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Beach Volleyball

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Beach Volleyball is the local sport to where I live, Southern California.

The close proximity gives me a great opportunity to see world class athletes compete at their highest level. I mean, these are Olympic level athletes competing next to the ocean, on the beach, usually sunny and the cost of admission is FREE. One of the many things I have learned from starting and running a podcast is that I am given the opportunity to meet and speak with people from different careers/worlds than my own.

My first interview with a volleyball athlete was Karissa Cook. That’s like hitting a homerun your first time at bat. Karissa was very kind to share some stories and what it is like to travel the world playing beach volleyball. She also had some insights as what she told her college athletes to expect in traveling during her time coaching the Stanford beach volleyball team.

My next interview was with Maddison McKibbin. Maddison was awesome in sharing his stories of playing in the snow in Italy. We also spent some time discussing the digital media presence he and his brother Riley have created. I really enjoyed this part of our conversation as I am very interested in hearing what other professionals are doing outside their immediate field of expertise.

I was able to chat with Casey Patterson before the end of his 2019 AVP Beach season. This was my first time speaking with an Olympian for my podcast and it was a very cool experience. Casey was very open about the ups and downs of coming back after injuries and having to provide for your family while being injured. You can tell when you listen to our episode that Casey is very aware that the support he receives from his wife and family are big factor to why he has been able to remain successful playing a game he loves. He is still years away from the nickname “buttons” (Benjamin Buttons) but with his current success who knows how long he will play.

NEXT YEAR

I’m looking forward to watching more volleyball next summer and maybe even chatting with more of the athletes we get to watch in person and on television. You can visit the AVP website for more information on the athletes and their schedule for 2020 (don’t forget to notice Casey as their homepage supermodel).

SIDENOTE

Karissa had her first win on the AVP tour this year in Austin, Maddison and Riley had their highest AVP finish as a duo this year in Chicago and Casey and his partner, Chase Budinger, won the AVP Hermosa Beach Open this year…..just saying that maybe chatting on my podcast is a good thing???

Maddison McKibbin - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open
Maddison McKibbin - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open
Karissa Cook Beach Volleyball AVP Manhattan Beach California Stanford
Karissa Cook - 2018 Hermosa Beach Open
Karissa Cook - 2019 Manhattan Beach Open
Karissa Cook - 2019 Manhattan Beach Open
Casey Patterson 2019 Hermosa Beach Open AVP beach volleyball
Casey Patterson - 2019 Hermosa Beach Open

Below are some of the pictures I took this year at the two tournaments closest to me, Hermosa Beach Open and Manhattan Beach Open.

Traci Callahan
Charlie Ekstrom
Christian Honer
Riley McKibbin
Carly Wopat
Corinne Quiggle
Travis Mewhirter
Amy Ozee
Allie Wheeler
Falyn Fonoimoana
Katie Spieler
McKibbin Brothers
Betsi Day and Emily Flint

Kevin Sorbo – Family Man

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Kevin Sorbo is my guest today.  Kevin is an actor, director, producer, writer, father and husband. He is most famous for his role as Hercules and on the television drama Andromeda. After starring in over 60 films, Kevin is releasing several new works in the coming months including the movies “The Reliant” and “Miracles of East Texas”.

We talk about his times working on the Hercules sets in New Zealand and the incredibly long shoot days. Kevin talks about the importance of staying physically fit and making time to exercise.

We send some time chatting about his decision to home school his children and the freedom that allowed him to have raising them with his wife, Sam, while still being able to travel for their work in the entertainment industry.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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Career

In the mid 1980s, Sorbo travelled around Europe and Australia working in television commercials and worked in over 150 commercials by the early 1990s. One of the popular commercials he appeared in was for Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, known for Sorbo’s repeated catchphrase “This ain’t Jim Beam”. He occasionally landed acting roles during this period with his first appearance in an episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986. This was followed by guest appearances in television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. In 1992, he starred in an unsuccessful pilot for a medical drama series titled Condition: Critical which was not picked up but aired as a television film on CBS. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Fox Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.  In 1993, he made his film debut playing a supporting role in Slaughter of the Innocents.

In 1994, he got his breakthrough leading role as the Ancient Greek mythical demigod Hercules in a series of five television films which aired as part of Universal Television’s Action Pack. The first film was Hercules and the Amazon Women which aired in April and the fifth film Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur aired in November. The ratings success of these films paved the way for the commissioning of the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which started airing in syndication from January 1995 and ran for six seasons. The series made Sorbo an international star and was one of the highest rated syndicated television shows at the time. Sorbo also directed two episodes of the series during its run and co-wrote one episode. The success of the show spawned the popular spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess starring Lucy Lawless, who was introduced in a three episode arc in the first season of Hercules. Sorbo made his first of two appearances on Xena in the first season episode “Prometheus”. In 1998, a spin-off direct-to-video animated film titled Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was released with both Sorbo and Lawless voicing the characters.

