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In intimate conversions, Andy Kushner shows you the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the ordinary struggles that even the extraordinary experience. EOP gets to the heart of the matter with interesting people that we rarely get a chance to talk with.

Latest Episodes

Brett Culp: Obstacle Or Opportunity

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp, has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life.He also discusses his philosophy on dealing with obstacles, disappointment, fear, and why and how he maintains such a positive attitude in the face of life's struggles. Brett had a very successful career as a videographer in the lux wedding market, for ten years, until the recession of 2008 forced him to pivot. Now a filmmaker and keynote speaker, Brett Culp films is based out of Tampa FL. He also is an author, and produces short films such as “How to stay positive when the world feels negative.” Brett has 3 main key elements he has come up with to live by, do great work, show it to lots of people, and be really nice. Join us today as we learn that people love to work with people they like. Show Highlights: How Brett built his foundation When Brett became passionate about film How Brett transitioned into a film career Having a large goal, and breaking it into smaller and achievable goals 3 key elements Brett came up with to foster success The story behind Brett transitioning his career Brett’s first documentary he filmed Not having to spend money on marketing Brett’s perspective on leadership and what it means to him Challenges weddings had and letting go of stress Mindfulness and why it is so important Brett is more of a flow person verse an intention person Being more comfortable with the mysteries of your life Going through cycles to transform into who you are today Resources: Brett CulpWebsite FacebookandInstagram: brettculpfilms Twitter: brettculp Overview of Brett’s work/career -https://vimeo.com/289128900 Clip from one of Brett’s keynotes -https://vimeo.com/278802855 Trailer for Brett’s new film, Look to the Sky:https://vimeo.com/risinghero/supermanisreal

45 MIN2019 JUL 19
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Brett Culp: Obstacle Or Opportunity

Dave Russell: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer

When we’re working towards a new goal, one question we hear is “how bad do you want it?” What are you willing to do to succeed? How hard are you willing to work. Sometimes, our goals and dreams are just fun words that sound nice rolling off the tongue, yet have nothing to back them up. This is not the case with Dave Russell. Dave went from sweeping floors at a music studio to becoming a multi-Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Join us today as Dave shares his experience of working in the music industry and advice he has to offer. Show Highlights How Dave literally worked from the bottom up What artists look for when creating new records Working on Steely Dan’s record, “Two Against Nature," winning Dave multiple Grammys. The reason Dave quit playing guitar Working with Walter Becker, Willie Nelson, George Benson, Michael McDonald, Dan Folgelberg and more. The relationship between Recording Engineer and Producer The most memorable albums Dave’s worked on over the years The...

62 MIN2019 JAN 2
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Dave Russell: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer

Branden Chapman: Behind-The-Scenes of the Recording Academy and The Grammys

When we think about our favorite songs, we tend to think of the artist who sings them. What we don’t think about, however, is the amount of work and people that went into bringing it to life. The way artists have hundreds of people working to create tomorrow’s top hits, it takes just as many to put together a show to honor music and its makers. Today, Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production and Chief Business Development Officer, shares how he followed his passion for music and how it led to becoming a major executive and producer for the Recording Academy and Grammys. Show Highlights The 2 things Branden always starts his projects with The importance of process management and creating a budget timeline What all goes into making the Grammys a success The impact gratitude has when working with a team The Academy and its work in promoting fair wages for those working behind the scenes How Branden manages his many responsibilities and holds onto his sanity The most importa...

52 MIN2018 SEP 12
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Branden Chapman: Behind-The-Scenes of the Recording Academy and The Grammys

Chef Roy Yamaguchi: Creating Exquisite Cuisine, Culture & Community

On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Chef Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii. Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future. Show Highlights: How HomeEc sparked Roy’s culinary path The moment he decided to commit to cooking and pursue Culinary school in America Roy shares his first experience of New York compared to living in Japan The reason Roy went with his gut on opening his restaurant in Hawaii, when everyone told him not to What Roy took away from Cheers and the influence that played in creating hisrestaurant Roy shares the value of having a team and the importance of everyone having a voice Why sometimes you’ve got to let ideas marinate The difference in what makes ...

56 MIN2018 JUL 25
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Chef Roy Yamaguchi: Creating Exquisite Cuisine, Culture & Community

Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure. At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him. He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered. But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about-- helping others to discover their inner brilliance. Simon is unafraid to transform himself, to recognize the need to evolve. He understands this means putting yourself out there and potentially failing. He spends this episode sharing his experiences and dropping life-changing perspectives on how you can help yourself grow, forgive others, and take responsibility for pursuing your dreams and find success. About Simon T. Bailey: Simon T. Bailey helps people discover their ...

