Ep. 223: Noah, Evan and Taylor – Snowman Films

Noah Mittman, Evan Fries, and Taylor Oxley are three creative professionals associated with Snowman Films and The Unfinished Degree Podcast.

Snowman Films is an award-winning video production company, and content marketing subscription service based in Golden, Colorado. We specialize in all forms of video production; small and growing business, commercial/advertisement, 360° VR video, promotional, weddings, events, and everything in between.

The Unfinished Degree is a podcast by Snowman Films based in Denver, CO. Hosts Evan Fries and Noah Mittman travel around and chat with fascinating, creatively-driven folks and professionals from the many scenes and industries that Colorado has to offer.

And this week’s show is an incredibly fun hangout where we talk movies, why two of them bailed on film school, the hustle of entrepreneurship, and a ton more. It’s a free-flowing, riff-happy, digression-filled breeze of an hour. You’ll love it. I sure did.

And a special episode note: At one point I reference the movie Boiler Room and then forget why. Re-listening to the episode, I remembered why. We’re talking about breakups and the point I wanted to make was that I remember when Abbie breaks up with Greg, she says, “I don’t know how else to say this, but… it’s over.” Greg responds, “Uh huh. I disagree.” This will make sense when you listen to the episode.

Available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

First Job: Noah Mittman

Noah Mittman is the head honcho at Snowman Films, an award-winning video production company, and content marketing subscription service based in Golden, Colorado.  His full episode, in which he appears with his cohorts Evan Fries and Taylor Oxley, debuts Wednesday, August 21.

But first, Evan tells me about his first job screwing off at a garden center at the age of 14. It’s funny, profane, and I related to it a little too much. Enjoy!

Ep. 222: Solo Ep – Mental Health Check-In

“But I’m telling you the truth… I mean it. I’m okay! Trust me.” – I’m Not Okay (I Promise) by My Chemical Romance.

Here’s the thing. I actually am okay! But when I opened up about some of my mental health issues three months ago, many of you reached out to me to tell you how much that episode meant to you. So I figured it prudent to do a check-in with you.

Once again I recorded this stream-of-consciousness without knowing exactly where it would go. So here we are three months later, and things are generally going well. That’s not to say everything is perfect, but that I’ve worked really hard to maintain a good mindset and good perspective.

I reference the movie Parenthood in this episode, and in particular, Jason Robards’ speech about how when it comes to parenting, you never cross the goal line, spike the football and do your touchdown dance. You never stop worrying about your kids. Well, the same is true of mental health. You never really stop fighting for yourself, and hopefully, over time it gets a little bit easier.

So enjoy this half hour, and I’ll see you back here next week with a brand new guest.

Ep. 221: Shahara Jagrati Mattingly – Transformational Health Coach

Shahara Jagrati Mattingly is the Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) at Delicious Awakening Transformational Health Coaching. Shahara uses “a blend of ancient wisdom and modern science to empower clients with strategies and mindful practices that will transform their health and confidence.” In her own words:


After spending years trying to manage alcohol and drug abuse with green smoothies and downward dogs there came a day where pretending was no longer an option. As a pathway to heal herself and others, she studied holistic health and integrative therapies at Metro State University in Colorado, nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and studied Ayurveda and yoga in India.

I’ve known Shahara for a long time, so it was an immense pleasure to sit down with her and hear more about her story. She took many of the kids we grew up with who had trouble at home under her wing and served as their ad hoc “social case worker.” She was also an intimidating presence who battled her own demons. I’ve always loved and respected her intensely.

On this week’s show we discuss her path through addiction, doing deep soul work to better understand herself, how she manages self care in her work, and the challenges of parenting. It’s candid, it’s harrowing at times, and it’s a lot of fun! We dig deep in this episode, and I myself had an incredible epiphany listening to it back. You’ll get a lot out of this one, I promise.

It also bears mention that Shahara is my 3rd entry of 4 on my Bryan sibling BINGO card (I’m only missing Bay, the youngest!). I spoke to Kersti, who’s a dynamite actor in New York way back on Episode 37 in 2014, and then nabbed Reyna, creator of Recycling Is Sexy in early 2015 on Episode 49.

You can find Shahara and Delicious Awakening on their official Facebook page, and on Instagram.

You can find this episode available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

First Job: Shahara Jagrati Mattingly

Shahara Jagrati Mattingly is the Chief Excitement Officer at Delicious Awakening: Transformational Health Coaching, where she uses a blend of ancient wisdom and modern science to empower clients with strategies and mindful practices that will transform their health and confidence. Her full episode debuts Wednesday, July 31.

But first, she shares with me her first job of cleaning her dad’s office at the tender age of 12. Enjoy!

