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My Personal Experience With the Yoga of Intimacy

Are you single and you finding yourself attracting the wrong types?  Are you searching for the right partner to share a real connection with?  Do your relationships burn out fast or turn into friend zone?  Are you already in a relationship and you feel like it’s become dull and needs a boost?  Well, if any of these scenarios ring true for you, I have a recommendation for you to check out. (Bonus: If you live in the Los Angeles area, the workshops take place in sunny Santa Monica, CA.)

It’s the Yoga of Intimacy, and it’s led by the beautiful couple Londin Angel Winters and Justin Patrick Pierce.  After interviewing the couple on my podcast, Nothing Off Limits, I was honored to be invited to their Co-ed workshop on a beautiful Friday evening in a gorgeous, spiritually-charged loft space.  There, I experienced something completely unexpected and amazing.  An equal number of men and women, most complete strangers to one another, gathered to participate. In a completely G-rated practice over a 3 hour period, we were all blown wide open with vulnerability and successfully created real, intimate connections with each other within a safe space.  Don’t get the wrong idea.  It’s not sexual, and you don’t touch your partner.  It’s subtle energy exchange through the eyes and the body that teaches you to be authentic in your expression.  No “performing” is allowed.  Londin and Justin lead the practice, and they have you switch partners continuously throughout the practice and provide gentle reminders and corrections to stay connected to what you’re doing.  With each exercise, you reach new levels of openness, creativity and heart awareness.

I’ll admit that I almost jetted twice during the first hour, because I’m not personally used to being so vulnerable, especially with a stranger.  Yet because the men in this workshop were so willing to be there, and because each man put forth his best effort to “hold” the women in their space and not run away from her, no matter what they were experiencing (tears, laughter, anger, etc.), it allowed me to expand further.

Without giving too much away about what happens during the workshop, I will say that I left there feeling like I had released years of pain.  I was exhausted!  For those 3 hours, I tore down my personal walls, accessed my true core, and said hello again to my personal centered place of love and giving.  That might sound wild or weird to you, but if you’re frustrated with your relationships at any level and you’re ready and willing to go deeper within yourself to change that pattern (this is the key – you have to be ready!), then this is definitely something to check out.

For more information about Londin and Justin and the practice of sexual polarity, please listen to their episode on my podcast.  It’s a great way to prep for the Yoga of Intimacy workshop:  http://ladyfoxentertainment.com/2017/02/26/londin-angel-winters-and-justin-patrick-pierce-on-using-sexual-polarity-to-get-the-love-you-want/

For upcoming workshop dates for the Yoga of Intimacy, visit:  http://www.londinangelwinters.com/offerings/workshops/the-yoga-of-intimacy/

Seeking incest survivors or consensual incestuous sibling couples for upcoming NOL series

After a dear friend of mine told me about the movie “Flowers In the Attic” on a phone call, I decided to do a special series on Nothing Off Limits about incest. This is a dramatic, taboo topic that is often referred to as a “silent crime”, and it seems to be cropping up more and more in tv/film (see article below, which references Flowers In the Attic…see also “Geminis“, which I warn could be very disturbing. Incest is also freely explored in Game of Thrones, as many of you tv fans probably know).

http://www.popsugar.com/love/Movies-About-Incest-40321605#photo-40321605

Although incest can occur between parents/step parents and their sons/daughters and other family relatives, I am particularly interested in interviewing siblings or half brothers/sisters who currently or previously participated in a consensual incestuous relationship, yet keep/kept it a secret from their friends, partners, etc.

I’ve discovered through initial research that there are sibling couples who seek equality in marriage, who fight for the reversal of laws surrounding incest, who literally move to countries or states that will allow them to be together romantically without legal ramifications, and that some sibling couples believe there is nothing morally wrong with falling in love with their blood relative. It can continue for a lifetime, and some siblings deeply believe they are romantic soul mates.

In the series, I will explore the potential causes, signs/behaviors pointing to incest, and the long-term effects, such as a possible inability to form emotionally intimate relationships with outsiders or arrested emotional development. I’ll do this with a representative of the medical community. The second part of the series will be a real-life couple and their views on their relationship, perhaps debunking the myths of society from their perspective.

Anyone who is willing to share their personal story should reach out to me at michelle@ladyfoxentertainment.com. I can change your name or keep you anonymous, if requested. I promise to protect your identity.

I’ll admit that this is a very challenging topic, given the fact that I don’t understand it…but since exploring the things we may not understand is the mission of my podcast, I feel that I’ve been called to bring awareness to it. It is my hope that I will be able to help adult survivors of incest find the resources they need and/ or provide important information to assist and create some level of understanding from other family members or partners who discover it.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your emails.

