Starve the Doubts Interview with Jayme Catsouphes

SoundCloud with Jayme Catsouphes (@jcatsoup)


Jayme Catsouphes


Be excited to hear from our guest for this episode, Jayme Catsouphes!

Jayme Catsouphes is an audio content manager for Sound Cloud –an online distribution platform where individuals can create sounds and share it everywhere. Jayme is also a radio producer, musician, and a lover of stories and music. Jayme is a member of the band The Proofs!

Jayme Catsouphes - SoundCloud

Jayme Catsouphes – SoundCloud

This episode is about:


What to do upon entering the social media marketing world

  • Figure out who you want to connect

What is music for Jayme?

  • “The great thing about music is it can hold so many contradicting things, feelings and ideas at the same time.”

How music can affect an individual

What makes a good music for Jayme?

  • “If you’re singing something that you really feel and you’re giving it your all, that’s what makes a good music.”

Jayme’s everyday inspiration in writing songs

When Jayme discovered his passion in music

Being able to form a community and share experiences about music

How Jayme’s band started

The song written by James that had the greatest story

James story on how he started working for Sound Cloud

The similarities of music and pod-casting

The opportunities available for the podcasting world in using Sound Cloud

Who would be the famous musician Jayme wants to perform with if given the chance?

Whose doing something that interests Jayme?

Jayme’s message for all the listeners:

Sound cloud is a very special community. It is a place where active musicians and podcasters can build, interact and grow a community.

Connect with Jayme Catsouphes at:


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Things to Remember:

  • Music is way to set the mood and connect to a culture. Music touches so many parts of life.

Francis Biondi - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

FrancisBCookin and #MasterChef with Francis Biondi (@mc5francisb & @vernonfoster)


Francis B.


Starve the Doubts host, Jared Easley, along with co-host Vernon Foster from, interviews Fox’s Masterchef Season 5 Top 15 finalist, Francis B.


Of Filipino-Italian descent, Francis Biondi is a 26-year old professional golfer-turned-homecook  who is also cooking up some awesome blog posts over at


Prior to joining the contest, Francis B. is a server at the acclaimed Rusty Spoon restaurant in Orlando.  His signature dish that landed him a spot on the top 30 finals was a southern comfort dish fused with a Moroccan touch – a cornmeal crusted grouper sitting on top of a Moroccan chickpea, relished with avocado and cucumber and pickled red onion.  His second dish was a short rib and lamb meatloaf, a gastronomic treat that earned praises from the Masterchef judges.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Why Francis considers himself as an “eclectic nomad”
  • How his spring rolls gave him access to celebrities
  • How his degree in entrepreneurship helped him post-Masterchef
  • Golf and cooking as his passions
  • How he got discovered by casting executives for Masterchef.
  • Why he chose salad for the audition process
  • What the casting process was like
  • The unfortunate egg roll incident
  • The things that he could’ve done differently
  • What the future holds for him
Francis Biondi on MasterChef

Francis Biondi on MasterChef

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Everything he learned in entrepreneurship has prepared him for what he’s doing.

Building a brand is hard work but you gotta put the time in.

  • marketing yourself the right way
  • talking to the right people
  • making connections

He practiced a lot of time being a pro-golfer

Golf as his passion.

Francis worked at Rusty Spoon, owned by James Beard-nominated chef Kathleen Blake.

He chose to prepare salad for the audition and they liked it a lot.

Casting went on for months because the show wanted to get to know him better.

What it was like for 2-3 months before he met with the Masterchef judges:

  • Video/phone interviews
  • They want to see what’s in your fridge.
  • They want to know your life, who you live with.

You’d never know if you’re gonna make it past that next step.

When he found out he got a spot on the show:  They chose 30 out 100 contestants.

What it was like for him to watch himself on TV

His advice to those who want to be on Masterchef:

  • Prepare.
  • Learn your basics.
  • Get into every kitchen you can and learn the secrets.

What’s cooking post-Masterchef:

  • the website – lots of recipes and content
  • videos and start a YouTube channel and show stuff in Southeast Asia

His niche:  an Asian-Mediterranean fusion

He wants to highlight cultures and countries he visited and show off how they do it there.

He hopes to be on a golf channel that features both golf and cuisines.