46 MIN2018 JUN 20
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Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Sifu Matthew: Injury Whisperer and the Martial Arts of Wellness

Andy met Sifu Matthew in Maui and personally witnessed at least three people being healed. He heals people and helps them heal themselves using principles of science. Sifu has worked with well-known athletes, as can be seen in the video testimonials in his website, and helped them find restorative healing and optimal health. He says I'm not performing miracles. I'm using science. About Sifu Matthew: Sifu is a Kung Fu Master, world renowned healer, athletic performance expert, and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness. He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of the body in relation to strength, wellness, and performance. He is known for his ability to regenerate body tissues, ligaments, and bones rapidly to activate the healing process. He is called “The Injury Whisperer.” Sifu currently runs wellness clinics in Los Angeles and provides specialized team programs and individual athlete mentorships worldwide. He lectures and educates athletes, doctors, and execut...

76 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Sifu Matthew: Injury Whisperer and the Martial Arts of Wellness

Catching Up with Rayshun Lamarr After a Close Call on The Voice

It was a tough show for Rayshun last week, and he finished in the bottom 2. The good news is that he was able to perform a different song and seek redemption - and boy, did he get it. Tune in to this special bonus episode where Andy catches up with Rayshun about last week's performances and we also get a little peek into what he's singing next week. If you haven't listed to Rayshun'sfirst interview, make sure you go back and listen - you won't be disappointed.

28 MIN2018 APR 30
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Catching Up with Rayshun Lamarr After a Close Call on The Voice

Rayshun Lamarr: The Voice Finalist Who Overcame Cancer to Achieve His Dreams

Rayshun Lamarr has officially put his voice in the arena-- it’s where he’s always known he wants it to be. As a singer since childhood, it would be easy to stay on a relatively safe course as an entertainer and rely on the talent he’s been recognized for since an early age. Instead, Rayshun creates opportunity after opportunity for himself to hone his craft and put himself up against the best. His first steady gig as a professional singer was with host Andy Kushner with a 10-piece party band called SoundConnection. Weddings were a huge entry point into Rayshun’s experience entertaining crowds on a stage and forging emotional connection live. His hearty experience on the stage prepared him for successfully auditioning for The Voice, where he is currently competing for the ultimate grand prize. Rayshun’s passion, tenacity, and joy are infectious and will make you want to cheer him on long after his time on The Voice ends. About Rayshun: Rayshun Lamarr hails from North Carolina an...

81 MIN2018 APR 25
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Rayshun Lamarr: The Voice Finalist Who Overcame Cancer to Achieve His Dreams

Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

Ashley Keegan is an extraordinarily intuitive healer. From a young age, she started learning howto view the human body and use natural elements to help others release trauma. She has a lotto say when it comes to fear, our inner physiologyand learning to appreciate that less is more. Ashley also looks closely at what’s around her. After seeing signs in her life that they weredestined for the special place Ashley calls “Mother Maui”, she moved out to Maui with herfamily when her children were babies-- a place which has now captivated her and allowed herto grow her practice. From our cellular memories to listening to the Hawaiian jungle, this episode is full of heart,depth, and-- of course-- healing. About Ashley: Ashley grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and began her training at 13 years old with aCherokee medicine man named Chief Two Trees. Her father is an environmentalist and ispassionate about alternative healing. She currently lives on the island of Maui in Hawaii and...

40 MIN2018 APR 11
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Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

Chuck Johnson: The Intriguing Story of a Guitarist's Adventure to Success

Chuck Johnson knew since he was a child that he wanted to be a musician. After persistently nagging his father (who played music in a band during rowdy parties) to teach him how to play, he learned his first 3 chords at 6 years old. Chuck Johnson probably never imagined his early childhood fascination would turn into a successful career as a prominent member of 3 bands and internationally touring with a jazz legend. From the ins and outs of forming bands over his career to theway he balanced a job with his musical commitments, Chuck spends this episode sharing stories and providing insight into his wide-ranging career-- including playing some live music from his most recent album. About Chuck Johnson: Originally from Ferrum, a small rural town in southwest Virgina, Charles “Chuck” Johnson is a guitarist and vocalist for the band TK-421 and Najee. He got his first big break in a variety band called Bananas At Large. In addition to his experience with Bananas At Large and TK-421, Ch...

