About to Break

About to Break Podcast

Weekly conversations with artists and entertainers of all kinds discussing the ups and downs of life in the entertainment business. Tune in each week as we discuss the challenge of trying to break into the industry before the industry breaks you.

Episode 127: Magician Simone Turkington is About to Break
Magician Simone Turkington stops by the show this week for an amazingly magical conversation! Catch us both at Magicopolis in Santa Monica this week! follow Simone at www.magicsimone.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Get tickets to Taylor’s live special taping January 7 at Dynasty Typewriter in LA! Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out mor...

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Comedian Magician Harrison Greenbaum is About to Break
Harrison Greenbaum has been seen on America's Got Talent, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. He is a brilliant Magician and Hilarious comedian. We sat down to discuss his success and challenges in the biz. Check him out at harrisongreenbaum.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit ...

Episode 125: Comedian Johnny Beehner returns!
Comedian Johnny Beehner has a new album Battle Wounds available now! Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 124: Jack O'Shea Lead guitarist for the band Bayside
I recently sat down in Nashville to record this conversation with Jack O'Shea. We talked about his band Bayside, his crazy new neighbor and the announcement of their upcoming album Interrobang. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes a...

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Episode 123: Joey Martinez is About to Break
One of the Magic World’s biggest cheerleaders and quite possibly it’s only bodyguard. I sat down with my buddy Joey Martinez to talk about his unplanned entrance into the family of magic, his time at the World Famous Magic Castle and his recent move to Nashville with House of Cards. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to...

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Episode 122: Nashville Drummer Ben Showalter is About to Break
This week on the show Taylor interviews his friend Nashville Drummer Ben Showalter Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 121: Illusionist Rick Thomas is About to Break
I sat down with incredible Illusionist Rick Thomas to discuss the ups and downs of his amazing career in magic. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 120: Actor and Magician Joseph Tran is About to Break
Joseph and I grew up together as part of the Magic Castle Junior Society. Who would have know that all those years later we would both still be performing full time? This is such a fun conversation! Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episo...

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Episiode 118: Juggler Niels Duinker is About to Break
This week on the show I talk with Juggler Niels Duinker about his journey from growing up in the Netherlands to performing nightly at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info...

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Episiode 117: Chef Charity George from Netflix's Nailed it!
This week on the show I talk with Chef Charity George who is the Secret Chef for the Netflix's Nailed it! A truly delightful human being. This episode is practically perfect in every way. connect with charity at chefcharity.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.co...

Episiode 116: Simon Majumdar: World renowned broadcaster, author and cook is About to Break
I had the pleasure of meeting Simon and his amazing wife Sybil at a recent event where we were both presenting. Katie and I absolutely adore them and I can’t wait for you to hear this conversation. I sat down with Simon to discuss his unplanned transition into food entertainment and all the aspects of the wonderful ride. Connect with simon at simonmajumdar.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can bec...

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episode 115: Stephanie McBain Returns
Friend of the show Stephanie McBain returns to talk about the release of her new feature film Roads, Trees & Honeybees Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

Co-Creator of Historical Roasts on Netlflix Eddie Furth Returns
I sat down with my buddy Eddie Furth to talk about the release of his new Netflix Series Historical Roasts Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 113 Mark James Returns
A little over a year after our first conversation... Mark James and I are now REAL friends! Even though we live 4500 miles away from each other we talk nearly everyday. I invited mark back on the show to discuss some big changes in his life over the past year. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live...

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Episode 112: Master Magician Lance Burton is About to Break
Wow! This is a big one. One of the biggest magic stars of all time and my childhood magic idol, Lance Burton joins us to discuss his journey to the Top of Las Vegas Entertainment, Why he decided to retire 9 years ago and more on this weeks episode. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates ...

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Episode 111: 13 yr old YouTuber (the Nerdy Girl Maddy) aka my daughter Madelyn!!
This has to be my favorite conversation of all time. My daughter Maddy has built an amazing YouTube channel and just reached 1 million views while staying true to herself. Subscribe to her channel here Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all ep...

Episode 110: Writer, Actor and Model Elad Ziv is About to Break
Elad and I sat down for an amazing conversation about life, the business and how to stay mentally healthy in the process of trying to Break in! follow Elad @eladziv Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our websi...

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Episode 109: Comedian, Magician and Actor Bruce Gold is About to Break
Bruce Gold has been one of my favorite performers for years. This week on the show I sat down to talk about his experience working as a comedian, actor and magician. Bruce shares many helpful insights and tips from years of real world experience. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates vi...

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Magician Rmax Goodwin is About to Break
This week on the show we have my buddy Rmax Goodwin. Rmax is a wonderful performer and a delightful human being. When he isn’t wowing corporate audiences at fortune 500 companies, he can be seen amazing guests at Hollywood’s Famed Magic Castle. find out more about Rmax at https://rmaxgoodwin.com/ Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our P...

Episode 108: Magician Rmax Goodwin is About to Break
This week on the show we have my buddy Rmax Goodwin. Rmax is a wonderful performer and a delightful human being. When he isn’t wowing corporate audiences at fortune 500 companies, he can be seen amazing guests at Hollywood’s Famed Magic Castle. find out more about Rmax at rmaxgoodwin.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon pa...

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The Return of Nick Paul
My buddy Nick Paul Returns in this lovely impromptu chat at the World Shedquarters. Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 106: Magic Assistant Gwyn Auger is About to Break
Calgary based performer and entrepreneur Gwyn Auger opens up about her world travels, assisting magician’s like Lance Burton and why she chose to learn 5 languages at once. find out more about Gwyn at themagicassistant.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/liv...

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Episode 105: Magician Doug Scheer is About to Break
On a recent trip to Detroit I sat down with renown magician and school show genius Doug Scheer. we at thai food and explore a killer arcade we also recorded this story filled conversation about making it in the business of magic. Check out Doug’s website at http://www.dougscheer.com Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to...


Episode 104: Magician John Accardo is About to Break
John Accardo is a brilliant magician and an amazing human! This show opens with an amazing existential conversation and ends with card tricks… so much good stuff. Check out John’s new podcast “The Setup” on apple podcasts follow him on instagram @johnaccardomagic Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for l...

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Episode 103: Comedian Mark Schiff is About to Break
Stand up Comedian Mark Schiff talks about life on the road, Being Jerry Seinfield’s opening act for the last 15 years and more! Want to share your breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

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Episode 102: Actor Comedian Chris Grace is About to Break
Chris Grace is a successful Actor and Comedian… so why is he taking up magic? We talk about that plus improv and church drama this week on the About to Break Podcast. Want to share your Breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our w...


Episode 101 Sethward is About to Break
I sat down this week with my buddy Sethward who is a hilariously creative individual. His unique characters have been featured on America's Got Talent, The Gong show and more. This is a wonderful insight into the creative process. Want to share your Breaking moment? Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes...

Episode 100! Best of the About to Break Podcast
Join Host Taylor Hughes with a look back at the first hundred episodes. Artists and Entertainers sharing their journey of trying to break into the industry before it breaks them. Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team

Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

Episode 99: Magician Christopher James
I sat down with Magician Christopher James from Branson, MO during his recent run at the Magic Castle. Wonderful look into the creative process. Check out Chris on instagram Next week is Episode 100! It will be a Best of Episode and we want to hear your favorite moments from the show. Leave us a voicemail at 323-524-7456 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team and receive bonus content. Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates...


