#26 From Comedy to Drama to Hostels by Stephanie Coggins

TV Writer and podcast host Stephanie Coggins (Trinkets, The Magicians, Cinema Craptaculus) discusses her successful transition from comedy to drama (very hard to do in TV) before launching into her untold story of the time her comedic stay at an Italian hostel turned into a mysterious drama. Also, David reveals his true feelings about sitting next to Stephanie during a writing program.

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#17 The Moment I Undervalued Myself and How I Stopped Doing That by Mark McClain Wilson

Actor Mark McClain Wilson shares his untold story about his life as an anguished teen in Pittsburgh, when he realized that he undervalued himself, and how he stopped doing this decades later. Mark and David discuss knowing your worth, knowing when to compromise, and knowing when to stand up for yourself.

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#13: The Supernatural End of a Friendship by Lindsey Villarreal

Television drama writer and filmmaker Lindsey Villarreal (Sacred Lies) digs up a story from her high school days in Texas that involve the supernatural and the collapse of a friendship.

“Lindsey pulls no punches and brings it every time.  She tells a story that involves Texas, cholas, the supernatural, screenwriting, and a friendship she truly cherishes that no longer exists.  This story is raw, real, and ready for your ears, my friends.  There’s also a great tangent on dating via Tinder which is hilarious and sobering at the same time.”   

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#11: A Mystical Song for Grandma by Leah Benavides

Television drama writer Leah Benavides (The Arrangement) unveils her past life as a singer and the most important yet unexplainable vocal performance of her life, a song for her grandma.

“To me, and I don’t think she’ll be embarrassed by me saying this publicly, but Leah is a boss.  She’s that gritty coach that goes for the 2-point conversation at the end of the fourth quarter to win a game instead of just tying it.  So, to catch Leah in a vulnerable moment, when talking about a song for her grandma, caught me off-guard.  It was one of those moments in a conversation when you realize, “Oh snap, this is getting very personal,” and it made me appreciate Leah’s candor with her story even more.  Even in that moment though, Leah powered through the story like a pro.  This is a great conversation for anyone that loves their grandmothers and the unexplainable.” 

(Leah’s handles: Twitter @leahbenavides, Instagram @leahbenavides)

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#10: Pitching to a Priest by Kevin Del Principe

Pitching a feature movie to an executive is tough enough, but what if you had to do it to a Catholic Priest in rural Michigan?  I Animal author and filmmaker Kevin Del Principe explains.  

“Kevin is a long-time creative collaborator and friend of mine.  We both know the throes of being in and out of Hollywood at the same time.  It’s like that for a lot of creatives.  The stars in the all the magazines are really just a small minority in the huge pool of those making content.  Kevin is one of those dudes that just works to make things happen for himself, regardless of whether he is “in” or “out”.  One day, he was like, “I’m making my first feature film.”  And then roughly a year later, he’s on a plane to Michigan to shoot his film.  It’s cool for me to hear that he had quite a memorable experience during his shoot of Up On The Glass, one that involved an unexpected Catholic priest.  Kevin goes deeper into the significance of that priest in this episode.  We also joke about our old web series that forecasted Putin before the 2016 election happened.  We used to do a lot of Putin jokes, but now we’re scared to do more.” 

(Kevin’s handles: Twitter @kevdelprincipe, Facebook @kevindelprincipe, IG: @kevdel22, www.kevindelprincipe.com)

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#8: Bully Me Twice? by H the Therapist

Countertransference occurs when a therapist is emotionally triggered by a client.  So, what would trigger H the Therapist?  A childhood bully.

“To protect the identity of H the Therapist, I can’t say too much about this person.  However, this episode has wonderful insight on mental health from the perspective of the professional.  Usually, I hear about mental health issues from the client’s POV.  But I got to hear from the therapist this time!  What a privilege.  I felt like I was in a free graduate school class on therapy, and I learned so much about the process from H.  Maybe, it will give you, the audience, some helpful information on therapy and mental health that you never heard before.”

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#7: The Buried Memory of a Gold Chain by Derek Dow

Actor/Director/Social Influencer/Pure Entertainer Derek Dow unearths a buried memory about dating from his college days in Chicago that involves a gold chain, and it unexpectedly impacts him during the taping of his episode.

“Derek is a born entertainer who is effortlessly engaging.   He is very much an open-book person, so to learn that Derek has ripped one page away is intriguing.  And once we started to peel the onion of his story, we both learned, unexpectedly, why Derek ripped this page out of his book of life, and I think it really shocked him.  It was like he didn’t even realize that he tore that page away from his book until now, but that missing story speaks volumes for who he is as a person.”  

(Derek’s Instagram @derekddow)

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#4: Fifth Grade Activism by Carlos Collard

Public servant, International Host, and Foster Youth advocate Carlos Collard pinpoints the trajectory of his professional career to one incident in fifth grade involving his mother and a textbook.  

“I’ve known Carlos for a long time, and I sort of forget that he is a foster youth.  We only talk about pro wrestling.  Foster youth is a topic Carlos didn’t start talking about until the last few years, so there’s a lot of stories related to his youth that I’ve never heard before, especially this one.  And on top of that, Carlos hasn’t revealed this particular foster youth story until now.  It’s a story that certainly shatters some myths about foster youth, while also allowing us to understand how this specific experience of a fifth grade book protest was a turning point in his life.” 

(Carlos’s handles: Instagram @los_collard, Facebook @carlos.collard.1)

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#3: A Blunt 20-Year Secret by Bernie Duran, Jr.

At a mysterious location during the post-production of small indie movie Creed 2, film producer Bernie Duran, Jr. reveals his true identity as the Walter White of East LA and a secret that has lasted over two decades.

“I can’t believe Bernie, a person I know to be a legit guy, has been living a secret life for over two decades.  He is Bryan Cranston if Bryan was Latino.  Bernie’s revelation about his true identity is genius, hilarious, and quite an amazing acting performance.  It’s no surprise that Bernie was working on Creed 2 at the time of this episode’s taping, as Bernie delivers a Oscar-worthy performance.  This is the most Hollywood episode ever.” 

(Bernie’s Twitter @bernieduranjr)

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#2: That One Luther Vandross Song About Fathers by Allan Axibal-Cordero

Actor and professor Allan Axibal-Cordero doesn’t talk about his father publicly, until now, and chronicles his complicated history with him in Southern California, the Phillipines, and beyond.

“You think you know someone, and then they talk about their family in a way that opens your eyes up to them.  This was my conversation with Allan.  He’s a fantastic, all-around guy that you think nothing can possibly affect.  He’s rock solid.  So, when Allan talks about his history with his father, it caught me off-guard.  He goes deep into his rocky relationship with his father, one filled with all sorts of tough, funny, unexpected, and compelling moments.  Now knowing about Allan’s family history, he’s an even more stand-up guy to me now.” 

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Volume 1 Preview. Please Enjoy.

Volume One features some of the best storytellers I have the privilege of knowing, so for them to share a story that they’ve kept locked in their vaults is a treasure.  What are they holding back?  And why?  It is a true honor that this podcast is the chosen platform for these storytellers to share their untold tales.  You, the audience, is hearing the unveiling of these hidden experiences as I am for the very first time in these episodes.  The results, as you might discover, are surprising, cathartic, hilarious, scary, bittersweet, somber, heartwarming, unexplainable, relatable, and real.

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