83 MIN2018 MAR 28
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Chuck Johnson: The Intriguing Story of a Guitarist's Adventure to Success

Latest Episodes

Brett Culp: Obstacle Or Opportunity

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp, has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life.He also discusses his philosophy on dealing with obstacles, disappointment, fear, and why and how he maintains such a positive attitude in the face of life's struggles. Brett had a very successful career as a videographer in the lux wedding market, for ten years, until the recession of 2008 forced him to pivot. Now a filmmaker and keynote speaker, Brett Culp films is based out of Tampa FL. He also is an author, and produces short films such as “How to stay positive when the world feels negative.” Brett has 3 main key elements he has come up with to live by, do great work, show it to lots of people, and be really nice. Join us today as we learn that people love to work with people they like. Show Highlights: How Brett built his foundation When Brett became passionate about film How Brett transitioned into a film career Having a large goal, and breaking it into smaller and achievable goals 3 key elements Brett came up with to foster success The story behind Brett transitioning his career Brett’s first documentary he filmed Not having to spend money on marketing Brett’s perspective on leadership and what it means to him Challenges weddings had and letting go of stress Mindfulness and why it is so important Brett is more of a flow person verse an intention person Being more comfortable with the mysteries of your life Going through cycles to transform into who you are today Resources: Brett CulpWebsite FacebookandInstagram: brettculpfilms Twitter: brettculp Overview of Brett’s work/career -https://vimeo.com/289128900 Clip from one of Brett’s keynotes -https://vimeo.com/278802855 Trailer for Brett’s new film, Look to the Sky:https://vimeo.com/risinghero/supermanisreal

45 MIN2019 JUL 19
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Brett Culp: Obstacle Or Opportunity

Dave Russell: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer

When we’re working towards a new goal, one question we hear is “how bad do you want it?” What are you willing to do to succeed? How hard are you willing to work. Sometimes, our goals and dreams are just fun words that sound nice rolling off the tongue, yet have nothing to back them up. This is not the case with Dave Russell. Dave went from sweeping floors at a music studio to becoming a multi-Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Join us today as Dave shares his experience of working in the music industry and advice he has to offer. Show Highlights How Dave literally worked from the bottom up What artists look for when creating new records Working on Steely Dan’s record, “Two Against Nature," winning Dave multiple Grammys. The reason Dave quit playing guitar Working with Walter Becker, Willie Nelson, George Benson, Michael McDonald, Dan Folgelberg and more. The relationship between Recording Engineer and Producer The most memorable albums Dave’s worked on over the years The...

62 MIN2019 JAN 2
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Dave Russell: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer

Branden Chapman: Behind-The-Scenes of the Recording Academy and The Grammys

When we think about our favorite songs, we tend to think of the artist who sings them. What we don’t think about, however, is the amount of work and people that went into bringing it to life. The way artists have hundreds of people working to create tomorrow’s top hits, it takes just as many to put together a show to honor music and its makers. Today, Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production and Chief Business Development Officer, shares how he followed his passion for music and how it led to becoming a major executive and producer for the Recording Academy and Grammys. Show Highlights The 2 things Branden always starts his projects with The importance of process management and creating a budget timeline What all goes into making the Grammys a success The impact gratitude has when working with a team The Academy and its work in promoting fair wages for those working behind the scenes How Branden manages his many responsibilities and holds onto his sanity The most importa...

52 MIN2018 SEP 12
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Branden Chapman: Behind-The-Scenes of the Recording Academy and The Grammys

Chef Roy Yamaguchi: Creating Exquisite Cuisine, Culture & Community

On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Chef Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii. Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future. Show Highlights: How HomeEc sparked Roy’s culinary path The moment he decided to commit to cooking and pursue Culinary school in America Roy shares his first experience of New York compared to living in Japan The reason Roy went with his gut on opening his restaurant in Hawaii, when everyone told him not to What Roy took away from Cheers and the influence that played in creating hisrestaurant Roy shares the value of having a team and the importance of everyone having a voice Why sometimes you’ve got to let ideas marinate The difference in what makes ...

56 MIN2018 JUL 25
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Chef Roy Yamaguchi: Creating Exquisite Cuisine, Culture & Community

Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure. At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him. He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered. But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about-- helping others to discover their inner brilliance. Simon is unafraid to transform himself, to recognize the need to evolve. He understands this means putting yourself out there and potentially failing. He spends this episode sharing his experiences and dropping life-changing perspectives on how you can help yourself grow, forgive others, and take responsibility for pursuing your dreams and find success. About Simon T. Bailey: Simon T. Bailey helps people discover their ...

