DE262 Bill Cakmis, Host Whisperer, Inspiring, Creative, Talented, saving your show!
No matter the platform, event, theme or target, you can count on Bill Cakmis to be a part of its inception and success. As for a performance coach, talent coach, acting coach, and motivational speaker. Bill has for more than 3 decades now, been the cornerstone behind the successful teaching and mentoring of singers, actors, anchors, talk show hosts, politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and athletes. And as a show of the touch of expertise, excellence, and quality in his field of operation, some of Bill’s clients have gone ahead and won prestigious awards including Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Emmy awards. Having collaborated with top film studios, production companies and TV stations in the creation of fun, creative and engaging content, Bill’s full resume is a thing of beauty. Also an actor, writer, director, and motivational speaker, Bill is blessed to have worked and played with some of the most talented and entertaining people in the world. Show Notes If you’ve ever had (or are still) struggling on how you can present yourself or your ideas in front of a crowd, panel, or any kind of audience, then you’re definitely going to enjoy today’s show. Thanks to our guest today, Bill Cakmis, we’ll be focusing on communication and how you can make use of special tips and insights from Bill’s experience helping the diverse pool of raw talent that he’s coached. Bill sets an engaging conversation by reminiscing on his role helping the producers and directors of “American Girl” solve their host problem. After being called in at the last minute to save the situation, Bill was not only successful in saving the day, but also earned himself the nickname “Host Whisperer” for his admirable efforts in the fruitful turnout of the project. Stay tuned to get more acquainted on how to improve your communication and performance stats with captivating stories on how Bill has managed to handle different chaotic situations in diverse environments into a complete success. Also, find out why your audience is a key factor that shapes the tone and theme of your speech and how you too can adapt your performance in relation to this. Bill also gives us insights into his book Loyalty, Trust & Success: Transforming Anchors, Reporters & Weathercasters Into Superstars and what you can expect to gain from the book. Quotes The difference between a songwriter and a star is that a songwriter plays the song while a star plays the audience. Just because you're famous doesn't mean you can host a show. There’s a skill set, learning how to read a prompt or how to deal with guests among other trainable skills. You change who you are depending on who you're talking to, in order to survive in that situation. I'm not there because I'm the show or I'm the production company. I have one job. To make you win. If you win, if you succeed, my ex-wives eat. My ex-wives are very hungry women. So it’s important to me that I make everybody I work with success. There's a big difference between having a sense of humor and beginning with a joke. And a lot of people are told to first begin with a joke - ‘Hey, get them smiling, get them laughing’ - And it's the worst thing you can do. It's not about you. It's never about you. Every great storyteller knows that every story they tell is about one thing- the person they're talking to - It's about getting that person to react and you're going to change how you tell that story depending on who you're talking to. From my experience working for over 3 decades, I have formulated tools and techniques for people to create a certain kind of loyalty and trust with their audience when they’re on the stage. Loyalty with their viewers, and through that, create success. There's a big difference between having a sense of humor and beginning with a joke. And a lot of people are told to first begin with a joke - ‘Hey, get them smiling, get them laughing’ - And it's the worst thing you can do. It's not about you. It's never about you. Every great storyteller knows that every story they tell is about one thing- the person they're talking to - It's about getting that person to react and you're going to change how you tell that story depending on who you're talking to. From my experience working for over 3 decades, I have formulated tools and techniques for people to create a certain kind of loyalty and trust with their audience when they’re on the stage. Loyalty with their viewers, and through that, create success. There is no failure for people who are successful. There are just learning experiences. Timestamps How Bill got the nickname ‘Host Whisperer’ (04:35) Bill’s experience solving complex show problems (11:09) How Bill helps managers in the identification, acquisition, and training of new talent (20:06) Top mistakes that beginners make when attempting their first speech (23:01) Stand up comedians, impromptu speakers, and improvisanalists - How they all prepare (24:20) Helping artists with PR and Stage presence (25:43) How great speakers improvise according to the audience (28:54) Why Bill enjoys working with athletes the most (34:34) Mentions Nigel Lythgoe Dick Clark Kenny Norton Joe Schmoe - Meaning American Girl Show Connect with Bill Cakmis Website
DE261 Crowdsourcing a cure for Covid 19, there is good news ahead!
