My guest this week is Ilana Levine, a veteran of the Broadway stage, film and television. Ilana talks about her childhood, the choice to become an actor, raising a family in New York City, and anxiety. Her podcast "Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine," features candid conversations with today's biggest celebrities.
When is a habit a concern? This week on "Is This Normal," I field a question from a woman who worries about her excessive nail biting.
My guest today is Sherry Lansing, who is the subject of the new book "Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker," written by Stephen Galloway. Sherry Lansing is a groundbreaker in her field, becoming the first female to ever helm a Hollywood Studio. In this in-depth conversation, we learn how the death of her father at a young age shaped Sherry's life. She also discusses the rewarding experience of going to therapy had on her life.
I'm excited to change things up a little for today's edition of Is This Normal? Instead of answering a specific question, I decided to ask my guest Chris Pan for some advice on how we can best manage those times in our lives when things aren't going our way, and when we are just feeling down. Chris Pan is a serial entrepreneur who has suffered from depression. He is the founder and steward of MyIntent.org.
This week I have the pleasure of speaking with Chris Pan. Throughout his like, Chris suffered from depression. Despite that, he is a Harvard business school grad who worked for Facebook in its early days and is responsible for building its audience. He also had career stops at McKinsey and Pepsi. But when another bout of depression kicked in, he wanted to do something more (and meaningful) with his life, so he started MyIntent: What's your word to foster more meaningful conversation through the power of intention. Everyone from Kanye and Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Ellen, and every other celebrity is wearing his bracelet and setting their intentions.
This week, Is This Normal takes a question from a mother and father whose teenage son has decided to become an actor. His decision has his parent's asking how do they deal with his decision and, is this normal? Joining me to tackle this subject is CNN and talk-radio host Michael Smerconish.
I am honored and excited to welcome the host of his own CNN show and radio show host and columnist Michael Smerconish here with me today. I am really delighted to have Michael because I have joined him multiple times on his CNN show where he's asking me questions about something psychological happening in the news but today, I get to ask him questions about path. We discuss his mission, his past as a Republican supporter, becoming independent, and an icy drive from Philadelphia to New York City which catapulted him to his CNN program.
This week we received an email from a woman who is concerned that her 12-year-old son has no friends to play with after school and on the weekends. Here to help me answer this mother's question is Ron Fournier, author of "Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations." Ron's own son is on the autism spectrum.