Workin’ It Episodes So Far

Season 1

Episode 02.05: Color Strategist Vyana Novus: We are all inherently creative.

In addition to being a painter and illustrator, Vyana Novus is a color strategist. You may ask, “What is a color strategist?” We had the same question! Listen and find out what exactly a color strategist is and how Vyana helps people use color to connect with their creative selves and with each other. We...

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Episode 02.04: Wilco Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen: Wilco does, indeed, love you.

SPECIAL NOTE: At the end of this episode, hear the brand-new, unreleased, Wilco song, White Wooden Cross.  Mikael Jorgensen is the keyboardist for Wilco, one of the most celebrated indie rock bands of the last 25 years. In our conversation we find out if a degree from DeVry University is essential to being in the...

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Episode 02.03: Animation Director Ross Venokur: The gut-wrenching freedom of making indie animated films.

Ross Venokur has directed animated feature films such as A.C.O.R.N.S: Operation Crackdown and the soon to be released Charming, starring Demi Lovato, Sia and John Cleese. He’s currently heavily into production on his third animated feature, The Silk Road Rally. In our conversation we get into why Ross’s lack of drawing skill has not hindered...

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Episode 02.02: Remix Artist Cassandra C. Jones: I’m just gonna go tomorrow, make something new and find joy in that.

Cassandra C. Jones is a remix artist using digital photography to create large-scale collage works. In our conversation, we learn exactly what a “remix artist” is and how she goes about the process of making her giant, gorgeous prints. We also talk about the delicate balancing act of raising kids in an environment where both parents...

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Episode 02.01: Pro Tennis Player Lester Cook: Exactly how does it feel to be ranked 191st in the world?

This is is one of our favorite episodes ever and we’re thrilled that it’s our SEASON 2 PREMIERE! Lester Cook was a professional tennis player for 6 years. He won 8 professional singles titles and 18 doubles titles, reaching a career high ranking of No. 191 in singles and No. 175 in doubles. He competed...

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Episode 14: SEASON 1 FINALE! It did a lot to my head to see my body photoshopped in front of me. A talk with Model Sophie Ward.

Sophie Ward walked the runway in fashion capitals around the world for 8 years and appeared in countless magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. In our conversation, Sophie tells that while modeling was her ticket out of Perth, Australia, it also led to an eating disorder and a myriad of self-esteem issues. She also opens...

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Episode 13: All I want is more tomatoes. A talk with Tomatomania Producer Scott Daigre.

PEOPLE! All your tomato questions get answered in the episode! Scott Daigre is the producer behind Tomatomania, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale. In this fun and fast-moving conversation, Scott schools Reed on the basics to his method of growing amazing-tasting and bountiful tomatoes in your home garden. He also gives some history into how...

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Episode 12: The financial, physical and emotional costs of always being ready. A talk with U.S. Marine Captain Jim Shelton.

Jim Shelton served active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. In our talk, we explore the sometimes monotonous daily routine of being a deployed marine and learn some surprising truths about how the military actually operates day-to-day . We also hear his first-hand account of...

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Episode 11: Trader Joe’s behind the scenes. Are people as happy as they seem? A talk with Trader Joe’s Sign Artist Meggie Hawthorne.

Meggie Hawthorne was a crew member at Trader Joes for for seven years and a Sign Artist for three of those. In our talk we learn about the daily grind of making sure all the shelf signs in the store are correct and how you have to plan months ahead of time for “pumpkin season.”...

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Episode 10: Every single moment of our lives is unscripted. A talk with Improvisation Coach David Taylor.

David Taylor has a 10-year history with Improvisation, studying at the American Acadamey of Dramatic Arts in New York and taking improv classes from Gary Austin, the founder of the Groundlings. In our conversation, David explains why he believes that improv can fundamentally change how we live our lives and how anyone, not just actors,...

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Episode 09: Wherever you go, there you are. Or, how to go to Kyrgyzstan and reshape your life. A talk with Kiva Media Fellow Liz Fish.

Liz Fish did a stint as a Kiva Media Fellow, traveling to Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan to document success stories of entrepreneurs receiving loans from Kiva, the micro-finance non-profit. In our fun (and emotional) conversation, Liz lets us in on the secret of what gift to bring Ukrainian farmers to immediately get in their...

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Episode 08: Quenching the thirst of the kombucha generation. A talk with Kombucha Brewer Adam Gallegos.

Adam and Sonia Gallegos needed a change. They sold their thriving real estate business, moved across the country and, taking a very big leap of faith, opened Revel, a kombucha bar in Ojai CA two and a half years ago. Revel turned out to be an immediate runaway success, converting kombucha skeptics, like Reed, into...

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