I remember while I was still very young - and before I owned my first business - putting in the 8-5 working for other people. And every time, I couldn’t help but think to myself how great it would be to spend the 8 hours working for myself and building my own business. Well folks, now’s your time to do the same. You can build whatever you want, whatever you've always wished for, you have no excuses, nothing holding you back. So take advantage of the current situation as an opportunity to grow and build yourself. Show Notes Amidst the current storm, we’re in, amidst the negative and depressing updates all over mainstream and social media, today’s show is a message about hope and optimism that tomorrow will be better than today. In today’s show, Jeff Brown, a brilliant investor, and editor in numerous publications will be my main source of reference in regards to his reports on the Covid-19 outbreak and how we’re slowly, but certainly improving, learning and growing from this situation. And thus, despite the constant call for alarm and panic from the ratings and numbers obsessed media, here are some of the top indications that we’re day by day recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic; New confirmed cases have completely leveled off in China. There are just a handful of new cases each day. (Social distancing helps stop the spread of the virus, so please, for all the people out there partying, tempting fate, you're putting yourself and other families in grave danger) Warmer, more humid weather slows down the spread of Covid 19 (Just like past airborne viruses, this means that cases in the Northern hemisphere will dramatically fall as we enter spring humidity and early summer) Electronic supply chain manufacturers in China are on a track to return to full production by the end of this month (March of 2020), shipment, transportation to airports and seaport logistics is almost back to normal. A Chinese biotechnology company has already shown early success with the combination of its hepatitis C and HIV treatment for Covid 19. Early data from a clinical trial on 11 patients demonstrated all 11 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital. Also, get to find out why the current situation has exposed our weaknesses and vulnerabilities in self-reliance. As predicted by Ross Perot, all our products, ranging from surgical masks, gowns, electronics, labor, resources, etc are outsourced and (or) manufactured and shipped from China. Crowdsourcing the Covid 19 Cure using a Video game Folded is an online video game that started as a research project at the University of Washington's center for game science and the department of biochemistry. Players try to fold proteins into shapes that are stable and functional. Different individuals have different ways to process and understand information. What’s easy for you to understand in a classroom may be impossible for someone else to understand. Likewise, I could easily dissect and process information from a game as compared to other classrooms and book talented individuals. And that’s why we need all hands on deck to help solve the Covid 19 pandemic. Alexa trying to become a doctor? The current situation is also acting as a catalyst towards Amazon trying to produce small connected devices that could run various tests like taking our temperature or even analyzing our blood. Alexa will then analyze results, send them back to the cloud, and then make a diagnosis from there. After it’s a diagnosis, Alexa will order prescription medicine for you and have it delivered on your doorstep within hours and perform a follow up within a few days. In conclusion, try to steer away from all the negativity and hype the media is trying to spread just for views and sensationalism. You know what they say, attention pays. Let’s all pray and turn to God in these tough times for protection and guidance in these dark and difficult times (and not just because of the pandemic, but because we need Him every day of our lives) Stay safe and stay full of hope and happiness. Selected articles The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be spot on. Ted Talk Video: The next outbreak? We’re not ready | Bill Gates Tech giants are getting creative to manage the COVID-19 crisis: New trials, new websites, new employees: Google, Amazon, and others are finding new ways to help Timestamps Bill Gates Ted Talk that predicted our current pandemic (4:02) Jeff Brown’s publications and message of hope (05:05) Google’s on deck too! (06:11) Ross Perot arguments, and how it’s playing out today (08:39) America. Are we really independent? (10:09) Take financial advantage of the state we’re in (12:02) Sensationalism sells. Stay off the media (13:14) “Crowdsourcing” everyone's help to find a cure. (13:33) Special thanks to Jeff Brown for his fabulous research in “The Bleeding Edge” As always, thanks a lot for being a part of the
DE260 Emily Zuzik, a brave rocker releasing her latest “Torch & Trouble”
