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The Maslow Peak Podcast
58 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 37: Private Investigator Eric Peterson
Private Investigator, security entrepreneur, former police officer, and self-described “fixer” Eric Peterson from Peterson Investigations joins us to talk about keeping you and your family safe, his career providing security for celebrities, how just because you saw where your favorite celebrity had for dinner, that doesn’t mean you’re friends, how no one uses “The Club” anymore, getting to know your neighbors, the current state of police relations in our country, and how to get out of your next speeding ticket. [Note: At one point in this podcast we discuss mass shootings and safety and security at large public gatherings. This was recorded edited before the events in Las Vegas transpired. Bret personally believes that all assault rifles, large-capacity magazines, and automatic weapons should be outlawed for personal use. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the horrible events in Las Vegas.]
36 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 36: City Council Member & Mayor Pro-Tem Leah Basile
Lake Forest City Council Member & Mayor Pro-Tem Leah Basile joins us to talk about local government, getting things done in your city, getting involved wherever you can, parenting, being a good listener, and doing the right thing no matter the consequences.
66 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 35: Advertising Executive & Political Activist Jarred Romley
Advertising executive/“Social Media Charlemagne” and political activist Jarred Romley from Anyone Collective joins us to discuss his career in advertising, how it is and isn’t like “Mad Men,” how you get to the core of an idea and interpret that message, the state of our nation, listening to each other and trying to find common ground, raising daughters in this modern world, the human beauty of getting to know your neighbors, and how we can make America kind again.
59 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 34: Pizza Chef & Entrepreneur Craig Buscemi from Pizzami Buscemi
Pizza chef, entrepreneur and veteran paratrooper Craig Buscemi from Pizzami Buscemi joins us to talk pizza, pizza and more pizza, becoming a certified “pizzaiolo” in Verona, Italy, our shared love of motorcycles, his road from making pizza, to selling houses, to jumping out of airplanes in Italy, and back to pizza, dough secrets, our favorite toppings, food truck mechanical issues, why real pizza makers hate ranch, and much more.
78 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 33: Program Manager/"Problem Solver" James Ridgers from Blizzard Entertainment
Program manager, self-described problem solver, and “English Guy” James Ridgers from Blizzard Entertainment joins us for a remarkably wide-ranging and thoughtful conversation about about solving problems, happiness, compassion, helping out wherever you can, how not all gamers are griefers and trolls, choosing what to believe, coming to terms with your failures, not being late (ever), his newfound love of wine, and much more. After the credits roll at the end, there’s another bonus conversation where we do a deep, deep dive on British music (“BritPop”) in the mid-90s, the political and cultural atmosphere behind the music, how an era’s music always reflects the anxieties of the time, and how the social media age has changed how we express ourselves and thus the art we make (or don’t make).
58 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 32: Entepreneur/Audio Engineer Derek Bargaehr from Vanguard Audio Labs
Entrepreneur and audio engineer Derek Bargaehr from Vanguard Audio Labs discusses owning your own microphone company, the importance of having a strong support system behind you while you chase your dreams, fostering a lifelong love of learning, the alchemy of electronics and the very real discomfort of shocking yourself, the joy of making something and putting it out into the world, marrying form and function, and not letting fear of the unknown hold you back.
54 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 31: Comic Book Artist Darrell May from Stranger Comics
Comic book artist and Chief Creative Officer Darrell May from Stranger Comics discusses creating whole worlds with a pen and paper, taking risks and making sacrifices to pursue your dreams, the complicated world of “Game of Thrones,” the intersection of anthropology and Christianity, telling stories that represent all cultures and peoples, doing The Work to overcome your “lack of inspiration,” LARPing before it was cool, working with Amandla Stenberg, and much more.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 30: Music Industry Veteran Chad Pearson
Music industry veteran Chad Pearson (Tooth & Nail, The Militia Group, Reach Records) joins us to discuss his journey, from growing up in Papua New Guinea to moving to Seattle, working with some of my musical heroes, how the record industry isn’t like “Empire” (at all), fighting for art that you believe in, treating your interns well (because they might be your boss some day), the grey hair in our beards, and how it all comes back to relationships
36 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 29: Writer/Personal Historian Jeannette Encinias
Writer/Personal Historian Jeannette Encinias joins us to discuss writing, telling people’s life stories, turning your passion and skill set into a career, getting through your initial fear and getting started, taking care of yourself so you can do your best work, the intimacy of telling someone’s life story, and how it’s never too late to change course.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 28: Singer/Songwriter Keith Longo from Flights Over Phoenix
Keith Longo from Los Angeles rock band Flights Over Phoenix joins us to discuss his journey from Boston to LA, following your musical dreams, our shared belief in aliens, songwriting and inspiration, our favorite movies and 90s pop songs, staying positive and working at your craft, and taking steps towards your goals every day.
