PIERSON TO PERSON
By Brent Pierson
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Longtime documentary and non-fiction TV producer Brent Pierson talks with a variety of colorful people about everything from living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment business and other interesting fields to creative expression, pursuing one's passion, and the many nuances of the human condition.
||CleanFOOD FOR THOUGHT||JOHN T. LANG, Ph.D. is the chair of the Department of Sociology at Occidental College. Professor Lang devotes much of his academic research to the exploration of social relations surrounding the production and consumption of food. (EXTENDED EPISODE:...||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitORION THE ARTIST||ANDY GINER kept his passion for rapping under wraps for several years before finding the courage to step forward as his hip-hop alter ego, ORION THE ARTIST. Andy is serious about finding a place for himself in the competitive rap world -- not for fame..||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMENSCHES and MENTORS and BABY BEARS, OH MY!||DAN ARDEN is a veteran non-fiction television producer with a reputation of being a very nice guy to work for – some say too nice. But for Dan, creating a positive and enriching experience for his production team is equally rewarding, sometimes even..||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGOTTA HAVE FAITH||FAITH PRINCE won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Miss Adelaide in the 1992 Broadway revival of “Guys and Dolls.” And while Faith was honored to be recognized for her performance, she says the baggage that came...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMINDBODY AND SOUL||BLAKE BELTRAM is co-founder of MINDBODY, the largest provider of cloud-based business management software to the boutique, beauty, health and wellness industry. The publicly traded company serves clients in over 130 countries worldwide. (52:42) ...||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWALK ON THE WILD SIDE||JEFF COPELAND is an author, screenwriter and non-fiction television producer whose close friendship with Andy Warhol superstar HOLLY WOODLAWN (immortalized in Lou Reed's biggest hit song "Walk On the Wild Side") dramatically impacted his professional...||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#ELIZABETHTOO||ELIZABETH COOPER SMOKLER has spent 40 years working as a Hollywood makeup artist, primarily on TV sitcoms such as Roseanne, The Ellen Show, Reba, Blossom, The Larry Sanders Show and Who’s the Boss? It’s been a wonderful career – except, that is,..||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS MATERIAL - ELIZABETH COOPER SMOKLER||ELIZABETH COOPER SMOKLER does Brent’s makeup as if he’s going to appear on television to give him a better understanding of how she goes about her craft. (15:00)||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDEMON DRUMMER FROM EAST LA||MACEO HERNANDEZ is a professional Taiko drummer whose passion for the ancient Japanese form of percussion began in the 7th grade. Despite having no rhythm or musical experience, young Maceo was determined to play Taiko, leading him on a life-changing...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU||LLOYD GORDON is one of the top estate liquidators in Los Angeles. Nearly 30 years in the business, Lloyd stages and presides over estate sales in some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods. He says just because an item is valuable doesn’t mean..||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVOCE FORTE||KAY BESS is a veteran voice-over actor with hundreds of commercial, film/TV narration and video game credits to her name. Kay says technology has dramatically changed the way VO artists work. And while there are more voice-over jobs than ever before,...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSTILL SWINGING||BOB NIEMACK is the zealous executive producer of Discovery’s long-running docudrama medical series “Untold Stories of the ER.” Bob began his action-packed production career as an editor and won a national Emmy for editing the groundbreaking...||6/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE DIVINE MRS. M||CARRIE MORITA spent 36 years teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although she had several opportunities to work closer to home, Mrs. Morita endured a daily 75-mile, bumper-to-bumper roundtrip commute to teach at Eagle Rock Elementary...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanON LOCATION||JOHN GRANT is an award-winning location manager who knows the Greater Los Angeles Area like the back of his hand. From feature films to reality TV shows, John has a genuine love for finding real-world settings for producers and directors to use...||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDOUBLE AGENT||RICHARD KONIGSBERG was one of the youngest agent trainees to ever be promoted at ICM. But Richard ditched the powerhouse talent agency to become an actor himself. Five years later, he returned and was made an agent for a second time -- but not...||4/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM||IFUNANYA “NODDY” NWEKE is the founder and executive director of Jazz Hands for Autism (JHFA). The non-profit organization provides platforms for musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum to explore and express their talent, and helps...||4/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDOWN TO CLOWN||DON COLLIVER was working as a non-fiction TV producer when he decided to make a highly unconventional career change and became a professional clown. This episode was recorded three days before Don flew to New York to join the award-winning performance..||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE PENNY-WISEGUY||JONATHAN DOWDELL is a senior producer at TV home shopping giant QVC. Jonathan identifies with the legions of loyal viewers who tune into the network 24/7 searching for good deals because at the age of 50 he is – as he’s always been –...||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMY FAVORITE MEDIUM||HOLLISTER RAND was a young child when she first realized she could see and talk with dead people. Frightened and feeling freakish, Hollister kept her unusual talent a secret until she was nearly killed at the age of 18. Today, she fully embraces her...||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHOOSIER BY CHOICE||BRIAN PAYNE is the president and CEO of the $750 million Central Indiana Community Foundation and the founder of the internationally-recognized Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Brian was recently named an Indiana Living Legend -- not something...