This week, Cathy answers your questions about how to break through an overly saturated market, and whether you should keep persisting or try a new approach. Then she chats with actor Donny Most, who gained stardom as the beloved Ralph Malph on the incredible TV show "Happy Days." After leaving the series, Don faced the harsh reality of typecasting in Hollywood - but used the obstacles to open new doors for creativity. Don explains how he eventually pursued his first love of singing big band swing, what has kept him humble throughout the fame, and why you should forget the safety net and just trust yourself. 


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TAKEAWAYS FROM DON:

1. Let go and trust yourself - even if there's no safety net.

2. If you have a passion that you love and you know it's in your heart, then do it. But you have to be single-minded about it.

3. Perseverance will take you far.

4. There's no stopping life, which means there's no stopping on your dreams.

5. Aim high and shoot straight.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

DonnyMost.com - learn about Don Most’s work in music, film & TV, and directing

Follow Don on Facebook and Twitter

Listen to Don Most's album, D Most Mostly Swinging on AmazoniTunes

Ed Sheeran's quote: "'Writing songs and playing live is like turning on a tap in an old house; first you’ll get the mud and dirty water, but the more you get it out, the quicker the good water starts flowing."

Halo Top now the #1 seller of pints of ice cream (Business Insider)

Ira Glass's The Gap

Previous guests on the podcast - Elise CripeAri HerstandSaul Blinkoff

The Jolson Story with Larry Parks

Garry Marshall, director / producer / writer

Happy Days

The Odd Couple

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Ralph Malph (Don) singing on Happy Days

A few actors on the Happy Days cast Ron HowardTom BosleyHenry Winkler

Opie on The Andy Griffith Show

Jerry ParisHappy Days director

Don's villain on Star Trek Voyager

Don as Emma's dad on Glee

Frank SinatraNat King ColeBobby Darin - Don's musical idols

Michael BubleHarry Connick JrDiana Krall - artists who brought back big band

Metropolitan Club in New York

Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City

 

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