Episode 98 Director Joey Howell is About to Break
Director Joey Howell has had several people in his family affected by a rare disease known as Hunters Syndrome. He produced an amazing documentary to bring awareness. We talk about that and more on this weeks episode. Find out more about the film at www.boyswithbiggerhearts.org Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team

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Episode 97: Comedian Jason Collings is About to Break
This week Taylor Hughes sits down with Comedian Jason Collings to discuss going from breakdown to breakthrough. Jason didn't start performing comedy until his was in his mid 30's within 6 years he appeared on the Tonight Show. Jason just completed a Canadian stadium tour with Russell Peters. We talk about all of that and more on this episode of About to Break. Be sure to check out JasonCollings.com Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team 
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Episode 96: Writer and Book Architect Stuart Horwitz is About to Break
Stuart Horwitz is the founder of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston. In this episode we discuss: * His love for books as a child * Trying to be a better father * Why road trips are amazing for connection * Finding balance in monetizing your creative work * The work of being an author * Making time to create * The myth of writers block * The 3 draft writing process * Seeking relational healing * Experiences in meditation * Police station merch and having a healthi...


Episode 95: Magician Jon Armstrong is About to Break
I had a great conversation with the incredible Jon Armstrong. Jon is an amazing magician and expert on all things Marvel! Be sure to check out Jon online at www.cardjon.com You can also download his latest Penguin Live Act for more info on moving from close-up to stand up. Send us a note at www.abouttobreakpodcast.com or email us abouttobreakpodcast@gmail.com...

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Episode 94: Bruce Scott is About to Break
My friend Bruce Scott has had an eclectic career. Everything from being Johnny Cash's Bodyguard to being a Pastor. He now says he is doing what he was born to do... Helping non profits organizations raise money through impactful events. Bruce shares so much in this episode that every entertainer and entrepreneur needs to hear!...

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Episode 93: Harrison Lampert is About to Break
Harrison Lampert is an Actor, Comedian and Magician in that order. As an actor he has been seen on Ghosted & The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. As a comedian he is part of the Groundlings Improv Sunday Company and as a magician he and I geek out a lot. This is a delightful conversation with a true renaissance man! Connect with Harrison at www.harrisonlampert.com Episode 93 of the show available now on apple podcasts, spotify and at www.abouttobreakpodcast.com...


Episode 92: Robert Hall is About to Break!
Episode 92: Robert Hall is About to Break! This week I am performing at the Loft Theater in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I sat down with my friend Robert Hall who is an accomplished Magician, Painter, and Dancer. We talk about his career in entertainment which began at the age of 15! Then we get into a philosophical discussion on the current state of magic as an art before eating more sushi than I thought was humanly possible. Another incredible episode that you won't want to miss! Connect with Robert at www.rober...

Episode 91: Kayla Drescher is About to Break!
This week on the About to Break Podcast I sat down with the amazing Kayla Drescher. Kayla is an incredible magician who has performed on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and she is currently starring in the hit touring theater show Champions of Magic. She is the co-host the new podcast Shezam answering the question “What is it like to be a woman in magic?” We talk about all of that and more in Episode 92 of the show available now on apple podcasts, spotify and at www.abouttobreakpodcast.com Be sure to visit Kayla’s...

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Episode 90: Comedy Juggling Team The Passing Zone are About to Break
Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. They have appeared on the Tonight Show, Americas Got Talent and are one of the most booked acts in the Corporate market. This is a really fun episode with lots of crazy stories! In this episode we talk about: Learning to use a Bullwhip The Passing Zone Origin Story The importance of meeting other variety artists Getting started at Disneyland Breaking into the college market with NACA It's nice to...


Episode 89: Balloon Artist Scott Tripp is About to Break
I was introduced to Scott Tripp by our mutual friend Rob Balchunas. Scott is an Amazing Balloon Artist and i this conversation goes all over the glorious map! In this episode we talk about: When you travel full time you forget where you’ve been Trying to find Analogue art in a digital world Scott has 12k photos on his phone Scott brought me gifts! Amazing things are happening NOW and we are HERE Running a fundraiser for himself Why the Packaging of a gift matters The value of bad art Loving the art more th...

Episode 88: Storyteller Harris III is About to Break
Harris iii is a Magician, Illusionist and Storyteller. He is also the Curator of the STORY gatherings and STORY conference. In this episode we talk about: How storytelling is a part of all of our lives We should be intentional about the type of stories we tell People remember how you make them feel, not what you say or do. If we tell better stories we can create a better world We get to write the script of our life … and choosing curiosity over fear Follow Harris on social @harrisiii Check out Story 2018 ...

Episode 87: Musician Ethan Luck is About to Break over releasing a solo album, Touring with Kings of Leon and Being in countless Tooth and Nail bands.
Ethan Luck is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and photographer who has played in many bands, most prominently, the Ska band The O.C. Supertones and rock band Relient K. He has played on albums for Demon Hunter, Kutless, Roper, Nikki Clan and Last Tuesday. As well as playing on the road with Kings of Leon. Follow ethan on social @ethanluck Connect with Ethan and check out his podcasts at http://www.ethanluck.com/ Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a p...

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Episode 86: Jason Michaels is About to Break over being a professional speaker, writing his first book and having tourette's syndrome.
This week I sat down at House of Cards in Nashville with the entertainment director Jason Michaels. We discuss his story and how he overcame the odds to fulfill his life's passion. Such an encouraging episode with a great guy. be sure to visit her website www.jasonmichaelsmagic.com Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team. 
Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get mo...

Episode 85: Dionne Woods / The Turqouise Iris is About to Break over battling insecurity, her name becoming a hashtag and discovering the keys to personal acceptance.
Dionne Woods is a dynamic artist and entreprenuer. Her unique style of chalk painting furniture has gone viral and even led to a hashtag of her own name #dothedionne. This is a wonderfully refreshing conversation about how creativity can lead to courage. In this episode we talk about: * We both think Katie is wonderful * Watching fireworks is silly * Being young parents * Everyone is creative * Creativity brings confidence * Not caring about looking foolish is freeing * Not grading yourself * From Etsy stor...

Episode 84: Curtis the Mentalist is About to Break plus terrible gig stories with Piff the Magic Dragon and more!
Curtis Waltermire aka Curtis the Mentalist is a hilarious performer and an incredible guy. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I know that you will as well. In this episode we talk about: * the problem of faking it till you make it * The importance of keeping your show fresh * Creating deadlines for yourself * Mixing Comedy and Mentalism * His own horror story with AGT and much more! check out Curtis' site at www.curtisthementalist.com Find out more about Taylor's live shows at www.taylorhughes.com...