46 MIN2018 JUN 20
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Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Sifu Matthew: Injury Whisperer and the Martial Arts of Wellness

Andy met Sifu Matthew in Maui and personally witnessed at least three people being healed. He heals people and helps them heal themselves using principles of science. Sifu has worked with well-known athletes, as can be seen in the video testimonials in his website, and helped them find restorative healing and optimal health. He says I'm not performing miracles. I'm using science. About Sifu Matthew: Sifu is a Kung Fu Master, world renowned healer, athletic performance expert, and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness. He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of the body in relation to strength, wellness, and performance. He is known for his ability to regenerate body tissues, ligaments, and bones rapidly to activate the healing process. He is called “The Injury Whisperer.” Sifu currently runs wellness clinics in Los Angeles and provides specialized team programs and individual athlete mentorships worldwide. He lectures and educates athletes, doctors, and execut...

76 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Sifu Matthew: Injury Whisperer and the Martial Arts of Wellness

Catching Up with Rayshun Lamarr After a Close Call on The Voice

It was a tough show for Rayshun last week, and he finished in the bottom 2. The good news is that he was able to perform a different song and seek redemption - and boy, did he get it. Tune in to this special bonus episode where Andy catches up with Rayshun about last week's performances and we also get a little peek into what he's singing next week. If you haven't listed to Rayshun'sfirst interview, make sure you go back and listen - you won't be disappointed.

28 MIN2018 APR 30
Comments
Catching Up with Rayshun Lamarr After a Close Call on The Voice

Rayshun Lamarr: The Voice Finalist Who Overcame Cancer to Achieve His Dreams

Rayshun Lamarr has officially put his voice in the arena-- it’s where he’s always known he wants it to be. As a singer since childhood, it would be easy to stay on a relatively safe course as an entertainer and rely on the talent he’s been recognized for since an early age. Instead, Rayshun creates opportunity after opportunity for himself to hone his craft and put himself up against the best. His first steady gig as a professional singer was with host Andy Kushner with a 10-piece party band called SoundConnection. Weddings were a huge entry point into Rayshun’s experience entertaining crowds on a stage and forging emotional connection live. His hearty experience on the stage prepared him for successfully auditioning for The Voice, where he is currently competing for the ultimate grand prize. Rayshun’s passion, tenacity, and joy are infectious and will make you want to cheer him on long after his time on The Voice ends. About Rayshun: Rayshun Lamarr hails from North Carolina an...

81 MIN2018 APR 25
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Rayshun Lamarr: The Voice Finalist Who Overcame Cancer to Achieve His Dreams

Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

Ashley Keegan is an extraordinarily intuitive healer. From a young age, she started learning howto view the human body and use natural elements to help others release trauma. She has a lotto say when it comes to fear, our inner physiologyand learning to appreciate that less is more. Ashley also looks closely at what’s around her. After seeing signs in her life that they weredestined for the special place Ashley calls “Mother Maui”, she moved out to Maui with herfamily when her children were babies-- a place which has now captivated her and allowed herto grow her practice. From our cellular memories to listening to the Hawaiian jungle, this episode is full of heart,depth, and-- of course-- healing. About Ashley: Ashley grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and began her training at 13 years old with aCherokee medicine man named Chief Two Trees. Her father is an environmentalist and ispassionate about alternative healing. She currently lives on the island of Maui in Hawaii and...

40 MIN2018 APR 11
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Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

Chuck Johnson: The Intriguing Story of a Guitarist's Adventure to Success

Chuck Johnson knew since he was a child that he wanted to be a musician. After persistently nagging his father (who played music in a band during rowdy parties) to teach him how to play, he learned his first 3 chords at 6 years old. Chuck Johnson probably never imagined his early childhood fascination would turn into a successful career as a prominent member of 3 bands and internationally touring with a jazz legend. From the ins and outs of forming bands over his career to theway he balanced a job with his musical commitments, Chuck spends this episode sharing stories and providing insight into his wide-ranging career-- including playing some live music from his most recent album. About Chuck Johnson: Originally from Ferrum, a small rural town in southwest Virgina, Charles “Chuck” Johnson is a guitarist and vocalist for the band TK-421 and Najee. He got his first big break in a variety band called Bananas At Large. In addition to his experience with Bananas At Large and TK-421, Ch...

83 MIN2018 MAR 28
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Chuck Johnson: The Intriguing Story of a Guitarist's Adventure to Success
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