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The Tragedy Academy Podcast is a show that explores the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. We aim to help listeners grow and thrive by sharing stories of real people who have experienced adversity and success.

Hosted by Jay Hicks, multimedia artist and music producer, along with co-host Gary DeFranco, an Emmy-nominated executive producer with 20 years of experience producing non-scripted television, The Tragedy Academy Podcast provides a unique perspective on life’s challenges and how to overcome them.

Our guests come from all walks of life and share their stories of struggle and triumph. We believe that our past does not define our future and that living authentically and purposefully is the key to a fulfilling life.

Through candid and humorous discussions, we explore societal divides and bridge gaps in understanding. We believe that laughter is the best fertilizer for the tree of knowledge, and that’s why we bring you stories that will make you think, laugh, and inspire you to be a better person.

The Tragedy Academy Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Subscribe now and join us on this journey of humor and enlightenment as we strive to grow the tree of knowledge together.
Be cool and keep learning.

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Join us on The Tragedy Academy Podcast as we welcome Leslie Draffin, a former TV news anchor turned somatic psychedelic guide, for a heartfelt and enlightening conversation. Leslie shares her journey from living behind a mask to embracing her femininity and the healing powers of psilocybin. πŸŽ™οΈ This episode deeply delves into the human experience as Leslie Draffin unfolds her transformation narrative. From the high-pressure world of TV news to the path of self-discovery, Leslie discusses the societal pressures she faced and how her struggles with mental health, substance abuse, and grief led her to a profound awakening. As she opens up about the role of psychedelics and womb work in her healing process, you'll be drawn into Leslie's world of introspection and liberation. Join us to uncover the power of letting go and the courage to be authentically you. πŸ’‘βœ¨πŸŒ± Key Takeaways: 🧘 [00:17:02] Discovering inner strength through spiritual awakening and embracing the "wild, feral feminine." πŸ„ [00:27:20] The impact of psilocybin on healing, reconnecting with self, and addressing deep-seated trauma. 🚺 [00:34:07] Exploring the balance between masculine and feminine energy for harmonious relationships and societal roles. πŸ“Ί [00:56:59] Transitioning from a public persona to vulnerable authenticity and the clarity it brings to life. 🎁 [01:00:21] Recognizing vulnerability as a strength and its influence on allowing others to be their true selves. Guest Bio: Leslie Draffin is a transformative figure who has shifted from a successful TV news anchor to a guide and advocate for women's healing. With experience in somatic trauma therapy and expertise in intentional psychedelic practices, Leslie is dedicated to helping women embrace their authenticity, remove shame, and cultivate a deep connection with their innate power. Her work emphasizes the importance of feminine energy and compassionate self-exploration, empowering individuals to live life to its fullest potential. Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast for more captivating conversations like this one. Leave us a review to let us know your thoughts, and share this episode with friends who might find inspiration in Leslie's message. Remember, the Academy has no GPA - Be cool and keep learning. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“βœοΈπŸ’« Ready to step into your power and explore your inner world? Connect with Leslie Draffin and learn how you can start your journey toward healing and embracing your divine feminine energy. Visit her website, follow her on social media, and consider her guidance if you're contemplating the transformative path of psychedelics. Embrace your true self because the greatest discovery lies within. πŸŒŸπŸ”β€οΈ Another enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast is in the books. We hope Leslie's story resonated with you and sparked a desire to seek your authentic self. Be sure to tune in next week for another powerful episode. Keep your curiosity alive, and, as always, be cool and keep learning. πŸ“šπŸ€“πŸ‘‹ πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  @podpagehq πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD @riverside.fm πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM. @intotheam Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEUXqlregig6vcrvuVNGlKg and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy Β πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy
Join us on The Tragedy Academy Podcast as we welcome Leslie Draffin, a former TV news anchor turned somatic psychedelic guide, for a heartfelt and enlightening conversation. Leslie shares her journey from living behind a mask to embracing her femininity and the healing powers of psilocybin. πŸŽ™οΈ This episode deeply delves into the human experience as Leslie Draffin unfolds her transformation narrative. From the high-pressure world of TV news to the path of self-discovery, Leslie discusses the societal pressures she faced and how her struggles with mental health, substance abuse, and grief led her to a profound awakening. As she opens up about the role of psychedelics and womb work in her healing process, you'll be drawn into Leslie's world of introspection and liberation. Join us to uncover the power of letting go and the courage to be authentically you. πŸ’‘βœ¨πŸŒ± Key Takeaways: 🧘 [00:17:02] Discovering inner strength through spiritual awakening and embracing the "wild, feral feminine." πŸ„ [00:27:20] The impact of psilocybin on healing, reconnecting with self, and addressing deep-seated trauma. 🚺 [00:34:07] Exploring the balance between masculine and feminine energy for harmonious relationships and societal roles. πŸ“Ί [00:56:59] Transitioning from a public persona to vulnerable authenticity and the clarity it brings to life. 🎁 [01:00:21] Recognizing vulnerability as a strength and its influence on allowing others to be their true selves. Guest Bio: Leslie Draffin is a transformative figure who has shifted from a successful TV news anchor to a guide and advocate for women's healing. With experience in somatic trauma therapy and expertise in intentional psychedelic practices, Leslie is dedicated to helping women embrace their authenticity, remove shame, and cultivate a deep connection with their innate power. Her work emphasizes the importance of feminine energy and compassionate self-exploration, empowering individuals to live life to its fullest potential. Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast for more captivating conversations like this one. Leave us a review to let us know your thoughts, and share this episode with friends who might find inspiration in Leslie's message. Remember, the Academy has no GPA - Be cool and keep learning. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“βœοΈπŸ’« Ready to step into your power and explore your inner world? Connect with Leslie Draffin and learn how you can start your journey toward healing and embracing your divine feminine energy. Visit her website, follow her on social media, and consider her guidance if you're contemplating the transformative path of psychedelics. Embrace your true self because the greatest discovery lies within. πŸŒŸπŸ”β€οΈ Another enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast is in the books. We hope Leslie's story resonated with you and sparked a desire to seek your authentic self. Be sure to tune in next week for another powerful episode. Keep your curiosity alive, and, as always, be cool and keep learning. πŸ“šπŸ€“πŸ‘‹ πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  @podpagehq πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD @riverside.fm πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM. @intotheam Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEUXqlregig6vcrvuVNGlKg and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy
In this insightful episode, Jay and Gary welcome Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher, a.k.a. Dr. J, for a deep dive into the intricate layers of the human psyche. They embark on a thought-provoking journey, exploring the concept of authenticity, the narratives that shape our behaviors, and how we can master our internal scripts to live life with purpose. πŸŽ™οΈ Tune in as Jay, with his uncanny ability to dissect societal norms, and Gary, the King of Candor himself, together unravel the complexities of living true to oneself in a world brimming with preconceived notions and societal expectations. As they engage with Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher, expect a symphony of philosophy, psychology, and a pinch of humor that stimulates an intellectual appetite for growth. Listen to real-life analogies, science-backed explanations, and heartfelt discussions on breaking free from the chains of fear and self-doubt. Find out why Gary's skepticism of social constructs, Jay's disdain for surface-level existence, and Dr. J's profound insights on personal transformation can be the trigger you need to re-examine your life's direction. Their exchange will likely shake the foundations of your beliefs about personal limitations and societal benchmarks. With sharp wit and unfiltered truth, this episode is poised to change your perspective on life's most daunting masks. Take advantage of this revelatory session that promises to arm you with the tools for self-rediscovery and offer you a loving nudge toward a path of self-fulfillment. 