Playful Humans - People Who Play for a Living

Playful Humans - People Who Play for a Living

Get the joke of the week along with ideas, information, and instigation to be a more playful human! If you need a little more fun, flow, and fulfillment in your life, we transform the burned-out and bored into energized and engaged Playful Humans. Rediscover the power of play, find out who is playing for a living, and learn how they pull it off to have the most fun possible in their life and career. Adulting is hard, and it’s easy to lose your way. But, you can beat burnout, quiet quitting, and avoid a mid-life crisis. Your imagination, creativity, humor, spontaneity, sociability, and sense of playfulness are still there! They just need to be found and awakened. Each week, Mike Montague interviews a professional who is living the life of their dreams and getting paid to play! Join the club at


March 21, 2023 32 min

Sarah Iverson is a Wellness Coach, Speaker, and Author of Black In Color Remix. She promotes playful liberation through mindfulness and curiosity. She strives to catalyze change that celebrates individuality as well as provide inclusive opportunities that strengthen our connection to the natural world. The art of being inquisitive and embracing our own curiosities is one way to access more authenticity and happiness in our lives. S...

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Tom Glaser is aso known as the “Senior Happiness Superhero,” author of Full Heart Living, and Creator of Conversation Sparks. Tom is a life coach, psychologist, and speaker with over 35 years of experience. Whether counseling, teaching, or appearing in the media, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through. A dog lover, gardener, and yoga teacher, he and his husband are based in Minneapolis but spend as much ...

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Acey Holmes has been playing in her education and career for two decades.  She believes that our personal and professional lives can be improved with one simple priority: PLAY.  Stop being bored, come play with us!

She spent much of her professional life helping children of all abilities communicate (mostly through play!). With a cliche pandemic pivot away from pediatrics to adults, she now focuses on bringing play to adu...

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Kevin spent over 17 years working on some of the biggest movies in the world including 8 Marvel films (Spiderman Homecoming and Far From Home, Black Panther, Ant-man, Captain America Civil War, and others), as well as The Dark Knight Rises, SALT, The Other Guys, Zombieland 2, and many more.

Born with a facial birth defect, Kevin Cassidy battled a speech impediment and bullying throughout his youth but he was able to conque...

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Dana is an artist, author, gallery owner of Ubuntu Fish Gallery, and entrepreneur. She plays for a living through her varied pursuits with her friends and colleagues. She figured out how to merge her greatest strengths—her intuition, leadership skills, educational experience, and artistic ability—and currently guides people to lead more empowered lives through my intuitive guidance sessions, private groups, workshops, and written w...

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Julia Roberts is a speaker and creativity coach dealing with writer's block. She is the author of Write Without The Fight. She is a lifelong writer, jokester, creativity expert, and relentless optimist – dedicated to helping writers decode their creative process so they can write with more ease and satisfaction. She has written four books, done TedX talks, and has a Master's Degree in the Science of Creativity.


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Judith Keys is a cooking coach and creator of My Food In France, where she plays with her food, doing cooking demos, online cook-alongs, and interviews with local producers and foodies. She lives in Provence, France, and she loves helping ex-pats in France to immerse themselves faster in French food, friendship, and lifestyle.

Find Judith at and @myfoodinfrance on the socials.

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Meet Terry Dobson and Igor the Parrot! Terry is a professor of design studies at APU and a former Disney Imagineer. He is a father of 4 boys, and San Marino Cub Scout Co-Pack Leader. He is also a 3-time tree-house designer + builder and has to stop himself from playing all day long because that's ultimately what Igor the Parrot wants to do.

Igor is Terry's full-time, live-in, emotional support, teaching assistan...

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Erin Baker is a leadership and business coach and author of Joyful AF: The Essential Business Strategy We’re Afraid to Put First! Erin has a Ph.D. Social Psychology and worked in UX at Facebook, assisting in the development of the Stories feature. 

Erin teaches solopreneurs and small business owners to follow their joy as their #1 business strategy. Erin's favorite coaching question of all time is "How can you play your wa...

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Asher Laub is an electric violinist, producer, composer, and live performer. He loves all things music, performing with other musicians, and sharing the joy of music with his listeners.

Asher’s expertise in musical improvisation has led him to a career as a soloist in demand, performing at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Hall, Lincoln Center, the Jacob Javitz Center, and across four continents.  Asher has...

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Faige Kobre plays with the magical medium of alcohol inks. She helps women connect to their innate creativity using this medium through offline & online classes. She was an early childhood educator and developed her inner artist over time. Challenged to start a creativity course for adults, she discovered mixed media art and was hooked!

If you love crafts, art, art supplies, or all of the above then check out this epis...

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Wendi Dykes-McGehee is a professor of organizational psychology and leadership at APU and an organizational effectiveness consultant who uses LEGO(R) SERIOUS PLAY(R) to foster deeper learning and help organizations solve complex challenges. She spent 11 years working at Legoland in California in organizational development and training.
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Lisa Zawrotny is the founder of Positively Productive Systems and the host of the Positively Living Podcast. After experiencing a deeply overwhelming time in her life juggling multiple roles as a caregiver, wife, mother, and business owner, she got certified in time and stress management helping other multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle to balance business and family.

Through her podcast, online programs, and coaching, she w...

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David Kaye’s voice-over career began with ‘The Great American Hero’, General Hawk in the DIC animation series, GI Joe in 1989. Working as an on-air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73) quickly became less interesting as both on-camera and behind-the-mic roles started taking up more time. Over the next two decades, David’s voice career became legendary!

David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as ‘Megatron’ in 1994 in th...

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Shaddow is an industry Musician/ Artist, he ranks among some of the best in the industry of entertainment. With a blend of modern and classic pop, jazz, soul, and funk, Shaddow has developed an eclectic style of danceable energetic jazz music.

“I am all about inspiring and empowering others through music, making a difference in the lives of people. Optimism, peace, creativity, uniqueness, and charity should be our passion....

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After tens of thousands of sales, countless fails, and the revelation of too many startling stories to tell in a single night of vintage debauchery, Duane began to assemble what would later be known as Selling Dead People’s Things, a vintage memoir that documents a slice of those early years of vintage retailing.

He founded The Broadway Antique Market, home to 75 top dealers. It’s Chicago’s largest multi-dealer MCM shopping destinat...

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This episode features the multifaceted career of actor, singer, and voiceover artist Ray Buffer. From his work on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to his recent work as a singer and voice-over artist, join us as we delve into the many talents and experiences of this versatile performer.

Ray Buffer is a prolific and professional actor, singer, and voiceover actor. You can check out his list of credits on IMDB here: https://...

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November 24, 2022 36 sec

To the guy who invented the Number Zero, 

- Thanks for nothing.

What did the turkey say on Thanksgiving? 

- Quack Quack.

After all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving, I had to check myself into rehab.

- I couldn't quit cold turkey...

Q: How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?

A: Only one, but you have to really squeeze him in there.

Q: Why did the cranberries turn red?

A: Because they saw the turkey...

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Kerri Schiller has been an engineer, fitness trainer, play researcher, and as a coach who helps others put more joy in their lives. She recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, where she studied play in adulthood (although it may be more accurate to say she studied the lack of play in adulthood). See, play scholars believe that humans play throughout their lives, but she is not so sure.

She is a proud ...

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Mark W. Travis is a Director, Writer, Actor & Consultant at the Travis International Film Institute and the author of Directing Feature Films and The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks. Filmmakers around the world regard Mark W. Travis as the most outstanding teacher and consultant on the art of film directing. Fueled by the desire to generate organic and authentic performances in an instant, Mark developed a director-centered appro...

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