Hercules was cancelled midway through the filming of Season Six of which only eight episodes were produced and the final episode aired in November 1999. This was reportedly due to Sorbo declining to extend his contract to continue starring in the series for a further three years. Sorbo would go on to make his final appearance as Hercules on Xena in the Season Five episode “God Fearing Child” which aired in February 2000.

In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997). After Hercules came to an end, Sorbo played the starring role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction drama series Andromeda from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. and guest-starred in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-video film Walking Tall: The Payback, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Walking Tall. He reprised his role in the second sequel, Walking Tall: Lone Justice which released later that year. He also starred in the Lifetime Channel film Last Chance Café, the Hallmark Channel film Avenging Angel, co-starring his real life wife Sam Jenkins and guest starred as a bounty hunter in the season-two episode “Bounty Hunters!” of the series Psych. He appeared in the 2008 spoof film Meet the Spartans, which was a box office success despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics. He starred in the Albert Pyun directed science fiction vampire film Tales of an Ancient Empire.

He served as executive producer and star of the movie Abel’s Field in 2012. In 2012, Sorbo appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to recount an experience he had while in Minnesota shortly after he graduated from college. He and his girlfriend claimed to have seen the ghost of the “Bride of White Rock Lake” – a woman who supposedly died on her wedding day, murdered by a former lover.

Sorbo voiced one of the main protagonists, Prometheus, in the Wii video game The Conduit. Sorbo returned to the role of Hercules in a more sinister portrayal, in the video game God of War III, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.

Kevin also had a prominent role in the film Soul Surfer released in 2011.

In July 2013, Sorbo, along with his wife, Sam, provided voice over for characters in the video game Cloudberry Kingdom. In 2014, Sorbo co-starred in God’s Not Dead, a Christian film in which he portrayed an atheist college professor who requires his students to disown their religions on the first day of his class. He also voiced Crusher in the Skylanders franchise and Retro Hercules in Smite.

In 2015 and 2016, Sorbo played wizard Gojun Pye in a series of five Mythica sword-and-sorcery fantasy movies.

In 2017, Sorbo played the ill-fated King Lar Gand of Daxam on the CW series Supergirl. He appeared opposite Teri Hatcher as his wife Queen Rhea—24 years earlier, they were almost cast opposite each other in Lois and Clark before Sorbo lost out to Dean Cain. Cain also appeared in the same series but did not share any scenes with them. That same year, he also directed and starred in the film Let There Be Light.

Kevin Sorbo’s career also includes voice over  work with Breathe Bible

Darley Newman – Traveler

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Darley Newman is my guest today.  Darley travels the world as a TV host and producer of her own travel show called “Travels with Darley”. Our chat included her stories from Qatar, Macao, and a fun story about her trip to Botswana. Make sure to listen to the entire show for some great insights about creating your own journey and making the changes needed to get to your goal.

Darley Newman on social media:

Darley’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

Darley enjoys catching up on work while she is spending countless hours flying to the next destination. She also catches up on her favorite TV shows.

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ABOUT

TV host, producer, author, and entrepreneur Darley Newman travels the globe for Emmy-Award winning TV, digital series and brands she’s built through her production company DCN Creative.

She is the host, producer and creator of Travels with Darley on PBS, Amazon Prime and international broadcast networks. A pioneer in new media, the series also appears as video shorts and 360 videos on AOL, MSN and over 2,000 partner sites. She created the globally recognized brand and Emmy-winning Equitrekking series, which broadcasts on PBS and networks in over 85 countries, including Horse & Country TV in Europe and the Tabi Channel, a division of Turner Broadcasting in Japan.

Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS Travel Empire” and most recently on France’s largest news network for her work in driving tourism to France through her series, she consistently innovates as a media entrepreneur, storyteller and adventurer. Cited by BusinessWeek back in 2006 for her niche dive into online travel video with Brightcove, most recently she’s teamed up with top media and brand partners including The Washington Post for Facebook Lives, Scripps Networks Interactive for a digital original series and AOL, MSN and state and country tourism boards to gain traction and views with immersive 360 content. A popular speaker, her presence is sought after for events, including at exclusive Embassy and Consular parties and screening events, lectures at the Smithsonian, keynotes for Governor’s Conferences on Tourism, educational events on Capitol Hill, international conferences and in small USA towns and international locations.

