Last Cut Conversations with Samantha Paige

Last Cut Conversations with Samantha Paige
Ever felt like a stranger in your own life? Artist Samantha Paige, the creator of Last Cut, did for far too long. It wasn’t until she began deep, vulnerable self-inquiry and actively listened to the answers that her life began to change. A young adult cancer survivor and BRCA previvor, who suffered from PTSD and debilitating panic attacks, she finally started making the significant decisions, or last cuts, that made her feel as if her life were her own again. With this new way of being, she began to experience more wellness, happiness and freedom than ever before. Last cut conversations is a series of real talk with others about what they believe in most and how they too have created a life that feels like their own. Freedom, as a word and concept, is still very much on the table for so many and the question of what it means to each of us is the theme of Season 2. This season features engaging dialogue with artists, activists, nature lovers, survivors, change makers and other brave and bold human beings, sh

S02.20: Eliza Hope Duran & Juno Ishida: Dismantling the Gender Binary
Oct 30, 2018 • 64 min
Last May, Juno Ishida and Eliza Hope Duran joined Samantha Paige for an honest conversation about living beyond the construct of a gender binary. In this special episode, Juno, a trans male university student, and Eliza, a gender fluid prize-winning…
S02.19: Samantha Paige & Lisa Field: Reflections on another powerful season
Dec 3, 2017 • 46 min
Samantha Paige and Last Cut Photographer Lisa Field reflect on the second season of Last Cut Conversations. They discuss the universal threads shared across the many diverse conversations, and the notable moments that made a lasting impression as well.
S02.18: Zoe Buckman: A Beautiful Intersection of Art and Activism
Nov 27, 2017 • 40 min
Zoe Buckman is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, activist and mother. Originally from East London, she now lives and works in New York. Buckman powerfully weaves together art and activism into pieces that draw viewers in with aesthetically pleasing…
S02.17: Pidgeon Pagonis: Unraveling the lies, myths and trauma around growing up Intersex
Nov 19, 2017 • 69 min
Samantha Paige first heard of Pidgeon Pagonis’ powerful story of growing up Intersex through a video clip produced by Human Rights Watch.
S02.16: Kyle Knight: Exposing Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US
Nov 13, 2017 • 60 min
Kyle Knight is a researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch in New York City. A former media journalist who chose to do reporting work with more policy follow through and impact, Kyle is a brilliant motivator for change.
S02.15: Lily Mandelbaum & Elisa Goodkind: The Mother-Daughter Duo behind the Style Like U Self-Acceptance Revolution
Nov 6, 2017 • 59 min
Samantha Paige met Lily Mandelbaum and Elisa Goodkind, the creators of Style Like U, at their “True Style is What’s Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution” book signing in Los Angeles.
S02.14: Melinda Alexander: The Life Lessons We Aren’t Taught in School
Oct 30, 2017 • 72 min
“I am always refining my truths, and my truths are always changing.” Melinda Alexander
S02.13: Charlie Linville: Mind over Matter to the Summit
Oct 23, 2017 • 65 min
“You are what you can mentally achieve, not what you perceive your body capable of.” Charlie Linville Samantha Paige sits down with her friend and inspiration, Charlie Linville, to talk about life-changing last cuts, overcoming trauma,…
S02.12: Mia Sabel: Stitching Together a Meaningful Life
Oct 16, 2017 • 84 min
Samantha Paige sat down with bespoke leather worker and qualified saddler, Mia Sabel of Sabel Saddlery, in her East London studio. The two talked about how one creates a life that feels like one’s own and the freedom found on the other side of our biggest…
S02.11: Lily Parrott and Laura Stahnke of Migration Collective: Changing the Conversation on Migration
Oct 9, 2017 • 60 min
Samantha Paige recently sat down in London with Lily Parrott and Laura Stahnkhe, two of the founders of Migration Collective. Migration Collective is a group of dynamic and creative women who aim to challenge the current, narrow rhetoric on migration.…
S02.10: Sofia Lindvall: Living Up High With Nature
Oct 2, 2017 • 40 min
Sofia Lindvall was born and raised in Harads, Sweden (population: ~600), just 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. She is a trained stunt person and daughter to Kent Lindvall and Britta Jonsson-Lindvall, the founders of the TreeHotel.
