Episode 113 – Stacey J. Aswad (“Must Do Disney” Host)

Stacey J. Aswad

Today we get a fantastic return visit from Stacey J. Aswad! You know her from Must Do Disney at Walt Disney World, VO Buzz Weekly, and more. The first time she was on, we ran out of time before we ran out of stuff to talk about, so she’s back and we had a lot of fun!

Before we get to her interview, I have an extra special announcement. Drum roll please…

 

Announcing the first ever Listeners, Readers, and Friends Cruise hosted by me!

I, through this podcast and through my book Faith and the Magic Kingdom have teamed up with the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast for this epic event!

We’ll be sailing on the Disney Wonder for a 5-night Baja Mexico cruise September 17-22, 2017 and you are invited! We’ll be able to dine together, do a port adventure together in one of the ports, and even do some fun hangouts like a live podcast recording or two, a “Faith and the Magic Kingdom” chat, and more–all optional, of course! Participate in as many or as few of the group activities as you want to. And the more people we have in our group, the more options we’ll have to do cool things!

Disney Wonder

Image Courtesy Disney Travel Professionals

Yes, I know September of 2017 sounds like a long time from now, but we need to start planning and preparing now because there’s a lot that goes into this. Also, as the ship fills it will get harder and harder to keep our group together and to get you the best possible price. Besides, you want to have enough time to save for it, right?

More details will come as we have them—including a couple other podcasts we’re working on partnering with and maybe even a special guest or two—but for now, your first step is to get more information from me! Go to storiesofthemagic.com/cruisequote and click on the orange “Get a Quote” button in the upper left to get a free, no obligation quote. You’re not committing to anything, just getting information with that request. In the Comments section mention “Stories of the Magic” so I know you want to be part of our group. Or if you prefer, email me at randyc@cruisingco.com or call me at (714) 697-6755.

We hope to see you on the Disney Wonder with us for a truly amazing adventure!

 

Now, in this episode, Stacey talks about…

  • What’s making her smile today
  • A summary of how she got started working with Disney
  • Some of the updates she’s done for Must Do Disney in the last couple of years
  • Whether she’s ever been interrupted while filming a segment, especially now that more people recognize her
  • How she keeps her energy up for an overnight shoot
  • Some things she hasn’t been able to do yet that she really wants to—one of these surprised me
  • Visiting Disneyland for the first time
  • The first time she remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special.”
  • How her show with Chuck Duran, VO Buzz Weekly, got started and why she feels so fortunate to be a part of it
  • The thing that’s been the most unexpected to her about the show
  • Many of the hats she wears, especially when it comes to VO Buzz Weekly
  • Being an animal lover and advocate
  • How you can get an autographed picture of her and help her support animal welfare and rescue
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company what it would be and why
  • A quick aside mentioning the thematic tie between Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Adam Berger’s interview, part 1, from 36:00 – 37:25)
  • What inspires her
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time – Including promoting my book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom (she made me promise to do it)

 

Find Stacey:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

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If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 112 – Traci Hines (Singer, Hipster Mermaid), Part 2

Traci Hines

Today we conclude a 2-part interview with the Hipster Mermaid herself, Traci Hines. You got to hear some great stuff from her in part 1 about her love for Disney, her cosplay history, the Hipster Mermaid phenomenon, being an introvert, and much more.

After this part of the interview, I’ll play another one of Traci’s songs that she was kind enough to share before wrapping up. Yes, that song.

Traci talks about…

  • Some of the health issues she’s faced
  • Her greatest inspiration: her mom
  • Why she has always felt she identifies with Ariel
  • How she deals with many of those issues and how it actually helps her move forward
  • Why Disney means so much to her
  • Her 3 favorite Disney movies
  • Being into some of the grittier stuff, too
  • A shoutout to and talking a little about Margaret Kerry
  • Characters besides Ariel that are her biggest inspiration
  • Her top 2 favorite Disney villains
  • Her love of animals
  • Her newest original song that she’s working on
  • How her music helped me, and a shoutout to Brianna Hertzberg
  • Favorite covers that she’s done
  • Her cover of “Let it Go,” and some other Frozen stuff she’s got coming
  • Adorkable ApparelAdorkable Apparel
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be—her answer will come as no surprise to you—and how she’s already had a small taste of living that dream
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

Find Traci:

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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 111 – Traci Hines (Singer, Hipster Mermaid), Part 1

Traci Hines (Canva)

First of a 2-part interview with the Hipster Mermaid herself, Traci Hines. Traci is enormously talented, incredibly hard working, and has a deep love for Disney and it was great fun to get to talk to her. I had the pleasure of doing this one in person outside the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The sounds you hear in the background are people at the pool. There was a bit more wind than I realized, too, so sorry about that.