43 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 27: Forensic Psychologist Sabina Correa
Sabina Correa from Napa Psychological Services joins us for a wide ranging discussion about the human mind, parenting, helping people cope with trauma, changing attitudes towards mental illness, determining whether someone actually has mental illness or if they’re just looking for easier sentencing (or a warm bed for the night), changing attitudes towards gender dysphoria, the psychology of mass shootings, and finding small moments of peace every day to help keep you grounded.
50 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 26: Writer/Journalist Shaun Keating from News Feather
Shaun Keating joins us to discuss writing, “fake news,” the psychology of why we believe what we believe, consciously reading the news and considering the source and intent of the author before taking it as ultimate truth, his unbiased news summary venture News Feather, his failed career as a sci-fi novelist, figuring out the rhythms of parenting, getting retweeted by a Kardashian, writing in other people’s voices, work/life balance and trying to fit everything you want to do in the hours you’re awake, “Game of Thrones,” and much more.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 25: Designer/Illustrator Jimmy Bryant from Atomic Child
Jimmy Bryant from Atomic Child joins us to discuss art, illustration vs. design, growing up in the middle of nowhere, “the work” vs. “the art,” the joy of making things that people love, how much we both loved “Logan,” pursuing your passion without a backup plan, how real life often ends up differently from what college told you it would be, and how you have to put your work out there.
62 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 24: Leather Crafter & Expat Teacher Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson joins us to discuss his new leather crafting venture Lowell Ander, how not all leather work is for cowboys and saddles, the decision to move to South Korea to teach English (and the decision to stay), expatriate life, missing refried beans, ranch dressing, and corn tortillas, finding the time to pursue your various interests, and living next to one of the most dangerous regimes in the world.
47 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 23: Designer/Entrepreneur Brett Mikoll from Oxford Pennant
Brett Mikoll from Oxford Pennant joins us to talk about our shared love of vintage sports memorabilia, the proper way to spell “Bret” (hint: it’s not “Brett”), formative sports memories, design being “inspired by” vs. “derivative of,” jogging with vs. without music, having design “superpowers,” being a long-suffering Buffalo sports fan, and celebrating everything.
37 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 22: Shawn Kathleen from "Passenger Shaming"
Shawn Kathleen from the hilarious Instagram account Passenger Shaming joins us to discuss the horrible things people do on airplanes, our species’ collective repugnance, what people are apparently willing to do in front of 200 strangers, horror stories from 30,000 feet (like what happens when you try to smoke crack on an airplane), feet, feet, and more feet, tales from the other side of the beverage cart, watching way too much YouTube, and how if we all treat each other better, we all win.
36 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 21: Board Game Designer Dustin Crouch
Board game designer Dustin Crouch joins us to discuss his new game Sigil: Powers of War, dialing in gameplay to make it fun for everyone, luck vs. skill, the deep world of board games beyond Monopoly and Risk, the audacity of taking an idea from theory to execution and sharing it with people, how your day job can end up giving you the skills you need to execute your dream, making peace with your inner nerd, not being afraid of asking for help, and how getting started is the hardest part of any endeavor.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 20: Creative Director JP Boneyard
Creative Director JP Boneyard from Fifty-Nine Parks and The National Poster Retrospecticus joins us to discuss crafting a life out of your diverse but connected interests, throwing over 100 DIY concerts in his mom’s shed, our shared love of basketball and design, how a concert poster is a time capsule for the moment - design, typography, popular music, and where you were that day, going outside and expanding your horizon, the importance of positivity, mindfulness, and living in the moment, and how just because your dreams take hard work, that doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path.
91 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 19: Music Journalist Angie Piccirillo
Music journalist Angie Piccirillo joins us for an extremely wide-ranging and fun conversation on her journey from dancing in music videos to editing reality TV to film production to styling celebrities to starting a clothing company to school photography to making commercials to writing about music, having a music producer for a father, fighting for equal treatment as a woman in Hollywood, evolving your goals, our shared love of horror movies and mutual fears for the future of the music industry, her weird obsession with Jared Leto, keeping art alive, and letting go of what’s expected of you to find out what you want to be.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep. 18: YouTube Cooking Stars Honeysuckle
YouTube sensations Honeysuckle (Dzung & Nathan Lewis) join us to discuss finding a way to do what you love, turning your passion into 300,000 subscribers and 17 million views, what happens end up trying out your “dream job” and don’t like it, finding your voice and momentum, connecting with your audience, and taking your craft seriously. We go behind the scenes with epic grocery runs, making macarons 50 to 100 times so you feel comfortable making them on camera, only partnering with brands that you believe in, and living your life with authenticity.
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