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Episode 82: Musician Dan Snyder is About to Break over growing up in a small town, creating the band paper lights, making beautiful music while trying to make a living.
I first met Dan when we recorded the episode about his band Paper Lights. Since that time we have become wonderful friends and I wanted him to come back on the show to share some of his personal story.
 Love the show? Why not become a producer? For $1 or more a month you can become a part of the team! 
Check out our Patreon page to find out more for live show dates visit TaylorHughes.com/live You can hear all episodes and get more info on our website abouttobreakpodcast.com...

Episode 81: Drummer Josh “Roach” Durante is About to Break over playing the road, Dealing with social media and trying to raise his daughter right.
Josh “Roach” Durante is an amazing drummer who has played the road for years. His band Sangre is a Heavy, Melodic, Death & Thrash influenced Metal band formed in the city of Pomona, California in the summer of 1999. He also happens to be my neighbor! In this episode Josh and I talk about: Late night shows The glamorous life of a Rock Star Being scared as a grown up The challenge of being a Dad and a touring musician The idea of success is ever changing Feeling unaccepted traveling in other states Josh is ...

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Episode 80: Taylor Broke - an episode about the episode
This is a very special episode about an episode. 3 weeks ago I had a major anxiety/panic attack that sent me to the ER. In this episode my Friend Eddie Furth joins me to discuss what happened and where we go from here....

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Episode 79: Dynasty Typewriter Co Producers Jamie Flam and Vanessa Ragland
This week's episode features a WONDER FULL conversation with Jamie and Vanessa of the glorious Dynasty Typewriter! Dynasty Typewriter is LA's new venue for highly curated live entertainment and comedy events, located at the Hayworth Theatre in historic Westlake. Dynasty is a place where comedians and other artists can experiment with new immersive show formats, do engaging live podcasts, and also have the opportunity to bring more production and theatricality to their acts. Building this new theater-going e...

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Episode 78: Executive Producer David Doyle is About to Break over Winning Emmys , Performing Comedy Clubs & Rediscovering Magic as an Adult.
David Doyle is a four-time Emmy® Award-winning producer with a depth of experience in a variety of genres having developed and produced original factual and entertainment projects with numerous broadcast and cable networks. In addition he spent years working the road as a Stand-up Comedian before making the switch to TV Production. In this episode David and I discuss: David is the only magician I know who loves sports Being Dodger fans as kids Having a shop teacher that did magic The Magic Castle junior gr...

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Episode 77: Charles Peachock is About to Break over Juggling on Americas Got Talent , Performing Cruises & Creating Audio Ape.
Charles is a world champion of juggling and has appeared on Americas Got Talent more times than any other comedy juggler. He tours the world entertaining cruise audiences and is the creator or Audio Ape, the premier audio remote for stage performers. In this episode Charles and I discuss: Working on cruises is like living in an after show meet and great His parents owned a record store Starting with magic before discovering juggling When your desperate to perform, you will make it happen Prince was a janit...

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Episode 76: Musician Vance Fite is About to Break over Being a Musician in other peoples bands, Creating his own Projects and Trying to balance it all.
I meet Vance 2 years ago. We did the thing we all do where we said lets keep in touch… but then we actually did. 2 years later we both ended up in Orlando for separate random gigs and sat down to talk about life in the arts. Vance is the co-host of the Music Stuff Podcast which you should definitely check out.   In this episode Vance and I discuss: * We actually stayed in contact * People choose to live in Florida * We some amazing things in Orlando * A detailed description of the sketchy hotel room we reco...

Episode 75: The New Bad Boys of Magic are About to Break over Being Birthday Party Magicians, Getting kicked out of UCB and Being Too Edgy for TV.
THE NEW BAD BOYS OF MAGIC (Daniel Donohue & Eric Siegel) combine Chicago-style sketch comedy with Hollywood stage trickery. Two perfect foils, they stumble backwards into one impossible feat after another in vaudevillian synchronicity. Their magical variety show DIRTY TRICKS plays to sold-out audiences every month at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge in Hollywood. Their new full-length show COKE & MIRRORS will debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. In this episode the Bad Boys and I talk about: Who wer...

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Episode 74: Chris Mitchell is About to Break over Being a Magician, Acting on TV and being tempted by Hot Dog on a Stick!
If you take a healthy dose of comedy, throw in a handful of magic, and blend it, you have the recipe for The Chris Mitchell Show. Chris has entertained audiences in Casinos, Comedy Clubs, Corporate Events, Colleges, and Cruise Ships during his world tour of things that begin with the letter “C.” He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he also appears on television and in films. In this episode Chris and I talk about: Me seeing Chris perform at Wizards City Walk when I was a kid Sending a VHS demo tape t...

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Episode 73: Production Manager PJ Culbreth is About to Break over Tour Managing Rock Bands, Being forced to play bass & Realizing there is more to life than what he thought.
My buddy PJ Culbreth is one of the most talented and experienced guys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. This conversation has it all! We really open up about a lot in this episode and I am excited to share it. In this episode PJ and I discuss: Growing up playing music at church Bass isn’t something you choose its something that happens to you Transitioning from playing music to mixing for others Living on Cigarettes and hamburgers Your talent gets you into bars underage When church became a pro...

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Episode 72: Adam Wylie is About to Break over being a Child Actor, Playing a Gilmore Guy & Becoming the voice of Peter Pan.
Adam Wylie entered show biz at age 5. He has appeared on everything from Seinfeld to Gilmore Girls and even voiced peter pan for the Disney series Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Adam is also a great magician and I am so happy to share this fun, tangent-filled conversation with you! In this episode Adam and I discuss: A mutual love of Chipotle Starting entertainment when he was five years old Not understanding kids his own age Teachers giving him a hard time Seeing magic for the first time Having too many ...


Episode 71: Morgan Jay is About to Break over Being a Musical Comedian , Performing College Shows & Hosting the Relationship Status Podcast.
Morgan Jay a first generation American performer based out of Los Angeles.  Originally from New Jersey, he started his career in NYC where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts.  With over six years of stand up experience and an extensive background in music Morgan has managed to create a unique performance that touches comedy and music fans alike with his smooth melodies derived from his love for classic RnB and Bossanova.  He’s performed at the 2017 SF Sketchfest, 2017/2018 Big Fire Festival, 2010 Iowa...

Episode 70: Benjamin Schrader is About to Break over starring in the Book of Mormon on Broadway, Meeting Ian McKellen & Creating Magic Bar LA.
Benjamin Schrader grew up in Seattle, Washington where he began his acting career at The Village Theatre and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. At 20 he moved to New York City where he went on to star on Broadway in "Avenue Q", the 2009 revival of "Ragtime" and helped develop the Pulitzer Prize winning musical "Next to Normal". In 2007 he began work-shopping Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Broadway mega-hit "The Book of Mormon" and went on to be a member of the original TONY winning Broadway cast. Benjamin received...

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Episode 69: Part 2 Chipper Lowell is About to Break over Writing for David Copperfield, Growing up in the Circus and Performing on TV.
For over 20 years, Chipper has been bringing his odd brand of infectiously amusing mayhem to audiences around the world at performing arts centers, theaters, cruise ships, casino showrooms, and corporate events. His tours have taking him throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Mexico. He's appeared on The Tonight Show, The Disney Channel, and all FIVE seasons of the CW's Masters Of Illusion, just to name a few.... He's been honored with "Comedy Magician of the Ye...


