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Multi-hypenate Tracy Newman

July 5, 2014


Tracy Newman is an American television producer and writer. Her credits include Cheers, The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for co-writing “The Puppy Episode”.   Newman is a founding member of The Groundlings (as is her sister, Laraine Newman), an improvisational theater troupe. She is the lead singer of her band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements.


Short Trip-Tracy & Charlotte

June 28, 2014

It’s a Charlotte Dean and Tracy Newman extravaganza! Here’s a little piece of happiness from Charlotte’s childhood as told by her mother that wound up on Saturday Night Live! Check out the discussion, then go see “Dave’s Party” on YouTube:


Charlotte’s Shorts

June 24, 2014

Charlotte-artCharlotte Dean is an artist, author and writer with comedy chops in her DNA. Her mother is Emmy Award-winning TV writer Tracy Newman (who joined in on the conversation) and her father is a comedic actor and artist, named James Dean.  She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books and her short stories can be found in her blog. Her award-winning art has been featured in galleries throughout Seattle, Mexico and Los Angeles.


Our First Short Trip!

June 13, 2014

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Watch and all will be explained…


Entrepreneurs! Cycling! Victory!

June 6, 2014

mglauserMike Glauser is an entrepreneurship guru with years of experience, education and chutzpa. He teaches at Utah State and is heading up a tour across America to discover what works in start-up businesses. Check out their mission and their tour at and kick up their Kickstarter campaign at


Marion Kerr is BACK!

May 25, 20140 Comments

After a year and a half, Marion Kerr’s career has taken off. She is still acting, writing, directing and filmmaking–honing her craft and gaining momentum. We tweeted her to see what she was up to and she tweeted back agreeing to come back to the trailer and give us an update. She hasn’t slowed down one bit with commercials, films and TV spots filling her schedule. Check out her new web series “Misdirected” at  or on YouTube and follow Marion @MarionRKerr in the twitter sphere.


Sea Star Filmmaker Celia Evans

May 18, 20140 Comments

Celia Evans is the founder of Sea Star Films ( She produces commercials, direct response infomercials, TV and Film, Animation, Video Games, Music, Live Event Coverage, Web Video, Corporate Video, Music Videos. Celia is based in Miami but travels around the world filming commercials and TV content. Her client list includes: Lamborghini, Estee Lauder, Helly Hansen, Red Bull, Intercontinental Hotels, Exquisite WInes and Spirits, eZanga, Zakia’s Morrocan Oil. She is the creator of Fashion TV and Global Trend News ( and is releasing her first feature length film–a documentary called The Ultimate Wedding Planner.

The Ultimate Wedding Planner Trailer

The Ultimate Wedding Planner Director’s Commentary:


A Little Help Here?

May 11, 20140 Comments

Greetings! We’re getting set up for the summer season of interviews and working on some pretty big partners, but we really need your help to get the ball rolling. You can help by giving us a review on iTunes. I know everyone asks for it, but we have not. Unfortunately, when sponsors look at our page and see that we have only 8 reviews, they wonder about our awesomeness, hence the request. So here are the beginnings of summer for The Trailer and the instructions on how to do the deed. Thanks.


Jeff Lin: More than a Rock Star

May 3, 20140 Comments

We love Harvey Danger, but we also love hearing about successful entrepreneurs. Jeff Lin was a successful rock star and now is Cofounder and President of Captricity, a software company that creates products that allow anyone to turn paper-based data into structured electronic data. This venture won “Best Technology” Launch 1.0 in March of 2012. Here is the rebroadcast of our talk, continued.


Remember Harvey Danger?

April 25, 20140 Comments

We spoke with Jeff Lin, rocker and creator of Harvey Danger 16 months ago. We’ve brought his talk back again because his wisdom on creativity is awesome and we think he’s worth a second listen. Here is our rebroadcast of the first half of our talk. Enjoy.


Humble Beginnings: The Full Monte

April 19, 20140 Comments

We look back, look forward and look cross-eyed at ourselves. This is the story of The Trailer Talks from the very beginning to our plans for the future. We take requests! So, if you have anyone or anything you would like to see on our show, let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen.


Humble Beginnings (The Preview)

April 12, 20140 Comments

We’ve been thinking about our beginnings as we move forward into 2014…where we’ve been, what we’re about and where we re going. This week’s installment is all about that – in preview form, because in all honesty, there are only so many hours in the week and we ran out. So please enjoy the very short preview and we’ll be back next week with the longer discussion on our past, present and future.


