Awaken The Awesome

Olivier Day

A down-to-earth approach to personal growth. Helping individuals just like you learn about tapping into their incredible potential through insightful interviews and inspiring lessons. Our mission is to encourage you to always keep pushing towards achieving your dreams and to stay awesome along the way. read less
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Ep. 206 - Let Empathy Be Your Compass (w. Anita Nowak, PhD)
Feb 13 2024
Ep. 206 - Let Empathy Be Your Compass (w. Anita Nowak, PhD)
Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. I came across my next guest's content and mission through a wonderful podcast interview she gave on the topic.  Anita Nowak is an empathy expert, author, award-winning educator, international speaker, podcaster and certified coach. Her extensive work revolves around fostering empathy in individuals and organizations, recognizing that true understanding and connection require more than just feeling emotions; it involves cognitive empathy, which allows us to understand how others think and feel. She has committed herself towards serving values-driven organizations dedicated to social impact and her incredible resume will attest to that. She is the founder of Purposeful Empathy by Design, a global advisory firm that helps purpose-driven organizations create cultures of empathy and social impact. In April 2023, she published the incredibly impactful book, Purposeful Empathy: Tapping Our Hidden Superpower for Personal, Organizational, and Social Change, which you should definitely check out. She also the host of the wildly successful Purposeful Empathy podcast, available on all major podcast platforms. Given her incredibly accomplished career and thought-provoking insights on the matter, I loved how approachable and down-to-earth she boiled down something that she emphasizes should be a guiding compass for us all, not just as leaders or organizations, but as a people. On this episode, Anita teaches us about the importance of being truly intentional when choosing to empathize with others, brings us much needed clarity in differentiating sympathy versus empathy, how to be more empathetic leaders...and so much more.  You can connect with Anita via her official website: http://www.anitanowak.com and also Linkedin Instagram Facebook Any particular inquires can also be directed to: purposefulempathy@gmail.com #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favorite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 #StayAwesome
Ep. 205 - Tomorrow is not owed. Pay your dues. (w. Pedro Meneses)
Dec 5 2023
Ep. 205 - Tomorrow is not owed. Pay your dues. (w. Pedro Meneses)
Sometimes you just need a good dose of solid ass-kicking to get you going.  In case you haven't heard me say it enough or maybe you might be new here, here's a reminder : this thing called life is not for the lazy, the weak or fans of excuses. Simply put, if you want to really succeed, you are going to have to get used to the fact that whatever you want is going to require you to put in an incredible amount of hard work, consistency, focus and intent. If do those few simple things, it's impossible for you not to execute on your goals. These are but a few of the many lessons my next guest has learned and applied given his incredible and courageous journey. Pedro Meneses was born and raised in Guatemala City. From a very young age, he always showed signs of independence, leadership, and great ambition. 
 Thirsty for answers to his deepest desires and goals, when he turned 25, he decided to leave his native country, his family, and everything he knew to pursue a greater dream, purpose, and career as an entrepreneur. Pedro is a natural-born leader, driven by passion, and always committed to delivering excellence to everyone he helps and surrounds himself with. He is best known for being someone bold in his actions and always speaking and leading with the truth.  Beyond his love for helping others, he also runs a successful Real Estate Business in Dallas, Texas, alongside his beautiful wife, Kayla, where they dedicate themselves to helping others build wealth through Real Estate. He is also the owner and founder of The Way Of The Modern Beast, a movement and online store to help men go from good to great through self-care and self-mastery. He is also the host of the Top-Rated Podcast for Entrepreneurs, Chronicles Of A Modern Beast, which you should definitely go check out and have a listen. On this impactful episode, which I purposely delayed releasing, due to a personal news that he was not ready to share at the time of recording, Pedro pulls no punches and knocks us upside the head with his frank, heartfelt and authentic message on why we owe it to our unborn children to be the best version of ourselves, how you have to have a relentless faith in yourself in order to succeed, how the toxic people in our lives are robbing us of our purpose ... and some much more.  This episode is a wake-up call. Don't get comfortable, and get ready to take notes. You can connect with Pedro via His Contact page : https://pedromeneses.online/ Instagram : @modernbeast_ His podcast : Chronicles Of A Modern Beast #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   #StayAwesome
Ep. 204 - Lead With Love & Empathy (w. Aaron Machbitz)
Nov 22 2023
Ep. 204 - Lead With Love & Empathy (w. Aaron Machbitz)