🌟 Key Takeaways: 🎭 Rediscovering one’s passion during periods of isolation, as Jay recounts his enlightenment experience during COVID-induced solitude. Β πŸ”„ Unraveling the complexities and perceived futility of job titles and societal roles, as humorously lamented by Gary.Β  ✨ The essence of "flow" and being present in the moment – a profound discussion sparked by Dr. J as they delve into the power of channeling one's inherent talents.Β  πŸ•ŠοΈ Jay and Dr. J discuss philosophical views on life, existence, and the spirit, the art of living beyond the "avatar" we present to the world.Β  πŸ—ΊοΈ Dr. J emphasizes the need to update our mental maps of life’s journey, suggesting that many of us might be navigating life using outdated scripts. Guest Bio: Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher is the lighthouse for those adrift at sea in the vast ocean of their subconscious. Her academic prowess, seeded at the illustrious Columbia University and blossoming at the University of Connecticut, is a testament to her commitment to opening minds. As a licensed psychologist, she deftly combines her scientific background with her certifications in Positive Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Hypnosis to guide others through their inner labyrinths. Her book, "The Bodhi Blueprint," is not just literature – it's a manifesto for those seeking a renaissance of the soul, enabling them to turn once crippling fears into formidable strength. With a presence featured across revered platforms such as Yahoo! Life and Thrive Global, Dr. J continues cultivating mental spaces where unshakeable confidence is an aspiration and an achievable reality. Are you eager to liberate yourself from life’s daunting confines? Let Dr. J be your guide through her transformative teachings. Visit [Insert Dr. J's Website] for a compass to navigate your way to enlightenment, or delve into her book, "The Bodhi Blueprint," for a structured path to mastering your destiny. Follow Dr. J on social media to keep up with her latest undertakings that are changing lives and challenging norms. Let her journey inspire you, her words refuel you, and her wisdom reshape your world. πŸ§­πŸ’‘ This episode encapsulates a profound exploration of authenticity, an oasis for inquisitive minds seeking respite from the mundane. The Tragedy Academy Podcast remains your weekly beacon of introspection, inviting you for another stimulating dose of reality, humor, and wisdom next week. Remember, wherever your journey takes you, β€œBe cool and keep learning." πŸ‘‹πŸŽ“ πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy Β 
In this insightful episode, Jay and Gary welcome Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher, a.k.a. Dr. J, for a deep dive into the intricate layers of the human psyche. They embark on a thought-provoking journey, exploring the concept of authenticity, the narratives that shape our behaviors, and how we can master our internal scripts to live life with purpose. πŸŽ™οΈ Tune in as Jay, with his uncanny ability to dissect societal norms, and Gary, the King of Candor himself, together unravel the complexities of living true to oneself in a world brimming with preconceived notions and societal expectations. As they engage with Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher, expect a symphony of philosophy, psychology, and a pinch of humor that stimulates an intellectual appetite for growth. Listen to real-life analogies, science-backed explanations, and heartfelt discussions on breaking free from the chains of fear and self-doubt. Find out why Gary's skepticism of social constructs, Jay's disdain for surface-level existence, and Dr. J's profound insights on personal transformation can be the trigger you need to re-examine your life's direction. Their exchange will likely shake the foundations of your beliefs about personal limitations and societal benchmarks. With sharp wit and unfiltered truth, this episode is poised to change your perspective on life's most daunting masks. Take advantage of this revelatory session that promises to arm you with the tools for self-rediscovery and offer you a loving nudge toward a path of self-fulfillment. 🌟 Key Takeaways: 🎭 Rediscovering one’s passion during periods of isolation, as Jay recounts his enlightenment experience during COVID-induced solitude. Β πŸ”„ Unraveling the complexities and perceived futility of job titles and societal roles, as humorously lamented by Gary.Β  ✨ The essence of "flow" and being present in the moment – a profound discussion sparked by Dr. J as they delve into the power of channeling one's inherent talents.Β  πŸ•ŠοΈ Jay and Dr. J discuss philosophical views on life, existence, and the spirit, the art of living beyond the "avatar" we present to the world.Β  πŸ—ΊοΈ Dr. J emphasizes the need to update our mental maps of life’s journey, suggesting that many of us might be navigating life using outdated scripts. Guest Bio: Dr. Jisun Sunny Fisher is the lighthouse for those adrift at sea in the vast ocean of their subconscious. Her academic prowess, seeded at the illustrious Columbia University and blossoming at the University of Connecticut, is a testament to her commitment to opening minds. As a licensed psychologist, she deftly combines her scientific background with her certifications in Positive Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Hypnosis to guide others through their inner labyrinths. Her book, "The Bodhi Blueprint," is not just literature – it's a manifesto for those seeking a renaissance of the soul, enabling them to turn once crippling fears into formidable strength. With a presence featured across revered platforms such as Yahoo! Life and Thrive Global, Dr. J continues cultivating mental spaces where unshakeable confidence is an aspiration and an achievable reality. Are you eager to liberate yourself from life’s daunting confines? Let Dr. J be your guide through her transformative teachings. Visit [Insert Dr. J's Website] for a compass to navigate your way to enlightenment, or delve into her book, "The Bodhi Blueprint," for a structured path to mastering your destiny. Follow Dr. J on social media to keep up with her latest undertakings that are changing lives and challenging norms. Let her journey inspire you, her words refuel you, and her wisdom reshape your world. πŸ§­πŸ’‘ This episode encapsulates a profound exploration of authenticity, an oasis for inquisitive minds seeking respite from the mundane. The Tragedy Academy Podcast remains your weekly beacon of introspection, inviting you for another stimulating dose of reality, humor, and wisdom next week. Remember, wherever your journey takes you, β€œBe cool and keep learning." πŸ‘‹πŸŽ“ πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy Β 
In this compelling episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks has an in-depth conversation with Bruce W. Brackett. Together, they delve into Bruce's journey from overcoming addiction to becoming a beacon of positivity and creativity. This episode is a testament to the power of authenticity and the importance of listening to one's inner light, even in the darkest of times. πŸŽ™οΈ Today's episode is nothing short of inspirational. Bruce W. Brackett, known for his vibrant social media presence and motivational speaking, shares his raw and genuine story of battling and overcoming addiction. His narrative is a powerful reminder that our past does not define us and that change is always within our grasp. Jay and Gary, with their unique backgrounds in multimedia production and non-scripted television, respectively, guide this conversation with empathy and insight, making for an unforgettable listening experience. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking motivation or facing their own challenges. Bruce's story is a vivid illustration of resilience, showing how one can find beauty and strength in recovery. Tune in to hear how Bruce transformed his life through art, advocacy, and an unyielding commitment to positivity. 🌟✨ Β  Key Takeaways: πŸ“š [00:02:00] Bruce shares his compelling journey from addiction to sobriety, emphasizing the importance of embracing one's authentic self. πŸ’‘ [00:10:47] The conversation highlights the power of storytelling in connecting and healing, with Bruce using his experiences to advocate for mental health and recovery. 🎨 [00:17:28] Bruce discusses how art played a pivotal role in his recovery, serving as a medium for expression and a source of solace. ❀️ [00:22:04] The episode delves into the significance of compassion and understanding in overcoming societal divides, echoing the podcast's mission. 🌈 [00:32:12] Bruce's advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and his efforts to foster a supportive community through social media are explored. Β  πŸŽ™οΈ Bruce W. Brackett is a dynamic force of positivity and creativity. Bruce has emerged as a social media influencer, motivational speaker, author, and visual artist from a challenging addiction and recovery background. His work, deeply rooted in his personal experiences, aims to inspire and support others facing similar battles. Bruce's story is one of triumph over adversity, demonstrating the transformative power of art, love, and authenticity. His upcoming book, "How to Breathe While Suffocating," is eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide. πŸŽ™οΈIf Bruce's story has moved you, subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform. Please leave us a review and share this episode with friends and family. Like Bruce's, Our Journey explores the human experience through stories of tragedy and triumph. Your support helps us continue this mission. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." πŸŽ§πŸ’– πŸŽ™οΈInspired by Bruce W. Brackett's journey? Follow him on Instagram @BruceWBrackett to dive deeper into his world of art, positivity, and advocacy. Check out his latest project and upcoming book on his website. Your support and engagement make a difference in spreading the message of recovery and hope. Let's help Bruce light up the world, one post at a time! πŸŒŸπŸ“š πŸŽ™οΈToday's episode with Bruce W. Brackett was a profound reminder of our strength to overcome and transform. Join us next week on The Tragedy Academy Podcast for another powerful conversation that promises to enlighten, entertain, and inspire. "Be cool and keep learning." πŸ•ŠοΈβœ¨ Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy:https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy Β 