Who he’s interested in: Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food

His final thoughts:

“I’m not sleepin’.  I’m still hustlin’. Keep up with me.  Follow me… this isn’t the last you’ve seen of Francis B.  That’s for sure!”

Connect with Francis on:

Twitter @mc5francisb


Lana Easley - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Friday, I’m in Love with Lana Easley


Our guest for this episode is none other than the Friday I’m in Love girl herself… My 3 year old daughter Lana Easley.

Lana and I talk about some of her favorite songs to sing with daddy. You can check out this cool video of Lana and I singing ABCD’s and the Hokey Pokey last year.

Lana is proud of her daddy for writing his first book!

Podcasting Good to Great: How to Grow Your Audience Through Collaboration by Jared Easley

Podcasting Good to Great: How to Grow Your Audience Through Collaboration by Jared Easley


Matt McWilliams - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

World Changer [Just Like You] with Matt McWilliams (@MattMcWilliams2 & @skropp2)


Matt McWilliams

In this episode, Jared Easley co-hosted with Mark Sieverkropp. Mark was one of the distinguished guests of the show. He co-hosts the Happen to Your Career Podcast and writes on

Mark and Jared joined together to interview Matt McWilliams. Matt is an author, speaker and the man behind Matt is a world changer who believes that he doesn’t need to make anyone to be a world changer, because we are already are. Rather, Matt’s mission is to help us find that person inside us.

Through his blog site, Matt shares his amazing life stories, experiences as well as lessons he learned from a variety of sources about love, forgiveness, success, gratitude and leadership. Matt is the author of the book The Power of Gratitude and the founder of the Thank You Revolution.


This episode is about:


Re-wiring your brain

Matt’s definition of a World Changer

What Matt would say to a person who thinks he’s just an average to become a world changer?

Matt as an entrepreneur from childhood

The oppositions and discouragements a world changer would face

The role of our experiences in our day to day decisions

  • How Matt is able to apply his experiences over his decisions

Matt’s biggest lessons from his failures

The importance of charging the right amount for your worth

Matt’s concept of Thank You Revolution

  • Stories of people giving out thank you notes
  • How Thank You Revolution is changing lives

Whose doing something that interests Matt?



Matt’s message for all the listeners:

“We were born to change the world unless were unnecessary. To be yourself is necessary –to be yourself as a world changer…World changing isn’t a big thing, it’s a whole bunch of small things”

Connect with Matt at:


World Changer T-shirt by Matt McWiliams

World Changer T-shirt by Matt McWiliams


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Shannon Hernandez - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Focus on Where Your Audience Is with Shannon Hernandez (@ShanJHernandez & @WenRaqHernandez)


Shannon Hernandez

Jared Easley’s co-host for this episode was Wendy Hernandez from Together, they interviewed our guest for the day Shannon Hernandez!

Shannon is the radio host of  ShanMan 98KUPD. He is also a podcaster and an ultimate social media -online resource guide. Shannon is the genius behind –a site packed with helpful blogs, sites and resources related to social media. He seeks to assist small business owners by helping them boost their marketing efforts and become more productive and more visible on social media. Prior to his radio station, Shannon was a high school teacher for two years.

Today, Shannon shared more about his life, career and helpful takeaways for all the listeners!

Shannon and Rob Zombie

Shannon and Rob Zombie

This episode is about:


Shannon’s favorite bands

The activity that Shannon enjoys most – basketball or playing the guitar?

Shannon shared what he like most in taking Selfie, Google Plus and Instagram

Shannon says, “My camera is my weapon.”

One thing about Arizona

Shannon talked about Baghdad

Shannon’s advice for people who are afraid or intimidated to venture the “tech savvy” online world

How Shannon prepares for an interview

Shannon talked about the technique of “Misdirection”

Shannon’s best and worst takeaways from teaching

Life lessons Shannon learned from his students


  • How important are conferences for Shannon?
  • How Shannon chooses which conferences to attend?

Shannon talked about Podcasting

  • Ways to record your podcast interviews
  • Strategies in conducting a podcast interview

Social Media platforms –focus on one or spread yourself generously? “Focus on where your audience is.”

