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Adrian L. Miller /// The Writing is In Front of You /// Season5:E109

Adrian L. Miller /// The Writing is In Front of You /// Season5:E109

January 14, 2021

We all too often think of growing old as a bad thing. Perhaps we confuse diminished abilities with diminished value. Our life is too often considered as being “over” when we get old. 

 

Music executive Adrian Miller, challenges this perception stating that “we calibrate over as gray and old.” His image of the passage of time is much different. He directs us to craft a perception of life that honors and supports growing old at every stage of one's life. He notes that without elders' wisdom present in his early life, his success would not be what it is today. Miller’s drive to honor the lives of the elderly, offers us an opportunity to rethink and recognize those who impacted our lives in so many ways. He offers that we can and should give back, whether it's financial support or simply our time. Showing how much you care and value our aged mentors is one of life’s greatest treasures. 

 

"The writing is in front of you and on the wall.  Whether or not you look at it or evaluate the value of that is on you as an individual." -  Adrian L. Miller 
 

Adrian L. Miller is an American music entertainment executive, manager, and executive producer, a notable manager of both Oscar and Grammy award nominated and winning artist Anderson Paak, Mereba and NxWorries. Miller has diversified his portfolio as a label owner, publisher, songwriter, A&R/talent scout, executive producer, and artist manager. Recently he has teamed up with Michael Ross (co-founder of the label Delicious Vinyl), together with Leslie Cooney, they started the label reboot now called Delicious Vinyl Island. 

 

Currently, his work is in music supervision/music consulting for film and television projects include RZA's, Cut Throat City(Patriot Pictures) and the series Wu-Tang: An American Saga(Hulu) and F. Gary Gray's Men in Black: International(Sony). He has received the Cannes Lion Award for his work on the 2018 Apple Music Home Pod commercial with Spike Jones. 

 

Adrian created the marketing research company, Xyion, that can trend forecast change in our marketplace.  Through previous relationships and having run several indie start-ups, Xyion provides top tier placement for the clients, offering over two decades of experience and endless creative opportunities.  

 

Miller has received several RIAA certifications for gold and platinum sales success in music, and in 2019 the Grammy Award for best rap performance, "Bubblin" by Anderson .Paak.[1][2][3] 

 

Topics we discuss: 

  • Deep conversation on how we treat our elders 

    • Ideas to show respect 
    • Current cultural climate on elders 
  • Treating others with dignity 
    • How to assess wisdom 
    • How to assess the value of self and others 
  • Childhood in Leimert Park 
    • The Museum of Black and it's influence  
  • Meeting your heroes 
    • His story about Anita Baker 
  • Knowing we all won't be here forever 
  • celebrating life 

References: 

 

Credits: 

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes 

 

Music: 

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. 

Guest theme:  "Soul Push" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. 

Josh Adam /// Shorten the distance between us /// Season5:E0108

Josh Adam /// Shorten the distance between us /// Season5:E0108

January 7, 2021

Josh Adam offers a coaching/personal perspective behind his successes using the power of self-reflection, to answer the question; What does it mean to be human?  

Leading a team is not an easy task, every coach has unique tactics and coaching techniques to maximize their teams successes. Josh Adam uses the power of self-reflection for his team's success stating that “success is a byproduct of us working on the best version of ourselves”.  

Individual self-reflection transferred into a team setting creates individuals who are tied together by one goal and one sense of spirit, to be the best version of themselves as a whole. Which ultimately embodies what it means to be authentically human. 

 

" Faith is a hope in evidence of things that are unseen" -  Josh Adam 
 

Josh is a Navy veteran, married with 4 children, including twins.  He Graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and  Christian education from Seattle Pacific in 2000, did his post-bachelor's research at Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven in Belgium and then received his master's in sports and exercise science from Minnesota.  

He rowed for 4 years at Seattle Pacific and started coaching rowing in 2001.  That lead to a career in coaching.  He has coached at Seattle-Pacific, Indiana, Washington State, the US National Team and now at USC as the head coach. 