Episode 68: Part 1 Chipper Lowell is About to Break over Touring the World, Growing up in the Circus and Performance Pet Peeves.
For over 20 years, Chipper has been bringing his odd brand of infectiously amusing mayhem to audiences around the world at performing arts centers, theaters, cruise ships, casino showrooms, and corporate events. His tours have taking him throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Mexico. In this episode Chipper and I discuss: Late night conversations in Houston Spirit Airlines up sells everything Travel Tips and Tricks Having to be not just a performer but and expe...

Episode 67: Jeff Civillico is About to Break over having his own Vegas Show, Running a non profit & trying to Juggle Everything.
Jeff Civillico is a Las Vegas Headliner, TV Host Personality, and Philanthropist. He has been a Las Vegas Headliner with Caesars Entertainment for 6 years, having performed 1000+ shows at The LINQ, The Flamingo, and now at The Paris Hotel & Casino. Jeff is the Founder & Chairman of Win-Win Entertainment, a 501c3 national nonprofit based in Las Vegas that creates opportunities for professional performers to share their time and talent with children in need. In this episode Jeff and I discuss: Never knowing ...

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Episode 66: Comedian Andrew Delman is About to Break over Quitting Magic, Learning to Stand Up and Being a commercial Actor in LA
Andrew Delman Is a hilarious comedian and actor from Los Angeles. This is a glorious conversation about trying to break into the industry before it breaks you. In this episode Andrew and I talk about: Andrew used to be a magician He grew up in the neighborhood I just moved to Getting a false sense of security from early shows going good Mega Magic and Deli!!! Trying to find originality as a magician Improv Comedy changed everything Getting voted out of the Groundlings Groundlings vs Scientology Always tryi...


Episode 65: Rock N Roll Hair stylist Shaun Hale is About to Break over Being a Hardcore hairstylist, Playing Bass in our High school Garage Band and going back to school.
Shaun Hale Is one of my oldest friends and this episode is all about us growing up together and now trying to be grown ups together In this episode Shaun and I talk about: Growing up together Allyssa Milano kissed me when I was 8 We geek out about nineties alternative rock Shaun took me to my first rock concert Before YouTube we passed around VHS Tapes We can’t remember the name Collective Soul The local 90’s music scene Asking Katie to be my girlfriend at No Future Cafe We realize how sill our band name w...

Episode 64: Drumming Legend Kenny Aronoff is About to Break over Being a Studio Musician, Quitting the Symphony and Getting the next gig.
Kenny Aronoff is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand session and touring drummers today. The list of artists he’s worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry. In this episode Kenny and I talk about: His Studio set up in North Hollywood Living life without a rear view mirror Records he’s played on have sold over 300 million copies How we first met The Beatles changed everything for him His motto of fight or fight Filming Hired Gun for Netflix Playing for Paul and Ringo 50 years af...

Episode 63: Illusionist Alex Ramon is About to Break over Being the Ringmaster for Ringling Brothers, Trying to Fool Penn & Teller and Logging more miles than most performers.
Alex Ramon is a true Showman. He was the second youngest ringmaster in Ringling brothers History, traveled the world with Disney Live and now presents his own unique show for theater audiences world wide. In this episode Alex and I talk about: Not knowing the difference between Hawaiian Islands Growing up acting in commercials Discovering Magic at 13 Spending hours in the magic shop as a kid Magic is the only job he has ever had Performing stadium events with Disney A weird audition changed his life Being ...

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Episode 62: Juggler and Speaker Chris Ruggiero is About to Break over Juggling in the snow, performing free shows in New York & Learning to do Everything.
Chris is a great juggler and an amazing guy. He is one of the hardest working entertainers in Los Angeles and shares so much knowledge that can support you as your trying to do the thing you love for a living. In this episode Chris and I talk about: Why its important to learn all aspects of the business How he started being a videographer Not waiting till your ready, just start something Knowing the why behind what you want to do Opportunity flows through relationship The power of saying yes Show up and be...

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Episode 61: Magician Mark James is About to Break over Performing at the Magic Castle, Making a living in entertainment & Hammering a nail in his face.
Mark James performs sleight of hand magic and comedy. He is a brilliant performer from the UK and I caught up with him during his week at the magic castle where we recorded a late night podcast. In this episode Mark and I talk about: A lot of people died in Hollywood What it’s like to work at the Magic Castle Mark is a huge film buff LA restaurants that only serve 1 item You need to have personal things in your show Growing up in the UK Should magic be truthful? Making your show your own Learning to shove ...

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Episode 60: Bob Goff Author of Love Does is About to Break over Loving Everyone, Being a Recovering Lawyer & Building Schools in Africa.
I love Bob Goff. At a time in my life when I was ready to lose faith in everything and everyone, Bob challenged me to live life differently. I am so grateful to call him my friend and am so happy to share this conversation with you. In this episode Bob and I talk about: They had to put up a sign for us to not feed the Alligators We avoid desperation but that is where people find their greatest creativity You need to be desperate for the right things Having fewer options is better The tortured Poet What is ...


Episode 59: Improvisor & TV Writer Lynne Stanko is About to Break over the cost of Living in LA, Being a Funny person with Depression & Starting a non profit to reach out.
Lynne is a wonderful human being. More than a great writer and improvisor, Lynne created the non profit Show Up Girls to empower young women with confidence, collaboration and compassion. In this episode we talk about: Magic and Improv have similar issues Second City Improv gave us some amazing people Sometimes its art and sometimes it isn't Knowing your strengths is key Many dramatic actors began as improvisors Don't think… Be present Why she studied at multiple improv schools It costs a ton to take impro...

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Episode 58: Hollywood Prop Builder Jim Logiudice is About to Break over building jet packs for the Rocketeer, Making Pianos for Lady Gaga and Refurbishing Disneyland Memorabilia.
Jim Logiudice helped shape my childhood and he had no idea the impact he had. When I was a kid, movies like the Rocketeer inspired me to want to create models and props. I remember building a Rocketeer helmet and jet pack when I was a kid. How cool is it that 27 years later I would be recording this episode with the guy who built the actual prop. We geek out about prop building and then get very real about the reality of a live in the industry. I was so encourage and inspired by Jim’s perspective on what re...

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Episode 57: The Watsons: Hollywood’s First Family
In 1910 Coy Watson married Golda Wilmer and the two settled in the Edendale area of Los Angeles which would later become Echo Park. A few years later Mack Sennett built one of Hollywood’s first movie studios 300 yards from their house. The couple had nine children who ended up acting in hundreds of classic films. Harry Watson was my wife’s grandfather and in this episode I sat down with his brother Billy who just celebrated his 94 birthday. This very special episode features some personal stories from the W...

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Episode 56: Ask us Anything with The Fetching Katie Hughes
The most amazing person I know somehow agreed to marry me! Katie and I sat down and answered your questions in this first ever ask us everything. In this episode Katie and I talk about: An awkward opener PT Barnum Dead or Divorced Everyone in the 1800s looked awful Dating in High School Taking Swing dance lessons Katie knows all my stories I miss seeing my grandparents Once a clown always a clown Katie and I are easily distracted We got married so young Why we had to leave church Having the freedom to crea...

