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"Yes! This is the cutting edge of our cultural evolution  - Holly Shaw leads us into the secret world of ritual and performance."

- Monique Rebelle, Author of Transcendence Calling

Heralded as one of 2019's

Outstanding Podcasts! - by Databird Research

E59 with Kellie Kramer

Telling Your Scariest Secret On Stage

October 23, 2019

Actress, Singer, and T.V. host, Kellie Kramer talks about the process of mounting one of her biggest life stories on stage in her self-written cabaret performance of All the Good Men Are Gay, wherein she shared the personal story of her nine-year marriage to a gay man, including what she knew, when she knew it, and how they tried to make it work.

E58 with Andrew Orolfo and Shoshanna Howard

Andrew Orolfo and Oakland's First Ever Comedy Festival!

October 09, 2019

I got the chance to catch up with comedian, Andrew Orolfo who just appeared on the James Corden Tonight Show and festival producer, Shoshanna Howard to talk about the comedy lifestyle and Oakland's first ever comedy festival! 

E57 BONUS with Holly Shaw

Healing Body Hypnosis for Performers After Injury or Surgery

October 01, 2019

Are you recovering from an injury, surgery or invasive procedure?  Certified Hypnotherapist, Holly Shaw, talks you through a relaxing and positive healing hypnosis made especially for professionals who use their bodies - like musicians, dancers, athletes -  Any injury or surgery can be viewed as an opportunity for your body to release old trauma, leftover emotional bodies in order to heal itself, and construct and create new pathways.  This episode talks you into a deep and healing frame of mind, releasing pain, concern and old patterns to make way for the new!

E56 with Harmony Gates

How Do You DEAL With Unwanted Attention Off Stage?

September 18, 2019

Being the center of attention on stage is one thing.  But what about managing the attention that you get - sometimes unwanted - off stage? In this conversation with somatic empath, Harmony Gates we talk about dealing with sexual harassment, jealous haters, and also just unwanted intimacy on the dance floor. We brainstorm solutions for how you can deflect energy you don't want, new ideas for communicating, and ways you can re-construct your reality to continue to shine brightly in this "me-too" era.

The Comedy Chronicles Part VIII

Stand-Up Comedian Billy Procida

May 22, 2019

Former guest, Billy Procida host of the renowned Manwhore Podcast, joins me for a frank and open conversation about stand-up, sex parties, the temptation of comedy romances, and why comedians sometimes cross the line with their jokes. 

The Comedy Chronicles Part VII

Vulnerability: I Can't Believe I Said That!

May 14, 2019

In this episode I talk about vulnerability and how it affects a comedy performances by sharing my personal experiences as well as talking about Brené Brown's Netflix special, Call to Courage. And I talk about my first ever comedy club performance at Tommy T's.

E55 with Holly Shaw

Getting Over Your Practice Hump

April 24, 2019

Having problems practicing?  Do you love what you do, but feel blocked or stuck in a self-sabotage loop when it comes to putting in the hours?  Don't worry! Listen to this episode with Performance Coach, Holly Shaw, to get unblocked and get some expert tips for how you can approach practicing in a way that feels easier and more manageable.

E54 Part II of this "Live" Coaching Lab with Kellita Maloof

Finding Your Voice and Letting Go of What Others Think of You

April 17, 2019

Continuing this Live-Lab Coaching Episode with Showgirl Shaman, Kellita Maloof, and dancer/MBA looking to find more confidence in sharing her story.  In this episode we also "time travel," discuss how to be interesting, the "milk-toastiness" of pleasing everyone, and how others shape us especially siblings.

E54 "Live" Coaching Lab with Kellita Maloof

Finding Your Voice and Letting Go of What Others Think of You

April 03, 2019

Showgirl Shaman, Kellita Maloof, joins Holly this week for a Live-Lab episode where we co-coach a dancer and MBA who is looking to find more confidence in sharing her story.  Kellita and Holly catch up and talk about the challenges of using the entrepreneur business model for the arts world and then we sink into Part I of a coaching session with a young woman wanting to let go of what others think and emerge more wholly confident. We coach, we listen and we time travel!! 

The Comedy Chronicles Part VI

Lightworker Refine Your Jokes!

