Living the Dream with Curveball
Summary: On the living the dream with curveball podcast I interview guests that teach, motivate, and inspire others. On every episode I interview ordinary people telling extordinary stories about how they contribute to the world to try and make life better for others. I interview a wide range of indivisuals such as authors, singers, actors, athletes, coaches, Etc. When you listen to living the dream with curveball prepare to be motivated and inspired to stop at nothing to achieve your dreams.
Tim Tortora has countless stories from the road. Living and working all over the world - basically on the road for 13 years of his career. Running Oprah Winfrey's film and long-form TV unit, the Benji franchise, producing at Mandalay Sports Entertainment, working on Jackass: The Movie, The Burton Movie and countless TV & film projects. Tim stopped traveling and working in the trenches of film production when he knew he wanted a family -- and not just in name.Tim continue to work in his dream business, but now from the desk of a CFO. Producing movies from 8 to 6 and advising investors in his consulting practice before and after his day as a CFO.Tim wrote a book last year and he creates content to help investors and young movie business entrepreneurs find their way through Hollywood - without getting conned. His book is not a tell-all. He could have written something that was sleazy, named many names and told the inside stories of people who sometimes behave very badly, but instead Tim chose to write a book about how not to get hosed by the Hollywood Con Man.Working in Film Production is tantamount to being an entrepreneur. You are running a business you are creating a brand and that brand is yourself - all the time. You're constantly selling, you're constantly networking and you're constantly staying engaged looking for work or opportunity. And Tim is here to tell you it does not matter what your education is or the background you came from. In Entertainment you walk in with a clean slate and create the career you want. You can purchase Tim’s e-book at career.timtortora.com or check out his website at timtortora.com
Ruksana Hussain is an award-winning journalist and solopreneur on a mission to help others, especially women, and women of color or minorities, to overcome adversity in their lives to pave a path to overall success. Based on her own experiences as an independent travel journalist, freelancer, digital magazine publisher and solopreneur, she speaks on how to chart a course to achieve your goals.Quoted in outlets such as Sherman’s Travel, CWAtlanta and Smart Business, she has presented as a speaker and/or panelist at schools, universities, networking groups, and on podcasts. Some venues she has presented at include Business Radio X, Freelancers Union, How to be Global podcast and more. A full list of presentations and press mentions are available on www.ruksanawrites.comAn award-winning journalist, writer and editor with 20 years’ experience, 10 of that as a full-time freelancer and independent consultant, Ruksana’s bylines have appeared in California Business Chronicle, Delta Sky Lines, Restless magazine (United Kingdom), Luxury Travel Magazine (Australia), Visit California, Diversity Professional, Cuisine Noir, Khabar, The Traveler’s Table, Irvine Weekly and more.In 2020, Ruksana founded and published Traveler and Tourist magazine, a digital, subscriber-only, monthly travel lifestyle publication with the aim of diverse and inclusive coverage in terms of content and perspective, place and people, culture and engagement, through the travel adventures she has experienced. The magazine, which introduced video content in 2021, is created for worldwide readership and can be subscribed on www.travelerandtourist.comBorn in India and raised in Oman, Ruksana has always embraced change in lifestyle and perspectives with the change in culture and scenarios around her. That worldview only further benefited when she moved to the United States as a 25-year-old young adult. But the challenges she faced and the obstacles she experienced having no informal or formal networks to guide her and provide direction meant that she had to navigate in a new land all on her own.Learning from her surroundings, Ruksana exploited the power of introductions, strength of referrals and recommendations to effectively network for long-lasting relationship building that has resulted in her overall success. This has resulted in a successful career as a solopreneur and travel journalist earning opportunities on media trips to Japan, Poland, Mexico, Yukon Territory in Canada, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and more.Ruksana was named one of only three recipients of the inaugural ACES Richard S Holden Diversity Fellowship in December 2020, and winner in three categories at the 62nd Southern California Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2020. She is also a graduate of Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, Modern Storytelling Thread at Yale selected candidate, and Society of Professional Journalists’ Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program fellow.www.traveerlandtourist.com