Episode 55: Magician Titou is About to Break over leaving France, using a baguette as a magic wand and still needing a green card.
Titou was born and raised in France, fell in love with the art of magic and that has taken him around the world. He now lives in Las Vegas and stopped by the studio on his way to a show in Los Angeles. In this episode Adam and I talk about: Can anyone really fool Penn and Teller Living in Las Vegas Living in a hotel near Disneyland for 9 months Taking props through immigration Playing the part of Lazerman at Disneyland Will work for vacation The challenges of traveling for a living Social Media only shows ...

Episode 54: Comedian/Speaker Adam Christing is About to Break over Performing Clean Comedy, Writing Books and turning bad gigs around.
Adam Christing is a Author, Keynote Speaker, Comedian, Magician and one of my greatest friends! In this episode Adam and I talk about: He performed a magic show at my elementary school Being the class clown Magic trick failures Why do we avoid things that can help us Keys to connecting with people Giving yourself permission to do what you want to do Creating your own opportunities Giving yourself deadlines Finding key partnerships Treat every opportunity like it is your big break Performing for the societ...


Episode 53: Karen Cheung is About to Break over managing things at the Greek Theater, Working with Actors and being a Female in Hollywood.
Karen is the Food and Beverage manager for the Greek theater in Los Angeles, has a brilliant business mind and also happens to be my sister in law! In this episode Karen and I talk about: • Working with an entire staff made up of actors and screen writers • Secret tunnels under the Greek Theater • How we learned things before the internet • A tangent about conspiracy Theories • Growing up in the restaurant business • The real reason people go to bars • Stop Posturing!!! • The myth of fake it till you make...

Episode 52: Magician Siegfried Tieber is About to Break over Creating his one man show, performing at the Magic Castle and unexpected car accidents.
Siegfried Tieber recently performed his one man show SEE-SAW to Sold out crowds in Los Angeles. He is a true gentleman and a wonderful human being In this episode Siegfried and I discuss: People thinking magicians like to play cards impossibility surrounding gambling Creating once in a lifetime moments Co-creating with your audiences Why he chooses to do close up magic What role do secrets play in Magic Has google messed up things for magicians His one man magic show called See-Saw Being a magician who lik...

Episode 51: Guitarist Aaron Abeyta is About to Break over auditioning for NOFX, learning improv comedy and doing cartoon voice overs.
Aaron Abeyta is the lead guitarist and trumpet player for the band NOFX. We sat down and discussed everything from life on the road the last 20 years to him barely surviving a move to Hollywood when he was 21. In this episode Aaron and I discuss: His love of Improv Comedy I'm a total fan boy Wikipedia can’t be trusted Auditioning for NOFX Fat Mike changed his name Learning the bands songs on way to the first show Being non political in a punk band Remaining an independent band How the band has stayed toget...


Episode 50: Variety Performer & Producer Scot Nery is About to Break over Hosting a weekly Hollywood show, Creating Boobietraps and Being an entertainment consultant.
Scot Nery began performing professionally at age 11. He has appeared on the tonight show performed in seven countries and is the host and producer of the wildly popular Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap in Hollywood. In this episode Scot and I discuss: His recent marriage Why does his home feel so amazing? LA is weird and he loves it! When memes become mean Learning magic as a kid The neighbor who had a magical basement Is entertainment an art or a craft? Maintaining control of the show while keeping the element of ...

Episode 49: Music Producer Daniel Ornellas is About to Break over producing records for others, years of touring and learning to hustle.
Daniel Ornellas is a music producer and Musician living in Nashville, TN. Originally from South Africa Daniel moved to the states when he was touring with the band Tree63. This episode is so full of real life experience in the business and Daniel shares so much that is applicable throughout the entertainment industry. In this episode Daniel and I discuss: Being from South Africa Learning to speak like a southerner Idaho is surprisingly beautiful Napoleon Dynamite Not being aloud to check in his own bags Sm...

Episode 48: Celebrity Publicist Michael Levine is About to Break over Growing up with Dyslexia, Refusing to be a victim and Making the world an offer it can’t refuse.
Michael Levine is a writer and PR expert. He has represented 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners and 43 New York Times Bestsellers. Michael shares some of the common denominators he has seen with people who make a career in the entertainment business and boy is this a great conversation. In this episode Michael and I discuss: His childhood in New York Having an alcoholic parent Being dyslexic Refusing to have a victim mentality An easy way to stay broke in Hollywood Deciding to make the world...


Episode 47: Magician Adam Wilber is About to Break over performing at the Magic Castle for the first time, Paying the bills as a performer and creating unbelievable magic.
Adam Wilber is a magician, inverter and author. I sat down with him in Los Angeles during his debut week at the World Famous Magic Castle. This episode is so full of info about the business side of show business. In this episode Adam and I discuss: His first week performing at the Magic Castle Old Magicians and their apartments Finding things to be grateful for The law of diminishing returns Performing when your sick Why we love the Magic Castle Stealing his first Magic Trick Giving away a $50 half dollar ...

Episode 46: Actress Amy Ruffle is About to Break over Auditions in Australia, Becoming a Mermaid and Moving to Los Angeles.
Amy Ruffle is an Australian Actress living in America. I met her doing improv at UCB and she is hilarious as she is delightful. In this episode Amy and I discuss: Australian accents are awesome My kids are impressed by my friends Her family is obsessed with sports Not having a life because she was training for sports Practicing dangerous sports Her switch from sports to musical theater Kids will do shores if you play the Annie soundtrack CDs are vintage now Musicals that have meaningful moments Sports taug...


Episode 45: Actor and Magician Jonathan Levit is About to Break over being a Magic Consultant for Burt Wonderstone, Now You See Me and Being a TV Host.
In this episode Jonathan and I discuss: Living in a Castle The Pasadena New Years Nuclear Fall out Tortilla Heaven the movie Performing on TV with David Copperfield Why do we think flying is ok? Terrible magic show accidents Butterfly knife technique Uncomfortable moments at the gas station Dangerous tricks Performers misreading the audience Our friend Greg Bennick Teaching magic to the movie starts Hosting TV Shows Practical Effects verses visual effects Never stop creating The journey is everything When ...

Episode 44: Motivational Speaker Josh Sundquist is About to Break over surviving cancer, having one leg and just wanting to motivate others.
Josh is a motivational speaker, Author, Comedian, Paralympian and Halloween Enthusiast. I met him performing at a comedy club and could not be more impressed with his talent and his character. A wonderful human being, your sure to love this episode! In this episode Josh and I talk about: How he lost his leg at 10 years old Being honest during your presentations The challenges of speaking to younger audiences Starting to do stand up How people perceive him Performing verses entertaining Why we love comedy G...


Episode 43: Magician Arthur Trace is About to Break over the TV show Masters of Illusion, Creating original magic and Finding your own way in the entertainment business.
In this episode Arthur and I talk about: Amazing places to eat in Studio City Being torn apart as an actor was good Realizing college shows are not for him How he evaluates his performances Magic is such a powerful art form that it can support a weak entertainer Being watch guys who cant afford watches Your material should reveal who you are to the audience Watching David Copperfield when you are young Fog juice smell like pancake syrup Forming the Midwest Masters of Magic club Its so awkward recording thi...