S02.9: Arthur Gross-Schaefer: A Man on a Mission to Teach Tolerance, Understanding and Peace
Sep 25, 2017 • 38 min
“For me, it’s [freedom] about taking it as a gift that I have been given privilege, I’ve been given certain assets, certain abilities. How I am going to use those to affect others and to make my life, honestly, a life of meaning? That’s how I define…
S02.8: Annie Hawkins: Living with Heart on the Soccer Field and Beyond
Sep 18, 2017 • 34 min
Samantha Paige dialogues with her dear friend, professional soccer player Annie Hawkins, in this touching episode about living life from the heart.
S02.7: Jenna Tosh: Planned Parenthood California Central Coast’s CEO Talks Health Care Reform, Women’s Rights, Parenting & Self-care
Sep 15, 2017 • 35 min
Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, speaks to her dedication to her work and to her other major role as conscious parent to three.
S02.6: Jennifer Yashari: Coping with an Ever-Evolving Disability and Living with Presence along the way
Sep 4, 2017 • 52 min
In this moving episode, Samantha Paige reunites with her childhood friend, Jennifer Yashari, who opens up about living with hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM), a rare degenerative disease that causes muscle cells to weaken progressively.
S02.5: Mallika Chopra: Living Life with Intent
Aug 28, 2017 • 24 min
Mallika Chopra joins Samantha Paige for a powerful conversation about living life with intent and conscious parenting. In her humble and authentic manner of sharing, Chopra details her self-defined “somewhat messy journey” to deeper purpose, peace and joy…
S02.4: Get Lit Poets: Monique Mitchell and Vanessa Tahay: Peace and Power through the Spoken Word
Aug 21, 2017 • 45 min
Get Lit Poets Monique Mitchell and Vanessa Tahay bravely and vulnerably share how reading, writing and speaking poetry has paved a path to freedom and happiness in their lives.
S02.3: Alejandro Ameijeiras: From Communist Cuba to the American Dream
Aug 14, 2017 • 57 min
Santa Barbara, California based Pilates instructor and dancer, Alejandro Ameijeiras shares his long, sometimes dark, road to personal acceptance and embodiment of his sexuality, sensitivity and inner power.
S02.2: Sara Mills: Beyond the Boobs—Deconstructing Body Image, Autism & Societal Norms
Aug 7, 2017 • 60 min
Model Sara Mills, best known as “Sara on the Internet,” reached widespread international acclaim with a viral YouTube video highlighting her twerking her breasts to Mozart.
S02.1: Ever felt like a stranger in your own life?
Jul 31, 2017 • 27 min
Artist Samantha Paige kicks off Season 2 of the Last Cut Conversations podcast with an honest reflection on this tenuous moment in history and the need for human connection beyond technology.
S01.18: Mother’s Day Dialogue about Big Life Choices, Respect and Love with Samantha Paige and her mother, Jeanne Marks
May 12, 2017 • 53 min
In this special Mother’s Day edition of Last Cut Conversations, Samantha Paige and her mother, Jeanne Marks, share about the evolution of their relationship over the years, but specifically open up about the deepening of their bond during this first…
S01.17: Samantha Paige: Top 10 Things I Learned This Year
Mar 20, 2017 • 39 min
In the final episode of Season 1, Last Cut Creator Samantha Paige reflects on the Top 10 Lessons she has learned over the first year of Last Cut. Ranging from the internal process to the external need for community, this episode is a thorough recap of…
S01.16: Samantha Paige and Lisa Field
Mar 20, 2017 • 39 min
Samantha Paige and Last Cut Photographer Lisa Field reflect on the first season of Last Cut Conversations. They discuss the universal threads shared across many of the conversations, and the notable moments that made an impression as well. Each Last…
S01.15: Samantha Paige: The Truth in the Body
Mar 13, 2017 • 27 min
Last Cut Creator Samantha Paige reflects on how the truth lives in our body. She candidly shares how her body tends to show her when she is not living according to her truth. This episode is a raw and vulnerable snapshot of Samantha’s recent…
S01.14: Anne Van de Water: Staying Connected
Mar 6, 2017 • 63 min
