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Erik Davis, Managing Editor, Fandango, Shares Insights about Entertainment News

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Erik Davis, Managing Editor, Fandango, Shares Insights about Entertainment News




Enjoy Nathalia J.’s interview with Erik Davis, Managing Editor, Fandango. Erik is one of the nation’s leading movie commentators, with over a decade of experience writing about movies for Fandango, Movies.com, AOL Moviefone, Cinematical and others, as well as talking about movies on TV, YouTube and radio.


Erik has appeared on The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, New York Live, Good Day NY, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, CNBC, PBS and more, and he has sat on the “Masters of the Web” panel at San Diego Comic-Con three times, as well as hosted panels at SXSW and inside Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Erik is also a proud voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


Erik has worked with and edited over 100 different writers, many of whom are now at places like the New York Times, The Daily Beast, MTV News, LA Weekly, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Indiewire, the LA Times, Business Insider, and a bunch of other sites you read daily. Follow Erik on Twitter @erikdavis.


Interview by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Nathalia Marie J., age 12

Art Bell – Started Comedy Central and “Lost His Sense of Humor”

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Art Bell – Started Comedy Central and “Lost His Sense of Humor”

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Art Bell, author of the memoir “Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor” (Coming September 2020).



With a MBA in Economics from The Wharton School, Bell has applied his skills to television production with some of the leading companies of the world. Bell founded Comedy Channel in 1988 while at HBO, developing initial programming and brand for merged comedy networks (HA! and Comedy Channel) which became Comedy Central. He was President/COO of CourtTV and a founding partner of Scalar Media Partners, a consulting practice handling a range of clients and projects – Panasonic NA, Epix Pay Television Channel, AARP, A&E Television, United Health and The Weinstein Company. The practice developed media strategy, built corporate alliances and the international development of the 3D television industry.

Art Bell may be the funniest guy we’ve talked with about the state of the entertainment business and the constant state of change.

Interviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14


Tips to Succeed at America’s Toughest Interviews

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Tips to Succeed at America’s Toughest Interviews

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This blog is part of the extra blog series we are doing as encouragement in these uncertain times.  Unfortunately, many have seen jobs disappear or cutback. This post is guidance on potential job interview questions. It is a chance to hone your skills and be prepared when the right job opens up. A companion interview to listen to is Employee Confidence, the New Rule of Engagement with Karen J. Hewitt.


Spending time inside while quarantined gives you the opportunity to focus on professional development and self-improvement. It’s a chance to hone in on your long-term career goals and sharpen up your interview skills. If you ever must leave your current position and re-enter the competitive job market, you will want to be prepared.

Has it been years since you have practiced for an interview? By taking a look at the interview processes of America’s top tech companies, you can refresh your memory and learn key strategies. After all, it is not only the big tech companies that use these techniques during interviews. Nowadays, businesses across industries follow the same best practices for interviewing job candidates.

When you understand how to answer the types of questions asked by interviewers at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, you will feel ready for anything. Let’s outline some of these interview questions and tips on how to respond below. Plus, check out a helpful graphic from the experts at LiveCareer below, which nicely illustrates this interview advice.

Any company that dedicates itself to investing in quality talent will not have an easy interview process. There will never be a foolproof way to set yourself up for success in an interview.  Google probably would not have such a tough interview process if it was not a top company that receives millions of applications a year. Once you have already spent time and energy perfecting your resume and landing the interview, you want to maximize your chances of acing the interview. Let’s hope you can use these takeaways to aid in your job search.


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About the Author

Gabrielle Gardiner is an NYC-based content creator who enjoys writing helpful articles about professional development for companies like LiveCareer. She’s passionate about sharing her insights to empower people to succeed in their careers.

Interview: Libertarian Ed Kless on the Soul of Enterprise

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Interview: Libertarian Ed Kless on the Soul of Enterprise


Longtime North Texas libertarian activist Ed Kless is more than the current Chair of the Collin County Libertarian Party; since July he has been a radio talk show host on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network’s Business Channel.

His show, co-hosted with Ron Baker, is called “The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy” and is broadcast live every Friday at 1 PM Pacific Time. On December 19, 2014 the pair pulled off a major coup with their Interview of Hoover Institution economist Dr. Thomas Sowell.

“While not explicitly libertarian,” Kless told Dallas Libertarian Examiner, “we deal with entrepreneurismand Austrian economics quite a bit.” Here’s more from Ed Kless in this exclusive interview.

How and when did you get involved in this?

Ron Baker, an author and top 100 influencer in the CPA community was approached last July to develop a show for VoiceAmerica. As Ron and I have work extensively together delivering professional education programs for businesspeople, he asked me to co-host with him as he felt the show would be more interesting as a dialogue than a monologue.

What topics do you cover?

Our show is dedicated to the possibility that business, specifically, entrepreneurial businesses continue the work of creation and they, in a sense have a soul. This soul is often times lost as businesses lose their focus on creating value for their customers and instead focus on soul-less management techniques and processes rather than on the humans that make up both the businesses and are customers of the businesses. For example, efficiency gurus, bean counters, tend to look exclusively at the numbers and forget about the people, the souls if you will, of the business. Management practices like timesheets and annual performance reviews rob both managers and their teams of their humanity. We fight to restore this.