She’s spent over a decade riding horses around the world and penned the “Equitrekking: Travels Adventures on Horseback” book, published by Chronicle Books, documenting her journey. In her quest to showcase each destination from a local’s perspective, Darley provides viewers with authentic, culturally enticing experiences that they can recreate on their own through her multi-platform series.

Darley’s travel experiences have ranged from the exotic and challenging to invigorating and serene. Getting charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, whisky tasting in Scotland, biking through Brussels, horseback riding with gauchos in Uruguay and dining with award-winning chefs are just some of the interesting adventures she’s enjoyed to help educate and excite her dedicated fans, who travel in her footsteps and take the trips featured on her series.

Accolades

Emmy Awards and nominations

Year

Association

Nominated work

Result

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2009

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2010

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2011

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2012

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography

Greg Barna for Equitrekking

Won

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

2013

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing

Darley Newman & Chip Ward for Equitrekking

Nominated

Other honors

2008: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) First Place Award for Best Travel Broadcast (Video) for Equitrekking

2008: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Award of Merit for Best Travel Book for Equitrekking: Travel Adventures on Horseback

2009: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) First Place Award for Best Travel Broadcast (Video) for Equitrekking

2012: Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy & Leadership (WIPL) at a conference hosted by Coastal Carolina University

2012: Silver Telly Winner for The Telly Awards’ Film/Video TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Videography/Cinematography for DCN Creative’s Equitrekking

Steve Cardenas – Red Ranger

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Steve Cardenas is my guest on today’s podcast. Steve is best known for portraying the Red Power Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  I was excited for the chance to speak with Steve as he is traveling around the world to work at the various Comic Con conventions. We talk about his lifestyle as a lifelong martial artist and his mentality about staying shape and eating while on the road. He shared some cool stories of meeting and working with other celebrities at the conventions.

Steve Cardenas on social media:

Steve’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

Steve enjoys watching movies while making his multiple airplane flights each year.

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Steve’s BIO

Stephen Antonio Cardenas is an American martial artist, musician, and semi retired actor. Cardenas is best known for playing the character Rocky DeSantos, which was the second Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and eventually became the Blue Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo, two seasons later.

Cardenas was born Stephen Antonio Cardenas in Hampton, Virginia, at the Langley Air Force Base. Spending his early childhood as a military brat, Cardenas was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is of Mexican descent. He started training in martial arts when he was about 12 years old and reached black belt in Taekwondo at age 16. Steve Cardenas has been in martial arts for 28 years. He earned 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

POWER RANGERS

At age 20, Cardenas left his native Texas and settled in Los Angeles to audition for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers role that would change his life. His character, Rocky DeSantos, replaced Jason Lee Scott (played by Austin St. John) as the Red Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series (eventually the Gold Ranger in Zeo), and he later became the Blue Ranger for Power Rangers Zeo. He had no previous acting experience and had to learn on the job. Cardenas left the Power Rangers series and retired from acting during Power Rangers Turbo, due to contract disagreements, and possibly to focus on his martial artist career.  Many years later, starting at the 2007 Power Morphicon convention, he began making convention appearances with other former cast members.

After Power Rangers, he owns a martial arts studio in Burbank, California and one in his hometown of San Antonio. In 2009, he started a kids-specific program at Hollywood Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio in West Hollywood, and in 2011 he opened the Force/Balance Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Yoga school. Cardenas had become interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after losing a friendly match against “a blue belt in BJJ… [he] choked me out in 10 seconds! He was only training for a year and a half at that time and I had been training for 10 yrs. It was an immediate eye opener.” The style was more difficult for him to learn than other martial arts disciplines.

He holds multiple awards from martial arts contests, including two Silver Medals at Copa Pacifica (2009 and 2011), Gold Medal winner of the 2009 American National Championship, Gold Medal in the 2010 Jujitsu Pro Gear Open, and Silver Medal in the 2010 No-Gi World Championships.

In 2017, he starred in the short movie The Order alongside : Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Paul Schrier, Karan Ashley, Walter Emanuel Jones, Erin Cahill, Blake Foster, Nakia Burrise, Hilary Shepard Turner, Dan Southworth, Alyson Sullivan, Deborah Estelle Phillips and Azim Rizk.

For the first time since Power Rangers Turbo, Cardenas returned to the Power Rangers Franchise in Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for the 25th anniversary Episode reprising his role as Rocky DeSantos.

Filmography

Film

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie(1995) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos
  • The Order(2017) …. Dax

 Television

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(1994-1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger/ Rocko
  • Power Rangers Zeo(1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / Blue Zeo Ranger / Lord Henry
  • Power Rangers Turbo(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018) – Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger

Max Martini – Actor Director Writer

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Max Martini is my guest this week. His latest movie release, Sgt. Will Gardner is available on Itunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Netflix. Sgt. Will Gardner co-stars Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Robert Patrick, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Jay DeMarcus, Max’s son Leo Martini and Elisabeth Rohm.

