2018 Archive

Bio - Marisa Acosta

Marisa grew up in Sahuarita, Arizona. She performed in over twenty one plays, four television shows and a commercials before she graduated high school! In college she continued to pursue acting at Pima Community College and with Borderland Theater Company.

She transferred to California State University, Fullerton to finish her Bachelors in acting, however the program would force her to stay in school for an extra four years. Looking for the easy way out, she changed her major to Playwriting. Prior to graduating in 2015 her first play “ A mother’s love” was published. She moved back to Tucson to be close to family and was hired by Borderlands again to write plays for the Arizona Community Food Bank. She has also written another play, “La Mesera” and will perform in a new Borderlands play, “Sanctuary”. Marisa also co-hosts a ‘foodie’ channel on YouTube, Sabor Con Amor with her boyfriend, Daniel.

This episode was recorded on the patio in front of a Baskin Robins in Sahuarita, Arizona! There is some background noise that we apologize for. However the message and the inspiration that Marisa gives throughout the session is important so we hope you won’t mind the noise. We move from one subject to another to another like a roller coaster. From talking about life in the theater, to growing up Latina to sushi, you never know what’s coming next! It’s fun, informative and thought provoking all at once.

  • The Imagination of an only child
  • Marisa – The college years
  • From acting to writing
  • The New York Theatre Insentive
  • Writing about life
  • Growing up Latina
  • Borderlands Theater Company
  • The culture change in Tucson
  • Rapid Fire
  • “Hamilton” & Lin – Manuel Miranda
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Converting a play from a Latina perspective
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Favorite Novela
  • Money or Legacy
  • Advice for a young Latina performer
  • Sushi!!!!
Bio - Musician / Producer / Audio Expert Bjorgvin Benediktsson

Bjorgvin Bendiktsson is an accomplished audio engineer, musician and writer of over 1,000 articles on audio production and music. He also teaches audio production and is THE resource when it comes to anything audio. He helps home studio musicians make better sounding music by teaching them how to record and produce themselves. Since 2009, he’s run www.audio-issues.com where he teaches thousands of engineers how to make a bigger impact with their music production. He’s the author of the best-selling Amazon book, Step By Step Mixing – How to Create Great Mixes With Only 5 Plug-ins as well as the creator of other audio production courses and tutorials. He produces and records local bands and mixes musicians all over the world through his home studio, Icelandic Embassy Studios. He also writes about creativity, entrepreneurship and other random work/life balance topics on Medium. 

Growing up in Iceland, he then traveled to audio engineering school in Madrid and now living in Tucson, His journey and passion for creating has never wavered. This episode is full of advice and opinion on audio techniques that everyone can learn from. We also discuss the current music scene locally and in general.

  • Bjorgvin’s start from Iceland to Madrid to Tucson
  • The start of Audio-Issues and his writing career and courses
  • Playing with Tucson bands and Tales From the Homeland Podcast
  • Setting Up a Home Studio
  • Tip #1: Have some kind of song structure before you record!
  • Software and plug in choices
  • Studio Monitors
  • File Transfers (Dropbox)
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Tips #2 & 3: Communication and a positive attitude
  • Bjorgvin as a musician
  • The Tucson Music Scene
  • The State of Today’s Music
  • The “1,000 Fans” Theory
  • Analog or Digital
  • Who are you listening to
  • Favorite Microphone
  • Legacy or Money
  • Worst Recording Experience
Bio - Amanda Maldonado - Founder of Pup Package

San Diego, California is known for many things. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and now, Pup Package! What is ‘Pup Package’?

“Pup Package is a San Diego based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that donates basic essentials to foster and rescue dog groups to help reduce out of pocket expenses and increase rate of adoptions! Our mission is to donate 500 Signature Pup Packages this year as part of #Mission500. A $5 donation can provide a pup package to a rescue in need!”

Founder Amanda Maldonado is a dynamic, committed advocate who partners with shelters, community organizations and local businesses to provide gift wrapped packages for dogs in need. Pup Package is celebrating their second year anniversary this month. Amanda has been able to scale her passion project and double the amount of packages from last year! Her plans include expanded community involvement, a pet education awareness program for schools and Pup Package chapters throughout the country.

To contact Amanda and Pup Package, email at: Info@puppackage.org

  • It all started….
  • “Impacting one puppy at a time.”
  • Local Community Involvement
  • Giving Penny the pitbull a ‘voice’
  • The Tony Robbins experience
  • “How To Talk Dog!”
  • The Homeless and Their Dogs
  • Donations and Sponsorships
  • Puppy Abuse and Puppy Farms
  • Pet Education Awareness in Schools
  • Music Therapy For Dogs
  • Favorite breed of dog
  • Favorite Hollywood dog
  • Favorite dog walk location in San Diego
  • Favorite dog toy (*Involving Brett Michaels of Poison!)
  • Thoughts on social media
  • Releasing Stress With Pets

“Make more better than there is worse!”Amanda Maldonado

#AdoptDontShop   #ForTheLoveOfDogs

Bio - Singer / Performer - 'King' Ian Michael


(King) Ian Michael is only 23 years old but already has established himself a rising star. His exudes a uplifting attitude and has positive messages in his music.He is a R&B / Hip Hop artist with a flair for pop. Ian Michael is an entertainer. And his live performances are not to be missed. This interview was recorded in the studios of his mentor Haskel Jackson. You can tell that Ian Michael is deep with his vision, his music and his dedication to impact the world with his art. He soaks up influences from all genres of music. You’ll be hearing quite a bit from Ian Michael in the years to come. Here’s you chance to get to know him a little better through this interview.

“Freestyle is a sport!” – Ian Michael

  • Career Goals (Music is a passion)
  • Mom, Drake and Kanye
  • Social Media
  • The Show
  • Mentors and Influences
  • Collaborations
  • Favorite Songwriter?
  • Which artist would you like to perform for?
  • Money Or Legacy?
  • What is your legacy?
  • Your message to the world
  • Definition of Music
  • Songwriting Process
  • Living In the Past


Bio - Author / Keynote Speaker Amberly Lago

Amberly Lago is the author of True Grit and Grace where she shares her true story of how her life was forever altered by a devastating motorcycle accident and the victory she discovered through her recovery. She inspires all to thrive and delivers hope to others who suffer from chronic pain.

As a personal trainer, wife, and mother, Amberly was living the California dream until it turned into a nightmare in May 2010. As she rode her Harley down Ventura Boulevard that breezy, sunny day, Amberly was hit by an SUV, throwing her thirty feet down a busy street and shattering her right leg. Months in the hospital and 34 surgeries, along with plates, pins, and sheer will eventually spared her leg and severed femoral artery, despite the initial recommendation to amputate. However, as a sexual abuse and divorce survivor, Amberly was determined to save not only her leg, but her career, her dreams, and her dignity.

Amberly was diagnosed with a nerve disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as RSD) and deals with chronic pain daily. This chronic pain has led her to develop positive, healthy ways of coping with pain and all the emotions that come along with it, and pass it on to others in any kind of pain. This life altering experience inspires Amberly to communicate how you can turn tragedy into triumph. She demonstrates how you can hit rock bottom and still find the strength to get back up. She instills hope to keep moving forward by sharing different tools and strategies that have worked for her.

“Everything we go through in life, prepares you for your destiny.” – Amberly Lago

  • Growing up in Texas
  • Getting involved in sports and dance
  • Lessons from a tough track coach
  • Dreaming of dancing in L.A.
  • Welcome to L.A. !
  • “Can’t Touch This”
  • The move to being a personal trainer
  • The accident
  • Life in the hospital
  • Wiss and hope
  • Life lessons for her youngest daughter
  • Inspiring the world one person at a time
  • Determination
  • Depression
  • Favorite type of dance
  • A TED Talk and a future book