You again! Gosh, you’ve been here a while. Wanna go steady? Podcasts, podcasts and more podcasts! I had no interest in doing any podcasts at all until someone hooked me up with filmmaker Paul Schrader who traumatized me as a boy when I went to Taxi Driver when it first came out. I jumped at the chance to meet the man who sent me into therapy for 40 years. He’s brilliant, kind and very generous. Since that conversation, I’ve co-created and co-hosted a podcast about getting stripped naked, talked with single dads about the hell and glory of being single parent, recorded my book with one the most brilliant women I’ve ever met and continue to talk on podcasts galore. I never shut up. I do try. I really do. Doesn’t always work. See? I can’t even stop typing. #StoppingNow
Michael C. Bryan and Jennifer Ho are two wild and crazy professional coaches/podcast hosts who are here to loudly remind you that the emotional shit you try to hide is the gold of your life. And they know what they’re talking about.
Both have been through all forms of career changes, relationship challenges and endless mental health crap. By fearlessly going ‘there’ Michael and Jennifer are changing the mindset, normalizing the conversation and eliminating the stigma around mental health.
What secret lie are you living that you’re scared to talk about? What shame do you have? What is your anxiety for the future? Jen and Michael are about creating a captivating community; a safe place to share your worries. A place of no judgment and no shame.
They also love to swear. #NoLie
THE PAUL SCHRADER CONVERSATION
A PASTOR AND HIS CRISIS OF FAITH
I first met Paul Schrader when I was 12-years-old. My mother and father had taken me to a double bill of Lenny by Bob Fosse and Taxi Driver by Paul Schrader. The movie shook me to my core. At the time I had many dark secrets, the least of which I was living out the life the character Jodie Foster was in the movie.
She was a teenage prostitute, and so was I. My parents had no idea. I spent many, many years processing that time in my life, and today I see it as the building blocks for why Paul and his body of work are so deeply meaningful to me. His work isn’t disturbing; it’s profane.
From his work with Scorsese to his own life directing numerous films, Paul is a rare bird indeed: independent, voracious and at the end of all days a deeply kind, compassionate and loving person. I think there is a perception of Paul due to his work that misses out on the totality of him. It was a true joy speaking with him. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
THE OLD MAN AND THE ME
I met Adrianne LaValley after she told me she had seen my unscripted TV show talking to people about mental health disorders. She told me she wanted to talk to me about my life and perhaps have me read from my memoir on her podcast. After a few meetings I agreed. I couldn’t say no. Adrianne is an artist of tremendous integrity and seriousness in helping to eradicate the shame about mental illness in an artistic way that’s both inspired and new. Part one of my book reading was released in December 2019 and part 2 is coming in early 2020.
CHAT TO THE FUTURE
Morpheus. Yoda. Michael C. Bryan. While there's no fantasy or sci-fi film about this episode's guest (yet!) you'll enjoy the twists and turns of his story and his transformative approach to life and life coaching.