Max was great sharing his travel stories from the movies he worked on. His latest role as director makes him responsible for everyone’s traveling and he shared some of the differences. He has worked with the best people in the movie and television industries in a career spanning decades so it was a pleasure getting to spend some time speaking with him.

I’m excited to watch his upcoming movie “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” and he is getting ready to direct a rodeo movie in Oklahoma.

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Wikipedia

Max Martini is an American film, theater and television actor, writer, and director known for his roles as Corporal Fred Henderson in Saving Private Ryan, Wiley in Level 9, First Sergeant Sid Wojo in The Great Raid, and as Master Sergeant Mack Gerhardt on the military television drama, The Unit. He also starred in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Early life

Martini’s father, Raffaelle Martini Pandozy, a sculptor and reformist artist was born in Rome. Martini’s mother, Patricia (née Dunne) Martini Margolin, was a private investigator and parole officer. He has two siblings: actor/producer Christopher Martini and costume designer Michelle Martini. His stepfather, Stuart Margolin, is a director and actor. Martini attended St. Michaels University School in Victoria, Canada.

Max moved to New York City and studied acting, first at the Neighborhood Playhouse before continuing training at Michael Howard Studios. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a B.F.A.in painting and sculpture.

Filmography

Film

  • The Glitter Dome (1985)
  • Paramedics (1988)
  • Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995)
  • “Behind Enemy Lines” (1996)
  • Contact (1997)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Corporal Henderson
  • Cement (1999)
  • Backroads (2000)
  • Another Day (2001)
  • The Great Raid (2005)
  • Street Warrior (2008)
  • Redbelt (2008)
  • Mandrake (2010)
  • The Town – FBI/HRT Swat
  • Colombiana (2011) FBI Agent Special Agent Williams
  • Pacific Rim (2013) – Hercules “Herc” Hansen
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – U.S. Navy SEAL Commander
  • Sabotage (2014) – Tom “Pyro” Roberts
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Jason Taylor
  • Edge (2015)
  • Spectral (2016)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  • Live by Night (2016)
  • Fifty Shades Darker (2017) – Jason Taylor
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) – Boyle
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018) – Jason Taylor
  • Eli (2019) – Paul
  • Will Gardner (2019) – Will Gardner

Television

  • The Pretender (1996–2000)
  • Walker Texas Ranger (1993–2001) – Luke
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998–2002)
  • Harsh Realm (1999–2000) – Mel Waters
  • Level 9 (2001)
  • Taken (2002)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003 & 2011)
  • The Division (2003)
  • 24 (2003) – Agent Steve Goodrich
  • CSI: Miami (2003–05)
  • Try to Remember (2004)
  • Without a Trace (2004)
  • Numb3rs (2005) – Billy Cooper
  • The Unit (2006–09) – Mack Gerhardt
  • Burn Notice (2008) – Gerard
  • Street Warrior (2008) – Jack Campbell
  • Lie to Me (2010) – David Burns
  • Dark Blue (2010) – Tim Rowe
  • White Collar (2010) – U.S. Marshal John Deckard
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010) – Nick Taylor
  • Castle (2011) – Hal Lockwood
  • Flashpoint (2011) – Bill Greely
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2011) – Dan Mateo
  • Revenge (2011–12) Frank Stevens
  • Criminal Minds (2011) – Luke Dolan
  • The Mentalist (2012) – Fletcher Moss
  • Republic of Doyle (2013) – Big Charlie
  • Person of Interest (2013)
  • Crisis (2014) – Koz
  • Real Detective (2016) episode; “Darkness” – Detective Tommy Ray
  • Training Day (2017) – Agent Jack Ivers
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2018) episode; “Ninguna Salida” – Arlo Turk
  • The Order (2019) – Edward Coventry
  • Doom Patrol (2019) – episode; “Hair Patrol” – Alistair

Jethro Alcuaz – Magic Black Belt

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Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s The Travel Wins weekly podcast. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We talk about his efforts traveling to different states performing magic. Some of his tricks need to be seen to be believed. We also discussed some of the similarities between performing magic and training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Needing similar attributes to be proficient at both disciplines learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu reminded Jethro of learning a magic trick for the first time.

Jethro Alcuaz on social media:

Jethro’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • Reggae music, but it really depends on my mood.

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Jethro Alcuaz Background

Jethro is available for corporate and special events to help create a magical and entertaining evening. His magic is enjoyed by audiences of all ages and is full of comedy, audience participation, and more!

