Brad Gage is a bi-coastal host, writer, and producer. His credits include content for ABC, Hulu, & Fullscreen. Brad’s was named one of Just For Laughs festival’s “New Faces of Comedy” in 2019 and currently hosts the series Real Feels about masculinity and self-improvement.
Amanda Crew (HBO's Silicon Valley) and Brad have been friends a long time, but recently bonded over each of them finding movements they are truly passionate about. For Brad, it's reframing toxic masculinity, and for her, it's re-educating people around eating disorders. She's been vocal about it in her work with Project Heal, but in this conversation, we get to the genesis of her journey through anorexia. Amanda also gets frank about her own experiences with sexual trauma, providing advice about how romantic partners of victims can maneuver sex in a way that honors body autonomy and past events. Thanks for listening and if you want to find out more about Project Heal, which is an organization working to break down systemic, healthcare, and financial barriers to eating disorder treatment - go to Also - if you or someone you love is a victim of sexual violence seeking resources or support, you can find that and more at where they are in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. Hosted, Produced, and Edited by Brad Gage Subscribe to Real Feels on YouTube for more videos about how we form a new, more empathetic masculinity.
Today’s episode is mostly a story - one both personal to me and educational. It’s with Kaitlyn Hollysmith, a lawyer, a mother, a wife, and a friend...who back in my college fraternity days - was my little brother. Kaitlyn is trans. Here on the show, we reconnect after 10 years of that normal drift apart that happens after you leave college, but she saw what I was doing with Real Feels, and reached out.  Her story about finding who she really was, how she got close to committing suicide, and triumphing into a married life with a young son - I can’t think of a more heroic journey. So, here is Kaitlyn Hollysmith spending some time to tell her story with me, right now. Thanks for listening and if you or someone you love is looking for a place with resources and crisis help for LGBTQ+ youth, check out Hosted, Produced, and Edited by Brad Gage
As an actor, host, emcee, and podcaster, Brad Gage has met a ton of interesting people — and he’s certainly one himself. He’s appeared in movies and TV shows like Timeless and Jane the Virgin and has hosted content for Hulu, Mercedes-Benz, American’s Funniest Home Videos, and more. Throughout it all, he's found a passion for having in-depth conversations and getting to know people. That’s what Brad’s podcast Real Feels is all about. He asks guests to be vulnerable about masculinity and gender issues as they dive into who they are now and where they're hoping to go. Other highlights include a terrible acting gig Brad once had, the power of restorative justice, and some of the best 90s one-hit wonders.
Brad Gage, LA Actor, Writer and much more; starting in the summer of 2019 has taken his razor-sharp skills, creative intellect and talent, putting them to use in a profoundly philanthropic/positive way. “Real Feels” is the name of a podcast and YouTube channel (also count Instagram) starting with poetry, and continuing into safe-space conversations where Brad invites people to truly see and share who they are.. I’ve not surprisingly seen people healing on it, he’s quite a warm person! Congruently with those conversations and maybe with a focus-shift for now soley to it, Brad Gage offers a series of video essays with an entertaining look/free educational take on ‘what is masculinity?’, ‘what is toxic masculinity’, ‘why haven’t we seen Mister Rogers for the masculine icon he is?’. Ultimately, this serves (I feel) to ask men to identify what their role is in creating a future (hell, why not now?) that women don’t have to feel like their lives, bodies and minds are always in harm’s way. Since I’m in full agreement on this, it was nice to just listen and appreciate Brad’s soothing voice and well-articulated thoughts, and better understand why he’s so passionate about all of it. He really is a beautiful person, was all too kind to me I’ll say, so thanks, Brad (really feely). I’ll mention at the end here that ‘Brad Gage’ the profile on Channel101 (link below), is still home to the content that introduced me to’m, and will continually bring me joy, so feel free to peruse. : ) Songs/Clips:Real Feels “The Surprising Masculinity of Mister Rogers”“Rí Rá” by Denise ChailaReal Feels “Joe Rogan Doesn’t Understand Toxic Masculinity”Brad Gage Links:Brad Gage WebsiteBrad Gage on IMDBBrad Gage on YouTubeFollow Brad Gage on Facebook, Instagram & TwitterReal Feels Links:Real Feels on YouTubeFollow Real Feels on Facebook, Instagram & TwitterProduced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. --- Send in a voice message:
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Feb 4th, 1987
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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3 days, 9 hours
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