Voiceover is NOT the Same Skill Set Needed For Hosting a Podcast…and Vice Versa!

I often have people approach me saying, “People always tell me I have a great voice!  How can I break into VO?”  If you are told often you have a good voice, that’s awesome.  You are blessed with great genes in that regard!  However, I hate to break it to you, but having a great speaking voice doesn’t mean you’ll be a good voiceover talent, host/presenter or anything of the sort.  It’s a skill set that has to be studied, practiced and refined constantly.  Basically, it’s learning how to act, and if you’ve ever taken an acting class, then you know that it’s not an easy craft.  You must be able to interpret written material, connect to it authentically, and perform it in a way that tells a believable story.  You may not see it like this at first when it comes to those off-camera voices you hear on commercials, e.g., since commercial VO copy tends to be short and seems like it’s “announced”.  It’s really not.  You’d be surprised what goes into breaking down copy and learning how to deliver it well.  It requires training, ongoing coaching and practice!  If you are interested in dedicating yourself to learning a real craft that could take you years to develop well, then enroll in a class to get started.  FYI, it’s a long-term and highly competitive industry.  You probably won’t be getting paid for doing commercials on tv and radio in the next month, 6 months or possibly even years.  I’ve been studying VO since 2004 and every audition I do puts me up against like 300-400 other talents.  That’s the reality of the industry, so you gotta love it if you’re going to do it.

Now, another thing I would like to clear up is general ignorance surrounding interviewing people and hosting a podcast.  Hosting and/or interviewing is not synonymous with voiceover work.  Hosting a show and interviewing people requires a different set of skills that include: knowing how to ask questions, listening (!!!!), facilitating a natural conversation, reacting to and/or supporting a guest’s statements, and having good instincts on when to wrap it up or let someone continue to share their thoughts.  Many VO people I know would not be able to host a show well, or come off natural doing it.  Not every VO person is a good conversationalist.  Conversely, many talk show hosts I know would not be great at VO without training.  And so I have hit the point of this blog post, which is that VO and hosting/interviewing are two separate skill sets.

Side note:  I’m not claiming to be a total expert or know-it-all regarding either craft.  I’ll forever be a student of both.  And while I admit that I am lucky to have the gift of natural and lively gab (likely from my hearing my mother on sales calls as a child),  I’m also not claiming to be a proper news journalist, which is yet another skill set.  I am not trying to be one.  I am simply a podcast host who is a good conversationalist with the mission to connect listeners to great information from smart guests.  I am curious, engaging, I listen, and I react.  I do my best to make my guests comfortable to express who they are.  And I also mansplain when necessary. 🙂  It’s my responsibility to drive the flow of each show.  The upside is that I can use my VO skills to record my own intro bumper and pre-roll or mid-roll ads, so I get the advantage of combining skill sets, which is probably part of the reason why people tend to get confused about what’s what.

If you are interested in hearing more about the voiceover industry and how it works, let me know and I’ll host an episode about it.  I have plenty of VO coaches and agents who would love to share the realities of the VO business and then leave it up to you to decide if it’s a quest you’d like to go on.  Email me at michelle@ladyfoxentertainment.com to let me know!

Until next time I remember to post a blog on my personal website….xoxoxoxo

MAO

 

Want Nothing Off Limits – The Cool Sh*t Your Momma Never Taught You – To Get Even Better?

There’s a lot of cool sh*t my momma never taught me, but one thing she did teach me is that you won’t get anything unless you ask for it.  The worse someone can say is “no”!  So here goes.

Since I created the concept of Nothing Off Limits in December 2015, I’ve been working extremely hard creating content for it, sometimes 15-18 hours a day.  This is far from being a hobby!  After months of finding and interviewing guests, covering legal aspects such as guest releases, getting Ladyfox Entertainment, LLC off the ground, and sharpening my vision for the podcast, I finally launched on June 6th!  Downloads/listens have been amazing so far, and I even grabbed some press about it on Yahoo! Finance yesterday.  Cool, right?  Yes!!

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ladyfox-entertainment-launches-nothing-off-123000082.html

Now, the next step is to support the expansion of the podcast by doing advertising campaigns and creating video content to cast a net out to a wider potential listener audience and increase the podcast’s discoverability.  By having a greater presence online, I can land even more well-known guests, create more awareness for the messages the guests are sharing, attract bigger brands to feature on the show, grab additional and better equipment and space to start doing in-person interviews (and perhaps on-camera too), and just generally take the production to the next level.

