My Big Story with Christopher Swan

My Big Story with Christopher Swan
A podcast that travels the USA interviewing uniquely inspiring people, uncovering big stories and ideas that inherently celebrate our differences

My Big Story with Christopher Swan Trailer
Jul 20, 2018 • 3 min
Join me, Christopher Swan, as I go on a big adventure, traveling the USA, interviewing uniquely inspiring people, and ultimately celebrating their stories and the things that make us different
Why Our Big Stories Matter with Christopher Swan & Katie Swan
Jul 3, 2018 • 34 min
Christopher Swan is celebrating the things that make us different, and with his sister’s help, they uncover why it matters
Making the World More Accessible with Kevan Chandler
Jun 14, 2018 • 32 min
Kevan Chandler aims to inspire both the disabled and able-bodied communities to reimagine accessibility — and then the world becomes accessible
It’s Okay to Talk About Sex (and Pelvic Health) with Dr. Uchenna Ossai
May 29, 2018 • 34 min
Dr. Uchenna “UC” Ossai creates judgement free sex ed (for grown folk) to eliminate shame and fear, while solving people’s sexual and pelvic floor dysfunction
Expanding Intentional Kindness with Wendi Gilbert
May 15, 2018 • 31 min
Wendi Gilbert is uniting America’s kindness movement to incorporate intentional kindness and care into every aspect of American society
Living with Body Positivity and Style with Bruce Sturgell
May 1, 2018 • 37 min
One man uses his frustration to start a lifestyle company for plus size men, and becomes a champion for the body positivity movement
Inspiring Young People to Make a Difference, One Lawn at a Time with Rodney Smith, Jr.
Apr 17, 2018 • 27 min
One kind gesture started a nation-wide movement, inspiring youth to help their communities, while learning about their value in society
Thriving Through Life with Suzanne Whang
Apr 3, 2018 • 31 min
A longtime entertainer and activist shares her stories and ideas of living life to the fullest, even after her breast cancer came back for a third time
A Journey to Find Hygge, Denmark’s Secret to Happiness with 12 Stars Media
Mar 20, 2018 • 41 min
A small team embarks on a journey to document the true meaning of hygge. And it changed each one of them.
Connecting Local Communities with Ramin Rahimian
Mar 6, 2018 • 33 min
A man created a new way to connect local communities by launching an app to sell and buy books locally
Defined by Food and Purpose with Dustin Harder
Feb 20, 2018 • 36 min
Dustin Harder needed a life change. He left Broadway, went to culinary school, and created an entertaining and simple way to celebrate delicious food.
An Unexpected NYC Adventure with the Crafty Lumberjacks and My Uber Driver
Feb 6, 2018 • 33 min
A planned interview turns into a daylong adventure and discovery of new stories and advice
A Day on the Farm in Los Angeles with Karen Snook
Jan 23, 2018 • 35 min
A woman passionate about animals and mother nature, created a unique farm deep in the heart of Los Angeles, where it’s changing minds and lives
A Transition to a Courageous Life with Mandi Camille Hauwert
Jan 9, 2018 • 36 min
San Quentin State Prison’s first transgender correctional officer shares her story of transition and showing up, making changes in the world
An Exciting Show Update Coming to Season 2 in January 2018
Jul 18, 2017 • 3 min
Christopher shares his initial plans to enhance My Big Story with Christopher Swan. Season 2 starts in January 2018, and it’s going to be awesome!
