A long time ago, humanity was one family and then we scattered to the four corners of the Earth and forgot that we were brothers and sisters. Now, it’s time for an amazing family reunion.
We’ll laugh. We’ll learn. We’ll hear each others’ stories. We’ll cry. We’ll hug and make up. And we’ll move forward together to build a world worthy of its children. And we’ll have fun doing it.
These are some of the people who have already joined in on the fun. Want to come play with us? Whatever you bring to the table, there’s a place for you in Mixed Mental Arts because great tribes help all their members find their place. The global village is here. We just have to midwife in a culture that cherishes all its members and recognizing that no mind is ever wasted. We either channel it to constructive ends or someone will harness it to destructive ends. None of us can build a better world on our own. We were never supposed to. It’s never been about you or me. It’s always been about us.
“Ultimately, we actually all belong to only one tribe, to Earthlings.”
– Jill Tarter
Jenni (a.k.a. Feisty) was raised in the Transcendental Meditation cult as a child. She also came of age in rural Iowa, participating in: Drill Team, football games, keggers, and heavy metal concerts. Jenni has been married, divorced, remarried, owned an organic spa, an advertising agency, and worked for community non-profits as a parent and health educator. She has a B.A. in Human Development and her M.S. in Health Education. Jenni now assists people in regaining health and vitality through an ancestral health lens via consulting, education and writing. Most importantly, Jenni has four kids, ages 23, 21, 15, and 12. She also has one 3-month-old grandson. She is happily married to Gimli, (a.k.a. Jon Aguilar – The Stonesmith).
Nicole (a.k.a. Unikitty) grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She went on to obtain a B.A. in Communications from American University in Washington D.C. Nicole is an avid reader and explorer, with an insatiable curiosity about the world. Nicole found Mixed Mental Arts as a kindred spirit for personal growth and communicating with others. She quickly offered her help in several areas: marketing, t-shirts, meme’s, and design.
Nicole is a full-time single mom of the great Seamus (a mixed-mental-artist in training), and heads marketing and business development for a D.C. area automotive group. In her spare time, she, along with Matt Madonna (a.k.a. Unicorn), works to spread the message of MMA through awesome t-shirts. Nicole also cherishes traveling the globe with Seamus to expose him to different cultures and ideasz
More famously knowns as Pachacuti, Producer and Technical wizard behind the scenes.
Darryl Canfield (a.k.a. D) is a Web Developer and Writer from New Jersey, specializing in the Nonprofit sector. A policy wonk with a formal education in Economics from Monmouth University in New Jersey. D is a willfully ideological leftist with far too much faith in Government and not enough in Humanity, but he’s working on it. D has been studying Jiu Jitsu for 10 years and runs an instructional website. He enjoys language, introspection, and choking people.
Cate “Moonbeam” Fogarty was born in in Minnesota and has spent her entire life accumulating varied cultural experiences. From a childhood sailing the Caribbean, to becoming a regular at underground Thai bars in Chicago, to living as an expat in Oslo, Norway, and lots more in between. She now lives in Los Angeles where she writes, makes films, and is the Chief Artillery Officer for Mixed Mental Arts.
Matt (a.k.a. The Unicorn) Madonna is a freelance graphic and web designer in training. In addition to design, Matt loves all things health and fitness, mainly focusing on movement! This includes his new found love of free-running, tree climbing, and not acting his age on the playground with the other kids! At 36 years young, Matt understands that might not be the wisest endeavor, but you only live once! It might hurt along the way! Matt also finds himself at home in the kitchen with his love of food and cooking and providing community through his “world famous” creations! Yes, world famous! He is also working on fine-tuning his woodworking skills and general handyman skills. He is a father of two amazing boys (8 and 3) and has been happily married to his love and best friend, Jayme for over a decade. You can see some of Matt’s work on display in the MMA store through his collaborative work with other members of the MMA community with t-shirt designs. A special thanks go out to those members for all the help and support along the way! That’s you, Nicole, Mandi, Brian, Bryan, Hunter and so on . . . Matt’s words to live by these days… Be fit to be useful! – Natural Born Heroes
Reid Nicewonder is an independent filmmaker seeking to promote critical thinking through entertainment. He also conducts in-person interviews at various public parks around Los Angeles using street epistemology for his YouTube channel, Cordial Curiosity.
Adam Hansen is VP of Innovation/Innovation Process Consultant at Ideas-To-Go. He is also a career-long innovation leader, student, and devotee. He received his M.B.A. in Product Management at Indiana University. He has served on the board of the Product Development and Management Association, and as an innovation and strategy expert with select causes in education and public health care. He wrote Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward along with his colleagues Edward Harrington and Beth Storz.
For years, Bryan Callen has been half-known to the world as an actor. He was Pool Boy on Mad TV. He played a string of ambiguously Mediterranean characters in Old School and The Hangover, Parts One and Two. Most recently, he was Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs. However, for years, Bryan Callen has had another off-screen side: Bryan Callen likes to read.
Like Hunter, Bryan grew up all over the world. He was born in the Philippines and lived in India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Greece, and Saudi Arabia. This childhood gave him two things. First, an amazing ambiguously Mediterranean accent that would propel him to semi-stardom. Second, it gave him the opportunity to, in his own words, “see great poverty from inside an air-conditioned car.” With firsthand secondhand experience of the world’s poverty, Bryan understood on a deeply emotional level the injustices of the world and wanted to do something about them. Since Bryan was a professional silly goose for a living, he wondered what could he do about it?
If Pool Boy ends up playing a vital role in saving the world, then that will be the funniest joke of all.
Andrew Mazan was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but later lived in Virginia and California. Growing up in the murder capital, he experienced cultural diversity first-hand at a young age. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer as a teenager, his morals, values, thoughts, opinions, and perspective changed forever. The reality was that nothing made sense anymore.
He always questioned authority but couldn’t necessarily articulate why at a young age. Andrew found Mixed Mental Arts through the voice of Nate McCabe (it’s so sweet). Andrew is wrapping up his Law degree in Baltimore. He enjoys food, coffee, fitness, traveling, culture, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the uncomfortable topics no one wants to talk about. In his spare time, Andrew brings his writing and editing skills/experience to the MMA community.
Nate McCabe is an esteemed member of the “Two Time College Dropout Association” (2xCDA). He is a dad, husband, and travel enthusiast residing in Paris, France.
Nate is a musician and songwriter and does a little bit of Real Estate investing.
He likes cheese.
Isaiah Gooley is just some dude who knows Chinese, writes stuff, plays music, and drinks beer. He says some smart things sometimes.
Dustin Cubit A.K.A The Woke Centrist A.K.A Steven Wright on Quaaludes, is an independent video game developer, host of Mixed Mental Arts Chats, SCRUM slave driver, and a failed musician (Google it!), with an eclectic set of hobbies that range from power lifting to fedora regalia and Neckbeardism. He has worked on memorable video game franchises such as Splatterhouse, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and Call of Duty. Having achieved wokeness at a young age, he managed to bypass the university system to attempt to find his path towards Ikigai by discovering the cognitive benefits of books, podcasts, and blueberry kefir. He continues his educational tradition of “Trial and Error” taught to him by the game developers of old, and continues to live by this principle today. Through these principles he was the first human to discover the meaning of life, and an intact turkey dinner under an oil drum on the streets of Metro City. Looking towards the future, his quest is to reverse the cognitive damage he acquired as a high school football player, and his get rich quick scheme, in which he thought it was a good idea to bash his head against brick structures in search of golden coins and mind altering mushrooms.
If you wish to seek out the sexiest voice east of the Mississippi, You can find him hosting live streams on the weekends, and producing Mixed Mental Arts themed video content on YouTube.
Brien teaches media literacy, film making, and research skills to kids and anyone else who will listen. Ever the liminalist, he has written a few things, including a series of kid’s books called All About Media.
Brien also makes properly fun music with a defiantly bad band, the frenzy of tongs, and knows how to make some pretty good television.
He also likes to box (but not with anyone who might really hurt him)…
For a small portion of her life The Twilight Princess grew up on a game farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Apparently, no American knows what a game farm is and the concept of raising lions is so mystifying that it made more sense to Nate and Hunter that she grew up with gay Oompa Loompas.
In reality, Mandi grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg up at the tail end of the apartheid era, Mandi knows how difficult it is to build a society with so many conflicting cultures and to heal the wounds of a deeply painful past. Seeking stability in an unstable time, she was drawn to a life in the corporate world but ultimately found much of it lacking in any sort of larger purpose.
When she is not playing MMORPG games and slaying digital vampires, she brings her skills from the tech and business world to help organize and focus the energies of the Mixed Mental Arts community so we can help humanity through its first family dinner.
Hunter Maats (a.k.a. Toto) was born in Saudi Arabia and then immediately taken to the Callen house. Since then, Bryan and Hunter have travelled the world with their Citibank fathers and somehow ended up in L.A. together. Coming from the culture of Citibank, they valued learning and wrestling with the biggest and most challenging questions of the day. What began as an excuse for Bryan and Hunter to talk to their intellectual crushes has since blossomed into Mixed Mental Arts. It’s impossible to state how much Hunter has gotten out of this podcast and how invaluable he has found this community to be. Humans need belonging and Hunter has spent his whole life looking for a tribe which he could get behind – this is it. Hunter believes that we all may come from different cultures of origin, but we are all searching for something more. With both The Straight-A Conspiracy (which he co-wrote with Katie O’Brien) and Mixed Mental Arts, Hunter has come to realize that Marshall McLuhan was right when he said, “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.” His role is to erase that line once and for all. While Hunter plays a series of roles in the Mixed Mental Arts community, his favorite role is as “Toto,” who pulls back the curtain and let’s the world see that there are no wizards…only men and women who try and puff themselves up to seem important.
Hunter loves travel, languages, food, and stories. Hunter has always admired humanity because it has so many wonderful cultures, and he’s long wondered why he couldn’t draw insight and deliciousness from all of them. Turns out he can, once he gave himself permission. Bryan has summed up Mixed Mental Arts in three words “So can you.” Hunter is excited to midwife in a global culture that draws on the best of all times and places. We’re doing this…and so can you.