In this compelling episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks has an in-depth conversation with Bruce W. Brackett. Together, they delve into Bruce's journey from overcoming addiction to becoming a beacon of positivity and creativity. This episode is a testament to the power of authenticity and the importance of listening to one's inner light, even in the darkest of times. πŸŽ™οΈ Today's episode is nothing short of inspirational. Bruce W. Brackett, known for his vibrant social media presence and motivational speaking, shares his raw and genuine story of battling and overcoming addiction. His narrative is a powerful reminder that our past does not define us and that change is always within our grasp. Jay and Gary, with their unique backgrounds in multimedia production and non-scripted television, respectively, guide this conversation with empathy and insight, making for an unforgettable listening experience. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking motivation or facing their own challenges. Bruce's story is a vivid illustration of resilience, showing how one can find beauty and strength in recovery. Tune in to hear how Bruce transformed his life through art, advocacy, and an unyielding commitment to positivity. 🌟✨ Β  Key Takeaways: πŸ“š [00:02:00] Bruce shares his compelling journey from addiction to sobriety, emphasizing the importance of embracing one's authentic self. πŸ’‘ [00:10:47] The conversation highlights the power of storytelling in connecting and healing, with Bruce using his experiences to advocate for mental health and recovery. 🎨 [00:17:28] Bruce discusses how art played a pivotal role in his recovery, serving as a medium for expression and a source of solace. ❀️ [00:22:04] The episode delves into the significance of compassion and understanding in overcoming societal divides, echoing the podcast's mission. 🌈 [00:32:12] Bruce's advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and his efforts to foster a supportive community through social media are explored. Β  πŸŽ™οΈ Bruce W. Brackett is a dynamic force of positivity and creativity. Bruce has emerged as a social media influencer, motivational speaker, author, and visual artist from a challenging addiction and recovery background. His work, deeply rooted in his personal experiences, aims to inspire and support others facing similar battles. Bruce's story is one of triumph over adversity, demonstrating the transformative power of art, love, and authenticity. His upcoming book, "How to Breathe While Suffocating," is eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide. πŸŽ™οΈIf Bruce's story has moved you, subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform. Please leave us a review and share this episode with friends and family. Like Bruce's, Our Journey explores the human experience through stories of tragedy and triumph. Your support helps us continue this mission. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." πŸŽ§πŸ’– πŸŽ™οΈInspired by Bruce W. Brackett's journey? Follow him on Instagram @BruceWBrackett to dive deeper into his world of art, positivity, and advocacy. Check out his latest project and upcoming book on his website. Your support and engagement make a difference in spreading the message of recovery and hope. Let's help Bruce light up the world, one post at a time! πŸŒŸπŸ“š πŸŽ™οΈToday's episode with Bruce W. Brackett was a profound reminder of our strength to overcome and transform. Join us next week on The Tragedy Academy Podcast for another powerful conversation that promises to enlighten, entertain, and inspire. "Be cool and keep learning." πŸ•ŠοΈβœ¨ Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy:https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy Β 
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, hosts Jay Hicks and cohost Gary DeFranco explore the fascinating world of comedy clubs and entrepreneurship with guest Scott Edwards, a true pioneer in the comedy scene. πŸŽ™οΈ Scott Edwards shares his incredible journey from launching one of the first comedy clubs in the US to working with legends like Bob Saget, Jay Leno, and Robin Williams. With over 40 years in show business, Scott's stories span the hilarious to the heartfelt, offering unique insights into the world of comedy and beyond. This episode is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the magic of stand-up comedy, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship, and the unforgettable personalities that have graced the stage. Dive into an engaging conversation that reveals the power of laughter, the impact of tragedy on creativity, and the importance of pursuing your passions. πŸ€£πŸ’Ό Key Takeaways: 🎭 Scott Edwards' journey from starting one of America's first comedy clubs to becoming a respected figure in the comedy world. 🀝 The role of comedy in bridging societal divides and creating a space for empathy and understanding. 🌟Insights into working with comedy legends and witnessing the evolution of stand-up over the decades. πŸ’‘The therapeutic power of comedy in addressing personal and societal challenges. 🎀The impact of authentic storytelling and humor in connecting with audiences and fostering a sense of community. Β  Scott Edwards Bio: Scott Edwards is a visionary entrepreneur and comedy club pioneer with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Having worked with comedy greats and launched over ten successful businesses, Scott's expertise spans live-stage shows, TV production, and entrepreneurship. His passion for comedy and knack for storytelling has made him a beloved figure in the comedy community and beyond. Β  Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform! Share this episode with friends who love comedy, are intrigued by the intricacies of entrepreneurship, or simply enjoy captivating stories. Join us as we continue to explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. Be cool and keep learning. 🎧πŸ‘₯ Β  For more insights and laughter from Scott Edwards, follow him on social media and check out his latest projects. Dive deeper into the world of comedy and entrepreneurship with a pioneer who has seen it all. Take advantage of the wisdom and wit Scott brings to every conversation. πŸŒŸπŸ“² Thank you for joining us for another episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Remember, laughter is a universal language; through it, we can find common ground and understanding. Tune in next week for more stories, laughs, and lessons. Be cool and keep learning. πŸ˜„πŸ“š πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy:https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, hosts Jay Hicks and cohost Gary DeFranco explore the fascinating world of comedy clubs and entrepreneurship with guest Scott Edwards, a true pioneer in the comedy scene. πŸŽ™οΈ Scott Edwards shares his incredible journey from launching one of the first comedy clubs in the US to working with legends like Bob Saget, Jay Leno, and Robin Williams. With over 40 years in show business, Scott's stories span the hilarious to the heartfelt, offering unique insights into the world of comedy and beyond. This episode is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the magic of stand-up comedy, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship, and the unforgettable personalities that have graced the stage. Dive into an engaging conversation that reveals the power of laughter, the impact of tragedy on creativity, and the importance of pursuing your passions. πŸ€£πŸ’Ό Β  Key Takeaways: 🎭 Scott Edwards' journey from starting one of America's first comedy clubs to becoming a respected figure in the comedy world. 🀝 The role of comedy in bridging societal divides and creating a space for empathy and understanding. 🌟Insights into working with comedy legends and witnessing the evolution of stand-up over the decades. πŸ’‘The therapeutic power of comedy in addressing personal and societal challenges. 🎀The impact of authentic storytelling and humor in connecting with audiences and fostering a sense of community. Β  Scott Edwards Bio: Scott Edwards is a visionary entrepreneur and comedy club pioneer with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Having worked with comedy greats and launched over ten successful businesses, Scott's expertise spans live-stage shows, TV production, and entrepreneurship. His passion for comedy and knack for storytelling has made him a beloved figure in the comedy community and beyond. Β  Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform! Share this episode with friends who love comedy, are intrigued by the intricacies of entrepreneurship, or simply enjoy captivating stories. Join us as we continue to explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. Be cool and keep learning. 🎧πŸ‘₯ Β  For more insights and laughter from Scott Edwards, follow him on social media and check out his latest projects. Dive deeper into the world of comedy and entrepreneurship with a pioneer who has seen it all. Take advantage of the wisdom and wit Scott brings to every conversation. πŸŒŸπŸ“² Thank you for joining us for another episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Remember, laughter is a universal language; through it, we can find common ground and understanding. Tune in next week for more stories, laughs, and lessons. Be cool and keep learning. πŸ˜„πŸ“š πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Immerse yourself in the transformative power of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, an extraordinary platform showcasing stories of resilience and redemption. As we unravel the rich tapestry of human experiences, our episodes meld wisdom with wit, enlightening and entertaining. Hosted with profound empathy, we delve into the indomitable spirit of our guests, providing our audience with opportunities to gain insights, share laughter, and experience growth. Become a part of our community that values genuine connections and collective healing through the strength of shared narratives. πŸ“² Connect with Us!Β  Explore more about The Tragedy Academy:https://www.thetragedyacademy.comΒ  🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with Podpage: Podpage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5.Β  πŸ“²Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm Riverside.FM: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at Into the AM.Β  Into the AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. Β  πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook:@TheTragedyAcademyPodcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. PayPal Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YMU9L4TBWX6AG Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tragedyacademy