Mark Wilhelmsson is the Author of "EMERGENCY - This Book Will Save Your Child's Life," Founder of Our Child's Keeper and the "Baby and Child Safety Master Class"Mark founded Our Child's Keeper after he nearly lost his son to a choking incident just after his second birthday. Luck saved him, not Mark. It was a wake up call - and here's why this is such an important issue to discuss and raise the awareness of: This year, nearly a million children worldwide will not make it to the age of 5. In the United States alone, it’s approximately 8,000 children—or nearly one child per hour, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. This isn't due to war, disease or famine. We're losing these children from accidental injuries, most of which could have been prevented - and it's time that changed. Mark was an Investigator in NYC working on Civil, Supreme and Federal Court cases for over 26 years and then he decided to pivot and take that skill-set to look at what the real reasons are this is happening, and what we can do to radically reduce the number of childhood deaths and injuries worldwide – and he believes it's by empowering parents with the knowledge, life-saving skills and access to the most trusted experts and resources to protect and keep their children safe. Mark subsequently became a Certified Infant, Child and Adult CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor and Water Safety Ambassador through the Amercan Red Cross. Check out his course atwww.ourchildskeeper.com Find his book at www.emergencythebook.com
Giancarlo is an author of speculative fiction, host of The Story King Podcast, and homeschooling dad. His writing has been featured in anthologies and Writer's Digest. He has written four books in total: Darrin DeLuza and the Devil, Cain's Confession, Massimo's Mirror and Other Stories, and How to Launch Your Podcast Like a Pro. Giancarlo host The Story King Podcast, a show featuring inspiring conversations about the art and business of storytelling and living life. Giancarlo also homeschools his three sons, ages 12, 10 and 7. You can purchase his e book launch your podcast like a pro at www.storykingbook.com
The pandemic has us disconnected, divided, anddisgruntled. Social media posts are ending friendships, conspiracy theories are multiplying faster than Covid rabbits, and mask shaming is keeping neighbors fenced in. The beneficiaries of it all- wineries and therapists.Although disease and discord separated us, love willbring us together. And one knows more about love than Kim Sorrelle, The Love Maven. During a year long experiment living out love, looking for its true meaning, Kim's life changing, mind blowing, revolutionary discoveries foundthat love is far from just an emotion. It is living, giving,breathing, walking, and talking. And the depths of her realizations will change the world.Kim is executive director of a non-profit organization,, speaker, writer, and author of the newly released book "Love Is". Kim has been a guest on numerous television and radio broadcasts as well as interviewed and published in newspapers and magazines.A joyfully optimistic mid-western girl with a splash of spice, Kim lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you would like to help Kim’s ministry by donating time or money visit www.raysofhopeinternational.org
Charles HoleyInspirational Speaker & AuthorCharles L Holley (SpeakerHolley is an award-winning Toastmasters International Speaker, Author of several Inspirational books, and 20+ year Technology Business Professional who specializes in Engagement, Inspiration, and Communication. He was born the 17th child of poor farmers in North Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement but overcame many obstacles to become the first family member to graduate from college. His writing career was launched from tragedy. After the sudden death of his thirteen-year-old son, he sank into deep depression and used writing as a coping tool. His first book about the death of his son was very successful and led to his powerful writing career. He has written over five books. Despite a severe speaking problem as a child, he has recently captured the Toastmasters International speaking award: 2021 District Championship. With a wealth of rich life experience as a child of the south, well-rounded education, and ability to engage the audience, Charles leads thought-provoking conversations on topics such as Leadership, Overcoming obstacles, and how to talk about hot-button topics. His latest book, Black & White: Healing Racial Divide, is smashing reviews (average 4.8 of 5 stars) on Amazon and destined to become the next hot-topic read.www.speakerholley.com
Charmaine Hammond, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a highly sought-after business keynote and workshop speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of developing trust, healthy relationships and collaboration in the workplace. She has helped clients in many industries build resilient and engaged workplaces, develop high trust/high accountability relationships, and solve workplace issues and conflict that gets in the way of success and profitability. She is respected as a "no fluff" and "rich content" speaker who delivers tangible tools to step into action immediately. Delivering her programs in person and virtually (she is a Certified Virtual Presenter through eSpeakers), she brings results and facilitates change. She is also Executive Producer of an animated that inspires conversation