BOPcast

Bopcast

BopCast is an audio and video experience interviewing some of today's hardest working young outliers who are breaking the mold, and pursing their dreams regardless of the status quo.

This podcast is hosted by rapper, producer, DJ and podcaster Ryan R. Sullivan and is available on all major podcast platforms.

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Luke Miller - Working on Drake's Music Video, Becoming a Film Maker, and How to Be Yourself No Matter What
Luke Miller - Working on Drake's Music Video, Becoming a Film Maker, and How to Be Yourself No Matter What

"I'm happy, and I think that's the best thing. I don't know if I would have said that a year ago. As much as I'm almost in the same position, now I appreciate it; I know it, I'm in it, I'm here. I'm just trying to be the best me everyday." - Luke J. Miller, BopCast Today on the show we have my man Luke Miller. Luke is a filmmaker, producer, and director from South Jersey. He's the co-host of the Freelance Network Podcast and Chatting Cinema. He's been featured, worked on, created, and co-created countless short films, music videos, and media. Luke and I met through a fellow guest and great friend, Joe Gibbs. He introduced us while at Stockton University where Luke manned the controls in the podcast room, also known as the closet. Luke graciously had me on the Freelance Network Podcast, which he co-hosted until he graduated. From there we became fast friends. It's one thing to have a friend pursuing a career in video while you're pursuing a career in audio, but it's something completely different to see them grow over the course of 2 years. When we met we were still in college trying to figure it out. We haven't stopped trying to figure it out, we just happened to carve our paths much deeper since the last time we spoke. Luke works for Oak Leaf Media, a New Jersey-based production company while writing a movie on his own, and shooting freelance films and music videos. Our conversation today encompasses these topics, as well as the small role he had in putting together one of the biggest music videos of the year. This has been a BopCast with https://www.instagram.com/lukejmiller_/ (Luke J. Miller). You can find him on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClme6hOpcItgZ7Gtk1r9c4g/videos (here). Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda (Click Here to Try it) - https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda Please Join Our Email List for Special Offers, Q+A's, Live Podcasts, and More - To Join, https://www.sullybop.com/ (Scroll to the Bottom of This Page) Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes, and join our monthly newsletter. Big shouts to the folks who make this possible: Video - https://www.instagram.com/ferrarib98/ (@ferrarib98) Logo - https://www.instagram.com/ryannkelly20/ (@ryannkelly20) Producer - https://www.instagram.com/minishep13/ (@minishep13) Sponsor - https://www.instagram.com/soda_rewriters/ (@soda_rewriters) Theme Song - https://www.instagram.com/jello.wav/ (@jello.wav)

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Tyler Braddock - Founder of The Vault Music Studio on Escaping the 9-5, Achieving 5-Year Goals, and 4 Years as a Small Business Owner
Tyler Braddock - Founder of The Vault Music Studio on Escaping the 9-5, Achieving 5-Year Goals, and 4 Years as a Small Business Owner

"You never know, that's the scary part. [But] I didn't even last a full year of working full time before quitting. When I was doing my 9-5, I'd work 6PM to 1AM or so - my real job started after hours. I was projecting my 5 year goals, my 10 year goals. This is pretty close to what I was envisioning at the time. I look back at it 5 years and most of it is aligned with what I wrote down." - Tyler Braddock, on BopCast Tyler Braddock is the founder and owner of The Vault in Boonton, NJ. The Vault is a music studio dedicated to mixing, mastering, tracking, and recording artists of all genres. Tyler's work ethic and mindset are unstoppable, and he continues to be a mentor for me in my life and my music. On a whim, I applied for an unpaid internship at The Vault in the summer of 2019. I didn't have a job and I was paying my rent from savings, but I knew I wanted to be around producers and musicians. I drove 45 minutes each way to get to the studio each day, but it didn't matter. The experience I gained was invaluable and as Tyler did his job, he patiently responded to my countless questions about producing, mixing, and mastering music. This is the second on-location podcast for us, and I can't thank Tyler enough for letting us come to the studio to record this. Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda (Click Here to Try it) - https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda Please Join Our Email List for Special Offers, Q+A's, Live Podcasts, and More - To Join, https://www.sullybop.com/ (Scroll to the Bottom of This Page) Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter. Big shouts to the folks who make this possible: Video - https://www.instagram.com/ferrarib98/ (@ferrarib98) Logo - https://www.instagram.com/ryannkelly20/ (@ryannkelly20) Producer - https://www.instagram.com/minishep13/ (@minishep13) Sponsor - https://www.instagram.com/soda_rewriters/ (@soda_rewriters) Theme Song - https://www.instagram.com/jello.wav/ (@jello.wav)