March 24, 2019

Listen to actual clips from Holly's stand-up comedy, as this week she shares insight into how she's refining her jokes, what it means to be a #lightworkercomedian and what it is like living the "rock star" (cough cough, read "adult with interests") lifestyle.   Aaaaannnd find out how you can instantly watch actual videos of Holly's nasty joke stand-up comedy by contributing to the podcast Patreon page.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

E53 with Briana Di Mara

Creating Haven

March 20, 2019

Listen to the story and the music of violinist, Briana Di Mara as we celebrate her Global Music Award winning album, Haven. Journey into the sounds of traditional folkloric music from all over the world through the eyes of this inventive artist as we talk about reluctant musical offspring, Briana's path through Suzuki and hard times, finding her tribe and more!

E52 with Holly Shaw

The Open Channel Game: A Step-by-Step Guide to Learn How to Channel Your Creative Genius

March 13, 2019

Ever wanted to learn how to "channel" so you can tap into new levels of creativity and wisdom? Listen as Holly explains step-by-step how to play The Open Channel Game that she does with each guest on the show so that you can do it effectively on your own! She covers the basic steps of The Open Channel Game, tips for doing it effectively, and the four components of trance that will help you deepen your relaxation so that you can tap into your creative genius whether you're writing, moving, speaking, or playing!

The Comedy Chronicles Part V

Atmospheric Soup and The White Lady Lens

March 09, 2019

This week Holly nearly gets booed off the stage at an open mic and ponders the white lady lens, atmospheric soup, what it means to be a #lightworkercomedian and how important it is for the host to set the tone.

E51 with Jeremy Mikush (aka Crystal Powers)

Drag Queens and Shapeshifters

March 06, 2019

Find out how drag is a form of shapeshifting shamanism as we talk with former academic, Jeremy Mikush (aka “Crystal Powers”) who has spent the last 5 years as a touring musician and drag artist with the well-known artist, Alaska Thunderfuck.  An enlivened conversation as we talk about the sacred nature of drag, coffee as a sacred stimulant, performing as a “vessel” and more!

The Comedy Chronicles Part IV

Are Open Mics For People Who Hate Themselves?

March 03, 2019

Holly talks about getting hazed at an open mic, revenge comedy, the importance of asking for what you want, and creating time onstage even though you don’t have it.

The Comedy Chronicles Part III

Don't Let Anyone Spoil Your Fun!

February 24, 2019

Holly talks about performing for other comedians, why she doesn’t let anyone to come see her perform stand-up, how the audience affects your jokes, and Bradley Cooper’s Oprah interview.

E50 with Salli Frattini

Inside the Producer's Mind

February 20, 2019

Get inside the mind of a producer this week! You know, those people that bring everyone together and create the environment for artist’s to flourish?  Hear my convo with Executive Producer, Salli Frattini, who spent over 20 years producing at MTV, created the first YouTube live stream music awards, and has worked with some of the biggest names in show business. Listen as we talk about capturing the elusive “viral” moment, what it’s like to be a female executive, producing for Beyonce and more!

The Comedy Chronicles Part II

Male Allies and Why What You Wear Matters

February 17, 2019

Holly has a contentious conversation with a comedian who doesn’t believe in white male privilege and also talks about male allies and why what you wear doing stand-up matters. 

E49 BONUS with Holly Shaw

Heart Opening Meditation

February 14, 2019

This recording will help you open your heart to receiving!! Attract opportunities, open yourself to gigs and more receptive to positive attention with this guided meditation that takes you deep into your body, releasing resistance and making yourself more available to love energy and success.  A special Valentine's Day heart opening episode with Certified Hypnotherapist, Holly Shaw.

The Comedy Chronicles

I Finally Did It! My First Stand-Up Comedy Experience

February 10, 2019

Holly shares about her first experience trying stand up comedy, what she remembered about practicing and performing, and let’s you know what to expect from The Comedy Chronicles bonus series on this podcast.

E48 with Glenn "Weez" Robinson, J.R. Furst and Cate White

Writing to Freedom: The Story of Beyond this Prison

February 06, 2019

This is a true story of Glenn Robinson (Weez), a man who had a 40 year prison sentence, for a non-violent crime he committed at 18, J.R. Furst his penpal, a poet and provocatuer, and Cate White, the artist who brought life to their letters. This is the story of how friendship, wisdom, and creativity became the lifeboat for one man’s literal freedom from prison and the mental unshakling of hundreds others.

