Thanks For Sitting In Podcast
Ep. 19: Homeless Activist LaRayia Gaston & Lunch On Me

Ep. 19: Homeless Activist LaRayia Gaston & Lunch On Me

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 05.21.19. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

'Love Without Reason'

We met LaRayia at the Powerful U conference in Los Angeles. And were inspired by her passion to provide healthy food, wellness and compassion to the homeless in Los Angels and now in New York. She is the Founder of ‘Lunch On Me’ and leads a team of five women. There are so many inspiring moments in this conversation. It was a privilege to sit down with LaRayia and have her share her story.

A documentary on her experience of living 43 days on skid row in Los Angeles will be released soon.

“The best way to fix the problem is though Mind, Body & Spirit Wellness.”

“Lunch On Me isn’t just about food. We are a Los Angeles based non profit dedicated to ending starvation while providing opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit of LA’s homeless community. Lunch On Me brings nutritious and organic meals to skid row six days a week, every week and no reaches 10,000 people a month. We redistribute organic food that would otherwise be wasted in order to create delicious and quality meals. Our initiatives also include yoga classes, community parties and healing gatherings for women. We believe that radical self-love is the foundation for permanent healing.”

“We are revolutionizing unity and empowerment for those who are broken and in search for hope. We are using our light to shine on the often invisible.”

SHOW NOTES:

  • A Profound Moment At Age 14
  • Giving Back For 10 Years
  • Falling Into Your Purpose
  • The New York to Los Angeles Transition
  • Theme Events
  • Homeless Children
  • Ms. Brenda’s Story
  • How To Help A Homeless Person
  • 43 Days On Skid Row
  • Reaching Out To Local Leaders
  • A Success Story
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Vibration
  • Manifestation
  • Resilience
  • Community
  • Are You A Mentor?
  • Hugs
  • FUTURE

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Ep. 18: Vocalist / ‘Las Colibri’ Founder - Susie Garcia

Ep. 18: Vocalist / ‘Las Colibri’ Founder - Susie Garcia

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 02.19.19. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Suzanne Garcia is better known as “Susie” to all her fans, friends, and family, and if you are not laughing, crying, smiling, or dancing when she is onstage, then she thinks that she hasn’t done her job. With a keen ear for music, she began playing violin as a child. With the encouragement of her parents (both avid Mariachi fans and music aficionados), Susie was introduced to a genre of music rooted in tradition and cultural pride.

Susie is “committed to using visual and performing arts as a vehicle to educate and inspire audiences of all ethnicities.” She hopes that high-quality productions like ¡Viva La Tradición! and the inimitable talents of its performers will enhance appreciation for traditional music and build bridges between communities. Garcia believes music with cross-cultural influences provides people from all walks of life with the same joyful experience, which in turn, nurtures our collective identity.

LAS COLIBRÍ or “The Hummingbirds,” have a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. These women are flying into new territory as one of the most unique ensembles of its genre by returning to the all-string instrumentation of the early 20th century mariachi tradition and the colorful, feminine costumes of the Mexican cinematic divas of the 40’s and 50’s.

We recorded this episode at Susie’s home with her husband, Pepe Martinez Jr. Pepe’s father Don Pepe Martinez was the Director and Arranger for Mariachi Vargas for many years. Susie has incredible insight on the tradition and culture of Mariachi, a woman’s role in the genre and together with Pepe, big plans for the future of the music she loves.

SHOW NOTES:

  • A Parents Influence
  • Laura Garcia Cano
  • The UCLA Experience
  • Don Pepe’s Influence
  • Finding Her Identity
  • Performing & Stage Presence
  • Leadership
  • Advice For Young Musicians
  • ‘Viva La Tradicion’
  • Thoughts On Today’s Musicians
  • Future Plans
  • RAPID FIRE (sort of)
  • What song would you like to cover?
  • Technology in Music
  • Collaboration?
  • What venue would you like to perform at
  • Worst music experience

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Ep. 17: Singer / Songwriter Katie Ferrara

Ep. 17: Singer / Songwriter Katie Ferrara

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 01.29.19. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Katie Ferrara is an indie-pop singer songwriter who began her career by singing as a “busker” on the street in Burbank, California. Her voice is charming yet sultry and has a vintage vibe to it. She has often been compared to artists such as Aimee Mann, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones.

Katie’s musical talents were first recognized in the 2015 “Feeling the Street” competition. The online show (sponsored by Toyota) sent Katie and 5 other street performers to New Zealand to perform at the annual Queenstown winter Festival for almost 10,000 attendees. Since then, Katie has traveled to several different countries to play at international street festivals including Scotland, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

She has even published a book about her experiences as a street musician called “Stories from the Street”. Katie is currently recording her first full-length album which will be released in the spring of 2019.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Living In London
  • Busking In L.A.
  • “I’m A Musician”
  • What Do You Play?
  • Who’s Your Audience
  • ‘Feeling the Street’ Competition
  • Playing Festivals With the Busking Community
  • Katie Wrote A Book (Stories From The Street)
  • Being A Woman In Music
  • Katie’s Influences
  • The ‘Dreamcatcher’ Project
  • Whole Foods and Shopping Carts
  • The ‘ Break Free’ Project and ‘Weightless’
  • Songwriting Process
  • Rapid Fire
  • A Song You Wish You’d Written
  • Weirdest Live Experience
  • Who Would You Like To Collaborate With
  • Social Media
  • FUTURE

