WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Martin Harris. In this episode, we chat about how Martin went from being in punk bands in Poland, to being a best-selling sport author in Europe, to becoming a successful working actor in Hollywood. Along the way we discuss some great advice he was given by the late Kobe Bryant, who is our favorite James Bond, and what it is like to work with Robert DeNiro on the film Amsterdam, Colin Firth on HBO’s The Staircase, plus how he manifested his roles on Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Also, the Call of Duty character he voices (Krueger) is a worldwide fan favorite! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for his numerous upcoming projects!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Rachel Brandsness and Tyler Warren from the rock band Flarelight. In this episode we chat about how they got into music, some of their separate musical career highlights including opening for bands like Evanescence, Neon Trees, and Halestorm, being selected to be the in the band Queen + Adam Lambert and playing The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Then we talk about how they met, and why they formed Flarelight. We have a lot of fun along the way discussing each of our first big concerts, and how they shaped us, we shine a light on mutual friend Angela Lese, plus they graciously let me play a single off of their new album The Light We Make, which came out earlier this month.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know singer-songwriter Jay Brown.
In this episode we chat about how growing up in Pittsburgh made him move to warmer areas as an adult, and how working in asbestos made him strive even harder to follow his dreams of being a songwriter. Jay shares how a car accident helped direct his income in a different direction and gave him the opportunity to give songwriting in Nashville a shot. Finally, Jay discusses the songwriting process and lets me play his newest co-written song Road Scholar.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Jonathan Schmock. While we all know him best as the snarky maitre d’ from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; he has brought us so much more! In this episode we chat about his comedy duo (The Funny Boys) being on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson TWICE and subsequently banned FOR LIFE from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! We also talk about some of his other acting roles, his transition into directing, producing, and developing shows for television. Jonathan is responsible for developing Sabrina the Teenage Witch, for television, among other shows. Jonathan shares some stories of his experiences working with the legendary Stella Adler, working on Blossom, developing Brotherly Love for Joey Lawrence, working with Aaron Spelling on The New Love Boat, his arc on the US version of Showtime’s Shameless, and OF COURSE we get into what his experience was with John Hughes and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Finally, we chat about why he became a political cartoonist, and how some presidents are less fun to make cartoons about. Jonathan was a delight to speak with, and kinder than I could ever have imagined. Thank you so much Jonathan.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know David Wood. David is a former actuary who became a Life Coach and author. In this episode we chat about his path to become an actuary, and what the heck that even is! Then we discuss his transition into life coaching and ultimately why he authored two books. His most recent book is called Mouse In The Room: Because The Elephant Is Not Alone. David shares stories of his youth, his relationships, his work history, and his search for himself; all of which culminate into living his best life today. Finally, we tease a future conversation about the new employment trend “Quiet Quitting”
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Kayla Adams RETURNS!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about Kayla Adams. If you didn’t catch her first appearance, go back and listen to it. That’s where we did the whole “where are you from, what got you into acting” thing. In this return episode, we chat about how she spent her covid, her TWO new films: Hex and Awaken, plus we discuss the film she is trying to make adapted from her Canadian grand-father’s experiences in World War 2 after being shot down behind enemy lines! We talk pretty in depth about her new films including who is in them, what her on set experiences were like, and the new romantic comedy she is pitching all over town. The whole time we are trying to sell movies to Tom Hanks!
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Paul Feig AGAIN!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know EVEN MORE about three-time guest Paul Feig. In this episode we get caught up on how he spent his Covid quarantine time, we talk about his new Artingstall’s gin, he tells us about a cocktail book he has coming out next month called “Cocktail Time: The Ultimate Guide to Grown Up Fun”. We briefly discuss some of his past films, and then jump into his latest film: The School for Good and Evil, which came out last week on Netflix. Based on the popular young adult fantasy series of the same name, written by Soman Chainani, the film stars Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Washington, Lawrence Fishburn, Patti LuPone, Sophia Anne Carusso, Sofia Wylie, Jamie Flatters, and is narrated by Cate Blanchett. Lastly, what Paul Feig interview would be complete if we didn’t talk about what he is wearing! Paul is so much fun to talk to each and every time. Thanks again Paul, you are a mensch!
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John M. Phillips, Esq.
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know John M. Phillips, Esq.
John is a Wrongful Death & Civil Rights attorney, and legal commentator based in Florida; and founding partner of Phillips & Hunt located in Jacksonville, Florida. In this episode we chat about why he became a lawyer, and how much Gregory Peck had to do with his decision. We also discuss one of his first big cases, which involved the killing of Jordan Davis, and how that particular case has affected his life journey and legal career. Naturally we dive into his involvement in Netflix’s Tiger King series, who he represented, and why; as well as why he now represents The Tiger King himself, Joe Maldonado A.K.A. The Tiger King. Lastly, I ask John why he bought a trolley, and what he plans to do with it!
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Stephen Krueger Returns!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about previous guest, & my buddy, Stephen Krueger. In this episode, we chat about some of the specific projects Stephen has worked on, including Punk’d, Laguna Beach, and more. Stephen shares a frustrating encounter with famed director Tony Scott, explains why his only Emmy nomination was under a pseudonym, and shares his experience being in the proximity of a mass shooting several years ago. Finally, we discuss his scripted science fiction podcast SUBTERRA. We talk about why he decided to do it, what it involved, how it was received, and we talk a little about season 2 (which is out now!). Stay tuned immediately after the episode for a sneak peek at season 2 of Subterra, available everywhere you get podcasts.
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John Graziano (Graz)
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know John Graziano; or Graz, as he likes to be called. In this episode, we find out what exactly is a maker, how Graz came to be a maker, and how he came to be associated with the most elite of The Maker Community. Naturally we discuss his Netflix show MAKING FUN, how those folks were discovered, and what it was like to make a television show based on being a MAKER. Along the way, we discuss the MAKER community on You Tube, and some of the amazing things that this community does, as well as the core principle of sharing knowledge. Lastly, we chat about the amazing hand-crafted knives that Graz Makes.
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