Please browse through his website to find more information. Make sure check back frequently as more updates are added with video, press, and photos!

Illusionist and Prestidigitator, JETHRO enhanced his knowledge in magic when he graduated at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California under the instruction of Dale Salwak.

Creating a different style in magic that is truly Mind-Blowing, Entertaining and lots of surprises keeps his audiences off their feet. He likes leaving them with a sense of wonder. “HOW DID HE DO THAT?” Question on their minds after watching the show.

JETHRO can entertain his audiences of all ages. The show involves lots of audience participation. Performing his pure sleight of hand manipulation act done with cards, coins, balls, sexy show girls and mind-blowing Vegas style illusions before your very eyes.

Available for Private Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Casinos, Stage, Close-Up magic and Strolling.

5 for Friday with Jethro Alcuaz

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Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s “5 for Friday”. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic thru out California, Las Vegas, New York and Hawaii. Hopefully he will get a chance to perform in the Philippines soon. Utilizing both street magic as well as production shows makes Jethro a well rounded magician. Make sure to check out his social media links below.

I talk to Jethro about how he travels with his gear and some of the fun places he has already performed in. Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday so you can hear how he recently received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I asked him how learning a martial art is relative to learning illusions for his magic show.

I know 2018 was a great year for him, receiving his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and getting married so I hope 2019 turns out to be a great year for him as well.

Jethro Alcuaz on social media:

Jethro Alcuaz Background

Jethro is available for corporate and special events to help create a magical and entertaining evening. His magic is enjoyed by audiences of all ages and is full of comedy, audience participation, and more!

Please browse through his website to find more information. Make sure check back frequently as more updates are added with video, press, and photos!

Illusionist and Prestidigitator, JETHRO enhanced his knowledge in magic when he graduated at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California under the instruction of Dale Salwak.

Creating a different style in magic that is truly Mind-Blowing, Entertaining and lots of surprises keeps his audiences off their feet. He likes leaving them with a sense of wonder. “HOW DID HE DO THAT?” Question on their minds after watching the show.

JETHRO can entertain his audiences of all ages. The show involves lots of audience participation. Performing his pure sleight of hand manipulation act done with cards, coins, balls, sexy show girls and mind-blowing Vegas style illusions before your very eyes.

Available for Private Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Casinos, Stage, Close-Up magic and Strolling.

Kevin Gootee – Comics Watching Comics

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Kevin Gootee at work

On today’s podcast I’m happy to have comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin started his career in comedy like so many other comics ….. having a regular day job. His frustration with his sales job was the extra push to get him excited about having a career in comedy. He worked countless hours at clubs in the New York area and beyond. He now has a career in comedy as well as voice over acting work and hosting his own show on Amazon called “Comics Watching Comics”. If you get a chance you need to connect with Kevin and enjoy his work.

KEVIN GOOTEE – Comedy with Comics

His official entrance into the world of stand-up comedy began in the Spring of 2010, and he’s never looked back. Kevin’s fans have described his comedy as “cerebral fraternity guy.” He’s not sure what that means, but he likes it.

He has performed at Caroline’s (NYC), the Stand (NYC), Caroline’s Comedy Club (NYC) Southpoint Casino (Las Vegas), Levity Live (NY), Standup NY (NYC), NY Comedy Club (NYC), Atlantic City Comedy Club (NJ) Broadway Comedy Club (NYC), Greenwich Comedy Club (NYC), Eastville Comedy Club (NYC), HA! Comedy Club (NYC), Stress Factory (NJ), Taj Mahal Casino (NJ), and Comedy Cove (NJ).  He’s appeared at the Meadowlands Comedy Festival for 3 straight years.  He also does private gigs so drop him a line if you would like to book him.

Kevin is also the creator, host, executive producer, and director of the show, “Comics Watching Comics”  You can find it on Amazon Video now.

Two other shows he has created are, “License to Kill, No Odd Job”, began airing on the Twitch network Feb 2018.  Also, look out for Comics Watching Football which should be airing soon.

He also co-hosts 2 podcasts which are both found on iTunes: Safeword pc and Sportsbook/Box office

Lastly, he does voiceover work and you can check out samples on his website.

Kevin’s ultimate goal is to be the next great game show host, where he can continue to entertain millions while giving out free washers n’ dryers.

Currently, Kevin lives in the New York City metro area, where he is learning the ropes of fatherhood. He is the proud dad of a baby girl.

Come check out one of Kevin’s upcoming shows.