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Ep. 16: Vocalist Marisa Ronstadt

Ep. 16: Vocalist Marisa Ronstadt

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 01.22.19. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Marisa started her career at a young age in Phoenix, Arizona performing with “Los Amigos’, a group of singers and performers led by local educator Bob Diaz. She was able to tour the world with Los Amigos as well as learn abut the music business from her father, local radio and television personality Jose Ronstadt. And yes, her family and Linda are related.

From there, Marisa continued her studies at ASU and South Mountain College before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Marisa collaborated with Quetzal and also started her own group, the “Know It Alls’. Their album  “Blueberry Moon” was released in 2014. Marisa has performed with Mariachi Cobre and has performed and taught at Mariachi Conventions in Arizona.

She is also supportive of social causes and considers herself an ‘Artivist’. An artist and activist. Marisa has an E.P. in the works and hopes to record a full Mariachi album and support it with a tour. We recorded this episode at Intelligentsia Coffee in Pasadena. There is noise from the customers, but the conversation is rich with insight and inspiration from a great artist. We hope you enjoy it and follow Marisa’s career.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Marisa’s start in Phoenix
  • Marisa’s Family
  • “Los Amigos” – Lessons, Touring the World to finding her voice
  • Training her vocal muscles
  • The ‘Ronstadt’ name and Linda’s legacy
  • 1The Phoenix to Los Angeles transition
  • The songwriting process
  • Being a mom and a musician
  • “The Know -It – Alls”
  • Crowdfunding and Streaming
  • The Mariachi culture
  • Rapid Fire
  • Lucha Villa
  • Lucero
  • Influences – Personally & Professionally
  • What song would you like to perform
  • Who would you like to collaborate with
  • Money Or Legacy
  • Social Media
  • Future
  • Activism, Being an ‘Artivist’ and the #MeToo movement

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Ep. 15: Entertainment Attorney Krystle Delgado

Ep. 15: Entertainment Attorney Krystle Delgado

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 01.17.19. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Five Business Tips For Musicians

With her firetruck red hair and outgoing personality, Ms. Delgado is no newbie to the entertainment scene. As an ex-Miss America contestant and performing musician as “Miss Krystle” for over 19 years, making the transition to representing musicians, artists, filmmakers, Grammy winners, labels, and a diversity of clientele in multiple states was a no-brainer.

Ms. Delgado also works directly with indie artists at various levels in their careers in order to help them efficiently progress, using innovative and effective new approaches to entertainment. At only 29 years old, Ms. Delgado has no problem negotiating high-stake deals, or confidently defending her clients in court. With the launch of her new firm, Ms. Delgado offers her knowledge and experience in business law, Copyright, Trademark, entity formation, contract review, and more.

At her competitive rates, Ms. Delgado is bringing quality business and entertainment legal services to Arizona and beyond. At Delgado Entertainment Law, Ms. Delgado strives to ensure that your rights have not been violated, and continue to be protected throughout the legal process. Every case is different and Ms. Delgado will investigate the details to provide our clients with the best representation possible.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Introducing Krystle Delgado
  • Tip #1: Take Yourself Seriously
  • Tip #2: Contracts
  • Tip #3: Indemnification
  • Tip #4: Do Your Research
  • Tip #5: Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
  • Bonus Tip: When Should I Hire An Attorney?

Hire Krystle as your attorney here

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Ep. 14: Author / Keynote Speaker Amberly Lago

Ep. 14: Author / Keynote Speaker Amberly Lago

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 10.23.18. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Amberly Lago is the author of True Grit and Grace where she shares her true story of how her life was forever altered by a devastating motorcycle accident and the victory she discovered through her recovery. She inspires all to thrive and delivers hope to others who suffer from chronic pain.

As a personal trainer, wife, and mother, Amberly was living the California dream until it turned into a nightmare in May 2010. As she rode her Harley down Ventura Boulevard that breezy, sunny day, Amberly was hit by an SUV, throwing her thirty feet down a busy street and shattering her right leg. Months in the hospital and 34 surgeries, along with plates, pins, and sheer will eventually spared her leg and severed femoral artery, despite the initial recommendation to amputate. However, as a sexual abuse and divorce survivor, Amberly was determined to save not only her leg, but her career, her dreams, and her dignity.

Amberly was diagnosed with a nerve disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as RSD) and deals with chronic pain daily. This chronic pain has led her to develop positive, healthy ways of coping with pain and all the emotions that come along with it, and pass it on to others in any kind of pain.

This life altering experience inspires Amberly to communicate how you can turn tragedy into triumph. She demonstrates how you can hit rock bottom and still find the strength to get back up. She instills hope to keep moving forward by sharing different tools and strategies that have worked for her.