After this part of the interview, I’ll play one of Traci’s songs that she was kind enough to share before wrapping up. And no, I won’t be playing that song—not this time, anyway.

 

Traci talks about…

  • How she got started in performing
  • When her Disney focus started
  • A unique gift she had as a child
  • The Disney movie that was the big eye opener for her
  • Some of her main inspirations
  • How the cosplay part of what she does began
  • Her introduction to anime and anime conventions
  • The Disney character she was compared to growing up—and the first character costume she made for herself
  • What she collects
  • What it was like growing up a bit different from her friends
  • Voice acting
  • A bit of behind the scenes about a recent Hipster Mermaid video
  • Her part in the Hipster Mermaid phenomenon and how it became part of her brand
  • Whether she intentionally sculpted a brand or not and how it developed
  • Some of the contacts she’s had with Disney animators, The Little Mermaid directors, & more
  • How she got connected with Maker Studios and what that means for her
  • Other ways she’s worked for Disney
  • Whether she’s an introvert or an extrovert, how that plays out in her life, and when she realized it
  • How she learned to cherish the times she gets to do the things she loves to do

 

Find Traci:

 

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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 110 – Amanda Henderson (Disneyland Cast Member)

 

Amanda HendersonToday we get to return to Disneyland for a Cast Member story! Amanda Henderson was an Entertainment Host and she still has an incredible love for Disney in general, Disneyland in particular, and for the characters that is infectious and an absolute joy to listen to. Of course she’s got some great stories, too, and that’s one of the main reasons this podcast exists. Without it, so many people would have missed out on ever hearing these!

By the way, if you hear some extra laughing in the background, that’s our mutual friend Kathryn. She sat in on the interview to listen, and some of what Amanda shared just had to be laughed about!

Amanda talks about…

  • How she got started working at Disneyland and specifically as an Entertainment Host
  • Why the hiring process for an Entertainment Host is an audition rather than a traditional interview
  • Traditions Class—what it was like for her, getting her nametag, and what made her nametags unique
  • The best Cast Member “first day” story I’ve ever heard
  • What an Entertainment Host does
  • The awful way some people treat Entertainment Hosts
  • Her favorite moment of making magic for a guest
  • Something a guest did to make magic for her
  • Her favorite costume she got to wear
  • Her favorite character location and her favorite characters to host
  • How she felt when the voice actor for Robin Hood passed away
  • What she loved most about what she did
  • What guests can do to really make an Entertainment Host’s day
  • Her first time thinking, “I’m a part of this now!”
  • Why Disneyland is such a special place to her
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why
  • What inspires her—including, in her words, the “best story ever.”

Find Amanda:

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 109 – Bill Farmer (Voice of Goofy), Part 2

Bill FarmerWe conclude my return visit with previous guest, the voice of Goofy for 29 years, Bill Farmer. In part 1, we talked about Bill’s first recording sessions as Goofy, some special memories, singing as the character, and more!

Bill talks about…

  • The Goofy Movie panel being up against a Star Wars panel at the 2015 D23 Expo
  • The original plan for A Goofy Movie and what changed
  • Doing scenes with other actors yet having never met them
  • Working with Don Hahn, and something special Don did for the D23 Expo panel
  • Working with some fun celebrities, including Ed McMahon
  • Who he still gets star struck by
  • Who he’d like to work with, but hasn’t yet
  • Doing Bullwinkle J. Moose to June Foray’s Rocky the Flying Squirrel
  • Working on The 7D
  • How the context for voices affects what you can do, and playing with voices
  • What he’d like to see Goofy do that he hasn’t yet…a Star Wars/Fab 5 crossover, anyone?
  • Appearing at Oz Con
  • 2 listener questions—one telling a joke as Goofy, and one about talking to very sick kids
  • Recording voices for toys, including one incredibly intense, taxing job
  • His advice to you if you’ve tried following your dreams and you feel like you’ve failed
  • Shameless Plug Time

 

Find Bill:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

Randy Crane’s Books (Once Upon YOUR Time Faith and the Magic Kingdom):

 

 

Videos Mentioned in the Episode

 

 

 

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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