Episode 42: Post Modern Vaudevillian Michael Rayner is About to Break over Balancing Wheel Barrows, Spinning Cheeseburgers and Warming up TV Audiences.
Michael Rayner is truly one of a kind. He is either performing his own amazing show, or warming up live audiences for TV. In this episode Michael and I talk about: What we do between tricks is the most important thing The variety vaudeville community Growing up in a small town Being pressured by the local Amway guy Being a TV warm up guy Learning to spin a cheeseburger on an umbrella People thinking what you do is easy Using TV appearances to your advantage Performing at library shows Balancing shoes on hi...


Episode 41: Photographer Sarah Hoag is About to Break over Wedding Photography, Moving out of California and Dealing with Imposter Syndrome.
Sarah Hoag and her husband josh are long time friends of Katie and I. She is an amazing photographer who transformed her passion into a career. In this episode Sarah and I talk about: Meeting in Church youth Group Her husbands short lived rap career Her love of photography Not hiding behind the camera Moms rarely are in the photos Insecurity keeps us from life Collecting moments not things Family fights and photo shoots Capturing important moments Her father passing away days before her wedding Dealing wit...


Episode 40: Magical Comedy artist Nick Paul is About to Break over Rent prices in LA, Performing on Cruise Ships and Losing money on Fringe Shows.
Nick Paul joins me for our first ever crossover podcast! Nick hosts a great podcast called two magicians one mic. In this episode Nick and I talk about: Moving from Florida to Los Angeles Driving to LA several times a week Taking improv with Maria Bamford The difference between magicians and comedians Drunk Magic Castle audiences Working cruise ships I had a nightmare show Lunch shows are the worst Battling what you love verses what pays the bills Become friends with people you were a fan of Collaboration ...

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Taylor shares something he learned from Tyrone Wells in episode 7 of the About to Break Podcast.   Hear their whole conversation HERE...

Episode 39: Visual Effects Coordinator Tyler Cordova is About to Break over making Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Iron Man 3.
Tyler Cordova is an incredible visual effects coordinator who has worked on incredible films for Marvel, Disney and more. We sat down to talk about the ups and downs of life in this biz. In this episode Tyler and I talk about: His dad being a magician Going back to school to learn film Making movies with his friends in High School His first big gig was iron man 3 You have to keep the passion going constantly working with directors to see their vision happen Dealing with Deadlines LA has the best food Bein...


Episode 38: Comedian Matt McCarthy is About to Break over performing stand up , acting in Los Angeles and people not understanding Pro Wrestling.
I sat down with Matt at his home in Los Angeles to talk about the wonderful world of stand up comedy. You may have seen Matt on one of his numerous appearances on Conan. He also co hosts the incredible We Watch Wrestling Podcast. In this episode Matt and I talk about: Dogs are rad The Grateful Dead and kid names Controlling parents Unsolicited advice is criticism His concert ticket stub collection Seeing Marilyn Manson live Leaving New York for LA Packing during a hurricane Show business is like any other ...

Episode 37: Singer Songwriter Tim Myers is About to Break over starting the band One Republic, going solo and writing lyrics about real life.
I sat down with Tim Myers, founding member of the band One Republic, singer/ songwriter, record producer and CEO of Palladium Records. In this episode Tim and I talk about: Learning to play music at church Forming the band One Republic Co writing the son “Stop and Stare” Walking out of a day job because you got a show Listening to old Albums The honesty of Kurt Cobain Doors of opportunity slamming in your face Trying to separate Art and Self The subjective nature of art The grind doesn’t stop when you get ...

Episode 36: About to Break Podcast Live from the Pomona Art Walk!
Episode 36: About to Break Podcast Live from the Pomona Art Walk! This episode of About to Break was recorded live at the Pomona Art Walk on Saturday, August 12, 2017 @500blockpomona and the @lofton2nd Joined by special Cohost Josh Swodeck we talked with local artists about their work, passion, ups and downs.

 For more information on the Artists Featured in this episode visit: Josh Swodeck @swodeck Noreick @thascool @Lee.rodriguez__ Keith Coast Courtney @I.am.queen Amber @crafty_mantis @June_skinnyblak...


Bonus Episode: Pitching Jokers & Aces with Eddie Furth
Taylor and Eddie talk about their new show Jokers & Aces at nerdmelt in Los Angeles!   Get your tickets to Jokers in Aces this Sunday, August 13th @ nerdmelt in meldown comics BUY DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE...

Episode 35: Director, Writer and Producer Stephanie McBain is About to Break over working 2 day jobs, moving to LA, and directing her first feature film.
This week I am joined by the multi talented Director, Writer and Producer Stephanie McBain. I met Stephanie at the Magic Castle were she works at night. During the day she is feverishly writing producing and directing her first feature film. An amazing conversation about the process of creating a film from start to finish in 6 months!


 In this conversation Stephanie and I talk about:
 Having 2 day jobs making a feature film Growing up in Wisconsin Moving to LA on your 18th birthday Transitioning from act...

Episode 34: Magician Jimmy H is About to Break over performing at birthday parties, Auditioning to be a Monster, and Having a split personality.
This week I am joined by my oldest friend in magic James Holguin. Basically we geek out about magic for an hr.


 In this conversation James and I talk about:
 The La Puente Magic shop Something about Brick and Mortar Not knowing our ancestry Magic shop meets deli Performing across from a hotdog stand We wanted to be Lance Burton David Copperfield is king Loving comedy Growing up at the Magic Castle The Junior Society The dog interrupts Together again for the first time The Magic Castle is amazing Saying y...


Episode 33: Comedian Adam Grabowski is About to Break over Americas Got Talent, touring college shows, and dealing with depression.
This week I am joined by comedian Adam Grabowski who performs over 150 college shows a year. Adam moved to LA a year ago and we talk about everything from being the new guy in town to dealing with depression and anxiety.

 In this conversation Adam and I talk about:
 Living in Los Angeles Being a loner on the road Performing for colleges girlfriend Jedi mind tricks The differences between colleges and corporate events open mics are awful Card tricks for anxiety Magic verses Mentalism Being a worker that n...

Episode 32: Drummer Emmanuel E-man Cervantes is About to Break over Playing Drums professionally, keeping time for Andy Grammer, and hearing music he made during the Apple Keynote
This week I am joined by Professional Drummer Emmanuel Cervantes. I’ve know this guy since he was 13 years old and he has been killing it ever since! 
 In this conversation E-man and I talk about: The process of buying a house as an entertainer When the money comes in… save it My dog keeps interrupting Entertainment sleep deprivation Knowing all the restaurants in the airport The importance of being hard on yourself Paying attention to whats important Putting in the extra work Anyone can get the first gig ...