My conversation with Aaron Machbitz was something out of a storybook. I had started listening to his podcast and after the first 2 or 3 episodes, I was hooked. Simply because I felt through his words, passion, empathy and heart that this incredible gentleman had really tapped into what we so often seek to find - which is our individual sense of personal truth and purpose. Aaron is a dedicated soul with a passion for helping and bringing smiles to people. A former Division 1 Baseball Player and Professional Wrestler in his own right, Aaron has never been one to shy away from taking in new experiences and reinventing himself in the process. However, in his own words, Mental Health is very much at the core of everything he does as he has made it his mission to facilitate deeper connections within ourselves while integrating different communities and facilitating real genuine connection. Aaron has a deeply rooted sense of the human experience. His many travels and interactions coupled with a host of personal circumstances, some quite tragic, have shaped an individual with laser-focused duty to lift as many people  up as he can though his message and will to serve. He is the host of amazing Something For Everybody podcast where, having gone on a lifesaving journey to learn everything about mental health, well-being and realizing our true potential, he made his goal through his show to make those who listen feel more loved and connected through sharing stories. He is also the founder of You Are Loved, a non-profit mental health organization dedicated to spreading awareness, breaking the stigma, presenting hope and being a beacon of love to all people living with mental health conditions. On this episode, Aaron schools me on why baseball is such a big deal to him, getting back when your entire world comes crashing down, not letting the darkness take over you, being a source for good, loving ourselves and so much more. I am honoured to have this amazing individual on the program.  You can connect with Aaron via His official website : https://aaronmachbitz.com/ as well as Instagram : @aaronmachbitz #StayAwesome ----------- Thoughts on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Be sure to connect with us and leave us a comment: You can fill out our official Listener Feedback Form where you can let us know how we're doing. Or you can also reach via our various outlets... Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4   #StayAwesome
Ep. 203 - Telling Your Captivating Story (w. Gerry Tam)
Nov 14 2023
Ep. 203 - Telling Your Captivating Story (w. Gerry Tam)
In an age where everyone is seemingly trying to stand out given the onslaught of trends, memes and clickbait that most of us are more than used to, how exactly does one manage to make themselves known in the sea of noise and distraction? Marketing and self-promotion are not a bad thing. What we need to remember is that there are tactics and strategies that one can adopt which can effectively serve both your business as well as your personal brand. Gerard Tam is the visionary founder and talented director of Gerard Media, a truly kick-ass video production and digital marketing strategy firm specializing in bold and impactful storytelling that truly gives business owners an unfair advantage over the competition. It took a fateful event during his early years growing up in Hong Kong on a random day fueling his love of skateboarding that Gerry would find that initial spark. A spark that would not only leave a lasting impression, he'll tell you the story himself, but would anchor his belief that there is great responsibility in capturing a moment of video, however fleeting.  We all have a story. Stories are meant to be told. And Gerry has made it his mission and purpose to tell these in a way that is not only authentic but resonating beyond just talking about one's product or service. As a creator, storyteller and educator, his long-time expertise collaborating with a gallery of established brands has given him the knowledgeable insight to share his many lessons learned along the way. On this episode, Gerry shares his origin story on how video made a lasting impact on his life, the power of a story, figuring out your guiding compass, Social Media Dos and Donts and so much more. You can connect with Gerry via Instagram : @gerard.media or his official website : www.gerardmedia.io  Enjoy. #StayAwesome ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 202 - Lift Yourself Up (w. Dr. Huguens Jean)
Nov 8 2023
Ep. 202 - Lift Yourself Up (w. Dr. Huguens Jean)
It's a pleasure to welcome today's guest, Dr. Huguens Jean, on the program. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dr. Jean's journey is nothing short of inspiring. After attending Institution Saint-Louis de Gonzague High School in Haiti, he eventually moved Stateside and attended Howard High School. Both an exceptional athlete and academic, he has received numerous awards for his work on and off the field. He received his Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he eventually became a track and field star and Hall of Famer during his undergraduate years. As a doctoral student, he focused on applying computer vision in resource-limited environments for digitizing paper information. His thesis eventually converted to a patent that presents an approach capable of analyzing the content of digital images. Dr. Jean is by all means an accomplished researcher. He has made significant contributions in the field of artificial intelligence. His industry experience includes NASA, Gameonstream, Booz Allen Hamilton, Google, and various technology startups in Silicon Valley.  At NASA, Huguens developed an unsupervised object extraction model using a three-dimensional time-of-flight camera and an intensity camera for autonomous space docking. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian. After the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake, he filmed 'Lift Up', an intimate documentary that captured the story of two brothers honouring their grandfather’s promise. The film has won several national and international awards, including the 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival. Currently working at Google as a machine learning engineer, his core work includes creating a hybrid video solution platform that can enable building large AI-centric video analytics applications at scale. On this episode, Huguens shares his perspective on having a dedicated vision, surrounding yourself with the right people, memories of growing up in Haiti, as well insights on the impact of technology on our lives. Enjoy. #StayAwesome ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 201 - On Faith, courage and the will to serve - w. Pastor Michael Winfrey
Oct 16 2023
Ep. 201 - On Faith, courage and the will to serve - w. Pastor Michael Winfrey
Asd transparent as I've been, I always shied away from bring up Religion on this show. Reason being it is such a hot button issue, I'd basically decided it was going to be one the few topics I would avoid bringing up. But something happened this year - been dealing with a lot of particular issues, from my personal health, to family emergencies, to professional shifts and everything in between. Overwhelm has really done a number on me on many fronts. Found myself doing a lot of soul searching of sorts and it is in conversation with my good friend Phil, that the subject of our religious upbringing came up as we were reminiscing about growing up in Haiti and how church was an non-negotiable. In my admitting that I was feeling a bit "lost" in how I, as husband and father, was leading and caring my family, he suggested and invited me to participate in the Faithful Men's Fellowship bible study group.  In a sense of vulnerability and willingness to open my heart to reconnecting with my faith, I got on the Zoom call and got acquainted with a group of well-meaning, like-minded, incredibly open-hearted men who welcomed me with respect, truth and immense compassion. As the leader and main speaker of the group, Pastor Michael Winfrey caught my eye as a no-holds barred, casual, insightful voice of wisdom and guidance that speaks to us from a place of experience and raw truth. Which is why I wanted to have him on the show, as my first impression was such a resonating one. Felt like showing some gratitude and letting you guys know a bit more about the group and mission. You can connect with Pastor Mike on Facebook or ...you're welcome to join the group for the weekly Saturday prayer call. Details below :   #StayAwesome   ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 200 - Tell The True Story (w. Tanguy Exumé)
Sep 19 2023
Ep. 200 - Tell The True Story (w. Tanguy Exumé)
Little know fact - when I started numbering these episodes, I had this grand vision that I would always use three digits to play a mind-trick on myself and aim for as many episodes as possible....999 is still quite a ways off ...but here we are...episode 200.   It is such an incredible honour to be able to share today's episode with you all. I thought it'd be a good opportunity to go back to the basics and bring on someone who is not only a good friend and avid supporter of the show, but is always a genuine treat to have on given his consistently thought-provoking insights and terrific energy.    Tanguy Exumé is an individual you are immensely fortunate to know. And if he's someone you're lucky enough to call a 'brother', you've got it made.   Indeed, his incredible heart beats to the tune of an uncommon spirit. One whose singular journey has been shaped by circumstances, adventures, discoveries, experiences, and many teachings.   A born storyteller, and a damn good one at that, Tanguy has continuously demonstrated how leaning into one's gift can reveal so much about ourselves : educator, teacher, author, spoken-word artist, poet...and more recently, a seasoned podcaster.   Through his impressive body of work, and as the host of the impactful Teach Reach podcast, a podcast exploring human connections through shared stories, Tanguy carry us through a journey of emotion and truth from which we cannot walk away unaffected. He aims to bring us into his world, through journeys of laughter, leisure, longings, and sometimes great sorrow. And we can't help but thank him for it.    On this candid and heartfelt conversation between longtime friends, Tanguy and I touch on the concepts on vulnerability and identity, finding one's place in the world, having to explore one's trauma by way of circumstance and duty, as well as trade podcasting war stories...   A solemn and singular exchange which I do hope you'll enjoy.     You can connect with Tanguy via Instagram.   Be sure to Subscribe, rate and review Tanguy's incredible Teach Reach podcast . Available on all podcast platforms.   Enjoy   ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 199 -  Live Genuinely (w. Julian Bell)
Aug 28 2023
Ep. 199 - Live Genuinely (w. Julian Bell)
