Welcome to Season 5 of the More Than You See Podcast!
In this episode, host Deborah Lee Smith talks to creative artist Jesse Lipscomb about their mental health journeys. Jesse Lipscomb, a versatile artist who is an actor, author, visual artist, motivational speaker, and athlete shares his life experiences. He goes into detail about how his past experiences of growing up as a person of color have influenced his current work, including his social justice movement, Make It Awkward.
He also discusses his career balance, dealing with failure, finding joy, and the importance of self-awareness in maintaining mental health. The emphasis of their conversation highlights being courageously yourself and pushing outside societal expectations, moving beyond labels and embracing identity.
00:49 Changes and Updates for the New Season
03:32 Introducing Guest: Jesse Lipscomb
05:45 Starting the Interview with Jesse
06:16 Discussing Mental Health and Personal Experiences
11:37 Exploring Jesse's Childhood and Upbringing
16:30 Jesse's Approach to Parenting and Mental Health
20:15 The 'Make it Awkward' Movement
28:11 Balancing Acting and Social Justice Work
33:29 Embracing Passion and Creativity
34:15 The Power of Giving and Connecting
34:32 Finding Fuel in Passion
35:36 Impact of the SAG AFTRA Strike
37:24 Balancing Personal and Professional Life
39:07 Embracing Failure and Challenges
43:00 Rapid Fire Questions
44:37 The Art of Asking for Help
45:56 The Make It Awkward Movement
49:22 Unveiling Masks and Being Courageously Yourself
Jesse Lipscombe is an actor, producer, entrepreneur and activist.
Jesse started his acting career at age 14 alongside Sidney Poitier in the Calgary-shot film Children of the Dust. He has gone on to act and produce in over 40 films and television shows.
Currently, he can be seen on Netflix’s hit series My Life With The Walter Boys and Black Summer. With multiple national nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards and the Rockies for Best Comedy Series. In addition to Best Actor (It’s Not My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway) and Best Comedy Series (Tiny Plastic Men) from the AMPIA’s in 2017/18.
At 18, he received a full track-and-field scholarship to Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater, Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, Jesse was the recipient of the Obsidian Award for Top Business Leader in Western Canada, he was named Community Man of the Year by Diversity Magazine and was selected as one of Edmonton’s Top 30 under 40 by Avenue Magazine.
Through it all, Jesse’s top priority has been giving back to his community, which he’s done through multiple annual fundraisers and partnerships with Edmonton charities such as WIN House and iHuman. In September, Jesse and his wife Julia launched the #MakeItAwkward campaign to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred of all kinds.
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New here? Every Wednesday join me, Deborah Lee Smith (actor, filmmaker, and mental health advocate) for a conversation with creatives about their mental health journeys. We discuss the highs, lows and in betweens of a creative career and the tools they use to get through it all. Our hope is that you will resonate with their journey, pick up some tip and tricks for your own mental health, and most importantly, feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.
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