“Everything we go through in life, prepares you for your destiny.” – Amberly Lago

NOTE: Since our interview, Amberly has fulfilled her dream of being on a live TedTalk. See her video here.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up in Texas
  • Getting involved in sports and dance
  • Lessons from a tough track coach
  • Dreaming of dancing in L.A.
  • Welcome to L.A. !
  • “Can’t Touch This”
  • The move to being a personal trainer
  • The accident
  • Life in the hospital
  • Dr. Wiss and hope
  • Life lessons for her youngest daughter
  • Inspiring the world one person at a time
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Determination
  • Depression
  • Favorite type of dance
  • FUTURE!
  • A TED Talk and a future book

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Ep. 13: Vocalist ‘King’ Ian Michael

Ep. 13: Vocalist ‘King’ Ian Michael

June 5, 2019

Originally released on 10.10.18. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

IT’S CRAZY!!

(King) Ian Michael is only 23 years old but already has established himself as a rising star. His exudes a uplifting attitude and has positive messages in his music. He is a R&B / Hip Hop artist with a flair for pop. Ian Michael is an entertainer. And his live performances are not to be missed.

This interview was recorded in the studios of his mentor Haskel Jackson. You can tell that Ian Michael is deep with his vision, his music and his dedication to impact the world with his art. He soaks up influences from all genres of music. You’ll be hearing quite a bit from Ian Michael in the years to come. Here’s you chance to get to know him a little better through this interview.

“Freestyle is a sport!” – Ian Michael

SHOW NOTES:

  • Career Goals (Music is a passion)
  • Mom, Drake and Kanye
  • Social Media
  • The Show
  • Mentors and Influences
  • Collaborations
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Favorite Songwriter?
  • Which artist would you like to perform for?
  • Money Or Legacy?
  • What is your legacy?
  • Your message to the world
  • Definition of Music
  • Songwriting Process
  • FUTURE
  • Living In the Past

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Ep. 12: Amanda Maldonado & Pup Package

Ep. 12: Amanda Maldonado & Pup Package

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 09.04.18. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

San Diego, California is known for many things. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and now, Pup Package! What is ‘Pup Package’?

“Pup Package is a San Diego based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that donates basic essentials to foster and rescue dog groups to help reduce out of pocket expenses and increase rate of adoptions! Our mission is to donate 500 Signature Pup Packages this year as part of #Mission500. A $5 donation can provide a pup package to a rescue in need!”

Founder Amanda Maldonado is a dynamic, committed advocate who partners with shelters, community organizations and local businesses to provide gift wrapped packages for dogs in need. Pup Package is celebrating their second year anniversary this month. Amanda has been able to scale her passion project and double the amount of packages from last year! Her plans include expanded community involvement, a pet education awareness program for schools and Pup Package chapters throughout the country.

SHOW NOTES:

  • It all started….
  • “Impacting one puppy at a time.”
  • Local Community Involvement
  • Giving Penny the pitbull a ‘voice’
  • The Tony Robbins experience
  • “How To Talk Dog!”
  • The Homeless and Their Dogs
  • Donations and Sponsorships
  • Puppy Abuse and Puppy Farms
  • Pet Education Awareness in Schools
  • Music Therapy For Dogs
  • RAPID FIRE!
  • Favorite breed of dog
  • Favorite Hollywood dog
  • Favorite dog walk location in San Diego
  • Favorite dog toy (*Involving Brett Michaels of Poison!)
  • Thoughts on social media
  • FUTURE!
  • Releasing Stress With Pets
  • “Make more better than there is worse!”Amanda Maldonado

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Ep. 11: Producer / Musician Bjorgvin Benediktsson

Ep. 11: Producer / Musician Bjorgvin Benediktsson

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 07.13.18. See ThanksForSittingIn.com for complete show notes & photos)

Björgvin Benediktsson is an audio engineer, musician, and entrepreneur from Iceland currently living in Tucson, Arizona. He helps home studio musicians make better sounding music by teaching them how to record and produce themselves. Since 2009, he’s run www.audio-issues.com where he teaches thousands of engineers how to make a bigger impact with their music production. He’s the author of the best-selling Amazon book, Step By Step Mixing – How to Create Great Mixes With Only 5 Plug-insas well as the creator of other audio production courses and tutorials. He produces and records local bands and mixes musicians all over the world through his home studio, Icelandic Embassy Studios. He also writes about creativity, entrepreneurship and other random work/life balance topics on Medium. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Bjorgvin’s start from Iceland to Madrid to Tucson
  • The start of Audio-Issues and his writing career and courses
  • Playing with Tucson bands and Tales From the Homeland Podcast
  • Setting Up a Home Studio
  • Tip #1: Have some kind of song structure before you record!
  • Software and plug in choices
  • Studio Monitors
  • File Transfers (Dropbox)
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Tips #2 & 3: Communication and a positive attitude
  • Being a musician
  • The Tucson Music Scene
  • The State of Today’s Music
  • The “1,000 Fans” Theory
  • RAPID FIRE
  • Analog or Digital
  • Who are you listening to
  • Favorite Microphone
  • Legacy or Money
  • Worst Recording Experience
  • FUTURE

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