BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Mike Squires, Musician and Host, Couch Riffs Podcast. Highlights include their discussion of Mike’s approach of looking through the cracked door to see opportunity, the different definitions of success, and making a living off your passion. They also ponder musicians’ early inspiration in the post album digital age, and the addictive nature of being in a “flow” state with the inevitable experience of coming down after performing
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Mike Squires, Musician and Host, Couch Riffs Podcast
If you care a lot about something, do you prove it? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren chat with Mike Squires, veteran rock guitarist, about his path from humble beginnings to touring the world with music legends. He shares what it was like feeling like a fish out of water after arriving in Seattle, the importance of practicing with musicians better than you, and getting a call from Duff McKagan about auditioning. He also discusses his drive to make music, the pitfall of having goals but not putting in the work, and his habit of inviting himself into bands.
The BlackSon, Hip Hop Recording Artist, Artist, and Director
Do you treat every day as Day 1? In this episode,The BlackSon shares his path from poet to being a rising star in the national hip hop scene. He shares what the transition was like moving from poetry slams to the hip hop stage, his goal of activating all of our senses with his art, and working with legendary producers. He also shares the importance of constantly creating, channeling nervous energy for a great performance, and specifying where you want to be in 30 days. This episode is full of great advice for anyone looking to better themselves or break their goals into manageable parts.
Sean Kelly, Recording Artist and Past Member, Sixpence None the Richer
Could you handle the demands of your dreams coming true? In this episode, Sean Kelly shares his path from jamming with his high school friends to being a member of the Grammy-nominated band Sixpence None the Richer. Sean discusses the grind of making it in the music industry, the excitement of touring on a tour bus for the first time, and the roller coaster ride of humbling versus rock star moments along the way. He also discusses the myth of overnight success and his advice for up-and-coming musicians.
Learn more about Sean’s production company: Stereophonic Films
Lockwood Barr, Country Music Recording Artist
Is pushing yourself outside your comfort zone a theme in your life? In this episode Lockwood Barr shares her path from her first writing sessions after arriving in Nashville to becoming a successful artist. She discusses consistently pushing out of her comfort zone, fighting impostor syndrome, her first CMA festival as a performer, and touring for a living. Lockwood also shares the importance of addressing mental health needs and her efforts to bring awareness to, and advocate for, suicide prevention. Her story is inspiring and reminds us not to be deterred by rejections along our path.
Brandon Barnett, Songwriter and Founder of the Left of Nashville Podcast Network
Would you walk away from a good living to take a shot at your dreams? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Brandon Barnett, whose path includes collaborating with one of Nashville’s best known songwriters to his true crime podcast that led to an arrest in a decades old missing person cold-case. Brandon shares his experience of not giving up, the joy and stress of podcasting about cold cases, and the importance of having fun no matter what you pursue. He also talks about the realization that he had hundreds of thousands of listeners, and his mantra of not putting out garbage just to release something.
Tracy Tutor, Author, Fear is Just a Four Letter Word, and Star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing LA
Are you able to embrace fear, put it aside, and nail that big opportunity or performance? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with bestselling author and television star, Tracy Tutor. Tracy shares her path of entering the L.A. luxury home real estate market at a young age, and the drive and determination that it required. She also shares what she has learned about what it takes to be successful, how to get into the proper mindset during stressful situations, and the important lessons from failures along the way. This episode is full of great advice including resisting being silenced, being true to yourself, and not striving for perfection.
Jeremy Tubbs, Director of Music Entertainment, University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus, Music Recording and Touring Artist
How would your friends and family react to learning that you decided to pursue music as a career instead of continuing the 3rd year of your pre-med track? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jeremy Tubbs shares his path, from hating his first guitar lessons to touring the world. Listen to hear him discuss the encouragement he received to make music his profession, his ultimate decision to become a full-time musician, learning to play multiple instruments, and touring nonstop for almost a decade. You will also want to hear what Carl Perkins shared with Jeremy about Elvis Presley’s pre-performance jitters.
Learn more about Lambuth’s Music Entertainment Program
Jennifer Farmer, Author of First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life, Public Relations Executive
Have you remained anchored to your why? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jennifer Farmer shares with us where her path began, the influences of those early experiences, the lessons she has learned along the way, and what it took for her to start her own business. She also discusses her thoughts on being a black female professional and what led her to want to write her second book which just became available on August 16th. You also won’t want to miss what she thinks is the biggest takeaway from her story.
Brendon Peel, Mentalist/Magician, and Star on Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera
Would you have had the confidence when you were 18 years old to organize and perform a show at the largest and best known festival in the country? In this episode Brendon shares how he was mesmerized seeing mentalists perform at a very young age, subsequently began putting in hours improving his own skills, and ultimately became the youngest ticketed magician in the history of South Africa. His path includes a decade of tirelessly promoting his shows, to his ever growing number of live shows and television appearances on Britain’s Got Talent and the Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera.
Gordon Domnick, Lead Singer of Ripe & Ruin.
Would you feel a sense of freedom if you thought things could not get any worse? In this episode, Gordon discusses his path in music from a self-described group of teens making noise to a very successful global band. He shares with us the range of emotions he experienced hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time, his take on the perpetual struggle between creating art and making a living from it, and his perspective on the drive necessary to continue in the competitive world of music. Gordon has excellent advice for everyone, including aspiring musicians, artists, and performers alike.
Garrett Jacobs, Country Recording Artist
If a door opened would you walk through it? In this episode we speak with Garrett Jacobs, who ended up writing his first single the first time he visited Nashville. Garrett’s approach to his songs is to create a connection with the listener, allowing the song to be whatever is needed in their own life. Listen to Garrett’s story to discover how hearing Chris Stapleton for the first time changed his life, how he has matured as a songwriter since arriving in Nashville, and to hear him share his father’s four keys to success that has guided him along his own path.
Learn more about Garrett: Instagram Ep.
Desiree Page, Founder of 318 Management, Actress, and Model
Do you recognize opportunity when it presents itself? In this episode we speak to Desiree, Founder of 318 Management. Desiree’s story takes us on her journey of founding her management company armed with over a decade of experience as an actress, setting goals with her drive to always be moving forward, and her advice for anyone wondering if they should make a change in their own life. You will also want to listen to find out what happens when she is antiquing as a child and happens upon the actress Sandra Bullock.
Chris Killian, Actor, Comedian, and Host of the Daily Distraction on ComicBook.com
If your brief stint as a professional wrestler was stalled by being 5’ 8’’, would you consider a career as a stand-up comic? In this episode we speak to Chris, a multi-faceted performer with a fascinating story. Listen as Chris tells us about facing the proverbial fork in the road when he had to decide to make the leap to being a professional comedian, his drive and singular focus once he made the decision, learning his craft by observing what the best comedians were doing on stage, and not taking “no” as an answer.
Learn more about Chris: Instagram