Connect with Kevin Gootee:

Kevin’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Nirvana and Bad Religion

“punch you in the face” punk playlist when the mood is right

High energy or House music when heading to Vegas

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“5 for Friday” with Kevin Gootee

5 for Friday with Kevin Gootee

“5 for Friday” with Kevin Gootee

Here is the, under 5 minute, preview of my episode with comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin is a comedian, voice over actor, host, entertainer, husband and father who shares stories from the road and how he has made changes to his career path. Diversifying his goals and balancing his family life made for a great conversation.

You can catch up with Kevin on his Website or watch his show “Comics Watching Comics” on Amazon Prime. I’m very thankful for Kevin sharing his time and stories.

The full podcast will be available on Monday with expanded stories and successes from the road.

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Erin Lamont The Business of Dance

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Erin Lamont is my guest on today’s podcast. Erin is a choreographer, dancer, entrepreneur, wife and mom who  has been working professionally ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance, and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University. On this podcast she shares her views and insights on how to be successful in business as a working mom and wife.

“It’s a grind but you just learn how to sleep on a plane, especially when you have kids that don’t realize you only slept two hours the night before.”

She has worked with notable artists; Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas, Trace Adkins, Boys Like Girls, and Lady Gaga. Her choreography can be seen on; L.A Fashion Week, the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam, NBC, Exercise TV, and ESPN. Other credits include; Warner Brothers Film “The Lonely Dog” directed by Avika Goldsman, Skechers, Nike, Nuskin, ABC, Puma, Wella, Wyndham Resorts, Playboy, EMI Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney, Spike TV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the NBA L.A Clippers Dance team. 

Erin also tours as a guest artist and has worked with Sydney Dance CompanyMelbourne Music Academy, ABC Dance Group in Vietnam, Broadway Dance Center TokyoEDGE Performing Arts Center, and has taught master classes in over 40 states across the U.S. Lastly, this year she was nominated by Capezio and Dancer Magazine as one of the top ten choreographers in the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she produces L.A’s most rockin burlesque group called: The Lalas.

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About The Lalas Burlesque

Definitely not a typical bawdy burlesque show, The Lalas is a Los Angeles based burlesque troupe delivering an extra special dose of fun. Lead by creator and choreographer Erin Lamont, The Lalas dancers also include Kelley Koski, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Kelley Koski, Reyna Godoy, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Jahnel Curfman, Erika Marosi, Aleksandra Wojda and Chantel Gonsalves. There is so much more to these glamorous beauties than their impeccable performance technique, professional industry status and striking looks. Audiences are in for an over-the-top extravaganza performance, which goes way beyond traditional burlesque. Every time the Lalas step out on stage, crowds sit at the edge of their barstools. The Lalas put on a tongue-in-cheek presentation, which includes comedic shenanigans, daredevil aerial tricks, Indiana Jones style whipping vignettes, jazz dance, pointe ballet and of course the girls exercise their talent to tease. While The Lalas Burlesque dancers love their bras and undies, they do a lot more than just perform while scantily clad. Whether it is performing a bluesy and seductive cigarette-filled show to the likes of Peggy Lee or rocking out to AC/DC and James Brown, The Lalas have the market covered when it comes to live burlesque entertainment. Breaking walls, The Lalas go way outside of the box and you never know what you are going to get!

Erin’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Bob Marley station on Pandora

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Sandy Knights – Singing and Chasing Dreams

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Photo on the right is courtesy of Photographer Lisa McClung

Sandy Knights is my guest on today’s podcast. Sandy started singing in her home state of California. She decided to make a career of it and moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Sandy started singing and touring with a local Vegas band, Whiskey Maiden. She traveled to several western states this past year and got to experience life on the road as the only woman in a five piece band. I was excited to speak with a female lead singer that traveled with a band. Part of our discussion was about the hardships of traveling while she was missing out on her hobbies, friends and family.

“I’ve recently come across some free time and I kind of sat back with some solitude and thought to myself, when is the last time I rode a horse? When’s the last time I shot a gun? When’s the last time I went fishing? These are all things I did on a weekly basis back home.”

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I am truly thankful for the time Sandy shared with me. Our conversation was one of several I’ve had with different friends as we are all trying to figure out where we fit in the world and what are we contributing to it. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Sandy Knights.

Sandy’s BIO

They say some people are born to do what they do and Sandy is living proof of that. Since before she could talk and barely walk Sandy’s grandmother would catch her pulling herself from the ground up her high chair and use the handle as microphone to sing in. This came as somewhat of surprise since no one in Sandy’s family had any kind of career in music.

At the young age of 3 Sandy began dance classes and started performing on stage in recitals and in church plays. At age 12 Sandy fell in love with musical theater where she was able to not only dance but also use her vocal talent and began performing in various musicals through Junior High and High School. During her junior year in high school Sandy began thinking about her future. As much as she loved performing she could not ignore her family’s expressed concern for a more stable career path.