In this deeply reflective episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay speaks with Furkhan Dandia, exploring the transformative power of embracing vulnerability, understanding masculinity in the modern world, and the path to self-love. πŸŽ™οΈΒ  Β  In a world where the narrative around masculinity often feels rigid and unforgiving, Furkhan Dandia offers a refreshing perspective that challenges these conventions. His story concerns courage, introspection, and the relentless pursuit of authenticity. Through his journey from an engineer to a therapist and mental health advocate, Furkhan underscores the importance of therapy, self-exploration, and embracing one's vulnerabilities as avenues for profound personal growth and fulfillment. Join us as Furkhan shares his insights on the societal pressures men face, the significance of therapy in his transformation, and how he's now helping others navigate their paths to healing and self-acceptance. Dive deep into a conversation that not only enlightens but also provides solace and encouragement for anyone struggling to find their place in the tapestry of modern masculinity. Key Takeaways: πŸ’‘ [00:03:24] Furkhan discusses his transition from an engineer to pursuing a Master's in Psychology, motivated by his quest for meaning and a desire to leave a legacy beyond professional success. 🌱 [00:04:54] The significance of therapy in Furkhan's life, highlighting how it helped him address and overcome shame, leading to improved relationships and self-awareness. 🀝 [00:06:14] As Furkhan opens up about his struggles, the power of vulnerability inspires similar openness in others and fosters a sense of brotherhood and support among men. πŸ“˜ [00:02:29] Furkhan's role as an author and podcaster, through which he advocates for men's mental health and encourages open dialogues on traditionally taboo subjects. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦ [00:02:38] Being a father is a pivotal aspect of Furkhan's identity and growth, emphasizing the impact of parenting on his journey towards self-improvement and mindfulness. Guest Bio: Furkhan Dandia is a compelling figure whose life story offers valuable lessons on resilience, transformation, and the pursuit of authenticity. An engineer turned therapist, author, and podcaster, Furkhan's personal experiences with adversity, divorce, and the search for purpose have shaped him into a passionate advocate for mental health, especially among men. His work, whether through his podcast "EZ Conversations" or his book "Pursuit Of Self-Love," focuses on empowering individuals to confront their vulnerabilities, embrace their journey, and ultimately find self-love and fulfillment. Furkhan's dedication to making a difference in people's lives and his unique insight into the challenges of navigating modern masculinity make him an inspiring figure for all. Conclusion:Β  πŸ“£ Join us in exploring the depths of the human spirit on The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Subscribe now, and don't miss an episode filled with stories of triumph over adversity. Share this episode with friends who might find solace in Furkhan's journey and leave us a review to help spread the message. Together, let's continue to grow the tree of knowledge and embrace the philosophy that life's challenges are what shape us. Be cool and keep learning. 🌟 🌐 Discover more about Furkhan Dandia and his transformative work by visiting his website, following him on social media, and tuning into his podcast, EZ Conversations. Dive into his book, "Pursuit Of Self-Love," for uplifting messages and reflections that inspire self-acceptance and growth. Support Furkhan in his mission to foster open conversations about men's mental health and vulnerability. Let's champion the cause of understanding and healing together. πŸ’ͺ Thank you for joining us on this profound journey with Furkhan Dandia on The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Furkhan's story is a testament to the strength of vulnerability and the beauty of human evolution through self-discovery. Tune in next week for another inspiring episode that promises to enlighten, entertain, and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. Remember, every story of adversity carries the seeds of growth and understanding. Be cool and keep learning. πŸ“š πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this deeply reflective episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay speaks with Furkhan Dandia, exploring the transformative power of embracing vulnerability, understanding masculinity in the modern world, and the path to self-love. πŸŽ™οΈ Β  In a world where the narrative around masculinity often feels rigid and unforgiving, Furkhan Dandia offers a refreshing perspective that challenges these conventions. His story concerns courage, introspection, and the relentless pursuit of authenticity. Through his journey from an engineer to a therapist and mental health advocate, Furkhan underscores the importance of therapy, self-exploration, and embracing one's vulnerabilities as avenues for profound personal growth and fulfillment. Join us as Furkhan shares his insights on the societal pressures men face, the significance of therapy in his transformation, and how he's now helping others navigate their paths to healing and self-acceptance. Dive deep into a conversation that not only enlightens but also provides solace and encouragement for anyone struggling to find their place in the tapestry of modern masculinity. Key Takeaways: πŸ’‘ [00:03:24] Furkhan discusses his transition from an engineer to pursuing a Master's in Psychology, motivated by his quest for meaning and a desire to leave a legacy beyond professional success. 🌱 [00:04:54] The significance of therapy in Furkhan's life, highlighting how it helped him address and overcome shame, leading to improved relationships and self-awareness. 🀝 [00:06:14] As Furkhan opens up about his struggles, the power of vulnerability inspires similar openness in others and fosters a sense of brotherhood and support among men. πŸ“˜ [00:02:29] Furkhan's role as an author and podcaster, through which he advocates for men's mental health and encourages open dialogues on traditionally taboo subjects. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦ [00:02:38] Being a father is a pivotal aspect of Furkhan's identity and growth, emphasizing the impact of parenting on his journey towards self-improvement and mindfulness. Guest Bio: Furkhan Dandia is a compelling figure whose life story offers valuable lessons on resilience, transformation, and the pursuit of authenticity. An engineer turned therapist, author, and podcaster, Furkhan's personal experiences with adversity, divorce, and the search for purpose have shaped him into a passionate advocate for mental health, especially among men. His work, whether through his podcast "EZ Conversations" or his book "Pursuit Of Self-Love," focuses on empowering individuals to confront their vulnerabilities, embrace their journey, and ultimately find self-love and fulfillment. Furkhan's dedication to making a difference in people's lives and his unique insight into the challenges of navigating modern masculinity make him an inspiring figure for all. Conclusion:Β  πŸ“£ Join us in exploring the depths of the human spirit on The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Subscribe now, and don't miss an episode filled with stories of triumph over adversity. Share this episode with friends who might find solace in Furkhan's journey and leave us a review to help spread the message. Together, let's continue to grow the tree of knowledge and embrace the philosophy that life's challenges are what shape us. Be cool and keep learning. 