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Excelsior Journeys with George Sirois

Excelsior Journeys with George Sirois

Author: George Sirois

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Inspired by the international bestselling young adult / science-fiction novel Excelsior, this weekly interview show puts the spotlight on both up-and-coming and established creative talents who share their journey to success.
87 Episodes
It is Part 1 of the Clubhouse mini-series for Excelsior Journeys, and to celebrate this audio-based app - and get the Android users acquainted with it - host & producer George Sirois welcomes voice actors Ellie Rodz and Aly Del Vee. The two share their experiences with getting into VO, discovering Clubhouse and quickly falling in love with it, collaborating on their own club within the app, the 529 Voice Over Competition (where Ellie, Aly, and George made the Top 16 semi-finals after over a hundred competitors), and more! This episode has been sponsored by the anthology All Things Weird and Strange. Get your copy on Amazon (, Barnes & Noble (, and other major booksellers. Want a Clubhouse invite? Take a screenshot of your subscription to the Excelsior Journeys podcast, and send it to for the weekly drawing. If you like what you hear and wish to support the show, a share, rate & review, and/or a click on the Buy Me a Coffee link would be very much appreciated and can be seen here: 
Jessica Marie Baumgartner's writing can be seen all over your bookstore: in the children's section, in speculative fiction, even non-fiction in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book! And now, with her participation in the All Things Weird and Strange anthology coming out May 4, she sits down with Excelsior Journeys host & producer George Sirois to discuss her history in this wonderful world of writing. Pre-order the All Things Weird and Strange Anthology before May 4: Visit Jessica's website here: Subscribe to Excelsior Journeys, leave a rate & review, and access the Buy Me a Coffee link here:  
More often than not, creative people deal with the crippling self-doubt and self-defeating voices that make up Imposter Syndrome, the belief that you are a fraud and you don't deserve your success. This week's episode of Excelsior Journeys introduces the latest adversary to Imposter Syndrome: author/teacher/communications coach Dr. Melissa Hurt. This week, host & producer George Sirois sits down with Melissa, an old friend from their Godwin High School days, and hears her story of how she reached her own personal milestones and how she has committed herself to helping others reach theirs.
Arrested at 16 and wrongfully convicted at 17, Jeffrey Deskovic spent 16 years in a men's maximum security prison fighting to prove his innocence. After a re-run of DNA overturned his conviction, Jeffrey went back to school to get his Bachelor's degree, then his Masters, then his law degree while founding the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice. This week, host & producer George Sirois has the privilege to sit down with Jeffrey and hear his complete story. Donate to the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice by clicking here: Watch the documentary short Conviction, which tells Jeffrey's story, by clicking here: If you enjoy this episode and want to show your support, click here to share the podcast and access the Buy Me a Coffee link: 
More than twenty years after meeting him, host & producer George Sirois sits down with acclaimed musician Zach Comtois, who has lots of stories to tell about working with blues legend Keb' Mo', rapper Bryce Vine, and - for the full run of her Las Vegas residency - Britney Spears!  Check out Zach's Instagram here: See Zach in action here: If you enjoy the show and want to show your support, you can share the link to all platforms, leave a 5-star rate & review on Apple Podcasts, and even access the Buy Me a Coffee link. Just go to
For the latest episode of Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois speaks with actress Jen Eldridge - his high school Drama I, II, and III classmate from 1991-1994 - and her husband, writer / producer / director / Emmy Award-winner Carl Hansen. This creative duo have been in the film & television industry for more than 20 years now, and they have lots of inspiring stories to share about how they made their opportunities happen rather than just let them come, how they collaborated on various award-winning short films, their latest productions for the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge, and much more! Jen's 2021 Easter Seals film "The Over 40 Files" can be seen here: Carl's 2021 Easter Seals film "Archaic Intergalactic Extraterrestrials" can be seen here: See more of their work at the Beverly Entertainment Vimeo page: If you like what you hear, please share this link with others: If you'd like to support this show, please click here:
In February of 2021, host & producer George Sirois sat down with bestselling author (and previous guest) Amy Hale on her YouTube show Creative As Hale (Best. Title. Ever.) to discuss his own journey as an international bestselling author, voice actor, audiobook narrator, and podcaster. To celebrate Episode 80, here is the complete audio from that conversation, which included a Q&A from YouTube Live viewers (George's mother and aunt were among the viewers).  Creative As Hale is part of The Rising Tide Broadcast Network: Amy's show Creative As Hale can be found here: Subscribe to the Excelsior Journeys Podcast by going here: Your support is very much appreciated: Do you like what you hear? Then please send a 5-star rate & review here:
With several film festival official selections and awards given to the dark comedy Closure, it's safe to say that actress Catia Ojeda and writer/director Alex Goldberg make a terrific team, both professionally and personally. And this week, they both sat down with host & producer George Sirois to discuss their respective Excelsior Journeys in both theatre and film.  Enjoy their award-winning film Closure for free here: Amazon Prime: Roku: TubiTV:   Pay for rental or purchase: Google Play: You Tube: If you like what you hear and want to show your support for the Excelsior Journeys podcast, please go to to subscribe or click on the Buy Me a Coffee link, or go to to leave a rate & review. All are 100% optional and very much appreciated.
After being accepted into more than fifteen international film festivals and winning five different awards (and counting), Minerva Vier - the writer, producer, and star of the short film "Shevolution" - sits down with host & producer George Sirois to discuss her own Excelsior Journey and tell you the first step you should take to reach your own creative success. Find out more about Minerva Vier and Shevolution by going here:
In 2001, Julia Marchese moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles with the hopes of being an actress. Over a decade later, working at the New Beverly Theater revival house - as well as the phasing out of 35mm prints of films - inspired her to produce and direct the acclaimed documentary Out of Print, and she has since gone on to pursue other passion projects, such as hosting two podcasts and adapting one of Stephen King's short stories as one of his "Dollar Babies." So much was discussed during this episode, including her time working at the New Beverly, programming different double features, working with the various directors and actors that took part in Out of Print, and much more! Find out more about Julia and her various projects by going here: Watch / Buy Out of Print by going here: Julia's podcast Horror Movie Survival Guide can be accessed here:
Through his publishing company iiPublishing, and his Poetix University, Tonii Langhorne has a very simple mission: to turn ideas into galaxies. From taking part in open mics to running his own to starting his publishing company, Tonii has dedicated himself to sharing the platform he created with other storytellers. He joins host & producer George Sirois to tell his own story of creative success, including how he was first approached by an author to get her works out into the world, how the first open mic he hosted was a standing-room-only smash hit, and much more! To find out more about iiPublishing and Poetix University, please go to:
With today's technology, the path to becoming a filmmaker has never been this smooth. All you have to do is take the phone out of your pocket, use it to shoot your movie, then edit it and upload it for all the world to see. Once upon a time, in the 1990's to be exact - it was nowhere near this easy. Join me and my guest - director / screenwriter / producer B. Anthony Gibson - as we talk about how his love of filmmaking started the instant he picked up a video camera, the beginning of his production company Tatum Pictures, how he used the resources at the School of the Arts in Rochester, New York to create his first four films (including his first of three James Bond fan films), how I got to join in the fun after we met at Marymount Manhattan College, his foray into more fan films that actually got a local theater screening, and much more! Find out more about Tatum Pictures by going to
Dara Kalima is not just a rising voice in the New York City writing community; she is also a member of the New York Urban League of Urban Professionals, the Vice President of Poetix University, the co-founder of The Art of Breathing & Writing, and the founder of the Black Authors Collaborative. She has multiple tools at her disposal that she wants to use to help you succeed, so let her get you started on your own journey as a writer! For More Information: Dara Kalima: Black Authors Collaborative: Poetix University: New York Urban League:
Thank you to iiPublishing and the Black Authors Collaborative for bringing me back for another Publish Me seminar. You can see the whole seminar on YouTube here: Publish Me II: Beyond the Writing is an online panel discussion that continues the discussion about how to navigate the writing industry for current and future writers, authors, and editors alike. Have you ever wanted to write a book? Or do you want to start a career as an editor? Or have you ever wanted to know the difference between self-publishing and publishing with a publisher? Well, these questions and many more will be answered by our curated panel with several professionals in the industry, giving attendees a multiple perspectives experience. This is what every novice writer has been waiting for, an event curated with a novice writer in mind.
Film score lovers, you are not alone. After speaking with Rocky IV & Transformers: The Movie composer Vince DiCola, host & producer George Sirois sits down with the manager who made the episode possible: Peter Hackman, Executive Vice President of Media Music for Bohemia Group. They discuss how they both grew up loving film scores, how Peter organized events for composers that took place while living in the Midwest, his move to California that led to him working at the Mecca of film score albums, Varese Sarabande, how he started managing composers such as Vince and Christopher Young, and more!
This week, host & producer George Sirois sits down with film & video game music composer, performer, and arranger Vince DiCola. They discuss how Vince got into the music business, how his collaboration with Frank Stallone led to co-writing the hit song "Far From Over" for Staying Alive, how he went on to compose the score for the 1985 smash hit Rocky IV, how his work on the sequel caught the attention of Sunbow Productions who would approach him to create the score to 1986's TransFormers: The Movie, and more!  This is Part 1 of their conversation. Part 2 will be recorded later this year for the Excelsior Journeys TransFormers: The Movie 35th Anniversary Retrospective Miniseries in August 2021.  To learn more about Vince and his work - and to purchase his albums - click here:
This week, host & producer George Sirois sat down with Tracy Staten, performance coach and founder of Magical Mindset, a program dedicated to tapping into your passions and bringing them out in ways you never thought possible. We discussed how she realized her calling in life, the steps she's taken to making it a reality, what she offers to potential clients, and more! Stay to the end to hear some more New Year's Resolutions from listeners, and don't forget to send me yours so you can hear your own voice on a podcast. Send an audio recording of your name, where you're from, and what your resolution is for 2021, and send it to This week's episode was sponsored by Kimberly Spencer and the Princess Process Program. Find out more at:
For the Season 3 premiere of Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois sits down with Kimberly Spencer, a high performance coach who founded her own company Crown Yourself and has helped more than 800,000 people over the past several years. They talk about how Kim was inspired to move into this field, her early clients, the success she has built for both herself and those around her, and much more. Crown Yourself Website:   For Private Coaching:   For the Mindful Monarchs Website:
For the Season 2 finale of Excelsior Journeys, host & producer George Sirois reached out to listeners and readers for questions to answer about his history as a writer, his experiences as an up-and-coming audiobook narrator, the future of the podcast for 2021 and beyond, and more!  For the applications for both guests and sponsors, please visit  For George's direct sales store and to order an Excelsior Journeys t-shirt from, please visit 
Host and producer George Sirois sits down for a truly spirit-filled conversation with Greta Brokaw, author and founder of Heart Medicine Devotions, which encourages women everywhere to study God's word for themselves. They discuss how Greta grew up as a pastor's daughter, how she made her way back to the church after a long period of self-discovery, how she blossomed as a true leader when she stepped into the literal spotlight at a faith-based convention, how she went from the winner of a Christian writing contest to releasing her third book of devotions, and much more! For more about Greta and her amazing work, please visit
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