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Gabbi Truppi - Founding an Ice Cream Shop at 22, the State of Small Business in Flemington, NJ and the Biggest Lesson You Need to Learn
Gabbi Truppi - Founding an Ice Cream Shop at 22, the State of Small Business in Flemington, NJ and the Biggest Lesson You Need to Learn

This is a special episode, being that it's our first on-location BopCast ever. We traveled to Flemington, NJ to interview Gabbi for the second time. Gabbi Truppi is an outlier. She's a young entrepreneur who is pursuing her dreams regardless of the status quo. She embodies the risk-taking, fast-moving characteristics of a young and hungry business owner. I interviewed her for the first time when she was 20 years old and had just launched her ice cream truck, Scoops on Wheels. Now at 22 years old, she founded, Humdoo Ice Cream which is the basis of our interview today. After the engine broke down on her infamous truck with countless events booked for her to appear at, she took it as a sign to grow and move forward. Already in the works was her physical location, "Humdoo Ice Cream," on Stangl Road in Flemington, NJ. In this episode, we cover what it's like to launch 2 businesses as a young, female entrepreneur, the difference between an ice cream truck and an ice cream shop, and the biggest lesson she's learned by launching this new business. We also spoke about Gabbi's philosophy around ice cream, the meaning of the word Humdoo, and more. I had a blast recording this episode in her shop and hope to do many more BopCasts on-location. If you know somebody who would be a great guest, email me at sullybmusic@gmail.com. https://www.instagram.com/gabbie_truppi/ (Follow Gabbi) https://www.facebook.com/Humdooicecream/ (Visit and Follow Humdoo Ice Cream) - 20 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda (Click Here to Try it) - https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda Please Join Our Email List for Special Offers, Q+A's, Live Podcasts, and More - To Join, https://www.sullybop.com/ (Scroll to the Bottom of This Page) Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter.

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The Manifesting Musician - Country Soul Singer, Amanda Sikoral on Songwriting, Performing, Growing on TikTok and A Live Performance on BopCast
The Manifesting Musician - Country Soul Singer, Amanda Sikoral on Songwriting, Performing, Growing on TikTok and A Live Performance on BopCast

Amanda Sikoral is a musician that blends singer-songwriter, country and soul into a melodic fusion of hooks, and lyrics that you won't forget. She even performed the chorus for her newest single, "Home," at the end of the podcast. On top of her own music, she's been branded "The Manifesting Musician," for good reason. Her positive, daily TikTok mantras have garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and over 9000 followers on the platforms. She blends songwriting with short, positive affirmations and was pushed to make an entire song out of one after hundreds of people requested it. I loved our conversation about music, growing as an artist, social media, and more. One thing I've realized while doing this is that meeting in person is mattering less and less. I've had countless guests come to my house to record after only a phone call or folks like Amanda who I met on IG, and then hopped on Zoom to record. In this episode we cover: Amanda's willingness to take her music to the next level after 15 years of practice. Blending country and soul while being from New Jersey. Influences growing up, and how that shaped her sound today. Producing from scratch, and how she learned to improve. Her rise to TikTok fame as the "Manifesting Musician." How she created positive mantras that allowed her to grow on the platform, and gain thousands of fans using her sounds daily. Live performances, and how one chance encounter lead to her first one. Amanda's aspirations and the future of her music. We hope you enjoyed the show! https://www.instagram.com/amandasikoralmusic/ (Follow Amanda) https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/amandasikoral/home (Stream her single, "Home." ) Find Her on Any Platform https://ffm.bio/amandasikoral (Here) Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda (Click Here to Try it) - https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda Please Join Our Email List for Special Offers, Q+A's, Live Podcasts, and More - To Join, https://www.sullybop.com/ (Scroll to the Bottom of This Page) Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter.