🌟 🌐 Discover more about Furkhan Dandia and his transformative work by visiting his website, following him on social media, and tuning into his podcast, EZ Conversations. Dive into his book, "Pursuit Of Self-Love," for uplifting messages and reflections that inspire self-acceptance and growth. Support Furkhan in his mission to foster open conversations about men's mental health and vulnerability. Let's champion the cause of understanding and healing together. πŸ’ͺ Thank you for joining us on this profound journey with Furkhan Dandia on The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Furkhan's story is a testament to the strength of vulnerability and the beauty of human evolution through self-discovery. Tune in next week for another inspiring episode that promises to enlighten, entertain, and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. Remember, every story of adversity carries the seeds of growth and understanding. Be cool and keep learning. πŸ“š πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay Hicks and cohost Gary DeFranco speak with Stephen V. Stone. We explore the incredible journey of an award-winning filmmaker who has faced significant personal challenges, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, yet continues to innovate and inspire in the realm of filmmaking and beyond. πŸŽ™οΈ Engaging and enticing verbiage: Stephen V. Stone shares his unique perspective on creativity, adversity, and the resilience required to pursue one's passions against all odds. Despite facing debilitating physical challenges, Stephen's dedication to his craft and ability to adapt and innovate led him to create remarkable works such as "In Saturn's Rings." This episode dives deep into Stephen's journey from battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to reinventing himself as a filmmaker and teacher, offering listeners insights into overcoming obstacles and finding new avenues for artistic expression. Join us as we discuss the power of limitations as a catalyst for creativity, the significance of embracing one's vulnerabilities, and the impact of technology in democratizing the arts. πŸš€βœ¨πŸŽ¬ Β  Key Takeaways: 🌌 [00:22:36] Stephen's journey through the creation of "In Saturn's Rings" highlighting the power of collaboration and the transformative impact of perseverance and passion on both his projects and the lives of those involved. πŸŽ“ [00:47:14] The reevaluation of one's capabilities in the face of adversity, leading to newfound strengths and opportunities, as Stephen discusses his foray into screenwriting and teaching. 🎨 [00:50:59] The role of limitations in fostering creativity, with Stephen sharing his approach to filmmaking that accommodates his disability but does not diminish his ability to create impactful work. 🌍 [00:51:08] The pandemic is a period of reflection and opportunity, challenging individuals to rediscover their potential and pursue previously sidelined passions. πŸ’‘ [00:53:23] The importance of embracing one's unique story and experiences to fuel authentic and resonant art, as Stephen reflects on his transition from facing physical challenges to harnessing them as a source of creative empowerment. Guest Bio:Β  Stephen V. Stone is an award-winning filmmaker celebrated for his pioneering work in photo animation and innovative filmmaking approach. Despite a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Stone has not only continued to contribute significantly to the film industry but has also used his challenges as a catalyst for creativity and teaching. His notable project, "In Saturn's Rings," showcases his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft, garnering global attention and inspiring others to overcome obstacles. Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform, leave a review, and share this episode with friends and family. Dive deeper into the human experience with us, exploring stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph. πŸŽ§πŸ’¬ Be cool and keep learning. 🌟 To learn more about Stephen V. Stone and his incredible work, visit his website, follow him on social media, and check out "In Saturn's Rings" and his other projects. Let Stephen's journey inspire you to push beyond your limitations and explore new creative horizons. πŸŒ πŸ“½οΈ Thank you for tuning in to another episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Stephen V. Stone's story is a powerful reminder that adversity can be a source of profound creativity and growth. Join us next week for more inspiring conversations that bridge societal divides and celebrate the human spirit. Remember, be cool and keep learning. πŸŒ±πŸŽ“ Β  Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay Hicks and cohost Gary DeFranco speak with Stephen V. Stone. We explore the incredible journey of an award-winning filmmaker who has faced significant personal challenges, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, yet continues to innovate and inspire in the realm of filmmaking and beyond. πŸŽ™οΈ Engaging and enticing verbiage: Stephen V. Stone shares his unique perspective on creativity, adversity, and the resilience required to pursue one's passions against all odds. Despite facing debilitating physical challenges, Stephen's dedication to his craft and ability to adapt and innovate led him to create remarkable works such as "In Saturn's Rings." This episode dives deep into Stephen's journey from battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to reinventing himself as a filmmaker and teacher, offering listeners insights into overcoming obstacles and finding new avenues for artistic expression. Join us as we discuss the power of limitations as a catalyst for creativity, the significance of embracing one's vulnerabilities, and the impact of technology in democratizing the arts. πŸš€βœ¨πŸŽ¬ Β  Key Takeaways: 🌌 [00:22:36] Stephen's journey through the creation of "In Saturn's Rings" highlighting the power of collaboration and the transformative impact of perseverance and passion on both his projects and the lives of those involved. πŸŽ“ [00:47:14] The reevaluation of one's capabilities in the face of adversity, leading to newfound strengths and opportunities, as Stephen discusses his foray into screenwriting and teaching. 🎨 [00:50:59] The role of limitations in fostering creativity, with Stephen sharing his approach to filmmaking that accommodates his disability but does not diminish his ability to create impactful work. 🌍 [00:51:08] The pandemic is a period of reflection and opportunity, challenging individuals to rediscover their potential and pursue previously sidelined passions. πŸ’‘ [00:53:23] The importance of embracing one's unique story and experiences to fuel authentic and resonant art, as Stephen reflects on his transition from facing physical challenges to harnessing them as a source of creative empowerment. Guest Bio:Β  Stephen V. Stone is an award-winning filmmaker celebrated for his pioneering work in photo animation and innovative filmmaking approach. Despite a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Stone has not only continued to contribute significantly to the film industry but has also used his challenges as a catalyst for creativity and teaching. His notable project, "In Saturn's Rings," showcases his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft, garnering global attention and inspiring others to overcome obstacles. Remember to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform, leave a review, and share this episode with friends and family. Dive deeper into the human experience with us, exploring stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph. πŸŽ§πŸ’¬ Be cool and keep learning. 🌟 To learn more about Stephen V. Stone and his incredible work, visit his website, follow him on social media, and check out "In Saturn's Rings" and his other projects. Let Stephen's journey inspire you to push beyond your limitations and explore new creative horizons. πŸŒ πŸ“½οΈ Thank you for tuning in to another episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Stephen V. Stone's story is a powerful reminder that adversity can be a source of profound creativity and growth. Join us next week for more inspiring conversations that bridge societal divides and celebrate the human spirit. Remember, be cool and keep learning. πŸŒ±πŸŽ“ Β  Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this captivating episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay delves into the colorful world of Heather Eck, a multimedia abstract artist known for her intuitive painting and unique synesthetic experiences. Discover how Heather's ability to perceive the world through a vivid spectrum of colors has influenced her art and personal growth, blending unseen realms with tangible reality. πŸŽ™οΈ Join us as Heather Eck shares her fascinating journey from an army brat with a profound love for art to becoming an acclaimed synesthetic artist. Born in Germany and now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Heather's life story is a testament to the power of embracing one's innate gifts and passions. Through a deep dive into her synesthetic experiences, Heather reveals how she translates complex emotions and spiritual connections into vibrant, healing art. This episode is a vibrant exploration of creativity, personal transformation, and the unseen forces that shape our perception of the world. 🌈✨ Key Takeaways: 🎨 [00:15:04] Heather discusses synesthesia and its role in her artistic process, offering a unique lens through which she views the world. 🌟 [00:20:11] Heather shares her journey of rediscovering art as a means of healing and self-expression, emphasizing the transformative power of reconnecting with one's passions. πŸ€” [00:32:00] A discussion on the societal pressures that often lead individuals to suppress their creative instincts and how Heather overcame these challenges. 🌐 [00:44:00] The conversation touches on the significance of art and color in invoking emotions and fostering a sense of well-being. πŸ”„ [00:58:53] Heather provides insights on how she hopes her art will inspire and heal others, highlighting the therapeutic potential of engaging with creative endeavors. Heather Eck is celebrated for her ability to transform synesthetic experiences into captivating works of art. With a deep connection to the chakra system and spiritual realms, her paintings serve as conduits for healing and personal exploration. Heather's work is a vibrant narrative that invites viewers into her colorful world, encouraging them to find balance and inspiration through art. Dive deeper into the realms of creativity and personal growth with The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, and share this episode to explore more stories of triumph over adversity. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." πŸš€ Explore the colorful world of Heather Eck by visiting her website and following her on social media. Discover how her synesthetic art can inspire and transform your space and well-being. πŸ’– Thank you for tuning into another enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Please take advantage of next week as we explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. "Be cool and keep learning." See you then! 🌟 πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this captivating episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay delves into the colorful world of Heather Eck, a multimedia abstract artist known for her intuitive painting and unique synesthetic experiences. Discover how Heather's ability to perceive the world through a vivid spectrum of colors has influenced her art and personal growth, blending unseen realms with tangible reality. πŸŽ™οΈ Join us as Heather Eck shares her fascinating journey from an army brat with a profound love for art to becoming an acclaimed synesthetic artist. Born in Germany and now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Heather's life story is a testament to the power of embracing one's innate gifts and passions. Through a deep dive into her synesthetic experiences, Heather reveals how she translates complex emotions and spiritual connections into vibrant, healing art. This episode is a vibrant exploration of creativity, personal transformation, and the unseen forces that shape our perception of the world. 🌈✨ Key Takeaways: 🎨 [00:15:04] Heather discusses synesthesia and its role in her artistic process, offering a unique lens through which she views the world. 🌟 [00:20:11] Heather shares her journey of rediscovering art as a means of healing and self-expression, emphasizing the transformative power of reconnecting with one's passions. πŸ€” [00:32:00] A discussion on the societal pressures that often lead individuals to suppress their creative instincts and how Heather overcame these challenges. 🌐 [00:44:00] The conversation touches on the significance of art and color in invoking emotions and fostering a sense of well-being. πŸ”„ [00:58:53] Heather provides insights on how she hopes her art will inspire and heal others, highlighting the therapeutic potential of engaging with creative endeavors. Heather Eck is celebrated for her ability to transform synesthetic experiences into captivating works of art. With a deep connection to the chakra system and spiritual realms, her paintings serve as conduits for healing and personal exploration. Heather's work is a vibrant narrative that invites viewers into her colorful world, encouraging them to find balance and inspiration through art. Dive deeper into the realms of creativity and personal growth with The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Subscribe, leave a review, and share this episode to explore more stories of triumph over adversity. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." πŸš€ Explore the colorful world of Heather Eck by visiting her website and following her on social media. Discover how her synesthetic art can inspire and transform your space and well-being. πŸ’– Thank you for tuning into another enlightening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Please take advantage of next week as we explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. "Be cool and keep learning." See you then! 🌟 πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
"Detention" Warning: Expect offbeat humor and unexpected tangents in our 'Detention' episodes. It's not your usual Tragedy Academy fare – perfect for a light-hearted listen, but maybe not for those seeking serious topics. Listener discretion advised." Β  In this engaging episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay Hicks and guest Jonah dive into a laughter-filled discussion on a myriad of topics ranging from social media quirks, generational differences, bizarre personal experiences, and the unexpected wisdom behind them. πŸŽ™οΈ Β  Dive into a detention episode unlike any other as Jay and Jonah, with their dynamic banter, explore the vast chasm between generations, the eccentricities of growing up with unique family dynamics, and the oddities of modern living. Through candid stories and a hearty dose of humor, they dissect life's peculiar lessons that textbooks never teach. This episode is a treasure trove of hilarious anecdotes and insightful reflections on the ever-evolving human experience, making it a must-listen for anyone seeking a mix of humor, candor, and unexpected life lessons. Β  Key Takeaways: 🀣 [00:10:19] The hilarity and horror of discovering cow coughs at night. πŸ“± [00:07:21] Debating the impact of TikTok's layout on content consumption. 🎭 [00:24:43] Jonah's unique family structure and navigating societal perceptions. 🌈 [00:28:13] The evolving acceptance of diverse family dynamics through generations. πŸ” [00:10:50] The universal haven of "the grill" at awkward social gatherings. Β  If you love diving into the generational divide with laughs, subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast, leave us a review, and spread the word. Join Jay and Jonah as they continue to explore the human condition through the lens of comedy and shared stories. "Be cool and keep learning." πŸ˜ŽπŸ“š Β  This episode is a heartfelt reminder of the beauty in our differences and the laughter that binds us. Tune in next week for another eye-opening episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." 🌟 Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM7xydvXO6g
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay speaks with Adam Butler, a psychedelic philosopher and passionate DMT psychonaut. Together, they delve into Adam's transformative journey through psychedelics, overcoming addiction, and finding inner peace. πŸŽ™οΈ Β  Join us as we explore the profound impact of psychedelics on mental health and personal growth with Adam Butler. From battling addiction and life's adversities to achieving a state of balance and contentment, Adam's story is a testament to the power of self-exploration and the healing potential of psychedelic compounds. With hosts Jay and Gary, we dive deep into Adam's experiences with DMT, meditation, and his path to becoming a mentor and friend to many. This episode is a captivating look at the intersections of tragedy, triumph, and the psychedelic experience. Β  Key Takeaways: πŸ”„ [00:15:00] Overcoming addiction and finding a new direction in life through psychedelics. πŸ” [00:21:01] The importance of self-reflection and dealing with internal issues for genuine happiness. βš–οΈ [00:37:15] Legalities and potential benefits of psychedelics in mental health treatment. πŸ’ͺ [00:47:34] The transformative power of facing and embracing one's inner demons. 🀝 [00:55:14] The role of community and supportive relationships in personal growth and healing. Β  Guest Bio: Adam Butler is a recognized psychedelic philosopher who has utilized his experiences with DMT and other psychedelics to assist others in overcoming mental health challenges. With a background that combines academic intellect, empathetic understanding, and personal resilience, Adam has dedicated his life to helping individuals navigate through PTSD, depression, and addiction. Β  Don't forget to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast for more enlightening conversations. Leave us a review and share this episode with anyone who might find Adam's journey inspiring. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." 🌟 Β  To learn more about Adam Butler and his work, follow his journey on social media and check out his latest projects. His insights into psychedelics and mental health are not only transformative but also a beacon of hope for many. 🌈 https://twitter.com/AdamButlerBooks https://www.instagram.com/booksbyadambutler/ https://www.tiktok.com/@adambutlerbooks https://www.amazon.com/dp/196050505X Β  Tune in next week for another powerful episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Together, let's continue to explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. "Be cool and keep learning." πŸŽ“ πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow with Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support the Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
