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Entertaining Insights is the podcast that highlights life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment. Join host, clinical psychologist, comic and author Dr. Nancy Berk and special celebrity and expert guests as they discuss their fascinating journeys and insights. Packed with powerful advice, simple suggestions, and a dose of humor, Entertaining Insights will help you create your most positive, fun, and productive to-do lists.
 
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Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes November 09, 2020 EP 188 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN October! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Pag…
 
Cassandra Peterson joins Nancy to discuss her career as horror icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, latest projects including the music video ‘Don’t Cancel Halloween,’ and life during the pandemic. Plus, Cassandra shares her theories on the longevity and scope of the pop culture icon and reveals her personal childhood experience of being bullied due …
 
Actress and author Kathryn Leigh Scott joins Nancy to discuss her many roles within the cult classic television series Dark Shadows, her novels, including September Girl, and other new projects. Plus, Scott reveals what it was like kissing vampire Barnabas Collins and why House of Dark Shadows (1970) might be the perfect film to get you in the Hall…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes November 09, 2020 EP 188 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN October! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Pag…
 
Acclaimed actors Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) join Nancy to discuss the power and importance of women’s stories, their one-woman film Call Waiting co-written by Bucatinsky (with Dori Fram) and starring Aaron, and the unique challenges in sharing the stories of characters Judy Baxter and Carol Lane (1:29). …
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd (inducted with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) joins Nancy to discuss his music, the inspiration and process behind his latest rock album Sobering Times, his role as a “Recovery Troubador,” and why these songs and social support are especially important during stressful times. Plus, Ricky offers some advice for t…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes September 26, 2020 EP 187 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN OCTOBER! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Lorenzo Porricelli Joins Mark Sevi. Creative Screenwriting Magazine - Mark's Articles: ARTICLES BY MARK SEVI #amazonpodcasts coming soon! 00:00:00 INTRO…
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates joins Nancy to discuss his musical journey from Hall & Oates to his latest solo project with the Good Road Band Live in Nashville, inspired by his early musical influences. Plus, John shares his creative projects and process during the pandemic and how Nashville, his life beyond music, including his love of hi…
 
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and singer Jonas Myrin joins Nancy to discuss the inspiration behind his new Capital CMG Records debut single “Not Alone” (1:28), the importance of introspection and positivity in his work and collaborations, writing with icons, and stepping out of your comfort zone. Plus, Nancy talks about identifying opportunities …
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes September 12, 2020 EP 186 Chadwick Boseman, King T'Challa - rest easy on the ancestral plane! SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInher…
 
“Bad to the Bone” veteran blues/rocker George Thorogood joins Nancy to discuss the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research, founded to honor his wife Marla who died of ovarian cancer in 2019 (1:25), how fans can support this important initiative during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and why taking charge of your health and remind…
 
Kirsten Scott and Matthew Scott join Nancy to discuss their acting and singing careers, their musical theater-driven journey and work with shows from Jersey Boys to Rock of Ages, their new routines, and thoughts on Broadway’s safe comeback. Plus, the actors share their suggestions for children and young adults (and their parents) interested in the …
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes July 31, 2020 EP 183 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN OCTOBER! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires is not with this episode but find Chris everywhere! #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicl…
 
Actor/songwriter Barry Anderson and actor/choreographer Rusty Mowery join Nancy to discuss their Broadway-driven careers and work with Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, and Pretty Woman, where they were when Broadway and London’s West End closed due to the pandemic, and their experiences working and staying connected in the business during these isolating …
 
Micky Dolenz joins Nancy to discuss his musical and acting journey from Circus Boy to The Monkees and beyond, the Laurel Canyon music days, and his latest adventures and projects including ‘The Monkees Live - The Mike & Micky Show,' his new album with Michael Nesmith (1:24). Plus, Nancy reviews the benefits of adding simple routines to your daily l…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes July 31, 2020 EP 183 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN OCTOBER! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Page Chris' BarnesAndNo…
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Lodge joins Nancy to discuss his new family-driven single “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix),” getting up to speed on GarageBand to record during a pandemic, finding the positive in negative times, and his Moody Blues’ studio experience during ‘Days of Future Passed’(1:33). Plus, in our Entertaining Ideas segment…
 
Actor David Hoffman joins Nancy to discuss his creative career, his role as Doug in the popular Liberty Mutual ad campaign LiMu Emu and Doug, and his new web series George Washington is Here to Help (1:32). Plus, Nancy shares her magazine humor column highlighting the time she dragged her husband to a taping of Let’s Make a Deal. (41:12). Like and …
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes July 31, 2020 EP 183 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Page Chris…
 