Jay Forte’s Greatness Zone

April 4, 20140 Comments

Jay Forte is a Greatness Coach, author and speaker. He uses his speaking and writing to inspire others to discover their unique abilities (their greatness) then to find applications to bring that greatness into the world. He works with teens, young adults and others who are looking to discover their fit in life – to connect their “greatest joy with the world’s greatest needs.” His tools, blogs, coaching, programs and books can be found at


Retro TTT: Marion Kerr

March 29, 20140 Comments

Remember November 8th, 2012? Sure you do! That was the day we broadcast our interview with multi-hyphenate Marion Kerr – writer, actor, producer, director, filmmaker. She as worked on many TV shows and films and is known for Far (2012), Golden Earrings (2010) and Misdirected (2013). She is our most quoted guest so we thought we’d refresh our memories before we get her back for a second interview.



March 22, 20140 Comments

“Enough noise to work.” Centered around an academic study that labeled constant ambient sound as a cornerstone for creating the perfect creative environment, Coffitivity is perfect background noise for creative people. Justin Kauszler and ACe Callwood created the company based on their favorite work environment and now have thousands of die-hard fans. This is the story behind the website, app and environment.


Elaine Astrue’s Journey

March 15, 20140 Comments

On Christmas Day 2008, Elaine Astrue was riding in a car headed to San Diego on I-5. The wind was extremely strong and they drove through the worse dust storm she had ever seen. Visibility was nil at times. Then, they hit a stopped car on the freeway. Her head hit the back of the seat in front of her. It happened all at once, like a flash of light.

Elaine healed, but had suffered a traumatic brain injury. She is now fighting back with stubbornness, compassion and commitment. Her story of recovery is ongoing in her blog, Route 66, a Journey.


The Value of Kirk Bowman

March 8, 20140 Comments

Kirk Bowman is a software guy and an entrepreneur. His software company was clicking along and then he discovered value pricing. His service level and profits rose and his customers are happier. He then founded Art of Value to help others improve their businesses. What is value pricing? Kirk explains it all in this episode.


Insert Futuristic Sound Effect Here

March 2, 20140 Comments

Remi Lavictoire is an IT Professional with 10 years experience, but his first love was radio. He now hosts the Sci-Fi Movie Podcast with Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon. The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast is a weekly podcast about the Sci-Fi Movies that we all love! Here’s the story of his creative life.


Lead Like Frank Gustafson

February 22, 20140 Comments

We met Frank Gustafson at New Media Expo and fell in love with his podcast title: “Lead Like a Marine.” Then we found out that he took his military training and wrote a book, started a business and is training to be a coach and speaker. Wow! Frank agreed to come on our podcast to talk about what it’s like to be a creative Marine.



Retro TTT: Taylor Greenwood

February 14, 20140 Comments

If you have not been keeping up with the star of episodes 3 and 4, then it’s time for a re-watch and a Google search, my friends. Taylor Greenwood is no slouch in the music world and will be the next big star. We thought she was awesome over a year ago and her videos are off the charts. Check it out-the blast from the past, TTT-style: Taylor Greenwood.


Mike Mataluni is a Kick Ass Dad

February 8, 20140 Comments

Michael Mataluni lives in Orlando, Florida with his talented wife and three children.  They are child advocates and are passionate about bringing opportunity to kids in need. He launched his podcast, Kick Ass Dad in order to engage parents and create a community of like minded people. We met in Las Vegas and had a blast. We hope you enjoy his interview as much as we enjoyed his company!



Dino Dogan in da house!

January 31, 20140 Comments

The Trailer Talks: Dino Dogan grew up in war-torn Bosnia. Upon a visit to the US, he stayed as a refugee and grew up to form an incredible internet company for good: triberr. His efforts to help content creators are admirable and his smile is infectious. He is a powerhouse and a positive force to be reckoned with. Enjoy!


Mel Nelson loves coffee

January 24, 20140 Comments

Melanie Nelson and her husband, Andy own 5 Sparrows, a company dedicated to coffee. For the Nelsons, coffee is as much a way of life as an occupation. For eight years, they owned and operated a specialty espresso business on the beautiful west shore of Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana. They evolved into devoted baristas and found great pleasure in working with ther hearts, ther minds and ther hands as a means to connect with people.   It was out of this earnest dedication that 5 Sparrows was born.



Viva Las Vegas!

January 17, 20140 Comments

Road Trip!! Cecilie attended New Media Expo 2014 (formerly Blogworld) and met a small army of creative people. She did her best to ask them all what the one thing is that they think everyone needs to know about living a creative life. Here are the answers from Rick Calvert, Michael Stelzner, Mike Brooks, Chris Heuer, Dave Jackson, Dino Dogan, Mike Mataluni & David Pagan, Lynette Young, Pat Flynn, and Chris Ducker, with a special TTT Guest cameo by Ryan Parker. Thanks to all who were willing to be interviewed!


