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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Feb 2, 2015

Guest: Dax Valdes

Twitter: @DaxAttacks


0:01:30 Our guest is actor, choreographer, teaching artist Dax Valdes, a man who's name implies impending world domination

0:04:25 Dax is another actor who began performing at an early age, but began as a vocalist

0:09:25 When he arrived in New York, Dax's aunt, Ching Valdes-Aran gave him an insiders look. She does tons of theatre and lots of TV guest spots.

0:14:24 To support himself Dax, has managed to have completely arts-related survival jobs 

0:19:40 One of the organizations he works with is Career Transistion For Dancers

0:23:45 And through Only Make Believe ( he got to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, which thematically ties in to the last show he did with Kristin Marting Trade Practices

0:31:00 Dax has been choreographing kids shows and figured out that 45 minutes is the approximate attention limit for kids.

0:37:05 Nilsa (with an assist from Bryn) prompts Dax to go into his teaching artist and choreography stylistic leanings

0:45:04 In December he directed a song-cycle for the Asian-American Composer and Lyricists Project  that played at Symphony Space:

0:48:45 Dax has navigated his career by finding like-minded people that he enjoys working with


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Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?"

Written and Performed by Laura Scruggs

Outro Music: The Devil Is In The Beats

Performed By: The Chemical Brothers