From Refugee to Nonprofit Youth Advocate with Daniel Trust
Jul 11, 2017 • 29 min
A man advocates for youth in need, and inspires others through his story of surviving the Rwandan genocide and overcoming years of hardship
Bridging Ideas and People Through Meaningful Music with Bobby Jo Valentine + LIVE PERFORMANCE
Jul 4, 2017 • 44 min
A singer-songwriter uses his music to connect communities and influence the world with his messages of hope and curiosity
Three Unique Women Share Stories of Living Intentionally
Jun 27, 2017 • 42 min
Three women (Pat Wadors, Natalie Patterson, Deborah Dalton) in separate, brief conversations, share stories and lessons they’ve learned about authenticity, growth, balance, and connection
Rooftop Parties that Radiate Love and Hope with Mary Davis
Jun 20, 2017 • 43 min
Mary Davis and her team of volunteers host a monthly birthday party for children impacted by homelessness
Feeding a Community with Food and Relationships with Sarah’s Eats and Sweets
Jun 13, 2017 • 43 min
A husband and wife combine their skills to open a special shop that’s creating delicious meals and smart connections
Leaning into Opportunity to Create a Dream Disney Career with Jim Babcock
Jun 6, 2017 • 30 min
A longtime Disney cast member creates an unexpected dream career with Disney, by never saying no
New Ideas and Resilience Created Products People Love with Hip Chick Farms
May 30, 2017 • 51 min
Hear from a real-life couple, who challenged the food industry by starting a chicken business with purpose and transparency
Creating a Music Career by Being True to What He Loves with Michael Barnum
May 23, 2017 • 41 min
A singer-songwriter uses creativity, talent, and smart determination to make his own space in the music community
Pursuing A Dream by Helping Other Entrepreneurs with Tyler J. McCall
May 16, 2017 • 37 min
How an entrepreneur and Instagram marketer helps creatives be genuine online
Sharing A Unique Army Story to Help Others with Jeremiah Pauley
May 9, 2017 • 47 min
A retired US Army Staff Sergeant uses his life-changing experience in Iraq to help others who want to quit at life
Elevating Humanity Through Poetry with Natalie Patterson
May 2, 2017 • 63 min
A poet, turned nonprofit leader is creating dialogue and understanding of bias and marginalized groups, and she’s helping the advancement of women
A Cappella YouTube Artist Fuels His Dream and the Creator Revolution with Peter Hollens
Apr 25, 2017 • 51 min
A YouTube artist grows a musical career on his terms, while inspiring and educating an industry and other creators along the way
From Volunteer to Leading a Youth-Based Nonprofit to New Success with Deborah Dalton
Apr 18, 2017 • 62 min
Deborah Dalton story evolved as she successfully evolved a nonprofit for at-risk youth
Following a Dream for Happier Rescue Dogs with Sean Sarantos
Apr 11, 2017 • 66 min
A man passionate about the care of dogs, launches a plan and new dog-themed business, with the purpose of creating a rescue ranch for dogs in need
Uniting Teenagers Across the World to Solve Social Justice Issues with Valerie Weisler
Apr 4, 2017 • 45 min
A teenager, Valerie Weisler uses her experience of being bullied to create a global organization to help teenagers overcome social justice issues and validates their worth
Using Experience and Inspiration to Grow with Confidence with Toni Purry
Mar 28, 2017 • 36 min
Toni Purry discovers a process to help herself and others regain confidence and how to utilize their past accomplishments
Two Actors Combine Hobbies and Romance to Create a Fun-Loving Brand with the Crafty Lumberjacks
Mar 21, 2017 • 48 min
A real-life couple use their love of crafting, acting skills, and sincerity to create a fun DIY crafting brand
How A Dream Became a Remarkable Clothing Company with Peter Papas
Mar 14, 2017 • 57 min
Peter Papas uses his creativity and grit to bring a sense of timelessness, style, and life to a men’s clothing brand
A Life of Discovery Leads to Helping Others with Julian Mather
Mar 7, 2017 • 53 min
Julian Mather goes from cameraman to magician, to helping others prepare for life changes, as he explores the process of learning and discovery
From T-Shirt Experiment to a Loved Minimalist Lifestyle Brand with Jeff Sheldon
Feb 28, 2017 • 44 min
Jeff Sheldon, a former graphic designer turned his t-shirt making experiment into a full-time, successful business — creating products his loyal fans eagerly seek out
Advocating for Equality and Compassion with Wade Davis
Feb 21, 2017 • 55 min
A former NFL player dedicates his life to educating others about gender, race, and orientation equality