Jeff Gitterman: Beyond Success

January 10, 20140 Comments

Jeffrey Gitterman is a speaker and financial expert living in New Jersey. Jeff talks about how he was inspired to write his book “Beyond Success” and how he is trying to help people be their best by redefining wealth. Jeff founded his financial company, Gitterman & Assoc Wealth Management and his coaching company, Beyond Success Consulting to help bring change Wall Street. His four pillars will make you think.


2013: The Year in Review!

January 3, 20140 Comments

We are leaving 2013 behind, but not without a final nod and thank you to all of our guests and viewers over the past 12 months. Cheers to all of you for sticking with us through the good and the bad, the funny and startling, for all the outtakes and the profound thoughts. Let’s make 2014 super fun!


Raegan Payne is Back!

December 27, 20130 Comments

Storyteller Raegan Payne returns to The Trailer to update us on her creative life: writing copy for companies, children’s novels, plays and writing up her volunteer efforts on  She is one of our contemporary heroines, volunteering for 100 causes and blogging about it to show others how easy it is to help others. Raegan takes the arts to another level with goals that are admirable. We have no doubt that she will attain them.She’s a multi-talented and redheaded powerhouse who we absolutely adore and we can’t wait to see what she does next!


Cooking the Web with Babette Pepaj

December 20, 20130 Comments

Babette Pepaj is a multimedia producer with more than a decade of experience creating trend-setting network television programming. Babette launched multi-Webby honored in 2006 as the Web’s first food social network. She then democratized cookbook publishing with – the first DIY platform that lets anyone publish and sell a cookbook as an ebook and iPad app. She also created the traveling TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference. She shares her secrets to success with us here on the Trailer Talks!


Dr. Jeff Hester, Hubble-Whisperer

December 14, 20130 Comments

Dr. Jeff Hester is an astrophysicist with a long and impressive scientific career. His textbooks and work on the Hubble Space Telescope is widely known. What many do not know is that he is an executive coach and advisor and speaks publicly to professionals from many different disciplines on the subject of thought and leadership. “Some of what you think that you know is fine, but some of it is not. Here’s the rub. You don’t know which is which!”


Oh, She’s Sooo Great!

December 6, 20130 Comments

Raegan Payne is an actress, writer and philanthropist living in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing plays, she’s volunteering and blogging about her experience. She is the quintessential multi-hyphenate making her way in the world. We spoke to her on Valentines Day 2013 and picked her for our College Finals Week rebroadcast. She’s going to join us again in 2014, so here’s your primer for the next interview. Enjoy!


Sustainability Leader Jay Friedlander

November 29, 20130 Comments

Jay Friedlander is the founder of the Sustainable Business Program and the inaugural Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. College of the Atlantic has been cited by the Princeton Review, the Sustainable Endowment Institute, Fast Company, The New York Times and others as a leader in sustainability. We talk about his Peace Corps beginnings, business background and what he thinks are the most important skills for college students to learn.


Entrepreneurial Expert James Spencer

November 23, 20130 Comments

James Spencer is an entrepreneurial expert and Director of the Rensselaer Technology Park and the Emerging Ventures Ecosystem – RPI’s Distributed Incubation Program in Troy, NY. They’re holding a great event December 5th for entrepreneurs and innovators around the world and you can get in on it. Check out for more information!


Rebroadcast: Who is your biggest advocate?

November 15, 20130 Comments

If this sounds familiar, it should, because this is a rebroadcast of our June 2013 episode of The Question #3.  Enjoy!


Cesar Cruz Continued

November 8, 20130 Comments

Cesar Cruz is an educator from Oakland who has been teaching for nearly 20 years. He was chosen to attend Harvard University in a unique program to earn his doctorate. He talks about his experience, education and what it’s like to live life through the lens of history.


Educator Cesar Cruz

November 1, 20130 Comments

Cesar Cruz is the first Mexican immigrant male to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership. In addition to being a teacher for 19 years, this husband, father, and activist co-founded Oakland, CA’s Homies Empowerment Program to stop gang violence. Cesar’s dream is to utilize his time at Harvard University to find funding and support to one day launch an after-school center for Oakland youth in areas of high gang violence.


Hail The Reigning Monarchs!

October 28, 20130 Comments

Michael Eisenstein and Greg Behrendt are the core of the Reigning Monarchs, a band that combines surf guitar, reverb, brass quadrophenia and punk. Their new album was released in the end of September and it is really great. Mike and Greg talk about their introductions to music, design and each other. Have a listen then check out their website:


Justin Johnson is an Indie Machine!