Episode 31: Charles Wills is About to Break over the Special Effects industry, making the Gorburger Show, and Hanging out at Snoop dogs compound.
This week I am joined by Artist and special effects guru Charles Wills! Charles was my best friend when I was 8 years old. He is an amazing special effects artist and a big part of the team behind Comedy Central’s Gorburger show.
 In this conversation Charles and I talk about:
 Being best friends when we were 8 His love of magic KISS themed mini golf Pinball is the most economical video game Celebrities celebrating themselves Themes in Magic Surprised electric bills Trying to maintain joy his first job at...


Episode 30: John Flynn is About to Break over Directing one person shows, Becoming a great storyteller and Dancing with pitchforks.
This week I am joined by Storyteller & Director John Flynn! I took a storytelling class at the UCB that John taught and it changed my entire perspective on performing. So much good stuff in this episode!

 In this conversation John and I talk about: Discovering storytelling Describing California highways New Jersey beach closures Being a showbiz kid It all changed because of Debbie Gibson When your personal emails are published in the Daily News Getting kissed by Alissa Milano Not having any say in the pro...

Episode 29: Dana Daniels is About to Break over working with a bird, TSA security and performing for scientists
This week I am joined by the Hilarious Comedy Magician Dana Daniels. Dana is the funniest man in Magic today. We talk about everything from his run on Broadway to how to sneak a parrot on a plane. Including some great stories from his years creating magical moments for the happiest place on earth.
 In this conversation Dana and I talk about:
 Nostalgic decorating Feeling like your born in the wrong era Working at Disneyland The joys of being a costumed character Elephants don’t have GPS Goofy magic tricks...

Episode 28: Scott Tokar is About to Break over Trade Show Magic, Digital Photography and creating Bob Schmecktton?
This week I am joined by the mesmerizing Scott Tokar, founder of Corporatefx.com and master of trade show magic. If you are an artist of any kind, Scott shares such great wisdom and tip for success in your work. Magicians… start taking notes.

   In this conversation Scott and I talk about:


 Encouraging ways to get out of bed Realizing you are a “look at me” Joining the boy’s chorus Auditioning at the Magic Castle Marketing techniques from a 13 year old Scott credits his career to the Magic Castle Faking...


Episode 27: Bobby Hartry is About to Break over producing great music, hard drive crashes and illegal downloads
This week I am joined by the incredible Bobby Hartry. I met Bobby when he was playing guitar with our friend Brenton Brown. In addition to being a ridiculously talented guitarist, Bobby is an Emmy winning songwriter and an accomplished music producer. Together with his wife Jen, they run Catbeach Music. In this conversation Bobby and I talk about:
 Cruising Alaska learning to dogsled from Cuba Gooding Jr Designing your creative space kids playing led Zeppelin Hunting down guitar gear Seeing U2 live How ...

Episode 26: Eric Buss is About to Break over internet trolls, finding confidence and building his own props.
This week I am joined by my friend Eric Buss, a highly original entertainer who is known for his inventive comedy and magic. Eric has been featured on Americas Got Talent, Letterman and has gone viral on YouTube. I sat down with him to discuss the highs and lows of life in the entertainment business. In this conversation Eric and I talk about:
 Stepping on Legos Becoming a parent Kids don’t understand timing Comedy magicians Categories are necessary What happened to originality? Hating movies about magic ...

Episode 25: Greg Bennick is About to Break over Drunken Clowns, Coin Collectors and just Juggling everything.
This week I am joined by my friend Greg Bennick. Greg is Uber talented and splits his time between presenting commercial keynotes, being a professional juggler, spoken word artist, humanitarian and the lead singer for several punk rock bands. Greg’s talents are complemented by his wonderful compassion and character.

 Becoming a juggler by accident Coin collecting Birthday party gigs Committing to not having a day job Getting sober at 17 Moms love Lionel Richie Drunk Clowns When music transcends We all fea...


Episode 24: Tobin from the band Flatfoot 56 is About to Break over the idea of Christian music, remaining authentic and dealing with record labels.
This week I am joined by Tobin Bawinkel of the band Flatfoot 56. It’s always amazing when you respect someone for their creativity, then meet them and find that their character is just as amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. In this conversation Tobin and I discuss: Our buddy Shaun Wrestling has changed since we were kids Road life verses shows in town Playing in bars before your old enough to get in Growing up with bluegrass The Funhouse venue in Seattle Changes in the music scene The pressure o...

Episode 23: Live Show recap and a Road Trip
This episode was recorded in our soccer mom van on a road trip to visit a magic shop in Fresno with my buddy Keith Coast. In this conversation Keith and I discuss: Waking up early Reasons to visit Fresno Justifying large purchases Magic tricks look like murder A TV pilot pitch Leaving early to beat traffic Being careful who you collaborate with Our love of the Magic Castle A recap of the About to Break live Show! Comedic Timing Rules for having a speakeasy I tell a story Mr Rogers neighborhood Visiting th...

Episode 22: Keith Coast is About to Break over Living in an RV, learning to breathe fire and finding your own normal.
This episode features one of oldest and dearest friends Keith Coast. Keith and his family travel full time across North America as he performs a show of comedy, magic and dangerous things. We had a great conversation about life on the road and giving up things that don't really matter. In this conversation Keith and I discuss: buying suits just to go to the Magic Castle being bigger guys hometown buffet playing baby Jesus schoolyard bullies taking college courses magic trick DVDs learning to eat fire Kei...


Episode 21: Jason McNichols is About to Break over Parking in Downtown, Clothes in Cartoons and Living Someone else’s dream.
This episode features one of the funniest guys I know Jason McNichols. Jason spent years as an improvisor with Second City in Los Angeles. He has appearing in a number of Movies and TV Shows and talks extensively about his experience and some advice for people wanting to pursue acting. We get into deep stuff like dealing with depression, addiction and jealousy. Jason shares so many things that encouraged me and I know your gonna love him. In this conversation Jason and I discuss: Duck themed cartoons Dres...

Episode 20: Noah Culver is About to Break over Reality TV, Creative Marketing and just needing to be outdoors more.
Episode 20: Noah Culver is About to Break over Reality TV, Creative Marketing and just needing to be outdoors more. Noah has worn many hats in the entertainment business from touring on bass with a Grammy winning recording artist, running his own production company and even designing those crazy reality TV games as a challenge producer. Here he opens up about the challenges and joys associated with all of the jobs he has had and shares some new perspectives on what really matters. 
In this conversation No...

Episode 019: Joshua Swodeck is About to Break over A.D.D., art education and always having to prove yourself.
Josh is a longtime friend that i recently reconnected with after a weird pause in our relationship which we talk about here! He is a brand storyteller, gallery owner, and an activist. Beyond that he is an amazing human being and I know you are gonna love him.

 In this conversation Josh and I discuss: Our shared love of historical buildings Being part of a community What it really means to love your neighbor The loneliness of being an artist People with agendas Always having to prove your credibility Art e...


Episode 018: Mallory Moye is About to Break over auditions, the pressure of Los Angeles and life as an actor.
Mallory Moye is a lovely human being! She played the role of Wanda on the popular series “Hart of Dixie.” You may recognize her from the showtime series Shameless and she is currently in production on the FOX pilot titled Resident coming out this fall. In this conversation Mallory and I discuss: * The challenges of living in Los Angeles * Working a day job you hate * What happens when one gig ends and you don’t have another lined up? * Relationship stuff * The question we both can’t stand * Finding new cre...

