Episode 76: How I Healed My Back Pain

Released Thursday, 18th December 2014
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Sri Rao is a writer-director-producer based in New York City. He has created and sold numerous TV pilots in both network and cable television, spanning drama as well as comedy. Recent credits include dramas Alpha/Omega to BBC America, White House Affairs to NBC (with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron), Courtesan to Universal (with director Shekhar Kapur), The Black Widow to NBC, and comedy S.O.B. to ABC (with Kelly Ripa). His previous pilot sales include musical dramedy I Am Not Myself These Days to Bravo (with Darren Star) and drama U.N. to Fox. Sri began his career in New York’s indie film and theater scene. His first professional production as writer-director was the play, Precipice, which premiered at NY Performance Works before transferring to LA’s Greenway Court Theater. Sri then adapted Precipice into the pilot, Quarter Life, before going on to write and direct the indie film, Tuesday. His early work led to a career in television, beginning with the drama series, What Goes On, which Sri created for TeenNick. In addition to serving as Executive Producer/Showrunner, Sri wrote and directed most of the 10 episodes in the show’s first season. Moreover, Sri’s production company acted as the independent studio on the series, creating a 50,000-square-foot soundstage in Philadelphia to successfully leverage Pennsylvania’s film tax credit. Sri oversaw all aspects of production – from negotiating Union contracts to managing the production budget, payroll, production and post – all while guiding a writing staff of seven writers. On the motion picture side, Sri’s production company has produced two major Bollywood films for India’s largest and most well-respected studio, Yash Raj Films. The movies, New York and Badmaash Company, were filmed in the United States for a global market. Sri and his team managed an international cast and crew, including A-list Indian talent such as Irrfan Khan of Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi. In addition to his unique production experience, Sri has a keen eye for story and crafting characters, plot, and drama – as demonstrated by his stint as Head Writer for the primetime soap, General Hospital: Night Shift. Sri oversaw a writing staff of eight writers and under his direction, the show was nominated for 11 Soap Opera Spirit Awards, including Best Head Writer. In the unscripted arena, Sri directed and produced the docudrama pilot, U. of Fashion for MTV, as well as webisodes for TVLand’s High School Reunion. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Sri is an honors graduate of The Wharton School of the University of PA. He is represented by CAA.

JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, an Amazon best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life, and author of Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core. She was named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine.  

JJ vividly reminds us that the word ‘fitness’ is not just about the state of one’s physical body, but also the factors which determine a person’s overall well being.

And, for JJ, the key components in all these areas are ‘invisible’ — balanced support structures of nutrition, emotional centeredness and health. A favorite of journalists and the media for her depth of knowledge and vibrant personality, JJ, a contributing expert for Get Active Magazine, has also been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, Muscle and Fitness HERS, Elegant Bride, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox 11 and KTLA. She is also a video expert for About.com and regular contributor for The Daily Love.

JJ launched her professional career in 1996 as the Foundations Director for the New York Sports Club, where she designed curriculum and in-house certification for new and previously uncertified fitness trainers. She has also been certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Science Association (ISSA), and the Resistance Training Specialist Program (RTS).

With a focus on biomechanics, JJ has lectured for The Learning Annexand as a featured speaker for New York Times Bestselling Author of The Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Ecker’s Peak Potentials seminars, as well as corporate clients, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Hanson Engineering, and Jostens, Inc. She is the Wellness Expert for KFC International, the Health and Fitness Expert for the National Association of Entrepreneur Moms, and a Fitness Expert for Nourishing Wellness Medical Center. 

She has been working in the health and wellness industry for 15 years, as a fitness trainer with a knack for helping her clients become more self-aware and self-empowered through her ability to quickly identify and pinpoint problem areas, and then create simple solutions involving exercise, nutrition and mindset changes. She is the Host of the new iTunes Podcast Show Fit 2 Love: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Fitness for the Happy Life You Deserve which is six day a week video and audio show.

What sets JJ apart from her Celebrity Fitness counterparts is the holistic approach to getting results. Over the last fourteen years she has studied, used and applied Positive Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic  Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Law of Attraction, Quantum Physics, Non Violent Communication, Imago Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. JJ Flizanes has proven that she’s not only an expert in matters of the body and fitness—she’s an insightful and provocative author who delivers a timely message about matters of the heart.

Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life will be released in its second edition with Balboa Press in January of 2015.

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