#147 Cora Keegan

 
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All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry
— Edgar Allan Poe

After 2 years of living her best life, Cora returns to make her 4th appearance on the show. In this episode we talk about her recent bad ayahuasca ceremony hosted by someone who may have been a plastic shaman.

The experience was awful and her tale us both a funny and great reminder to research who guides your ayahuasca ceremonies.

Looking for a safe and sane place to do ayahuasca? Contact my friends at roninsina.com

Listen to Cora’s Podcast on iTunes. And listen to her episode better explaining good ayahuasca experiences on apple.

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Recorded March 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

 

#143 Daniela Braga

 
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Daniela Braga by Michael Donovan for Vision China

Daniela and I didn’t speak the same language the first couple times we worked together and had to rely 100% on non verbal communication. Years later, today, we finally sit down for the first time speaking the same language to learn more about each other, her life growing up in Brazil, our careers, and our views of the world.

Recorded October 8th, 2018 in Venice California.

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#123 Meghan Collison

 
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Meghan is an icon in the modern fashion world with 7 Vogue Italia covers and countless campaigns (Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and more). We hang at her apartment to talk about career, health, cats, and more. - Recorded in Chinatown, NY

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#104 Ashley Smith

 
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Ashley Smith and I shot 7 years ago and never worked or talked with each other again due to a stupid misunderstanding. We reunited recently based around a side project she is currently working on and discovered we share a lot more in common. Following her recent Playboy cover and feature, she received some backlash for her looks, so we we sat down with a little too much beer to talk about the complex and complicated world of those of us navigating art and branding around sexiness and sexuality within the commercial/fashion infrastructures. We also talk through Ashley's hustle and drive.

PS: We get a little drunk in the making of this episode and sing for you... you'll love our singing because we love you!

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#98 Sonya Esman

 
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Sonya started her career creating youtube vides while a teenager in Toronto. Now a fashion blogger, model and youtuber. We were put together for an editorial and she changed my perspective on NYC life. We decided it would be fun to shoot together again and recorded this conversation between the two projects. 

In this episode we talk about:
• What it means to be a Free Spirit
• Spotting our own prejudices in the connected world
• How being an influencer allows one to live a life with more freedom
• Ways things can improve for businesses connecting with influencers
• Embodying love
• Dealing with depression as a spiritual person
• Spiritual games to play

This show is dedicated to Autumn! Happy Lovetober! 

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#97 Kristin Rain

 

Kristin was the 3rd generation of her family to live in a cult. born in to a religious sex cult, her family left when she was 10 after a murder within the organization. She has since found her balance in the outside world by blending mainstream world with valuable attributes nurtured within the organization. Today we talk about: 
• what it was like growing up in a cult
• how growing up in a cult effected her perspective
• how cults and mainstream culture mirror each other
• the importance of imagination and creativity
• the benefit of really knowing who you, your family, and your friends are

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- Here is a doc on Children of God to further understand the environment of the Family. 
- A short news clip from 1972 when it was just beginning
- Here are the True Komix given to adults within The Family (anyone 12 and older)

 

#93 Ryan Bradley & Jenna Klein

 

For the 2nd anniversary of the show, my friend Jenna Klein and I swing by Ryan Bradley's home. Ryan recently moved in to his home in Park Slope with his gf Emily. Ryan and Emily quickly discovered suspicious activity in home that cannot be explained and it appears they have a ghost with a small bladder living with them. We discuss his ghost, crystals and crystal skulls, aliens, herbal medicine, taking responsibility for your life, and marketing to the new age.

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#69 Paulina Shafir

 

An LA native, a student, a model, a photographer and an artist. And now Paulina can add "North Korean Spy" to her resume. Well, not really. Although she did end up visiting North Korea during her latest trip to Asia. Today she shares her experience and her explorative curiosity while in the DPK, as well as her perspectives since being in Asia. 

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#64 Cora Keegan

 

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Cora the Inner Space Explora' returns to the show for her second appearance. In today's episode, we begin to dig in to human sexuality, jealousy, being in the moment, and other aspects of our humanity. 

 

#59 Caleigh Darragh

 

Working against the stereotypes and institutionalied solitude, Caleigh started an orgination that would bring together and organize educated, inspired, and active models who are working toward their futures outside of modeling. Today we talk about life, art, and her orgnization, Models with Minds. Some subjects we touch on:

 • Born in a body 
 • "Naked in the World at 16"
 • Rape education
 • The future of men, women, and equality 
 • Models with Minds 
 • No one prepares you for what's not possible 
 • Realizing nothing lasts forever and growing to follow your bliss 
 • Talking about sexy
 • Finding models to feature
 • Kill the mood board 
 • Launching Models w/ Minds
 • Connecting with your community
 • Gettng our highs and lows from art in a post-equal world

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#58 Emily Van Raay

 

Quite simply, beauty has a purpose beyond the pixels. Modeling’s reputation for drugs, eating disorders, and cattiness has pervaded the social imagination for decades however now, in 2015, we have a group of models working promote inner and outer health. Amongst the catalysts for this model movement is Emily Van Raay. Emily started Models for Wellness and joins me at the park to discuss a range of topics including: 

  • Explaining “Models for Wellness” and the option toward real health

  • Growing up in the changing fashion industry

  • Realize you can create anything you want and you have a choice

  • Inspired by the uninspired

  • Inner and outer beauty

  • “Why me?”

  • Plus Size, Straight Size, and every other size

  • Organizing change from within to be free

  • Regardless of Biology or Media training, inner health is critical

  • Manifesting beauty beyond the pixels

  • Making things right when you’ve participated in something

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#50 Lindsey Wixson

 

Lindsey is a model with a sincere drive to get people interested in looking at our role with community and the environment. We talk about purpose, environmentalism, using social media for change, depression, inner talk, community, and more. Coming from a very unique perspective socially, Lindsey presents a fresh take on the concerns of the emerging youth generation regarding the direction we're going as a species, and how she is applying her concerns by actively working on building her environmental goals.
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#46 Kathleen Sorbara

 

My buddy, Kathleen, and I were scheduled to shoot and make some art however we ended up talking instead. At one point we decided that talk should actually do a podcast... so here it is! We talk about generations, comedy, coming of age, disabilities, seeking education, gaining confidence, her experience as a model, and more! This show was recorded on April 7th in Brooklyn.

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