Before I do a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign, I want to start with the people who are already excited about what I’m doing, right now, and that’s YOU.  Would you, my friends, consider making a donation to support the podcast production?  Every amount will help, and as a thank you, I’ll send you some NOL swag and personally thank you on an upcoming episode.

To donate, please go to:

www.ladyfoxentertainment.com/resourcespartners/ and click on the Paypal donate button!

I offer my heartfelt gratitude in advance, and please send your feedback on the shows so far to michelle@ladyfoxentertainment.com

Xoxoxox,

MAO

Nothing Off Limits Podcast is rockin’!

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!

Currently, there is a dude outside going through my recycling bin.  He’s making a total racket, so I figured I’d write a blog post since I can’t record sh*t until he’s done with his sifting job and pushes his shopping cart (full of me and my neighbors’ empty wine bottles) away.

Ok.  So!  I’m super excited that NOL is in full force!  We launched on June 6th and we are officially on Week Two of this fun and ongoing journey of knowledge and awesomeness!  Have you heard the first set of episodes yet?  If you haven’t, I’m confident you’ll dig ’em.

This week is going to be great as well, with 2 new episodes coming out.  We’ll be talkin’ wine & yoga!  Two things that are near & dear.

Please SUBSCRIBE and rate & review the show.  I’m starting a swag promotion next week for the 10 most awesome reviews, so get in on the fun early!

Thank you and back to it!

xoxo

MAO

Cool Stuff I Recommend!

Hey everybody!  I wanted to let you know about my new page, Cool Stuff I Recommend!  These are variety of products & services that I personally dig, and that I’m fortunate enough to be able to offer to you, my site visitors, at a discount!

One of my favorites is the Cize dance workout from Beachbody.  I bought it myself, and it’s a hoot!  Whether or not you consider yourself a dancer, you’ll have a blast shaking your groove thang.  You won’t even know you’re working out.

Speaking of dancing, if you are an actual dancer for reals and you want the latest casting calls (and this goes for actors and models as well…), check out the special link I’ve provided to you for a discount off Backstage.  You’re welcome!

There’s a lot more on the page to browse!  Oh, and if you decide you want to try one of the supplements I’ve recommended, or you decide to try Cize, do yourself a favor and check with your doctor first.  I’m not responsible if you throw your hip out, people. 🙂

The NOL Launch is a comin’!

So, we’ve set the date for June 6th on iTunes, and it’s just a few weeks away.  Ho-o-o-oly sh*t!  While the amount of work involved is, quite frankly, overwhelming, I am staying on point by continuously reminding myself of NOL’s core mission.  To me, the value-add of this educational & entertaining content is simply off the charts, and I honestly can’t wait to share it!  Guests in the queue (so far) cover topics including alternative self-care that helps heal the body as well as the mind, why wine has a magical quality to it that beer will never have, how animal telepathy works and how you can do it too, what visioning is and why you should try it, what you should know and understand about transgender people (this is an incredible episode, and you will learn so much!), how to distinguish between actual love vs. a love lesson, the best type of meditation out there, and so, so, sooo much more.

Oh, I’m sure there will be haters.  There always are, as with any creative venture.  But whatever, because I’m hitting topics that most people don’t know much about, and the point is to think outside the box.  This podcast is supposed to turn your established ideas and your assumptions about things on their side.  It will enlighten some and upset others.  It’s designed to talk about esoteric stuff without judgment…although I’m now thinking that wine really is better than beer, in so many ways. 🙂  Anyway, the right people who are ready for my amazing guests and their big ideas will listen.  That is my approach and I’m stickin’ to it, and I’m getting really excited to share this heart-driven, passion-filled purpose project with all of you.

Please stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest announcements by signing up for our email list at www.ladyfoxentertainment.com

And connect with us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ladyfoxentertainment/

Our Facebook group, Nothing Off Limits Podcast, is starting to grow too…it’s a fun place to bitch & moan if you please!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/225236874518119/

And Twitter:  @LadyfoxOfficial

And, Instagram:  ladyfox.entertainment

Thank you in advance!  Drop me a line at michelle@ladyfoxentertainment.com if you like!

Until then, best wishes to anyone out there who is also grabbing their life purpose by the balls (gently, of course)!

M.

 

Starting Projects You Never Finish? Don’t Go It Alone!

Don't Go It Alone

So you think you can just start a new venture tomorrow by yourself and become successful in no time?  Well, not so fast.

