#90 Kellee Maize and Jimmy McNichol
Kellee Maize is a sensation on the internet. This white female rapper, singer, and song writer has over 9 million downloads, and continues to grow that number daily. Maize is the number one person that pops up in your browser when you search for female rappers, and is about to release her 7th album since 2008. This one woman powerhouse is far more than just her title though.
In 2006 Maize started her own events, and marketing company called Nakturnal . Since then she has become a live speaker, advising startup companies in the music industry, and Huffington Post contributor on how to make music affordably. Maize is also an activist, using her music to speak out for women's rights, and her personal political views. Her music parody "Make Love Not Trump" , is a personal favorite of mine. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the icing on the cake is, she is also from Pittsburgh.
Maize's rise to success was not an easy one, and I came upon finding this talented lady, because of a video that popped up on my browser. Jimmy McNichol's Close- Knit Family and The Daughter Her Never Knew He Had. I knew of McNichol's from my mom, and from my childhood. He was "The face you see everywhere", youngest producer at 17, childhood actor, singer, and dancer. Brother of Kristy McNichol, Jimmy, and his sister were the most sought after Hollywood duo of their time. McNichol went on to star in various productions such as Little House On The Prairie, and was the highest paid TV actor on California Fever.
While watching this video, I couldn't believe the story that brought these two ridiculously talented father and daughter together. When I found out Maize was from Pittsburgh, and heard her awesome song off her new album "Crown", I had to meet her to hear her story, and this path she created herself as a successful artist, business woman, and straight up courageous human being to take the journey to find her father.
I have given too much away already. What I haven't given away is Maize telling you the story in her own words, and the phone call we surprised Jimmy with on the show. You will hear about how these two found each other, and are now creating projects together such as starring on Decker: Unsealed. Also what they have planned for the future, and I can tell you, it is going to be a lot. Tune in to hear the whole story on Marta On The Move Podcast, and follow Maize on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
We are doing a giveaway for this episode! You could wins copy of Kellee's book, and a signed copy of her 5th album. Ways to enter-
You can be entered up to 4 times! Winner will be drawn August 15th! Good luck!
Be sure to vote for both of us for Pittsburgh's City Paper's Best Of The Burgh! Vote for Marta On The Move under People and Places as Best Local Podcast, and Kellee for Best female rapper! You can vote everyday!
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#88 Beth Caldwell
We all get pushed and pulled in different directions in our lives. Usually we do it to ourselves. We have thousands of thoughts going through our brains every day. How do you focus, and better yet find your drive, and passion in life. I myself have so many ideas going through my head at one time, and I find myself sometimes getting a bit frazzled about balancing my work life, home life, and podcast life ;) So that being said, I met a women at a party one evening, and she intrigued me in her positive nature, and general excitement about life.
Here I bring in Beth Caldwell successful author of 7 books, and her most recent, From Frantic to Focused. -How to Shift Your Life from Out-of-Control to Streamlined and Successful. Beth is a Pittsburgh resident who has had many hardships through her life, but came back swinging in full force, and proved that it doesn't matter how old you are to find your true passion, and get your life back on track. Beth is a public speaker , life coach, teacher, mentor, and writes about tools that people can use in business, and personal life.
We had a wonderful conversation, and a lot of what she said hit home for me personally. Sometimes we are just too afraid to ask for what we want., take the time we need, or just say NO. Pick up your copy of her book today, and you won't regret it! I am very excited to see what her, and I accomplish together in the future. Getting two positive, and motivated women in a room is a dangerously, exciting prospect for events in the future, and a building block to motivate other women to take charge.
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Rico Gagliano is creator, and co host of Dinner Party Download, and I was lucky enough to snag him as he was passing through Pittsburgh to chill with me for a podcast session. This meant a lot to me, guys. Dinner Party Download was one of two podcasts (Nerdist being the other), that inspired me to start my own show.
I love DPD, and still listen to this day (If you don't you are a fool). It is a delightful, cultural blend, that has everything you want out of a podcast. Jokes, icebreakers, celebrity guests, music choices, cuisine, and etiquette all surrounding a dinner party.
So what happens when you get two podcasters in a room together? A lot of awesome conversation, and that is what you are going to get right here. Rico Gagliano has worked in public radio for over a decade, so the guy knows how to speak, and has ties to our beloved Pittsburgh. He attended Pitt for Film Studies, wrote for Pittsburgh City Paper, and the Post Gazette. After that, Rico moved on to be a reporter for "Marketplace". His pieces have also been heard on All Things Considered, The Savy Traveler, and Weekend America. Rico continues to write works for The Wall Street Journal and Dwell Magazine.
Dinner Party Download was created with Rico teamed up with co host Brendan Newnam. These two secretly recorded episodes for their idea late at night at the studio. It later got picked up by American Public Radio, and we are all excited that it did.
Rico and Brendan are also releasing their first book "Brunch Is Hell" soon, and I cannot wait to pick up a copy when it releases. My Marta dream is to team up for a live episode, preferably at The Magic Castle. ( Yes, I can't stop talking about it) One can dream, my friends, one can dream ;) Tune in.
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