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Setting Stages

Eddie Macaranas is a former dancer who connects with people hustling an unconventional path in areas ranging from leadership, art, business, entertainment, health & fitness, social media, and lifestyle so that you can leverage their knowledge and experiences to gain an edge on your personal & professional improvement. Discover how you can create a clearer path in your journey by learning from those who have Set the Stage in multiple disciplines. Gain a better understanding of the strategies, struggles, & successes of real leaders and real people. Welcome to Setting Stages!

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Ep 009: The Truth About Lying to Yourself, Nick Keomahavong

Nick Keomahavong is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who studied to become a monk in Thailand. Nick shares his knowledge on how to heal emotional pain by telling ourselves the truth. I open up my own experiences with Nick in this discussion and I hope you gain some perspective through our interaction as things get personal for me in this episode.Links:Nick on Facebook - www.facebook.com/therapywithnickNick's email - therapywithnick@gmail.comNick's Online Course:thealchemistschool.thinkific.com/courses/findingyourselfFollow Me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music By:Ryan Little - www.instagram.com/iamryanlittle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 1min

28 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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S02E03: Gi and Me

This is the story of how my wife and I met. Gi and I had a very fast-moving relationship, and today you’ll learn just how unorthodox our life together came to what we know it to be. We open up quite a bit, so you’ll get a taste of our dynamic as a couple and as parents. We share the challenges of being - for several years - the first among our friends to become parents, and we also answer questions that some listeners asked through social media! Gi and I had a blast with this recording, and we think you could gain a little peace of mind knowing that we are probably more screwed up than you and yours. Bonus points if you can count how any times we reference alcohol throughout the episode. Enjoy! Connect with My Guest: Angelica Macaranas - @gigimac07 Interact with Me: Personal IG - @_eddiemac PodCast IG - @settingstages Twitter - @EddieMacaranas PodCast - www.anchor.fm/eddiemac Intro/Outro Instrumental by Ryan Little - @iamryanlittle --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 29mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Ep 020: How Being Yourself Leads to Growth

Jason and Thea Encabo are a husband-wife travel duo who created "Journey with Jasea" - a blog and Instagram page dedicated to documenting their global experiences. They also own and operate an online store called Beyond the Gift Shop. They'll cover an array of topics ranging form social media community growth, authenticity as a strategy, parenthood, and the value of time vs. money. Connect with My Guest: IG - @journeywithjasea and @beyondthegiftshop Web - www.journeywithjasea.com Interact with Me: IG - @_eddiemac Twitter - @EddieMacaranas Intro and Outro Music by Ryan Little --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

2hr 15mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 015 (pt. 1): A Jane of All Trades, Marlina Moreno

Marlina Moreno is a former NFL Cheerleader who danced at night clubs to earn money for worldwide wildlife conservation. She's also self-taught in videography, photography, and media production. She's been featured in Sports Illustrated, Nat Geo Wild, and Forbes. Oh, and she grew up on a farm! If you've ever wondered, "What should I do with my life?" Do what Marlina did... try everything! Listen to Marlina's story of triumphs and errors and everything in between. She recounts her experience in the NFL, gives advice on what it takes to travel as she does, and explains how she became a passionate wildlife conservationist. Connect with Marlina: IG - www.instagram.com/marlinamoreno Blog - www.margonewild.com Interact with Me: www.instagram.com/_eddiemac Episode Image by: www.instagram.com/zandrover Intro/Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 8mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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Ep 018: How to Create Positive Lasting Memories, a Chat with Garry Ridge

Garry Ridge is the CEO of WD40 Company and creator of The Learning Moment leadership program.Garry shares his childhood, early jobs, and transitions as a leader of a global organization. Through his experiences Garry learned (and continues to learn) that a sense of purpose ignites passion in life and in work, and this is a philosophy that all of WD40's Tribe Members embrace. How can you apply Garry's lessons in your life?Connect with Garry RIdge:WEB - wd40company.comLinkedIn - Garry RidgeTwitter - @LearningMomentInteract with Me:IG - @_eddiemacIntro and Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

47mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 004: Gabe Medina Creator & Designer of Emanon Clothing

FIRE in this episode of Setting Stages! I'm seated with Gabriel Medina, the creator and designer of Emanon Clothing. Gabe shares an honest wisdom around pursuing your passions, his experience during an interview with a major street wear brand, and even answers some questions from social media. Plus we recorded at a brewery! This should be fun.links:www.emanonclothing.comGabe Medina IG: www.instagram.com/guiltygabeEmanon IG: www.instagram.com/emanon_emnFollow me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music By:www.instagram.com/iamryanlittle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 9mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #6