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Gi theRapper on Staying Consistent in Music through Organization, Starting a Podcast, and Discovering the Potential of Real Estate
Gi theRapper on Staying Consistent in Music through Organization, Starting a Podcast, and Discovering the Potential of Real Estate

I love all of my guests, but as an artist myself, I feel like I connect with other artists quickly and easily. The artist's schedule can be prone to disorganization, but Gino Lomanto, known by his artist name, Gi theRapper has created a consistent system for releasing music. If you've noticed, my consistency has been nonexistent in the last year as far as my music goes, and it was inspiring to hear Gi's simple and effective system for keeping his content and tracks on the schedule. The worst thing you can do as an artist is fall behind, and this was even more motivation for me to get back on track. In this episode we cover: Gino's Podcast, "Vino with Gino," the reason for starting it, and his aspirations moving forward. His interest in real estate and its specific facets that made it particularly appealing. Gi's consistency in music, and the system he put in place to stay consistent. Relationships, dating, and being upfront with yourself about your goals with people you're seeing. Why having a great producer can be the key to finding your sound. Gi's next moves in music. Gi and I got together to release, "https://open.spotify.com/track/0NDWykkAvNMQY6zBAGQccS?si=9c513ac86ca04057 (Easy 2 Call)" a quarantine single with our spin on how easy it is to simply make a phone call. He also interviewed me on his podcast, "https://open.spotify.com/episode/5DB4ipZTPX16bFFo6zh5Wd?si=6185ef63d6e549b5 (Vino with Gino)," and we had a blast talking music while sippin' a drink. Stay tuned for our video to Easy 2 Call coming soon. https://www.instagram.com/githerapper/ (Follow Gino) https://open.spotify.com/artist/6URsLd34AjAupMfsOG9Bfd?si=gDaq7bw2SbaIgpsKXQO9hQ&dl_branch=1 (Listen to Gi's Music) https://open.spotify.com/track/0NDWykkAvNMQY6zBAGQccS?si=fc6a90bad7074bd4 (Listen to our Song, Easy 2 Call) Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda (Click Here to Try it) - https://bopcast.captivate.fm/trysoda Please Join Our Email List for Special Offers, Q+A's, Live Podcasts, and More - To Join, https://www.sullybop.com/ (Scroll to the Bottom of This Page) Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter.

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Founder of Strange Living - Nick Gates on Relentless Positivity, Getting Married at 23, How to Plan to Achieve Any Goal, and The Difference Between Purpose and Passion
Founder of Strange Living - Nick Gates on Relentless Positivity, Getting Married at 23, How to Plan to Achieve Any Goal, and The Difference Between Purpose and Passion

The last few episodes have been packed full of examples of how mindset and self-improvement can (and will) change your life. Personally, I have some pessimistic tendencies when things don't go my way, but in the last few years I've become much more positive. Contributing to that positivity in my life has been today's guest, Nick Gates - founder of Strange Living Collective, coach, and speaker. Nick's relentless positivity has fueled what he calls, "The Beautiful Journey:" a 3-step process of self-discovery he developed as he set out to build a life surrounded by his dreams, purpose, and passion. In today's episode we cover: Relentless positivity and if it's possible to maintain positive through anything. How his business, Strange Living Collective came to be and what he learned building it. The Beautiful Journey: Nick's personal 3-stage process to find and live a fulfilled life. Overcoming negative emotions, and how to use others to identify your flaws. The power of coaching to build the life you want and identity blindspots. The power of planning to achieve any goal, and how to start immediately. This episode was completely different than my last two with Nick, but somehow even more mind-blowing and uplifting. I had the privilege to go through a simple exercise after the show that changed my perspective on my own life goals. Give Nick a follow https://www.instagram.com/nicholasgates13/ (Here) and Reach out to Ask Him any Questions you Might Have Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (Click Here to Try it) - https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter.

