A picture of a man

Left Brain, Right Brain: A Balancing Act

With Featured Guest

Alan Seales

Unexpected • Ongoing • WTF

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A picture of a man

Left Brain, Right Brain: A Balancing Act

With Featured Guest

Alan Seales

Unexpected • Ongoing • WTF

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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • The best interviews are just conversations.
  • It is possible to make your own opportunities if you follow your passions
  • It’s okay to admit you do not know something and to ask for help.
  • Ask for the things you want, you never know who will say yes.

Back in the Day

As a young kid, Alan couldn’t get enough of singing, performing, and acting. He simply knew he was destined for a life on the stage. Until one day when Alan was only 8 years old and his father brought home a computer; He immediately latched onto deconstructing this technology to find out how to put it back together. 

Now there were two passions: performing and tech. As he approached college, his mom said “You can act with a computer science degree, but can’t do computer science with an acting degree,” Alan graduated with a degree in computer science and he switched back and forth between his two loves.

Volunteer Your Way In

What started off as a volunteer position at Google turned into a job offer that Alan manifested for himself. Bringing his left brain and right brain together to become Global Program Lead for the Talks at Google speaker series which is responsible for bringing in the world’s top talents in their respective fields to share their knowledge and inspire people on a global scale.

Embracing Chance

A chance interview with Dori Berinstein would change Alan’s world, and the world of Broadway forever. What was supposed to be a quick chat turned into an hours-long meeting of the minds. Before he knew it, the Broadway Podcast Network was born. With the mentality that “a rising tide lifts all ships,” Alan and Dori got to work to build a network of over 130 podcasts. The network which was started on a whim reaches as far as Antarctica. Be sure to check out Was It Chance – The podcast about embracing opportunity and taking intentional risks for your creative life, hosted by Alan and Heather Vickery.

Connect with Alan 

Alan Seales is Global Project manager for Talks at Google, Co-Host of Was It Chance, Host of The Theatre Podcast, and co-founder of The Broadway Podcast Network. 

Giving is Good

Alan supports the Miranda Foundation because everything Lin does is swell. Alan decided to “take a little Lin” in his life. For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

"Every time I took a chance, an unexpected outcome came that shaped who I am today. "

- Alan Seales

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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