How did you land the Thomas Sowell interview?

The short answer is we just asked. The longer answer is that Ron was very persistent in trying to get Dr. Sowell on the show. He emailed and called his assistant many times and when Dr. Sowell’s updated treatise, Basic Economics, was released in its fifth edition the timing was just right.

Who were other big guests besides Sowell?

In addition to Dr. Sowell we have had Prof. Deirdre McCloskey, author of many books on economics including her three, soon to be four, volume Bourgeois series. We have also had Father Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton Institute (and brother of Tony Sirico of Sopranos fame); Rabbi Daniel Lapin, author and radio host himself; Rory Sutherland, vice chair of Ogilvy Group in the UK and top TEDtalk speaker.

Do you do other non-interview shows?

Yes, actually most of our shows are just Ron and myself.

What has been your favorite show so far?

This is a very hard question as the shows are almost like children to us. I would say that if I could only listen to one show it would be the interview with Professor McCloskey. Her thesis that the great enrichment (period from 1800 until today) came about due to a change in the language used to speak about the Bourgeoisie with dignity is absolutely fascinating. It can be found on iTunes

See the official article at The Examiner by Gary Reed Here.

Getting to Know Chris Cooper

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Getting to Know Chris Cooper


 Chris Cooper, one of VoiceAmerica’s premiere hosts took some time to shine some light on his history, goals for the future and why he loves helping people become the best they truly can be.  His show Be More. Achieve More.  airs Fridays at 8 am Pacific time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.


1.)    What did you want to be growing up as a child?

I wanted to be in the navy purely because a friend’s father had been to lots of exciting places. I became absolutely fascinated by maps and travel. I really wanted to visit lots of countries and experience different cultures. I can remember dreaming about what it would be like to visit the United States of America for example. This changed once I experienced sea sickness and I have since been fortunate to travel extensively without needing to be on a ship for many days!

2.)    After you accomplished everything on your goals list by 40 years old, did you make a new list? If so, what types of goals did you set?

Absolutely. I decided that I wanted to establish my own business in the talent development field and become a really great speaker. I also decided that I wanted to learn to play the electric guitar well and dreamed that one day I might sound like some of my rock guitar hero’s. Am delighted to say all is nicely on track.

3.)    What is the best thing about giving people advice, guidance and leadership?

It is absolutely about seeing them realize their true potential. Helping and Inspiring someone whether it is an individual or a company to become the best they can be is truly rewarding. Seeing them achieve the results and also be really appreciative for your help in their journey is a marvellous thing. Through my work I have created a massive international network of friends and for this I am truly grateful

4.)    How did you decide to become a radio show host?

I began by running teleseminars on books that I had found empowering like ‘Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill’. This then moved into me interviewing people on them in front of a live audience. The recordings I put on my site. However, I began to feel that there was more I could do with this and a call from Voice America inspired me to take this to a new level.

5.)    How has having a radio show changed your life?

Over what has now been over 2 years the benefits have become significant. I wanted to add value to an audience beyond my client list and it gave me this. However, what I expected was that the value would come from the audience. Although, I have picked up clients directly from the show what has developed is an incredible network and I count many of the amazing people I have interviewed as personal friends. I have for example had fascinating people such as entrepreneurs, mountaineers and adventurers stay at my house and inspire my children. If for example my children were doing homework I could put them on skype to talk with a world champion or a top business leader who would be delighted to help. I have a network of people who want to help me because I have given them a gift of being on the show and with some of them like Deri Llewellyn-Davies, Asara Lovejoy, David Kean and Mette Bloch we are working jointly together on significant projects. Also, after what will be 100 shows this month (October 2013) I have developed great interview skills. This year I have interviewed clients about 20 times on video and have also spoken at events held by people I have interviewed. I have developed a new revenue stream from it. What has happened is some of the celebrity from my guests in a small way has rubbed off in me and I have become a person people really want to know and work with! I am surprised when I turn up at events and occasionally strangers are excited to see me. Pretty cool heh! Also, my show has received a free monthly page in ‘The Small Business Owner Magazine’ for the IPAD plus been featured in ‘The Family Business Owner Magazine’. My interview ‘How to Shine, From Good to World Class’ has also been selected to feature in ‘Business Gold’ – 24 of the most inspiring articles, videos and audio features shared by experts and small business owners from around the world.

6.)    What books are you reading right now?

I am reading the Millionare Messenger by Brendon Burchard which I am also studying with my mentoring Group. Also, BGI Strategy on a Page by my friend Deri ap John Llewellyn Davis. However, alot of attention is going on my own book that I am writing with show guest Dr Steven Levinson about ‘Accountability’.

7.)    If you could interview one person dead or alive on your show who would it be and why?

Clearly someone like Richard Branson or Barack Obama would be fascinating. But being a guitar player I would love to interview Brian May of Queen because he had such a unique and intelligent guitar sound and the Queen brand became huge. That guy is seriously clever.  I actually briefly met him this year and my wife took a photo of us. Unfortunately, when we got back to the car her finger had been over the lens directly over his head. Her friends said I bet Chris was really angry.  The truth was we laughed all the way home!