 

" Faith is a hope in evidence of things that are unseen" -  Josh Adam 
 

Topics we discuss: 

  • Studying History of the Iberian Peninsula  
  • Learning how to listen verses speaking 
  • The essence of competition  
  • The true definition of love 
    • Sitting with a life coach to discuss it  
  • Learning how to balance EGO among family, work and life  
  • How to become authentically Human and  
    • figuring out your purpose  
  • Learning about leadership as a young coach to now divulging into potential recruits  
  • The definition of success 
    • how its perceived 
  • How to coach  
  • What does it mean to make it  
  • Perfect flow state, and how it doesn’t have to equal success  

 

References: 

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

 

Credits: 

 

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes 

 

Music: 

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. 

Guest theme:  "Keel" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. 

Wendy Kim /// Split Similarities /// Season4:E0107

Wendy Kim /// Split Similarities /// Season4:E0107

December 17, 2020

Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling Author of the book, Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter's Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance.

 

Wendy loves to read and is the mother of 2 amazing kids who she loves to surf with!

 

She is also a Professional Public Speaker and Empowerment Coach. Wendy is committed to empowering women of color to find their voice, stand up and step out to make a difference in the world. Wendy is also committed to diversity & inclusion in the workplace and in leadership.

 

What if you weren't meant to blend in? Wendy spent her whole life trying to blend in. Being bi-racial and living in a predominantly white community, she tried hard to be "white" and to blend in even though that wasn't possible. Later on, she moved to a primarily "Asian" community and didn't  fit in there either. This pattern continued into college and the corporate world until she finally broke through to live her best life. It is Wendy's deepest desire that you will find the inspiration and tools to go beyond and live the most authentic and abundant version of yourself.

 

"You don't have to try and be more Asian, or try and be more White, or try and be more Black. You are who you are and you're really blessed you can have the best of both worlds." - Wendy Kim
 

Topics we discuss:

  • What it meant to her to be "White"
    • Mixed Race as Korean and German
    • Rejecting Korean Heritage
    • Origin of "Whiteness"
    • Her Reckoning with her identity through her coaching
    • The guilt and shame of this journey
  • The behavioral expectations of women of color
    • What the behavior looks like
    • The psychological burden
    • Privilege
  • Coming to accept and embrace her Korean culture
    • Using food to connect
  • Cultural racism within racial groups
    • Minority privilege
  • Growing up in Pittsburgh
    • Raised by Single Dad until 11
    • Dad was German side of heritage
    • Her parent's split and choosing how to raise her
  • Where she is today on her identity
    • Being a bridge
    • Teaching her kids
  • Consulting women of color to get pursue what they want
    • Asking for a promotion

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Iberian Shuffle" by Megan Nadin

Julian Lewis /// Ledgeless /// Season4:E0106

Julian Lewis /// Ledgeless /// Season4:E0106

December 10, 2020

Julian A Lewis II is a Marketing Practitioner, rocking a Salesperson’s Fedora. In constant pursuit of his Ikigai, a Japanese term meaning purpose, he maximizes his time seeking ways he can make an impact beyond himself. Currently retired from corporate, he’s focused on empowering others through audio as the CoFounder of StudioPod, a podcasting production and media company. Oh, and he’s an Adjunct Professor, elevating the next generation as he rises.

 

"I can say that I'm self-driven but I'm self-driven by the fact that I have a support system that is going to allow for me to do me…" - Julian Lewis
 

Topics we discuss:

  •  Leaving stability to pursue his passion
    • Making the decision
    • Building the financial muscle to make it happen
    • Getting involved with Studio Pod
  • Economic Privilege
    • Getting help from others
    • Relationship with Money
      • How his parents modeled the relationship
    • Generational influence
  • The impact of not Drinking
  • Family dynamic growing up
    • Relationship with Sister
    • Support and belief from his parents
    • Dad's influence
  • Cultural dynamics with Diverse representation
    • His experience at Pinterest and what he brings
  • Managing Mental Health
  • Gift Pod

 

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Step on Chest" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Patrick DeNicola /// Zen to the Trees /// Season4:E0105

Patrick DeNicola /// Zen to the Trees /// Season4:E0105

December 3, 2020

Patrick is on a mission to inspire others to challenge the old models of life, igniting our free thought, creativity, knowledge, and inner truth through the practice of holistic conscious living.