and awareness of mental health. The film has an all-star cast which includes Michael J. Fox, Catherine O'Hara, Jeremy Renner, Kim Basinger, Martin Short, Eugene Levi, and many others. This non profit production launches in September - you can watch a short overview of the film here: https://youtu.be/hw7YwU0pjY0This former Correctional Officer (yup! She worked in jails) and Corporate Dispute Resolution Expert now travels the world teaching the principles of collaboration, communication/conflict resolution and resilience. She also has an extensive background facilitating process to help collaborations and workplace/team relationships when they go sideways. As a former mediator she has helped facilitate some of the most complex collaborations and partnership arrangements. She has also been called to several communities that have experienced disasters to help with the rebuilding resilience and recovery processes.Her corporate clients have included all 3 levels of government, oil and gas sector, trade associations and companies (health, nursing, engineering, safety, and more), technology businesses, human resources, community partnership departments, educational institutions, police/fire and rescue, non profit organizations and everything in between. She has presented to more than 400,000 people worldwide. Her extensive background in the corporate, small business and non profit worlds, her past role as a contract negotiation specialist for government, and a business owner, she has an interesting perspective of being on all sides of the collaboration table. She has owned several businesses over the past 23 years.She has a Master's Degree in Conflict Management & Analysis is a bestselling author (of 5 books & featured in 6 others), and CSP™ Certified Speaking Professional. Charmaine has been featured in renowned publications such as Inc., Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, and many others, as well as having appeared as a guest on numerous TV and Radio Programs. She is an Executive Producer of an animated film which will be released in late 2021.You will find more than 100 references from past clients and workshop attendees on Charmaine's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charmainehammondwww.charmainehammond.com https://twitter.com/hammondgroupbiz https://www.facebook.com/CharmaineHammondSpeaker/ Topics I Can Discuss:. If you want to discuss the Back Home Again Film, I will provide you with more information on the film and a set of great questions.
Barby Ingle is a best-selling author, reality personality, and lives with multiple rare and chronic diseases; reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), migralepsy, PALB2-var breast cancer, valley fever, endometriosis and other pain disorders. Barby is a chronic pain educator, patient advocate, and president of the International Pain Foundation. She is also a motivational speaker and best-selling author on pain topics. Her blog, reality shows and media appearances are used as a platform to help her become an e-Patient advocate, and she presents at healthcare conferences, speaking publicly, sharing her story, educating and advocating for patients across the globe. She has received more than 20 accommodations over the years for her advocacy work including; 2012 WEGO Health Ms. Congeniality, 2012 NAF You Are Our Hero Award, 2013 International Inspirational Luminary, 2015 IDA Impact Award, and 2016 WEGO Health Lifetime Achievement. In 2017, Barby was named a Health Information Technology Top 100 Influencer by HealthScene and Top 20 Health Influencer by Insider Monkey Magazine. In 2018, Barby received the Reality All Star Reunion Superstar award for her Social Media efforts and Top 50 Chronic Pain Advocates. In Feb. 2021 Barby was listed in the top 75 social media advocates for RareDiseases. In 2020, Barby is listed in the top 50 social media advocates for Rare Diseases and top 10 Healthcare Influencers for All Marketers to Follow, 2020 PharmaVOICE100, 2020 HITMC Patient Advocate of the Year. In 2021 Barby was awarded the 2021 Medigy HITmc Music Video of the year and 2021 Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year; Healthcare.www.internationpain.org You can also check out her new movie at www.backhomeagainmovie.com
Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist froEd’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed was featured as an “Emerging Artist” in Billboard Magazine, December 2018. The animated music video for the Top 20 iTunes charting song, “Red Omen” has been shown at numerous film festivals around the globe, earning accolades and raising funds for Whole Dyslexic Foundation, a cause near and dear to Ed’s heart. Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardener and paranormal enthusiast. Ed’s single, “Stronger” was released in January 2020 on MTS Records. The song raced onto the iTunes Canada Pop charts, and it was followed by an iTunes South Africa chart-topper, “Tomorrow Is Today.” His current single is “Happiness.”AWARDS: Ed is an Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, an International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, an IMEA Award nominee, a Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia m Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Awards Winner, and an Indie Music Channel Award winner, as well as a Radio Music Award winner.http://www.edroman.netwww.facebook.com/edromanmusicwww.twitter.com/specialedroman