E47 with Daria Halprin

Daria Halprin Part II: Forty Years of Giving Movement Back to People

January 30, 2019

In this Part II episode with Daria Halprin we talk about the expressive arts work she’s spent forty plus years creating. We cover the “transportation” issue of how to take your “new self” out into the world and the importance of assuming aesthetic responsibility. Bonus: Daria shares about the last time she made a self-portrait, what still surprises her, and what she’s still fascinated with pursuing over the next 20 years.

E46 with Daria Halprin

Through Trauma and Tragedy from One Stage to the Next

January 23, 2019

From the time she can remember, Daria Halprin, was immersed in an artistic life dancing with her famous mother, and eventually finding her way into acting and being thrust into the spotlight. But for Daria, like so many other young performers, this wasn’t always a healthy place to be, and she found herself seeking to get off the stage and create something else entirely. She began teaching and facilitating creative therapeutic work for others, and in 1978 Daria co-founded the Tamalpa Institute where now still to this day she directs training programs in movement/dance and expressive arts education, consultancy and therapy. Holly caught this interview at the famous Mountain Home Studio in Marin where Daria shares her journey through tragedy and trauma to become one of the leading pioneers in expressive arts education.

E45 with Bianca Cabrera

Chasing the Chicken: Creating Sub-Culture Around Your Work

January 16, 2019

We kick off the New Year with the choreographer and visionary, Bianca Cabrera as she leads us into her imagined world where modern dance has subcultures like rock genres, art is a for profit business, and your work can live beyond a single performance. Also, tune in to hear my personal new year’s resolutions and why sacrificing your happiness for your goals is a losing game. 

BEST OF with Arya Jha and Emily Zisman

Promoting Your Work Part I: Booking Agent Shares Brass Tacks Tips

January 09, 2019

Do you sometimes feel icky about self-promotion? Or unsure what to do to get the word out? Check out this favorite episode listened to many times over for its valuable and straight-forward content! In this rich double-interview with Emily Zisman, a singer/songwriter who wants to know how to promote her work, and Arya Jha, a marketing & PR booking agent, who wants to share her insider expertise with entertainers - you’ll hear about the 70:20:10 rule, you’ll get creative marketing ideas, and learn exactly what booking agents are looking for when they produce shows. And this is just the beginning.

BEST OF with Holly Shaw and Jeffrey Weissman

Perform Like A Shaman

January 01, 2019

We're starting 2019 with a re-broadcast of this podcast's manifesto! Listen as Holly Shaw explains how performing artists in particular use entrainment, channeling and ecstasy in order to invoke the creative movement that the planet is calling for. Exploring examples from her own orgasmic experience on stage, to that of other artists like Tori Amos, Gabrielle Roth, Mickey Hart, Emily Dickinson, and Rainn Wilson, Shaw shares her vision for the Performers & Creators Lab Podcast. Actor, Jeffrey Weissman provides commentary about the origins of stage fright.

E44 with Britney Briggs and Leah Ferrer of Bay Area Flash Mob

Surprise! Our Mob Is Performing For You!

December 25, 2019

What’s it like to perform in a flash mob?  This week we find out when we interview the organizers of Bay Area Flash Mob, Britney Briggs and Leah Ferrer - winners of the #PACL Performance challenge! We talk about crazy gigs, crashing weddings, and how to maintain your groove and capture the audience in the chaos that can be surprise performances. 

BEST OF with special guest

How Do I Get Creative Without Pot?

December 18, 2019

This is a popular episode that's been passed "around the circle" quite a bit as it pertains to a common problem for artists who wonder: “How do I access my creative side when I’m not stoned?” Listen as Holly answers this question and coaches a professional dancer wanting to find a different way other than marijuana to access her creative genius when she choreographs. We cover insights into the way marijuana works with creativity, how to achieve a natural high, 4 essential components in creating trance states without drugs, and tips for breaking bad habits. This episode is 420 friendly and simply provides alternatives for those wishing to create without using substances.

BEST OF with Kellita Maloof

Showgirl Shaman Shares Her Secrets

December 12, 2018

This riveting conversation with showgirl shaman, Kellita Maloof, has been one of the most listened to and most loved episodes of the entire podcast! I loved hearing this award winning burlesque dancer talk about audience participation, consent, the medicine of certain movements, immanence v. transcendence, what is “de-animation,” of the body and how dance has healed her and brought her back into hers. Listen to her journey from ballet to Brazillian dance to finally burlesque as she explores how revelling, revealing and receiving are the keys to the best art.