||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE PARTY GURU||ERIC WELCH has been delighting the birthday boys and girls of celebrity clients such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry King and Ben Affleck for the last 15 years. When it comes to throwing awesome children's birthday parties for LA's junior...||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDRAMATIC EFFECTS||ASHER HARTMAN is a transgender playwright, director and respected practitioner in LA's experimental theater scene. His provocative play The Silver, the Black, the Wicked Dance was commissioned by LACMA and explores alienation, violence and...||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMARGE AND IN CHARGE||MARGIE FRIEDMAN has produced hundreds of hours of non-fiction television and is now producing her own independent documentary films. Her film Conducting Hope profiles inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas who make up the only...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVENEZUELAN-AMERICAN ME||STEVE WILCOX is a Venezuelan born actor who had early success in American Me. It was rap icon Tupac Shakur's favorite movie and he sampled one of Steve's lines in Death Around the Corner. Working on the film was a watershed experience that...||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTWIRLYGIRL||CYNTHIA JAMIN is a former sitcom actress who had recurring roles on Friends and Veronica's Closet as well as other NBC "Must See TV" shows. Cynthia now designs whimsical clothes for girls and the joy they bring to those who wear them helps ease the...||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE FLACK||MATT LABOV is a veteran Hollywood publicist who specializes in representing A-list comedians. Matt's clients have included Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Sasha Baron-Cohen, Jon Stewart and many others -- including Dave Chappelle, who he...||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFROM BORDER TO BUDDHA||NICK STEIN was flying high as the executive producer of Border Wars for the National Geographic Channel. It was the most exciting television series he’d ever been in charge of. But then Fox Cable Networks took over Nat Geo, leading Nick to the...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPOTLIGHTING JIM||JAMES RAINEY is a senior film reporter at Variety and covered the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight. The “Best Picture” resonated with Jim who spent 29 years as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. But no amount of news experience could...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWINE BY THE GLASS||TANYA GREEN is a former non-fiction television producer who turned her love of wine into a show biz exit strategy. Tanya now owns Wine 661, a once struggling wine bar and bottle shop where she enjoys holding court and helping her loyal customers...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE SNAKE CHARMER||JULES SYLVESTER is Hollywood’s go-to guy for camera-ready reptiles, spiders and creepy crawlies of all kinds. Raised in Africa, Jules moved to America while in his twenties and joined a traveling circus before landing an animal training job...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGREEN'S TREES||BRENT GREEN has been called the Johnny Appleseed of Los Angeles. He has personally planted, at his own expense, hundreds of trees on once barren city streets. Brent is on a mission to not only beautify the part of LA he lives in, but to change...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLIVING SWELL||PEGGY HALL is a pioneer of the global surf/yoga movement and the creator of the popular Yoga for Surfers DVD series. Peggy takes the lessons she learns out on the water and applies them to daily life and enthusiastically encourages everyone...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDARWYNISM||DARWYN METZGER is the founder of Phantom, a social-media-driven disruption agency that specializes in engineering and seeding digital propaganda on behalf of celebrities, films and TV shows. Ten years ago, Darwyn had absolutely zero interest in...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanB-MOVIE BLUES||CHUCK CIRINO has composed the music for nearly 70 low-budget movies such as Chopping Mall, Return of Swamp Thing, Teenage Exorcist and Death Stalker II. But Chuck’s dream is to score bigger films with bigger budgets that would finally allow him...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE SPINSTER||CYNTHIA GRAHAM owns and operates RPM Fitness Studio, one of the largest and longest-running spinning studios in Los Angeles. Cynthia believes indoor cycling is the highest form of cardiovascular exercise. And while it has low or no impact on a...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE ANIMAL LAWYER||ROBERT NEWMAN is an attorney who is recognized as a leading authority on animal law. Robert’s work on cases involving dogs, cats and even rabbits has garnered him widespread media attention. He also lectures and consults with veterinarians...||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Brent's calm and pleasant tonality really makes the guest seem relaxed and honest. It is impressive how open the guest sound when chatting with Brent.
The best interviewer and fascinating guests
Brent Pierson really knows how to get the most out of the people he talks to. He has a way of really getting to the heart of the person and it makes you feel like you are a fly on the wall. His guests are so informative, entertaining, and really profound in ways that were totally unexpected. Take a listen and I'm sure you'll be hooked.
Move over Larry King
I love this podcast. The art of the interview, in my opinion, is quickly becoming lost in our brave new world of limited characters, clips, posts, pics and shallow media breaths. But Pierson keeps the art alive big time here by extracting extremely interesting stories & moments from some unexpectedly fascinating guests.
A few of my favorites from the early episodes... Brent Green who's planted thousands of trees in LA - wow, the Hollywood reptile wrangler who sounds to me like the Steve Irwin of movie-making, Chuck Cirino the B-movie soundtrack guru, Peggy Hall who's personal story about a dying mother literally brought tears to my eyes, the pet attorney, and on and on. I've loved almost every show.
It's hard to put my finger on why I love the show so much, but I think a lot of it has to do with just how human & real it comes across... a subtle but powerful testament to Pierson's talent as a producer and interviewer.