πŸŽ™οΈ In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay speaks with Adam Butler, a psychedelic philosopher and passionate DMT psychonaut. Together, they delve into Adam's transformative journey through psychedelics, overcoming addiction, and finding inner peace.Β  Join us as we explore the profound impact of psychedelics on mental health and personal growth with Adam Butler. From battling addiction and life's adversities to achieving a state of balance and contentment, Adam's story is a testament to the power of self-exploration and the healing potential of psychedelic compounds. With hosts Jay and Gary, we dive deep into Adam's experiences with DMT, meditation, and his path to becoming a mentor and friend to many. This episode is a captivating look at the intersections of tragedy, triumph, and the psychedelic experience. Β  Key Takeaways: πŸ”„ [00:15:00] Overcoming addiction and finding a new direction in life through psychedelics. πŸ” [00:21:01] The importance of self-reflection and dealing with internal issues for genuine happiness. βš–οΈ [00:37:15] Legalities and potential benefits of psychedelics in mental health treatment. πŸ’ͺ [00:47:34] The transformative power of facing and embracing one's inner demons. 🀝 [00:55:14] The role of community and supportive relationships in personal growth and healing. Β  Guest Bio: Adam Butler is a recognized psychedelic philosopher who has utilized his experiences with DMT and other psychedelics to assist others in overcoming mental health challenges. With a background that combines academic intellect, empathetic understanding, and personal resilience, Adam has dedicated his life to helping individuals navigate through PTSD, depression, and addiction. Β  Don't forget to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast for more enlightening conversations. Leave us a review and share this episode with anyone who might find Adam's journey inspiring. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." 🌟 Β  To learn more about Adam Butler and his work, follow his journey on social media and check out his latest projects. His insights into psychedelics and mental health are not only transformative but also a beacon of hope for many. 🌈 https://twitter.com/AdamButlerBooks https://www.instagram.com/booksbyadambutler/ https://www.tiktok.com/@adambutlerbooks https://www.amazon.com/dp/196050505X Tune in next week for another powerful episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Together, let's continue to explore the human experience through the lens of tragedy and triumph. "Be cool and keep learning." πŸŽ“ Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow with Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support the Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this engaging conversation, Jay from the Tragedy Academy is joined by TA alum Iden Crockett, a multimedia artist and first responder. Iden expresses her frustrations with artists' struggles with algorithms and trends on platforms like Instagram. She champions authentic representation over follower count and talks about the courage it takes to differentiate oneself in a society that doesn't reward individuality. Iden also shares her journey as a transgender person, the discovery of her dissociative identity disorder, and how these experiences manifest in her art. The duo also discussed the importance of opening oneself to others' stories and the liberating aspect of 'radical vulnerability.' Iden mentions her upcoming exhibition on insomnia and her upcoming documentary. Β  πŸŽ™οΈ [00:00] Introduction and casual banter set the stage for a deep dive into personal and artistic exploration. 🀝 [00:26] Welcome to the Tragedy Academy, highlighting the podcast's mission to bridge divides and foster growth through storytelling. πŸ’­ [01:03] Discussion on dreams and past issues, emphasizing the importance of confronting and learning from one's experiences. ⚠️ [01:28] Trigger warning and introduction of guest Iden Crockett, demonstrating sensitivity to challenging topics and respect for the audience. 🌈 [02:11] Iden's multifaceted career and personal life as a trans-female artist and writer, showcasing the richness of her journey and the diversity of her talents. πŸ“± [03:10] The struggles of social media for artists, revealing the challenges of visibility and authenticity in a digital age. πŸ”„ [05:41] The impact of algorithms on creative freedom underscores the tension between artistic integrity and platform constraints. πŸšͺ [09:30] The decision to leave social media is a bold move towards reclaiming artistic authenticity and personal well-being. 🎨 [12:14] The importance of authenticity in art, affirming the value of true self-expression in creative endeavors. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ [18:25] The role of family and parenting, reflecting on the significance of building close, supportive relationships. πŸ–ΌοΈ [25:43] Continued challenges of social media for artists, further discussing the digital landscape's impact on artistic expression. πŸ—£οΈ [32:41] Emphasis on the importance of authenticity in art, reinforcing the core value of genuine self-representation in creative work. 🎭 [33:51] The struggles of being an artist, highlighting the internal and external challenges faced in the pursuit of artistic expression. 🌍 [35:40] The conversation of art illustrates art's capacity to communicate across different perspectives and experiences. ⏳ [37:18] The timelessness of art, contemplating art's enduring impact beyond the confines of time. ✍️ [39:04] The imperfections in art, celebrating the beauty and authenticity that come from flaws and mistakes. πŸ”„ [42:23] The pressure of society on individuality, critiquing the societal norms that often stifle authentic self-expression. πŸ›‘οΈ [43:08] The power of vulnerability, advocating for openness and honesty as strengths rather than weaknesses. 🌱 [52:01] The role of art in personal growth, acknowledging art as a vehicle for self-discovery and healing. πŸ”„ [01:02:13] The role of art in personal development, considering how art facilitates ongoing personal evolution and understanding. Β  Guest Bio: Iden Crockett is a multimedia artist, first responder, and a vibrant voice in discussions about mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, and the healing power of art. With her work displayed in museums and her commitment to serving communities in crisis, Iden embodies the spirit of resilience and creativity. Her art, characterized by a profound exploration of personal and societal themes, invites viewers into a dialogue about identity, struggle, and the beauty of human imperfection. Β  πŸ–ΌοΈ [00:52:01] "I've come to call this practice... radical vulnerability. And the idea is to just not be ashamed of anything, not be afraid for anyone to know any part of me and share openly with the hopes that people who hear it will be able to be regularly vulnerable." Β  πŸ’‘ [00:54:00] "I am not alone always. And the more that I wasn't seeing the other person and what they were doing and going through, the more conflict there was and the more separation until I felt like there was somebody here... I felt like I could hear them." Β  🎨 [01:02:13] "The idea here is like I said to make it radically vulnerable, radically honest. And there's gonna be disclaimers all over this place because there's nudity. There's all of these things that I've made and created and captured that I haven't had a place to share because Instagram won't let me put that up." Β  Don't forget to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform! Please leave us a review and share this episode with friends who appreciate deep, meaningful conversations about life's ups and downs. Dive into the human experience with us as we continue to bring you stories that make you think, laugh, and grow. Be cool and keep learning. πŸŽ§πŸ’‘β€οΈ Β  Discover Iden Crockett and her profound work by visiting her websites at www.mynameisiden.com and www.idenfilm.com. Follow her journey, support her art, and be part of the conversation that challenges and changes our perspectives. Let's celebrate the power of vulnerability and creativity together! 🌈🎨 Β  Thank you for joining us for another insightful episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Iden Crockett's journey reminds us that embracing our flaws and vulnerabilities is an act of courage and a source of strength and creativity. Please tune in next week for more stories that inspire, challenge, and connect us all. Remember, be cool and keep learning. See you in the next class! πŸ“šπŸ™Œ Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this engaging conversation, Jay from the Tragedy Academy is joined by TA alum Iden Crockett, a multimedia artist and first responder. Iden expresses her frustrations with artists' struggles with algorithms and trends on platforms like Instagram. She champions authentic representation over follower count and talks about the courage it takes to differentiate oneself in a society that doesn't reward individuality. Iden also shares her journey as a transgender person, the discovery of her dissociative identity disorder, and how these experiences manifest in her art. The duo also discussed the importance of opening oneself to others' stories and the liberating aspect of 'radical vulnerability.' Iden mentions her upcoming exhibition on insomnia and her upcoming documentary. Β  πŸŽ™οΈ [00:00] Introduction and casual banter set the stage for a deep dive into personal and artistic exploration. 🀝 [00:26] Welcome to the Tragedy Academy, highlighting the podcast's mission to bridge divides and foster growth through storytelling. πŸ’­ [01:03] Discussion on dreams and past issues, emphasizing the importance of confronting and learning from one's experiences. ⚠️ [01:28] Trigger warning and introduction of guest Iden Crockett, demonstrating sensitivity to challenging topics and respect for the audience. 🌈 [02:11] Iden's multifaceted career and personal life as a trans-female artist and writer showcasing the richness of her journey and the diversity of her talents. πŸ“± [03:10] The struggles of social media for artists, revealing the challenges of visibility and authenticity in a digital age. πŸ”„ [05:41] The impact of algorithms on creative freedom underscores the tension between artistic integrity and platform constraints. πŸšͺ [09:30] The decision to leave social media is a bold move towards reclaiming artistic authenticity and personal well-being. 🎨 [12:14] The importance of authenticity in art, affirming the value of true self-expression in creative endeavors. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ [18:25] The role of family and parenting, reflecting on the significance of building close, supportive relationships. πŸ–ΌοΈ [25:43] Continued challenges of social media for artists, further discussing the digital landscape's impact on artistic expression. πŸ—£οΈ [32:41] Emphasis on the importance of authenticity in art, reinforcing the core value of genuine self-representation in creative work. 🎭 [33:51] The struggles of being an artist, highlighting the internal and external challenges faced in the pursuit of artistic expression. 