Production Coordinator/Photographer/Maritime Historian & host of the popular podcast, "Movies Made Me", Cheryl Jones is on the couch with Jake this week. She talks about the winding path that led her to where she is today, her time as a motorsports photographer and her racer father who used to work inside computers. She also shares how a silly movie based on a theme park ride altered the course of her life forever and ultimately carried her overseas with a new obsession over seas. The two share stories of lives filled with various interests and how they can dictate the direction you head, and how it's also totally ok to move on from them to another. They also both find solace in the fact that eventually we'll all be dead!
Writer/Actor/Improviser/Co-Host of the podcast "Mythunderstood", Sarah Oliver joins Jake on the couch this week. If you asked thier friends to describe thier relationship, people would probably say they're "frenemies." That's not entirely true, but it's not entirely untrue, either. The duo discuss said relationship and how they've grown together over the years, as well as thier experience being the Backyard FX B-Team and sharing the same best friend. On that note Sarah discusses what it's like having a male bestie and the old timey intolerance that still comes with it, finding creativity as a child in the face of boredom, her desire to write, being born in Berlin and growing up a military kid with other military kid friends. She also shares a very personal story of how PTSD effected her father and in effect, her relationship with him. As well as the somewhat secret past he had in hollywood with his then comedy partner, comedian and radio host Frazer Smith. Also, Cheetos!
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Singer/Songwriter and Co-founder of Dragon Wagon Radio, Zen Zenith is chatting with Jake this week. They discuss the spark that gave way to Dragon Wagon Radio as well as being "do everything" 20 somethings that became "do some things" 30 somethings. Zen has an unusual name and he talks about where it came from and his freethinking parents, his alter ego August Brings, and talks about about being un-schooled (which is apparently different than being home-schooled. Who knew!?). They talk about self guidance and learning to teach yourself to learn, passing childhoods off to the next generation, musical journeys, building communities, and more! Zen even calls Jake "sad and joyless!" Is he wrong? You decide!
Song : Bones and Gratitude by August Brings
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Actor/Sketch Comic/Photog, Justin Baker, sits down with Jake this week and they discuss being emotional twins, breaking free from small town living and the decision to art-life it for the long haul. Friendships, roots, social contracts and manliness or the lack there-of. Justin speaks about living with chronic illness and daily pain while maintaining positivity and more importantly, sanity. There's some talk of brain power, better days and the ever present spoon count, and how the show must go on no matter how stupid either of them are.
Jake takes some time before this weeks episode to talk from the heart about the loss of a beloved member of the family, his Aunt Kathryn. Then Paul Bianchi is back and humors a sleepless Jake while discussing sleepiness, hypnosis and "hypnotisers", senior lock-ins, their impromptu camping trip for Jakes birthday and the murderer they made friends with as well as teen adventures to places of creepiness and the enjoyment or lack thereof of being scared. And of course as usual when these two are together, some compliments.
Actor and long-time friend Tony Wayne sits down with Jake and they discuss their symbiotic collaborative friendship, what makes them tick and the variety of artistic endeavors they've ventured together. Tony has cartoon characteristics and manly tones, they discuss inner wild men and hawks with death wishes. Also Tony's dream of Venice Beach, making moves and the timing of success, technology, acting, indie theater and movies and more!
Film Director/Director of Photography Pierce Cook sits down with Jake and the two have a heartfelt conversation about long distance family and making hard decisions to achieve your goals. Pierce talks about his father and fatherhood, childhood, and loss. They also chat about love of movies, being nice to people while making them, watching them as kids and showing them to kids.
Actor, Chihuahua Savior, and the voice of the first ever female Stormtrooper Verona Blue is hanging out with Jake. Verona has a distinctive and bold persona and the two discuss identity, style and what influences it and how it effects us. They chat about being a Stormtrooper both in Star Wars and in real life, Klingon Ambushes, their mutual need to yell everything, Parades, tiny dogs, and a fantastic organization called Dogs Without Borders. Discuss this episode on twitter using #ElaboratePod
Elaborate's first mate and writer of the popular Deadpool/Gaston Mashup musical, Paul Bianchi, is back talking with Jake about birthdays and getting older. A random discussion about words, Paul opens up about anxiety and the duo discuss being artists that make livings doing work adjacent to the work they intended to do. There's talk of biological lineage and even a compliment-off!
Post Modern Jukebox Tap Dancer Alex MacDonald is in town from NY. He sits down with Jake to discuss their 25+ year friendship and how astoundingly uncool they were in their adolescense, ruining a Starbucks' atmosphere in 2001, Jake's nesting habits and overdrafted Kharma account as well as Alex's furniture.