BEST OF with Brett Rhodes

Your Sensitivity IS Your Superpower

December 05, 2018

A favorite of all the episodes! If you've ever been accused of being “too sensitive then you'll enjoy this in-depth interview with psychotherapist, Brett Rhodes, where you'll find out how your sensitivity is actually a superpower, not a hindrance. You’ll learn about the D.O.E.S. characteristics of HSP, how to know if you are HSP or not, and how you can use it to benefit your work as an artist and use it as guidance instead of triggers. Holly & Brett play a fun game with listeners’ commentary - “Highly Sensitive or Not?” 

E43 with Erika Chong Shuch

The Risky Playground of Creative Collaboration

November 28, 2018

Choreographer/Director Erika Chong Shuch is a sought after creative collaborator, having worked with dozens of artists and ensembles to create and direct works that have been performed in city halls, theaters, industrial offices spaces and food courts always pushing the boundaries of how dance and theatre are shared and viewed. Listen to our conversation as we dive into what it takes to collaborate, creative confidence, battling self-doubt and her recent success collaborating with Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on the production of Iron Shoes. Our conversation is set to the backdrop of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble as they perform music from Iron Shoes.

E42 with Koorosh Rassekh, MFT

Radical Ideas About Artists and Addiction

November 21, 2018

If you struggle with substances on a regular basis, then the holidays can be especially tough and so I have a special guest today, Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT founder of Evo Health and Wellness Addiction Center that offers a different solution and some radical ideas around substance use and abuse. We talk about why entertainers especially have problems with substance use, about changing your habits from a place of success instead of failure and more! Listen as Koorosh shares insights from his personal story and some radical ideas about addiction.

E41 with Terrance Kelly

Technique to Transcendence

November 14, 2018

An inside look into the community and the magic behind Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s famed director, Terrance Kelly, an Emmy Award winning vocalist and composer who has been called everything from a “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.”  Hear from members of the choir who are closest to him and his stories of growing up in a musical family all set to the moving music of the gospel choir and Terrance Kelly himself as we answer the questions, “How can you inspire a community of hundreds to greatness?” and “What does it take to reach transcendence?”  Music heard in this episode provided by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Terrance Kelly.

E40 with John Santos

Bridging Both Worlds

November 07, 2018

Listen as I talk with John Santos, 7 time Grammy nominated percussionist and one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. John straddles both sides of many worlds, tradition and innovation, the sacred and the profane, the old and the new - all explored throughout this in-depth conversation about his near death experience that helped shape his path, the artist as today’s shaman, and the difference between performance and sacred invocations - woven together with music and recordings from John’s albums: La Esperanza, La Mar, and John Santos and the Machete Ensemble.

E39 with Cynthia Whitcomb

Inspiration From The Beyond

October 31, 2018

Is it possible to make art with the help of ghosts? Cynthia Whitcomb, a successful screenwriter, has sold over 70 screenplays, 30 of which have been produced on national television and . . . also admits to receiving “help” from the beyond. In this fascinating interview Cynthia shares how she broke into the Hollywood filmmaking business, the riveting details of her discovery that her made up stories were actually historical facts being sent to her from from the beyond and how she’s been able to channel her writing and let go of the “inner critic.” 

E38 with Shea Greene

The Courage to Fly: Journey from Artist to Aviator

October 24, 2018

Performance artist, Shea Greene, just received her Private Pilot’s License! She joins us as part of her celebratory tour as we talk about face smooshing performance art, endless hunger, how she healed her distorted body image through hypnosis, and her journey to becoming a pilot.

E37 with Marianna Mejia

Dancing with Our Ancestors

October 17, 2018

How do you envision yourself aging as an artist? My guest today never imagined she’d be dancing and performing and teaching into her 70’s and yet she is! This fall we’ll skirt the edges of the spirit world as we talk with guests who channel the dead to write movies and allow their ancestors to play piano with them - starting with this guest, flamenco dancer, writer, avid spiritual practitioner, Marianna Mejia.

E36 with Steven Chesne

The Music and The Magic Beyond the "Mash Up"

October 10, 2018

Award winning composer, Steven Chesne, just released his latest album, “Sapient” which is being called a “landmark recording” by music reviewers. Listen as we talk creating fusion from sacred traditions, musical counterpoint (aka “mash ups”) and monks walking through the streets of Santa Monica.  For more than a year, Steven Chesne unearthed the ancient words of peace from Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha’i. Chesne consciously focused on discovering the similarities of themes and shared beliefs, instead of the differences. This special episode includes moving musical selections from the culminating album, Sapient.