Hannah Lynch | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 124

Photo by Hannah Lynch

Photo by Hannah Lynch

“I’m not very commercially motivated.”

Photographer, musician and all around creative person Hannah Lynch chats with Levi about where she first developed her interest in taking photos. Hannah also talks about songwriting and her love of performing music but also very physical stage fright. Hannah talks abouut her struggles with addiction and how that informs her decisions as a parent. Hannah also talks about struggling to make any of her art marketable. Plus, she talks openly about the difficulties of figuring out what’s the right thing to do for her son.

“When I was little, I would say I wanted to be an artist and I got really good feedback from my dad.”

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Dennis Zerwas | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 123

unnamed-2“Anytime you can have someone that’s in front of you making fun of themselves, it takes the attention off the person getting their pictures taken.”

Photographer Dennis Zerwas joins us to talk about his start at a young age taking family portraits for a very high volume studio. He talks about working in photo development before the digital boom and about making the transition to digital photography and editing. Dennis also shares his love of northern lights photography and talks about how his sons tell him which pictures he can and can’t share.


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Wade Scheel | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 122

Wade Scheel plate“Right now it’s a struggle to make art and parent.”

Potter and visual artist Wade Scheel talks about making work for himself and making work for others. Wade talks about running his own art gallery with his wife, Camille, and having to recover after losing the gallery. He also talks very openly about being a husband and parent while Camille battles cancer. Plus, Wade shares the highs and lows of parenting a teenaged daughter.

“My wife has cancer, how much of this crap can I blame on that?”

You can support Camille Scheel’s indieGoGo campaign here: Camp Chemo: A Memoir of Life with Metastatic Breast Cancer

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Kenny Blumenfeld | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 121

Kenny Blumenfeld 1“When I’m afraid of something it means something big. It means I find something fascinating.”

Kenny Blumenfeld’s bio starts “There once was a boy who was terrified of thunderstorms…” Kenny is a weather expert, a weather researcher, a science communicator, a documentarian, storyteller, and writer. Kenny talks about unschooling, parenting after divorce, and sharing his sons’ love of rollercoasters. He also shares his journey from his early fear of weather to becoming obsessed and learning everything he could. Plus, he talks about the surprising accuracy of the tornado in the original Wizard of OZ movie.

“My mom would shriek when there was lightening.”

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Gina Sampaio | Pratfalls of Parenting ep 120

Gina Sampaio 2“Ever since I was young I wanted to be a mom and I sort of knew whatever else I would do would probably come later.”

Writer of the Sister Serendip blog and performer Gina Sampaio talks about being a stay-at-home mother of five. She talks about how she and her husband started out adopting one child and ended up adopting three children after giving birth to two biological children. Gina talks openly about the highs and lows of maintaining a relationship with her adopted children’s biological family and about being misquoted in the press. She also shares how being a victim of sexual assault impacts how and when she talks about complicated topics with her kids. Also, she’s really funny and great at telling stories.

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Hillary Frank | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 119

Hillary_Frank_thumbnail_1_©richardfrank“I would hate for people to think of it as a ‘mommy’ podcast.”

The Longest, Shortest Time podcast creator and host Hillary Frank joins via the magic of Skype to chat about how she first recorded audio pieces into a cassette recorder with the help of Radio Shack and how that led to her producing work for This American Life. She talks about the not always beautiful magic of childbirth and shares how being home with a new baby made her want to create the show that has now become her full-time job. She also talks about being intentional in not creating a “mommy” podcast or a show that is just for and about parents.

“My day starts with driving her to preschool and some question inevitably leads to when are you going to die.”


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Shanan Custer | Episode 1 Rereleased

Shanan Custer hostsThis is a special rerelease of the very first episode!

Shanan Custer talks about being a comedy writer, actor, director and mom. Childhood adventures are revisited, confessions are made, and creative parenting secrets are revealed.

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Elizabeth McQueen | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 118

mcqueen_2“There is the parent that I want to be and there is the parent that I am.”

Musician Elizabeth McQueen talks about taking new babies on the road as a touring musician and what it’s like to transition to staying in one place. She shares great stories about trying to entertain young children while traveling constantly. Elizabeth also talks about how important support from family, friends, and colleagues is in making her life work. She also opens up about getting to raise girls as a feminist in a society that isn’t always kind to women.

“The travel was hard, but the kid rearing was probably easier in some respects.”


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Chris Lynch | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 117

Chris Lynch 2“I don’t think parenting get’s in the way of being an artist at all. It’s the having to earn a living that becomes challenging.” 

Musician Chris Lynch of the band the Shiny Lights talks about playing strange accordion gigs and how they can pay off in surprising ways. He shares why he always keeps a day job rather than putting all of his energy into being a touring musician. Chris also talks about how parenting hasn’t really cut into his creative work and rather how it informs the creative work he does. And he speaks openly about trying to parent a very energetic son.

“I always thought I would have unlimited energy.”

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Diana Saez | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 116

Diana Saez eyes“Having kids has really forced me to be thoughtful about what I want to do and where I want to go.”

Writer and comedy maker Diana Saez talks about never really feeling like an official, professional grown up and the strange feeling of actually reaching grown-up status and finding it actually gratifying. She talks about whether or not being a professional comic can leave space for being in a relationship or being a responsible parent. Diana also talks about the desire to still make things but do it fully on her own terms and in her own way.

“I have comedian friends who are on national TV and still can’t pay their bills.”

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