You, Me, Empathy - Episode 89: The Extraordinary Ordinary with Natalie Rodriquez and Alex Montalban

Natalie Rodriguez, filmmaker of The Extraordinary Ordinary

On Episode 89 of You, Me, Empathy, Natalie Rodriguez and I explore burnout, finding balance in our passions, growing up with an addict parent, and Natalie’s feature film, The Extraordinary Ordinary. Plus, a bonus chat on men and feelings, hugs, and grief with actor Alex Montalban.

In this special two-part episode, I kick it off with Natalie, the writer, director, and producer of the new indie film, The Extraordinary Ordinarywhich is playing this Friday August 23 (block 3) at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival! You can grab tickets here.

Natalie and I talk about burnout and balance when it comes to pursuing our passions, understanding our limitations, and her experience growing up with an addict father. We explore how Natalie started sharing her heart and mental health story through writing, and the validation and positive feedback that encouraged her to keep sharing.

We then talk about the film industry, and how we can change it from a place of constant pressure to a place of safety that’s encouraging of self-care, therapy, and mental health awareness.


Then, Alex Montalban and I talk about the feely environment he grew up in, and the healing therapy he experienced. We explore what it means to be a man, why hugs are the best, and tapping into the grief of his character in The Extraordinary Ordinary.

Thanks to Natalie and Alex for sharing their stories!

The Extraordinary Ordinary is playing the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival August 23, 2019! $10 tickets!

Get your tickets here.

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