Creating a Unique Path into the Music World with Kalon Rae
Feb 14, 2017 • 45 min
Venturing out of the safe path allowed an artist to pursue his dream in music, and fully embrace what he loves
Self Discovery and Meaningful Connections Through Storytelling with Dijon Bowen
Feb 7, 2017 • 64 min
One man proves that creativity and personal identity can be discovered through meaningful and energizing connections with the people around us
Creating Growth and Fulfillment Through Communication with Joe Pulizzi
Jan 31, 2017 • 59 min
From his very successful content marketing business, to his social change work with kids with speech disorders, Joe Pulizzi knows the value of communication
A Journey to Combine Filmmaking, Music and Acting with Jared N Wright
Jan 24, 2017 • 51 min
Jared Wright shares his story of creativity as a filmmaker, video producer, founding a band, and as an actor
Meaningful Connections Through Social Media with Loren Murphy
Jan 17, 2017 • 42 min
Loren Murphy is connecting people through social media, a natural extension to the way he sees the world
How an Exhausted Reality TV Producer Created A New Balance with Henri Hebert
Jan 10, 2017 • 66 min
Henri Hebert reveals how health concerns became a serious wake up call to her obsessive focus on work, and how she created a balanced direction
My Big Story in the New Year (Mini-Episode)
Jan 3, 2017 • 10 min
Take a look back on a wonderful first year of the My Big Story (previously known as Living Your Journey), and find out what’s ahead in 2017
Even Successful People Make Mistakes with Tina White (Zettel)
Dec 27, 2016 • 16 min
How two failed cakes taught a cake decorator to get through the unexpected and find ways to still succeed
Creating Whole-Person Wellness in Hollywood with Dr. Phil Ricchiazzi
Dec 20, 2016 • 46 min
Dr. Phil Ricchiazzi combines his passion for chiropractic, wellness and nutrition, into a unique practice
An Editorial Photographer Captures the Hearts of Millions with Bonnie Tsang
Dec 13, 2016 • 49 min
Bonnie Tsang uses her eye to capture special moments and a wildly successful photography career — all without attending photography school
From Funny Kid to Breakout Storytelling Comedian with Jen Kober
Dec 6, 2016 • 61 min
How one comedian is connecting with audiences just by telling her own stories
A Past Graffiti Artist Created a Professional Art Career with Victor Herrera
Nov 29, 2016 • 57 min
The story of the self-taught artist, Victor Herrera, pouring his artistic talent into painting whimsical and twisted characters
Live Your Dreams Because of the Experience with Michael Paul Ziegfeld
Nov 22, 2016 • 48 min
Actor, producer, and author Michael Paul Ziegfeld retired his definition of success, and is now living his dreams with new meaning and clarity
An Impressive Music Career By Doing What She Loves with Janet Robin + LIVE PERFORMANCE
Nov 15, 2016 • 68 min
Musician Janet Robin has built a successful musical career by preparing for opportunities and taking chances + A LIVE PERFORMANCE
Asking Why Led to a Healing Journey to Central America with Jake Heilbrunn
Nov 8, 2016 • 56 min
Stunned by a wave of anxiety and depression, Jake Heilbrunn changed everything, leaving his college plan behind, and traveling to Central America to uncover his bigger purpose
A Leap of Faith Turned a Woodworking Hobby into a Profitable Business with Darren Thompson
Nov 1, 2016 • 53 min
Darren turned his hobby of creating art and furniture for his wife into a trending and sought after business, and a life he loves
Our Stories and Potential Brings Meaning to Everyone with Rocky Walls
Oct 25, 2016 • 63 min
How one man’s purpose continues to evolve as his successful video/storytelling business matures and creates even loftier ambitions
A Passion for the Arts Creates Opportunities to Help Others with Evan Todd
Oct 18, 2016 • 61 min
An actor/producer continues to evolve his entertainment career and explores his passions — all while helping others
How Bees Created a New Chance at Happiness with Nicole Buergers
Oct 11, 2016 • 52 min
Nicole Buergers left an online marketing career to pursue an urban beekeeping startup, and to help bees thrive once again
Using Crochet to Create Cute Anime and Pokémon Creatures with Vincent Green-Hite
Oct 4, 2016 • 49 min
Vincent stumbled upon crochet and his this new passion has turned into a new company and a much bigger story
The Intriguing Story Behind Miss Coco Peru with Clinton Leupp
Sep 27, 2016 • 60 min
Longtime drag pioneer, Clinton Leupp has followed a daring dream of working in entertainment. These are the stories and highlights of this unique journey.
An Artist Becomes the Rankin/Bass Historian by Following His Passion with Rick Goldschmidt
Sep 20, 2016 • 50 min
Rick Goldschmidt has made his historian passion his career, and thoughtfully shares his ‘why’ and exclusive insights into the world of Rankin/Bass Productions
The Daring Transformation into a Professional Artist with Heather Joy Miller
Sep 13, 2016 • 46 min
Heather story has evolved from professional dancer to a high tech sales professional to finally coming out as an artist, and loving it
The Impact of Giving Back Through Martial Arts with Leo Barahona
Sep 6, 2016 • 45 min
Leo Barahona is helping people understand themselves better through his nonprofit martial arts practice, and he’s hoping it makes an impact on the world
Keep Creating and Show It to the World with Matt Cullen
Aug 30, 2016 • 46 min
Actor and creator Matt Cullen hasn’t waited for opportunity to show up, and he wants us all to keep creating our stories and learning along the way
A Life Full of Music, Determination, and Clarity with Jack Rayner
Aug 23, 2016 • 66 min
Music producer Jack Rayner has produced music for some of the hottest shows, and he shares his big story emphasizing us to show up every day, keep trying, and remember you’re not alone
Behind-The-Scenes of a Working Actor with Parvesh Cheena
Aug 16, 2016 • 57 min
Actor and producer, Parvesh Cheena candidly discusses his career and life in Hollywood as a working actor
Creating a Positive Impact with the Next Generation with Rene Siegel
Aug 9, 2016 • 61 min
Rene, an entrepreneur and small business owner, shares why she’s focused on helping the next generation succeed and how to live a fulfilled life
Making a Dream a Reality With Persistence and Faith with Carlton Russell
Aug 2, 2016 • 56 min
A longtime Hollywood actor and stunt double never gave up on his dreams, transforming an unexpected career path into a life of adventure
Finding New Purpose on the Camino de Santiago with Mel Soriano
Jul 26, 2016 • 58 min
Mel walked 500 miles on the famous Camino de Santiago and shares his experiences and goals for this second pilgrimage
Highlights Episode: The First Three Months of My Big Story
Jul 19, 2016 • 62 min
Christopher and special co-host Ryan Dee look back at the first 3 months of episodes, highlighting great moments, smart advice, behind-the-scenes extras, and what’s next for the show
Helping People Flourish While Living with Intention with Pat Wadors
Jul 12, 2016 • 55 min
Pat is the executive HR leader at LinkedIn, and an introvert who wants to make people greater, even just by having a conversation with them
Creating Music and Mastering a Balanced Life with Color Theory
Jul 5, 2016 • 72 min
An independent recording artist finds hi magic formula to balancing his creative career with the rest of his life
Smart Opportunities and Experienced Goal-Setting with Anna Harris
Jun 28, 2016 • 50 min
Anna found her people and a new career by continually seeking interesting and smart opportunities, and setting experience goals
Designing an Artistic Career with Adorable Characters with Jerrod Maruyama
Jun 21, 2016 • 57 min
Artist and Hipster Mickey illustrator, Jerrod Maruyama shares a look into his career with freelance illustration, great moments, and offers smart advice and insights
Helping People Feel Human Again with Danika O’Leary
Jun 7, 2016 • 45 min
A hairstylist starts a movement by hosting haircuts for the homeless
Capturing a Love of Photography with Vanessa Stump
May 31, 2016 • 53 min
Vanessa shares her leap story of going back to school and starting her career over, all for her love of photography
A Love for Wine Started a New Career and Winery with Garry Brooks
May 24, 2016 • 59 min
Garry shares his love of winemaking and how it all began—going from a technology job to starting Brooks Note Winery
Loving My Profession Creates Happier Employees with Adrian Cropley
May 17, 2016 • 58 min
How Adrian connects value and meaning to his corporate-like job, why he fell in love with his profession, and ​smart, helpful career advice
Following a Life’s Dream of Being a Musician with Justin Michael Williams
May 10, 2016 • 55 min
Justin changes his entire life after a conversation with his dying grandmother, leaving his successful life to become a musician
A Cognitive Science Nerd Becomes a Hairstylist with Melanie Celis
May 3, 2016 • 56 min
Sometimes we need to pause our career to redirect it to our first love, and our truth. Melanie Celis is bringing a fresh approach to her clients and business, helping people grow and be more in life.
A Former Celebrity Escort Follows His Curiosity for Life with Chris Gaida
Apr 26, 2016 • 50 min
A curiosity for life has led to living a life filled with many adventures — from author, TV producer, and a red carpet celebrity escort
When a Cake Designer Followed Her Aha Moment with Tina White
Apr 19, 2016 • 50 min
Tina White is following her love for baking and creativity by running a successful event cake business in the heart of the California wine country
Prioritizing a Passion for Storytelling and Filmmaking with Tony Tharae
Apr 12, 2016 • 59 min
Tony Tharae has created a life of storytelling through film, illustration, and branding — and he’s doing it on his schedule and without traditional boundaries.
How an Artist Transformed His Career with Alex Babajanyan
Apr 1, 2016 • 49 min
An artist struggles to find his true path, experimenting with various jobs until he transforms his career by combining his two passions