Engaging your audience

  • Shannon shared how his pattern of engaging based from the book Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck
  • Are you getting involved in the conversation?
  • Are you building trust with your audience?
  • How to use hash tags to get more involved with your audience?

Shannon’s activities in his quiet time

Shannon’s best and worst bloopers on radio for more than ten years

Who is doing something that interests Shannon?


Shannon Hernandez loves Google Plus

Shannon Hernandez loves Google Plus

Connect with Shannon at:,


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Things to Remember:

  • Even when discouragement comes, continue your work and be patient.
  • Be very patient and understanding with children because they are innocent.
  • Conferences could change your world. They could change your perspectives and turn your world upside down.
  • Focus on one platform at a time.
  • You can do almost anything online as long as you build trust with your audience

Gene Hammett & Kimanzi Constable - Work Hard Play Hard Mashup

Work Hard Play Hard Mashup Ep: 1 with Kimanzi Constable & Gene Hammett (@kimanzic & @genehammett)


Welcome to the Work Hard Play Hard Mashup Ep 1

Kimanzi Constable & Gene Hammett team up with Jared Easley to discuss the upcoming Work hard Play Hard Summit event in Maui, Hawaii in December, 2014!

Episode 2 will be featured on Kimanzi Constable’s blog & Episode 3 will be available on Gene Hammett’s podcast found over at

Work Hard Play Hard Summit with Kimanzi Constable & Gene Hammett

Work Hard Play Hard Summit with Kimanzi Constable & Gene Hammett

In this episode:

  • Gene Hammett shares how he was able to become a guest on Entrepreneur on Fire
  • Why Work Hard Play Hard Summit?
  • What is Work Hard Play Hard Summit?
  • Where is the Work Hard Play Hard Summit?








Who is Gene Hammet? - Gene helps entrepreneurs discover new strategies to success. He educates, empowers and inspires them to lead beyond what they believe is possible. Gene is also host to the “Leaders in the Trenches” podcast. As a business coach, Gene digs into the real issues keeping you from success and freedom.

Gene Hammett

Who is Kimanzi Constable? - Kimanzi’s mission is to help you figure out what your dream is and how to make your dream your reality. Kimanzi was an everyday working man that got fed up with just existing and decided he would start living. Kimanzi shares his journey in his book “Are you Living or Existing?” As a business coach, Kimanzi helps you get clear about your next steps.

Kimanzi Constable

Meron Bareket - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Inspiring Innovation with Meron Bareket (@meronbareket & @ralphquintero)


Meron Bareket


Starve the Doubts host, Jared Easley, is joined by Ralph Quintero from as they interview Meron Bareket.


Meron Bareket is the host of Inspiring Innovation Podcast and the creator of the Inspiring Innovation podcasting boot camp, which is presently generating great reviews.


Meron is also the owner of the Inspiring Innovation Magazine, a digital magazine

platform for iPad, wherein he features the world’s leading entrepreneurs, as they share

their success stories and tips, as well as their setbacks, pitfalls, adversities, and lessons

they’ve learned along their journey to success.

In this episode, you will learn about:


What powers up Meron’s morning:  Bulletproof coffee


Platforms a podcaster must focus on.


His keys to success


Knowing your audience


What inspired him to start the podcasting bootcamp


First few things to figure out when you’re thinking of starting your own podcast


His greatest challenge in the podcasting process


The habits every entrepreneur should have


How he keeps from giving up in the face of adversity


His present challenges


What he wants to be remembered for


Inspiring Innovation with Meron Bareket

Inspiring Innovation with Meron Bareket

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You don’t need “fancy pants” gears to get started with a podcast.


Focus on various podcast platforms.  iTunes is just 8 out of 20 people.  What about the 12?


His keys to success:

  • Work on getting your small army – family and friends
  • Get them to get those ratings and downloads to be able to raise rankings and people find you.
  • Build your army with them.
  • Open up a real conversation.
  • Be a real human being.
  • He created a show that wasn’t yet out there.


HIs podcast has a precise goal.  Not just a rambling interview.


Understand who you’re talking to understand how you can help them.  Otherwise, you only create a generic product.


There are enough generic products out there.   You have to stand out!


He has huge passions for teaching, entrepreneurship, and technology.  He knew podcasting bootcamp was the next best step.