Platinum-selling recording artist Jamie O’Neal joins Nancy to discuss her country music journey, songwriting process, and mega-hits including “There Is No Arizona” and “Somebody’s Hero”, her upcoming album and powerful new single “Wreck Me” (1:18). And in our Entertaining Ideas segment, Nancy fills you in on where to get your virtual summer country…
 
Guitarist and Savoy Brown founder Kim Simmonds joins Nancy to discuss his career journey and decades of self-discovery in the music business, his blues roots, and new album Ain’t Done Yet (1:28). And in our Entertaining Ideas segment, Nancy is joined by Chris Vance, CEO and founder of the piano instruction software and online service Playground Ses…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes July 17, 2020 EP 182 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Jeff Lyons Joins Mark Sevi. #anatomyofapremiseline #rapidstorydevelopment #terminusstation #13minutes #jackbedead Jeff's Amazon Page Jeff's website Creative Scr…
 
Rock legend Justin Hayward joins Nancy to discuss his musical journey, the Moody Blues’ and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame experience, his songwriting process, and creative challenges during stressful times. Plus, the story behind his new EP and songs “My Juliette” and “One Summer Day” (1:21). Also in this episode, Nancy talks about using books to …
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes July 04, 2020 EP 181 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts…
 
Comedian Jesus Trejo joins Nancy to discuss the family-driven inspiration behind his stand-up and new Showtime special Stay At Home Son, the similarities of parenting parents and kids, helping others age gracefully, and comedy learning opportunities during the pandemic (1:20). Also in this episode, Nancy talks about the YouTube channel Our Family P…
 
Country music artist Danny Griego joins Nancy to discuss his latest single, “Inevitable,” his upcoming release “At The Crossroads,” a duet with his music idol the late Waylon Jennings, and why staying in your lane isn’t always the best creative decision. Plus, Danny talks about his work supporting military veterans (1:44), and his NHRA pro-stock mo…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes June 19, 2020 EP 180 WITH VICTOR PHAN VICTOR'S IMDB PAGE: Victor's full bio at end of show notes. Victor's Deviant Art Page: LINK Creative Screenwriting Magazine - Mark's Article: MARK'S ARTICLES 00:00:00 INTRO Podcast theme music by Mark Sevi 00:00:20 WELCOME/…
 
Author and broadcaster Lian Dolan joins Nancy to discuss her latest novel The Sweeney Sisters, the story behind the intriguing Connecticut-based characters, people’s fascination with sisters, the complicated and humorous sides of sibling relationships, and her writing process (1:30). Plus, Nancy talks with writer and editor Marcia Stewart about Nic…
 
Frank Musker joins Nancy to discuss his journey from early boy band days to international hitmaker as a musician, composer and lyricist, and World Goes Round’s recently discovered music recorded decades ago including lead single “Big House” (1:26) and its environmental and societal relevance today. Watch the music video for “Big House”. Plus, Nancy…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes June 06, 2020 EP 179 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Page Chris…
 
Tommy James joins Nancy to discuss his journey with Tommy James and The Shondells and beyond including early Pittsburgh success with “Hanky Panky,” gold singles and platinum albums, hits like “Crystal Blue Persuasion”, “Crimson & Clover,” “Mony Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine,” his autobiography Me, The Mob, and The Music and an upcoming biopic of th…
 
Ep #160: Hosting a podcast was one of the best things for the last few years. Besides many interesting people you meet it opens up new opportunities for growing your business. In this episode I’ll share with you how it was to have a podcast for 2,5 years. You will learn: Why I stopped this podcast Why you should start a podcast and how it will bene…
 
Ep #159 You know those days when you get on a Zoom call and you look like a panda with dark circles around your eyes because of a terrible light or when you download your call and the audio sounds bad. From now on forget about that. Today we're gonna solve all these problems. I got a brilliant guest for you Larry Becker. In this episode, Larry Beck…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes May 23, 2020 EP 178 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Page Chris'…
 
Comedian Julia Scotti joins Nancy to discuss age and gender in the comedy world, her Showtime special More Funny Women of a Certain Age, and her career journey—including the experience of becoming a quarter finalist and fan favorite on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent and the impact of revealing her personal story of becoming a woman of transgende…
 
Ep #158: If you’re on the journey of writing a TED talk then first, congratulations! It’s such an exciting experience. And to make your preparation easier I invited one of my favorite people to go to when it comes to writing - Kristina Paider. Together we discuss how to write a TED talk. A Hollywood Scriptwriter's Approach. And today we’ll cover wh…
 