Emily Zuzik's career in the performing arts is a study in diversification. Her career journey in the music industry has enabled her to develop a unique personality and signature style in her productions and live performances. At varying times, she can call herself a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, and model - and she has had success at each of these related-but-distinct pursuits. All of which are thanks to her unparalleled and unique brand of performing. Emily has released several records of her own music that range in style from a Cheryl Crow-Esque rootsy-rock vibe to a hip-hopping blend of Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, and Beck. Her vocals have been heard on NBC, WB Interactive and she has collaborated with Moby and sang with Blue Man Group. Her soon-to-be-released album, Torch & Trouble, is a well-focused blend of earthy singer-songwriter centered Americana music, a true reflection of her uncommon and exceptional style in the music, and performance industry as a whole. No matter the art or genre, it's Emily's unique personality and voice that brings it all together. Show Notes Joining me on the show today is the melodious, mesmerizing and uniquely diverse singer/songwriter, Emily Zuzik. The LA-based artist graces our show with wonderful tunes and thoughts from her current album “Torch and Trouble”. Stay tuned on the show and find out more about Emily’s collaborations and personal connections behind the production of “Torch and Trouble”. Although she currently resides and works from LA, Emily has had the pleasure of traveling and living in plenty of other states throughout the country. We discuss her thoughts and opinions from her experience living in different places and what she feels about Nashville as a growing city and hotspot for the upcoming performing arts. Emily describes to us why she feels that producing older songs results in more passion and energy output in the studio. She enjoys working with notable professions while producing her songs and never interferes or in any way gives suggestions to the team when they’re all working on her masterpieces during production. She trusts that every professional has gained their reputation from their previous work and therefore deserve to be 100% reliable on their output. Strap up your seatbelts, because you’re in for a fabulous ride from Emily’s world of the diverse and unique blend of music production, songwriting, and band performance. Quotes What I have found over the years is that lots of people can write songwriter folk and upbeat daddies, but not everybody does it with a hard-rocking component. So I really consider myself lucky to be able to wear both of these hats. There’s something really fun about writing a song and then going into the studio the next day and cutting it. And there's energy in that too. But if you want a more polished thing, then it's helpful to really have old songs from the past down. Just as I did with “Torch and Trouble”. There’s always uncertainty in music, and right now, there's the coronavirus and the upcoming American presidential election. There's just stuff in the world that's frustrating and can induce anxiety and can make you go dark, and I am trying to put forward light and love and hope. I know there's a lot of other people who feel that way too. And so hopefully we'll get a groundswell and some things will be turning around into a more positive direction in 2020. Timestamps Find out more about Emily’s upcoming album, “Torch and Trouble” (5:00) Listen to “Alone” (6:00) The people that she works with (12:08) Emily’s performance in New York (13:30) Her background and experience living in New York (15:36) Listen to “Winter in California” (19:15) The story behind the song “How did you get so good?” (28:27) Listen to “How did you get so good?” (31:20) Emily’s teamwork experience working with different professionals (40:20) Listen to “Trouble” (42:01) Emily’s plan for the year (46:40) Mentions Moby Ted Russell Kamp Blue Man Group Tim Lefebvre Rockwood Music Hall Station House Studios DJ Gary Calamar American fest Connect with Emily Zuzik Website
DE259 Luna Keller, singing and songwriting on the Canary Islands, simply Paradise!
Living the dream! Luna Keller is from a musical family, thus music has always been a part of her from as long as she can remember. His dad who is a musician and producer has been a pivotal part of her love and growth in the music profession. Music has always brought Luna and her family so much joy, and beautiful life moments, that she feels so lucky and blessed to be a talented singer and songwriter. The sky's the limit for Lunar and as she performs on small stages and travels the world, she knows for a fact that she’s chosen her way, she loves it in ways she can’t describe, and she is truly happy. Show Notes Today on the show, I’m joined for the first time, all the way from the Canary Islands, by the talented and captivating Luna Keller. Only 18 years old, Luna has already written over 400 songs. Stay tuned as we dig deep into the songwriting process, as Luna shares with us her thoughts, feelings, and emotions when she’s writing songs, and why the whole process is very dear and special to her. With so much experience, talent and passion at such a tender age, Luna Keller’s unique blend of songwriting, teamwork production and instrument playing is set to dazzle any music fan out of their seats! Luna started writing songs at a very young age. Her father who is a music producer has certainly played a huge role in paving her path towards her music career. Blessed with a unique insight into songwriting, Luna gives us a sneak peek of what it’s like when she’s writing songs and the euphoric feelings that tags along with it. Having lived in Ireland for a short time, Luna’s singing and love of folk music was a result of the society and culture that she adopted whilst in Ireland. She has a strong belief and liking for teamwork and working together in the effort to produce creative and unique artistry when singing and songwriting. You’re most definitely in for a real thrill in this week’s episode dear listeners! With top hits from the album, including “Alice is in love with a Mad