I came across Julian Bell's body of work through a Reel that was recommended on my Instagram feed.   Couldn't quite place it at the time, but as I'm recording this, I realize that what drew me, even on such a small screen, was this sense of genuine playfulness that he had about him.   I know that Reels are meant to catch our eye and give us that small second of dopamine and giggles, but Julian's content has that differentiating factor that sets it apart from all the junk. His is a particular mix of engaging playfulness and thoughtful engagement that might make you overlook what a truly hard worker you're looking at.     Even though I have long since put professional photography behind me, I always keep these masterful handlers of the visual art in high esteem.  Julian Bell is an incredibly talented creative and that goes without saying.    Being a skilled filmmaker, photographer as well as a  prolific content creator, Julian's storytelling skills and eye for detail have been effectively chiseled in order for his content to answer the needs of  his community.   Even with an ever increasing Social Media following, he manages to maintain a level head through it all, despite his success. From touching words of encouragement, to gear tips, to reminding us the importance of taking a break, Julian is one of those engaging souls whose warmth and approachability are always welcome.   On this episode, I sit down with Julian to talk about his beginnings, going full-time as filmmaker and content creator, the importance of play, tapping into your wild ideas, experimentation...and even get his insights on his favourite Anime and Manga.   You can connect with Julian via Instagram.   For bookings and business inquiries, visit his official website (https://www.mrniceguyfilms.com/).   Enjoy   ----------- Connect with us // Website : https://www.awakentheawesome.ca Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 198 - You are not powerLESS, but powerFULL (w. Zenica Chatman)
Jun 5 2023
Ep. 198 - You are not powerLESS, but powerFULL (w. Zenica Chatman)
I find today's episode is incredibly appropriate as for some reason, the very subject matter we're going to touch on happens to be so relevant. See, I was bullied a lot when I was a kid. Something I'm sure many of you can relate to. I'm from a different time where I was taught to strike a balance between sucking it up to recognizing bullying from just playful schoolyard teasing to standing up for myself even if it meant a bruised lip when other person went over the line. I however cannot speak to some of the particular traumas that some people have experienced from their childhood and have unfortunately carried on way into their adult life...and sadly, in their workplace as well. Because truth is, personally, in the grand scheme of things, I'll admit that I never took the time to put a label on it.  But as much as my tendencies would have me believe otherwise, some of the worst bullies can often be found in the very place where you work. Workplace bullying is a very real thing. There’s an actual prevalence of it in North America. A January 2021 Workplace Bullying Survey survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute estimates 30 percent of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work. That's about 48.6 million Americans. if this numbers seem unreal. Imagine the stories of the people who have experienced these incidents in the first place. I believe it made for an interesting and educational exchange as today's guest, Zenica Chatman, graced this humble podcast with her insights, expertise, wit and incredible truth.  I admire people who have tapped into their purpose with a clear sense of direction and drive and Zenica is one of those.  Zenica is a certified personal and executive coach, workplace trauma expert, trainer and speaker helping her clients rediscover their inner strength and confidence. As a trained journalist and communications strategist, Zenica uses her unique background to help her clients reimagine what’s possible for them and design a career and life they love.  She decided to take a stand against corporate bullies after she was left emotionally broken by a pair of workplace bullies at the height of her career. Once she realized that too many women (especially women of colour) had experiences similar to hers, Zenica decided to take a stand against workplace bullies and help other women learn to stand up, speak out and be heard in the workplace and beyond!  This episode is an emotional one. Zenica's story and mission are truly noteworthy and it's an honour to bring you this wonderful exchange.  On this episode, recognizing workplace bullying as it happens, knowing when it's not , not giving away your power, the importance of guiding principles for finding personal strength...and so much more. You connect with Zenica via Instagram or her personal website.   ----------- Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 197 - Just Be Human (w. Dennis Gable)
May 16 2023
Ep. 197 - Just Be Human (w. Dennis Gable)
I think this episode is a very special one. Recorded a while back, I had taken a lot of time before publishing it. Simply because, while listening to it during the editing stage, I realized that I was in a kind a weird mental state.  I've often told you guys that this show being a work in progress, one thing I would never do is pretend that I have it all figured out. Sometimes, I go into these conversations and what I have in mind and what eventually comes out of it are totally different. And that's one the time-capsule aspects of podcasting that I truly enjoy. You go back in time and relive conversations and emotions you forgot were there. And it really helps when the person you share this time with has both the empathy and space to receive what you have to share. This is the mutual respect, vulnerability and brotherly love that came from this intimate, unfiltered and emotional exchange with my friend, Dennis Gable. Even though he and I have never met in person, I do not hesitate to call him a personal friend, as in someone who's friendship, honesty, good heart and willingness to always be real has been nothing short of humbling. Something that I truly hope to keep giving back.  