The Unconventional 9-5: Blazing a Career Path Less Traveled
Welcome to The Unconventional 9-5, a new podcast about the unusual, inventive, and incredibly cool ways we turn our passions into uncharted careers. In this podcast, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw meets with professionals who’ve reinvented the 9-5, found new ways to build their own businesses, or launch their careers in the most unlikely of places.
Episode 6: From Corporate Event Planner to Sound Healer
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw sits down with Luna Maye, a former corporate event planner who left her successful career behind to become a sound mediation guide. Today, Maye plays the singing bowls—an ancient wellness practice designed to help people relax. When she’s not partaking in a sound bath, Maye also serves as a community catalyst producer for Daybreaker, a morning yoga dance party.
Episode 5: A Job Creating Food Without Ever Knowing How to Cook
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw sits down with Danielle Robertson Rath, a biochemist, food scientist, speaker, consultant, and author of "Are You a Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks — How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely." Rath talks taking her love of food—and complete inability to cook—and turning it into a career helping to decide what goes on the grocery store shelves—and on your plate.
Episode 4: A Day Job on the Bayou Fighting Climate Change
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw sits down with Alex Kolker, an associate professor with Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Growing up, Kolker knew he wanted to be anywhere but in a cubicle. Today, he talks about how that one wish sparked a life out on the bayou, working with the LUMCON team to protect Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands. From fan boats to alligators to mighty rivers, Kolker’s work life is anything but boring.
Episode 3: Finding a Vocation Among Ghosts, Dragons, and Seances
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw sits down with Hollywood Psychic and white witch, Patti Negri. Whether she’s touring America’s infamously haunted places with the “Ghost Adventurers” crew, holding a séance in the Hollywood hills, or working a spell, Patti’s day job is anything but conventional.
Episode 2: Building a Business, One Cuddle at a Time
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw sits down with Samantha Varnerin, who overhauled her life when she walked away from her financially-secure job as a civil engineer to start her own business as a professional cuddler. Varnerin talks taking on clients from high-powered executives to college students, cuddling with a stranger for 25-hours straight, and building a business in an industry that isn't yet defined.
Episode 1: Making a Career Out of Fear
On this episode of The Unconventional 9-5, host Jordi Lippe-McGraw, sits down with Margee Kerr, sociologist, author, and horror consultant. Kerr has traveled the world studying the places, myths, and legends that scare us the most. Today, she’s made a career out of fear, teaching the sociology behind what drives us to jump scares and consulting on some of the nation’s biggest haunted houses and horror attractions.