My name is AJ Churchill and I'm a composer and sound designer, co-founder of The Lunar Company (a fiction podcast startup), and co-creator of Earth Eclipsed (Tribeca Festival 2021 official selection, 5-time Lovie award-winner, NYFestivals Radio Awards Gold).Earth Eclipsed is an 8-episode sci-fi space epic with immersive sound design and an original score. I led the fully-remote audio team and we produced all the sound, including writing hours of music for the show. The show will be released on December 15.I am a co-founder of The Lunar Company, a fiction podcast production company. Earth Eclipsed is its first show.We are building Apollo, a new podcast app made entirely for fiction podcasts. It is out Dec. 15. My background is as a film / media composer, having worked on feature films and documentaries, shorts, ads, podcasts, concert music, and two museum exhibits.I'm originally from São Paulo, Brazil, but I live in Los Angeles, USA, today. I studied at Oberlin College and The Royal College of Music. You can check out my award winning podcast at www.eartheclipsed.com and visit our company website at www.lunar.fm
Pete Bombaci , founder of The GenWell Project, is an expert on the benefits of human connection and the effects of loneliness. Pete is an expert in the field of human connection and the founder of The GenWell Project - a Canadian organization dedicated to making the world a healthier and happier place by reminding people about the importance of face-to-face social connection as a proactive health action that they can take, and inspiring them to take action. Pete is a passionate, grassroots brand builder and visionary business leader who believes that by doing the right thing every day, exceptional results are created. His engaging leadership style comes from an enthusiasm and genuine desire to help others, as well as the belief that building a great culture encourages collaboration, great execution and ultimately bottom line results.Following a successful career in the beverage alcohol industry, Pete ventured into the world of charities and not-for-profits by heading up Movember Canada. Under his leadership, Movember Canada grew to become the largest fundraising country around the world. After nearly five years, Pete left Movember Canada and has since focused on the roll out of his passion project, The GenWell Project.The need for the Human Connection Movement was clear long before the global pandemic, but Covid-19 has raised the collective awareness about how much we actually need each other and how a lack of human connection can lead to mental and physical health issues and less happiness in our lives. Beyond the pandemic, there will be a great need to get people re-connected, whether because they are struggling, are out of their routine or if they are looking to find more purpose. Human connection transcends every illness, cause and crisis. We are going to need each other more than ever as we work to recover from the global pandemic.Pete is frequently a keynote speaker, commentator and writer who has contributed opinion pieces for print, magazines, radio and online. You can check out the genwell project at www.genwellproject.org
Tom Tikka picked up the guitar at the tender age of six after hearing Paul Anka’s “Lonely Boy” in his father’s old Chevrolet. Soon afterwards, he began writing songs. Tom’s infatuation with music only deepened after his aunt’s husband Timo "Oippa" Oinonen introduced him to the concept of lead guitar and even more importantly to the music of such legendary groups as The Beatles and The Doors. Tikka formed almost as many groups as he disbanded in his late teens and early twenties. Yet, when he finally signed his first recording contract on his 21st birthday, it was a solo deal and not a band effort. He recorded a three-song EP for OlarinMusiikki, a small indie label in Espoo (Finland), under the alias of Tom Spark. Unfortunately, the EP disappeared as quickly as it was released. Consequently, Tikka found himself in square one, without a band or a record deal.Disappointed, Tom withdrew from music for a few years but began writing songs again once his brother Lappe Holopainen suggested that they form a songwriting team. Lappe had founded a group he was convinced would go far and he needed tunes for his new outfit. This group was Carmen Gray. Carmen Gray was signed to Sony/BMG in 2005 and during the next nine years, they went on to record three albums and one EP. The group's entire catalog (including such radio hits as “Lost In My Mind Again”, “Gates Of Loneliness” & “Life Can Be Beautiful”) was penned by Tom Tikka & LappeHolopainen.After Carmen Gray disbanded in 2013, Tikka formed his current group The Impersonators with poet Antti Autio. In 2017, The Impersonators signed with FBP, a German label based out of Frankfurt. Together with their producer Janne Saksa, the Josie Award-nominated The Impersonators have released tunes to rave reviews, considerable amount of radio attention and chart success. In April 2020, Tom began working with MTS Records and has since released three critically-acclaimed EPs, one album and seven iTunes hit singles, including the two #1 hits ”Doormat” and ”With Eyes Closed”.In 2021, Tom Tikka won an ISSA award for International Male Emerging Artist Of The Year. He was also awarded four Josie-Award nominations as well as a nomination in the prestigious Hollywood Music In Media Awards. You can check out the things Tom is up to by going to www.tomtikka.com