Sandy then became a Volunteer Fire Fighter (Fire Explorer) for the city of Fremont and was ranked 2nd in the Academy. After high school Sandy went on to college for Fire Science Technology and was looking to have a career in the Fire Service. Call it fate, call it what you will, or you could just say life took a few different turns and Sandy ended up in Sacramento at age 19. Finally out of her hometown she began searching for her own identity. She worked a couple of fun, but dead end jobs in her first year on her own while continuing various college classes. One night she went out with a few guy friends to dinner at Hooters and was offered a job on the spot. Flattered and ready for new adventure; she accepted. Sandy went on to be crowned Miss Hooters of Sacramento 2007 and competed in Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas. While in Vegas she appeared on an episode of ESPN’s Best Damn Sports show with Pamela Anderson and Randy Couture. Upon Sandy’s arrival back from Vegas she received a message from the WWE that she had been scouted to audition to become a WWE Diva. During her audition Sandy was asked if she could sing…being out of singing for so long she replied “yes???”. Sandy was then asked to sing for the first time in 3 years and had an overwhelming feeling of stage fright. Sandy made it to the top 25 and was cut in the last round. After the audition Sandy could not stop thinking about singing and wondered how or if she would ever overcome being afraid to sing on her own. Just before turning 21 Sandy was introduced to a friend of a friend who was going to be opening a new country bar in Sacramento and was offered a bartending position.

Sandy, up for another new adventure, accepted. Soon after the bar opening, they began to have karaoke every night and Sandy began singing again. Shyly singing karaoke turned into her becoming “THE Singing Bartender”, which then turned into live bands asking her on stage during shows, which then created a buzz and people began asking Sandy why she doesn’t sing in a band. After 4 years of encouragement and persistence from customers and friends, Sandy joined her first band in 2011. She has since developed as a performer and singer and had no intention on stopping.

Kevin Krohn – Music and Eating Vegan

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On my Travel Wins podcast is pianist/keyboard player Kevin Krohn. Kevin has been a professional musician for 30+ years. He spent time touring as the keyboardist for the 80’s band Missing Persons and more recently toured with the Pink Floyd Experience. He is continuing his playing as part of a dueling piano ensemble in Las Vegas playing to thousands of people each week.

“The work and being away from home it’s sort of a necessity, I grit my teeth and bear it”

I was really happy getting the chance to speak with Kevin because of his eating choices and being a vegan for the past 27 years while being a touring musician. I know many of us business travelers struggle eating healthy while on the road. Not that we have to eat a vegan diet but more of the idea of making smarter, healthier choices while traveling. I know it’s just as easy to grab a candy bar, soda and some chips versus a protein bar, banana and water. Personally I am trying to be more aware of the positive aspects of eating healthier, maybe it’s just my advancing age?

Again I would like to thank Kevin for his time and sharing his experiences.

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Adam Trent – Traveling Magic

Adam Trent

Adam Trent is my guest on today’s podcast. Adam has traveled performing magic and creating entertainment for his fans around the world. He’s performed on Broadway with The Illusionists and this past year had over 70 show dates using magic, comedy and music. He has his own 10-episode TV series called The Road Trick available on Netflix right now, along with frequent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Americas Got Talent, The Today Show, and countless others.

“Everybody sleeps on a bus, you go to bed after a show and wake up in a new city”

With Adam traveling roughly 200 days a year for his work, I thought he would be an excellent guest on my show. On the podcast he shares stories of his favorite places to visit and some extra travel tips for magicians.

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Biography

Adam Trent shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques. Adam looks to change people’s perception of magicians with his refreshing approach to magic; entertainment first and tricks second. He doesn’t want people to remember “tricks” as much as the laughs and memories made with the performance. 

He has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, the Travel Channel and Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 31-year-old also stars in his own recently launched 10 episode TV series ‘The Road Trick’ on Red Bull TV.

Adam doesn’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t performing, starting with birthday party shows at age 9 and bigger events when he was 13. At age 14, he started street performances which he says “was the most amazing and brutal training a performer could ever have.” 

Through this experience, he discovered an audience’s true attention span and when he was 18, went to a Los Angeles college for a degree in finance and entertainment marketing. “Apart from learning that a tiger would be tax-deductible, I got a crash course in LA’s music and comedy scene. I realized that the most important element in a show is the performer’s connection to the audience, and without that even amazing skill can fall as flat as a bad boy band.”

