Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Skinner.
Josh, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was 12 years old, I appeared on the television show, “The Byrds of Paradise,” which was filmed in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. I caught the acting bug and began dreaming of becoming a famous actor (my backup plan was to become an astronaut). I left Hawaii for Biola University and worked for Disney for 15 years, performing in and hosting shows. Disney laid me off in 2014 and I was devastated. The only job I could get was as a tour guide at Warner Bros. making $12 an hour but I believed if I did my very best someone would notice.
In 2015, I booked a new daytime television show but after five episodes were filmed, my cohost committed suicide. I lost my friend, my cohost and our show. Evaluating my circumstances, I sought to use my darkest moments as a defining moment. I started Jonah and the Whale Podcast with Lasting Media Group. The show features celebrity “underwater moments,” showcasing how others experience and overcome obstacles in their own lives. Now, rather than wanting to become a rich and famous actor, I strive to use my show as a source of hope showing people they’re not alone in whatever trials they’re experiencing. Human connection is the fabric of our universe and I now know my purpose.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it’s been very difficult. There have been many nights of tears and moments where I felt I could taste the emptiness. I grew up in a small town in Hawaii. My father is a minister of a large church.
My biggest struggle and obstacle has been myself. The battle is in the mind.
Life is obviously about learning but I also believe we have a lot of unlearning to do. I used to think there was a ticking clock above my head and I had to get everything done as soon as possible. NOW, I take a breath and examine my relationships first. Who am I hanging out with? How am I being of service? What are my goals with my closest friends? Money and opportunity will always be around but our time with each other is finite. Talent doesn’t expire.
Please tell us about Jonah and the Whale Podcast.
Jonah and the Whale is a weekly celebrity / pop culture show that highlights a defining moment in a person’s life. Our goal is to remind the listener that we’re all the same and problems are temporary.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would tell myself that every job is important and take opportunity over money.
- Website: www.jonahandthewhale.show
- Instagram: @withjoshskinner / @jonahandthewhalepodcast
- Twitter: @joshskinner
All Underwater Pictures are Rachael Thompson Photography.
Podcast picture is with Natalie Lander (The Middle)
Lauren Pritchard (MadTV) and 3x Grammy Nominee Crystal Lewis are featured in the other picture