Katy Garretson is a highly sought-after TV director and USC professor. But you may know her as host of the new podcast, Mojo Girl Madness. Katy is also one of my star amazing podcast launch students / clients who I’ve been working with for the past several months.
In this episode, we dive into:
What is Mojo and how do we find it?
Authenticity and vulnerability and why it’s the key to human connection.
Katy Garretson has worked in film/TV production for 30 years. Her directing credits include last season’s BROKE and CAROL’S SECOND ACT, TWO BROKE GIRLS, THE COOL KIDS, FULLER HOUSE, THE ODD COUPLE, YOUNG & HUNGRY, REBA, GEORGE LOPEZ, SCHOOL OF ROCK, TITUS, GIRLFRIENDS, the new PUNKY BREWSTER reboot coming in 2021, and a bunch of shows you’ve likely never heard of. Katy is incredibly proud to have spent three seasons directing the PBS Kids’ series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, which was created using motion capture and digital puppetry.
Katy has been nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Comedy Direction and several of her guest stars have been nominated for and/or received Emmy Awards. Along the way, she has also been an active member of the DGA – as an Associate National Board member, on numerous committees, and she also Chaired the AD/UPM Council for three terms.
In 2012, Katy was honored with the DGA Frank Capra Career Achievement Award for both her long list of credits and her service to the guild.
Beginning in 2013, Katy also produced a successful series of movies in Vancouver for The Hallmark Channel. Midway through her seventeenth movie of the series, though, her star was indicted in the college admissions scandal and… that was the end of that. She also took a break from showbiz for four years to be the CEO/Executive Director of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, an educational non-profit for inner-city kids.
Currently, in addition to directing, Katy teaches a graduate course on directing in the School of Cinematic Arts at her alma mater, the University of Southern California, and she hosts the new podcast MOJO GIRL MADNESS, now available on all major podcasting platforms.
• How finding your “complementary crazy” comrades makes all the difference
• Why impact means nothing if it’s not combined with this
Guest: Rocki Howard is a Senior Leader for a global recruitment process outsourcing firm by day. She has interviewed thousands of people in the span of her 30 year recruitment career. She has certifications in project management, HR and lean methodologies. During the day her love for people’s special brands of crazy have translated into her being named Global Manager of the Year and being acknowledged as one of the top 100 Global Minority Executives by EmPower 2 years running. Rocki’s passion around empowering women has resulted in her launching the Grown Woman Life platform where her mission is to highlight, engage, educate and inspire bold, brilliant, badass professional women over 40 with the goal of changing the narrative on what it means to be a professional woman over 40.
Welcome to this special episode of Forty Thrive. What makes it so special? Well I’m glad you asked.
First of all, April 2, 2020 is my 49th birthday. That’s right, it’s my last year in my 40s. To celebrate, I invited five incredible women on to the podcast for this episode. These women are resilient…they’re smart… they take no BS… and they are like sisters to me.
Actually they’re more than like sisters to me, they are my sisters.
To give you some context to the conversation you’re about to hear…
The six of us also have 7 brothers — so yeah, there are 13 of us in total.
There were 11 kids originally when my mom died from breast cancer at the age of 39. She’s the mother of the first 5 sisters you’ll hear from today, I was the baby. Two of us — including myself — carry the genetic mutation that led to our mother’s cancer.
My dad remarried a little while later and they had two more kids. That’s where girl #6 comes in.
Are you following?
So you’ll hear from six women ranging from 42-64; kickass women who work hard, crack inappropriate jokes and who have experienced a whole lot of life between us.
Here’s a little cheat sheet.
— Two of my sisters are now sober
— One of them stayed sober even after experiencing the tragic and sudden loss of her 30 year old daughter in a car crash
— One of my sisters is currently fighting glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer that she’s been battling for over two and a half years.
— Our father died four years ago from Alzheimers. This was after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes for decades. He was the strongest, biggest personality we’ve ever known and I’m willing to say, the most influential human being in all of our lives.
