The premier launch of her products on New York’s 5th Avenue wasn’t what skin care magnate Kate Somerville expected. She assumed this milestone moment would be one of excitement and a sense of arrival and fulfillment instead she was was confronted with the challenge and fear of staying on top...Kate shares with me the origin story of her internationally successful skincare line, the inspiration behind the philosophy that supports her company to this day, the challenges and victories of being a successful woman, wife and mother, along with the experience she, her family and others experienced during the Thomas fires and subsequent mudslides that devastated Santa Barbara in late 2017 and early 2018.

Michael Trucco

He may look familiar because his IMDB page is a mile long.  Trucco is the definition of "working actor"  Best known for his series regular roles on Battlestar Galactica and Netflix's Disjointed -- Trucco is rarely sitting still it seems, however, he was kind enough to do his college roommate a solid and joined me for a conversation that proved to be generous, genuine and fun...revealing that it's not as easy as it looks and overcoming his own fears and obstacles was necessary in achieving his current success -- and he isn't done yet.

Exactly how to overcome fear:

It’s been said that the cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure you seek. To most people it sounds like an old cliché. However, in reality our fear petrifies us even when what we want is right before our eyes. This fear is real, and we must first recognize it, before we are able to effectively conquer it.

In this episode of Breakthroughs with Jordan Murphy, we are introduced to Michael Trucco;  an old friend, successful actor, and real example of what it takes to overcome fear.
His story began like most aspiring actors in their career - SLOW. However, unlike most in the industry, Trucco continued to pursue his passion despite the lack of desired success. He knew there were bigger opportunities in LA, however Michael was struck with fear about the move from his home in Northern California. It wasn’t until he decided to finally make that move to LA, try out for an audition he didn’t feel very confident about, and overcome fear, that his career began to see success. After some reflection, Trucco is now able to share from experience the secrets to building confidence and overcoming fear in life! READ MORE

Andrea Bowen

The hit series "Desperate Housewives" was a lightening rod for the typical tabloid BS of cat fights and disharmony on set...media outlets aching to find the story and where there wasn't one make it up. My guest spent her formative teenage years playing Julie Mayer, daughter to Teri Hatcher, on the show for 7 seasons.  We discussed many things including how her experience with the cast of women on the show positively shaped her and about how life on the set was refreshingly different from what was usually reported. -->

How to do what you love and love what you do:

There’s a classic story told about the job attitudes of three bricklayers. Three bricklayers were asked a simple question, “what are you doing?”. The first bricklayer responded, “laying brick”, and the second replied, “putting up a wall”. However, the third replied “Me? Why, I’m building the world’s greatest cathedral!” Now, the story doesn’t tell us what specifically happened to each of the workers. However, chances are high that the first two bricklayers remained just that-bricklayers. For the third bricklayer though, the one who had vision and loved what he did…well, you can bet he moved forward in life, and probably enjoyed it more because of his attitude. —>

Who the hell do I think I am?

When starting something new have you ever asked yourself…
“Who the hell do I think I am?” “What’s the point?” Or even more, “Should I go this way or that?”

These confronting and sometimes crippling questions define us. It could be something like you’ve been looking for a new job and now have multiple, similarly attractive options. Now what? Or you’re sick and tired of your current job and ready to shoot yourself in the face, but afraid to risk leaving a sure thing for a new job. Or your husband is being an absentee partner, but you have kids. Should you leave him? Can you leave him? And maybe you’re inspired to start a new podcast but have no idea how…what if you fail?

The unknown is scary. However, not choosing is where we run into the issue…that’s where the breakdown lives. We aren’t sure what to do, so we do nothing. Here’s the good news. You are a pro at this. You’ve had a lot of practice. We have breakdowns and breakthroughs all the time. And look at you…you’re still standing. It just seems when we are really attached to an outcome the breakthrough seems farther off. Guess what? It isn’t. Get present to the fact that you are in a breakdown and then — just choose. You can always correct course.

By the way…the “should I start a podcast” idea is mine. Seriously. I had no idea how to produce a podcast, but I believed there was something there, a subject matter we all have in common and a conversation worth exploring and sharing. So I chose to jump in with both feet and learn how to swim.
This blog entry and subsequent podcasts are examples and expressions of the experience we all share with breakdowns and breakthroughs.

On each episode of BREAKTHROUGHS with Jordan Murphy, I will be talking with friends, family, colleagues and even complete strangers and listening to their stories about breakthroughs and how they navigate them. Hope you will join me on this journey. Feel free to subscribe and share your feedback. And if you’re really moved shoot me an email and share your breakthrough story. Also stay connected with me on INSTAGRAM & TWITTER


Now you’ve probably heard the old-yet true adage that our attitude is what makes a world of difference. Well in this episode of Breakthroughs with Jordan Murphy, we are inspired by the story of Andrea Bowen.  A young successful actress whose breakthrough shows just how true that old adage really is. Her revelation about our attitudes and the work we do happened later in her young career. None the less, its significance remains infinitely potent: Do what you love and love what you do. READ MORE