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Vulnerable with Christy Carlson Romano

Everyone thinks Christy Carlson Romano had a storybook career. That she just sprang into Disney Channel stardom overnight, made millions, and lived happily after. Spoiler alert, she didn’t! There were countless failures
Latest Episode1/24/2023

Fefe Dobson on Becoming a Pop-Punk Icon

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Canadian pop-punk icon, Fefe Dobson. Fefe has been ahead of her time since her 2003 self-titled debut album, and has been inspiring generations of artists ever since.In this episode, Fefe takes us back to the days of wearing dresses over jeans with fishnet gloves and WAY too many belts. From writing about her angsty rebellious teenage years to performing those songs on tour with Justin Timberlake, Fefe walks me through what it was like to be a female in the early 2000s breaking into the male-dominated pop-punk scene. Besides her goal of leaving the boys in the dust, what she really cared about was writing music that reflected what she felt on the inside.Fefe is still taking the music scene by storm with her latest single “Recharge My Heart,” and is inspiring the next generation of powerful female artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and WILLOW.I can’t help but fan-girl about this badass. She is so genuine and true to herself, and her music has been a soundtrack to my life. What’s Fefe manifesting next and does it include a potential acting career? Find out now!You can follow Fefe @fefedobson on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, @IAmFefeMusic on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel. Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok.
1/24/2023

Fefe Dobson on Becoming a Pop-Punk Icon

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Canadian pop-punk icon, Fefe Dobson. Fefe has been ahead of her time since her 2003 self-titled debut album, and has been inspiring generations of artists ever since.In this episode, Fefe takes us back to the days of wearing dresses over jeans with fishnet gloves and WAY too many belts. From writing about her angsty rebellious teenage years to performing those songs on tour with Justin Timberlake, Fefe walks me through what it was like to be a female in the early 2000s breaking into the male-dominated pop-punk scene. Besides her goal of leaving the boys in the dust, what she really cared about was writing music that reflected what she felt on the inside.Fefe is still taking the music scene by storm with her latest single “Recharge My Heart,” and is inspiring the next generation of powerful female artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and WILLOW.I can’t help but fan-girl about this badass. She is so genuine and true to herself, and her music has been a soundtrack to my life. What’s Fefe manifesting next and does it include a potential acting career? Find out now!You can follow Fefe @fefedobson on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, @IAmFefeMusic on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel. Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok.
1/17/2023

Mattel’s Teale Sperling is Calling for Representation Through Barbie’s Megaphone

Today on Vulnerable, I have an inspiring conversation with Mattel Television’s Manager of Creative Content, Teale Sperling. Teale focuses on preschool TV and the Barbie Vlogger on YouTube. In this episode, Teale shares with me the journey she went on to become a leading voice in development and production at Mattel. Teale originally planned on being an actor, but as a little person, the roles available were limited and tended to be stereotypical. She saw a gap in the industry for women like herself and with the encouragement of her husband (who is also a childhood friend of mine!) she decided to go into development to create the representation that was missing. Now she has been at Mattel for over 8 years working on Barbie Vlogger (which has over 11 MILLION subscribers on YouTube), Deepa & Anoop, Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, and more.  Teale and I discuss the need for more representation of disabled people in media. She shared how she's navigated her own disability, developed self-love, and her passion for developing more projects that show that disabled people are people.  Teale is AMAZING! I am so thankful for her thoughtful work in creating content for kids, like mine, and for educating them about important issues that are going on in the world in such a fun and creative way. Because of her work, a new generation of children will see themselves represented in a way that she wasn’t.Follow Barbie Vlogs on YouTube. Connect with Teale on LinkedIn.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.
1/10/2023

Former Child Actor Lisa Jakub on Why She Quit the Business

Today on Vulnerable, I talk with Lisa Jakub. You may remember her from Mrs. Doubtire, Independence Day, and The Beautician and the Beast, to name a few. I had the pleasure of meeting her at 90's Con.In this episode, Lisa shares with me how she started acting as a child and the events that led up to her decision to ultimately quit the industry. She details the work she did to discover herself outside of performance and how she addressed her anxiety and depression. Today, Lisa has written two books, is the CEO and founder of two organizations. Blue Mala is a pay-what-you-can mental health community that offers yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices. Mission Flexible is a non-profit which supports veterans through mindfulness retreats. Lisa is inspiring because she has built a life that she truly loves when before she didn't have the agency to do so. I hope this episode is encouraging to everyone to care for their mental health and seek community in the process.Follow Lisa @lisa.jakub on Instagram and @lisa_jakub on Twitter. Check out Blue Mala at bluemala.com and Mission Flexible at missionflexible.org.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.
1/3/2023