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Entrepreneur Christian Lopez on Podcasting as an Introvert, Molding and Changing Your Identity, and Applying Discipline to Anything
Entrepreneur Christian Lopez on Podcasting as an Introvert, Molding and Changing Your Identity, and Applying Discipline to Anything

There are very few people who have an unstoppable mindset - the type of people you would trust in any situation regardless of what is going on. Christian Lopez is an entrepreneur, finance expert, college graduate, host of the DemiGod Chronicles, and self-improvement aficionado. He's one of the most well-read folks we've had on the podcast and I can't say enough about his presence and articulation. At the age of 8, Christian was separated from his mother and sister in a custody battle. He was forced to live with his father for 6 years, and in the cold winter of 2004, he began to experience life differently. Leaving Garfield, NJ to attend a catholic school in 2010, Christian's life began to open up in a positive way. He found himself striving on the football field and later attended Muhlenberg College to play football after high school. Muhlenberg showed him an entirely different side to life. https://www.christianblopez.com/post/what-i-learned-in-100-seasons (More on Christians's story on his website. ) In this episode we cover: Overcoming introversion to become a podcast host Thinking outside of the box to create podcast content The power of mindset in your life How Christian had to change his entire identity as a football player after college How comments about his veganism fueled him to become obsessed with his fitness goals How the self-esteem movement ruined a generation of kids What it takes to learn a second language Budget your time effectively to remain ambitious and accomplish your goals This was seriously a life-changing episode for me. We hope you enjoyed listening as much as we did recording it. Follow Christian https://www.instagram.com/cb.lopez/ (Here) Listen to the DemiGod Chronicles https://anchor.fm/thedgc (Here) Read Christian's "What I Learned In 100 Seasons: Article https://www.christianblopez.com/post/what-i-learned-in-100-seasons (Here) Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (Click Here to Try it) - https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes and to join our monthly newsletter.

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"The Real Johnny Bravo," Kurt Heeren on Gaining 100k on TikTok, Moving to Cali., Finding a Job You Love out of College and Personal Training
"The Real Johnny Bravo," Kurt Heeren on Gaining 100k on TikTok, Moving to Cali., Finding a Job You Love out of College and Personal Training

Remember the show Johnny Bravo? I think back to watching cartoons as a kid, and hearing his classic catchphrases while the self-proclaimed macho man attempted to court every lady he laid eyes on. Lucky enough for me, a long-time friend of mine is the internet-proclaimed, "Real Johnny Bravo." Kurt Heeren is a fitness trainer at F45 Training, an Accounts Receivable expert at EXOS, and most importantly: he's the Real-Life Johnny Bravo. He's garnered over 100,000 followers on TikTok in less than 6 months. After a friend filmed him at a Halloween party as Johnny Bravo, the video went viral on TikTok and Kurt began to realize that his small time in the spotlight could lead to some big things. In this episode we talk about: Leaving New Jersey to move to California How being mislead turned his Cali. move into shit-show the first hour he was there Personal training, and what it's like taking a group fitness class vs. 1-on-1 Finding and loving a 9-5 while persuing dreams on the side How his Halloween costume turned into a viral sensation overnight His TikTok philosophy, and where he's taking his persona next I enjoyed sitting down with Kurt on this episode, catching up after all of these years and hearing his rise to TikTok fame. Thanks for listening! Watch his TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@thereal_johnnybravo/video/6921361526448327941?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1 (Here) https://www.tiktok.com/@thereal_johnnybravo/video/6921361526448327941?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1 Follow Kurt https://www.instagram.com/kurtheeren/ (Here) https://www.instagram.com/kurtheeren/ Today's Sponsor is https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (SodaBeats.com) - the Easiest Way to Make HipHop and Rap Beats Online for Free. https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ (Click Here to Try it) - https://sodabeats.com/Sign-Up/ Links Below: _ Watch the Video Version on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5yW2ZNS4Iq7ff_EeKe3HkQ (YouTube) @sullybop on Instagram Search 'BOPCAST' on any platform! (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) Visit https://www.sullybop.com/ (SullyBop.com) for more information, show notes, and to join our monthly newsletter.

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