The podcasting bootcamp started with seeing:

  • Who is my avatar?
  • What do they need?
  • Why is it not answered better?


As a podcaster, you need to figure out:

  • who you’re gonna talk to
  • what type of podcast you should or can create
  • then you can dive into the technological part


“A great show comes from resonating with your audience.”


Just before you turn on that mic and start speaking:

  • remember who you’re talking to
  • talk WITH them and not AT them


Habits every entrepreneur should have:

  • the habit of shipping
  • the habit of doing what scares you
  • the habit of focus


Focus has revolutionized his life.


What keeps him from giving up:

  • surrounding yourself with like-minded people
  • affirmations


His present challenges:  Segueing into a paid model that helps fund the effort of putting it out there

  • How to start profiting
  • How to market beyond the new & noteworthy
  • How to build a brand


He hopes to be remembered as someone who helped people bring more freedom into their lives.

Podcast Incubator with Meron Bareket

Podcast Incubator with Meron Bareket

His final thoughts:

“Be happy for those doubts… use that as a signal telling you that you’re in the right way, instead

of a signal telling you’re in the wrong one.”

Connect with Meron at:

Claim your lifetime access to videos he extracted from the bootcamp:

Rory Vaden - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Take the Stairs with Rory Vaden (@rory_vaden & @steve_tessler)


Rory Vaden

In this episode, Jared Easley together with his co-host Steven Tessler from were fortunate to interview our guest for today, RoryVaden!

Rory Vaden is a key note speaker, performance coach, consultant, author, entrepreneur and a self disciplined strategist. He founded South Western Consulting which works with companies, organizations and individuals in achieving success by leveraging self discipline. Rory is the author of the book Take the Stairs which happened to be a New York Times best seller, a number one book in, Wall Street Journal and USA Today!  

Rory hosts the Rory Vaden Show, a national weekly radio show for movers and shakers in the world of business. Rory seeks to help people improve their focus, raise their productivity and increase their income when they take the stairs!


This episode is about:


The buffalo mindset

The pain of regret or the pain of self discipline

The real deal of procrastination

The paradox principle of sacrifice

  • “The easy short term choices lead to difficult long term consequences while the difficult short term choices lead to easy long term consequence.”

Fear as the false evidence of reality

  • “Fear is a fictional story. It’s our creativity working in the wrong direction.”           

Rory explains the phrase “Start with a STOP”

  • “There is a tremendous amount of progress that can be made from simply deciding on what things you need to stop doing.”

The reasonable time for sleep

Discipline as a requirement in achieving anything in life

The one thing that every successful person has in common

Three types of procrastination

  1. Classic procrastination
  2. Creative avoidance procrastination
  3. Priority dilution procrastination

Rory’s motivation in studying self-discipline

  • Rory’s story of learning discipline through martial arts in a very young age

Deciding what NOT to do

  • Figuring out what’s necessary
  • Concentrating only on what needs to be done

The mistake of trying to do things faster

Servant selling –selling as the by product of serving

  • “If you focus on serving people, your gonna increase your sales.”

Why do sales people get nervous in selling?

  • “The only time that you get nervous is when you focus on yourself, your commission and your sale…”

Winning the person’s trust versus winning a sale

Rory explains the phrase, “Success is never owned, it’s rented and it’s never due.”

Whose doing something that interests Rory?


Rory’s message for all the listeners:

“Success is never owned, it’s rented and the rent is due every day. If you’re willing to embrace that your gonna see changes in your life.”


Connect with Rory Vaden at:


Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

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Things to Remember:

  • Problems that are procrastinated on are only amplified. Waiting always makes it worst.
  • Procrastination and indulgence are nothing more than creditors that charge us interests.
  • Making the sacrifice, putting in the work, doing the extra effort and being disciplined creates the easier life. It’s really not a sacrifice but a short term down payment on a rich future blessing.
  • Successful people had formed a habit of doing things they know they should be doing even when they don’t feel like doing them.
  • Distraction is a dangerously deceptive saboteur of our goals.
  • Enjoying is not a requirement of doing things.
  • Self discipline isn’t as hard as we think when we know how to think about it the right way.
  • It’s hard to be nervous when your heart is on service.


Rory Vaden Show

Rory Vaden Show