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Episode 228 – Ming Chen – Con Life / audio

Ming Chen

Ming Chen (@mingchen37 on twitter) returns to share his experiences at convention life with host Craig Price.

Once again Reality Check with Craig Price is a proud member of the Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program. To celebrate, Craig has been sitting on this episode since New Year’s, when he and Ming Chen, from AMC’s Comic Book Men, recorded a panel at Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve. With Ming returning to Comicpalooza again this year, May 12th through the 14th, Craig wanted to give a glimpse into what it is like going from con to con. Ming is everywhere and know everyone. So much so that Craig pitches a travel show, discusses why some of Ming’s co-stars are no-shows and and how he was “discovered” by Kevin Smith when he made a fansite for Clerks.

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SPECIAL REPOST: Episode 215 – Amelie Robitaille – Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios / audio

Cirque Du Soleil

REPOST: This episode was originally released back on October 18th 2016.  I’m rereleasing it now as Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios opened here in Houston on the 6th of April and will be running until May 21st.  Head to cirquedisoleli.com/kurios for tickets.

Amelie Robitaille (@Cirque on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss Cirque Du Soleil and their new touring show Kurios. The reputation of Cirque Du Soleil is undeniable, so why did they agree to talk to Craig? Because the circus of the sun is coming to town and who better to talk to about life under the strange big top of than someone as strange as Craig? Thankfully, Amelie is used to talking to clowns. She and Craig discuss behind the scenes of The Cirque, how they plan shows, what they look for when auditioning performers, how they deal with injuries and more. It’s a unique look into the life of a circus performer!

What is Kurios?

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?

Tickets for Cirque Du Soleil’s new show Kurios is available now at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios/

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Episode 227 – Ming-Na Wen / audio

Ming-Na Wen

Actress Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa on twitter) joined host Craig Price on stage during New Year’s Eve! One of the benefits of being a world-class moderator (in his mind) is getting the chance to sit with some very talented people. During the Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve event, Craig asked about her character on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, being a disney princess, working with Jean-Claude Van Damme and fields questions from the crowd. If you’ve never been to a comic-con panel, take a peek with one of the most popular actresses in the business!

Special thanks to past guest Devin Pike for having Craig host and for Hung Truong for the photos.

 

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Episode 225 – Steve Hughes – Engaging Presentations / audio

Engaging Presentations

Steve Hughes joins host Craig Price to discuss his 2017 Association of Legal Administrators Conference session on engaging presentations.

With Craig presenting 2 sessions – Leading from All Sides and Getting a Grip on Negativity – in Denver on April 4th, he wanted to make sure some other great speakers were showcased.  Steve talks to Craig about introductions, cell phones, powerpoint and more. You can learn more about Steve at theconferencespeaker.com.

CM33: Captivate: Presentations That Engage and Win Over Today’s Distracted Audiences

Wednesday, April 5  3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
What if you were the most amazing presenter in the world? What if every time you stood up to suggest a new idea or propose a change, people would listen and act on your recommendations? The good news is that anyone can learn to captivate an audience and command a room. In this session, you’ll discover how to instantly build rapport with others, use your nervousness to your advantage and handle questions with confidence. Using the latest research and real-world success stories, you’ll walk away equipped and inspired to make a lasting impact within your firm.

Objectives:
• Outline how to grab people’s attention from your very first words and keep it throughout your presentation.
• Discover the secrets to being perceived as more confident.
• Explain how to field any question with poise and flair.
• Demonstrate how to use PowerPoint to be more compelling.

Audience Statement: This session assumes that participants have a working knowledge of communication skills in the legal industry. No advance preparation is required.

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Episode 222 – Maximiliano Hernandez and Christina Wren / audio

Superhero movies

Maximiliano Hernandez (@maxitois4real on twitter) and Christina Wren (@ChristinaSWren on twitter) join host Craig Price to discuss their roles in superhero movies.

It’s a crossover episode! Craig’s latest podcast project Matinee Heroes spotlighted the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier and included half of the interview from Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve with Max (they’re close enough pals to use shorter names) but Christina also was dishing out wisdom too. So why waste such good stuff? Craig wouldn’t, of course. So here is their interview in its entirety.  The three have a great discussion on how Marvel’s (Max appeared in Thor, Avengers and other Marvel projects) process compares to DC’s (Christina appeared in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman), how they found out they were going to be in these huge blockbuster movies and what it’s like meeting Robert Redford.  They also take questions from the audience as well.

Be sure to check out Matinee Heroes each week! What is Matinee Heroes? It is a podcast dedicated to exploring hero cinema – from adventurers, heroes, to superheroes; from Jedi to buddy cops; from the Wild West, to the distant past, to futures both hopeful and dystopian, from ancient lands to the deepest reaches of outer space. In a time when we need heroes more than ever, Alan and Craig will try to understand just what makes our cinematic heroes tick, and how we can use that heroism in our everyday life.

Check out Maximiliano’s filmography here.

Check out Christina’s professional acting homepage at http://www.christinawren.com/ 

Photos courtesy of Hung L. Truong Photography

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