's been approached by young actors for advice; how he goes about reaching out to people he knows who are attached to projects for possible parts; what it was like to work with Jay Leno and the trickle-down theory; and the best piece of advice he's ever received. You can check him out online at www.mikekimmel.com. Here's an excerpt of Mike talking about a common pitfall among actors: In acting for years, and years, and years they always tell you that you have to just be yourself, play yourself as the character, the character has to be an extension of yourself in that situation. A lot of people get into acting because they want to lose themselves, or they want to become someon
73 minutes | Jul 7, 2014
Episode 5: Body Transformation Specialist, Josh LaJaunie
If you are wondering how someone from the cajun country of Thibodaux,Louisiana could overcome immense pressure from culture, family, and peers to eat unhealthy food could lose over 200 pounds, then you'll want to listen to this episode of the show. Josh LaJaunie and I met over a year ago when we volunteered at the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. We've stayed in touch since then. He's undergone a tremendous body transformation. We talk through his entire journey, from the point in time when he finally decided to start losing weight ,when he was going to school at Nicholls State, to his current training for marathons. Josh is a big proponent of plant-based eating and an avid runner. He does not eat any meat. How someone as big and burly as him can do that, I have no idea. He is now training to run his second marathon. You can find him online at his blog www.joshlajaunie.wordpress.com If you want to reach out to him through social media you can find him on Facebook and Twitter Here's an excerpt from the interview where Josh waxes philosophical about running: When you get past that half marathon distance, when you hit a certain level of exhaustion, man, everything that you think you are disappears. And your left with just the essence of what you are. Your distilled down to the most concentrated version of you. And that sounds real hippie, you know, left wing, or out of the box kind of thinking, but its the truth, dude. And It helps you think, it helps me think in other areas of life. Here's a before picture of Josh: Here's an after picture of Josh:
66 minutes | Jul 1, 2014
Episode 4: Stand-Up Comedian, Lee Marvin Adams
In the fourth episode of The Christian Villere Show I interview comedian Lee Marvin Adams. Lee has been a comedian for the last 13 years. He is an advanced communicator silver in the Toastmasters communication program. He has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy, including John Witherspoon, John Morgan, and Reginald Ballard. We discuss how he got into comedy, his comedy influences, the best advice he ever got, how toastmasters has impacted his comedy career, and what his next goal in comedy is. He is touring in Dubai at the end of this month. For more information about him visit his blog at www.leemarvinadams24.blogspot.com
63 minutes | Jun 23, 2014
Episode 3: Best-Selling Author, Jack DuArte
In the third episode of The Christian Villere Show I interview author Jack Duarte. Jack specializes in historical fiction. He has a best-selling series of World War II books, with the most recent being The White Mouse. Jack also breeds thoroughbreds and has one of the most famous miniature horses in the country. He has spent time in the military and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. We delve into his writing process; what his writing inspiration is; why he decided to do a series on World War II, instead of the Vietnam War; breeding thouroughbreds; and his childhood in New Orleans. You can find his books on amazon by searching his name and via his website, www.jackduarte.com.
68 minutes | Jun 23, 2014
Episode 2: Sports Talk and Zack Cameron
On this episode of the show, I discuss a cadre of different topics including what's going to happen in the NBA, why Hillary Clinton has torpedoed her chance at becoming President again, the NCAA's continued ignorance about paying student-athletes, and recent comments by the Pope about pot legalization. I also interview my friend, who lives in Moscow, Zack Cameron. Zack is an teacher at Moscow State University. In the interview he alludes to allegations that the Ukranian military used white phosphorous recently. Here is a link to a story about that from Russia Today.
52 minutes | May 21, 2014
Episode 1: The Guy Who Taught Me Funny, Adam Seay
For the inaugural episode of the show, I brought on the gentleman who taught me how to laugh when I was younger and still continues to do so today. We grow up together, before smartphones were a thing. We've been friends for a long time. I give Adam tremendous credit for influencing my point of view about comedy and how to make people laugh. I wanted to bring him on to catch up with what he's doing, get his opinion on some controversial topics, and see how he likes dealing with the public.
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