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Ep 012: A Conversation with Our Oldest Son, Dante

Dante is our 12-year-old son and our oldest of two kids. Dante talks about his love for numbers and video games, and shares his experiences in exploring the outdoors and traveling abroad. What's really cool about this talk is that Dante's at an age where he's molding his own opinions, insights, and perspectives and I had a few proud dad moments that I think you grown-up listeners would appreciate in our discussion. Have fun, and thanks for listening!Connect with Me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music:Ryan Little - www.instagram.com/iamryanlittle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

50mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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BSEM 003: How Can I Become Less Judgmental?

Last year someone asked me, "How Can I Become Less Judgmental?" This is a BackStage episode that touches on self-awareness, empathy, and compassion.  Interact with me: IG - @_eddiemac Resrouces: Zen Habits blog - zenhabits.net Intro/Outro Instrumental by Ryan Little --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

12mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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BSEM 002: The Biggest Lesson I Learned in 2018

This is one emotional monologue - in a very good way! Back Stage is intended to give you an intimate look at my personal experiences, and this is as vulnerable as it gets.Listen to the story of how I encountered the most valuable lesson I learned last year.*If you like this episode or find value in the show, please rate this 5 STARS on Apple Podcasts! Your support would be greatly appreciated!Interact with me:IG - @_eddiemacRelated Setting Stages Episode:The Truth About Lying to YourselfIntro/Outro Instrumental by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

26mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 003: Keone and Mari Madrid

Recorded in September 2017, this episode is a deep dive into the lives of Keone and Mari Madrid. Best known for their work on So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, Choreo Cookies, and Justin Bieber (just to name a few), the married dancing duo share their childhood memories, how they overcome fear and doubt, and speak up about their toughest challenge as a couple.Links:Keone - www.instagram.com/keonemadridMari - www.instagram.com/_marimadridFollow me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 12mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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BSEM 001: How to Run 1 Mile a Day for 30 Days

Welcome to the first installment of BackStage with Eddie Mac! This is a spinoff of my original podcast show "Setting Stages with Eddie Mac" where I'll share my personal insight and experiences as an intimate look at how a regular guy (me) tries irregular things to overcome challenges and improve quality of life. I don't have sh*t figured out; I'm just trying to figure it out and share my process along the way! This first installment of BackStage with Eddie Mac I'll share my tips on how to run one mile a day for 30 days (and hopefully longer)! As of this episode's premier, I'll have ran one mile minimum for 33 straight days. This is a challenge that gained popularity a few years back by the likes of health bloggers, celebrities, vloggers, and even Mark Zuckerberg. Some of these individuals ran a mile for 365 days straight! I'll explain my experience so far, and the lessons I've learned in the process. Enjoy! Interact with me: IG - @_eddiemac Intro/Outro Instrumental by Ryan Little --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

24mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 005: Boba Talk, MELshake, and Setting Stages Collab

This one's a first! Setting Stages features a rebroadcast of an Instagram Live fireside chat with dance influencers Emmett Agapay, Mikey Mesina, Melissa Adao, and Anna Sarao. We take a trip down memory lane in dance while sharing our thoughts on how past experiences have impacted our relationship with the So-Cal dance culture. This group of leaders bring some FIRE with their insight on the evolving dance community. From the competitions, to the dance teams, to YouTube and social media, this episode is sure to create a continuing dialogue among community members!Podcast Collaborators:BOBA TALK with ANNA SARAOhttps://soundcloud.com/nnaarao www.instagram.com/annasara0MELSHAKE with MELISSA ADAOhttps://soundcloud.com/melissaadao www.instagram.com/melissaadaoFollow me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music by:www.instagram.com/iamryanlittle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 7mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Ep 019: I Angered My Parents to Go After My Dreams

Against her parents' will and expectations, Vee dropped her Computer Engineering major to pursue an education and profession in Art.Vee shares the struggles and sacrifice that came with her bold decision, how she went all in on her dreams, and the importance of following your heart.Connect with Vee:IG - @littlehoneyveeWeb - www.littlehoneyvee.infoInteract with Me:IG - @_eddiemacIntro and Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 15mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 016: RJV Collectives

