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Not everyone is fit for the 9 to 5. Weird Work celebrates all the folks who've pursued their passion and made a living -- no matter how weird it might sound. Hosted by Sam Balter. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/weird-work/support
 
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Fishing revisited. Try it for the story. Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! CreditsProduced by Jed. Theme music by EfeflowBeats. Sponsors Wut? No. manafraid A podcast about doing things I'm afraid of. Craigslist, improv, standup, etc. Get Afraid Journal is out now. Join the newsletter. Fishing yesterday. Not a fa…
 
What does it mean to put Duty First? Exploring the virtual reality “Night Raid” exhibit at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. Featuring Senior Producer Barbara Seidl of Northern Lights Productions. Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research First Division Museum at Cantigny Park Northern Lights Producti…
 
Brian Kelly has been known to the world as The Points Guy since launching his blog in 2011, but he started slinging credit card reward points long before then. And today, the man with 25 credit cards is the guru of all things travel. Brian talks about the credit card he can’t leave home without, dispels the worst myth about credit cards, and helps …
 
Brian Kelly has been known to the world as The Points Guy since launching his blog in 2011, but he started slinging credit card reward points long before then. And today, the man with 25 credit cards is the guru of all things travel. Brian talks about the credit card he can’t leave home without, dispels the worst myth about credit cards, and helps …
 
Chi-Tien Lui is known the world over as one of the last people who can repair and preserve TV art. Because the video art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik were made with now antiquated televisions. Inevitably, those break. And finding the right replacement parts is almost as difficult as finding someone who knows how to actually fix the…
 
Chi-Tien Lui is known the world over as one of the last people who can repair and preserve TV art. Because the video art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik were made with now antiquated televisions. Inevitably, those break. And finding the right replacement parts is almost as difficult as finding someone who knows how to actually fix the…
 
Summer camp usually brings to mind outdoor sports and campfire songs. But the idea of camp that so many people have come to know has evolved into something they might never have imagined.Alexander Rossi is the creator of YouTube STAR Camp, a summer program that helps kids learn the skills they need to become the next great YouTube stars. And while …
 
Summer camp usually brings to mind outdoor sports and campfire songs. But the idea of camp that so many people have come to know has evolved into something they might never have imagined.Alexander Rossi is the creator of YouTube STAR Camp, a summer program that helps kids learn the skills they need to become the next great YouTube stars. And while …
 
Colleen Wilson was a top private mortgage banker in New York City. She was also the youngest. No small feat. But after rescuing a deaf pooch named Charlie, it completely changed the way she saw the banking industry. So she left it all behind. Not long after, Colleen founded Pets on Q, an animal influencer agency. She talks about what makes an anima…
 
Colleen Wilson was a top private mortgage banker in New York City. She was also the youngest. No small feat. But after rescuing a deaf pooch named Charlie, it completely changed the way she saw the banking industry. So she left it all behind. Not long after, Colleen founded Pets on Q, an animal influencer agency. She talks about what makes an anima…
 
Jane Teresa Anderson knows how to get inside someone’s head. And her work as a dream analyst has helped countless people better understand their waking lives. That way, the subconscious becomes reality. She even reaches into Sam’s psyche to break down a dream he’s long struggled to understand.Sign up for Classhook with promo code: WeirdWork--- This…
 
Jane Teresa Anderson knows how to get inside someone’s head. And her work as a dream analyst has helped countless people better understand their waking lives. That way, the subconscious becomes reality. She even reaches into Sam’s psyche to break down a dream he’s long struggled to understand.Sign up for Classhook with promo code: WeirdWork--- Supp…
 
David J. Peterson is a creator of languages -- otherwise known as a conlanger. And he’s behind some of the most iconic languages ever heard on television and films. Maybe his most well-known conlang is Dothraki and High Valyrian for a little show on HBO called Game of Thrones.David talks about what it takes to create a language, how he landed the c…
 
David J. Peterson is a creator of languages -- otherwise known as a conlanger. And he’s behind some of the most iconic languages ever heard on television and films. Maybe his most well-known conlang is Dothraki and High Valyrian for a little show on HBO called Game of Thrones.David talks about what it takes to create a language, how he landed the c…
 
Ma'ayan Plaut is the podcast librarian at RadioPublic. But she’s not like the typical master of the Dewey Decimal System you know from your local public library. And she just so happens to be the only podcast librarian on the planet.In her three years at the company, Ma’ayan’s role has evolved from recommending individual podcasts to solving the la…
 
Ma'ayan Plaut is the podcast librarian at RadioPublic. But she’s not like the typical master of the Dewey Decimal System you know from your local public library. And she just so happens to be the only podcast librarian on the planet.In her three years at the company, Ma’ayan’s role has evolved from recommending individual podcasts to solving the la…
 
Trains, planes and background noise pepper this ground-breaking new episode of Man Afraid of Everything. Featuring a gripping tale of teeth-whitening and the release of the country’s hottest new dance single “Beefy Clothes”. Thanks to Adela at Podcast Brunch Club for the suggestion of making a bad episode. Explore the unknown and report back. Check…
 
Ricochet is a champion surf dog, who’s ridden giants with the likes of Rob Machado, and starred in films like Superpower Dogs. But it’s her surf and therapy work that makes this pooch a real surf legend.Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s owner and certified dog trainer, tells Sam how this surf-ice dog helps those with PTSD and those on the Autism spectrum.Si…
 
Ricochet is a champion surf dog, who’s ridden giants with the likes of Rob Machado, and starred in films like Superpower Dogs. But it’s her surf and therapy work that makes this pooch a real surf legend.Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s owner and certified dog trainer, tells Sam how this surf-ice dog helps those with PTSD and those on the Autism spectrum.Si…
 
Brendan Paul grew up as a young punk living in LA. But after one fateful haircut and a handful of paying impersonation gigs around town, he found himself ditching the Sunset Strip for the Vegas Strip. Today, Brendan is Sin City’s premier Elvis impersonator and wedding official at Graceland Wedding Chapel. Sign up for Giftogram with the code: weirdw…
 
Brendan Paul grew up as a young punk living in LA. But after one fateful haircut and a handful of paying impersonation gigs around town, he found himself ditching the Sunset Strip for the Vegas Strip. Today, Brendan is Sin City’s premier Elvis impersonator and wedding official at Graceland Wedding Chapel. Sign up for Giftogram with the code: weirdw…
 
Anthony Falco is the reigning pizza czar of New York. And he’s taken his expertise around the world to help others realize their own dreams of opening up a pizza shop. We crawl the streets of New York in search of the best pizza and find out why pizza is so internationally beloved. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make …
 
Sam Balter wants to get a dog, but what about finances, biting and barking? Sam is the host of the “Weird Work” podcast from Hubspot. Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research Weird Work [Hubspot] The Growth Show [Hubspot] Need a Mom NYC Credits Produced by Jed. Theme music by EfeflowBeats. Sponsors Wut? No. ma…
 
All it takes is a pair of running shoes and 9 weeks?! Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research Robert Ullrey’s Couch to 5k Podcasts MapMyRun Credits Produced by Jed. Theme music by EfeflowBeats. Sponsors Wut? No. manafraid A podcast about doing things I'm afraid of. Craigslist, improv, standup, etc. Get Afraid…
 
Growing a beard turns out to be a real commitment. Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research Guy plucks beard hairs one by one [YouTube] Credits Produced by Jed. Theme music by EfeflowBeats. Sponsors Wut? No. manafraid A podcast about doing things I'm afraid of. Craigslist, improv, standup, etc. Get Afraid Jour…
 
An interview with Comedian Ritch Shydner. Featuring stories about his HBO Special, Sinbad, the history of standup, his work, and his life. Special thanks to Jordan Brady and Ritch Shydner. Check out Ritch’s book Kicking Through The Ashes. For more information, http://www.RitchShydner.com Twitter: @ritchshydner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rit…
 
You’ve been listening all season long to how people turned their passions into professions. And want to make the jump, too. But what if you don’t know what your passion is? How do you pursue your dream if you don’t know what your dream is?Well, there’s a ramen shop in Boston called Yume Wo Katare, and it’s got just the bowl for you. We talk with ow…
 
Mark Morales has probably worked on all of your favorite comic book characters. But the job of comic book inker is not only one of the most ambiguous in the industry, it’s an increasingly rare position.Mark takes Sam through the comic book production process, and explains how even outside the traditional 9 to 5, the almighty deadline still wields i…
 
Tommy Honton has a familiar story. Aspiring screenwriter who sets out to make it big in Hollywood. But eight years later, he found himself disillusioned and unhappy with his job. Rather than let the fear of complacency settle in, Tommy pursued another form of storytelling.This week, Sam talks with Tommy about designing immersive and experiential sp…
 
Melissa Arleth always loved rats. But she was also fond of her feline pets, too. So she took them both onstage with her and created Cirque Du Sewer, the world’s only cat and rat circus.Sam talks with this acrobat about working with acro-rats… and one confused cat. And he finds out that nature’s mortal enemies can not only get along, but put on a da…
 
Navigating the stressful world of my first open mic. Our class confronts their first 5 minute standup comedy showcase at Second City. Special thanks to Jordan Brady and Ritch Shydner. Check out Ritch’s book Kicking Through The Ashes. Jimmy Chung’s Portfolio Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research Second City …
 
You can spot Ashly Covington out in public or on the subway pretty easily. She’s the one wearing long black gloves, a sunproof hoodie, and playing an invisible horn. Such is the life of a professional hand model.In today’s episode, Sam and Ashly talk about the dedication it takes to cut it as a hand model, how Ashly broke into the business, and why…
 
You’re stranded on a desert island. What do you do? If you’re Timm Woods, you find the nearest rock and start carving away at your latest Dungeons & Dragons campaign.Timm is a dungeon master, the game wizard who meticulously crafts each game. He tells Sam how he turned his lifelong passion into a profession, and why he still can’t accurately descri…
 
Nina Keneally is the founder of NeedaMomNYC, where for $40 an hour she’ll give you the full mom experience. Nina offers sage advice, helps you battle your landlord over security deposits, and weighs-in on big life decisions.But how do other moms feel when a stranger gives their child advice? Sam calls his own mom to get a second opinion.--- This ep…
 
Trying standup again after two decades. In the Season 3 Premiere I try out observational comedy, one-liners and different personas. So, what should I do next? Let me know. hello@getafraid.com Jimmy Chung’s Portfolio Explore the unknown and report back. Check out the Get Afraid Journal! Research Second City Chicago Credits Produced by Jed with help …
 
Ann Wroe writes obituaries for The Economist. And she knows what you’re thinking: Writing about death must be terribly depressing, right? Maybe, but not for Ann.Sam gets Ann’s take on how she deals with death, and Ann shares her unique approach to writing about those who live on in the pages of the magazine.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…
 
Pamela Paquin may have grown up on a farm, but she never thought her life would forever be linked with animals. She was living in Denmark with a high-paying job when her life was completely upended. That’s when Pamela began to notice inefficiencies in the fur industry. And after seeing the amount of fur going to waste on the side of the road, she g…
 
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