His journey to holistic wellness living started under the guidance of my father who through practices of nutrition, meditation, karate, tai chi and knowledge of ancient history and philosophy helped me lay a foundation of self-realization. Though hidden underneath, this foundation grounded me once revealed and pushed me towards transformation.

He has built a method to help others find their true selves and purpose in their lives and we are thrilled to have him with us today. 

 

"Sleep, to me, is at the forefront of every issue.  It's at the forefront of every illness." - Pat DeNicola
 

Topics we discuss:

  • The Old models of life
    • How he defines them and how he looks at them.
    • How they box us in.
    • The Rat Race of Life
  • Eastern vs. western philosophies
  • His Growing up with native American philosophies
    • Influence of his dad
    • Rebelling against the lifestyle of his childhood
    • Almost getting arrested
  • Hitting Rock Bottom
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • How we learn it or don’t learn it
    • Impact of knowing and not knowing
  • Social Constructs and their impact
  • Legality vs. Morality
  • SLEEP and the importance of it
    • The difficulty for many in getting sleep
    • How he got into it

 

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Car Chase" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Megan Nadin /// Gratitude for Life /// Season4:E0104

Megan Nadin /// Gratitude for Life /// Season4:E0104

November 26, 2020

Megan Nadin is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Thunder Bay, Canada with a truly identifiable voice, both captivating and inspiring. Her mission? To be an honest and authentic voice to those in need. To provide hope through altruistic platforms, which she knows can and will change lives. While Megan’s vocal prowess and ability to emote is often interpreted as a seasoned professional, many are surprised to learn this emerging artist only began her musical journey in 2017.

As a kid though, she looked for any excuse to perform her songs for her friends and family, at any chance she could get. 

As much as Megan has loved music in her life, she prioritized early, getting her university education - continuing to use the art of writing and singing to express herself on a more personal level. While pursuing her teaching degree, Megan decided to take a trip to Cambodia to volunteer teaching English for the organization New Hope For Orphans.

And now, that she is investing all her energy to pursue what she loves, she has released her debut album, 'This Was Then'…

To learn more about Megan with the latest news and updates, visit megannadin.comInstagramFacebookSpotifySoundCloudTwitter

 

"Every time I've stepped into my fear and did something that made me feel uncomfortable, it helped me grow…" - Megan Nadin
 

Topics we discuss:

  • Fear
    • How it manifests for Megan
    • Impact of it
    • Moving through it
  • Her visit to Cambodia
    • How it changed her life
    • Launching her professional singing career
  • Mom's influence over time
  • Ego
    • Pride vs. Ego
  • Having Gratitude
    • Taking notice of the little things
    • Feeling connected
  • Growing up
    • Moving a lot
    • Her vocal coach that impacted her trajectory
    • Her insecurities
    • Self-Love
  • Self-Care
    • Yoga
    • Eating with intention and enjoyment
  • "This Was Then"
    • The creation of the album
    • How the songs were created

 

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Watermarks" by Megan Nadin

CJ Johnson /// Another Motion /// Season5:E0103

CJ Johnson /// Another Motion /// Season5:E0103

November 19, 2020

CJ Johnson is an acclaimed Speaker and Digital Marketing Consultant, servicing Fortune 50 clients worldwide and a prominent digital influencer with hundreds of thousands of online supporters. CJ is best known for creating successful influencer marketing campaigns as both an influencer and a consultant, helping content creators and companies maximize their ROI. As a successful influencer, CJ uses his voice for creative storytelling to provide inspiration, branding tips, and work/life balance advice in our modern era. As a consultant, CJ specializes in digital brand strategy, creative campaigns, influencer marketing, future of work, diversity & inclusion, and trend forecasting. His work specializes in the technology, fashion, lifestyle, political, travel, and entertainment industries.

