Engineer turned comedian Alyssa Barrett Jackson picks the brains of entrepreneurs, artists, and freelancers that quit nine to fives to pursue their passions and brings you along on her own journey of life post quit.


  • Ep 020: Jeff Boodie, Co-Founder & President of JobSnap

    12/10/2018 Duração: 59min

    How many dream jobs can one person have?  Jeff Boodie found himself in at least two before getting in alignment with his own.  Have a listen as we talk golden handcuffs, walking away from Oprah, and choosing your work-life balance.  Learn more about Boodie and his baby JobSnap on twitter at @Jboodie and @JobSnap. Mentioned in this episode: Hearst Media Oprah - you know, THE Oprah Gayle King - Editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and Oprah's right-hand woman Harpo - Oprah Winfrey's multimedia production company DreamWorks Animation studio Intern Sushi - Jeff's first foray into the wonderful world of startups Jeffery Katzenberg - Co-founder and former CEO of DreamWorks JobSnap - Jeff's company! Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcast Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what your gut's been saying to you. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me your most used "dirty" word (a la busy).  Mine is should.  I should all over my self a

  • Ep 019: Danny Prikazsky, Actor, Writer, Producer

    13/09/2018 Duração: 01h28min

    Danny Prikazsky got into software development to make his domestic dreams a reality.  But when reality took a hard left, he was left to face his lingering aspirations in the arts and made the hard decision to go after them.  Have a listen as we talk boot camp, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and giving old habits the boot.  For all things Danny P. follow him on Instagram @DannyPrikaz and Facebook @ActorDannyP! Mentioned in this episode: Hamilton - you know, THE musical. Galvanize - data science bootcamp Python - programming language Holly Laurent - actor, comic, writer, and sage OBS - Open Broadcaster Software, free and open source software for video recording and live streaming Whodunnit League - The livestream B-Sports (boardgame sports) show Danny and I do! @WhodunnitLeague on Twitter & Instagram.  Follow the show for up to date info on the season 2 launch! Mozart in the Jungle - Amazon Prime show Time blocking - Time management tool that helps put some structure in the unstructured lifestyle,

  • Ep 018: Quit Neglecting Yourself

    12/07/2018 Duração: 48min

    It's really easy to lose track of yourself when all your energy is devoted to your passion.  But the problem is when you lose sight of yourself, eventually, you just straight up lose you.  And that's what I did recently.  I dropped all my self-care routines and then deigned to be surprised when I found myself a depressed, lethargic, exhausted, couch puddle.  In this solo ep I get into all the nitty-gritty of my recent mental health downturn and how I'm attempting to turn it around by regaining my focus on self-care (and bubbles). Mentioned in this episode: Melrose Diner Butter Cookies! Get them if you're anywhere near: 1501 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 Broad Street Diner - Also carries Melrose Diner's Butter Cookies! 1135 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Soda Stream: Fizz. Smile. Stop being depressed. The Artist's Way: This episodes book recommendation!  Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your self-care routine with us. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook,

  • Ep 017: Quit Comparing Yourself

    14/06/2018 Duração: 42min

    Life is hard enough as it is without constantly pitting yourself up against the greats or even the person next to you. In this solo ep, I wax poetic on the pitfalls of comparison. Because man oh man is it hard to see how far you've come when you're staring down everyone else's standing in "the race." Hold on to your joy, you earned it. Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us your comparison vice. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me the silliest thing that's brought you joy lately.