Dennis truly is a man of many talents. He is a dedicated father, something that already makes him awesome in my book. As an imaginative entrepreneur, among his many ventures, he is the creator of 52 Card Pick Me Up, a Mental Health tool for all ages, helping you to identify and align the areas of your life that need attention and action. He is the also a talented branding specialist, marketing consultant and content creator - or as he coined it himself back in 2019, a bonafied Brand Producer, integrating traditional marketing theory, relational philosophy, and foundational creative principles. As a fellow podcaster, he his the creator and host of the Self To Society podcast where brings a vast and deeply masculine voice to the conversation on the topic of vulnerability and where he shares a deep understanding of the human experience through his singular perspective. This conversation is one of those "...wait, I think we should record this.." type of scenarios where two men, two brothers, sat down and chose to hold space for each other in a moment of kindness where each other had a lot on their mind... manhood, confusion, the beauty and fragility of life, having the courage to be genuine in an age hypocrisy, what it means to being a good person...and so much more. Unfiltered, unbothered, just truth - the best kind of recordings. Enjoy. You can connect with Dennis via his official website as well as Instagram.   ----------- Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4
Ep. 196 - Get Unstuck (w. Anthony Meindl)
Apr 18 2023
Ep. 196 - Get Unstuck (w. Anthony Meindl)
When I was in my teens, I got the opportunity to be part of a theatre class. The Director at the time was short one male role so I had the chance to be exposed to the art of the stage for the first time. It was a defining moment for me as I realized I genuinely had a talent for it. But then Life happened. Coming from a traditional background where academics are THE priority above all else including creative endeavours, added to the fact that I my grades were in the dumps, my parents drew a line in the sand and I had to close the curtains on the whole experience. Fast forward a few years and many life experiences later, and I still hold a sincere respect for the art of acting.  Where one can draw from his or her emotions, experiences, trauma, joy, victories, failures and eventually portray a  fleshed-out character or persona, this not only takes quite a bit of creative expertise but most importantly, a tremendous amount of courage. I've learned that in many ways, we as human beings are deathly afraid of discomfort. Anything that steps outside of that familiarity of our comfort zone is a lifeline we tend to hold onto, sometimes against our best interest. As my next guest has allowed me to see through his resounding body of work, the thrill of being a creative, whether through acting, painting or otherwise, is that the unknown is an essential part of the journey and we get the opportunity to shape it however we desire. A message of accountability and audacity that totally resonates with our mission here on the podcast. Anthony Meindl is an award-winning director, writer, actor, and acting coach. Among his numerous achievements and accolades, Anthony wrote and directed "Where We Go From Here", which premiered at Outfest in 2019 at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It won Best Screenplay at Q-Films Long Beach and the Jury Award at NYC's East Village Queer Film Festival, and was acquired by HULU.  He is the founder and artistic director of the Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop which he bravely started some 26 years ago in his apartment with 6 students and the desire to help actors understand a more modern and simpler approach to the work. He has been a passionate advocate in helping actors everywhere understand their worth and advocate for themselves and their own creativity. He has broken myths around the business and what often holds actors back. His mission has always been to help marginalized people and Artists of Color and Trans, Non-Binary, and Queer-identifying actors who often have had little access to training and opportunities in the business. He now has the largest scene study studio in Los Angeles and locations in 10 other cities around the world: New York, London, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Sydney, Chicago, Copenhagen and Cape Town. He is the author of five books; the best-selling creativity book AT LEFT BRAIN TURN RIGHT, self-improvement ALPHABET SOUP FOR GROWN-UPS, acting guide BOOK THE F#©KING JOB!, his memoir, YOU KNEW WHEN YOU WERE 2, and the latest, UNSTUCK, a creativity manual. His self-published books have sold over 28,000 copies. On this energetic episode, Anthony shares his perspective on the audacity to be yourself, silencing your inner critic, taking that huge leap into the unkwown, finding your voice and how the journey IS the destination. You can connect with Anthony via his official website as well as Instagram.   ----------- Connect with us // Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awakentheawesome Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/atapodcast Telegram : https://t.me/atapodcast Email : awakentheawesome@gmail.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Our full back catalog of episodes is also available on your favourite platforms : Apple Podcasts : https://apple.co/3bcWAWX Spotify : https://spoti.fi/3rZOA1B Amazon(Alexa) : https://tinyurl.com/enk2dkk4 Google Podcasts : https://tinyurl.com/y57gshn4