Hallmark Star Nikki DeLoach Is Ushering In A New Era Of Entertainment

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Nikki DeLoach. You may remember her from MTV’s Awkward, many Hallmark movies, and as a member of the popular 90’s cult classic show “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few of the iconic cast. I had the pleasure of meeting her at 90's Con.In this episode, Nikki and I reconnect over parenting, caregiving, the healthcare system, and her advocacy efforts with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Mind What Matters, and The Alzheimer’s Association. Nikki has been in the business for decades, from her early days in The Mickey Mouse Club to her girl group Innosense to now being a Hallmark leading lady. She is taking her experience and now writing and producing her own movies with Hallmark. Nikki is part of the new era Hallmark is creating. They are telling more stories that represent their diverse audience. The throughline for Nikki is to tell authentic stories.Nikki also shares her experience grieving her father's passing while working and how that has pushed her to a greater depth of authenticity in her work. She recently starred in A Gift of Peace, exclusively on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which highlights grief in the midst of the holiday season. Nikki is SO REAL, and I am so appreciative of Nikki sharing her story and life experiences. I know it will encourage anyone to be more honest with themselves and with others.Follow Nikki @nikdeloach on Instagram and @nikkideloach on Twitter. Check out her website here - welcometowhatweare.com.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.
12/27/2022

TikTok Star Tia Stokes Danced Her Way Through Cancer

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Tia Stokes. She is the dancing QUEEN on TikTok. You may remember her from dancing to Glorious by Macklemore (feat. Skyler Grey) throughout her cancer journey. I was an avid follower and was rooting for her and her family.In this episode, Tia shares with me how she got into dancing and her decision to document her cancer + other illness via video. She gave us a real perspective on what it was like to be seriously sick during the height of the pandemic on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. She wanted to communicate to all there is still goodness in the midst of hard situations. She is currently cancer free, and beyond her social media fame and content creation, she designs merch, owns Vault Dance Studio, and is a wife and mom to 5.Tia's joy and optimism are so infectious. I am so grateful for her and her choosing to dance to support those who are going through health trials. So during this holiday season, I want to remind you of something that Tia said in our conversation. Every day, we have a chance to start again. So no matter where you are or what you are feeling, you are glorious!Follow Tia @thetiabeestokes on Instagram and TikTok. You can you can follow along her work at her website - tiabee.org.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.
12/20/2022

Orphan Advocate Allina Robie is Educating on Ukrainian Orphan Crisis

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Allina Robie. Allina and I connected via TikTok when her Ukrainian orphan advocacy videos started popping up on my FYP.In this episode, Allina and I discuss how her childhood shaped her to become an orphan advocate. Last year, Allina moved to Ukraine to care for the orphaned and vulnerable children and young adults in the Zakarpattia Oblast of western Ukraine. Less than a month later, Russia invaded Ukraine. Allina details how her daily life has changed due to the war, also, how the war has exacerbated Ukraine's orphan crisis.Allina educates me on the differences between the Eastern Europe orphan crisis vs. the US foster system and how she is maintaining joy in the midst of war.Allina's compassion, vulnerability, and joyful demeanor are evident throughout our conversation, and I know the kiddos under her care are receiving lots of love. I appreciate her education, advocacy, and the beauty of the internet that brought us together!Follow Allina @allinakay on Instagram and TikTok. You can support Allina and her orphan care work by donating here.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.
12/13/2022

High School Musical Actress Monique Coleman on Disney, Returning to East High, & Becoming #MightyMo

Today on Vulnerable, I get to chat with Monique Coleman. Monique is a Multi-hyphenate Creative - actress, speaker, producer, Emmy Nominated host and "Champion for Youth."In this episode, Monique and I catch up about what she's been up to, and goodness, she is up to A LOT. She's currently training in weapons, martial arts, taekwondo, and dancing to be prepared for the role she believes she is ready for. She's developing MOtivated Kids. She'll be your kiddo's future Fred Rogers meets Ms. Frizzle figure affirming and empowering kids. She's starring in Greed, joining the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series cast to reprise her role, and so much more.Monique and I take a step back and discuss how she got into the business, her time as the first-ever UN Youth Champion, how we can better protect child actors. This conversation is so FULL of heartfelt vulnerability. I am so grateful to have had such a candid with Monique and see how her self-awareness and self-worth oozes out of her and encourage us all.Follow Monique @_moniquecoleman on Instagram, @moniquecolemanofficial on TikTok, and @gimmemotalk on Twitter.Follow me, Christy Carlson Romano on Instagram @thechristycarlsonromano and TikTok @christcarlsonromano, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow Brendan Rooney on  Instagram @thebrendanrooney and TikTok @brendanrooney.Be sure to follow Vulnerable @thevulnerablepodcast on Instagram and TikTok. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.