Here’s a realization I had this past week.  My story is that I have been successfully hosting podcast-type interviews from start to finish for over 2.5 years.  By “start-to-finish”, I mean contacting guests, doing pre-interviews, scheduling guests, carefully crafting interview questions, conducting an interview where I’m actually engaging with the guest casually (yet staying in the parameters of the interview questions I created), engineering the recording session itself, doing follow up with said guest to make sure they get paid and thanked for their time, editing the audio from the interview, recording the intro voiceover copy, and popping music bumpers in for a final mix…oh, and getting the final files to the powers that be.  I thought, “I’m good at this, and I can also do voiceover and music and audio editing, and I should be an entrepreneur and create my own podcast!  It’ll be fun and I’ll provide entertaining but educational content for millions!  Done!”

After 2 months, I told myself off.  I also thought twice about it all.  As you probably can imagine, there’s a LOT more to launching a podcast than the steps above.  I believe I was in a state of denial, thinking that if I just make great content, then I’m done!  Ya, can we say reality check?  I was faced by a scary, flaming asteroid of branding, marketing strategy, audience engagement, retention and growth…and ADMIN WORK GALORE that barreled at me at hyper speed as I frantically ran from it, action movie style (insert intense shrieking here).  I know that’s a super eye-roller of a description, but whatever, because you got the point.

Anyway, I’m sure that some of you reading this have been in the same boat and have started a passion project.  You find that it’s really hard.  You let it wither and crap out.  Then you make an excuse for it.  Well, I’m with ya’.  I’ve done this more times than I should admit with songs, bands, and day jobs.  So instead of giving up, getting in my ‘jammies, and choosing to binge on whatever is available on Netflix (which I’ve found isn’t much these days), I decided to apply some recent wisdom imparted on me by a savvy group of business people I know.  They said:

Entrepreneurial rule #1 :  Don’t Go It Alone.

Hrm.  “But I always do everything by mySELF!”, my Play-the-Martyr Self says.   Some time goes by.  I sulk.  I sleep.  I vent.  I distract myself with something else.  I go bowling.  (not really, but I could have).  I halfway convince myself that no one could ever possibly “get it” even if I do ask for help.

Then, my That’s Enough Bullsh*t Self jumps in and yells, “Not this time!  You can find the right person.  SEE THIS THROUGH.”

In a single phone call, my life coach both reminded me about my That’s Enough Bullsh*t Self AND referred me to someone who happened to be perfect.  And he helped me tremendously by solving my teetering-on-the-edge of dropping yet another baby problem.  A second call later, I hired the VA he referred to me. Of course, she ain’t cheap, but I’m now a happy girl focusing on the creative again, as this woman is officially going to prevent me from unraveling in total overwhelm and giving up completely.  And she’s a bad ass military kid, so I know she’ll hold me accountable.  And that I dig, my friends.

The message here is that I hope that all of you consider the power of teamwork, holding steadfast to your dreams and not thinking you are the only person who can do everything right.  And it’s ok to feel like you are overwhelmed or want to run away and drop the dream.  But don’t freak out.  You don’t have to go it alone.  Ask for help, actually allow the person to do the stuff you ask them to, maintain your own stamina for what you want to be focusing on, and produce something great!

Do it.  I’m rootin’ for ya.

🙂

Ladyfox Entertainment is underway!

Well, Happy 2016 Everyone!

I was a little lax on the blog entries in Q4, but I’m back.  I was kinda busy!  I launched my new company, Ladyfox Entertainment, LLC.  I can’t express my level of excitement about my new journey as a small business owner.  Check out my new logo (above), thanks to the ever-talented Vitor Bonates! http://vitorbonatesdesign.com (You may also notice that Vitor crafted my MAO and Lady Evil logos from earlier in 2015.  He’s also the artist behind the backdrop photo on my website landing page.  Needless to say, he’s an amazing talent to collaborate with!)

This year via Ladyfox Entertainment, I’ll be continuing to grow my voiceover business and music work, but I’m especially excited about launching my very own podcast this Spring.

As some of you may know, over the last 2 years, I’ve been interviewing guests (both professional and off-the-street) about dating, relationships, sex and health, all for an online marketing company called Altare.  I’ve been proud to handle all aspects of hosting and podcast audio production, and I gotta say, I love the job!  I’ve learned more than I ever imagined by interviewing people from all walks of life, and I’ve found my personal groove with this medium.  The content I produce for Altare is not available publicly, so I decided that I’m going to throw some content of my own out into the universe.  I want to share my passion for learning new things with as many people as I can. Specific details are to come on my new, edgy podcast series, which is slated for launch in March on iTunes.  I promise, you will be entertained and educated at the same time!  Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out and share your 2016 goals, hopes & dreams!

Much love, thanks for reading, and go get ’em!

xoxo,

MAO