  • Ep 016: Kjeld Schigt, founder of Kalon Surf

    10/05/2018 Duração: 01h18min

    Kjeld Schigt made a plan to leave behind his corporate life to open a surf school halfway around the world. What he didn't plan on was falling in love and starting a family.  Most often we think that following the path of a quitter means sacrificing the sweeter points of life when in reality it can be so much more than we ever imagined.  Listen in as we talk best-laid plans, finding a balance, and adjusting for the delightfully unexpected.  And keep up with all things Kalon Surf @KalonSurf on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Mentioned in this episode: Kalon Surf - luxury surf coaching resort in Costa Rica Dominical, Costa Rica Kjeld's recommended quitspiration: Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug & Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins Alyssa's recommended quitspiration: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what you think isn't in the cards for you if you quit. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and te

  • Ep 015: Christine Howard, Life Coach & Entrepreneur

    12/04/2018 Duração: 01h15min

    Christine Howard followed the same 'great' advice many of us have: if you want to be successful in life, you need to get a college degree and go work for a big company. Problem is, at the very beginning of her climb up the corporate ladder she realized she didn't like programming - the very thing she'd been hired to do.  But thankfully as she worked her way up she was exposed to coaching and mentorship and it sparked something in her and set her off down a new path. Tune in as we talk redefining success, following the joy, and getting out of your own way. And keep up with Christine online @thechristinehoward on Facebook and Instagram. Mentioned in this episode: Jack Lalanne - personal training Mantra Makeup Mat -Facebook and Instagram Radiant Achievement Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what you haven't been letting yourself celebrate. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what feelings you've been ignoring.

  • Ep 014: Marsh Engle, Speaker, Coach, Author, & CEO of Marsh Engle Media

    08/03/2018 Duração: 01h04min

    When Marsh Engle began her career in media, as a single mom, she had a laser focus on the financial markers of success.  And while it fueled her to success, it also pushed her to a breaking point.  One that incited her journey from the self-sacrifice of the hustle to the self-alignment in achievement.  Listen in as Marsh and I talk quitting cold turkey, embracing vulnerability, and joyful achievement.  And for even more Marsh follow @marshengle on instagram and twitter. Mentioned in this episode: Michael Damian The Young & The Restless Dream date with Michael Damien - Marsh's first promotional marketing campaign Celebrity Marketing Network - Marsh's first marketing agency Rock On - The first song Marsh promoted for Michael Damien (and it hit #1 on Billboard) Amazing Woman's Day Amazing Woman, Amazing World - Marsh's first book Michael Beckwith - spiritual teacher in LA Dear Amazing Daughter - Marsh's new book coming out in the fall The Amazing Woman Global Network Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast o

  • Ep 013: Alex Hirst, Co-founder of The Hoxby Collective

    08/02/2018 Duração: 45min

    People generally go into business for themselves so that they can spend their time doing something they love. Unfortunately, more often than not they find themselves spending the bulk of their time consumed with the business of running a business. When Alex Hirst left his 9 to 5 to freelance he found himself in the exact same predicament. But rather than muddle through he decided to change the game with The Hoxby Collective. Have a listen as we talk burnout, overwhelm, and presenteeism. For more info on the #workstyles movement follow Hoxby on Instagram (@hoxbycollective) and Twitter (@hoxbycollective). Mentioned in this episode: Lizzie Penny, co-founder of The Hoxby Collective Her Majesty the Queen Robert Owen, Victorian social reformer, who first formulated the concept of the eight-hour working day. Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what your ideal work style looks like. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what part of runn

  • Ep 012: Joe Hills, Esports Recruiter & Founder of Looking For Group

    12/01/2018 Duração: 01h22min

    As we grow up we're often encouraged to put our passions aside to focus on more practical careers and pursuits. And as Joe Hills was surveying his traditional options, his passion, gaming showed up in a way he'd never imagined possible, and his niche in esports executive recruiting was born.  In this episode, we talk providence, passion, and happiness as Joe shares his quit story and path to founding Looking For Group.  Follow Joe on Twitter (@bearlykoalified) for all the esports industry secrets. Mentioned in this episode: Twitch, live streaming video site/app/platform Wouter Sleijffers CEO of Fnatic League of Legends, multiplayer online video game developed and published by Riot Games European League of Legends Championship Series (EULCS) Gamescom, the world’s largest computer games trade show The Esports Observer The Joe Rogan Experience, comedian Joe Rogan's podcast The Esports Roundtable, Joe's Podcast Overwatch, multiplayer online first-person shooter video game Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on