Ep. 220: Adam Johnston – CEO, Last Call Trivia

Adam Johnston is the CEO of Last Call Trivia, which began in the Fall of 2007 when Adam and his co-founder Drew saw a niche for great Trivia Nights in the Cincinnati market. The 10 years that followed bootstrapped their love of Trivia into the seats of hundreds of bars across the country.

His team reached out to me for this episode, and I immediately jumped at the chance because I love bar trivia (having dedicated an entire month to one of their rival companies 4+ years ago), and Adam seemed like he had a cool story.

This episode touches on a lot of things that I love, which I was pleasantly surprised to find that Adam loves, too. Topics on this episode include Adam starting this company with no money and sharing with me to how it’s grown to hundreds of locations with 13 full-time employees and hundreds more across the country serving as hosts. So there’s entrepreneurship, right there.

We also talk about baseball, musical theater, professional wrestling (he once met Ric Flair!), and craft beer. So yeah, this is a fun episode for me personally, which means the conversation is easygoing and lively, and I think you’ll love it, too.

Find Last Call Trivia at their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and Instagram.

This episode is available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

First Job: Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston (second from left) is the CEO of Last Call Trivia, providing entertaining nights out for thousands of people all across the country. He’s the guest on Ep. 220 of the podcast debuting this Wednesday, July 24. (I say July 27 in my intro and outro here, but I’m clearly an idiot)

But first, Adam tells me about his first job as a singing waiter (!!!) at an Italian restaurant in Northern Kentucky. It’s quite the larf! Enjoy!

Ep. 219: McLernon & Co – #KeepSocialMediaSocial

Amanda McLernon and Emily Klipp are the CEO and COO, respectively, of McLernon & Co, whose social media obsession is to #KeepSocialMediaSocial. What does that mean? In their words, it means “we focus on building real, honest connections with people through innovative social media strategy. We create and encourage conversations that build engagement among your network of followers and friends.”

Social media, in many ways, has moved front and center into our lives. And with that ascent comes the unexpected complaining about it. Amanda and Emily reject those complaints and take it as a challenge as social media experts to do it better. They’re strategists, they’re executors, and they’re fans of social media engagement. It also bears mention that they’re two of the most poised, savvy, and confident women I’ve talked to in some time.

On this week’s show, we talk about their journey into entrepreneurship, the challenges and opportunities of it, why friendship isn’t completely necessary to a successful partnership, what’s ahead in social media trends (toward the back half of the show, you don’t want to miss it), and a ton more. It’s a fun, jam-packed chat that I know you’ll enjoy because, again, social media touches us all.

You can find Amanda and Emily at their website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

This episode is available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

First Job: Emily Klipp

Emily Klipp is the Chief Operating Officer at McLernon & Co, a company attempting to #KeepSocialMediaSocial. What’s that mean? It means they “focus on building real, honest connections with people through innovative social media strategy.” She and Amanda McLernon are the guests on Ep. 219 of the podcast debuting on July 17, 2019.

But first, Emily tells me about her time as an enterprising 14 (or 15) year-old waking up early to work at her town’s bagel shop in her #JoATFirstJob. Enjoy!

Ep. 218: Gin Walker – Copy Genie

Gin Walker is the Copy Genie, and since words are her business, I’ll cede the floor to her and let her tell you about her work in her own words:

I help superstars like you fire up your true audience and make the impact (and money) you crave.

Using my actor-brain, I write conversion copy that positions your brand as the guiding spotlight in your customer’s success story – speaking to their soul and easing them irresistibly into inspired action …

So they transform their world – and you make bank.

I hear your wish. And it is my command.

I had met Gin almost a year ago when I moderated a panel on which she appeared for the Seattle Fish Company. I found her to be a delight, and was thrilled when she reached out to me again recently pitching herself as a guest on my show. I love when people do this, and especially when they’re as charming and conversational as Gin.

On the show, we talk about her career journey that saw her more or less start as a copy editor for biology textbooks, journey to Boulder to work for a training company that in 17 years had never given a training, and finally find her calling as a copywriter. And yes, we make sure to talk about how copywriting actually works, her approach, and why selling isn’t inherently evil.

It’s a delightful chat as Gin is an absolute ray of sunshine and a total charmer. She’s a talented professional, and our chat is easy-going, fun, and informative. Also, it was her birthday the day we recorded it, which is a fun bonus.

Here are some links we mention in the episode that should be useful. Gin’s website can be found here. You can find her Instagram here. Facebook is here. LinkedIn is right here.

And, as mentioned in the episode, you can find more about The Copywriter Club (and their awesome podcast) right here. James Wedmore’s slightly “woo” and very awesome podcast for entrepreneurs is right here. And the Simon Sinek TED talk on “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it …” can be found here.

This episode is available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.