Cory M Coons is a professional independent performer, musician and awardwinning & nominated songwriter. With 30 years of performing and working inmusic, he has beenpassionate about music since his early teens as a guitar player/bassist &vocalist in High School. He began recording his own unique melodies and musicalideas while travelling and performing in a variety of very popular cover bandsthroughout the mid-to-late 90's in both Ontario and the United States, withstints in well known local high-energy acts such as “Heads Or Tales” and “ShakeThe Tree”, as well as the band “U.S”, (in which he toured most of the SouthEastern United States in 1998’). Then later formed his own Classic-Melodic Rockinfluenced namesake “Tycoons”, releasing two independent recordings andperforming throughout Eastern Ontario, Northern NY State, and Quebec in theearly 2000’s. Hiswork with famed legendary record producer Ron Nevison, has earned him industryrecognition from the Los Angeles Music Awards, the Producer’s Choice Honors, TheJosie Music Awards, International Singer-Songwriter Association and the RadioMusic Awards, among others. With a catalog that boasts severalcritically-acclaimed full length albums and EPs, as well as a handful ofwell-received singles. Since 2004’, Cory has officially released 4 full length albums and 2 E.p’s,(with another recent E.p released in 2020), featuring the singles "Leavin" and"Good Times Gone". He recently released a previous album "The Long Road Home" in2018, produced by Multi-Platinum Veteran Music Producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, BadCompany, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with fellow bandmate & guitarist/engineer Marc D. Muir. The album was nominated in 2019 for"Male Album Of The Year" at one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in NorthAmerica, the "Josie Music Awards", as well as 4 nominations at the 2020 JMA's,and 3 more at the 2021 JMA's. Cory also earned a nomination at the 2021"International Singer Songwriter Association" (ISSA) Awards in 2021 for"International Male Vocalist of the Year". His latest E.p "33.3" and previousalbum "The Long Road Home" were released on MTS Records, along with the "Share ALittle Time" (E.p) and a re-issue of the "Retrospective" compilation (spanning1999' - 2010'). The single "Leavin" was released early in 2020, and the followup single "Good Times Gone" was released in June of 2020, from the recent Ep"33.3". Recently, in December 2020, Cory released “Burning Bright at ChristmasTime” on MTS Records. The enchanting blend of acoustic guitar and sleigh bellscaptured the spirit of the holiday, and Coons’ melodic sensibilities remainintact with another rootsy release that feels at home next to his finestreleases. “Burning Bright” also featured Coons’ (at the time, 6-year-olddaughter) Charleigh, on backing vocals, giving the track a real family touch.Another independent single "Far Away" was released in early 2021, which alsofeatured Charleigh Lynn Coons (now 7) on backing harmonies on the track.Currently his latest single "Freedom Road" drops on Oct 1st. Cory was also named Best Rock Songwriter for “Long Road (Dead Man’s Dream)”and Best Americana Artist for “Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough” at the 2018"Radio Music Awards" on The Indie Music Channel, as well as a "World SongwritingAwards Finalist" in 2019 for the single "Would You Stay". Check out Cory's music on his website at www.corymcoons.com
Evan Thompson is an author, baseball writer, and a diamondback press corps member. He is also the author of A Complete History of the Major League Baseball Playoffs. He is also the Treasurer of the Hemond Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Evan definately loves all things baseball because he is also the senior editor at Last Word on Baseball. Evan has been a Member of the Arizona Diamondbacks press corps since the year 2019. Evan says it's a dream to be working for the diamondbacks because they are his favorite team. In this episode I talk to Evan about his new book as well as the upcoming projects he is working on.You can follow Evan and learn more about all things baseball by going to www.thompsontalks.com or www.lastwordonbaseball.com
Valerie Anderson is a group facilitator, arts advocate, and social justice educator. She has over 25 years of experience as a Masters level Social Worker and is certified as a facilitator for the Power of Positive Parenting (Triple P Program). As an independent contractor for the past 7 years she works with several nonprofit organizations providing parenting support, educational and art-based workshops for a variety of populations in a variety of settings throughout the city of Philadelphia. Her independent work allows her to volunteer as a docent (tour guide) for the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Church of the Advocate with its 14 black history murals of the Bible and the black experience. She loves to use the arts as a tool for healing and as a way to generate discussion about identity, create community, and bring about social changes.