L.I.F.E. on podcast

L.I.F.E. on podcast

L.I.F.E. (which stands for Listening and Inspiring Friends in Entertainment) used to be a live monthly event held at Icon Studios in Atlanta,Georgia. Founded by Stone Stafford, L.I.F.E. was to be a place where people in entertainment could come together and learn valuable life lessons while also being able to share challenges and difficulties in their careers and personal lives. Then COVID happened. At the persistent urging of his co-host, Jony Van, Stone made the pivot to taking L.I.F.E. to the podcasting platform. So welcome, to L.I.F.E. on podcast. We're glad you're here.

Episodes

February 12, 2024 96 mins

In this episode on-air personality Neiko Flowers (HOT 103.9 and WPZE Praise 102.5) shares his journey into radio and how the progression of popular music played a role in his transition from secular to gospel radio.  Neiko's is a journey of self-doubt, uncertainty and faith and redemption.

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While the world had its eyes on Inter Miami, Taylor Swift , Eminem and the Kansas City Chiefs, Rob Hardy was giving serious insight on the ins and outs of being a TV/Film director. 
Take a listen as he drops gems on hustling for Lil Jon, Black culture, the power of the show runner and Stone's bad acting!  

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January 15, 2024 19 mins

The music industry has changed dramatically in recent years, and the role of major record labels has been forever changed. Once beheld as the gatekeepers to stardom, 
the rise of  streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have irrevocably changed to landscape of music. 
In response, labels went from being gatekeepers to talent partners, focusing on offering  marketing, promotion, and distribution in exchange for a sha...

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It used to be that access to celebrities was virtually unobtainable which made celebrities and their lifestyles that much more enviable. You rarely knew about the behind-the-scenes struggles or chaos. And if a celebrity started slipping through the cracks, then they got undressed in front of the camera or engaged in some kind of drama to refocus attention to themselves, often time to promote something they have coming up. 

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November 13, 2023 33 mins

The major labels, angel investors, venture capital execs and more that are putting their money behind the innovative ideas that could move the music industry forward.

Whether they’re angel investors offering startups tens of thousands or venture capital power players with hundreds of millions, some of the shrewdest minds in and around the music business are using their expertise to reinvest in the tools of its future.
With gene...

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Often times, we think just because some people have money and power then they are virtually unstoppable. But try telling that to people like Tyler Perry, Byron Allen. 

From entertainment, to corporate America, to politics, there is  a hierarchy to everything.  And the higher up the control ladder you climb, the bigger the obstacles and often the more obscure they are

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Rap music. Hip Hop.  What started out as an art form to report, through lament, what was going on in underprivileged America, has turned into a celebration of the worst of us.  

Controversial music is nothing new and exists in all genres, but no other music has had the impact on pop-culture as much as rap/hip-hop has in the past three decades. 
So when some of the biggest names in rap are spewing forth some of the most...

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Terri J. Vaughn is an actress, producer and director best know for her role as Lavita Alizay Jenkins-Robinson n the Steve Harvey Show.
The NAACP Image Award winner didn't always plan this path of success and shares her insight, wisdom  advice on her career and life.

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October 16, 2023 36 mins

Jim Carrey eloquently reminded a room full of graduates that every setback, every obstacle, and every moment of doubt can be a catalyst for personal growth and transformation. 

Tony Robbins motivates us to shift our perspective, cultivate resilience, and live life with intention.  So take a listen as we embark on a path of self-discovery, growth, and inspiration, and learn how to view life's challenging events, not as stumbling...

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From purpose, focus and self-improvement to happiness, fulfillment and personal growth , multi-millionaire serial entrepreneur Zach Zelner returns to share more knowledge and wisdom on the art of entrepreneurship.

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Joe is co-founder and managing partner of The Georgia Hemp Company and of Sympleaf Wellness, companies that produce, distribute, and sell hemp-based lifestyle and wellness products. He was the co-founder and former CMO of Halcyon Organics, the first medical cannabis company in the South. 

He is a sought-after authority and industry consultant on hemp legislation, sourcing, quality control, processing, distribution, and mar...

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Chad Shearer, co-founder of Caren West PR (Rival Entertainment, FreakNik, Georgia Hemp Co., Decadence Music Festival, etc.) sat down with us to discuss the ins and outs of public relations.
 
What does a PR firm do specifically?
What makes a great PR person?
Red flags to watch out for when seeking PR services.

These are key things every public figure should know or expect when deciding on hiring a PR rep or...

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Music. It has the power to transport us back in time, to calm our worried mines or boost our mood. It has surprising psychological benefits on the brain, mind and emotions. 

We sat with psychologist Dr. Eanah Whaley, PhD. as he breaks down some of the magical effects of music and how it has personally delivered her out of sorrow and depression after tragedy.

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September 11, 2023 62 mins

Technology, specifically social media, has made the entertainment industry accessible to everyone. But in the journey to be the next star or create the next hit, the failures are more plentiful than the winds. This can cause everything from self-doubt to depression for many creators.
For those struggling with a lack of self-belief or motivation, Zahra Karsan, author of "6 Weeks To Happy" shares easy-to-follow methods...

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September 4, 2023 32 mins
As the writers' strike in Hollywood looms on, another movement wave is gaining momentum.  Songwriters are becoming fed up with no being paid for time and work and having to only rely on copyright royalties for their income.
Grammy award winning songwriter Tiffany Red has been one of the more outspoken voices leading the charge for fair pay for songwriters.

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Why are celebrities leaving Scooter Braun's management company?   Is this a fall from grace or crumbling of an empire? 
Can the exodus from the manager of such superstars as Justin Bieber, Arianna Grande and Demi Lovato be explained?   Yes, it can.

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Dating tayo! 
We use everything from dating apps to dating sites to dating shows to help us find our perfect match.  But dating is like a succession of baseball swings, and not every hit is going to be a home run.
Likewise, if you want to handle success in your business and in life, you need to be able to handle rejection, failures, and all the ups and downs that come with it.

In this episode Jony finally sees St...

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August 14, 2023 32 mins

Are you ready for success? Do you think you can stand against the ups and downs that come with it?  
Do you think you can overcome problems that challenge what you already know as well as the problems that reveal what you don't know?

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August 7, 2023 20 mins

TikTok has recently entered the music streaming market with its new platform, TikTok Music.   Tik Tok looks to challenge Spotify, Apple Music, Tidals and others with such features as:

  • Access to millions of songs: TikTok Music has a library of over 80 million songs, including new releases and classics.
  • Personalized recommendations: TikTok Music uses its artificial intelligence technology to recommend songs that you're likely ...
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July 31, 2023 34 mins

Has what started out as an art form that helped the outside world understand what was going on in the hood, morphed into an audio platform for debauchery, crime and moral decay?

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