William Lee Martin – Cowboy versus Redneck

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William Lee Martin is my guest on today’s podcast. William has toured for over 20+ years as a comedian entertaining crowds around the world. He has worked in comedy clubs, theaters, cruise ships and toured with country music legends George Strait, George Jones and all 4 members of the Blue Collar Comedy tour.

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His wife, Michele, and him started the Cowboys Who Care Foundation seven years ago delivering hats to kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date they have delivered over 7,000 hats across the country.

BIOGRAPHY

Quitting your job and starting a comedy career 4 days before turning 30, is probably not the smartest plan but that’s exactly what comedian William Lee Martin did in 1996. Three short years later he was opening for country legend, George Strait at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX in front of 75,000 laughing concerting goers.

That performance propelled William Lee’s career.

Rising quickly to the role of headliner for some of the most prestigious clubs including the Funny Bones, Improvs, Catch a Rising Star, Loony Bin, Carnival’s Punchliner and becoming a regular in Las Vegas, William Lee first hit the stage under the lifelong nickname his grandfather gave him, “Cowboy Bill”. He has also entertained our troops overseas and toured with other country stars like George Jones, Brad Paisley and all four of the Blue Collar guys. 

It all culminated in his getting his first one-hour television special in 2015 on CMT called Cowboy Bill Martin: Let the Laughter Roll which was seen in over 1.7 million homes. In January, 2016, Martin launched the Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour with stand-up comedy newcomer and internet sensation, Chad Prather. 

Despite the success, William Lee once again made wholesale changes in life and career in 2017 including cleaning up his act, dropping the moniker, Cowboy Bill and getting his first movie role in the film, 300 Savage.

Now with an impeccable reputation for writing accessible, original material with gut busting laughs, William Lee is hailed as one of most talented comedians working today. On social media, he writes and performs the hugely popular, The Living in the Middle Report, a hilarious explanation of problems facing middle-income America.

Although William Lee’s passion is comedy, he also has written several songs including, I’ll Stand for You and 400 Horses.

On the home front, William Lee is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

William Lee and his wife also founded Cowboys Who Care Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit, to deliver cowboy hats to boys and girls who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date, CWCF has delivered over 8,000 brand-new hats across the country from New York to California.

William Lee is kicking off his 2019 Runnin’ with El Diablo Comedy Tour and releasing two brand new comedy TV specials, Standing in the Middle and The Nutcracker Comedy Special.

Adrian Cosby – Laughs On The Road

Adrian Cosby

My podcast today is with funnyman Adrian Cosby. Adrian is a stand-up comedian from Yellow Springs, Ohio. He started performing stand-up comedy in 2009 and quickly decided that making audience’s laugh was more important than making lots of money. He talks about life traveling on the road versus working around home. He has a great podcast talking comedy and all things about LIFE.

“I like traveling, I like the road….the most attractive part of being a comedian is working the road”

Described as, “Thinking peoples comedy” Cosby has made a name for himself in his home state by being the Spokes-model for the Dayton Gems hockey team 2011/12 season and appearing in Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub Commercial. Cosby has become a crowd favorite not just because of his onstage likability but also because he enjoys making the comedy show experience a “live-action event” for show-goers.

When not performing stand-up, Adrian is a motivational speaker who talks to children and adults about adversity, diversity and compassion. You can check out his podcast, Totally Unrelated, and upcoming shows on his website www.adriancosby.com.

Adrian is an avid runner, amateur soccer player and volunteer Soccer referee.

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Cowboy Troy Coleman – Hick Hop and Business

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Cowboy Troy is my guest on today’s podcast. I had a great chat with country music star Cowboy Troy Coleman about his life on the road, balancing work/life commitments, family life and diversification in the music/entertainment business.

“It’s kind of that gypsy lifestyle”

A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. “I have crazy intentions,” he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. “People have different paths,” Troy says. “I’m not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn’t just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don’t do something for 15 years on a lark.”

Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich’s 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to “let go of all your preconceived notions” certainly wasn’t the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it’s as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do–he soaked up the world around him.

Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. “We’d listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time,” Troy says. “I didn’t realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning.” Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.

In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012 Spring season. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature.

Troy knows he’s challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. “I’ve never been like everybody else and it wouldn’t do me any good to try,” he says. “Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they’re talking.” The way Troy sees it, “innovation is a tradition, not a trend or secondary option…authenticity comes in the commitment.” Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. His latest installment of music, “King of Clubs” was released March 11, 2014.

He released his 7th studio album this year called “Laugh With Me”.

 Troy speaks extensively about his calculated plan to diversify, as the industry constantly changes. Troy also talks about the work/life balances of traveling while being a husband and father of triplets.

Troy is one of the good guys and I know he appreciates your follows, comments and likes on his various social media pages.

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