CJ first found success as an award-winning creative director, producer, and writer, working on countless music videos, commercials, film, and television projects. Since then he successfully co-founded one of the Top 50 Digital Agencies in Los Angeles, became the “on-demand branding guru” of Silicon Beach, revolutionizing growth-hacking, content creation, and influencer marketing, scaling marketing teams, and ambassador programs for on-demand apps. After finding much success, CJ evolved with the changing times showcasing his skills as a futurist and strategist, now serving as a GQ Insider, Google Next Gen Policy Leader, and a Branding Consultant to innovative companies.

Currently, CJ Johnson is based in Los Angeles, California with his daughter, Fiona where they enjoy the ocean and father/daughter jam sessions.

 

Check out the episode on YouTube as well: https://youtu.be/7osIpsZbHow 

 

"Every moment is yours for the taking…" - CJ Johnson
 

Topics we discuss:

  • The mental exhaustion of the black cultural moment

    • Impact of COVID-19
    • Emotional Impact of it all
    • Being Checked In on
    • Being the only black person
  • The Ego
    • Impact of Social Media
    • Privilege
    • Identity
    • The challenge of Contradictions on Ego
    • Self-Awareness
  • Accepting Success and the Journey
    • Growing up in the military
    • Moving to L.A.
    • Relationship with Father
    • Defining success 
  • Social media
    • Balancing image and reality
  • Living a life of passion and joy
    • Managing Mental health 
    • Processing success

 

References:

 

Sponsors:

GiftPod; an audio memory that you can record and give as private podcast. 

Giveagiftpod.com

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Keys in Hand" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Brad Lambert /// Peer to Peer /// Season4:E0102

Brad Lambert /// Peer to Peer /// Season4:E0102

October 29, 2020

Check this interview out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6olZ1FGf4Hc

 

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Brad Lambert was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA so there's no surprise why he got into the Sports Industry after graduating from North Carolina State University. Brad followed his passion for the Steelers and all things Pittsburgh and worked in that industry for almost 10 years. After working with his favorite athletes (Hines Ward, Lynn Swann, Willie Parker), top sports franchises (Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets) and global brands (Lagardère Unlimited, Hachette Filipacchi Media, Hershey, Barnes & Noble), he decided to follow his other passion, Film & Entertainment. 

He moved to Los Angeles and hit the ground running with Robert Downey Jr. After about a year with the biggest name in Hollywood, he went to Warner Bros. and managed their Digital Marketing campaigns for 2 years, winning 3 CLIO Awards during his tenure (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The LEGO Batman Movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND). For the last 3 years he has been an Independent Producer, Talent Manager and INTL. Speaker, working with the top Brands, Studios, Celebrities, Artists and Professionals in the Industry – Prominent collaboration partners include: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Gary Vaynerchuk, Chris Hemsworth, The Russo Bros., The Pittsburgh Steelers and more. 

In 2019 he worked on the Marketing Campaigns for 2 of the biggest movies of all-time, collaborating with Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios on their release of "Avengers: Endgame" and Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios for their release of "Spider-Man: Far From Home". ​

He is currently producing multiple film and TV projects, managing talent and speaking all over the world. 

 

"Lead with kindness…do what you can for other people because a little bit of happiness goes a long way." - Brad Lambert
 

Topics we discuss:

  • Where we were on 9/11 (Recorded on the 19th anniversary) 
  • Accountability and how it was instilled in him
  • Racial Inequality
    • Privilege
  • Servicing of others as a mentality
    • Empathy
  • Taking Risks and living his life
    • Following Passions
    • Being an Influencer vs. being a person of influence
    • Living a life of service
    • The Follower mentality
    • Chadwick Bosman and the impact he had
    • Providing value and being valuable
  • Managing Depression
  • Focusing on Relationships
  • The trap of making money

 

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "All Right Now" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Pearce Godwin /// Calm Tides  /// Season4:E101

Pearce Godwin /// Calm Tides /// Season4:E101

October 22, 2020

Pearce Godwin is described as the national voice for bridging divides—is Founder & CEO of Listen First Project, Executive Director of National Conversation Project, and leader of the #ListenFirst Coalition of 300 partner organizations. He catalyzes the #ListenFirst movement to mend the frayed social fabric of America by building relationships and bridging divides. His passion is combating the universally felt crisis of distance, division, and dehumanization across differences with conversations that prioritize understanding.