  • Ep 011: Quit Trying To Make Fetch Happen

    14/12/2017 Duração: 01h23min

    Trusting the process is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.  And even when I see results, my inner skeptic still crops up.  In this episode, I explore the delicate balance between accountability and surrender as I recount the ups and downs of my first year of life post quit.  Also mentioned in this ramble: Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate and co-creator of the Rock/Star Life Planner Nayo K. Wallace - Actor Tituss Burgess - Titus from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt LACMA - Los Angeles COUNTY Museum of Art Quitters Patreon Lay's Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips Doug Warhit - Acting Coach TaskRabbit Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us something awesome about you!  That's right, we want you to toot your own horn at us! Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and and tell me a habit you're trying to break - or make.

  • Ep 010: Yasmin Khan, Food & Travel Writer

    09/11/2017 Duração: 47min

    Yasmin Khan built the life she dreamed of as a human rights campaigner. She never imagined she'd leave it all behind to find herself once again living the dream as a food and travel writer. We talk all about burnout, self-care and just doing it, as she shares her journey to creating critically-acclaimed and best-selling cookbook The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen.  Follow Yasmin on Instagram (@yasminkhanstories) and Twitter (@yasmin_khan) to get immersed in all the delicious goodness. Mentioned in this episode: Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Kickstarter, crowdfunding site Yasmin used to finance her initial recipe research Shahrzad Darafsheh, Saffron Tales photographer Zaitoun, Yasmin's next book to be released in 2018 Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what you've been struggling to ask for help with.  And if you want to help Quitters we'd love it if you became a patron! Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and show m

  • Ep 009: Samara Weiner, Film Producer & Talent Manager

    12/10/2017 Duração: 54min

    When Samara Weiner found herself face to face with an opportunity to tell a very important story she went for it.  And left her life as a lawyer behind for film production to bring her grandfather's story to the big screen.  In this episode, Samara and I talk identity, embracing who you are, and following your purpose. Mentioned in this episode: Brad Gordon, Musician and producer The New Fidelity Captain Elgen M. Long, Samara's Grandfather On Eagles' Wings, the book Samara's film is based on Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved, Captain Long's first book Amelia, the 2009 movie from Captain Long's book Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what title you've been waiting for others to give you. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me how you feel about carrot cake.  

  • Ep 008: Natalie Abell, Circus Artist & Co-founder of Misfit Circus

    14/09/2017 Duração: 01h12min

    Natalie Abell left mechanical engineering behind to run away with the circus!  And not only did she do that, but she started one of her own!  Natalie and I chat all about founding Misfit Circus, embracing failure as part of your process, and learning to live with less takeout (insert Lyss pout).  Follow Misfit Circus on Instagram (@Misfit_Circus) and Facebook (@MisfitCircusChicago) and partake in all the high flying fun! Mentioned in the episode: NECCA Aloft Circus Arts Molly Plunk, Misfit Circus co-founder Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what you'd do if you weren't afraid of failure. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me how you feel about circus peanuts (the candy) :p      

  • Ep 007: Laura D'Alessandro, Recipe Developer & Food Blogger

    10/08/2017 Duração: 57min

    Laura D'Alessandro, the delightful mind behind Laura Linda Lou and a plethora of delicious recipes shares her journey from DC journalist to LA recipe developer.  We talk a lot about fear.  Feeling it, defying it, and denying it control.  Because baby, it's always lurking around some random corner.  Oh, hey, and by the way, believe in yourself.  Follow Laura on Instagram, and or Twitter at @lauralindalou and drool over all the noms! Mentioned in the episode: Tastemade Clean Plates Kundalini Yoga Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us what you're afraid of. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what you want to #gofullyoga for :p  