October 18, 20130 Comments

The Trailer Talks interviews Justin Johnson, one half of The Indie Machines along with Erik Beck, a dynamic duo who produce amazing vigniettes for the YouTube audience and for YouTube creators. Check out their super-heroism and Justin’s story!


Chef Ryan Parker on Food Craftsmanship

October 11, 20130 Comments

Chef Ryan Parker is a cook, educator and podcaster. He loves food, talking about food and talking to those dedicated to the craft of making good, honest products that are true to the culinary arts.


Monica Wofford Knows Leadership

October 3, 20130 Comments

Monica Wofford is an entrepreneur, leader, trainer and CEO of Contagious Companies. Her leadership training has seen proven results at many US and internationally-based companies and she gets rave reviews for her speaking engagements. She is the author of four must-read books for managers: Contagious Leadership, Contagious Quotations, What Does Leadership Take? and Make Difficult People Disappear. Listen to her story here and check out her free training on iTunes: Monday Morning Moments with Monica. She was a delight to talk to!


Todd Henry: Die Empty

September 27, 20130 Comments

Todd Henry, author of two books and podcaster on The Accidental Creative where he gives advice that helps creative people do their best work. He is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas.  He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Here, he talks about his journey and gives us a glimpse into his new book, Die Empty.


Alicia Long on Capitol Hell

September 20, 20130 Comments

Alicia Long co-authored Capitol Hell with her best friend Jayne Jones. The book is the story of the life of a young Congressional Staffer working in the Senate and it has garnered numerous accolades. The novel is great for anyone who has experienced working for a tough boss and is a must-read for anyone who has worked in our nation’s capitol.


Puente Mexico

September 13, 20130 Comments

Kate Seely and Katherine Lorenz co-founded Puente to help combat poverty and hunger in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ten years into their partnership, they have seen beautiful success and have gained a staff of ten and a partnership with the Ford Foundation. Listen and learn about their keys to success.



Michael Grandinetti is Magic!

September 7, 20130 Comments

Magician Michael Grandinetti takes the stage on the Trailer Talks via Skype, talking about his first performance at 5 years old through all the details of what it takes to be an illusionist.



August 31, 20130 Comments

Sometimes we get to reminiscing and go through all of the old footage. This time we realized that we deleted the last outtakes reel, so we decided to make another one. Here it is, kids. Be warned: this episode contains adult language.


John Elerick, the Gentleman

August 23, 20130 Comments

Filmmaker John Elerick talks about his Buckeye roots, his start in LA and his YouTube success: The Genlemen’s Rant.  His YouTube channel started with banned Apple product promotions and has a dedicated following.  This content is explicit, so consider yourself warned.



Steve Olsher Talks About Reinvention

August 9, 20130 Comments

Steve Olsher is America’s Reinvention Expert and has taught thousands how to NICHETIZE!™ (nitch a tize) by identifying and monetizing their WHAT — that is, the ONE thing they were born to do. This is his story of how he got to where he is, author of three acclaimed books, master of Internet Prophets and really nice guy.


Brian Hepp’s Salt Company

August 3, 20130 Comments

Brian Hepp started in medical sales, but he always knew he would be his own boss. Here he tells the story of his transition, his beginnings and why he chose to sell salt. (Also, get some of his truffle salt from his website, or Sur la Table. It’s so amazing on eggs, you’ll think you’re in heaven.)


Geoff Talbot in Seven Sentences

July 26, 20130 Comments

Geoff Talbot writes Seven Sentences and consults companies on their digital media strategies. His life has taken him from New Zealand to the UK to Los Angles and has landed him in Portland, Oregon. Check out what he has to say about his journey from veterinary surgeon to filmmaker to digital media consultant.


Richard Laver and Kate Farms

July 20, 20130 Comments

Richard Laver, tennis pro tuned entrepreneur started his company, Kate Farms in a blender in his kitchen to help his young daughter. Add a few years, some struggle, and a few more products and you get a winning formula that also includes love, family and a thriving little girl. Richard has big plans to help people and has great advice for anyone starting a business.


Cathy Unruh Loves Animals.

July 13, 20130 Comments

Author and animal rights advocate Cathy Unruh worked for 15 years as a broadcast journalist before meeting her husband in Florida. Her life changed completely and she wrote “TAMING ME: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat,” published October 2012 after a trip to Cat Cay in the Bahamas and subsequent adoption of her cat, Lucy Miracle. If you love animals, you’ll love this determined activist.


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