8.)    Generally speaking, what are some of the best/challenging characteristics of entrepreneurs?

I think entrepreneurs have many different styles. However, I think the best really know what they want and are able to get into action and make it happen overcoming any obstacles in their way. It is vision, tenacity and resilience plus the ability to engage with others who fill skill and knowledge gaps and can add further value and leverage to an opportunity. The challenges include frustration as results don’t always come fast enough. I also think that many people move from jobs and go into their own business for personal freedom and to get away from line managers and appraisals, tough meetings etc. For me, I realised that as an entrepreneurial business owner you must make sure that you are highly accountable and have mechanisms in place to ensure you do the things you need to do whether you feel like it or not. This is why I speak about the importanc of Accountability and how to turn your intentions into results.

9.)    What do you see yourself doing professionally in 10 years?

In 10 years, I will have a sizeable business helping clients develop their talent and supporting them to elevate their status as trusted advisors to their clients. I will also be speaking prolifically at conferences and regularly interviewed on radio and TV. I would personally love to host a TV show about ‘Business as a Force for Good’. There will also be a significant portfolio of fabulous products available on line and we will be doing our bit for charity. Hence very much a larger version of today, having an even bigger impact and utilising great technology available in the marketplace at that time. 


Chris Cooper is host of the show, Be More. Achieve More on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.  He has a reputation for helping corporate and entrepreneurial leaders and teams transform their performance. He began his career working for large global branded companies such as Rank Xerox and Mars. Working in sales, marketing, HR, training, procurement and logistics progressing to board level.

Wanting greater personal freedom, Chris began setting up businesses. His first was a procurement consultancy that he set up with partners. By its second year it turned over two million pounds. However, the business was not in full alignment with his purpose, which is to inspire individuals and organizations to realize their true potential. Today, he achieves this through business mentoring, coaching, bespoke training, consultancy, writing, speaking and broadcasting

Through Be More.Achieve More, Chris helps those who have changed careers or are contemplating doing so to create and build their own businesses and also employees who wish to take responsibility for their own personal development. Chris provides the inspiration for these successful transitions.

Chris also has a corporate development consultancy, CC1 Consulting that helps leaders develop themselves and their people for greater results. He lives in Leicestershire, England with his wife Ruth and two young boys.


Getting to Know Rebecca Costa, Host of The Costa Report

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Getting to Know Rebecca Costa, Host of The Costa Report

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VoiceAmerica sat down with the ever-inspiring Rebecca Costa, host of The Costa Report for a brief interview about mentors, what she is reading and if she could interview one person, who it would be.  The Costa Report is on LIVE every Tuesday at 6 am Pacific time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

1.         Who has been your biggest influence or mentor?

The person who has influenced me the most is Naturalist Edward O. Wilson.  I know of no finer scientist or human being.  In addition to Wilson I would have to say, Charles Darwin, Bertrand Russell, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan and Golda Meir

2.         Why did you decide to write The Watchman’s Rattle?  What was your motivating factor?

To explain modern consternation from the perspective of humankind’s prehistoric history.

3.         Besides The Watchman’s Rattle, what are the top 3 books you recommend about American Sociology and Pop Culture?

On Human Nature by E.O. Wilson, On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, Arrival City by Doug Saunders.

4.         When you look at the world what cultures or societies do you see as most advanced in blowing up archaic thinking and embracing the removal of what you refer to as supermemes?

It is likely that countries with the most educated populations will be the most likely to adapt rationally and quickly to changing ground conditions.  Today those countries would include Japan, Finland, UK, Israel

5.         What are your goals with having a radio show on VoiceAmerica?

Increasingly the media is trending toward short 5 minute segments here and there and bite-sized news with very few long -formats where important issues can be thoroughly discussed by the most knowledgeable experts.  Our goal is to offer listeners an intelligent program which has no political agenda and which is prepared to look at our greatest challenges from all perspectives.

6.         If you could interview 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be?

My grandmother.  She had an answer for everything.  And she could tell me how I am doing so far.

7.         If you could use 3 words or phrases to describe yourself, what would they be?

Open, respectful, determined.

8.         Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Three books under my belt, celebrating our 400th episode on radio, taking a day off to go down to the river with my dog.


Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. A thought-leader and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Costa is the foremost expert in “Fast Adaptation” tracing everything from terrorism, debt, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary imperatives.

Retiring at the zenith of her career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction. In her book, Costa explains how the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock. When asked why the book has special significance today, Costa claims, “Every person I know, wants to know why our government gets more in debt, our air and water more polluted, our jails more crowded, our security more tenuous and our children more violent. We seem to have lost our ability to solve our problems. The Watchman’s Rattle offers a genetic explanation for our paralysis, and prescribes a way out.”

The success of Rebecca Costa’s first book led to a weekly radio program in 2010 called The Costa Report onVoiceAmerica.com. The Costa Report is currently one of the fastest growing radio programs on the West Coast.


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