Veteran entertainer Tony Orlando joins Nancy to discuss his non-stop music career from hit records like “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”, “Candida”, and “Knock Three Times” to his seventies television variety show 'Tony Orlando and Dawn', life on the road and a future Broadway musical (1:37). Plus, more on Tony’s volunteer work with military veterans and his …
 
Ep #157: Is there even a place for a balance these days? The world just got flipped upside down. Have you thought that one day you will go to the bank with a mask on your face asking for money? Well, you need a mask because of the coronavirus, but the situation looks so weird from the side. You’ll definitely have something to tell your grandkids. S…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes May 08, 2020 EP 177 WITH VICTOR PHAN VICTOR'S IMDB PAGE: Victor's full bio at end of show notes. Creative Screenwriting Magazine - Mark's Article: MARK'S ARTICLES 00:00:00 INTRO Podcast theme music by Mark Sevi Jurassic Park Interstitials 00:00:20 WELCOME/TABLE…
 
NASA astronaut Col. Nick Hague joins Nancy to discuss life lessons from his career journey, his time on the International Space Station, and the powerful support networks that contribute to success and the human exploration of space (1:21). Plus, Nick’s wife Col. Catie Hague joins the conversation to talk about dual career relationships, co-parenti…
 
Ep #156: How great it is when people praise you and recommend even if it’s online. When people want to know more about you and your business they simply Google you. And here is where reviews may play a big role in deciding to work with you or not. In this episode, Brian J. Greenberg shares 3 best strategies to get 5-star reviews for your business. …
 
Ep #155: To sell something for $100 is easy, but then the higher the price you offer the more uncomfortable you feel and also some people are concerned about earning a lot. Let’s get into that money myths and see how you can increase your prices and earn what you really want. In this episode, Michelle Lynne shares why money is not bad and how to ea…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes April 25, 2020 EP 176 SCRIPTWRITING CLASSES START AGAIN IN JULY! GO HERE FOR INFO Author/Screenwriter Christopher Stires Joins Mark Sevi. #Starbeasts #PaladinsJourney #RebelNation #TheInheritance #DarkLegend #thurianChronicles Starbeasts Chris' Amazon Page Chri…
 
Emmy Award winner Alan Zweibel joins Nancy to discuss his incredible comedy journey from teenage joke writer to legendary television comedy writer (Saturday Night Live, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm), screenwriter, and best-selling author, his new memoir Laugh Lines, and life lessons from decades of comedy collaboration (1:37-42…
 
Ep #154: Who would know that such things as pandemic will hit the world? So many entrepreneurs experience a difficult time right now. But every crisis leads to at least two options you can complain and cry about the losses or take your time to calm down and get into the new game of entrepreneurship being even stronger. While everyone stays home now…
 
Actor and child advocate Paul Petersen joins Nancy to discuss Hollywood, his childhood role on the iconic sitcom The Donna Reed Show, his latest book celebrating the television show’s 60th anniversary, The Donna Reed Show: A Pictorial Memoir, and his work to protect children in the arts (1:30). Plus, Nancy talks about using retro television shows a…
 
Ep #153: Our today’s guest within about half of the year exponentially grew his personal brand on LinkedIn and as you will listen, you’ll know that he didn’t have any experience in doing that, had to overcome his anxiety of filming himself and learn the technical part. It was challenging, but all manageable for a busy entrepreneur as he is and as y…
 
Welcome To Plotpoints Podcast! This is Plotpoints Podcast! www.plotpoints.com Show Notes February 15, 2020 EP 171 WITH VICTOR PHAN VICTOR'S IMDB PAGE: Victor's full bio at end of show notes. Creative Screenwriting Magazine - Mark's Article: RULE OF THREE 00:00:00 INTRO Mark (podcast theme music by Mark Sevi), Twilight Zone Interstitials 00:00:20 WE…
 
Ep #152: How good it is when someone refers you a new client who more likely will buy from you. The most common situation that comes to mind is a word of mouth marketing. But today we’ll talk about more than that. You’ll know what is and what isn’t a referral, how to find people who will refer others to you and how to cultivate those relationships …
 
Comedy veteran Tammy Pescatelli joins Nancy to discuss her career journey, new solo special Tammy Pescatelli’s Way After School Special, Showtime’s More Funny Women of a Certain Age, the changing face of comedy and the importance of giving back to your community (2:09). Plus Nancy talks with jazz pianist and entertainment lawyer David Gurwin about …
 
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