–– We were raised in the suburbs of Boston. They all live in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I live 3000 miles away in California.
–– We recorded this with a studio audience — okay, not really… but we did have some family members sitting nearby and heckling at times.
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Imagine turning 50, working in a corporate boys’ club, raising two kids and gong through a divorce. That’s not too uncommon, right? Today’s guest was doing just that when she decided to become a professional race car driver.
Born in Hong Kong to a German mother and Chinese father, Martina Kwan was destined for a life that was different. She spent her childhood in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, but credits living in war torn Beirut, Lebanon between the ages of 8-10, as an experience that defined much of her fearlessness today. Her unique path in life has shaped her into a woman of drive and determination.
After earning two Master of Science degrees, she worked in the male dominated finance and accounting fields in New York City with KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wall Street’s Lehman Brothers. Eventually, she landed Senior Management roles with Ian Schrager properties, the Hudson Hotel and the Paramount Hotel. Ultimately, Martina’s strong entrepreneurial spirit led her leave the corporate world to open her own business, the award-winning furniture company, Neoteric Luxury Outdoor Collections.
Daring to be different is what drives Martina today…literally! After her divorce, Martina knew it was time to take a car racing hobby she occasionally enjoyed to the next level. Proving that it’s never too late, at the age of 50, she decided she was going to become a race car driver.
Since her debut as the world’s only female Chinese/European race car driver just three years ago, Martina has been a pioneer in leveling the racing playing field by becoming a 3-time champion in a male-dominated racing category. In addition, she is now a fully sponsored FIA licensed race car driver of the Saleen S1 Cup Car in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Series, and a Nationally Accredited Driving Instructor. A mother of two teenage girls, one of her goals is to inspire girls and women to have the courage to dare to be different, and to convey that anything is possible, at any age.
If you spend any time online. you’ve probably witnessed a kerfuffle or two. Isn’t that a great word?
As the leader of the Forty Thrive private FB group, it’s sometimes a delicate dance when moderating a group of strong, passionate women. And I’m not the only one. Elsie Escobar not only co-manages a group of 13,000 women, she’s the community manager at my favorite podcast host, Libsyn. She’s as passionate as I am about helping women find their superpowers and share it with the world.
As a leader in the online space, we’re sometimes subjected to some not-so-happy people. In this episode, I share a scenario I witnessed and how Elsie broke allllll the usual rules of the internet with her response to an angry post.
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Meet Our Guest:
Elsie Escobar is a die-hard podcast junkie who lives, breathes and works the medium, and has since 2006. Elsie Escobar co-runs the largest community for women in podcasting with a corresponding podcast (of course) called She Podcasts. Their sole mission is to empower women to continue to share their voices while creating a safe community of podcasting education and support. Elsie was one of the first female indie podcasters using audio to teach yoga. Elsie’s Yoga Class has now been downloaded over 4 million times!
Elsie has the unique perspective and expertise of a podcast listener, independent podcast producer, and podcasting industry analyst/personality.
You can find Elsie online on FB, Twitter and IG @elsieescobar and check out Elsie’s NEW podcast Sobre Podcasting.
Every once in a while you meet someone who stops you in your tracks and forces you to take notice. That’s what happened to me when I first met Jennifer Tracy. Jen was a guest at The Self Care Project, an event I co-hosted in late 2018. Here I was, standing on the stage, watching the ladies in front of me receive all of the gifts our incredible speakers were sharing. Jennifer was light a ray of light, embracing the day like no one else. I knew I needed to meet this woman and hear her story.
Well you are in for a real treat! In this first-time-ever pod swap, the Forty Thrive podcast is being hosted by Jennifer Tracy, host of the MILF podcast. And yes, that also means you should head over to the MILF podcast and listen to this week’s episode, hosted by yours truly!
Jennifer Tracy presents her breakthrough podcast, MILF Podcast (that’s Moms I’d Like to Follow) in front of a live audience. Jennifer welcomes several of her MILF guests on stage to openly riff about sex after kids and, well, just sex. There will be bawdy-ness, there will be sexy-ness, and mostly there will be milf-y-ness. Oh, and also some pole dancing. What? Did you really think there wouldn’t be? Come on!