Pearce graduated from Duke University and received an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent five years working in Washington, DC—in the U.S. Senate and as a national political consultant for presidential and statewide campaigns. Before moving home to North Carolina in 2013, Pearce spent six months in Uganda, Africa where he wrote It’s Time to Listen. That message—printed in dozens of papers across the United States—launched Listen First Project and led thousands to sign the Listen First Pledge—“I will listen first to understand.” 

In 2018, Pearce helped create the first National Week of Conversation and hosted the kickoff event, Listen First in Charlottesville. Pearce then launched the overarching, collaborative movement platform National Conversation Project, which scales the #ListenFirst movement by promoting annual National Weeks of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays, Rapid Response & Featured Conversations on Major Issues, Locally-Focused #ListenFirst Movements, and any conversation creating social connection.

The #ListenFirst movement has been recognized by journalists at CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, and The New York Times as Pearce has spoken about the mission on national television and to live audiences around the world.

 

"I don't think any of us, ultimately, want to live in a society that is defined by how we're different as opposed to common hopes and dreams.  Common values around freedom, equality and opportunity." - Pearce Godwin

Topics we discuss:

  • His Optimistic outlook on the future
    • The nuance of this optimism
    • Breaking the divisions in our country and what that looks like
  • Perspective on how we started sliding into advent disagreement
    • Politicians
    • Internet & Social Media
    • News Media
    • Human nature
    • Social Echo Chambers
  • Common threats as a unifier
  • How he got to this place after years in politics
    • The choice to go to Uganda
    • That trip's impact on his journey
  • Political Affiliation
    • The danger of our identities being tied to the tribe we identify with.
  • Listen First Project and Weaving Community
  • Listen First Project and Weaving Community

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Lady in Bronze " by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jason Sywak /// Cerebral Statesmanship /// Season4:E100

Jason Sywak /// Cerebral Statesmanship /// Season4:E100

October 15, 2020

Jason currently manages communications for a nonprofit in the entertainment industry but before that he was in DC, in the belly of the beast, handling communications and marketing for political organizations - a time he often looks back on simultaneously with discomfort and gratitude. 

These days, outside of the office, Jason uses his communications background to assist community based organizations and activist groups with outreach and messaging as a way to stay involved in local issues and support progressive causes in his own community. 

Jason is from Philadelphia, PA, home of the 1985 M.O.V.E. bombing where the Mayor of the city ordered a bomb dropped on a city block to evacuate a group of Black Liberation activists - an event that had a lasting impact on his world views and helped shape his political journey. 

 

"You as an individual can make a difference.  You won't make THE difference…but you can be a ripple in a series of ripples." - Jason Sywak
 

Topics we discuss:

  • How his Ideals have stayed the same but the way he thinks about them have changed.
    • His prior political perspective
    • Working with organizations he regrets
    • Switch in political parties
  • The registration system to support candidates
  • Systems that don't allow for Meritocracy
  • Growing up in public housing with Mom and then middle class with his dad
  • Understanding that what can happen to them CAN happen to you
  • Bootstrap Argument and depths to its fallacy
    • How his perspective was shaped based on the dichotomy of his youth
    • Being a high school drop out
    • School system inequalities
  • The nuance of Capitalism
    • Crony Capitalism
  • Influence of his grandparents escaping concentration camps
  • The role that Government should play
    • Servants vs. Rulers
  • Campaign Finance and the alternatives to private donation.

 

References:

 

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

 

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Chipotle Spread" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

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