What’s most true to you? How are you living it? “So the thing that is most true to me is truth and love and love for the truth. The ultimate truth for me is love, which means we are all connected, we are all in this together. I have universal love…
S01.13: Dana Donofree: Reclaiming my power after breast cancer
Feb 27, 2017 • 62 min
What’s most true to you? How are you living it? “Somebody said something really insightful to me once and it really helped me. They said time now has a definition. That has stayed with me since the moment it was said because, especially at 27, I…
S01.12: Kimmay Caldwell: Changing the world one bra at a time
Feb 13, 2017 • 46 min
What’s most true to you? How are you living it? “I really and truly believe that undergarments can change a women’s life and then she can go on to change the world. I’m talking about how starting with that layer, [that experience] can totally…
S01.11: Samantha Paige & Lisa Field on Friendship, Truth and the Birth of Last Cut
Feb 6, 2017 • 47 min
Samantha Paige and Last Cut Photographer Lisa Field speak candidly about the evolution of their friendship over the last decade and how they have navigated working so closely on Last Cut. In sharing about the birth of Last Cut, they discuss how their…
S01.10: Vanessa Cuccia: Path to Pleasure
Feb 1, 2017 • 37 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “Honesty is what drives me, but in order to be honest you have to understand who you are. You have to go through experiences to build who you are, but you also have to look at yourself and reflect…
SO1.9: Vonn Jensen: Flattopper Pride
Jan 23, 2017 • 75 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “I feel like what I have come back to, or come into, is honoring myself first. Which is something that I never knew how to do. I’m still learning it. It’s really amazing. Yeah, the concept of…
S01.8: Emily Mackenzie: Change in {Film} Direction
Jan 16, 2017 • 37 min
What’s most true to you? How are you living it? “So for me, what really interested me is the politics around reconstruction and what you do with your body. Body politics is a thing. What is that famous piece of art? The photo with the words, ‘My…
S01.7: Equinox Commit to Something Campaign: Behind the Scenes with Samantha Paige and Lisa Field
Jan 7, 2017 • 48 min
Samantha Paige and Last Cut Photographer Lisa Field discuss the lead up to Samantha’s participation in Equinox’s 2017 Commit to Something campaign. Equinox’s message around commitment and how our commitments show who we truly are, parallels the…
S01.6: Ronny Turiaf: From the Court to Wanderlust Driven
Jan 2, 2017 • 53 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “I think for me what is most true to Ronny is the desire to never stop discovering and for me the discovery is limitless. Discovery of myself. Discovery of others. Discovery of what the world has to…
S01.5: Stephanie Ramirez: Electing a flat-chest at 23
Dec 26, 2016 • 67 min
What’s most true to you? How are you living it? ”I was struggling so much with my self-identity as a woman, seeing myself in the mirror without makeup and wondering, “I don’t know if I am a woman or not.” So for the podcast that I am…
S01.4: Talila Gafter: Does Truth exist?
Dec 19, 2016 • 58 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “One of the greatest liberations, perhaps, is actually recognizing for real what feels right and recognizing that what is negative is probably not right.” ~Talila Gafter, Philosopher, Pianist,…
S01.3: Josette Tkacik: Healing with Dance, not Drugs
Dec 8, 2016 • 42 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “Love. Easy. Love. It’s the only thing that is, that we are, that everybody is. Simple.” ~Josette Tkacik, International Zumba Instructor & Inspiration My guest, Josette Tkacik, shares her story…
S01.2: Sasha Markova: Cutting the Old Story
Dec 8, 2016 • 41 min
What is most true to you? How are you living it? “I believe in creativity. Absolutely that is what I believe in and what I believe can fix the world. Creativity can shift consciousness.” ~Sasha Markova, Creative Mind, Advertising Visionary &…
S01.1: What is a Last Cut?
Dec 8, 2016 • 23 min
In the introductory Last Cut Conversations episode, Last Cut creator, artist Samantha Paige, tells her personal story and discusses how the Last Cut project was born. Samantha talks vulnerably and candidly about her cancer diagnosis at age 21 and the…