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About Jennifer Tracy
Telling women’s stories is at the heart of everything I do. The rich, complex, and sometimes messy lives we lead as women allow us to birth remarkable stories and experiences. And those are the stories that heal us and connect us to one another. We need that more than ever. There is no “village” to raise our kids. We create the village; on the internet; in our kids’ schools. Within these communities, we find the antidote to feeling profound isolation. Providing listeners with the conversations on MILF podcast is a way for me to help mitigate that isolation for moms in all stages of motherhood. At least for one hour.
I never felt so alone as when I was first home from the hospital, by myself with my newborn, and I was certain that I was already failing. No one was telling me that, but no one was there to tell me that I wasn’t. I needed support. I didn’t have it. I didn’t know how to ask for support. This is ultimately why I created the MILF Podcast, it’s why I’m a novelist, and it’s why I’m driven to bring women together to create powerful connection and community with them. (I also like to push boundaries of societal norms and what is “appropriate” for women’s roles, which is why I chose the acronym MILF as the name of the show. Not only did I want to turn MILF (and its original definition) on its head, reclaiming and redefining our sexuality as women with children, but I also had a deep desire to embolden femininity in its most powerful form (creating and sustaining life through our divine sexual bodies) and the fierce strength of that which translates to so many other creative forms. I’ve also learned everything I know about motherhood by literally Following other Moms who paved the way before me or alongside me.
Much of my formative years were spent as a film student in Boston, France, and Australia, and then I moved to Los Angeles to work as an actress. I pressed pause on that path when I became a mother. After giving birth to my son in 2009, I used writing as a form of survival and therapy, exploring motherhood, postpartum depression, and its struggles. Telling my story in essays and articles online ultimately inspired me to write my first novel which ultimately led to working with other writers who are finding their voices in story which then led to starting this podcast and hearing the stories of brilliant women I’d love to follow every week who are also figuring out how to balance motherhood and their creative lives as entrepreneurs, artists, and badass women! (Yes, I love run-on sentences and I’m not going to apologize for it!)
Part 2 of a 2-part series: In a candid, exclusive interview, Bachelorette-turned-designer and entrepreneur, Moana Dixon, reveals for the first time publicly what really went down during her time on the Bachelor. Plus, where she is today and how you can get your hands on her incredible designs.
• How being blindsided on national TV in front of 21 million people continues to impact her life
• Where is Moana Dixon today?
Plus, Moana shares an exclusive offer with Forty Thrive listeners!
Moana Dixon spent 18 years in the wine and spirits industry before leaving her career as a senior executive to change the way you think and feel about the spaces you find comfort in. It all started when Moana began making pillows out of indigenous and vintage textiles she had collected along her travels.
Over the past four years, she has turned her small company the HUNTEDFOX (also known as H|F) into a full scale custom design house that works with designers across the globe on everything from homes to television sets, weddings and events, serving clients like Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Nobu Malibu, and The Voice.
With a deep commitment to quality, detail and comfort, she and her team make beautiful home décor in downtown Los Angeles by hand. The company delivers products right to your door and can be found in retail stores all over the US and beyond.
Moana is offering Forty Thrive listeners 30 percent off everything HuntedFox.co. So get shopping!
Nina Lorez Collins is the founder of an online forum for women over 40 called What Would Virginia Woolf Do? She’s written a book by the same title and is interested in issues around female empowerment, sexuality, aging, health and general well-being. She’s a graduate of Barnard College, has a Masters degree from Columbia in the field of Narrative Medicine, and has a long professional background in book publishing, both as a literary scout and then as an agent. She has four nearly grown children and lives in Brooklyn Heights.
• The catalyst for creating her group — originally intended for 20 of her closest friends — now filled with over 26k actively engaged members.
• What she’s learned from women over 40
• How she’s honoring her mother’s legacy in a huge way
• Plus, what does the term “forty thrive” mean to her?
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