RJ Vergara (@rjv_collectives) started sketching as a hobby in his childhood. He even got in trouble for graffiti in his early years, but one thing he knew for sure was that he was damn good at drawing. Fast forward to current day, and RJ is now a published illustrator for a children’s book whose art can also be found on album and record covers for hip-hop artists, and on multiple occasions his work has even been recognized by top-tier celebrities.RJ (@rjv_collectives) talks about the complicated art of earning a paycheck for his passion. He’ll also share how he manages working a full-time day job and raising a family while side-hustling his profession in art - sound like you?Whether you’re an artist or not, RJ’s perspective in this episode is sure to hit home with anyone pursuing ambitious goals.Connect with RJ Vergara:IG - www.instagram.com/rjv_collectivesInteract with Me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 23mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Ep 011: Quantity vs Quality and Staying Authentic with Nomis

Nomis is a hip hop artist whose music in 2017 reached 53 countries, 19k fans, and 3k hours of listens on Spotify and continues to grow. He'll reminisce about his past experiences recording music on an answering machine (on a what?), the evolution of music streaming and its impact in the artistic process, and revisits some memorable wins and Ls.Nomis Links:Instagram - instagram.com/nomishiphopSpotify - open.spotify.com/artist/1pu7JlJwcHBIK3nxGbYCIJRhodes to Rome - itunes.apple.com/us/album/rhodes-…-rome/1398905602Interact:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music:Ryan Little - www.instagram.com/iamryanlittle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 22mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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8:24

I recorded an impromptu podcast. Much like many of you, I’m currently struggling to unravel my thoughts and emotions from the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant - father, husband, friend, and NBA legend. The only way I really know how to express emotions these days, is through spoken word. After two-and-half long days of marinating on everything that surrounds me, hesitating on sharing some sentiment around what so many of us are experiencing, I’ve decided to share with you a 24-minute word vomit of how I’ve been dealing with this, and perhaps you can confide in my words and find that you can relate. Ultimately I want this to help you as much as it’s somehow helped me, even just a little.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

24mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Ep 013: How a TBI Shifted My Life

Alastaire Vicente and Ceci Angelica are hosts of their own podcast. The two come from very different upbringings, yet they share in common a life-threatening experience; both of them have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Through this intense injury, combined with other experiences, Alastaire and Ceci have made a tremendous and positive turn-around.Links:Alastaire Vicente - www.instagram.com/e1337hax0rCeci Angelica - www.instagram.com/c.angelanovaIntro/Outro Music by:Ryan Little - "Dawn"--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 26mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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Ep 017: How to YouTube Your Passion with Aldryn Estacio

Aldryn Estacio (@aldryn) is a drone artist who broadcasts his passion for photography and tech on YouTube. In about a year-and-a-half, Aldryn has shared his unique user experience in gadgets to create a reputation as resource on the web, growing his following to 70k subscribers. Aldryn shares his insight on how hard work, purpose, and honesty are key drivers to his ongoing success in his craft and continued growth on YouTube.   Connect with Aldryn Estacio:  IG - @aldryn YouTube - flytpath Interact with Me:  IG - @_eddiemac Intro/Outro Music by Ryan Little --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 25mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 015 (pt 2): 7 Countries in 7 Months with Marlina Moreno

Marlina Moreno continues her quest to use her media skills to promote conservation efforts around the world. In this second installment to Episode 15, she explains the mission of Project Conservation, her expectations for the organization’s future, and gives you an in-depth look at the kind of conservation efforts she produces content for.You'll get to meet Marlina's husband and content creation partner, Zander. The two will take you back to their 7-month, 7-country road trip in Africa.It's gonna be a fun (and emotional at times) conclusion to the two part series featuring Marlina Moreno.Connect with Marlina and Zander:IG Marlina - www.instagram.com/marlinamorenoIG Zander - www.instagram.com/zandroverBlog - www.margonewild.comInteract with Me:www.instagram.com/_eddiemacIntro/Outro Music by Ryan Little--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 26mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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S02E02: Take a Year Off to Travel the World

Meet the Suess Family! They took a year off of their life in California and decided to take the kids with them around the world for one year. Enjoy their story as they share their adventures abroad, the inspiration behind the year-long experience, some tips they learned along the way, and so much more. Connect with My Guest: IG - @suessfamily Interact with Me: Personal IG - @_eddiemac PodCast IG - @settingstages Twitter - @EddieMacaranas PodCast - www.anchor.fm/eddiemac --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eddiemac/message

1hr 23mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #20