S1E3: Michael Schwalbe, From screaming in a metal band to screaming on Wendy's commercials


Michael Schwalbe has been a friend for many years now, going all the way back to a church retreat in 2009. The unfortunate picture on the right is from that fated trip. He's in the red hoodie, I'm the one wearing leg warmers OVER MY JEANS and a winter scarf with short sleeves (why, Leslie...). Fun note: My husband is in the lower-right corner. We weren't even dating then. 

This guy, Michael Schwalbe, or Mike Schii for short, is one of the most fascinating people you will ever meet. This is a FACT. He's a tall guy (I call him slenderman, he calls me stump), and it's a goal of his to be sure no one leaves his presence thinking, "Boy, really wish I knew what that Schwalbe guy thinks about things." He's a straight-shooter, and unafraid to divide. I count this as a good thing.

Schwalbe has been a metal screamer, choral music salesman, and is now a voiceover artist who has recently moved to Los Angeles. You can get a taste of his work by watching this Wendy's commercial featuring his voice. We talk about this commercial in the podcast - it's a hysterical story. Most of all, Schwalbe's outlook on life is that of a true rogue - it's an attitude that assures one that this weird idea they have just might work, and they'll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

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