  • Ep 006: Angie Hilem, Founder of Heighten Social

    13/07/2017 Duração: 01h20min

    Angie Hilem, founder and president of Heighten Social went from teaching high school English to building communities and social strategies, flirting with grad school along the way.  As we retrace the steps of her career transition we hit on the necessity of building a community for yourself, imposter syndrome, and getting out of your own way.  Follow Angie on Facebook, Instagram, and or Twitter and say hi! Mentioned in the episode: Next Fab Lexi Eveleth, Ever Laser Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock Star Advocate The Rock/Star Life Planner Anna Wu, Photographer Neha Batra, Imposter Syndrome talk E. Scott Aronow, awesome career coach in Philly Crystal Iserhoff, awesome artists career coach in LA,  Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us about your accountability buddy. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me if you're an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert!  

  • Ep 005: Quit Disqualifying Yourself

    08/06/2017 Duração: 43min

    The gap between what you want to be and what you think you are can be a terrifyingly huge chasm.  In this episode, I wax poetic on imposter syndrome, that space your mind has made to make you feel like a fraud.  And explore its anxiety-riddled midfield I navigate on the daily as I charge through life post quit.  Also mentioned in this ramble: Michelle Loucadoux, the badass stress reducing choreographer PHIT Comedy, my Philly comedy home The Groundlings Theater & School Narsociety - The Social Media Shaming Musical Sacred, a storytelling show Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what you're "pretending" to be. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and send me your favorite (read: all the) cat memes.  Because cats like boxes... and I like cats.  Almost as much as snacks.

  • Ep 004: Jennifer Howd, Author & Mindfulness Facilitator

    11/05/2017 Duração: 01h08min

    Jennifer Howd bounced about in the world of graphics production for the entertainment industry before finding her calm as a mindfulness facilitator and author.  We chat about keeping up, holing up, and holding out on ourselves.  Oh, and expletives!  Preorder Jennifer's book Sit, Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat and keep up with her by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and or Twitter. Mentioned in this episode: JenniferHowd.com Sit, Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat The Eastside Mindfulness Collective My gateway mindfulness meditation app: Headspace Not mentioned, but both Jenn & I use the Insight Timer meditation app Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what practices you've adopted to help you stay true to yourself. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me your favorite expletive!  

  • Ep 003: Darryl Charles, Comedian

    27/04/2017 Duração: 01h03min

    In episode three we dig deep into the Quitters vault to the very first interview ever!  Comedian Darryl Charles expounds upon his first ten months post-quit and the path to tendering his resignation.  Keep up with Darryl by following him on Facebook, Instagram, and or Twitter. Mentioned in this podcast: Comedy Sportz Philly Black Friday Comedy Marathon Nicole Yates, comedian & host of DidjaEat? Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Trilogy Sketch Up or Shut Up - Philly sketch open mic DTF - Darryl & Timaree Funhour Couples Skate The Blue Show The Layoff Kids Narsociety - The Social Media Shaming Musical Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what pushes you forward. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me something you'd wait 16 months for!  

  • Ep 002: Greg Maughan, PHIT Comedy Executive Director

    13/04/2017 Duração: 59min

    In our first interview episode find out all about how quitter Greg Maughan went from management and budget consultant to founding PHIT Comedy!  For all the latest from the theater follow @PHITcomedy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what you're a monk for. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your latest unhealthy obsession!  

  • Ep 001: Quit Stalling

    30/03/2017 Duração: 37min

    Getting started is hard.  I should know.  This podcast has been "in the works" for over a year and a half.  But after an inspirational nudge from a friend I got my butt in gear.  So here it is for you.  And below are all the random things I mentioned :p Darryl Charles, Comedian - Facebook | Twitter Greg Maughan, Executive Director of PHIT Comedy Mary Lou Sandler, 3 Cubed Studios Owner & Photographer The Eastside Mindfulness Collective Cashew Cookie Larabars Follow the podcast @QuittersPodcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell me what you've been stalling on starting. Follow me @Lyssbjack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and give me your best bear puns!