🌍 [35:40] The conversation of art illustrates art's capacity to communicate across different perspectives and experiences. ⏳ [37:18] The timelessness of art, contemplating art's enduring impact beyond the confines of time. ✍️ [39:04] The imperfections in art, celebrating the beauty and authenticity that come from flaws and mistakes. πŸ”„ [42:23] The pressure of society on individuality, critiquing the societal norms that often stifle authentic self-expression. πŸ›‘οΈ [43:08] The power of vulnerability, advocating for openness and honesty as strengths rather than weaknesses. 🌱 [52:01] The role of art in personal growth, acknowledging art as a vehicle for self-discovery and healing. πŸ”„ [01:02:13] The role of art in personal development, considering how art facilitates ongoing personal evolution and understanding. Β  Guest Bio: Iden Crockett is a multimedia artist, first responder, and a vibrant voice in discussions about mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, and the healing power of art. With her work displayed in museums and her commitment to serving communities in crisis, Iden embodies the spirit of resilience and creativity. Her art, characterized by a profound exploration of personal and societal themes, invites viewers into a dialogue about identity, struggle, and the beauty of human imperfection. Β Quotes: πŸ–ΌοΈ [00:52:01] "I've come to call this practice... radical vulnerability. And the idea is to just not be ashamed of anything, not be afraid for anyone to know any part of me and share openly with the hopes that people who hear it will be able to be regularly vulnerable." Β  πŸ’‘ [00:54:00] "I am not alone always. And the more that I wasn't seeing the other person and what they were doing and going through, the more conflict there was and the more separation until I felt like there was somebody here... I felt like I could hear them." Β  🎨 [01:02:13] "The idea here is like I said to make it radically vulnerable, radically honest. And there's gonna be disclaimers all over this place because there's nudity. I've made and created and captured all of these things that I haven't had a place to share because Instagram won't let me put that up." Β  Don't forget to subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast on your favorite platform! Please leave us a review and share this episode with friends who appreciate deep, meaningful conversations about life's ups and downs. Dive into the human experience with us as we continue to bring you stories that make you think, laugh, and grow. Be cool and keep learning. πŸŽ§πŸ’‘β€οΈ Β  Discover Iden Crockett and her profound work by visiting her websites at www.mynameisiden.com and www.idenfilm.com. Follow her journey, support her art, and be part of the conversation that challenges and changes our perspectives. Let's celebrate the power of vulnerability and creativity together! 🌈🎨 Β  Thank you for joining us for another insightful episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast. Iden Crockett's journey reminds us that embracing our flaws and vulnerabilities is an act of courage and a source of strength and creativity. Please tune in next week for more stories that inspire, challenge, and connect us all. Remember, be cool and keep learning. See you in the next class! πŸ“šπŸ™Œ Β  πŸš€ Welcome to The Tragedy Academy Podcast πŸš€ Dive deep into honest, unfiltered conversations about life and the silver linings within our daily challenges. We explore subjects from philosophy to comedy, ensuring every episode gives you insight and a smile. πŸ“² Connect with Us! Explore more about The Tragedy Academy: The Tragedy Academy Website 🌟 Support and Grow With Us 🌟 🎧 Podcasting Made Easy: Build your stunning podcast website with PodPage. Take your recording to the next level with Riverside.fm. πŸ‘• Get the Gear Loved Jay's t-shirt from the latest episode? Grab yours at INTO THE AM. πŸ“˜ Expand Your Mind Dive into our recommended reads at our Bookshop. βœ… Stay Updated – Subscribe! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and never miss an episode. πŸ“± Follow Us on Social Media Instagram: @thetragedyacademypodcast Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: @Tragedy_Academy TikTok: @thetragedyacademy πŸ’– Support The Tragedy Academy. Your support helps us keep bringing meaningful content. Consider donating through PayPal or BuyMeACoffee.
In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, Jay is joined by special guests from the Florida Man on Florida Man podcast, Wayne McCarty and Josh Mills, for a light-hearted yet insightful discussion on the unexpected and often hilarious intricacies of tickling, personal names, and the societal nuances surrounding these topics. πŸŽ™οΈ Dive into an episode as unpredictable as it is engaging, where laughter reigns supreme but underlies a deeper exploration of human interaction and societal judgments. From the bizarre world of competitive tickling to the personal anecdotes about names and the laughter-induced moments that define our relationships, this episode is a rollercoaster of emotions and insights. Jay, Wayne, and Josh navigate through the laughter-filled landscape with candid stories and reflections, making you question the ordinary and appreciate the absurdity of life. Join us for a conversation that's bound to tickle your funny bone and mind, all while providing a fresh perspective on the everyday. πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ’‘ Β  Key Takeaways: 🀣 [00:00:00] The unexpected dangers and humor of tickling revealing its complex role in human interactions. πŸ“› [00:03:06] The importance and impact of names, exploring personal anecdotes and societal perceptions. πŸ˜… [00:10:51] The universal and often awkward experiences surrounding public restrooms and societal privacy norms. 🎭 [00:15:00] The exploration of public shaming and its origins in childhood, discussing the first instances of societal shame. πŸ”„ [00:27:00] The nostalgia and cultural significance of 90s game shows, highlighting their influence on family dynamics and childhood memories. 🐟 [00:41:32] An amusing discussion on the peculiarities of Florida, including standing shirtless outside a workplace and the unremarkable reaction it garners in the state. 🍟 [00:43:01] Hilarious revelations about the unusual capabilities of managers at fast-food chains to officiate weddings. πŸ” [00:47:00] A humorous exploration of food items at various fast-food restaurants and the strange, often humorous, items on their menus. 🎣 [00:53:49] A comedic yet heartfelt discussion on the challenges of not knowing basic life skills like fishing, changing a tire, or even properly responding to a parental figure. 🍰 [00:59:51] A surprising endorsement of 7-Eleven cake, leading to a reflection on unexpected quality finds in convenience stores. πŸ€” [01:00:19] A shift in perspective when a listener shares a personal connection to a story subject, highlighting the human side behind humorous headlines. πŸ“± [01:06:58] A relatable conversation about the modern struggle of managing communication and the overwhelm of unanswered messages. 🚽 [01:06:31] A humorous yet insightful discussion on bathroom habits and the unexpected panic of not having a phone in the restroom. Β  Guest Bio: Wayne McCarty and Josh Mills, co-hosts from the Florida Man on Florida Man podcast, bring their unique perspectives and humor. With backgrounds deeply rooted in exploring Florida's wildest stories and characters, they offer insightful and hilarious takes on life's absurdities, making them the perfect guests for an episode dedicated to unraveling the lighter side of human experiences. Β  Guest Quotes: πŸ—¨οΈ [00:09:00] "Tickling... it's like a very private feeling without any work to earn it outside of wiggling your goddamn fingers." - Jay πŸ—¨οΈ [00:19:03] "It's always large enough to keep you from stealing it... they would just take it out of confusion." - Gary, on the inexplicable design of bathroom keys πŸ—¨οΈ [00:27:00] "Everybody poops... it's the first form of shame that you're taught as a human." - Jay, discussing societal norms and shaming Don't miss out on this whirlwind of laughter and reflection. Subscribe to The Tragedy Academy Podcast, leave a review, and share this episode with friends who could use a good laugh and a dose of insight. Let's navigate the absurd together because, after all, "Be cool and keep learning." 😎🎧 Dive deeper into the hilarity and human stories that define the Sunshine State with Wayne and Josh on the Florida Man on Florida Man podcast. Follow them for more laughs and unexpected lessons from Florida's finest. πŸŒ΄πŸ˜„ Β  Thank you for joining us on this laughter-filled journey through tickling, names, and the quirky corners of human behavior. Please tune in next week for another fascinating episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, where we continue to explore the human experience in all its glory. Remember, "Be cool and keep learning." πŸ˜πŸ‘‹ πŸ“² Connect with us! https://www.thetragedyacademy.com Β  Florida Men on Florida Man: FMOFM.com ✨ Resources & Affiliate Links: πŸ’» Create your own stunning podcast website with PodPage: https://bit.ly/3LSCBh5 πŸŽ™οΈ Elevate your recording game with Riverside.fm: https://bit.ly/3ImjNWD πŸ‘• Love Jay's t-shirt from this episode? Get your own at INTO THE AM: https://bit.ly/431MLD5 πŸ“š For Tragedy Academy-recommended books and authors, visit our Bookshop: https://bit.ly/42pPHcv Β  YouTube: πŸ“Ί Don't forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel! πŸ’₯ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEUXqlregig6vcrvuVNGlKg Β  Β πŸ“² Connect with us on socials! Instagram: The Tragedy Academy Podcast (@thetragedyacademypodcast) β€’ Instagram photos and videos Facebook: The Tragedy Academy Podcast Twitter: The Tragedy Academy Podcast (@Tragedy_Academy) / X TikTok: The Tragedy Academy (@thetragedyacademy) | TikTok
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