hatter” and “I don’t know where I’m going”. Quotes If you love without fear and do what you want and really get to be who you want to be, then that can not be beaten by anything. I'm a fan of teamwork. I think there are always new perspectives that other people can bring to your art that you would've never thought of. As a songwriter, you kind of get used to certain things that you do a certain way, and when you write with someone else, you get a new perspective on songwriting and it makes you grow as a songwriter and you create something that you wouldn't have created on your own. The takeaway is really just that you don't have to have it all figured out and it's okay to be on your way. And to work through things since you're not always going to be perfect. Songwriting for me is a very personal and emotional thing. My songs come from a very deep place and a very personal place, so depending on where I am emotional, I will be capable of digging in there and writing from that feeling. You learn from yourself and you learn from the progress. I think it's really important to not beat yourself up or get obsessive about this one song that you couldn't write or that you wanted to write. But instead to actually say, “okay, I'm learning, the next one will be better”. And then when you write a song that's really good, you just, as you say, you get this euphoria like, yes, I want to share this with the world. This is amazing. And it's a process. It's got its ups and downs. In songwriting, you're always searching for something you haven't done before. Searching for a new perspective, a new way to tell a story, and when you find it, it's a wonderful gift. I'm so grateful that I get to summarize and to put my feelings into songs. I think there is a big difference between an instrument that has been programmed and an instrument that has been played. Songs played by human beings, I think I have a much more organic feel, and that’s my kind of music. Time Stamps Listen to Alice is in love with a Mad hatter (6:00) Listen to I don’t know where I’m going (19:22) Lunar’s hobbies (23:39) The connection between poetry and reading (26:04) Listen to Two Chords (35:53) Production of two chords and why it’s special to Luna Her inspiration and story behind we’re all mad here (35:21) Listen to We’re all mad here (43:54) Germany, Switzerland, and Lunar’s plans for the year.(43:38) Mentions Alanis Morissette Eric Bay Uli Pfannmuller Selected Links Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo Chio Destination Guide (Canary Islands, Spain) Follow Luna Website
DE258 Marc Jordan, celebrates “both sides” of music, smooth Jazz can’t get any smoother!
Having had his songs been on 35 Million CDs and recorded 16 of his own Albums, our guest today, Marc Jordan is a true music legend and inspiration to all aspiring artists in the singing and songwriting niche. Married to Fellow musician and actress Amy Sky, Jordan’s Music Career shot for the sky when he signed for Warner Music in LA and began writing songs for and alongside some of the greats, including Diana Ross, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Brette Milder, and Rod Stewart. Jordan has already been the recipient of several music awards including the ASCAP, JUNO and Smooth awards. Despite having already accomplished so much in the industry, the drive and passion that Jordan has for music and songwriting, according to him, is deeper and more profound than it’s ever been. He’s just released his latest album “Both Sides” in April of 2019, and alongside his wife Amy, the two are currently working on releasing another album set for 2020. Show Notes I had the pleasure of hosting Marc Jordan on the dHarmic Evolution today, stay tuned in the show as we discuss the life and career of Jordan, alongside some of his top hits including, the #1 smash world wide “Rhythm of My Heart” sung by Rod Stewart. As he ventured into the music industry, Jordan noticed that the careers of so many people were catching fire with his songs. Warner Chappell noticed and approached and signed Jordan to a publishing deal after noticing how talented he was with his writing, and from then on Jordan would just write as if he would be the one to perform the songs. Later on, the songs would be pitched to other artists who would add their tune and style. Jordan gives us a look into his personal life and career life. Get to find out the joys and challenges of working in the music industry from Jordan’s memories and experiences. We explore issues related to his touring, songwriting, performing and changes that have been ushered in by technology in the music industry. Quotes It's hard to do cover songs because people are always comparing them to the original. So you’ve got to make it your own without destroying people’s memories ( 04:57 ) So I just wrote as if I was going to record everything myself. That was the only way I could make the songs true. And the people that recorded the songs brought themselves to the show. (16:40) When I realized that the concerts weren’t about me, that they were about the people sitting in the audience, is when I stopped began to enjoy concerts more, because I got so much in return. (40:22) Music is so important. It's our first language and it's the language of our hearts and it's the language of a revolution as well. It's important politically and it's important emotionally. And we must never lose sight of that. And we must never compromise our artists because to do that there would be no art in the world. And if there was no art in this world, especially in music, then what is this world? (