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Colin Cowie: Creating Luxury Experiences for A-List Celebrities

Extraordinary Ordinary People

Release Date: 02/28/2018

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp,  has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life. He also discusses his philosophy on dealing with obstacles, disappointment, fear, and why and how he maintains such a positive attitude in the face of life's struggles.  Brett had a very successful career as a videographer in the lux wedding market, for ten years,  until the recession of 2008 forced him to pivot. Now a filmmaker and...

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

When we’re working towards a new goal, one question we hear is “how bad do you want it?” What are you willing to do to succeed? How hard are you willing to work.    Sometimes, our goals and dreams are just fun words that sound nice rolling off the tongue, yet have nothing to back them up. This is not the case with Dave Russell. Dave went from sweeping floors at a music studio to becoming a multi-Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Join us today as Dave shares his experience of working in the music industry and advice he has to offer.    Show Highlights How Dave...

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

When we think about our favorite songs, we tend to think of the artist who sings them. What we don’t think about, however, is the amount of work and people that went into bringing it to life. The way artists have hundreds of people working to create tomorrow’s top hits, it takes just as many to put together a show to honor music and its makers. Today, Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production and Chief Business Development Officer, shares how he followed his passion for music and how it led to becoming a major executive and producer for the Recording Academy and Grammys.  ...

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Chef Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii.  Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future.  Show Highlights: How HomeEc sparked Roy’s culinary path The moment he decided to commit to cooking and pursue Culinary school in America Roy...

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Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business show art Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

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Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure.    At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him.    He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered.    But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about-- helping others to discover their...

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

 Andy met Sifu Matthew in Maui and personally witnessed at least three people being healed. He heals people and helps them heal themselves using principles of science. Sifu has worked with well-known athletes, as can be seen in the video testimonials in his website, and helped them find restorative healing and optimal health. He says I'm not performing miracles. I'm using science.  About Sifu Matthew: Sifu is a Kung Fu Master, world renowned healer, athletic performance expert, and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness. He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of...

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It was a tough show for Rayshun last week, and he finished in the bottom 2. The good news is that he was able to perform a different song and seek redemption - and boy, did he get it. Tune in to this special bonus episode where Andy catches up with Rayshun about last week's performances and we also get a little peek into what he's singing next week. If you haven't listed to Rayshun's first interview, make sure you go back and listen - you won't be disappointed.

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

Rayshun Lamarr has officially put his voice in the arena-- it’s where he’s always known he wants it to be. As a singer since childhood, it would be easy to stay on a relatively safe course as an entertainer and rely on the talent he’s been recognized for since an early age. Instead, Rayshun creates opportunity after opportunity for himself to hone his craft and put himself up against the best.  His first steady gig as a professional singer was with host Andy Kushner with a 10-piece party band called SoundConnection. Weddings were a huge entry point into Rayshun’s experience...

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Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing show art Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

Extraordinary Ordinary People

Ashley Keegan is an extraordinarily intuitive healer. From a young age, she started learning how to view the human body and use natural elements to help others release trauma. She has a lotto say when it comes to fear, our inner physiology and learning to appreciate that less is more. Ashley also looks closely at what’s around her. After seeing signs in her life that they were destined for the special place Ashley calls “Mother Maui”, she moved out to Maui with her family when her children were babies-- a place which has now captivated her and allowed her to grow...

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Chuck Johnson knew since he was a child that he wanted to be a musician. After persistently nagging his father (who played music in a band during rowdy parties) to teach him how to play, he learned his first 3 chords at 6 years old. Chuck Johnson probably never imagined his early childhood fascination would turn into a successful career as a prominent member of 3 bands and internationally touring with a jazz legend. From the ins and outs of forming bands over his career to the way he balanced a job with his musical commitments, Chuck spends this episode sharing stories and providing...

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Colin Cowie is a top designer for all things weddings, as well as galas, charitable events, corporate and destination celebrations. He's beloved by the likes of Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, and countless other A-list celebrities.

Since Colin arrived in Los Angeles from Kitzwe, Zambia at the height of apartheid in 1985, his professional life has soared. Colin grew up in a household that constantly entertained friends and family, so when he came to the US, he just started doing the same thing he had always been doing at home in Zambia. While teaching cooking lessons at age 23, he met a woman whose chance encounter soon led to his first wedding assignment for a local bachelor: Hugh Hefner.

Thirty-one years of parties, weddings, and multi-day events later, he’s never created the same event twice.

The degree to which Colin cares for and personalizes his work is not just unmatched, it's nearly indescribable, and precisely why he’s consistently relied upon by the most discerning of clientele. He learns everything there is to know about his clients, over hors-d'oeuvres and champagne, until the event he crafts (and the journey on which he takes his clients to get there) is not just perfectly tailored, but permanently unique. When he isn't designing weddings and Fortune 500 parties, Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball or Guinness Book of World Records-breaking pyrotechnic shows abroad, Colin works as "creator-director" for elite brands like NetJets, Dom Perignon, and Bergdorf Goodman; even private islands.

Idyllic as Colin’s life may sound, and so often is, he and Andy extend their conversation today beyond the exclusive glamour of the luxury events industry to the unseen challenges once faced in the midst of the great recession, Colin's daily routines (from meditation and "I am" statements to nightcaps), professional strategies, and the critical value of humility and gratitude.

Show Highlights:

  • Beef jerky and Jaegermeister aren’t things you normally associate with Colin - hear his story about both.
  • Delivering babies? Yep, Colin’s done that too.
  • Even at the top of his game, Colin wasn’t immune from crisis - hear how he lost 80% of his income almost overnight.
  • Learn how Colin feels about his employees leaving to start their own business.
  • Colin’s philosophy behind what he charges for his services.
  • Learn about Colin’s multiple streams of income and his recommendations for you to create them too.

 

 

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