Episode 017: Josh Simpson is About to Break over Politics, Oil Spills and the Entertainment Industry
Episode 017 features the incredible Josh Simpson! Josh has produced content for Funny or Die, Team Coco and his own hilarious Youtube Channel. I met Josh when he when I took a UCB Improv class and had the privilege of having him as my teacher. We cover so many incredible topics in this conversation and it was not only enlightening for me, but also very therapeutic.
 You can catch Josh performing from time to time Tuesday night in the Assembly show at UCB Sunset. You can also subscribe to THE MEAT Improv pod...

Episode 016: Chris Brank is About to Break
Episode 016 features the uber creative Chris Brank. Chris started his own film/ creative production company Let People See just 5 years ago and it has grown in both size and influence. In this episode Chris shares some of what he has learned along the way about managing a business, keeping your priorities straight and the importance his faith has played in his journey. Such a great episode. You can connect with Chris Here: letpeoplesee.com lousbrother.com Also, please take a moment to rate, share and sub...


Episode 015: Taylor Wong is About to Break
Episode 015 features Taylor Wong one of 2 people in the world allowed to take photos at the World Famous Magic Castle. In addition to being one of the Castle’s in house photographers and he is a contributor to the publication Janky smooth. Taylor is not only and incredibly talented and generous human being, he also has master the art of the mustache. You can connect with the band here: WEB: www.taylorwong.photography Also, please take a moment to rate, share and subscribe to the show. It makes a huge di...

Episode 014: Julie Brister is About to Break
Julie Brister is an incredible Performer, Director and Improv teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. I met Julie while taking classes there and was immediately struck by not only her kind and generous spirit, but also by how freaking funny she is. You can catch Julie on Season 3 of Review on Comedy Central and reach out to her on social media @bristahsouljah Also, please take a moment to rate, share and subscribe to the show. It makes a huge difference! Love the show? you can BECOM...

Episode 013: Dan Snyder and Josh Stewart of Paper Lights are About to Break
Episode 013 Features the amazing Atlanta based indie rock band Paper Lights. I sat down with Dan Snyder and Josh Stewart of the band to discuss their most recent adventure. Selling it all and hitting the road in a van to pursue the dream of recording their next album outdoors in national parks. Such great heart and wisdom from these two. You can connect with the band here: Facebook: facebook.com/thepaperlights Insta: instagram.com/paperlights TWITTER: twitter.com/ThePaperLights WEB: www.paperlightsmusic...


Episode 012: Obie Hughes is About to Break
This episode features the coolest person in my family. Tattoo Artist, musician and entrepreneur... Obie Hughes is a true renaissance man. Such a great conversation with my cuz. you can connect with Obie and his work at: obiehughes.com ellingtonhawk.com I can be reached directly at taylor@taylorhughes.com This past week the world of magic lost an incredible artist, mentor and creator to suicide. If you are hurting please reach out. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255...

Episode 011: Zac Gandara is About to Break
This Episode features Zac Gandara host of the weekly podcast Losing our Religion. Zac is an amazing host and an even better friend. Not only did he inspire me to start this podcast, he has on more than one occasion talked me down when life had gotten challenging. This is a real conversation... as all my conversations with Zac go, we laugh, encourage one another, commiserate and nearly always end up crying. If you love Zac, which I know you will, Be sure to check out what he is doing over at countercultureso...

Episode 010: Christian Paschall is About to Break
Episode 010 features my friend Christian Paschall. Former drummer for Crowder, Christian now plays with breakout country star Maren Morris. If you watch the Grammys last Sunday you saw Christian playing drums for Maren and Alicia Keys. I sat down to record with Christian when the band was in town playing Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Ellen Degeneres show. It was only 1 year ago that Christian and I sat till 4am talking after a gig we did together. We discussed live, music, passion for art and the challenges th...


Episode 009: Mark Kalin is About to Break
Being a guy who makes his living performing magic shows, I am often asked who my favorite magician is. Since I was 15 years old the answer to that questions has been Mark Kalin. I went from being a huge fan, to having him as a magic mentor, and I am now happy to call him my friend. It is a great honor to have him as my guest on this episode of About to Break.   Mark is the Creative Director of the Broadway smash hit "Illusionists: Turn of the Century" The show recently broke box office records becoming the ...

Episode 008: Matt Marcy is About to Break
Matt Marcy is a hilarious comedy magician and creator of the award winning web series “Dis-illusioned” I first met Matt growing up at the Magic Castle in Hollywood where he has been featured well over 1,000 times. If you are a magician, a fan of magic and comedy, or artist trying to pay the bills doing what you love… this episode has it all. You can find out more about Matt Marcy at his website mattmarcy.com His web series is streaming for FREE at disillusionedshow.com For more episodes and info visit a...

Episode 007: Tyrone Wells is About to Break
I've been looking forward to this episode for a while. I was a huge fan of Tyrone Wells' music long before I knew him personally. He is one of those guys you think is fantastic, then you meet him and you love him even more. In this episode we talk about everything from our shared man crush on Lionel Richie... to the challenge of staying joyful when life as an artist gets tough.   You can find out more about Tyrone by visiting TyroneWells.com Also be sure to subscribe on itunes and google play. Today's podca...


Episode 006: Eddie Furth is About to Break Part 2
Part 2 of my wonderful discussion with Eddie Furth. This conversation has it all. Weird gig, wonderful people and my favorite movie of all time Back to the Future! Hear about the time Eddie played Biff in a live production ant the story of when he met the real Biff Tannen (Mr. Tom Wilson) So good! Also, this episode is brought to you by audible.com - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/Abouttobreak . Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle ...

Episode 005: Eddie Furth is About to Break PART 1
I sat down for a 2 part conversation with my friend Eddie Furth who I met on a commercial shoot a little while back. We talk about: * Saved by the Bell * his life growing up in Connecticut * Roasting fictional people * Stand Up Comedy * wrangling Dinosaurs * The Magic Castle * Him refereeing Pro Wrestling * The struggles of an artist and this is just Part 1! Be sure to check out Historical Roast and Fictional Roast at www.thecomedystore.com www.meltcomics.com You can find more episodes and live shows at abo...

Episode 004: Zach Rudulph is About to Break
In my former life I played guitar in a church band and Zach was the bass player. Since that time Zach has gone on to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the business. He is now the music director and bass player for multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer. Zach sat down at the house a few weeks ago and we discussed tour life, family life and more. You'll also hear how a mishap with a new crew member led to Zach being flagged by TSA. Good times with a great guy. Enjoy! Be sure to subscr...


Episode 000: Taylor Hughes is About to Break
The premier episode of the Podcast that tackles the challenges of life in the entertainment business. Are you and Actor? Musician? Writer? Unicycle Master struggling to find an audience? Tune in and realize you are not alone. This week Taylor is joined by his longtime friend Zac Gandara to discuss the heart behind this podcast. We talk about life in show business, making ends meet, and the incredible community of artists that is Counter Culture society. Enjoy!...